Haiti wants Jamaica to turn over suspect in president’s assassination

Haiti wants Jamaica to turn over suspect in president’s assassination

  Haiti wants a former politician accused in the brazen assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last July to be returned to the country from Jamaica. The country’s foreign minister has sent an official request to Jamaica seeking the return of former senator John Joël Joseph, a high-ranking Haitian government source confirmed to the Miami Herald. […]

Montreal didn’t have its first Black bus driver until 1973

Montreal didn’t have its first Black bus driver until 1973

  He was Haiti-born Jean-Baptiste Jean Like many Montrealers, Rachel Guénin has fond memories of her father dropping her and her sister off at the mall when they were young. The only difference is, unlike most dads, their father, Jean-Baptiste Jean, was driving the 161 bus. “That route would start at Rosemont and then it […]

Haitian leaders agree on transitional government following summit

Haitian leaders agree on transitional government following summit

Haitian political leaders nailed down plans for a transitional government last Monday after days of negotiations at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. The conference, called the Haiti Unity Summit, was moderated by U.S. Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, known for leading military relief efforts around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Negotiations began Friday and […]

Transition government for Haiti proposed

Transition government for Haiti proposed

A group concerned about Haiti’s future is calling for a provisional government in the Caribbean country to bolster its security and ensure free elections in two years. The group, called Montana Accord, is proposing its 65-year-old leader and economist Fritz Jean to take the helm of the two-year transition government of Haiti⁠—replacing Prime Minister Ariel […]

Jamaica arrests ex-Haiti senator sought in leader’s slaying

Jamaica arrests ex-Haiti senator sought in leader’s slaying

Haiti’s National Police said last Saturday that a former senator who is a prominent suspect in the July 7 killing of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica. Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers confirmed that John Joël Joseph was in custody. No further information was immediately available. Meanwhile, Jamaica Police Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said that […]

Two Haitian journalists killed by gangs

Two Haitian journalists killed by gangs

Two Haitian journalists were the latest casualties of the increasing gang violence in the beleaguered Caribbean nation. John Wesley Amady and Wilguens Louissaint were slain by “armed bandits” last Thursday in Laboule, a conflict-ridden area south of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. Amady, 30, who worked for Montreal-based radio station Radio Ecoute, and Louissaint, 22, a local […]

Four members of the Black and Caribbean community named to the Order of Canada

Four members of the Black and Caribbean community named to the Order of Canada

Canada’s Governor General Mary Simon announced 135 appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 2 Companions (C.C.), 39 Officers (O.C.), 1 honorary Member and 93 Members (C.M.). They will be presented with their insignia at investiture ceremonies to be held on future dates. The Order of Canada is one of our highest […]

Haitian Joumou soup put cultural heritage list by UNESCO

Haitian Joumou soup put cultural heritage list by UNESCO

The United Nations cultural agency placed a traditional Haitian soup widely seen as a symbol of the nation’s independence on its prized intangible cultural heritage list. Joumou soup is “so much more than just a dish”, said Audrey Azoulay, the director-general of UNESCO. “It tells the story of the heroes and heroines of Haitian independence, […]

It took 30 years but Haitian adoptee finally reunites with his 5 siblings

It took 30 years but Haitian adoptee finally reunites with his 5 siblings

Thirty-year-old Michel was born in Haiti, and adopted at just five weeks old by his Canadian parents, Susette and David Prentice of Flesherton, Ontario It was March 2020, just a week before the entire world shut down, when Michel Prentice received a message on LinkedIn that changed his life. “He was like, ‘I think you […]

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