New Federal MP Michael Coteau says you must learn before you can lead

New Federal MP Michael Coteau says you must learn before you can lead

By Lincoln DePradine Michael Coteau, an experienced provincial politician elected to federal office for the first time in September, doesn’t mind sitting on the backbench in the House of Commons in Ottawa. The Commons, he said, is a “new forum’’, adding that he’s “just looking forward to learning’’. “I think it’s very important for people […]

Former TO cop Peter Sloly in the crosshairs as Ottawa police chief

Former TO cop Peter Sloly in the crosshairs as Ottawa police chief

It was an ambitious plan — to reform the police force from the inside-out, to remove rot and fix a broken culture that dominated headlines. But two years in, Ottawa police Chief Peter Sloly has seen his mandate — and the job he and those who hired him sold to the public — change. The […]

What was Parkdale school teacher Goran Surlan thinking with his face painted black?

What was Parkdale school teacher Goran Surlan thinking with his face painted black?

What was Parkdale Collegiate Institute teacher Goran Surlan thinking when he coloured his face black and appeared in his class with a number of Black students? Not to give him any excuse, but Surlan didn’t even present his blackface in context. No raggedy zombie clothing, no costume like the one Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore […]

Ontario’s 1st Black Deputy Minister Tom Sosa dies at 84 in Orillia

Ontario’s 1st Black Deputy Minister Tom Sosa dies at 84 in Orillia

Thomas Gregorio Sosa was a true factotum…..RIP by Lennox Borel Affectionately known as Tom by family and friends, he was an icon in the Black and wider communities in Canada. Tom had a stellar career in public and academic service.  His passion for education led him to earn degrees and diplomas in a variety of […]

Barbados elects Sandra Mason as first President

Barbados elects Sandra Mason as first President

As Barbados continues to transition into a republic, the nation has elected a woman as its very first president – Dame Sandra Mason Mason, the current governor-general, was elected after securing two-thirds of the votes in the country’s two houses of Parliament. Prime Minister Mia Mottley described the vote as a “seminal moment” for the […]

Fifty-one Black-led not-for-profit organizations receive funding via  Tropicana Community Services

Fifty-one Black-led not-for-profit organizations receive funding via  Tropicana Community Services

Tropicana Community Services (Tropicana), a Toronto-based multi-service organization that provides programming for youth, newcomers, and people of Black and Caribbean heritage and serves as an intermediary for the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) awarded 51 Black-led not for profit organizations in the first round of funding from the initiative. Launched in November 2020 by […]

Ajax mayor officially opens Active Marketplace

Ajax mayor officially opens Active Marketplace

When Active Marketplace opened a few months ago, the mayor and the town council were not able to make it to the unofficial opening due to COVID restrictions. Now that things are a bit better, Mayor Shaun Collier took the opportunity to officially open the site of Ajax’s newest flea market. Ward 2 Councillor Ashmeed […]

Guyana-born Canadian novelist Tessa McWatt writes that the 2008 financial crisis had profound effect on us all

Guyana-born Canadian novelist Tessa McWatt writes that the 2008 financial crisis had profound effect on us all

Tessa McWatt is a Guyanese Canadian author and a creative writing professor at the University of East Anglia. Her novels include Dragons Cry, Vital Signs and Higher Ed. Shame on Me, her first work of nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Prize for nonfiction. Her latest is The Snow Line, a […]

Vandalized art dedicated to Howard Watkins, Windsor’s second Black detective, restored

Vandalized art dedicated to Howard Watkins, Windsor’s second Black detective, restored

At the end of April, Windsor police said they were investigating vandalism, which was mostly concentrated on a part of the mural dedicated to Howard Watkins — Windsor’s second Black detective. Co-artist of the mural, Jermaine Baylis, said seeing his work back up in Paterson Park feels “good.” “A lot of people were really attached […]

The Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection a special gift to the community

The Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection a special gift to the community

Rita received special recognition last weekend’s Black and Caribbean Book Fair 2021 By Lincoln DePradine The library material accessible through the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection in Toronto has been hailed for its multiple positive contributions, including assisting in student research for Master’s and doctoral degrees. “People spent weeks in the library doing […]

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