Peel District School Board report on systemic racism reveals “painful accounts of traumatic experiences”

Peel District School Board report on systemic racism reveals “painful accounts of traumatic experiences”

By Staff Reporter Last November, the Ontario Government announced that the Peel District School Board (PDSB) was under review following racism and human rights complaints. The review comes after PDSB trustee Will Davies’ used the word ‘McCriminal’ to describe McCrimmon Middle School in Brampton, sparking accusations of anti-Black racism. More recently, The Toronto Star revealed […]

Canadian Black History Month stamp celebrates little-known hockey history

Canadian Black History Month stamp celebrates little-known hockey history

HALIFAX, N.S. – Canada Post has unveiled a stamp honouring the Colored Hockey Championship and the all-Black hockey teams in the Maritimes that competed for it between 1895 and the early 1930s. In this little-known chapter in Canadian hockey history, determined organizers and players arranged their own challenge matches, dispelling hurtful misconceptions and changing the […]

The PDSB prelim anti-racism report is in. Now what, Premier Ford?

The PDSB prelim anti-racism report is in. Now what, Premier Ford?

Last November, the minister of education Stephen Lecce appointed a team to review the state affairs at the Peel District School Board (PDSB). “The review is intended to address concerns about equity, including anti-Black racism, and serious issues related to governance, leadership and human resources practices in the board”, according to the news release announcing […]

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 […]

Mayor Tory: Unity, elimination of discrimination top priority

Mayor Tory: Unity, elimination of discrimination top priority

At Black History Month Reception  By Lincoln DePradine Lawyer and businessman John Tory says unity among Torontonians and eliminating inequality and discrimination, including anti-Black racism, are his first priority as Mayor of the City of Toronto. “No job is more important to me, no job will ever be more important to me, as long as […]

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 […]

US sanctions puts Trinidad-Venezuela gas deal on hold

US sanctions puts Trinidad-Venezuela gas deal on hold

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –The Trinidad and Tobago Government disclosed that a 2013 agreement with Venezuela for the joint development of a natural gas field straddling their maritime border has been put on hold. And Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has blamed the decision on the United States’ imposition of sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil […]

Rihanna to receive special NAACP Image Award

Rihanna to receive special NAACP Image Award

LOS ANGELES — Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month. The NAACP announced Tuesday that it had selected the 31-year-old pop star and fashion icon for her “groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but (someone who) has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant.” Rihanna will […]