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There was not enough space to publish these letters in the hard copy version of the magazine, so we are thankful for the online version giving us a chance to get the
messages out.

  1. IEP Conference
  2. Multicultural Radio Programs Missed in Our Guide
  3. Scams, and how new immigrants can protect themselves – Complaints About Primerica

IEP Conference

Dear Editor:

I want to compliment you on the excellence of your publication Canadian Newcomer Magazine. The articles are relevant and comprehensive; the magazine is inspiring and I applaud your efforts on making this wonderful magazine happen.

Recently I was given copy of the magazine because of an article written about the IEP Conference that I conceptualized and have driven with three partners for the past three years. However I would like to point out that the 2002, 2003 and 2004 IEP conferences took place because of a great deal of hard work by a small group of people on a very tight budget.

Progress Career Planning Institute along with its partners Toronto Community News, City of Toronto Economic Development and most recently University of Toronto Professional Development Centre in conjunction with a steering committee of community partners and voluntary IEPS donate a great deal of their own time and resources to make this conference happen. Attendees take advantage of this one day conference free.

I would appreciate recognition being given to all the individuals, organizations and sponsors who contribute to making this event such a success. Seventy presenters from Canada’s top corporations along with 80 volunteers share information and networking with 800 attendees from over 60 countries. For more information readers can visit www.iep.ca

Rhonda Singer
Conference Chair
Progress Career Planning Institute

Multicultural Radio Programs Missed in Our Guide

Letter 1

Dear Editor,

Please include in your listing “Voices from Home – Multicultural Guide” Filipino Radio Programs, Monday through Friday, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at Radyo Pinoy 101.3 FM CMR-CSJA. The programs are in Tagalog, the main language among Filipinos.

Paul F. de la Cruz
Pinoy Express, Producer/Host
Tuesdays, 8-9 PM Radyo Pinoy 101.3 FM

Letter 2

Hi Dale,

I picked up Newcomer Magazine the other day. Overall, a very nice magazine which I am sure is useful to immigrants and other newcomers. I did catch a couple omissions and one error in your multicultural radio guide.

French: There is no station on 101.9 anywhere near Toronto. Also, 105.1 is
not yet on the air. I have heard that it *may* be on air in mid-June.

Three radio stations are missing:

There is a station on 101.3 that carries programming in several South Asian languages, including Tamil. This came on the air when the CHIN relay moved from 101.3 to 91.9 (to accommodate the new 101.3 station).

And, a station on 1610 carries programming in Spanish, primarily for people from El Salvador, Mexico and other countries in Central and South America. 1610 is on a portion of the AM band known as the expanded band.

Another station, daytime-only WTOR 770, operates from Youngstown NY across the lake, but is actually aimed at Toronto. I believe the station has sales offices here. The signal is loud and clear here, and it carries multiple languages. There is a Jewish program and maybe other multicultural programming on CHRY 105.5, which broadcasts from York University.

There is also an Aboriginal station on 106.5, with programming in English. Aboriginal Voices Radio might technically qualify for your multicultural list, though these people are not exactly immigrants.

Best regards,

Saul Chernos

Scams, and how new immigrants can protect themselves – Complaints About Primerica

Dear Editor

“Regarding the article you have on pages 3-6 (of issue #6) about scams, and how new immigrants can protect themselves, I find it very disconcerting to note that you have an advertisement from PRIMERICA” in your magazine. I’m sure you realise that anyone reading your magazine will assume that you have vetted these businesses and that they are trustworthy to be used.

Never mind that PRIMERICA is a “member of Citicorp” Thats how it recruits. People know that Citicorp and Citibank have a good reputation.

But on Primerica’s own webaite its also states the following –

Primerica and its affiliates are subsidiaries of Citigroup Inc. Each subsidiary of Citigroup, and not Citigroup itself, is responsible for its obligations to its customers. Insurance and securities offered through Primerica Companies are not deposits. There is no bank guarantee. They are not FDIC insured. Securities may lose value.


Please find enclosed a few links about Primerica and how it works, and I’m sure you will be as concerned as I am.


Recruiting new bodies, which will require a joining fee payment of $199 to the company, is of a prime concern to the company and the recruiters.

At Primerica there is no such thing as a salary while you will be in training. It is a commissioned only insurance agent position being made available to you and to boot, you must pay out of your own pocket all of the costs incurred in doing business.


Basically what I read was that when you attend an “interview”, they recruit you to join, pay your $199 and then ask you for 6 references. These 6 references (your family & friends) then become their clients and you have to go out and find your own recruits. The more people you recruit, the more money you earn.

Sounds like a typical Pyramid scheme to me.


Robynne Lozier, Toronto (new immigrant to Canada)

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