Community mobilizes around Black health and well-being strategy

Community mobilizes around Black health and well-being strategy

By J.R. Dash The development of a “Black Health and Well-Being Strategy is long overdue” in Canada. That is the view of Black Health Alliance President Dalon Taylor.Taylor made the pronouncement at BHA’s third annual forum on Saturday. In her view,Black health needs to become a priority if Canada is serious about acknowledging the contributions […]

We going CRAZY this weekend

We going CRAZY this weekend

After a seven-year hiatus Trinidadian calypsonian Edwin Ayoung better known as “Crazy”, is back in the Metropolitan Center on November 12. Widely regarded as the founding father of Soca Parang- a melodic cocktail of soca and hymnal Latin music – “Crazy” headlines a mega cast which includes International recording artist Richard Luces and New York […]

Stress Management: Attitude is Where it All Begins

Stress Management: Attitude is Where it All Begins

by Julie Christiansen, MA., RP When you think about stress management, what do you think of? Do you picture hammocks, white sandy beaches, and azure blue oceans? Do you think of soothing music, candles, and a hot bath in a claw-foot tub overflowing with bubbles? Or perhaps you are picturing yourself laying on a plush […]

BADC champions for Safer Ontario Act

The Black Action Defense Committee has expressed satisfaction with the sweeping changes made to Ontario’s policing laws. The new legislative changes introduced Thursday will streng then oversight, redefine core police duties and make it possible to suspend officers without pay. “Today is a great day for Ontarians, a great day for Canada and a great […]

Macomere Fifi is president of OCPA

Macomere Fifi is president of  OCPA

Calypsonian Macomere Fifi (Eulith Woods)  was elected president of  the  Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) at a meeting in Toronto on October 25 last. Other officers elected were: Tara Gonzalez – Vice-President; (Cosmos) Henry Gomez – Secretary and (Webb) Hamilton Alexander – Treasurer. The positions of Public Relations and Marketing and Fundraising are yet […]

Homeless death toll in Toronto now 70

Homeless death toll in Toronto now 70

Seventy homeless people have died in Toronto so far this year. The figures presented earlier this week at a meeting of the City of Toronto’s public health committee showed that 46 of them  died indoors while four  died outdoors. The  place  of  death was not  noted for  20 others. Most of the people  who died  […]

Former secretary of the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes dies at 87

Former secretary of the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes  dies at 87

Arlayne Margaret  Shepherd  (nee Walker), a former secretary of the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) who was well known in mas’ making circles in Toronto’s Caribbean community, died on Saturday. She was 87. Carnival aficionados recall that she sewed costumes for the first Caribana parade in 1967 and played mas’ that year. Calypsonian Cosmos […]

Communities need to get more involved in decision making – Jeffers

Communities need to get more involved in decision making –  Jeffers

Trinidad-born Kenneth Jeffers, the lone Black member of the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB)  and longtime community pro-activist, has been re-appointed to the Board for another term. Jeffers who was first appointed to the TPSB in 2015,  says he is looking forward to his re-appointment “with great interest.” ” I am now in a position […]