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 […]

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  […]

Attorney elected new leader of Barbados opposition party

Attorney elected new leader of Barbados opposition party

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has elected attorneyVerla  DePeiza as its new leader as it seeks to rebuild following the defeat it suffered during the May 24 general election in Barbados. “If nothing else gives us the impetus to move forward it must be the fear of failing. This party is bigger than us. This […]

Rowley to contest leadership of the ruling PNM

Rowley to contest leadership of the ruling PNM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The leader of the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM), Dr Keith Rowley said he will head a slate contesting the leadership of the party when it holds internal elections on September 30. Addressing supporters at the party’s Family Day in Central Trinidad on Sunday, Rowley said that while the elections […]

Cancellation of Carnival Kingdom leaves ticket holders angry and disappointed

Cancellation of Carnival Kingdom leaves ticket holders  angry and disappointed

Less than two hours before a soca concert in Vaughan was due to start on Saturday night, the show was  cancelled, leaving thousands of ticket holders angry and disappointed. Carnival  Kingdom, hosted by Summer of Sound (SOS)  Fest Inc, was to be held at the Improve Canada outdoor entertainment complex, starting at  9 p.m. But […]

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