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Human Rights in the Philippines: A Continuing Struggle

Posted by anakbayantoronto on October 3, 2012

Human Rights in the Philippines: A Continuing Struggle

Panel Discussion: Tuesday, 16 October 2012 from 6 to 8pm (please note that we will start promptly at 6pm)
Location: Room 280N, 2nd Floor, York Lanes, York University (Keele Campus), 4700 Keele Street
Photo Exhibition: Scott Library, York University, Ground Floor Lobby between the circulation desk and the Map Library.  

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General Meeting

Posted by anakbayantoronto on November 30, 2010

Calling all Migrante Ontario Youth members.  You are invited to a

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Location and directions to be given when you confirm your attendance.

1.  Scheduling of activities for 2011.
2.  New members choose which committee you want to volunteer for.

*Lunch and meryenda will be provided.

R.S.V.P.  Mithi at (647) 239-6553

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Filipino Youth Festival coming in November 2009

Posted by anakbayantoronto on August 15, 2009

Migrante Youth, in collaboration with other youth and student organizations, presents

celebrating Bonifacio Day and the contributions of young Filipinos throughout history to the present

Opening Night:  November 6
Festival Days: November 7 & 8
Location TBA (within Toronto)


  • Art workshops by young Filipino artists
  • Films & discussions on Philippine history and current issues
  • Local and international guest speakers and presenters
  • Cultural night

E-mail us at migranteON.youth@gmail.com with your name and contact info to receive updates on the upcoming event.

For more info, call (647) 239-6553.

Visit our blog regularly for updates.

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Justice for Juana Tejada

Posted by anakbayantoronto on June 17, 2008

Picket rally for cancer patient facing deportation

Friday, June 27, 2008
4:00 p.m.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada office
5343 Dundas Street West (across Kipling subway station parking lot)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has denied cancer patient, Juana Tejada, her right to stay.

Allow Juana Tejada to remain in Canada for treatment and to receive permanent status so she can sponsor her family.

For more information:

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14 June 2008

We condemn the decision of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) not to grant permanent resident status to Juana Tejada on the ground of her terminal illness. This is a gross violation of the basic human right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Juana came to Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program in the hope that she and her family would have a better life. Grinding poverty and unemployment in the Philippines push over 2,000 Filipinos out of the country every day.

After twenty-four months of serving Canadian society through domestic work, Juana is now eligible to apply for permanent residency. But since 2006 when her cancer was first discovered in a medical exam for her application for permanent residence, CIC continues to deny Juana her right to stay in Canada. A CIC case officer argues that her “health condition might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand to health and social services,” and thus, an economic burden to the Canadian government.

Migrante Ontario, along with other concerned groups, organizations, and individuals, demands that the Canadian government allow Juana Tejada to stay, and to sponsor and bring her family to Canada. In the first place, caregivers should have been given permanent residency status, recognizing the importance and high quality of their service to Canadian society, and the continuing high demand for that service.

Juana Tejada fulfilled the requirements, stringent as they are, set in the LCP. She worked in the service of a Canadian family and all in good faith. That she fell ill was not of her own will. All she wanted was to be able to bring her family over, be reunited with them and together share the fruits of her hard work.

Yet, the Tejada case and other similar ones clearly demonstrate how the Canadian government treats migrant and foreign temporary workers. While enticing cheap labour from crisis-ridden countries like the Philippines to sustain its own economic progress, it is quick to dispose of those that it considers ” damaged goods after the system has bled them dry.

And as the right to life includes the right to medical care, Migrante Ontario insists that the Canadian government continue to provide Juana Tejada, as it would its own citizens, the proper medical service and health care especially in her time of great need.

Justice for Juana Tejada!
No to deportation!
Permanent residence now!

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