Timmins is home to a small community of Canadian Filipinos.
In the 2016 Census, Statistics Canada counted 135 people of Filipino descent in the northeastern Ontario city, which has a total population of less than 42,000.
With a volunteer staff’s perseverance and hard work, Year 3 (from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019) was another good year for Canadian Filipino Net. Much appreciation goes to managing editor Rachel Reid. And to webmaster Arlene Wright for meeting unforgiving publishing deadlines and making the stories shine on the website pages every 1st and 16th of each month.
A global network concerned about human rights in the Philippines has launched a chapter in Canada.
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-Canada (ICHRP-Canada) was established at a meeting on May 11 and May 12 in Ottawa at the national headquarters of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).
A dozen Canadian Filipino youths from across the country are learning the ropes of how Parliament works.
They are participating in the first Canadian-Philippine Interparliamentary Program, one of the initiatives marking the maiden and nationwide celebration of Filipino Heritage Month in Canada in June 2019.
A number of municipal groups, health coalitions and advocacy organizations have protested Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cuts to provincial public health funding. Among them is Toronto Public Health (TPH) led by its chief medical officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, a soft-spoken mother of teenage boys and a Canadian Filipino.
The flurry of pre-election activities from calling Filipino citizens to register between December 2016 and October 2018 to the final stretches of the mid-term elections came to a slow-down on election day itself, May 13, not just in the Philippines but also in Philippine consulates and embassies worldwide.
Until recently, Canada and the Philippines enjoyed warm and cordial bilateral relations.
Then it began to sour about two years ago. In November 2017, while attending an international summit in Manila, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised concerns about the drug war being waged by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.