Jamaica aims to create new markets for its cultural products

Jamaica aims to create new markets for its cultural products

Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, praised  members of the Jamaican diaspora in Toronto for their fortitude, their “relentless push for success ” and  for becoming ” part of the new multicultural society which they fashioned with the Jamaican touch. ” But most of  all, we salute you because you never […]

Niagara Falls getting ready to jump up to a Caribbean beat

Niagara Falls  getting ready  to jump up to a Caribbean beat

By Stephen Weir While Torontonians have already put away their carnival costumes for another year, in Niagara Falls the Caribana “schooling” is just about to begin. Tomorrow morning the musical group, Kobo Town, a fleet of food trucks and a busload of mas’ veterans will be heading down the QEW to a famous Niagara Falls […]

West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held at Markham fair grounds

West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held  at Markham fair grounds

By Lincoln DePradine An outing which began simply as an occasion for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to  “lime” together in Toronto, now has mushroomed to include other West Indians and has raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The first “Family and Friends Picnic’’, organized by what is now known as the United Trinbago […]

Attorney elected new leader of Barbados opposition party

Attorney elected new leader of Barbados opposition party

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has elected attorneyVerla  DePeiza as its new leader as it seeks to rebuild following the defeat it suffered during the May 24 general election in Barbados. “If nothing else gives us the impetus to move forward it must be the fear of failing. This party is bigger than us. This […]

Cancellation of Carnival Kingdom leaves ticket holders angry and disappointed

Cancellation of Carnival Kingdom leaves ticket holders  angry and disappointed

Less than two hours before a soca concert in Vaughan was due to start on Saturday night, the show was  cancelled, leaving thousands of ticket holders angry and disappointed. Carnival  Kingdom, hosted by Summer of Sound (SOS)  Fest Inc, was to be held at the Improve Canada outdoor entertainment complex, starting at  9 p.m. But […]

Senator wants August 1 to be declared National Emancipation Day across Canada

Senator  wants August 1 to be declared National Emancipation Day across Canada

It all happened underground late at night while most of Toronto slept. Looking out over a sea of Caribbean Canadian faces at the start of the annual Freedom Ride, Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard  shouted:“You should see the beautiful view from here!” The Halifax senator, one of  the few Afro-Canadians in the Upper Chamber, was a keynote […]

Court clears way for dreadlocked child to start school

Court clears way for dreadlocked child to start school

KINGSTON, Jamaica -The Supreme Court of Jamaica granted an injunction last Friday preventing the board of management of the Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, from blocking a five-year-old girl from entering the school because of her dreadlocked hairstyle. The injunction was granted on a motion filed by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), a human […]

Time for action to deal with perennial problems

Congratulations are in order to carnival bandleader Louis  Ronald Saldenah, mas’ man extraordinaire, who copped the “Band of the Year” title at the Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival 2018. Louis Saldenah has now won the title 19 times – an achievement of which another notable bandleader, his father, the late Harold Saldenah, would have been justly […]

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