Author: Ricky Castellvi

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Kanada-UK Kasunduan  

Ang Kanada-Uk na kasunduan ay patuloy pa rin, kaya naman maiinom mo pa rin ang paborito mong iskot wisky sa dating halaga na hindi nag babago sapagkat walang dagdag na buwis. Kung wala nang kasunduan na nakalagay, marahil ang bayan natin Kanada ay papatugan nang buwis na nag kakahalagang £17.500. kung mag papadala tayo nang saging sa kanila, katulad nang mag padala nang saging ang Ghana sa kanila. 

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Kinakailagan at Pagagailagan sa oras nang Pandemia

Noon Marso 2020 nang binigkas ang pandemia nang “World Health Organization” ang tao ay nag bago nang kaugalian sa kanilang pagagailagan. Ang pag pupunta sa maga restauran, pag babakasion sa maga magagandang lugar, panunood nang maga pelikula sa malalaking sinehan ay na hinto. Na iba ang pinupuntahan nang kanilang kinikita sa pag trabaho sa bahay sa panibagon landas sa pag kumpuni nang kanilang bahay, sa pag gawa nang kanilang opisina sa bahay. 

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Supply and Demand, during Pandemic

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the pandemic caused by Covid 19, forcing people to change their priorities. Trips to the restaurants, vacations to exotic places, watching movies in the big screen took a back seat. They redirected their money and whatever else they earned working from home to renovating their dwellings to double as an office and classroom, purchasing newer laptops and newer models of mobiles, putting new printers in their bedrooms to make for more efficient work output at home, getting gym equipment for fitness because gyms were closed, and furnishing their kitchens with mixers, blenders and juice extractors to make their lives livable during a pandemic. They alternated their meals from being prepared in their kitchen to ordering from restaurants, delivered by any one of the following: Uber Eats, Grab, Skip the Dishes, Foodora, Door Dash, to name a few. Lifestyles changed. 

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Nobel Peace Prize: Isang Panandaling Saglit na Nagbigay ng Kaginhawaan

Isang Panandaling Saglit na Nagbigay ng Kaginhawahan Habang ang Pangatlong Taon nitong Pandemya ay Palapit Na Nung nakaraang buwan, habang ang Canada ay unang nakakarinig ng Omricon, isang variant na nadiskubre ng mga siyentipiko sa South Africa, isang panandaling saglit na nagbigay ng kaginhawahan ang aking naranasan sa gitna nitong pandemya. 

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Nobel Peace Prize: A Feel-Good Moment

A Feel-Good Moment as We Enter the Third Year into This Pandemic. Last month, as Canada was hearing about omricon for the first time, I had a moment of pause from all the COVID 19 stories and reports which were unsettling. I was up at seven in the morning of December 10, 2021 to watch the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Recipients of this award went jointly to Dmitry Muratov of Russia and Maria Ressa of the Philippines for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace”. 

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Masamang tama sa Turisimo nang Pandemia

MANILA – Ang Pilipinas na umaasa sa Turisimo upang iagat ang ekonomia nang bayan ay mabigat na tinamaan nang pandemia. Trabaho na may kinalaman sa turisimo ay tinamaan nang malaking nang 28% porsento. Samantala ang trabahong por ora ay tinamaan pababa nang 38%. Nasa Pilipinas ako noong Marzo 2020 nang pumutok ang pandemia. Kita good kita ko agad ang pag ka walang turista sa paligig nang Maynila. Ang paniwalang na ang pandemia ay nag simula sa Asia, halos lahat umiiwas sa kontinent no ito. 

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Tourism Hard Hit by Pandemic

MANILA – The Philippines which relies on tourism to boost its economy is hit hard by the pandemic. Tourism-related employment in this Far East country shrank by 28 percent, while average hourly wage declined by 38%. I was in the Philippines last March 2020 when the pandemic broke out. And I noticed the absence of tourists in Metro Manila. The perception seemed to be that with the source of Covid 19 being in Asia, no one wanted to be in that continent. 

