A federal Commission of Inquiry to look at police killings

A federal Commission of Inquiry to look at police killings

EDITORIAL A federal Commission of Inquiry to look at police killings When more than one thousand protesters gather outside City Hall in Toronto to call for the defunding and abolition – yes, abolition – of all police forces in Canada, we should realize that  something is terribly wrong. While we believe that reform of police […]

More than 1,000 protesters in Toronto call for defunding and abolition of police and Special Investigations Unit

More than 1,000 protesters in Toronto call for defunding and abolition of police and Special Investigations Unit

More than 1,000 protesters  gathered at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Sunday afternoon to call for the defunding and abolition of all police forces in Canada and Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit. The No Pride in Policing Coalition, comprised of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), queer and transgender groups, organized the event. It was […]

The Canadian Council of Business leaders provides update on BlackNorth initiative summit

The Canadian Council of Business leaders provides  update on BlackNorth initiative summit

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism has released the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge. It ask senior business leaders in Canada to commit their companies to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for all of those in the underrepresented Black, Indigenous, People Of Colour ‘BIPOC’ […]

Digital Carnival 202O is now as close as your phone

Digital Carnival 202O is now as close as your phone

The Digital 2020 Toronto Caribbean Carnival kicked off  on Canada Day, July 1, and you can  take in  the celebrations on your phone, tablet or computer during the entire month of July. “We are presenting (on line) a virtual festival that engages Carnival audiences who look forward every year to a summer of parties, music, […]

Toronto city council passes motion on police reform

Toronto city council passes motion on police reform

Toronto city council has passed a motion seeking reform of the city’s police department, but rejected a cut to the force’s budget. Mayor John Tory put forth a motion proposing changes to policing that includes overhauling the response to those in crisis along with anti-racism measures and the implementation of body-worn cameras. In a series […]

NDP backs Black coalition’s calls for implementing police reform

NDP backs Black  coalition’s calls for implementing   police reform

Responding to a coalition of more than a dozen Black organizations  which  showed up at Queen’s Park on Monday, the Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP and NDP Black Caucus are backing their call for the government to finally implement recommendations from reports on police reform that have been” collecting dust since they were completed,” says a […]

Prime Minister Trudeau and Mayor Tory make surprise appearances at Walk of Excellence broadcast

Prime Minister Trudeau and Mayor Tory make surprise appearances at Walk of Excellence broadcast

By Stephen Weir North Toronto students got the online surprise of their lives last Thursday while watching a live YouTube broadcast of the annual graduation Walk of Excellence.  Not only did community leaders, entertainers and family members take part in the two-hour social media presentation. So too did the Prime Minister of Canada and the […]

Community activist donates face masks

Community activist donates face masks

Community activist Joan Howard is busy at her sewing machines these day, turning out face masks. “It’s my latest project in giving back to the community,” said the Trinidad-born mother of two sons, one of whom she lost to gun  violence. ” My son, Kenpton, was murdered in 2003. He was 24. Since his death […]

Toronto School Board approves funding for Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement

Toronto School Board approves funding for Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has  approved funding to create a Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement.  It wil be the first of its kind in public education in Canada, according to a TDSB news release last week. Stating that anti-Black racism is deeply entrenched in Canadian institutions, including TDBS schools, the  the  […]

Jamaica is in ‘ the major league of national images’ – Simon Anholt

Jamaica is in ‘ the major league of national images’  – Simon Anholt

By Lincoln DePradine People worldwide love Jamaica but the Caribbean nation isn’t using the global goodwill in as many ways as it could, says Simon Anholt, the British-born author, who has been studying and researching the images of countries for more than 20 years. Jamaica is in the “major league of national images,” Anholt said […]

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