Creating a Legacy for Toronto

Creating a Legacy for Toronto

By Anthony Joseph Last Sunday the Legacy Awards made its inaugural appearance in Toronto and what a spectacular event it was. The Awards are Canada’s first all-Black awards program created to celebrate accomplishments in film, television, music, sports and culture, featured emerging and established Black Canadian talent. Former Governor General Michelle Jean headed a list of what was […]

Facing racism and discrimination during the home buying and selling process

Facing racism and discrimination during the home buying and selling process

Realtors and their clients are facing racism and discrimination during the home buying and selling process, but there are no efficient ways for consumers to report such incidents, says new research from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). The Fighting for Fair Housing report released by the provincial body Tuesday found more than one-third of […]

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – time to reflect

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – time to reflect

Canada has had a troublesome and tumultuous past with its Indigenous people. For much of the country’s history, we’ve neglected, ignored and attempted to assimilate Indigenous people into a European-based culture at the expense of their own. Recent years have seen initial attempts made at reconciliation, and while there is significant work to be done, […]

Advocating for equal treatment in healthcare

Advocating for equal treatment in healthcare

By Lincoln DePradine Canadians of African descent are being encouraged to engage in advocacy to ensure fair and equal treatment in navigating healthcare and other sectors of society. “These are systems; they are complicated, they are complex and they are fraught with cracks through which people fall,’’ said lawyer Raymund Guiste, executive director of Tropicana […]

Guyana’s opposition leader on Toronto visit says his party will win the next election

Guyana’s opposition leader on Toronto visit says his party will win the next election

By Lincoln DePradine The leader of the parliamentary opposition in Guyana is confident that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic government of President Irfaan Ali will be defeated at the country’s next national election. Aubrey C. Norton claims that government “failures’’, such as the “alienation’’ of some Guyanese through lack of equity, will work in favour of […]

Caribbean Tales Film Festival had its moments but attendance was down

Caribbean Tales Film Festival had its moments but attendance was down

  Yes, it’s over. The theatre is empty. The screen is black. The annual Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) has gone dark for the 17th time … sort of. Late last week the venerable CTFF announced the winning films in its 2-week downtown Toronto movie fete. And while there were no big surprises in the […]

Call for action plan to address gun violence in Toronto

Call for action plan to address gun violence  in Toronto

Louis March, founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement, has called on candidates in next month’s Toronto city council elections to present an “action plan” to address the current “gun violence crisis.” He was speaking at a community march in Toronto on Saturday. March noted that the City of Toronto has created the Safe-TO ten […]

Black theatre gets a boost from Slaight Family Foundation

Black theatre gets a boost from Slaight Family Foundation

By Stephen Weir The Slaight Family Foundation announced a $15-million donation to be spread among 22 Canadian theatre companies that continue to be affected by the pandemic. The money is to be used over the next two years for theatre production and marketing by those receiving this infusion of cash. One of the theatres that […]

For De Grasse making a living goes beyond running

For De Grasse making a living goes beyond running

Andre De Grasse launched his own signature wine at a posh party last Tuesday night, with a strip of red Mondo track and a pair of starting blocks in place of a traditional red carpet. The event drew an eclectic mix of sports celebrities, from swim star Penny Oleksiak to Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby […]

Ezra Marfo dies while waiting for stem cell donor

Ezra Marfo dies while waiting for stem cell donor

A two-year-old boy from Lac La Biche, Alta., whose search for a stem cell donor captured hearts and headlines across the country, died Friday as he waited for a match. Ezra Marfo was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2021. His father, Jacob Marfo, became a stem cell donor to help Ezra, but was not […]

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