Kardinal Offishall joins Universal Music Canada staff to launch Black youth scholarship

Kardinal Offishall joins Universal Music Canada staff  to launch Black youth scholarship

Kardinal Offishall and employees at Universal Music Canada have banded together to launch a new scholarship program supporting Black high school students in their post-secondary education. The Canadian record label says it’s formed BLACK Label Coalition in partnership with the Pinball Clemons Foundation, an effort that will see Universal commit $250,000 to promising young Black […]

Call for ‘ complete overhaul of police oversight’ in Ontario

Call for ‘ complete overhaul of police oversight’  in Ontario

Laura Mae Lindo,the chair of the Official Opposition Ontario NDP Black Caucus, has called for ” a complete overhaul of police oversight ” in the province. Lindo, MPP for Kitchener Centre, made this appeal last week after Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) cleared all police officers of wrongdoing in the death last May of Regis […]

Building a nation on the watchwords of discipline, production and tolerance

Building a nation on the watchwords of discipline, production and tolerance

By Carlton Joseph Trinidad and Tobago celebrated 58 years of Independence on August 31 last without fanfare or the usual parades as the COVID-19 pandemic caused the government to shelve all celebrations, including plans for fireworks display and festivities. Instead, Prime Minister  Keith Rowley announced that from Monday last it would be illegal for citizens […]

Project launched to test members of the Black community in Ontario for COVID-19 immunity

Project launched to test members of the Black community in Ontario for COVID-19 immunity

A team of researchers has started testing persons in the Black community in Ontario  for COVID-19 infection “as indicated by antibody responses. ” Lead  investigator Dr. Upton Allen, head of the is the Infectious Diseases Division  at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, says persons  with antibody responses to COVID-19 are more likely than […]

BIDEM 2020 to be held in Toronto October 13-15

BIDEM 2020 to be held in Toronto October 13-15

BIDEM 2020, the International Caribbean Diaspora Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Trade Show, will be held  in Toronto October 13 -15. Theme of  this year’s  event: ” Connecting the Roots, Building Networks Together for Profit and Purpose” BIDEM 2020 will present a forum and marketplace for mainstream entrepreneurs and  professional service providers and will bring together  ‘ […]

Trinidadian family granted refugee protection in Canada

Trinidadian family granted refugee protection in Canada

During the 1980s, thousands of people fled their native Trinidad and Tobago seeking refugee protection in Canada. While many of them were allowed to remain in Canada “on humanitarian and compassionate grounds,” only a small number were found to have a “credible basis” for their refugee claims. And  a small percentage have been granted protection […]

Toronto constable found guilty of assaulting Dafonte Miller challenges conviction

Toronto constable found guilty of assaulting Dafonte Miller challenges conviction

The legal team representing Constable Michael Theriault has filed an application to vacate the verdict, arguing the conviction for assault was not available to the court. Theriault and his brother, Christian Theriault, were charged with aggravated assault and obstruction of justice in relation to a December 2016 incident that left Dafonte Miller with a ruptured […]

Canadian Govt to appeal ruling that struck down Canada-U.S. refugee agreement

Canadian Govt to appeal ruling that struck down Canada-U.S. refugee agreement

The Federal Government is appealing a court ruling that struck down a key refugee agreement between Canada and the United States, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said last Friday. The Federal Court of Canada ruled last month that elements of the law underpinning the pact violate the constitutional guarantee of life, liberty and security. The […]

Proceeds from Telus film collection to go to Black Health Alliance

Proceeds from Telus film collection to go  to Black Health Alliance

Telus says it’s donating the video-on-demand proceeds from “Black Panther” and more than 60 other films by Black creators to Canada’s Black Health Alliance. The Vancouver telecommunications giant says it will give the rental fees from a curated selection of movies on its VOD platform to the community-led charity, which supports the health and well-being […]

Montreal groups collect race-based COVID-19 data after Quebec flip-flops

Montreal groups collect race-based COVID-19 data  after Quebec flip-flops

MONTREAL — Black community groups in Montreal say they had no choice but to go at it alone after the Quebec government went back on a pledge to collect race-based data to help trace the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Thierry Lindor, a Montreal entrepreneur, launched an online platform this week to collect information […]