Ready for the 50th

Ready for the 50th

As Toronto mas’ makers put the finishing touches on their colorful costumes, thousands of revellers are getting ready for the big ” jump up” on Lakeshore Boulevard West on Saturday. Masqueraders will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Toronto Caribbean carnival, formerly known as Caribana, at the grand parade. And according to Gerard Weekes, […]

Hanomansing one of four to host The National

Hanomansing one of four to host The National

Trinidad-born Ian Hanomansing is one of four journalists who will share anchor duties on The National, the CBC flagship nightly news program which was hosted by Peter Mansbridge for almost 30 years. Mansbridge signed off from his final broadcast as host of The National on Canada Day. Speculation about  his replacement ended on Tuesday when […]

Freedom ride connects the past and the present

Freedom ride connects the past and the present

By Lincoln DePradine   Throughout the period of slavery, there were protest and rebellion as enslaved Africans struggled for freedom. Now, 183 after Britain declared chattel slavery, in its colonies in North America and the Caribbean, formally abolished, demonstrations of protest and rebellion are still evident. They were on display on Monday in Toronto, at […]

Regally Elegant with the Common Touch

Regally Elegant with the Common Touch

The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival Ball 2017   Review by Meegan Scott The night was set to Caribbean culture indeed! Pomp, Pageantry, Music, Dance, Caribbean humour and a brief flare of temper from a man  burned by Mark Trinidad’s fun-filled Roast, sums up the Carnival Ball 2017 on Saturday. The Ball at the Liberty Grand, […]

Food Safety at Home and Outdoors

Food Safety at Home and Outdoors

FOCUS ON HEALTH By Sylvanus Thompson Food is necessary for life, and preparing and providing food for human consumption is an important economic, social and cultural activity. However, eating food also carries the potential risk of foodborne illness, with direct and indirect impacts on society. Foodborne illness occurs when eating foods with enough harmful germs […]

Ontario launches ‘Together We Can’

Ontario launches ‘Together We Can’

The Ontario government  has launched a new  mentorship program for Black children and youth. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism announced the new program – Together We Can –  at Alexandra Park Community Centre in Toronto yesterday. Coteau said that  through Together We Can, up to 21 mentorship […]

‘Lil’ Nation’ wins Band of the Year title

‘Lil’ Nation’ wins Band of the Year title

The Carnival Nationz’s band, “Lil’ Nation,” was adjudged Band of the Year at the 2017 Junior Carnival and Family Day in the Malvern community in Scarborough on Saturday. ” Lil’ Nation,” led by Marcus Eustace, also won the Western Union People’s Choice Award. “Venom Carnival”  placed second in the competition and third place went to […]

Thompson elected to represent Canada on Jamaica Diaspora Board

Thompson elected to represent Canada on Jamaica Diaspora Board

Dr. Sylvanus Thompson, the widely recognized Toronto public health inspector and longtime community worker, has been elected as a member of the Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board. He will represent the Jamaican diaspora in Canada on the Board which was established in 2004 as “an advisory body to  the Jamaican minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign […]

Caribana Arts Group plans new initiatives

Caribana Arts Group plans new initiatives

As mas’ aficionados get ready for the big “jump up” in August at the Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival, the  Caribana Arts Group (CAG) is looking forward to re-asserting itself ” as the rightful owner of the festival ” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “We will soon be announcing detailed plans about where we intend […]