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 […]

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 […]

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  […]

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 […]

Senator wants August 1 to be declared National Emancipation Day across Canada

Senator  wants August 1 to be declared National Emancipation Day across Canada

It all happened underground late at night while most of Toronto slept. Looking out over a sea of Caribbean Canadian faces at the start of the annual Freedom Ride, Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard  shouted:“You should see the beautiful view from here!” The Halifax senator, one of  the few Afro-Canadians in the Upper Chamber, was a keynote […]

Sally wins ‘Band of the Year’ – again

Sally wins ‘Band of the Year’ – again

By Lincoln DePradine Victory always leaves a sweet taste, even when you are an ace mas’ band leader like Louis Saldenah, who now has captured 19 “Band of the Year” titles at  the Toronto carnival. “It’s always great to win,’’ Trinidad-born Saldenah told the Caribbean Camera. “It’s great for the volunteers, the workers, the section […]

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