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Toronto ’trashy’ fra spazzatura e mascherine abbandonate

TORONTO – Toronto produce 900.000 tonnellate di rifiuti all’anno. Ma non è chiaro se questa cifra sia pre-pandemia. La spazzatura non è un problema incentrato su Toronto. È stato recentemente riportato dal New York Times che 193 Paesi hanno prodotto 8 milioni di tonnellate di rifiuti di plastica legati alla pandemia. Si prevede che 1,5 miliardi di maschere per il viso finiranno nei nostri oceani… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Basura ng Toronto

TORONTO – Mahigit na 900,000 toneladang basura ang linalabas nang Toronto bawa’t taon. Pero hindi maliwanag kung ang ulat na ito ay bago pandemia. Ang basura ay hindi lamang problema nang Toronto. Ang huling ulat nang New York Time, 193 na bayan ay nag kamit na 8 milliones na tonelada plastik na basura konektado sa pandemia basura. 1.5 billiones takip sa mukha ay mauuwi sa atin karagatan. 

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Trashy Toronto

TORONTO – Toronto produces 900,000 tonnes of waste per year.  But it is unclear whether this figure is pre-pandemic.  Trash is not a Toronto-centric problem.  It was recently reported in the New York Times that 193 countries have produced 8 million tonnes of pandemic-related plastic waste. 1.5 billion face masks are projected to end up in your oceans. 

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“Salamat, Omicron”

Maraming dapat pasalamatan nitong Amerikan “Thanksgiving”. Ang una ang pagbabalik nang “Macy’s” na parade, na wala nang maga karton hubog tao, para pang pakita na mayroon nanunuod na maga tao sa kalsada. Nakating sa maga malalaking at magagandang lobo na “Baby Boss”. Ang pag babalik nang tinatawag “Itim na Bieyernes” unang pintong bukassan. (90+ bigillantes nag papangap “Fast and the Furious” in Walnut Creek). Ang hinihiwalay na lugar para sa maga hindi gustong bisita sa “Thanksgiving” lamesa nang pamilya-“Omicron”. 

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 “Thank you, Omicron!” 

TORONTO – There was much to give thanks for in the U.S. Thanksgiving.  A return to the Macy’s Parade with non-cardboard cutout children standing in the streets of New York, in wonderment of the “Boss Baby” balloon.  A return to Black Friday doorcrashers (90+ vigilantes recreating “Fast and the Furious” in Walnut Creek).  And setting a place for an unwanted visitor at the Thanksgiving family table – “Omicron”. 

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Toronto’s Cautious Return to Normalcy

TORONTO – Signs of a return to some semblance of normalcy are popping up around the city. For the first time the Metro Toronto Convention Centre held a three-day Art Show at full capacity. These days, exhibits like this are done differently, by lines. First line checks your electronic tickets. Second line, your proof of vaccination and identifications. Last line, security check. Then, you’re on your own but with self-discipline, maintaining physical distance while strolling in a fashionable manner, looking at one art work after another, perhaps lingering at some, trying to decipher what the artist was trying to convey. (more…)

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Toronto Maingat Dahan Dahan Bumabalik sa Dati

TORONTO – Maga palatandaan ay unti unti mapapansin ang pag babalik sa siyudad. Sa Kauna unahan pag kakataon ang Toronto Metro Convention Centre ay nag bukas nang tatlong araw mag display nang maga pintura galing sa iba ibang bansa na punuan. Sa pag kakataon ito ibang klase ang stilo, na kabang mayroon tunay na larawan para tingnan nang publiko, mayroon din makikita sa pamamagitan nang suom na elektronik sa linia. Mapapansin ang kaibahan at pag iigat sa pag pasok. Ang unang pila mo, mararanasan mo na sinisita ang elektonik mong tiket sa pag pasok. At ang pagalawa ay ang katibayan na ikaw ay may dalawang bakuna, at naka maskara ka. At ang pagatlo ay ang iyon dalang gamit. Pag katapos noon, bahala ka na sa sarili mo kung papaano lang umiwas sa masisikip at maraming tao. At tingnan ang maga iba ibang bagay na pinapakita at binebenta nang maga artis.  (more…)

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Mula sa Roma hanggang Glasgow para sa kinabukasan ng kapaligiran

TORONTO – Halos lahat nang daan ay patugo sa Italia para dumalo sa mahalagang pag pupulong nang G20 nitong taon ito. Si Joe Biden presidente nang Amerika ay hininto ang maga mahalagang bagay na ginagawang para sa kanilang bayan para lang makadalo sa Italia upang makadalo sa pag pupulong na ito na ang pagsa ay ang pag babago nang klema. Si Prince Charles ay nag bigay nang pang gugusap sa mga liderato nang iba ibang bayan.  (more…)

