Resetting the vision

Resetting the vision

Editorial Resetting the vision In an interview on Sunday, Joe Halstead, chairman of the Festival Management Committee (FMC), organizers of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, told this newspaper  of the problems plaguing his organization, including its financial woes. These, of course, are not new problems . But according  to Halstead, one of  FMC’s successes was that […]

Achampong launches legal challenge against seat slashing legislation

Achampong launches legal challenge against seat slashing legislation

Toronto lawyer Rocco  Kusi Achampong  says he is ready to fight the Progressive Conservative govermnent of  Premier Doug Ford over  legislation – The Better Local Government Act – to  slash the number of Toronto City Councillors from  47  to 25. Ghana-born Achampong  who is  one of several persons in  Toronto’s Black community who entered the […]

Jamaica-born human rights champion Bromley Armstrong dies at 92

Jamaica-born human rights champion Bromley Armstrong dies at 92

By Lincoln DePradine In more than 70 years in Canada, Bromley Armstrong faced death threats, experienced racial discrimination firsthand and suffered health problems in an endless struggle for equity and human rights for all people. But Armstrong – who died last Friday at 92 – never has had any regrets about his actions and was […]

Canada scraps family reunification lottery

Canada scraps family reunification lottery

OTTAWA  –  The Canadian government  said on Monday that it is scrapping a family reunification lottery and going back to a first-come, first-serve immigration policy as it looks to double the number of parents and grandparents admitted to the country. The change back to the old system follows a backlash from frustrated sponsors who described […]

Jamaica finishes NACAC championships in Toronto with 21 medals

Jamaica finishes NACAC championships in Toronto with 21 medals

Jamaican athletes Fredrick Dacres and Shanieka Ricketts both set  records at the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Senior Championships at  the Varsity Stadium in Toronto on the weekend Dacres threw 68.47m to lead a Jamaican first and second place finish in the men’s discus throw as Traves Smikle took second, while […]

Jamaica aims to create new markets for its cultural products

Jamaica aims to create new markets for its cultural products

Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, praised  members of the Jamaican diaspora in Toronto for their fortitude, their “relentless push for success ” and  for becoming ” part of the new multicultural society which they fashioned with the Jamaican touch. ” But most of  all, we salute you because you never […]

Niagara Falls getting ready to jump up to a Caribbean beat

Niagara Falls  getting ready  to jump up to a Caribbean beat

By Stephen Weir While Torontonians have already put away their carnival costumes for another year, in Niagara Falls the Caribana “schooling” is just about to begin. Tomorrow morning the musical group, Kobo Town, a fleet of food trucks and a busload of mas’ veterans will be heading down the QEW to a famous Niagara Falls […]

West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held at Markham fair grounds

West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held  at Markham fair grounds

By Lincoln DePradine An outing which began simply as an occasion for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to  “lime” together in Toronto, now has mushroomed to include other West Indians and has raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The first “Family and Friends Picnic’’, organized by what is now known as the United Trinbago […]

Faces of the festival -Three new coffee table books

Faces of the festival -Three new coffee table books

By Stephen Weir For the past two-weeks, photographer Don Moreland has been pouring over the thousands of photographs that he and his team took at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade, the Junior Carnival Parade and the King and Queen Competition. By weekend, the first copies of his three coffee table books with pictures  […]

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

HAVANA – Cuba began a rare public discussion on Monday  to overhaul its Cold War-era constitution, a process the government is calling participatory democracy at its best and opponents are branding a fraud. Cuba’s National Assembly approved a draft of changes to the 1976 constitution last month, including amendments that would pave the way for […]

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