No reprieve for Toronto cop who assaulted Dafonte Miller

No reprieve for Toronto cop who assaulted Dafonte Miller

Ontario’s top court has upheld the conviction and sentence of Const. Michael Theriault, the off-duty Toronto police officer who assaulted Dafonte Miller in an attack that left the young Black man blind in one eye. Earlier this year, Const. Michael Theriault was found guilty of assault in connection with a December 2016 attack on Miller, […]

Durham School Board to Hold Budget Meetings Regarding 2021-2022

Durham School Board to Hold Budget Meetings Regarding 2021-2022

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) will hold its 2021-2022 budget deliberation meetings in the following upcoming public sessions. All meetings will be held virtually and will be live-streamed on DDSB’s YouTube Live channel. Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget Analysis, and Public Deputations to the Education Finance Committee. Wednesday […]

Whitby Fire Department aims at diversity

Whitby Fire Department aims at diversity

WHITBY, Ont. –  Chief David Speed  of the Whitby Fire and Emergency Services vividly recalls that when he was at a requiting session about four year ago, almost all the applicants in the room were white men. ” And that really bothered me and I vowed that we really needed to do something about diversity,” […]

Caribbean Legacy Tribute to Lydia Parris

Caribbean Legacy Tribute to Lydia Parris

Pickering, ON – January 3rd, 2021 – On this day our beloved Lydia Parris left this physical world and made her ascent back to the Heavenly Father. Devoted wife to Brian and mother of three: André (Kayleigh), Matthew (Una) and Danielle (Kevin); grandmother of Aria and Rémy, and daughter of the late Marie Harbans. She […]

Ontario’s finance minister resigns after Caribbean holiday

Ontario’s finance minister resigns after Caribbean holiday

Ontario’s Finance Minister Rod Phillips resigned last Thursday after public outrage over a Caribbean vacation he took last month  in violation of his own government’s coronavirus travel warnings. Phillips admitted last  week that he travelled to the French island of St Barts on December 13 last, after the legislative session ended. Federal and provincial leaders […]

The Final Epic Productions of Elsworth James

The Final Epic Productions of Elsworth James

By: Bianca Jacob-Stephenson Five years ago, veteran entertainer Elsworth James first began losing things, and then getting lost during walks around his Toronto neighborhood. Two years later, he faced a devastating diagnosis: dementia, a neurodegenerative condition that affects 50 million people worldwide. Now in the end-stage of the disease, James endures the ultimate loss, memories […]

Celina tells the story of finding her  voice ‘in the unlikeliest of places’

Celina tells the story  of finding her  voice ‘in the unlikeliest of places’

Can You Hear Me Now? Former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes  tells the story of finding her  voice ‘in the unlikeliest of places’   By Lincoln DePradine The story of Celina Caesar-Chavannes is both typical and unique. Born into a humble family in the Caribbean, she migrated to Canada and worked her way to measurable success. That’s […]

Off-duty policeman sentenced to nine months in jail in assault of Black man

Off-duty policeman sentenced to nine months in jail  in assault of Black man

A Toronto police officer convicted in the brutal assault of a young man was sentenced to nine months in jail  last Thursday in a ruling the victim’s lawyer hailed as historic for its consideration of systemic violence toward the Black community. Ontario Superior Court Justice Joseph Di Luca said that although Const. Michael Theriault was […]

Giving thanks in 2020

Giving thanks in 2020

Come Monday, we will  observe Thanksgiving , mindful of the fact that we are still in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.                                                                        Thanksgiving 2020 will not  be the same as in previous years as we make the necessary adjustment to the ” new normal.” Yet we have a lot to be thankful for. […]

Oshawa wedding declared an outbreak event after eight persons tested positve for COVID-19

Oshawa wedding declared an outbreak event after eight persons tested positve for  COVID-19

Durham Region Health Department is urging anyone who attended a wedding on Sept. 19 last at the Caribbean Cultural Centre in Oshawa, to contact the Health Department as soon as possible The Health Department has been notified of eight cases of COVID-19 associated with this event and is having difficulty obtaining a full list of […]