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From Rome to Glasgow, all the challenges of the international community

TORONTO – All roads led to Italy for the 2-day G20 summit meeting this year. US President Joe Biden had to put on hold domestic issues just to be in Rome for this summit. Top of the agenda was climate change. Prince Charles addressed the leaders of attending countries. From Rome, participants proceeded to Glasgow, Scotland, for the UN COP26 meeting. In both meetings, activists ensured that their voices are heard by world leaders. These meetings are unique because Covid safety protocols are in place. I remember when G8-G20 was held in Toronto having experienced challenges covering the event.  (more…)

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Bisikleta sa Toronto

TORONTO – Mayroon na naman na puting biskleta sa kato kalye nang Bloor at Unibersity. Isa na naman buhay ang nawala at hindi maalis sa akin kaisipan na dapat ito ay di nangyari at naiwasan. Ang edad nang bata ay 18 taon gulang. Lalong mahirap tangapin na ang bata ay mula sa Filipino-Canadian kommuniti. Ito’y maaring isang pamangkin, isang kapatid, kaibigan nang pamilya. Hindi ito ang unang nasawi sa lugar. Noon 2018 sa kalye nang Bloor at St. George may isang babae edad na 58 ay namatay nang ito ay tinamaan nang isang plat beded trak.  (more…)

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Bicycles in Toronto 

TORONTO – There is a white bicycle at the corner of Bloor and University street. Another cyclist’s life has been claimed and I cannot help but think that this somehow could have been avoided.  The boy was only 18. What makes this even harder is that he appears to be from the Filipino community. This could have been a nephew, a brother, a friend of the family.  This is not the first fatality in the Annex area.  In 2018, at Bloor and St. George, a 58-year-old woman was killed by a flatbed truck.  (more…)

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Ang Utos na Pagsuot ng Maskara Habang Naghihintay Mabakunahan ang mga Batang Nagkakaedad ng 5 hanggang 11

TORONTO – Nitong nakaraang linggo, napadaan ako sa isang eskuwelang pansimula at nakita ko ang mga batang na nagkakaedad ng 5 o 6 na naglalaro nang nakamaskara sa likod bakuran ng eskuwela. Natuwa ako dahil masaya silang naglalaro. Pero nalungkot din ako kasi nakamaskara silang nagtatakbuhan. Tila hindi sila balisa sa suot nilang maskara. At, naisip ko na kung hindi ang mga bata nababalisa sa pagsuot ng maskara, bakit kaya ang mga nakatatanda sa kanila ay kabaliktaran ang nararamdaman pag suot ang maskara.  (more…)

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Mask Mandate While Waiting for Children Age 5 to 11 to Get Vaccinated

TORONTO – Last week, I passed the play yard of an elementary school and saw children, presumably aged five and six, enjoying the pleasant morning’s tail of summer weather, running and playing games they concocted or just enjoying each other’s company. It felt good seeing kids back to school for in-person learning. But, I must admit, it also felt bad to see them all masked up.  (more…)

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Ang Umaakyat na Presyo ng mga Pagkain nitong Pandemya

TORONTO – Isang kaibigan ko ang pumuna ng presyo ng Big Mac, na pag kumakain ka nito parati, di mo mapupuna ang presyo pero kung ikaw ay yung taong tulad ko na paminsan minsan lang kumain ng Big Mac, malamang magulat ka sa babayaran mo. Nitong nakaraang mahigit na isang taon, hindi ako kumain ng Big Mac hanggang ilang araw na nakalipas nang bumili ako ng dalawang Big Mac meals at nagulat ako sa binayaran ko – mahigit $23! Sabi ng kaibigan ko, mas makakatipid ka kung may coupon ka, konti sa kalahati ang babayaran mo. Ang sa akin naman ay gaano kadalas nagbibigay ng coupon para sa Big Mac.  (more…)

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The Rising Food Prices during this Pandemic

TORONTO – A friend once commented on the price of a Big Mac, that if you eat it regularly, like once a week, you don’t notice the price increase because it’s in the cents. But, if you order it, say, once every six months, or in my case, in a gap of almost two years because of the pandemic, you feel the crunch, as I did when I ordered two Big Mac meals three weeks ago. I paid $23 and some cents! My friend then added, it’s good if you have the coupon because you pay just a little over half of the regular price. The question that begs answering is, how often does Big Mac come up with coupons. (more…)

