MetroVan Independent News September 2015

September 2015 Pinoy fiesta Vancouver 2015: Is this what it has come to? Hail to the queen at west van's 2015 Harmony Arts Festival Concerns and complaints from community members could be the start of the end of the once popular cultural event. From the colorful art exhibits to music under the stars, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary finale with a big bang. >News PAge 6 >Entertainment PAge 14 Vol. 1 No. 6 METROVAN INDEPENDENT MEDIA Canada in recession Conservatives in BC abandon Harper? By Yul Baritugo One of the startling result of a new poll by Insight West is that aside from lagging behind, Conservative voters in 2011 are now looking elsewhere following a series of scandals that have rocked the federal Conservative Party. The change of heart follows closely several high profile cases including robocalls or Conservative voter suppression tactics, election overspending, partisan appointments of Conservative supporters, fraud, bribery, breach of trust and even assault including the Mike Duffy trial where the machinations of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) were revealed by former officials. > News page 2 Iglesia ni Cristo protest vs. Aquino gov’t ends Photo by Diones Lago Summer frolic in North Van. By Yul Baritugo It’s now official. Canada's economy recoiled for the second-straight quarter of 2015 -- knocking the country into recession, fresh Statistics Canada data revealed. In contrast, real GDP in the United States rose to 3.7 percent. The Bank of Canada had earlier hinted of a recession although Statistics Canada’s official data today finally reveals the real state of the economy under Conservative rule. Central Bank Governor Stephen Poloz said: “Additional monetary stimulus is Connect with us: @MetroVanNews required at this time to help return the economy to full capacity and inflation sustainable to target.” The Conservatives, under Harper, however scorned this policy direction opting instead to stick to its pipe dream of having a balanced budget by selling GM shares at a loss, taking a huge amount of money from worker-funded Employment Insurance, and cutting government spending by enormous job and program cuts. The next issue for ordinary folks will be how long it will last. If the currency exchange rate projection reflects the state of the economy, there are studies that suggest the currency slump could last a decade. The exchange rate went down to C$0.75 cents to a US greenback yesterday. It is believed, it will still go down to around C$0.60 cents to a US dollar if oil prices continue to plummet. The federal agency said real gross domestic product (GDP), the sum total of all goods and services produced in the country, contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 percent in the second quarter of the year, which followed a revised decline of 0.8 percent during the first three months of 2015. > NEWS page 3 The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on Monday, August 31, ended their 5-day protest against the government's supposed interference with internal church matters, saying they have reached an understanding with the Aquino administration. "Nais po naming ipabatid sa inyong lahat na nagkausap na po ang panig ng Iglesia at ng panig ng pamahalaan at sa pag-uusap na ito ay nagkapaliwanagan na po ang dalawang panig. Kaya payapa na po ang lahat," Bienvenido Santiago, INC general evangelist, said in a video statement posted online Monday morning (Sunday in Vancouver). > News page 3