Quebec government keeps cruicifix but bans niqabi women from public transit

Quebec government keeps cruicifix but bans niqabi women from public transit

QUEBEC – A crucifix that is prominently displayed in the room where members of the Quebec national assembly hold their regular sittings is staying put. The Liberal government has reaffirmed its unshakable attachment to the religious symbol which was placed there in the 1930s by then-premier Maurice Duplessis. It is located on the wall directly […]

Not always happy with life in Canada but always Jolly

Not always happy with life in Canada but always Jolly

Denham Jolly’s autobiography wins Toronto Book Award By Stephen Weir The standing ovation began before City of Toronto librarian Vickery Bowles could finish announcing Denham Jolly’s name. On Thursday night in the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Jamaican Canadian businessman, radio pioneer, and now author, received the 2017 Toronto Book Award for […]

Questionnaire targeting Muslims ‘unacceptable’ -Refugee minister

Questionnaire targeting Muslims ‘unacceptable’     -Refugee minister

VANCOUVER – Canada’s immigration minister is condemning an RCMP questionnaire that targets Muslim asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States into Quebec. Speaking in Vancouver on Friday, Ahmed Hussen described the Mounties’ interview guide as unacceptable, saying it is incompatible with the government’s anti-discrimination policy. Among other things, the document directed applicants to […]

Quebec passes law obliging citizens to uncover their faces

Quebec passes law obliging citizens  to uncover their faces

QUEBEC — The Quebec national assembly has passed a controversial religious neutrality bill that obliges citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services. Members of the national assembly voted 66-51 in favour of Bill 62  yesterday. Tabled by Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee in 2015, it is the governing Liberals’ response to the […]

Dominican farm workers appeal to Canadian government to let them stay

Dominican farm workers appeal to Canadian government  to let them stay

Migrant farm workers from Dominica  which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last month, are appealing to the Canadian government to allow them to remain and continue to work in Canada  to help support their families back home. The category five hurricane  was reported to have left more than 20 people dead in Dominica and severely […]

Money woes at the Trinidad-Tobago consulate in Toronto

Money woes at the Trinidad-Tobago consulate in Toronto

Short staffing in the Trinidad and Tobago  consulate in Toronto  is reported to be affecting the  level of service at the offices. Several long-serving employees of the consulate have recently been sent home and no one has been hired  to replace them. And nationals have been complaining about “longer wait time” to obtain fairly routine […]

Islamophobia at our Canadian borders

But who shall guard the border guards themselves? How do we protect asylum-seekers entering Canada from naked islamophobia on the part of Canadian officials at our borders? How do we protect ourselves and our country’s egalitarian values from the consequences of such human rights abuses? Who is to protect our country’s institutions, policies and practices […]

Cornwallians 40th anniversary gala

Cornwallians  40th anniversary gala

Hundreds of  past students of Cornwall College in Jamaica – or Cornwallians, as they are called  – came from far and wide  to attend the 40th anniversary gala of the Cornwall College Alumni Association  (CCAA) of  Toronto  two Saturdays ago. The  gala held under the patronage of  Mary Anne Chambers, a former Ontario government minister […]

Jamaican MP calls on fellow nationals to help create a ‘first world Jamaica’

Jamaican MP calls on fellow nationals to help create a ‘first world Jamaica’

By Lincoln DePradine Jamaican parliamentarian Juliet Holness is looking to overseas-based fellow nationals to help in creating a “first world Jamaica’’. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is possible,’’ Holness, MP for St Andrew East Rural, said last Saturday while delivering the keynote address at a ” grand charity  gala” in Toronto. “Join us in building a […]