Viola Desmond $10 bill wins banknote competition

Viola Desmond $10 bill wins banknote competition

Viola Desmond is the first Canadian woman to appear on the face of a banknote. A Canadian $10 bill has won the top prize in an international banknote competition. The bill, featuring Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond, beat 15 other banknotes to win the International Bank Note Society award. The Bank of Canada won […]

Brock and UWI to create Institute for Canada-Caribbean Studies

Brock and UWI to create Institute  for Canada-Caribbean Studies

Brock University in St.Catharines, Ontario and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are now considering the establishment of an  Institute for Canada-Caribbean Studies. Officials from both universities came together  at Brock University on April 5 last to renew two existing Memoranda of Understanding and to sign a new MOU that will see them begin […]

No problem with dual citizenship, Barbados prime minister tells fellow nationals in Canada

No problem with dual citizenship, Barbados prime minister  tells fellow nationals in Canada

By Lincoln DePradine Barbadians living in Canada and other parts of the diaspora have been urged to became “active citizens’’ of the  “Caribbean nation.” Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, describes it as a “simple request’’, which involves further developing the country through “seeking active engagement of citizenship across the global community’’. “I need […]

Dionne Brand on shortlist for Griffin Poetry prize

Dionne Brand on shortlist  for  Griffin Poetry prize

Trinidad-born poet is on the shortlist for this year’s Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry Prize. There are seven books shortlisted in two categories for the Griffin Poetry Prize – International poetry and Canadian poetry. The two winners, to be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 6, will each be awarded $65,000 (plus […]

Canada still welcomes immigration – Trudeau

Canada still welcomes immigration – Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada remains welcoming to newcomers even as his government takes steps to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country at unofficial entry points. Speaking at a news conference in Mississauga on Thursday, Trudeau said Canadians continue to be “overwhelmingly in favour” of immigration even though the issue […]

Founder of Black Canadian Scholarship Fund dies in Ottawa at 87

Founder of Black Canadian Scholarship Fund  dies in Ottawa at 87

  Retired physician Dr. Horace Clayton Alexis who founded the Black  Canadian Scholarship Fund, died at the Ottawa hospital on February 7 last. He was 87. Trinidad-born  Dr.Alexis was one of the first Black graduates from the University of Ottawa medical school. After graduation  in 1967, he started his practice in Petrolia, Ontario where he […]

Canadian deportations to Haiti suspended

Canadian deportations to Haiti suspended

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on Friday that  it is suspending any pending deportation of native Haitians to their homeland  because of escalating violence  in Haiti. A CBSA spokesperson was unable to say how long the suspension would last. For  more than a week, Haiti has been torn by violent social unrest, with […]

Easier for a youngster to get a gun than a job, Senate hearing told

Easier for a youngster to get a gun  than a job, Senate hearing told

  OTTAWA – Louis March, Founder of  the Zero Gun Violence Movement (ZGVM) in Toronto, told the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence on Monday that young people are saying it is easier for them to get a gun than  a job. ” The young kids have spoken to us regularly,.. Imagine a […]

Guyana elections cannot be held on March 19, says Chief Elections Officer

Guyana elections cannot be held on March 19, says Chief Elections Officer

  GEORGETOWN, Guyana, – Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield,  said on Friday that elections cannot be held in Guyana next month, in keeping with the country’s constitution following last month’s successful vote of no confidence that brought down the three and half year old government. Lowenfield told a news conference that based on the […]

High time to apologize to Black Canadians for slavery – Afua Cooper

High time to apologize to Black Canadians for slavery – Afua Cooper

By Lincoln DePradine A Dalhousie University professor says Canada’s political leaders, at all levels of government, ought to offer an apology to African Canadians for slavery and other inhumane acts against Black people. Dr. Afua Cooper, speaking in Toronto last Sunday, noted that while other groups have received apologies for acts of discrimination and racism, […]

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