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 […]

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 […]

Tessa McWatt is a finalist for nonfiction prize

Tessa McWatt is a finalist for nonfiction prize

Tessa McWatt,  a Guyana-born Canadian writer, is one of this year’s  finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The Writers Trust of Canada last week announced the five finalists.for 2020. They are Lorna Crozier (Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats)), Steven Heighton (Reaching Mithymma: Among the Volunteers and Refugees on […]

Annamie Paul is the new leader of the Green Party of Canada

OTTAWA — Green Party of Canada members have chosen Toronto’s Annamie Paul as their new leader. Paul, who is Black and Jewish, took the microphone in an Ottawa art gallery after her win was announced and declared herself the descendant of slaves and an ally of those, such as Indigenous people, who are fighting for […]

Siblings, grandparents among those to enter Canada under new COVID-19 rules

Siblings, grandparents among those to enter Canada under new COVID-19 rules

  OTTAWA — Siblings, grandparents and adult children of Canadians and permanent residents are among those who will soon be exempt from COVID-19 border restrictions. The expansion of who can enter Canada comes after increasing public pressure on the Liberal government to show more compassion to families separated during an increasingly stressful time. Those who […]

‘ For too many Canadians, systemic racism is a lived reality ‘ – throne speech

‘ For too many Canadians, systemic racism is a lived reality ‘ – throne speech

OTTAWA –  The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promises to address systemic racism ” informed by the lived experiences of racialized communities and Indigenous  peoples.” In the throne speech, read  last week by Governor General Julie Payette to mark the reopening of Canada’s Parliament,   the government notes that ” for too many Canadians, […]

Grenadian man charged with illegally publishing private pictures of former partner

Grenadian man charged  with illegally publishing  private pictures of former partner

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — A 28-year-old man who was charged under section ten of the Electronic Crimes act was ordered last week to pay the court EC$50,000 after he pleaded guilty to violating the privacy of a woman – his former intimate partner. Jamar Griffith pleaded guilty to the charge of Violation of Privacy at […]

Call for change in a ‘backward’ criminal justice system

Call for change in a ‘backward’ criminal justice system

By Lincoln DePradine Canada is operating a “backward’’ criminal justice system with little emphasis on restoration of inmates, many of them incarcerated as youngsters and needing help with issues such as anger and depression, according to psychologist Dr Natasha Williams. “It’s such a backward system,’’ said Williams, a clinical rehabilitation and counselling psychologist, who also […]

Two Black candidates running in Toronto Centre byelection

Two Black candidates running in Toronto Centre byelection

Two candidates from Toronto’s Black community – Marci Ien of the Liberal Party and Annamie Paul of the Green  Party –  will run in the byelection  in the riding of Toronto Centre to be held on  October 26. (Two byelections are to be held on that date in Toronto. The other is for the riding […]

Solitude, heroine of the slave resistance, honoured with garden in Paris

Solitude, heroine of the slave resistance, honoured with garden in Paris

A woman who fought for the liberation of slaves on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is honored with a public garden in the city of Paris. The inauguration took place on Saturday. According to newspaper Le Monde, the woman, Solitude, was born around 1772 to an African slave who was raped by a white sailor […]