Diversity will be a major priority in Battle of the Blades

Diversity will be a major priority in Battle of the Blades

Canadian figure skating reality show Battle of the Blades is making diversity a major priority for the upcoming sixth season with its selection of competitors and judges. Four Black athletes and one Black judge will be taking part in the new season, and three female hockey players are participating for the first time in the […]

Carnival in Jamaica postponed until 2021

Carnival in Jamaica postponed until 2021

  KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett  announced last week that Carnival in Jamaica organisers will forego its annual road march and related activities until April 11, 2021. “As the country enters the community transmission phase of the COVID-19 virus, we strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people, to forego […]

Montreal should restrict police use of facial recognition technology – councillor

Montreal should restrict police use of facial recognition technology – councillor

MONTREAL — A Montreal city councillor said he will introduce a motion next week to restrict the use of facial recognition and other “invasive” surveillance technologies by city police. The motion is based on a bylaw adopted by New York City and would be the first in Canada to address the use of facial recognition […]

Man charged in stabbing death of mosque caretaker

Man charged in stabbing death of  mosque caretaker

Police have arrested a 34-year old man  in the stabbing death of 58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, a  Guyanese-born volunteer caretaker at the Inernational Muslim Organization (IMO) mosque in Toronto. Guilherme Von Neutegem has been charged with first-degree murder. “There does not appear to be any motive and there does not appear to be any known relationship […]

School to be renamed

School to be renamed

The Vaughan Secondary school in the Greater Toronto Area is to be renamed. The York Region District School Board trustees have voted unanimously to rename the school after consultations with the public. In an announcement last week, Board officials said the word “Vaughan” was removed from the school’s name, leaving it unnamed for now. According […]

‘Patterns of the people’ unveiled at Toronto City Hall

‘Patterns of the people’ unveiled at Toronto City Hall

By Lincoln DePradine A newly unveiled sign in front of Toronto City Hall commemorating the “United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent’’, is a “powerful message’’ in the resolve at ending anti-Black racism, says Mayor John Tory. Back in 2015, a sign was installed at Nathan Phillips Square for Toronto’s hosting of the […]

Jamaican diplomats take up appointments in Camada

Jamaican diplomats take up appointments in Camada

By Lincoln DePradine Two Jamaicans diplomats have taken up their new appointments in Canada. Sharon Miller is the High Commissioner based in Ottawa and Lincoln Downer is the Toronto consul general. Both are career public servants. Miller, who holds a Bachelor of Science in public administration, is a former Jamaica ambassador to the Republic of […]

Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa Oumarally is back. The former CEO of the Festival Management Committee (FMC) which runs the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, had “stepped down” last month. Now Omarally is returning to the FMC  – but as a member of the board, a position in which she had previously served. She joins four  new board members, most […]

Toronto’s Afrocentric school unavailable for virtual learning

Toronto’s Afrocentric school unavailable for virtual learning

By Lincoln DePradine Last March, when the Coronavirus pandemic forced a closure of schools across Canada, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) continued its education programs by offering online learning for students confined at home. Now, at the start of the new school year, virtual or online learning is an option for TDSB institutions, except […]

Migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

VANCOUVER — Migrant workers and advocates called for a “just recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday. The pandemic has shown how heavily Canada relies on migrant and undocumented workers to perform essential jobs, said Chit Arma, who chairs the Migrant Workers Centre’s board of directors in Vancouver. “The pandemic has […]

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