Month: January 2017

Trudeau drops by Jollibee in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba Prime Minister Trudeau sumipot sa Jollibee By Ted Alcuitas Proving once again that the Filipino vote in Winnipeg is something no politician can ignore, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made sure that he had a photo-op at the newly opened Jollibee in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg location is the first in a planned four-locations in Canada. The Prime Minister was in town as part of his cross-Canada public town hall tour. Media reports say Trudeau casually walked into the store and said “hey guys” as cameras rolled in and the crowd erupted into cheers and excitement. Winnipeg Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux and MLA Cindy Lamoureux, who both represent nearby ridings at the provincial and federal level, were also there to give him and his staff a warm reception. Trudeau became a sensation to Filipinos at the last Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila in 2015 where he was mobbed by crowds eager to have a ‘selfie’ with the newly-elected prime minister.      ...

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Collision course: Duterte vs.Church

By: Jhesset Enano, Leila B. Salaverria – @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 12:53 AM January 26, 2017 President Duterte holds a copy of the book “Altar of Secrets,”which he misquoted to launch new attacks on the Catholic Church. —JOAN BONDOC President Duterte holds a copy of the book “Altar of Secrets,”which he misquoted to launch new attacks on the Catholic Church. —JOAN BONDOC A ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Wednesday said the Church would continue to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, after the foulmouthed leader attacked the clergy anew on Tuesday, saying the Church was “full of shit.” But the Church would also continue to be “understanding” and “very patient” with Mr. Duterte, who also said bishops were “corrupt” and “womanizers” like himself. “Even before, the Church has been very, very understanding, and very, very patient,” Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, told the Inquirer.   “We just need to understand the President. I think [his tirade] was an outburst born out of anger,” Secillano said. The CBCP desires to end all the bickering between the Church and the President, Secillano said, but added that Church leaders will continue to speak against the methods employed by the Duterte administration in its campaign against illegal drugs. More than 7,000 people have been killed by police...

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Children don’t know how to harness technology’s full potential: Pinoy prof

By Ted Alcuitas Filipino professor Ron Darvin says today’s “digital natives” doesn’t necessarily mean they have the skills to use technology to its greatest potential. Darvin will be speaking at Engaging Education for the Public Good at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 (Thursday) at the UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main St., Vancouver. Darwin, a  PhD candidate, researcher and lecturer in UBC’s faculty of education on language and literacy, says digital literacy includes many components and not all students are maximizing their potential. “Digital literacy is truly being able to harness the power of technology, in terms of the different components, whether it be being able to acquire knowledge, to connect and develop social networks through social media and also as a form of entertainment,” Darvin told The Vancouver Sun in an interview. “There is also the way we represent identities — the way we are able to take selfies or represent ourselves on Facebook is another form of digital literacy as well.” He says parents and teachers have to challenge the idea that digital literacy comes naturally to kids, simply because they’re adept with Facebook or Snapchat. “I’m sure you’ve heard that the Oxford Dictionary word of the year last year was post-truth,” Darvin said. “We live in an age where truth is so malleable. The thing with the Internet is that so many people can publish things online and...

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Students seek to break silence on sexual violence

Vancouver, B.C. Sexual violence in Asian Canadian communities  explored in dialogue By Ted Alcuitas “Breaking the Silence: Sexual & Relationship Violence in Asian Canadian Communities,” is an attempt by  UBC’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program (ACAM) to look into race and violence in the Asian Canadian community. The event commemorating this month’s celebration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is designed to give participants discuss topics in a safe space and interact with the panelists. The event will be at UBC’s  NEST room 2301 this Friday, January 27 from 3 to 4 PM. RSVP: The panelists include Filipino Canadian Darla Tomeldan, an  Immigration Consultant with more than 20 years of legal advocacy work experience around anti‑oppression and anti‑violence in the nonprofit sector. A Humanities graduate from the University of the Philippines, Tomeldan immigrated to Canada in 1994 she is an active volunteer with various grassroots oganization. Her work is based on a feminist anti-oppression framework and a strong analysis of the direct relationship between privilege of status and social, economic and political justice. Other panelists are :  Narae Namkung, currently the Support & Advocacy Coordinator at the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC. Narae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UBC Okanagan and has over 6 years of volunteer and work experience in the anti-violence field. Samantha Truong,  a Research Assistant for the Healthier Masculinities Program at...

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Pinay workers’ advocate wins deportation battle

Leamington, Ontario Fighter for migrants rights wins battle By Ted Alcuitas The woman who has become the poster girl for migrant’s rights has won her fight to stay in Canada after bing scheduled to be deported on Sunday, January 15. Gina Bahiwal is able to stay in Canada pending approval of her permanent residence application, her lawyer Richard Wazana, told Philippine Canadian by telephone from Toronto. Wazana said the Immigration Department will issue his client a one-year temporary resident permit that will allow her to stay and work in Canada while her outstanding humanitarian application for permanent residency is in process. She was all ready to leave and her luggage were all packed when she heard the news. “It feels like a dream,” she said when reached by The Toronto Star from her home in Leamington. Baliwal became a victim of the former Tory government’s controversial “four-in-four-out” rules that banned migrant workers from Canada for four years after having worked here for four. The rule was recently rescinded by the Liberal government but was not ‘grandfathered’ according to Wazana. Baliwal’s work permit expired in October 2015 under the old regulations. Since her legal status ran out in Canada, Bahiwal has been unable to provide for her 14-year-old son, her mother and a niece in the Philippines. The 42-year old Bahiwal has been an outspoken advocate for migrant’s rights...

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