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 “TIFF 2021”: sinisikap natin na makabalik sa dating pamumuhay

TORONTO – Mayroon malaking pagitan sa harap nang Roy Thomson Hall. Dati rati mayroon mahabang puting tolda kung saan nag titipon ang mga potograper nag una Han kumuha nang litrato nang maga sikat na artista nadumaraan sa pula karpet. Sa ngayon ang makikita mo ay maga tao na may hawak na tali nang aso na linalakad, at pinupulot ang poo poo sa David Pecaut Square. Tahimik ang lahat. (more…)

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TIFF 2021: We are trying our best to go back to The Real Normal

TORONTO – There is a gaping hole in front of Roy Thomson Hall. Where there was once a long white pitched-up tent where the media elbowed each other to get a word in edge-wise to famous celebrities as they graced the red carpet, there now stand dog walkers picking up poop in David Pecaut Square. It is quiet. No screaming fans, no flash photography. But all is not lost. (more…)

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Ang hatol na ibinigay: 1st Degree Murder at panggahasa. Wastong hustisye na karapat dapat

TORONTO – Kapag ang Isang karumaldumal na krimen ay naganap malapit sa tahanan, ito ay nag dadala nang malakas na dagot na parang Isang lindol sa buong kumunidad nang Filipino-Kanadian nang Toronto. Laluna sa malalapit na kaibigan at maga kamaganak at nang marinig nandito sa Kanada, kapag ang asawa ang biktima, ang kalahating may bahay ay unang suspetsa. Kasindak sindak ang pang yayari subalit, pakikiramay ay unang nanaig sa mga kababayan. Medyo nakahiga lang nang konti ang komunidad nang mahuli ang Isang suspek nagagalan Yostin Murillo na ang lahi ay isang Costa Rican.  (more…)

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Life with no parole for 22 years for intruders who killed mom of three

TORONTO –  When a grisly and gory crime hits close to home, it sends a shock wave to the whole Filipino-Canadian community of Toronto, especially to closer friends and relatives of the victim hearing for the first time that when a partner is murdered, the surviving partner is always the suspect. Tragic as it may be, the initial reaction is for everyone to send in their condolences. Only after Yostin Murillo, a main suspect of Costa Rican background, was arrested were friends and relatives of the couple able to breathe a sigh of relief.  (more…)

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Ang birus na mas mataas makahawa kaysa Kobid-19

TORONTO – Noon taon 2018, mga taga Ontario ay nag rehistro nang 835,175 na mayroon mahigit na isa ang pag aari nang tirahan ayon sa statistik Kanada. Noon Hulyo 2020, tayo ay katatapos palang nang unang dagsa nang Kobid. At ang CTV ay nag ulat na “Katteges ari arian pambenta ay nag taassan sa dahilan ang mga Kanadiano ay nag tratrabaho sa mga liblib na lugar.”  (more…)

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A virus that has a fatality rate higher than COVID-19 

TORONTO – In 2018, 835,175 Ontarians were recorded as “multiple property owners” by Statistics Canada.  In July 2020, we were just getting over the First Wave and CTV was reporting:  “Cottage real estate market heats up with more Canadians working remotely”.  In April 2021, the Globe & Mail reported that “in Toronto, as many as 1 in 5 homeowners own more than one property”(more…)

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Code Red Para sa mga Mamamayan ng Mundo

TORONTO – Nung Mayo nitong taon na ito, maraming mga manok at mga isda ang nangamatay sa Dagupan, Philippines, dahil sa tinding init na umabot sa 52 Celsius. Nitong tag araw sa Canada, ang baryong Lytton sa BC, ay uminit nang matindi na umabot ng 49.4 Celsius, tapos nasunog  ito sa sumunod na araw. Nung 2018, dalawang kamaganak ko ang bumiyahe sa San Francisco para makipagkita sa mga pinsan na dumadalaw galing sa Pilipinas. Nang pababa na ang eroplano nila, kitang kita nila ang mga sunog sa California. Paglabas nila sa hantungan, puro usok ang naamoy nila at nangailangan silang magsuot ng maskara. Nung huling araw nila sa SFO, yung mga cable cars na likas na San Franciscan ay hindi pinahintulutan na umandar dahil sa alikabok at mababang aninag sa dadaanan ng mga ito.  (more…)

