Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes dies

Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes dies

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Legendary former West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes, the last surviving member of the distinguished Three Ws, died in Barbados on Wednesday following a long illness. The oldest surviving West Indies cricketer and third oldest surviving men’s Test player, Sir Everton passed away at his Christ Church home at age 95, bringing […]

Digital Carnival 202O is now as close as your phone

Digital Carnival 202O is now as close as your phone

The Digital 2020 Toronto Caribbean Carnival kicked off  on Canada Day, July 1, and you can  take in  the celebrations on your phone, tablet or computer during the entire month of July. “We are presenting (on line) a virtual festival that engages Carnival audiences who look forward every year to a summer of parties, music, […]

Governor General will no longer wear offensive medal

Governor General  will no longer wear offensive medal

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he will no longer be wearing the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image depicting St Michael standing on the neck of a chained black man. This follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over […]

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

OPEN  FOR BUSINESS

Barber Omar Anderson puts the finishing touches on customer Jairo ‘s haircut at O’ Cuts Master Barbers in Ajax, Ontario. Restaurant patios, barber shops and beauty salons were among business in Toronto which opened yesterday for the first time in months as the city moved into the second stage of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery plan,.  

Former Toronto City Council candidate sends ‘get well message’ ‘ to rival but with ‘friendly warning’

Former Toronto City Council candidate sends ‘get well message’ ‘ to rival but with ‘friendly warning’

Political activist Michelle Garcia,  one of  nine  candidates who ran against Michael Ford in the last  election for Toronto City Council, has sent a “get well” message to Ford who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Garcia also had a ‘friendly warning ” for Ford. She said while  she hopes that he recovers from […]

Canada’s first Black director of education Harold Brathwaite dies in Toronto

Canada’s first Black director of education  Harold Brathwaite dies in Toronto

Barbados-born Harold Brathwaite, Canada’s first Black director of education, died at a Toronto hospital on May 31 last,  a day before his  80th birthday. He was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. In a statement, Peter Joshua, director of education with the Peel District School Board (PDSB), said ” Brathwaite made history in 1994 when he […]

Support the Equal Justice Initiative

Support the Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and best-selling author of Just […]

Prime Minister wants to move ‘very quickly’ on anti-racism initiatives, minister says

Prime Minister wants to move ‘very quickly’  on anti-racism initiatives, minister says

OTTAWA — Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos says the prime minister wants to move “very quickly” to dismantle barriers that contribute to systemic racism. The government is making modest progress at diversifying the federal public service, but there is more work to do, especially in the senior ranks, Duclos told a media briefing on Monday. […]

Protest bring Blacks and Whites to Toronto demanding change

Protest bring Blacks and Whites to Toronto demanding change

By Stephen Weir I was probably one of the oldest people taking part in Saturday’s Queen’s Park march and demonstration.  Everyone was so polite, even one of the giant police horses that were hidden away north of the Parliament Building showed some difference as I walked by. On a sunny warm Saturday afternoon thousands of […]

‘Defunding’ police and funding mental health resources will save lives, experts say

‘Defunding’ police and funding mental health resources  will save lives, experts say

The recent death of a Toronto woman who fell from her 24th-floor balcony while police were in her home has renewed calls for an overhaul of how society deals with people in mental health crises. Some experts believe “defunding” police – taking some of the taxpayer money going to law enforcement and putting it towards […]