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EMBASSY DISCUSSES FILIPINO DIASPORA WITH FEDERAL SENATOR, DR. FLORDELIZ ‘GIGI’ OSLER
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EMBASSY DISCUSSES FILIPINO DIASPORA WITH FEDERAL SENATOR, DR. FLORDELIZ ‘GIGI’ OSLER

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Francisco Noel R. Fernandez III of the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa exchanged ideas with Senator Flordeliz “Gigi” Osler on programs to support the Filipino diaspora across Canada. Over the luncheon on Thursday, 8 December 2022, Fernandez provided updates on the Credentials Recognition in Canada (CRC) Project being implemented by the Philippine Posts in...

COVID-19 benefits helped economy rebound, but post-payment verification lacking: AG
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COVID-19 benefits helped economy rebound, but post-payment verification lacking: AG

December 17, 2022–Canada’s auditor general says COVID-19 benefits were delivered quickly and helped mitigate economic suffering, but the federal government hasn’t done enough to recover billions of dollars in overpayments.   In a new report Tuesday, Karen Hogan said federal benefit programs provided relief to workers and employers affected by the pandemic and helped the...

Philippine gov’t addressing hurdles confronting business sector
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Philippine gov’t addressing hurdles confronting business sector

MANILA, December 6, 2022–The government is working to address the difficulties confronting the business sector, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Tuesday, underscoring the importance of business and investments in the country’s economic development. In his remarks during the 11th Arangkada Philippine Forum 2002, President Marcos enumerated those challenges, which include red tape, digitalization and...

Trudeau urges vaccinations amid a rise in kids’ illnesses clogging hospital ERs
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Trudeau urges vaccinations amid a rise in kids’ illnesses clogging hospital ERs

The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients.  Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians to get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza and says officials will consider the advice of public...

Permanent residents can now apply to join the Canadian Armed Forces
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Permanent residents can now apply to join the Canadian Armed Forces

Permanent residents can now apply to join the Canadian Armed Forces, regardless of whether they have been trained by a foreign military. It’s the latest effort by Canada’s military to boost recruitment numbers, which are lagging well behind the target of adding 5,900 new members by March.  Officials have blamed a series of factors including...

Ottawa calls for project proposals that help internationally trained health workers
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Ottawa calls for project proposals that help internationally trained health workers

A program announced Monday will fund projects to remove barriers preventing qualified new Canadians from working in health care, the federal immigration minister said. Sean Fraser said Ottawa’s call for proposals is aimed at tackling major health labour shortages and the underemployment of internationally trained health professionals. The government will put $90 million toward projects...

Trudeau listening to ‘concerns’ assault-style gun definition covers hunting rifles
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Trudeau listening to ‘concerns’ assault-style gun definition covers hunting rifles

The Liberal government is listening to concerns that some of the firearms it’s looking to ban are used primarily for hunting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.  He made the comment during a press conference in Ingersoll, Ont., suggesting a shift in tone from the Liberals on a piece of gun-control legislation being studied by...

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Shaping the future of immigration through Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

November 30, 2022—Ottawa—Canada’s relationship with the Indo-Pacific region has been forged through generations of deep person-to-person connections. As a major source of newcomers to Canada and the fastest growing economic region in the world, the Indo-Pacific will continue to play a vital role in Canada’s immigration strategy. As part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, the Honourable Sean Fraser,...