Martha De Gannes appointed regional senior Justice of the Peace

Martha De Gannes appointed regional  senior Justice of the Peace

Trinidad-born  Martha De Gannes has been appointed regional senior Justice of the Peace for the Central East region in Ontario, effective March 1. (Central East region includes Barrie. Durham Region, Lindsay, Newmarket and Peterborough,) She  will replace Senior Justice of the Peace Brian Norton. De Gannes was appointed Justice of the Peace in Newmarket in […]

CN-Tower lit up in Jamaican colours for Bob Marley Day

CN-Tower  lit up in Jamaican colours for Bob Marley Day

By Stephen Weir Bob  Marley Day  was observed in Toronto yesterday with an hour-long ceremony at City Hall and the lighting up of the Jamaican colours of  red, green and gold at the CN-Tower and Nathan Phillips Square. The ceremony at City Hall started with Jamaica-born Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson reading out the city’s official […]

Scarborough Multicultural Festival on the Move

Scarborough Multicultural Festival on the Move

Organizers of  the 4th annual Scarborough Community Multicultural  Festival have announced that the festival is moving to a new location this year. Originally scheduled to take place at Confederation Park, it will now be held at the Masaryktown Park on the Scarborough Golf Club Road. The “free festival” is billed as “three-days of excitement and […]

Bacchanal in Centennial Park on Sunday

Bacchanal in Centennial Park on Sunday

By Stephen Weir Actors, stick fighters, stilt walkers and calypso stars will “dingolay” in Centennial Park  in Scarborough at  the Ol’ Time Carnival, Bacchanal in d’ Plantation Yard! on Sunday afternoon. The show tells the story about how the Trinidad carnival started. “ Ol’ Time Carnival came about after I met a young woman who […]

Toronto park renamed after three-year old Elijah Marsh

Toronto park renamed after three-year old Elijah Marsh

A Toronto park was recently  renamed in honour  of  a three-year old boy who died after wandering away from his grandmother’s home on Neptune Drive in North York  in the early hours of a bitterly cold winter morning. Rajah Park in North York where the boy to used to play, has been renamed Elijah Marsh […]

Two Black youth receive scholarships from Tropicana Community Services

Two Black youth receive scholarships  from Tropicana Community Services

By Lincoln DePradine The cost of financing their tertiary education has been made easier for two Black youth, Jaleel Alfred and Deandra Christopher, who have received scholarships from Tropicana Community Services (TCS). The Robert K. Brown Scholarship to Alfred and the Dr Gervan Fearon Scholarship to Christopher were presented on Wednesday at the annual general […]

TAIBU celebrates ‘decade of excellence’

TAIBU celebrates ‘decade of excellence’

By Lincoln DePradine When TAIBU Community Health Centre was established 10 years ago, Liben Gebremikael was appointed executive director of the organization. He’s proud of the achievements of TAIBU, a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, community-led organization headquartered in the Malvern neighbourhood of Scarborough. “The mandate of the organization is to improve the health and wellbeing of the […]

Managing diabetes

Managing  diabetes

FOCUS ON HEALTH   Managing  diabetes By Liben Gebremikael  There are several chronic conditions that disporprotionately affect the Black communities. Among them is diabetes. According to Canadian statistics, people of African descent are two to three times more likely to be affected by diabetes compared to the white population. In our  current practice, we are […]

Fantazia Carnival ready for the road

Fantazia Carnival ready for  the road

By Stephen Weir, photographs by Don Moreland For the youngsters who play mas’ with Fantazia Carnival, the natural elements aren’t hurricanes and volcanoes; they are gentle breezes, friendly sunsets and warm blue water.  On the weekend the  band held a launch party for the revellers who will be taking part in the July 21 Junior […]

Pretty nails, not infection

Pretty nails, not infection

By Heather Aspinall Summer is here and nail salons and spas are buzzing with people anxiously about the business of getting well groomed hands and feet. But along with the process of getting well-groomed or perhaps just a relaxing foot soak or rub, may come infection risks of which consumers need to be aware.  In […]