Byelections in two Toronto ridings will be held as scheduled on October 26

Byelections in two Toronto ridings will be held as scheduled on October  26

Federal byelections in the Toronto ridings of Toronto Centre and York Centrte, set for October 26, will  be held as scheduled. Recently elected Green Party leader Annamie Paul who is running  in Toronto Centre had called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend the byelections on the grounds that democracy and fairness to voters are […]

Call for action plan to dismantle white supremacist groups

A coalition of multifaith human rights organizations urged Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau on Monday to come up with a plan to dismantle white supremacist groups across the country. The open call to  the prime minister comes in wake of the death of a 58-year-old man who was fatally stabbed outside the International Muslim Organization mosque […]

Montreal to post job for commissioner to fight systemic racism

Montreal to post job for commissioner  to fight systemic racism

MONTREAL  – Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced last week that the city will be posting the job of commissioner to fight racism and discrimination. The creation of this post fulfills one of the key recommendations of Montreal’s public consultation bureau (OCPM) report released in June, which concluded that Montreal has for too long tolerated systemic […]

University of Toronto launches task force to examine systemic racism

University of Toronto launches task force to examine systemic racism

The University of Toronto has launched a task force that will explore how the university’s policies and practices contribute to systemic anti-Black racism, and provide actionable recommendations to advance Black equity, inclusion and excellence on its three campuses. The work of the task force will build on previous reports and consultations, identify gaps and offer […]

Giving thanks in 2020

Giving thanks in 2020

Come Monday, we will  observe Thanksgiving , mindful of the fact that we are still in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.                                                                        Thanksgiving 2020 will not  be the same as in previous years as we make the necessary adjustment to the ” new normal.” Yet we have a lot to be thankful for. […]

Canada’s minister of international trade to join panel discussion at BIDEM 2020

Canada’s minister of international trade to join panel discussion at BIDEM 2020

Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister  of International Trade, will join Caribbean government ministers and business leaders in a panel discussion at BIDEM 2020, the  International Caribbean Diaspora Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Trade Show to be held in Toronto October 13-15. The  panel discussion on “bridging diasporic and home markets” is scheduled for October 14, starting at 1 […]

Nova Scotia Police Review Board to hear case of alleged racial profiling

Nova Scotia  Police Review Board to hear case  of  alleged racial profiling

HALIFAX— The Nova Scotia Police Review Board is allowing a case of alleged racial profiling to proceed after lawyers for two Halifax officers sought to have it ended on procedural grounds. Adam LeRue, who is Black, has said race played a role in his arrest and jailing after he and his spouse pulled their vehicle […]

Art depicting Viola Desmond displayed on building where she was arrested in 1946

Art depicting Viola Desmond displayed on building  where she was arrested in 1946

NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia  — An art display paying tribute to Viola Desmond is nearing completion on the building where the civil rights icon took her most high-profile stand against racial inequality in Canada. Desmond, a Black Nova Scotian who is commemorated on Canada’s $10 bill, refused to leave her seat at the Roseland Theatre […]

Tessa McWatt is a finalist for nonfiction prize

Tessa McWatt is a finalist for nonfiction prize

Tessa McWatt,  a Guyana-born Canadian writer, is one of this year’s  finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The Writers Trust of Canada last week announced the five finalists.for 2020. They are Lorna Crozier (Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats)), Steven Heighton (Reaching Mithymma: Among the Volunteers and Refugees on […]