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Code Red for Humanity

TORONTO – May 12th of this year saw chickens and fishes dying from the heat in Dagupan City, Philippines. The temperature that day registered at 52 Celsius. Early this summer, Lytton, BC, registered a record high of 49.4 C. The following day, wildfire devastated the village. In 2018, two relatives travelled to San Francisco early November to meet up with their cousins who were touring the US. While their plane descended for landing, they could see wildfires from the plane window. When they stepped out of the terminal, smoke was in the air. They had to wear masks. This, in SFO, in November. On their last full day in that city, the cable cars, which give SFO its character, stopped running for the day. The streets of San Francisco were covered in dust and visibility was so low, operating a cable car became risky, given that this is done manually. (more…)

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Kanseladong Pagdiriwang – Toronto Mawawalan na naman nang halagang $8.35 Billion


TORONTO – Sa kasalukuyan sa isang lugar, mayroon 18,000 sukat na talampakan na bodega, mayroon mga tapetang pang lamesa at 5,000 silya napupuno nang alikabok at naluluma. Kung mayroon kang isang okassion, kailagan mo nang sibleta, kutsara’t tinidor, lugar para sa mga tao para upuan. Mga maliit na bagay bagay na marahil di natin binibigyan nang pansin dati rati. Ito’y maga bagay na bumubuo sa isang okassion nang isang industria na malapit nang mag wakas dulot, nang Kobid-19.  (more…)

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Cancelled Events – Toronto stands to lose another $8.35 billion 

TORONTO – Somewhere out there, in an 18,000 square foot warehouse, table cloths and 5,000 chairs are rotting away. When you have an event, you need napkins, cutlery, places for people to stand, places for people to sit.  Things like these, which you may never have paid much attention to before, in their own small way, contribute to the fabric of the Events Industry – on the brink of extinction, thanks to COVID-19.  (more…)

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Ang Panganib ng Opioid Habang May Pandemya

Bago mag pandemya, may nakausap akong kaibigan na nagtatrabaho sa Eaton Centre. Pagka ang shift niya ay bago magsara ang tindahan na pinapasukan niya, nakakatagpo siya paglabas niya sa mall ng mga tao kakaiba ang kilos, na alam niya na may ininom o ininiksiyon sa katawan. Sabi niya, hindi siya nagaalala sa mga taong nakatira sa kalye. Ang inaalala niya ay mga “druggies” dahil nangmomolestiya sa mga hindi kakilala at sa pamamaraang hindi kanaisnais. (more…)

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Bitcoin Mahirap Intindihin 

Noon Bieyernes 25 nang Hunio 2021 ang pagunahin balita na umuugong sa Google ay Kryptokuransy (1) Ethereum, Dogecoin, BNB, XRP, (2)- maga pagalan parang planeta, diretsong galing sa siansiya pangisip-na nag dudulot nang kaguluhan o pag kasindak. Sa lahat nang ito ay ang Bitcoin. Kunting pagka takataka? Ang 52-lingo taas nang Bitcoin dating $64,863. Noon 9:06 Bieryernes nang umaga nang 25 nang Junio 2021 ito ay bumagsak pag baba nang $33,100.54. Maga experto sa prohekto sinabi na ang bagay na ito ay lalong lalala. (more…)

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Bitcoin is a Bit Hard to Understand 

On Friday, June 25, 2021, the number one news trending in Google was cryptocurrency.  Ethereum, Dogecoin, BNB, XRP – sounding like names of planets, straight out of science fiction – were causing quite a stir, if not panic.  At the centre of it all was Bitcoin. Bitcurious? The 52-week high of Bitcoin had been $64,863.  At 9:06 am on Friday, June 25, 2021, it plummeted down to $33,100.54.  Experts project that things are going get worse. (more…)

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Ang Panlimang Pinakamalaking Kalakal-Panluwas ng Canada

Nang bumisita ang aking ina sa Toronto nung dekadang setenta, ito ang binigay niyang impresyon sa siyudad: napakalamig at maraming puno. Datapwat pumanaw na siya, aking naaalala siya ngayong sumusulat ako tungkol sa mga punongkahoy. Ipinanganak at lumaki ako sa lungsod ng Manila na konti lang ang mga puno. meron meron naman isang matandang Acacia na malapit sa amin na ginagamit na tagpuan o palatandaan ng mga tao. (more…)


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