Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home celebrates anniversary

Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home celebrates anniversary

Covenant Funeral Homes celebrates 4th anniversary in Black History Month Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home Covenant Funeral Homes Inc. (CFH) is Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home, and is celebrating its 4th year of operations. Founder of CFH, Luann Jones says she began the business following a car accident over 20 years ago, “That brush with […]

Notting Hill Carnival facing challenges says British activists

Notting Hill Carnival facing challenges says British activists

By Lincoln DePradine The future of England’s Notting Hill Carnival is “challenging’’ and there is “dissonance’’ around the festival, says Ansel Wong, a Trinidad-born cultural and political activist. “In terms of the United Kingdom context, carnival can’t be stopped because it’s deeply rooted in the fabric of the society. It’s the major tourist event of […]

Work permit for the spouse of a student in Canada can be refused if marriage not genuine

Work permit for the spouse of a student in Canada can be refused if marriage not genuine

By Sukhram Ramkissoon A reader recently contacted my office and stated that she is in Canada on a student permit.  She recently traveled to her home country and married a person whom she has known for approximately two years and they are in a genuine relationship.   She is wants him to join her in Canada […]

Reflections on Survival & Liberation at U of T Feb 3

Reflections on Survival & Liberation at U of T Feb 3

Two Black activists reflect on their struggles and journeys through the social, cultural and political landscapes of the United Kingdom. Zainab Abbas and Ansel Wong were leaders of the Black Liberation Front, a Third World revolutionary organization founded in North London in 1971. The Black Liberation Front combatted fascist violence in Britain, constructed “central communal […]

Barack Obama calls on young people to embrace the creative skills

Barack Obama calls on young people  to embrace the creative skills

“Hit your books, people.” That’s the advice former United States president Barack Obama  gave to thousands of young people who gathered last Thursday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Obama was speaking at a forum about the future of work organized by the Economic Club of Canada and the Global Institute for Conscious Economics. “You […]

St Lucia marks 40th year of independence with over 400,000 visitors

St Lucia marks 40th year of independence with over 400,000 visitors

The latest figures indicate that Saint Lucia has surpassed all previous records set with regards to stay-over arrivals. For the period January to December 2019, Saint Lucia recorded 423,736 stay-over visitors; the highest in the island’s history. This year marked the first time that the destination broke the 400,000 mark in stay-over arrivals in a […]

No need for more studies to address anti-Black racism

No need for more studies to address anti-Black racism

By Lincoln DePradine Political leaders do not need “more studies’’ to address anti-Black racism in Canada, including in the City of Toronto, which is “segregated by race and income’’, according to speakers at a Black History Month (BHM) event. “Anti-Black racism in all of its manifestations continues to negatively impact Black life in all facets […]

Long-term ‘out of status’ visitor allowed to remain in Canada on humanitarian grounds

Long-term ‘out of status’ visitor allowed to remain  in Canada on humanitarian  grounds

Immigration Matters              Sukhram Ramkissoon Long-term ‘out of status’ visitor allowed to remain in Canada on humanitarian  grounds More  than  ten years  after Grace (not her real name) fled from her home in the Caribbean to escape domestic violence, she has finally got the green light from immigration authorities to remain in Canada as a permanent resident. […]

Trini roots poet wins prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize

Trini roots poet wins prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize

In conversation with fellow poet Nick Makoha for Wasafiri magazine, Roger Robinson says, “I had the idea of A Portable Paradise roughly looking at leaving Trinidad and coming to England and feeling my roots are in England now.” Robinson was born in England but spent most of his childhood and adolescent years in Trinidad, where […]