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HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Canada - Jones Cup 2019

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Bookmark this page for updates on Mighty Sports-Philippines' bid to stay undefeated versus Canada on Monday, July 15

Canada says another citizen detained in China amid row

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:10 AM

A Canadian citizen is reportedly detained in Yantai, China, but no further details are disclosed

CHINA-CANADA RELATIONS. This file photo shows the flags of Canada and China during the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing on November 12, 2018. File photo by Jason Lee/Pool/AFP

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:28 AM

Air Canada flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney hit trouble around two hours beyond Hawaii and diverted back to the US island chain's capital Honolulu, says a company statement

EMERGENCY LANDING. File photo of an Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Shutterstock

Canada takes garbage back from Philippines, ending long dispute

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:37 PM

A cargo vessel loaded with about 69 containers of rubbish docked in a port on the outskirts of Vancouver, says an Agence France-Presse reporter at the scene

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

6 dead endangered right whales found in Canadian waters

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Conservation officials say that North Atlantic right whales are among the most threatened species in the world

THREATENED. File photo of a North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia Canada. Shutterstock Image

China halts Canadian meat exports over fake certificates

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:35 AM

China's embassy in Ottawa said a customs investigation – launched after the discovery of traces of a banned feed additive – reveals that up to 188 forged documents had been provided to Chinese officials

Trump, Trudeau mend fences at White House meeting

Jun 21, 2019 - 6:27 AM

The two men have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec last June

NEIGHBORS. US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Shooting at rally mars Raptors celebration of NBA crown

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Gunshots briefly halt the victory rally at the jam-packed square

MEMORABLE CROWD. The Toronto Raptors star in the victory celebration attended by one million people. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America/AFP

Filipino migrant farm workers, care workers join marches in cities across Canada

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Protest actions call for decent work, permanent resident status upon arrival, universal services, and an end to discrimination and displacement of migrant workers

PROTEST. Marisol Veridiano Bobadilla lost her status as a temporary foreign worker when she moved from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. A Filipino recruiter who charged her for '€œimmigration services'€ had promised her a job as a full-time care worker; she ended up as a mushroom picker without a work permit. Photo by Marites Sison

New Quebec law stresses migrants' skills, thousands must reapply

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The law will attempt to more closely match the skills offered by would-be immigrants with the needs of the labor market in Quebec, Canada's second most-populous province

Canada's new caregiver program to open applications on June 18

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The new Canadian caregiver programs will now give work permits that will allow them to change employers quickly

NEW PROGRAM. The new Canadian caregiver programs will now assess the eligibility of applicants for permanent residence even before coming to Canada. Shutterstock photos

FAST FACTS: Canada and its love affair with basketball

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:11 AM

For a country where the sport's inventor was born and where the first NBA game was held, the Toronto Raptors capturing their first title is a significant moment

TRUST THE KLAW. Kawhi Leonard helps bring to Toronto the Raptors' maiden championship in franchise history. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)


Cannabis edibles expected on the market in Canada by year's end

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:05 AM

New products are not expected to hit stores before mid-December as this relatively new industry takes off slowly and adjusts to consumer tastes

CANNABIS. Authorized marijuana distributor John Berfelo stands outside Marc Emery's Cannabis Cafe as he holds two accredited child resistant packaging containers for recreational cannabis for legalization. AFP file photo

Ressa on Canadian Journalism Tribute: ‘Our only weapon is to shine the light’

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, also an awardee at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards Gala in Toronto, asks journalists to stand beside Ressa ‘every step of the way’

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa after receiving the Canadian Journalism Foundation Tribute in Toronto. Photo by Marites Sison

Beijing blames Canada for deteriorating ties

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'The current difficulties in China-Canada relations are entirely caused by Canada herself, and entire responsibility for it lies with the Canadian side,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Filipino Heritage Month in Canada should go beyond 'revelry and feasts'

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Writers and academics say observance should also focus on experiences of Filipinos as immigrants and migrants

FILIPINO HERITAGE MONTH. Member of Parliament Salma Zahid (C) is the one who introduced the motion declaring June as Filipino Heritage Month at the House of Commons. Photo from Instagram/@halohalopopculture

Canada's excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Raptors are on the verge of winning their maiden title in their 24-year history and becoming the first NBA champions outside the United States

WE THE NORTH. Fans in Toronto are in full support of their beloved Raptors. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)


Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates and stir sticks would be among the items banned, a government statement says

Venezuela says it is closing consulates in Canada

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The Venezuelan foreign ministry says it is in response to Canada's temporary closing of its embassies in Caracas

Raptors NBA crown can bring Canada hoops legacy full circle

Jun 09, 2019 - 12:36 PM

It's high time for the birthplace of the sport's inventor and the site of the first NBA game to witness its team capture an NBA championship

INCHING CLOSER. The Toronto Raptors are one win away from their first NBA title in franchise history. Photo from NBA.com


Philippines lifts restrictions on official trips to Canada

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The diplomatic row caused by the presence of 69 container vans of garbage from Canada in the Philippines appears to be at an end

Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition staged a die-in protest in Makati on May 21, 2019, calling on the Canadian government to comply with the Basel convention. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Trudeau announces landmark investments in women's sexual health rights

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) The financial commitment puts Canada on the map as the world's leading donor to comprehensive sexual reproductive health rights

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government would raise its funding to support maternal and newborn health around the world. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Delegates lament absence of PH health officials at Women Deliver conference

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:06 AM

Delegates representing Philippine NGOs say the absence of health officials at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference signifies that 'this administration really doesn't care about women's rights'

