Brandon Gonez buys NOW Magazine

Brandon Gonez buys NOW Magazine

By Stephen Weir Now Magazine is now back in business and is now in new hands. The venerable entertainment magazine was purchased early this month by Gonez Media, a Toronto company owned and operated by former CP 24 personality Brandon Gonez. Now Magazine, started in 1981, used to self-describe as Toronto’s weekly news and entertainment […]

Jane and Finch students get joint day of experiential learning

Jane and Finch students get joint day of experiential learning

Students from two middle schools in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood learned over two days this week what opportunities await them in high school and after graduation. The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, an initiative of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), arranged for students from Brookview Middle School and Oakdale Park Middle […]

January 21 designated Lincoln Alexander Day

January 21 designated Lincoln Alexander Day

Minister Ahmed Hussen makes the announcement and also declares Black History Month theme: “Ours to Tell.” Today, people in towns and communities across Canada will take a moment to recognize the life and legacy of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander. A trailblazer in his own right, the Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander was born in Toronto. Years […]

New Obsidi By BPTN Awards for Black-led organizations in the tech industry

New Obsidi By BPTN Awards for Black-led organizations in the tech industry

Awards ceremony to take place on June 21, 2023 Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) has announced the opening of nominations for its inaugural tech industry awards ceremony, Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO. The awards ceremony, set to take place on June 21, 2023, aims to celebrate the contributions of leading Black professionals […]

St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

  Carnival is looking too much like Trinidad-style costumes The St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has mandated that all troupes taking part in the Grand Carnival Parades must have a section of 15 persons or more, depicting St Maarten’s culture, at the front of their troupes. Alternatively, should troupes not be able to field […]

The Boy and the Honeybees: a timely book to raise children’s eco-consciousness

The Boy and the Honeybees: a timely book to raise children’s eco-consciousness

By Lincoln DePradine Just in time as an ideal Christmas present is the recently published fiction, “The Boy and the Honeybees’’, which is authored by Toronto-based Jamaican-Canadian journalist Desmond Loren Brown. “It’s a children’s book that every member of the family should read and will enjoy reading,” said Brown. The book, according to Brown, is […]

Policing the N-word on Radio-Canada

Policing the N-word on Radio-Canada

The office of the attorney general of Canada has concluded that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) overstepped its authority when it imposed requirements on CBC/Radio-Canada in response to the repeated use of the N-word on-air. The attorney general’s motion, which ran to more than 100 pages, recommended the Federal Court of Appeal set aside the […]

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 […]

Retired Ontario Judge and Olympian Hugh Fraser named to Hockey Canada board

Retired Ontario Judge and Olympian Hugh Fraser named to Hockey Canada board

By Lincoln DePradine Jamaican-born Hugh L. Fraser, a former Canadian Olympic sprinter and retired Ontario judge, has been asked to take a lead role in fixing embattled Hockey Canada, which has had its access to public funds frozen, and sponsors such as Nike, Tim Hortons and Scotiabank have ended or suspended commercial relationships with the […]

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