Caribbean and African leaders should negotiate mutually beneficial deals with the Chinese

Caribbean and African leaders should negotiate  mutually beneficial deals with the Chinese

By Carlton Joseph Towards the end of last year, China’s growing economic influence in the Caribbean and Africa became a hot topic of discussion. Many people in the Caribbean expressed deep concern that the contracts that their governments were signing with China did not benefit their countries, the debt created could not be repaid and […]

It was a false alarm, so why aren’t we relieved?

It was a false alarm, so why aren’t we relieved?

Since the system was implemented, the few emergency alerts that have screamed from our cellphones, usually in the still of the night, have been mostly about missing children.  The news often evokes feelings of sadness and the hope that the child is found unharmed. So far it’s always had a happy ending. But last Sunday […]

Judge sets aside direction to report for removal

Judge sets aside direction to report for removal

Immigration Matters: Sukhram Ramkissoon Judge sets aside direction to report for removal As we welcome the new year, let us remind ourselves, dear readers,  to act responsibly to avoid serious problems. Permanent residents of Canada  should also be reminded to apply for Canadian citizenship,  once they become eligible. Although the benefits of Canadian citizenship are […]

Trinidadian woman granted second judicial review of her H&C application

Trinidadian woman granted second judicial review  of  her H&C application

  Immigration Matters    Sukhram Ramkissoon Trinidadian woman granted second judicial review of  her H&C application Back in October last year, I wrote about the plight of  Marion (not her real name) an out-of-status Trinidadian woman. Readers may recall that in her bid to regularize her status, Marion had filed an application seeking permanent residence from […]

The racialized working poor

The racialized working poor

A Toronto-based foundation has released a report on the status of the working poor in Canada, focusing on a couple of the major cities, especially Toronto. It should come as no surprise that they found that the working poor is concentrated heavily among racialized communities; and that  Black people are among the highest in that […]

Four in five adolescents don’t exercise enough: WHO

Four in five adolescents don’t exercise enough: WHO

FOCUS ON HEALTH Four in five adolescents don’t exercise enough: WHO Four in five adolescents worldwide do not get enough physical activity, to the detriment of their health, the World Health Organization said last week, warning that girls especially need more exercise. In its first ever report on global trends for adolescent physical activity, the […]

Reports of the death of irony were greatly exaggerated

Reports of the death of irony were greatly exaggerated

Just after the September 11th destruction of the World Trade Centre buildings in New York, several articles were published announcing the death of irony. But the current “impeachment” show, starring US President Donald Trump, and which is now monopolizing all American media, seem to have forgotten that they had announced the death of languages’ most […]

Children who accuse their teachers of racism should never be ignored

Children who accuse their teachers of racism should never be ignored

Kuba Shand-Baptiste   We’ve come a long way from the days of telling children that they should be seen and not heard. Once a display of insubordination, in 2019 the audacity of piping up at the dinner table or offering unsolicited opinions is no longer considered a punishable offence for a child. Thankfully, that much-needed […]

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