WOMEN DELIVER CONFERENCE. Several heads of state, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, and global leaders join the opening of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the rights, health and wellbeing of women and girls. Photo from the Siate House of Kenya

Canadian PM Trudeau says gender equality 'under attack'

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'Individuals and interest groups are trying to roll back women's rights,' Justin Trudeau says without giving names

GENDER EQUALITY. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the closing ceremony marking the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on June 3, 2019. Photo by Andrew Meade/AFP

Canada's trash finally leaves Philippines

May 31, 2019 - 9:08 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say it,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr writes on Twitter as the garbage-loaded MV Bavaria set sail for Canada early Friday morning, May 31

The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads "Philippines is not a dumpsite" during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. in Olongapo City, Zambales province, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Canada starts removing garbage from Subic port

May 30, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities are expecting that the transfer of the 69 container vans to MV Bavaria will be completed by Friday morning, May 31

MV BAVARIA. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads 'Philippines is not a dumpsite' during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Philippines' consul general in Toronto dies

May 29, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Rosalita Sayoc Prospero 'was a career diplomat who dedicated her life in the service of our country,' says the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto

CAREER DIPLOMAT. The Philippines' consul general in Toronto, Rosalita Sayoc Prospero, dies in the morning of May 28, 2019. File photo from DFA

WATCH: International Grand Committee hearing on big data, privacy, and democracy

May 28, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Watch the stream live on Rappler

Locsin says 'departure' of Canada garbage on May 30

May 28, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr praises President Rodrigo Duterte 'for pushing the right button' and Canada 'for fully cooperating to get it done as he wanted'

GARBAGE ROW. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a protest on April 29, 2019, calling on Canada to take back its garbage dumped in the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

International committee begins talks on data privacy, disinformation

May 28, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg do not attend the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy despite being summoned by the Canadian Parliament

Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

May 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Malacañang orders heads of government agencies 'to reduce official interaction with representatives of the Canadian government'

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition stage a protest near the Canada embassy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Canada taps firm to ship out its garbage from Philippines by end of June

May 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM

'The removal will be complete by the end of June, as the waste must be safely treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements,' says the Canadian government

TAKE IT BACK. The EcoWaste Coalition holds a protest on April 29, 2019, to call on Canada to take back its garbage from the Philippines. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte orders return of trash to Canada

May 22, 2019 - 4:43 PM

An 'outraged' Philippine President orders that a private shipping company dump the trash within Canada's territorial waters if Canada refuses to accept the garbage

Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition staged a die-in protest in Makati on May 21, 2019, calling on the Canadian government to comply with the Basel convention. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

67 container vans of Canada garbage remain in Subic port

May 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma says the cargo forwarder that will transport the containers back to Canada is still evaluating the containers

No new date for garbage shipment after Canada misses deadline

May 21, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Canada only manages to book a handler that will ship back the garbage on May 19, or 4 days after the May 15 deadline

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Canada aims to ratify trade deal after lifting of tariffs

May 19, 2019 - 9:28 AM

But Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it would be 'naive' to think US protectionism is no longer a threat

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman

May 16, 2019 - 2:01 PM

(4th UPDATE) Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrest 'recently,' but did not provide a date, and adds he had no information about where they were being held

DETAINED. This file picture taken on March 6, 2019 shows Louis Huang of Vancouver Freedom and Democracy for China holding photos of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are being detained by China, outside British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver, as Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appears in court. File photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

U.S. nears metal tariffs deal with Canada, Mexico

May 16, 2019 - 12:05 PM

'I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

Philippines recalls envoys after Canada misses deadline for garbage shipment

May 16, 2019 - 8:52 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines will 'maintain a diminished diplomatic presence' in Canada until its garbage is removed from the Philippines, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

Canada to pay for shipping out 69 container vans of trash – Malacañang

May 07, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gives Canada until May 15 to start transporting the illegally-shipped garbage out of the Philippines

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S.

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:36 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership removes trade barriers among 11 nations representing nearly 500 million consumers in the Asia-Pacific region in a bid to counter China's growing economic influence

AGREEMENT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint media availability in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 28, 2019. Photo Lars Hagberg/AFP

Duterte’s trash threat embarrasses, infuriates Canadians

Apr 25, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Some say, 'shame on us,' others call the Philippine president a ‘boor'

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Otso Diretso bets on Duterte’s Canada rant: Be tough on China too

Apr 24, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Reelectionist senator Koko Pimentel says that President Duterte's threat of war against Canada is just ‘exaggeration’

Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc campaign in several towns in Pangasinan on April 24, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Canada vows to resolve garbage row after Duterte threat

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Canadian embassy says their country 'is aware of the court decision ordering the importer to ship the material back to Canada'

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Duterte tells Canada he's sending back their garbage

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The Philippine President advises Canada to 'prepare a grand reception' for their tons of trash

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Bodies of 3 mountaineers found in Canada

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:33 PM

American Jess Roskelley and Austrians Hansjorg Auer and David Lama were killed by an avalanche

TRAGIC. The 3 mountaineers were already descending when the avalanche hit. Photo by Handout/Parks Canada/AFP


Extensive flooding in eastern Canada forces evacuations

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Warming weather over the Easter weekend brings spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick

Homes on the verge of being flooded in Laval, Canada, where water remains at a dangerous level on April 21, 2019. Flooding in eastern Canada forced the evacuation of 1,200 people while more than 600 troops have been deployed in response, authorities said Sunday, April 21, 2019. Warming weather over the Easter weekend has brought spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick. MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / AFP / AFP