Hate crimes on the rise in Toronto

Hate crimes on the rise in Toronto

Hate crimes in Toronto continue to rise. The Toronto Police, in its annual statistical report,  released last week, notes that in 2017, there was an increase in the total number of hate crime occurrences reported to the service. The report said that in comparison to 2016, the number of reported occurrences [in 2017] increased from […]

Virgin play has Toronto premiere

It’s a play you wouldn’t want to miss. Virgin premiered in Los Angeles to critical acclaim in September and it’s coming to Toronto. Written and produced by Alyson Renaldo, born in Toronto to Guyanese parents, Virgin is one woman’s exploration of her relationship with God, morals and personal fulfilment. It explores the myriad of fears […]

$150,000 donation aids after-school programs

$150,000 donation aids after-school programs

By Gerald V. Paul Global financier and Hadden Family Foundation President Glenn Hadden visited Charles Gordon Senior Public School last Friday and in a Santa-like fashion brought goodies: a $150,000 cheque. The funding will help thousands of at-risk students learn to cook, finish their homework and get fit through after-school programs. It’s in addition to […]

Centre of Excellence launched by BBPA

Centre of Excellence launched by BBPA

By Gerald V. Paul The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) launched its administrative offices, Centre of Excellence and Business Incubator at180 Elm St. recently. “This juncture is the dawn of a new era for the BBPA as it seeks to continue to leverage and build on the sacrifices and dedication of its pioneers, sponsors, […]

Policing our chief concerns

By Michael Lashley There was a time, not too long ago, when I overestimated the likely effectiveness of a series of well-documented policies and practices which have been recommended for our Toronto Police Service (TPS). On the basis of my own research earlier this year and information publicly available, I am now satisfied that a […]

La Petite Musicale: 45 years young

La Petite Musicale: 45 years young

By Oscar Wailoo Last Sunday evening, the Toronto chapter of the venerable La Petite Musicale of Toronto celebrated its 45th anniversary at its annual Christmas concert. Toronto’s La Petite is the proud offspring of the quintessential Caribbean chorale that was founded in the 1940’s by Olive Walke, musician, composer, folk singer and folklorist, and a […]

Leon Coldero shines at Wild Meat Fiesta

Leon Coldero shines at Wild Meat Fiesta

By Dave Douglas The enthusiasm behind the small crowd at the second-annual Wild Meat Soca Parang Fiesta was: We are here to have a good time – ‘Tis the season to be jolly! While fewer people showed up at the event last Sunday than expected, the energy from the artists on stage: Los Amigos, TO’s […]

Blair livid over carding report

Blair livid over carding report

By Gerald V. Paul As the search continues for a new police chief, current Chief Bill Blair was caught between a rock and a hard place on the question of racial profiling and carding last Thursday at Police Headquarters. “The public is ill-served by less than full examination of what is actually happening in 31 […]

Ballet Creole celebrates silver anniversary

After 25 years, Toronto’s premier dance company Ballet Creole will celebrate its silver anniversary season with a new section for Soulful Messiah and a ground-breaking spring production, Agua Como Vida. These two very diverse yet harmonious productions are combined to share an uplifting, multicultural celebration and will be presented as part of the Next Steps […]

Treat women with dignity: Retired cop

Treat women with dignity: Retired cop

By Jasminee Sahoye Retired Toronto Police constable Ojo Tewogbade is urging men within the Black community to treat their wives and spouses with respect and dignity and not to abuse them because “God created women to complement men.” His comments were made as a guest speaker at a fundraising dinner organized by Women of Excellence […]

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