Protesters in Montreal topple John A. Macdonald statue, demand police defunding

Protesters in Montreal topple John A. Macdonald statue, demand police defunding

MONTREAL — Protesters in Montreal toppled and defaced a statue of John A. Macdonald on Saturday at the end of a peaceful raly  in which  about 200 people marched to call for police defunding. A spokesman for the Montreal police confirmed the statue of Canada’s first prime minister was unbolted, pulled down and sprayed with […]

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 […]

Italian author Francesca Melandri writes a letter from the future

Italian author Francesca Melandri writes a letter from the future

This may have been written for the French however it applies to all of us in Canada today. On the 18th of March, Italian author Francesca Melandri wrote a letter to the French titled, ‘Letter to the French from the future.’ She wrote the letter while under lockdown in Rome, where she has been confined […]

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 […]