New flu vaccine skin patch could do away with needles

New flu vaccine skin patch could do away with needles

By Catharine Paddock PhD  Scientists are hopeful that a new type of skin patch could replace needles as a method of flu vaccination. When they tested the skin patch on mice, it elicited an appropriate immune response without side effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that the flu caused 48.8 million […]

Nigerian Mother denied refugee status; daughter faces child marriage

Nigerian Mother denied refugee status; daughter faces child marriage

Nigerian born Morufat Ogunkoya, her son and two daughters, are urgently seeking an appeal to their denied application for refugee status by Immigration Canada. Ogunkoya, who is being assisted by two advocacy groups in her appeal, claims that her own father and male relatives have threatened her safety, due to her conversion from Islam to […]

New blood test for prostate cancer avoids invasive biopsies

New blood test for prostate cancer avoids invasive biopsies

A new and simple blood test has been found to efficiently and accurately detect the presence of aggressive prostate cancer. In combination with the current prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, the new test could help men avoid unnecessary and invasive biopsies, over-diagnosis and over-treatment. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Western men, with […]

Message from CARICOM Chairman Allen M. Chastanet on The Bahamas regarding Hurricane Dorian

Message from CARICOM Chairman Allen M. Chastanet on The Bahamas regarding Hurricane Dorian

Today, the hearts of the people of the Caribbean are heavy.  Once again one of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States has been devastated by a dangerous hurricane as our Region continues to experience the effects of climate change. Initial reports from The Bahamas indicate that the country has taken a severe battering from Hurricane […]

Queen’s University “dark” past

Queen’s University “dark” past

  In 1918, Kingston, Ontario-based Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine expelled black students from the university. A small number of black students, mainly from the Caribbean, attended the medical school early in the century. University leaders said that the school needed to ban Black medical students because veterans of the First World War who had […]

Jamaica Stock Exchange is running hot and Canada wants in

Jamaica Stock Exchange is running hot and Canada wants in

By Stephen Weir   Call it JamStock, an evening love-in for Jamaicans Canadians with money to invest.  Last week the Jamaica Canadian Association’s meeting hall was jammed to the walls with Torontonians eager to learn how to get in bed with the Jamaican Stock Exchange (JES). The JES has been around for fifty years, but […]

UNI-TNT Picnic- fundraiser for Trinidad’s sick children

UNI-TNT Picnic- fundraiser for Trinidad’s sick children

  UNI-TNT continues its fundraising for charitable causes in the Caribbean with its annual picnic on Saturday, August 24th at the Markham Fairgrounds. President of UNI-TNT, Carlos Maharaj, says the group  is only 3 years old but has already attracted thousands of members from the Caribbean diaspora, “We are young but powerful. As a charity […]

Jamaica Summer Games comes to Ashbridges Bay

Jamaica Summer Games comes to Ashbridges Bay

TORONTO, CANADA – The Jamaica Summer Games and Wellness Festival will bring a real taste of Jamaica to Ashbridges Bay Beach August 17-18, 2019.  This family-friendly weekend is a unique blend of music, sport, culture, health & wellness and distinctly Jamaican entertainment. During this action-packed weekend, event-goers can participate in a wide range of health […]

Senator Bernard’s Emancipation Train is heading to Ottawa

Senator Bernard’s Emancipation Train is heading to Ottawa

By Stephen Weir Dr. Bernard championed a bill proclaiming August 1st Emancipation Day in Canada. Even though the legislation was passed by the Liberal Government and made it through two readings in the Senate, it failed to come up for the final vote before the Senate recessed.  The bill will not be brought back for […]

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