Sponsorship application approved for spouse in common-law relationship

Sponsorship application approved for spouse in common-law relationship

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon Sponsorship application approved for spouse in common-law relationship Can  a person who lived in a common-law relationship with a Canadian citizen outside of Canada, be sponsored by his/ her spouse from within Canada? That’s a question I have often been asked by persons in our Caribbean community. The answer is yes. […]

Grenada Disaster Preparedness organization launched in Toronto ahead of 2019 Hurricane Season

Grenada Disaster Preparedness organization launched in Toronto  ahead of 2019 Hurricane Season

By Nicole Georges A “committed group”  from the Grenadian diaspora has launched a new organization, the Grenada Disaster Preparedness Toronto Committee (GDPT), just ahead of the anticipated 2019 Hurricane Season. The launch was held at the Tropicana Community Centre  in Scarborough on Friday. GDPT Chairman, Unison Joseph, said the  GDPT was formed initially from a […]

FMC announces ‘a new look’ for Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2019

FMC announces ‘a new look’  for  Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2019

By Lincoln DePradine The organization that has been overseeing Toronto’s Caribbean carnival for more than a dozen years, has made” a slight change” to its name, although retaining the acronym “FMC’’. The Festival Management Committee is now officially the Festival Management Corporation, ” after years of operating under a temporary title,’’ Chief Executive  Officer Richard […]

North is Freedom opens at the Brampton Museum on Sunday

North is Freedom opens at the Brampton  Museum on Sunday

By Stephen Weir The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in Brampton and the Ontario Black History Society will launch this weekend North is Freedom, an evocative new photo exhibition celebrating the descendants of former American slaves who fled to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. In portraits of 24 descendants […]

Carnival Ball to raise funds for ‘SickKids-Caribbean Initiative’

Carnival Ball to raise funds for ‘SickKids-Caribbean Initiative’

Peeks Toronto Caribbean  Carnival  has announced  the launching of a “charitable partnership”  between  the Carnival and the Hospital for Sick Children  to advance the study, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer and serious blood disorders in  several Caribbean countries.. In a news release, the Carnival said that it has chosen the “SickKids-Caribbean Initiative” as the […]

Black candidates turn up at ‘ meet and greet’ event at Jamaican Canadian Centre

Black candidates turn up at ‘ meet and greet’ event  at Jamaican Canadian Centre

By Lincoln DePradine   More than 200 people  showed up at the Jamaican Canadian Centre last Friday evening to “meet, greet and support ” Black candidates in the June 7 provincial elections in Ontario. Twenty-one candidates were invited to the event but just over a dozen were present. A few of them, including two government […]

Deportees granted permission to return to Canada

Deportees granted permission to return to Canada

Immigration Matter Sukhram Ramkissoon   Deportees granted permission to return to Canada  I have often discussed in my column the three types of Removal Orders issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). This week I will address the “Deportation Order,” and how it relates to a specific […]

Sickle cell disease is a ‘neglected condition’ – Toronto hemotologist

Sickle cell disease is a ‘neglected condition’  – Toronto hemotologist

Many people still  believe that sickle cell disease is just a  “Black people’s problem.” But according to Dr. Jacob Pendegrast, a leading haematololgist at the Toronto General hospital who has been studying the disease, it also affects people of other ethnic groups. He told nurses at a recent symposium that they  will be encountering   patients  […]

Ford’s comment about ‘taking care of our own first’ sparks sharp criticisms

A comment last Friday by Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford  that the province should  be ” taking care of our  own first, ” before bringing more immigrants to sparsely populated northern Ontario, has sparked sharp criticisms,  leaving the Ford campaign team scrambling to undertake damage control.  At a provincial leaders debate in Parry Sound,  […]