Governments need to do more to combat racism – Wynne

Governments need to do more to combat racism – Wynne

Hundreds of concerned citizens, including black activists, showed up last Thursday at the first public meeting called by the recently-formed Ontario anti-racism directorate to discuss issues related to systemic racism. Addressing the meeting, amid some heckling, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn told the gathering at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park  that ” this is not a […]

Junior Carnival 2016

Junior Carnival 2016

Caneisha Edwards playing The Flamingo Queen in Dexter Seusahai’s Paradise at the Toronto Caribbean Junior Carnival in Scarborough on Saturday. More than a dozen bands took part in the parade. Junior Carnival 2016 winners Carnival Nationz was adjudged Band of the Year at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s 2016 Junior Carnival Parade. Band theme: The Nest. […]

The struggle continues

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn is right. As she said on Thursday night at a public meeting in Toronto to discuss systemic racism, governments need to do more to battle discrimination. She also said that governments haven’t gone far enough to create an equitable society. Right again, Madam Premier. Then she went on to tell us […]

Austin Clarke gave a tremendous gift of letters to Barbados and the Caribbean -eulogist

Austin Clarke gave a tremendous gift of letters to Barbados and the Caribbean -eulogist

Acclaimed Barbados-born author Austin Tom Clarke who died on June 26 last, was remembered at his funeral last Friday as a man whose life ” defies summation.” Delivering the eulogy at the Cathedral church of St. James in downtown Toronto, Rinaldo Walcott, an associate professor of sociology and equity studies at the University of Toronto, […]

BLM sit-in brings Pride parade to a halt

BLM sit-in brings Pride parade to a halt

Members of Black Lives Matter (BLM)  Toronto staged a sit-in at the Pride Toronto parade on Sunday, bringing it to a halt for about half an hour. Alexandra Williams, a co-founder of BLM Toronto, said that they held the sit-in because they wanted to hold Pride Toronto accountable for “anti-blackness.” “We are not taking any space […]

“Membering and Remembering” the Literary Icon, Writer and Friend Austin Clarke

“Membering and Remembering” the Literary Icon, Writer and Friend Austin Clarke

Since its inception in 1995, A Different Booklist bookstore has had the distinct pleasure of launching Austin’s entire book in Canada. In 2014, A Different Booklist, in partnership with the Government of Barbados and Harbourfront Centre, dedicated a bench in the Ontario Square in honor of Austin Clarke, a Grandfather of Canadian and Commonwealth literature. […]

Kaiso tents open in TO

Kaiso tents open in TO

Last weekend two calypso tents opened in Toronto, heralding the beginning of the city’s carnival season. The Professionals, back at the Steel Workers Hall, saw the return of Montreal’s and St. Lucia’s Dennis James, four-time calypso monarch. James was among a strong contingent of singers returning for another exciting season. On Sunday, Kaiso Forum pitched […]

Jamaal Magloire’s RSVP raises funds for The Children’s Breakfast Club

Jamaal Magloire’s RSVP raises funds for The Children’s Breakfast Club

Toronto Raptors assistant coach, consultant and team ambassador Jamaal Magloire recently held his third annual all-inclusive “RSVP: Garden Galavant”. Magloire who also serves as bandleader for Carnival mas band Toronto Revellers is a tireless supporter of Caribbean culture and celebrated his birthday in fine style while raising funds for the non-profit organization, The Children’s Breakfast […]

Call for action to combat anti- Black racism in the workplace

Call for action to combat anti- Black racism in the workplace

By Gerald V. Paul Toronto Black advocate Osborne Barnwell has lashed out at managers in the public service who are perpetuating anti-black racism, ” apparently knowing that they can do so with impunity.” Barnwell was speaking at Toronto City Hall yesterday at the official launch of the campaign by justice4blacks@work, a recently- formed  coalition of […]