Trudeau discusses COVID-19 pandemic with Jamaican Prime Minister

Trudeau discusses COVID-19 pandemic  with Jamaican  Prime Minister

OTTAWA  –  Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, held talks last week with his Jamaican counterpart, Andrew Holness, and United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for the developing world. A brief statement, from the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, said the leaders reaffirmed the importance of co-ordinated, multilateral […]

Jamaican media magnate Oliver Clarke dies at 75

Jamaican media magnate Oliver Clarke dies at 75

KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Prominent Jamaican businessman, media magnate, Oliver Frederick Clarke, died on Saturday night after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 75. Clarke was the managing director and chairman of the 185-year-old Gleaner Company which publishes The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. The paper described  Clarke as a “quintessential media tycoon, Caribbean luminary, humanitarian and […]

School council chairman fired over Islamophobic tweet

School council chairman fired over Islamophobic tweet

The Peel District School Board says it has fired a school council chairman in Caledon, Ont., after he posted an Islamophobic tweet last week. Ravi Hooda made the comment in reply to Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, who announced a by-law would allow mosques to play daily calls to prayer over loudspeakers during Ramadan. Brown said […]

Absence/Presence: Morant Bay opens In Toronto

Absence/Presence: Morant Bay opens In Toronto

While all art galleries are closed in Ontario, there is a new curated photography show on display in downtown Toronto. It’s an exhibition of the work of Jamaican-Canadian photographer Christina Leslie launched by The Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (BAND) gallery . Although the BAND building on Brock Avenue (near Dufferin and Dundas West Streets) […]

2020 hurricane season will be more active than normal – CSU forecasters

2020 hurricane season will be more active than normal – CSU forecasters

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  – A few weeks before the official start of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, forecasters at the US-based Colorado State University are warning that the six-month period will be more active than normal. The CSU Tropical Weather Project team said it anticipated at least 16 named storms with gusts over 100 km/h or […]

NDP calls for COVID-19 relief for community media

NDP calls for COVID-19 relief  for community media

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has called on the government to help ethnic and community media survive the COVID-19 pandemic by creating an ethnic and community media stabilization fund and allocating provincial government advertising dollars to these outlets. “Ethnic and community media are doing their part to provide crucial information to communities across Ontario. […]

Toronto Caribbean Carnival cancelled

Toronto Caribbean Carnival cancelled

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2020, which was scheduled to be held this summer, has been cancelled. The Festival Management Committee (FMC), organizer of the annual carnival, made the announcement yesterday. In a news release, the  FMC stated that its Board of Directors decided to cancel the month-long events, held in July-August, “due to the continued developments […]

Canadians in Guyana flying out, hundreds still stranded

Canadians in Guyana flying out, hundreds still stranded

Three groups of Canadians, among hundreds of them stranded in Guyana for more than two weeks.  left that country last week, some on an Eastern Airline flight to Miami, and the others travelled to Barbados to pick up an Air Canada flight to Toronto. Fifty-one passengers were in the first group which  left for Miami […]

Couple who entered third marriage succeeds at immigration appeal hearing

Couple who entered third marriage succeeds  at immigration appeal hearing

Immigration  Matters       Sukhram Ramkissoon Couple who entered third marriage succeeds at immigration appeal hearing I have been asked by a reader, a Canadian citizen who was previously married and divorced, whether he can sponsor  his spouse who herself was previously married and divorced. Like him, she has entered into her third marriage. Well, of course, […]