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 […]

Six persons shot outside bakery in ‘Little Jamaica’

Six persons shot outside bakery in ‘Little Jamaica’

Six persons – five men and one woman- were shot outside Spence’s Bakery on Eglinton Avenue West in  Toronto hours before dawn yesterday morning. The shooting in the neighbourhood known  as “Little Jamaica” is  believed to be “gang-related”  but  police say some of the people who were shot were innocent  bystanders. According to the police, […]

Jamaica prepares for September 3 vote amid covid-19

Jamaica prepares for September 3 vote amid covid-19

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is all set to receive nominations of candidates for the September 3 General Parliamentary Elections. “The necessary arrangements for Nomination Day have been completed. All nomination documents and supplies have been delivered to the constituencies and Returning Officers are ready to accept nominations,” said Glasspole Brown, Director of Elections […]

BOPSers call for a public service ‘free of anti-Black racism’

BOPSers call for a public service ‘free of anti-Black racism’

By Lincoln DePradine A Toronto lawyer says almost four weeks after writing Steven Davidson, secretary to the cabinet of Premier Doug Ford, about Black employees’ experience of a “corrosive’’ and “toxic workplace’’ in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), he is yet to receive a response from Davidson. “Do I expect him to write me? It […]

Time for Africans to move forward by uniting – Dr. Julius Garvey

Time for Africans to move forward by uniting  – Dr. Julius Garvey

By Lincoln DePradine The Coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity for people of African descent to break the “stranglehold’’ of the United States and Europe and move forward in unity, according to Jamaica-born surgeon and medical professor Dr Julius W. Garvey. “The pandemic has weakened Europe, weakened the United States,’’ said Garvey, keynote speaker at an […]

Black people ‘disproportionately’ arrested, struck, shot or killed by police, report finds

Black people ‘disproportionately’ arrested, struck,  shot or killed by police, report finds

The  Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in a report released on Monday, has found that Black people are  disproportionately” arrested, charged, over-charged, struck, shot or killed by Toronto police.” The findings are part of the Commission’s second interim report into anti-Black racial profiling and discrimination by the Toronto Police Service. Titled “A Disparate Impact,” the […]

Peel police officer charged with shooting Mississauga woman

Peel police officer charged with shooting  Mississauga woman

A police officer who shot and wounded a Black woman after a domestic call on Mother’s Day in Mississauga, was charged last week Thursday with criminal negligence and other offenses.  In a statement, the director of the provincial Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, said he had reasonable grounds to charge Valerie Briffa in the shooting […]

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

Best break out bags and bags of popcorn. You will need a shopping basket full to get through this year’s Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) – and, oh gosh. you are going to have to pop them all yourself. The festival is going online this year. So all the movies will have to be  seen […]

Call for Commission of Inquiry after policeman is convicted of beating a Black man who lost an eye

Call for Commission of Inquiry after policeman  is convicted of beating a Black man who lost  an eye

More than 19,000 viewers watched the live streaming last Friday of  the decision in the high profile case of a Toronto police officer who was convicted of assault in the beating of a young Black man more than three years ago. Dafonte Miller, 22, victim of the assault, lost an eye as a result of […]