Increasing police budget is a missed opportunity

Increasing police budget is a missed opportunity

Editorial Increasing police budget is a missed opportunity Last Monday when the Toronto Police Service Board met to discuss the 2023 budget, the seven rookie councillors released a statement that cut to the core, echoing what many of the groups said in their presentations. The release lamented city government prioritizing law enforcement rather than addressing […]

Usain Bolt defrauded of $12.7 million

Usain Bolt defrauded of $12.7 million

Lawyers for eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt say their client has been defrauded of $12.7m from his account with a private investment firm in Jamaica that authorities are investigating. Bolt was informed last week that his account balance at Kingston-based Stocks and Securities Ltd (SSL) had inexplicably dwindled. Linton P Gordon, a lawyer of […]

Toronto police officers sued over alleged assault of Black university student

Toronto police officers sued over alleged assault of Black university student

  Hasani O’Gilvie, a Jamaica-born student of the University of Toronto, and his mother, Christine O’Gilvie, are suing three Toronto police officers for allegedly assaulting the student in August 2021 while he was on his way to school. The student and his mother are seeking $2.4-million in damages as well as $250,000 under the Family […]

Police want officers back in London schools

Police want officers back in London schools

Black community disagrees London’s police union says it’s time to bring back a program that places police officers in schools, but a parent and activist argues the move would be step back for London’s Black community.  The London Police Association has posted an online petition arguing that the student resource officer (SRO) program should be reinstated.  […]

Former governor general Michaelle Jean joins call for international help for Haiti

Former governor general Michaelle Jean joins call for international help for Haiti

OTTAWA — Former governor general Michaelle Jean was among dozens of high-profile signatories to an open letter issued last week calling for international help for Haiti. The letter in French, with the title “Taken hostage, Haiti is dying” argues that Haiti needs help to avoid becoming a failed state. The signatories include Senegalese President Macky […]

Serious questions surround death of Black inmate in Montreal jail

Serious questions surround death of Black inmate in Montreal jail

Correctional officers at a Montreal jail allegedly used pepper spray on a 21-year-old inmate before he died of injuries he sustained while in detention. Sources indicate that Nicous D’Andre Spring was wearing a spit hood when agents pepper sprayed him. A spit hood is a restraining device made of mesh that is placed over a […]

World leaders condemn the storming of Brazil’s seat of power

World leaders condemn the storming of Brazil’s seat of power

The leaders of Brazil’s three branches of government have issued a rare joint statement condemning the storming of government buildings by supporters of former far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. In a statement on Monday, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva joined the heads of the Supreme Court and the two houses of Congress to reject the […]

She spied for Cuba: US frees Ana Montes after more than 20 years in jail

She spied for Cuba: US frees Ana Montes after more than 20 years in jail

Ana Montes – among the best-known Cold War spies caught by the US – has been released from prison after more than 20 years in custody. The 65-year-old spent almost two decades spying for Cuba while employed as an analyst at the Defence Intelligence Agency. After her arrest in 2001, officials said she had almost […]

“I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

“I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Voltaire So well-known is the name Julian Assange that even those who don’t usually pay attention to such matters would have heard his name somehow. Assange, the publisher of Wikileaks, has had his freedom taken away and now languishes in a British jail after he published leaked documents that expose American war crimes in a […]

Defaced Black Virgin Mary statue to be restored

Defaced Black Virgin Mary statue to be restored

The City of Ottawa says it’s covered the Notre Dame D’Afrique statue in what appears to be tarp until it’s able to start restoring the statue’s face and hands, which were painted white by someone in an act of vandalism.  The Notre Dame D’Afrique (Our Lady of Africa) statue stands in front of the Richelieu-Vanier Centre in Richelieu-Vanier Park along Pères-Blancs […]

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