Workers groups mark Labour Day with push for changes in Liberals’ throne speech

Workers groups mark Labour Day with push for changes  in Liberals’ throne speech

OTTAWA — One of the country’s largest labour organizations has launched a campaign  coinciding with Labour Day to push the Trudeau Liberals for changes to the federal social safety net. The Canadian Labour Congress is hoping the government widens planned changes to the employment insurance system to provide jobless benefits to any worker in the […]

Canada to invest $221-million in Black Entrepreneurship Program

Canada to invest $221-million in Black Entrepreneurship Program

OTTAWA — Black Canadians who want to start or expand a business will have access to loans and supports for training and mentorship under a new federal program unveiled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Toronto  yesterday. The $221-million program jointly funded by the federal government and eight financial institutions, is the first of its […]

Black Canadians hit harder by COVID-19 – national study

Black Canadians hit harder by COVID-19 – national study

Black Canadians are being hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19 physically and financially, according to a new study  which was carried out by the Edmonton-based African Canadian Civic Engagement Council and Innovative Research Group. The study looked at the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 from the perspectives of Black Canadians and those in the broader […]

Making your home office posture friendly

Making your home office posture friendly

By Virginia Nsitem During  the current COVID-19 outbreak, many people transformed their dining rooms and kitchen tables to their home office. Unfortunately, these home work-spaces are not designed for sitting and working on the computer for over eight hours per day. This can lead to headaches, neck and back pain, and joint pain in the […]

Toronto film festival brings back Planet Africa program

Toronto film festival  brings back Planet Africa program

The Toronto International Film Festival which runs Sept. 10-19 with a mix of virtual and in-person screenings, is bringing back its Planet Africa program. First created in 1995 by Cameron Bailey, who is now TIFF’s co-head and artistic director, the program ran for 10 years with cinema from Africa and the African diaspora. This year’s […]

Keith Wiltshire 83 missing from Scarborough

Keith Wiltshire 83 missing from Scarborough

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance locating a missing Caribbean man. Barbados born Keith Wiltshire, 83, was last seen on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at approximately 8:05 a.m., in the Huntingwood Drive and Warden Avenue area. He is described as 6’2” , with a slim build, short grey hair, a grey beard, brown […]

Protesters in Montreal topple John A. Macdonald statue, demand police defunding

Protesters in Montreal topple John A. Macdonald statue, demand police defunding

MONTREAL — Protesters in Montreal toppled and defaced a statue of John A. Macdonald on Saturday at the end of a peaceful raly  in which  about 200 people marched to call for police defunding. A spokesman for the Montreal police confirmed the statue of Canada’s first prime minister was unbolted, pulled down and sprayed with […]

Six persons shot outside bakery in ‘Little Jamaica’

Six persons shot outside bakery in ‘Little Jamaica’

Six persons – five men and one woman- were shot outside Spence’s Bakery on Eglinton Avenue West in  Toronto hours before dawn yesterday morning. The shooting in the neighbourhood known  as “Little Jamaica” is  believed to be “gang-related”  but  police say some of the people who were shot were innocent  bystanders. According to the police, […]

Celebrating Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence at the Regent Park Bazaar

Celebrating Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence at the Regent Park Bazaar

By Stephen Weir Photos by Anthony Berot Remember Rhoma Spencer ? Well, since the COVID-19 pandemic,  the  Toronto-based Trinidadian  actress has not been onstage. But she has been keeping busy. She is now a popular vendor at the Regent Park Cultural Bazaar in Toronto. And last week she brought some Trini theatre magic to special […]

Adaoma Patterson re-elected to head the Jamaican Canadian Association

Adaoma Patterson re-elected to head  the Jamaican Canadian Association

Adaoma Patterson was re-elected for her final term as president of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) at the organization’s  recent annual general meeting. Patterson, a member of the JCA for 25 years, was first elected president in 2016 and according to a JCA news release, has steered the organization ” through some significant challenges, including […]