Jamaica plans to become the ‘ medical marijuana hub of the world’

Jamaica plans to become the ‘ medical marijuana hub of the world’

By Stephen Weir Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, will tonight  discuss with members of the Canadian business community Jamaica’s plans to become the “Medical Marijuana Hub of the World. ” Shaw will be one of  the keynote speakers at a meeting to be held at the Bay-Adelaide Center in downtown […]

Sickle cell disease is a ‘neglected condition’ – Toronto hemotologist

Sickle cell disease is a ‘neglected condition’  – Toronto hemotologist

Many people still  believe that sickle cell disease is just a  “Black people’s problem.” But according to Dr. Jacob Pendegrast, a leading haematololgist at the Toronto General hospital who has been studying the disease, it also affects people of other ethnic groups. He told nurses at a recent symposium that they  will be encountering   patients  […]

Caribbean American legislator applauds bid to reduce unnecessary marijuana arrests

Caribbean American legislator applauds bid to reduce unnecessary marijuana arrests

NEW YORK – A Caribbean American New York City councilman has applauded New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that he will work to reduce unnecessary arrests and disparity in enforcement for marijuana possession in New York City. “As other states across the country legalise marijuana usage, the supposed progressive beacon of New York […]

Jamaica-born parent is running for trustee against former school board chairman

Jamaica-born parent is running for trustee against former school board chairman

Jamaica-born Charlene Grant, the Black parent who made headlines after she was  called a nigger by a trustee of the  York Region District School Board in November 2016, is  now back in the news. She has announced that she is running for the position of trustee on the Board against which she had filed human […]

‘With Doug Ford as Premier, I could be homeless’

Letter to the editor ‘With Doug Ford as Premier, I could  be homeless’     Dear Editor: When I heard that the recent news that Doug Ford was in favor of lifting rent control on those buildings where it still exists,  that really got me thinking. I  know many people in the Caribbean community in […]

Mentorship program helps Black youth pursue post-secondary education

Mentorship program helps Black youth pursue post-secondary education

By  Raquel A. Russel   Since starting at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute in fall 2017, Grade 9 student Leandra Allen has been researching which university she wants to attend in 2022. “Even if I have a lot of time before I have to do something, you’ll still see me researching,” says Allen, who emigrated from Jamaica […]

Coteau announces expansion of Youth Outreach Worker program

Coteau  announces expansion of Youth Outreach Worker program

Michael Coteau, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, has announced the expansion of  the province’s Youth  Outreach Worker program. No fewer than eleven workers will be added to the program which is part of the province’s  Black  Youth Action Plan. Coteau  made the announcement on Friday at TAIBU Community […]

BADC supporters told the road ahead ‘still needs to be walked’

BADC supporters told the road ahead ‘still needs to be walked’

  Ontario Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeily, the keynote speaker at a fundraising brunch last Sunday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC),  told supporters that the organization  is today respected and widely consulted by government. But he reminded them that  their work ” is still unfinished.” “And the […]

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