Was the recently established Community Recovery Committee in Trinidad just an election gimmick ?

Was the recently established Community Recovery Committee in Trinidad just an election gimmick ?

By Gerard Johnson   It was a day of rage and mayhem unlike anything the capital had seen since the Black Power revolt of 1970. From Beetham to Belmont, Sea Lots to Cocorite, from Laventille to Morvant, hundreds of angry marauding youths from these depressed areas  rampaged through the streets of Port of Spain, blocking […]

Ismalia Alfa takes over from Matt Galloway on Metro Morning

Ismalia Alfa takes over from Matt Galloway on Metro Morning

CBC radio’s Metro Morning is the most listen to morning radio show in Toronto. Hosting the  talk show is one of those jobs that come around only about once every ten years. So when veteran announcer Matt Galloway left his morning gig to take over hosting the national morning public affairs show, The Current, the […]

Atlantic Mas’ delivers ‘Black Lives Matter ‘ messge with a Caribbean beat

Atlantic Mas’ delivers ‘Black Lives Matter ‘ messge  with a Caribbean beat

More than 200 placard-carrying protesters walked a circuitous route along sidewalks and streets from City Hall in Toronto to Queen’s Park and back on Saturday to the rhythms of Caribbean music from a sound truck a la Caribana. The protest demonstration was organized by Atlantic Mas’ bandleader Akil Heywood who delivered a  “Black Lives Matter” […]

A chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of the country

By Carlton  Joseph Last Saturday, July 4,  the United States celebrated 243 years of Independence.  The celebration was muted as the country was dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic and the alarming spike in virus cases.  The official U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has now topped 130,000 with nearly 2.7 million confirmed cases of the disease […]

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

Best break out bags and bags of popcorn. You will need a shopping basket full to get through this year’s Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) – and, oh gosh. you are going to have to pop them all yourself. The festival is going online this year. So all the movies will have to be  seen […]

Protesters attacked with hockey stick following rally in Winnipeg

Protesters attacked with hockey stick following rally  in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG –  Winnipeg Police  is investigating an incident on Saturday in  which two protesters were attacked with a hockey stick after a Black and Indigenous Lives Matter rally Video of the incident, which was reported to police just after 8 p.m. on Saturday is circulating on social media. In one video, a woman can be […]

Protesters demand more rights for migrant workers

Protesters demand more rights for migrant workers

Dozens of protesters gathered outside Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino’s office in Toronto on Saturday, calling on the federal government to give more rights to non-permanent residents in the country — including full immigration status. “The prime minister of Canada must step in and give everybody status so that everyone in the country has the same […]

IDB warns of devastating tourism shocks in Caribbean

IDB warns of devastating tourism shocks in Caribbean

WASHINGTON, DC, United States— A new study by the Inter-American Bank (IDB) says Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will suffer “an unprecedented economic shock” from a sharp downturn in tourism as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The report, ‘Extreme Outlier: The Pandemic’s Unprecedented Shock to Tourism in Latin America and the […]

‘Driving while Black’ demonstration hits the streets of Montreal

MONTREAL – Long lines of  motor vehicles driven by Black drivers hit the streets here on Sunday as part of a demonstration to denounce racial profiling, and to bring awareness to the phenomenon of “driving while Black,” in which members of the Black community are frequently stopped by police. The demonstration took place a few […]

The immorality of denying anyone medical support

The immorality of denying anyone medical support

By David Jessop Last month a bill was introduced into the US Senate by three Republican Senators. In part, it proposes that nations contracting with Cuba to receive medical support be designated as engaged in ‘human trafficking’. Responding, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) issued a strongly worded statement ‘repudiating’ the measure and praising […]

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