Call for action plan to dismantle white supremacist groups

A coalition of multifaith human rights organizations urged Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau on Monday to come up with a plan to dismantle white supremacist groups across the country. The open call to  the prime minister comes in wake of the death of a 58-year-old man who was fatally stabbed outside the International Muslim Organization mosque […]

Montreal to post job for commissioner to fight systemic racism

Montreal to post job for commissioner  to fight systemic racism

MONTREAL  – Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced last week that the city will be posting the job of commissioner to fight racism and discrimination. The creation of this post fulfills one of the key recommendations of Montreal’s public consultation bureau (OCPM) report released in June, which concluded that Montreal has for too long tolerated systemic […]

University of Toronto launches task force to examine systemic racism

University of Toronto launches task force to examine systemic racism

The University of Toronto has launched a task force that will explore how the university’s policies and practices contribute to systemic anti-Black racism, and provide actionable recommendations to advance Black equity, inclusion and excellence on its three campuses. The work of the task force will build on previous reports and consultations, identify gaps and offer […]

‘Sesame Street’ tackles racism in TV special

‘Sesame Street’ tackles racism in TV special

“Sesame Street” has always pressed for inclusion. Now it’s going further — teaching children to stand up against racism. Sesame Workshop — the non-profit, educational organization behind “Sesame Street” — will later this month air the half-hour anti-racist special “The Power of We” and hopes families will watch together. The special defines racism for younger […]

Call for Caribbean countries to abolish death penalty

Call for Caribbean countries to abolish death penalty

WASHINGTON  – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is calling for Caribbean countries to impose a moratorium on executions as a step towards their gradual abolition. It is also urging regional countries that are members of the Organisation of American States (OAS) to ratify the Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to […]

Canada’s minister of international trade to join panel discussion at BIDEM 2020

Canada’s minister of international trade to join panel discussion at BIDEM 2020

Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister  of International Trade, will join Caribbean government ministers and business leaders in a panel discussion at BIDEM 2020, the  International Caribbean Diaspora Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Trade Show to be held in Toronto October 13-15. The  panel discussion on “bridging diasporic and home markets” is scheduled for October 14, starting at 1 […]

Nova Scotia Police Review Board to hear case of alleged racial profiling

Nova Scotia  Police Review Board to hear case  of  alleged racial profiling

HALIFAX— The Nova Scotia Police Review Board is allowing a case of alleged racial profiling to proceed after lawyers for two Halifax officers sought to have it ended on procedural grounds. Adam LeRue, who is Black, has said race played a role in his arrest and jailing after he and his spouse pulled their vehicle […]

Art depicting Viola Desmond displayed on building where she was arrested in 1946

Art depicting Viola Desmond displayed on building  where she was arrested in 1946

NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia  — An art display paying tribute to Viola Desmond is nearing completion on the building where the civil rights icon took her most high-profile stand against racial inequality in Canada. Desmond, a Black Nova Scotian who is commemorated on Canada’s $10 bill, refused to leave her seat at the Roseland Theatre […]

Toronto City Council to create ‘Little Jamaica’ Heritage Hub

Toronto City Council to create ‘Little Jamaica’ Heritage Hub

Toronto City Council unanimously passed a motion  last Thursday calling for the establishment of a “Little Jamaica” Heritage and Innovation Hub in the Eglinton West area, from Marlee Ave. West to Keele Street. The motion, introduced by Councillor Michael Colle of Ward eight (Eglinton-Lawrence). also calls for the the Provincial Metrolinx Agency to immediately compensate […]

Oliver Samuels back for Jay Martin’s 50th birthday celebration

Oliver Samuels back for Jay Martin’s 50th birthday celebration

For fans of Jamaican comedian Oliver Samuels who missed his performance last weekend on Jay Martin’s 50th Birthday Celebration and Crowdfunding event, there is another chance to catch the show this weekend. Also appearing on  this “telethon /award type” show are Kardinal Offishall, Russel Peters, Jully Black, Mike “Pinball” Clemons, Melanie Durrant and others, says […]