The BBPA announces its new Board of Directors

The BBPA announces its new Board of Directors

Toronto, ON – The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) announced its slate of new board members, at its Annual General Meeting held on September 30th, 2019.   Current president Nadine Spencer said that one of her main goals is to redouble the effort of expanding the organization’s reach while staying true to its founding […]

Race-based data; depends on what you do with it

Race-based data; depends on what you do with it

By Lincoln DePradine Toronto police soon will be implementing a policy directing officers to collect race-based data in their interaction with the public. In the Black community, there have been both applause and questions on the policy directive that has been approved by the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB). “I’m glad they’re making it official […]

Ford’s government was major target of protestors at women’s march

Ford’s government was major target  of protestors at  women’s march

By Lincoln DePradine When thousands of women across Canada and the United assembled last Saturday for marches to highlight women’s rights issues, Black activist Sandy Hudson felt that it was crucial that she not only attended the Toronto protest but also addressed the crowd. “It is imperative that people hear the voices of Black women […]

Rowley to contest leadership of the ruling PNM

Rowley to contest leadership of the ruling PNM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The leader of the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM), Dr Keith Rowley said he will head a slate contesting the leadership of the party when it holds internal elections on September 30. Addressing supporters at the party’s Family Day in Central Trinidad on Sunday, Rowley said that while the elections […]

Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico higher than official count – study

Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico higher  than official count – study

Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of 4,645 people in Puerto Rico last year and not the 64 long pegged by the island’s government as the official death toll, according to a survey of thousands of residents by a research team led by Harvard University. The researchers estimated that most victims of the storm died between […]

Protect yourself from Hepatitis A

Protect yourself from Hepatitis A

By Sylvanus Thompson Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The disease is primarily spread when an uninfected person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. It is therefore closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene. Hepatitis […]

Raul Castro warns of ‘a setback’ in US-Cuba relations

Raul Castro warns of  ‘a setback’  in US-Cuba relations

HAVANA, Cuba – Cuban President Raul Castro said that Donald Trump’s hardline stance towards the country marks “a setback” in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in 2015. “The announcements made by the current president… mean a setback in bilateral relations,” Castro said  on Friday in remarks, broadcast on state television, […]

Jamaican government to address mental illness among prison inmates

Jamaican government to address mental illness  among prison inmates

  KINGSTON, Jamaica – Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, State Minister for National Security,  says the Jamaican Government will be putting measures in place to deal with mentally ill people in lock-ups. “There are plans to allocate budgetary and manpower resources to meet the treatment needs of the mentally ill who are incarcerated. We also hope […]