VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

 This week’s question: During the month of February – Black History Month –  Canadians will celebrate the achievements of African Canadians  who have done much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation that it is. Do you believe that young people in the Caribbean community are sufficiently aware of the history  of […]

Education minister orders review of school board following allegations of racism

Education minister orders review of school board following allegations of racism

Ontario’s education minister  Mitzie Hunter has ordered an “urgent review” of the York Region District School Board which she said  failed to adequately address governance and equity issues. In a statement issued last Thursday, the minister said she has  appointed two people to conduct the review: Patrick Case, a law professor and former trustee with […]

Rise up and ensure injustice never wins, OBHS gathering told

Rise up and ensure injustice never wins, OBHS gathering told

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, called on a gathering at the annual Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) brunch on Sunday to rise up and fight injustice and create “a future that has humanity, compassion and peace.” “Rise up, lock arms with our brothers and sisters and ensure that injustice never […]

Celebration of the life of Calypsonian Dick ‘De Juiceman’ Lochan

Celebration of the life of Calypsonian Dick  ‘De Juiceman’  Lochan

Kaiso aficionados, community leaders, representatives of cultural organizations and friends of the late Dick Lochan packed the hall of the Chinese  Cultural Centre in  Scarborough on Sunday to bid farewell to the man popularly known in calypso circles  as ” De Juiceman.” Lochan who often presided at calypso shows as MC, would himself  have been […]

Usain Bolt loses 2008 Olympic gold medal in doping case

Usain Bolt loses 2008 Olympic gold medal in doping case

LAUSANNE, Switzerland  — Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals in a doping case involving teammate Nesta Carter. The  International Olympic Committee (IOC ) said yesterday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Carter and Bolt were teammates on the winning […]

Angry York citizens demand the resignation of school board trustee

Angry York citizens demand the resignation  of  school board trustee

More than  1,600 concerned citizens in York  Region have signed a petition demanding public school board trustee Nancy Elgie resign for calling a black parent  ” a nigger.”   The parent, Jamaica-born Christine Grant  said that during a public meeting last November, Elgie  used the racial slur which was reported to be heard by several […]

‘ Snowflakes in steel’ was a night of magnificent music

‘ Snowflakes in steel’ was a night of magnificent music

By Ian Jones Pan Arts Network’s 20th anniversary celebration last Saturday night of “Snowflakes in steel ” was an occasion that will be long remembered. Four leading Toronto ensembles – Panatics Steelband Network, Gemini Pan Groove, Pan Fantasy and Afropan -got together  to give a capacity audience at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough a […]

‘ THE DREAM MATTERS’

‘ THE DREAM MATTERS’

Dr. Leslie Pollard, President of Oakwood University in Alabama, addresses members of the Black Business and  Professional Association (BBPA) and their guests at the BBPA’s 18th annual  tribute  to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the late civil rights leader on Saturday. In his message at the McVey Centre in Toronto, Dr. Pollard said that there […]

Trinidadian economist receives India’s PBS Award

Trinidadian economist receives India’s PBS Award

  Trinidad-born economist Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran  last week received the Prevasi Bharatiya  Samman Award  (PBSA) from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee for outstanding public service in the practice of development and diplomacy. Dookeran  who served in the former Trinidad and Tobago government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as foreign minister and finance minister  and is a […]