System needs to change to allow Black students to thrive

System needs to change to allow Black students to thrive

By Lincoln DePradine Margaret Lazarus and Eleanor McIntosh, two senior Ontario educators, say an imperative of leaders in the education sector is to eliminate anti-Black racism from school and create an environment for success for students of African ancestry. “We have to actively address and dismantle anti-Black racism,’’ said Lazarus, superintendent of education at the […]

Oldest Scarborough resident gets COVID-19 shot

Oldest Scarborough resident gets COVID-19  shot

One hundred and ten year-old Jamaica-born Dora Skeen received  her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday Ms Skeen, the oldest known resident of Scarborough, Ont., received the vaccination at her home as a result of the coordinated efforts of MPP Mitzie Hunter of Scarborough- Guildwood (left) and the Scarborough Health Network. Dora Skeen, […]

Toronto school receives hate mail over anti-Black racism course

Toronto school  receives hate mail over anti-Black racism course

Toronto Police are investigating a report of hate mail which was sent to Newtonbrook Secondary School in North York over its new course addressing  anti-Black racism. On Feb. 17, last,  the school received  an envelope with no return address. Inside, was a copy of  a newspaper article about the school’s new course on deconstructing anti-Black […]

Tropicana workers back on the job

Tropicana workers back on the job

After a seven-week strike, workers at Tropicana Community Services (TCS) in Toronto are back on the job. The workers have ratified their first collective agreement and ended their strike  just two days before Christmas. Raymund Guiste Executive Director of TCS, said that the unionized team members ratified a three-year collective agreement and that the contract […]

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. […]

Fewer than 10 asylum seekers tried to cross from U.S. since border closure – Blair

Fewer than 10 asylum seekers tried to cross from U.S. since border closure – Blair

OTTAWA —  Bill Blair, the federal public safety minister, says fewer than 10 asylum seekers have been turned back to the U.S. since the historic shutdown of the border. Blair provided the figure to the House of Commons on Monday, noting it has been almost a month since the Canada-U.S. border closed to all but […]

Couple who entered third marriage succeeds at immigration appeal hearing

Couple who entered third marriage succeeds  at immigration appeal hearing

Immigration  Matters       Sukhram Ramkissoon Couple who entered third marriage succeeds at immigration appeal hearing I have been asked by a reader, a Canadian citizen who was previously married and divorced, whether he can sponsor  his spouse who herself was previously married and divorced. Like him, she has entered into her third marriage. Well, of course, […]

Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home celebrates anniversary

Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home celebrates anniversary

Covenant Funeral Homes celebrates 4th anniversary in Black History Month Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home Covenant Funeral Homes Inc. (CFH) is Canada’s first Black-owned funeral home, and is celebrating its 4th year of operations. Founder of CFH, Luann Jones says she began the business following a car accident over 20 years ago, “That brush with […]

Black classical music comes to Toronto – Ébène makes debut

Black classical music comes to Toronto – Ébène makes debut

By Stephen Weir Pianist Sean Sutherland thinks the time is right to show Canadians that not only are there Black classical musicians in this country who perform at the highest level of the art-form, but that there are Black classical composers creating enthralling music that deserve to be heard.  Sutherland has put it all together […]

It was a false alarm, so why aren’t we relieved?

It was a false alarm, so why aren’t we relieved?

Since the system was implemented, the few emergency alerts that have screamed from our cellphones, usually in the still of the night, have been mostly about missing children.  The news often evokes feelings of sadness and the hope that the child is found unharmed. So far it’s always had a happy ending. But last Sunday […]

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