Street in ‘Little Jamaica’ to be renamed after community leader

Street in ‘Little Jamaica’ to be renamed after  community leader

North York Community Council unanimously passed a motion last week to rename Locksley Avenue, from Eglinton Avenue West to Hopewell Avenue,  “Jimmy Wisdom Way” in honour of the late Ronald Ashford Wisdom, popularly known as Jimmy, the Jamaica-born barber and community leader. Wisdom who died last November in Toronto, came to Canada in 1968. He opened […]

Shani Mootoo is a finalist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Shani Mootoo is a finalist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Novelist Shani Mootoo who was born in  Ireland to Trinidadian parents, is one of  the five recently announced finalists for the 2020  Scotiabank Giller Prize. Mootoo’s Polar Vortex is  one of three novels shortlisted for the  $100,000  Prize, the biggest in Canadian  literature. “A keen meditation on the complexities of identity and desire, Polar Vortex […]

Byelections in two Toronto ridings will be held as scheduled on October 26

Byelections in two Toronto ridings will be held as scheduled on October  26

Federal byelections in the Toronto ridings of Toronto Centre and York Centrte, set for October 26, will  be held as scheduled. Recently elected Green Party leader Annamie Paul who is running  in Toronto Centre had called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend the byelections on the grounds that democracy and fairness to voters are […]

Montreal to post job for commissioner to fight systemic racism

Montreal to post job for commissioner  to fight systemic racism

MONTREAL  – Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced last week that the city will be posting the job of commissioner to fight racism and discrimination. The creation of this post fulfills one of the key recommendations of Montreal’s public consultation bureau (OCPM) report released in June, which concluded that Montreal has for too long tolerated systemic […]

University of Toronto launches task force to examine systemic racism

University of Toronto launches task force to examine systemic racism

The University of Toronto has launched a task force that will explore how the university’s policies and practices contribute to systemic anti-Black racism, and provide actionable recommendations to advance Black equity, inclusion and excellence on its three campuses. The work of the task force will build on previous reports and consultations, identify gaps and offer […]

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. […]

Canada’s minister of international trade to join panel discussion at BIDEM 2020

Canada’s minister of international trade to join panel discussion at BIDEM 2020

Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister  of International Trade, will join Caribbean government ministers and business leaders in a panel discussion at BIDEM 2020, the  International Caribbean Diaspora Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Trade Show to be held in Toronto October 13-15. The  panel discussion on “bridging diasporic and home markets” is scheduled for October 14, starting at 1 […]

Nova Scotia Police Review Board to hear case of alleged racial profiling

Nova Scotia  Police Review Board to hear case  of  alleged racial profiling

HALIFAX— The Nova Scotia Police Review Board is allowing a case of alleged racial profiling to proceed after lawyers for two Halifax officers sought to have it ended on procedural grounds. Adam LeRue, who is Black, has said race played a role in his arrest and jailing after he and his spouse pulled their vehicle […]

Tessa McWatt is a finalist for nonfiction prize

Tessa McWatt is a finalist for nonfiction prize

Tessa McWatt,  a Guyana-born Canadian writer, is one of this year’s  finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The Writers Trust of Canada last week announced the five finalists.for 2020. They are Lorna Crozier (Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats)), Steven Heighton (Reaching Mithymma: Among the Volunteers and Refugees on […]