January 21 designated Lincoln Alexander Day

January 21 designated Lincoln Alexander Day

Minister Ahmed Hussen makes the announcement and also declares Black History Month theme: “Ours to Tell.” Today, people in towns and communities across Canada will take a moment to recognize the life and legacy of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander. A trailblazer in his own right, the Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander was born in Toronto. Years […]

Jamaica-born appellate judge appointed Chief Justice of Ontario

Jamaica-born appellate judge appointed Chief Justice of Ontario

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday the appointment of Michael H. Tulloch, a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as the new Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He replaces George R. Strathy who retired last August. Trudeau described Tulloch as “a highly respected member […]

Defaced Black Virgin Mary statue to be restored

Defaced Black Virgin Mary statue to be restored

The City of Ottawa says it’s covered the Notre Dame D’Afrique statue in what appears to be tarp until it’s able to start restoring the statue’s face and hands, which were painted white by someone in an act of vandalism.  The Notre Dame D’Afrique (Our Lady of Africa) statue stands in front of the Richelieu-Vanier Centre in Richelieu-Vanier Park along Pères-Blancs […]

Black and Arab residents on the increase in Ottawa

Black and Arab residents on the increase in Ottawa

  Ottawa-Gatineau’s Black and Arab populations third behind Toronto and Montreal. Ottawa is also the sixth-fastest growing municipality in the country. Brampton is the fastest growing municipality in Canada. Ottawa-Gatineau still has the third largest Black and Arab populations in the country, according to 2021 census data released by Statistics Canada last Wednesday. There are […]

Justice minister urges senators to pass bill on mandatory minimum penalties

Justice minister urges senators to pass bill on mandatory minimum penalties

Justice Minister David Lametti urged senators to pass the Liberal government’s proposed legislation on mandatory minimum penalties, saying the bill would target the overrepresentation of Black and Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. Twenty mandatory minimum penalties would be removed from the Criminal Code if the legislation passes, Lametti said during a hearing of […]

Leslyn Lewis running for the Conservative Party leadership

Leslyn Lewis running for the Conservative Party leadership

Born in Jamaica, she immigrated to Canada at age five and grew up in Toronto Leslyn Lewis announced on Tuesday, March 8th, that she will be entering the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, becoming the second candidate to do so after Pierre Poilievre. “I’m running to lead our party and our country based on […]

It’s not only about vaccine mandates

It’s not only about vaccine mandates

Editorial It’s not only about vaccine mandates It’s almost two weeks since the truckers descended on Ottawa and shut down the southern end of the city. The idea was to get to Parliament Hill and do their best to get the government’s attention by interfering with the country’s and the city’s business. Needless to say, […]

The Black community has specific health and systemic race issues that could get lost

The Black community has specific health and systemic race issues that could get lost

By Lincoln DePradine Antivaxxers – advocates against COVID vaccines and opponents of mandates put in place to prevent infection and death from the virus – were openly gloating at a truckers-led protest last weekend in Ottawa. But, one group – the Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity (BSTF) on Vaccine Equity – is fearful […]

The financial settlement won by Canada’s First Nations justifies reparations for the enslavement of Africans

The financial settlement won by Canada’s First Nations justifies reparations for the enslavement of Africans

By Carlton Joseph The recent $40 billion settlement between the Canadian government and First Nation groups over systemic underfunding of child welfare services is the largest in Canadian history, and although everyone acknowledges that no amount of money can reverse the harms experienced by the children, we must applaud the government’s decision. Unfortunately, we must […]

Removing barriers to equity in federally regulated workplaces

Removing barriers to equity in federally regulated workplaces

Diversity is Canada’s strength. The Government of Canada celebrates all cultures and all people, and by removing barriers to employment, helps create work environments where every Canadian has a fair and equal chance to reach their full potential. Last Tuesday, Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr., announced the launch of the 2022 Open Call for […]