VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: Kenneth Jeffers, a member of the Toronto Police Services Board, has called for the suspension of a school policing program. Through the program, armed, uniformed police officers are now placed in  75 schools  across  the city. At last week’s meeting of the board, several persons spoke of the negative  impact of  police […]

Black parent to receive apology from York Region District School Board

Black parent to receive apology from York Region District School Board

When  the York Region District School Board meets next Tuesday, its director, Kathi Wallace, will read an apology to a Black parent who was called a nigger by one of its  trustees, and to members of the Black community. The apology is part of a settlement with Jamaica-born Charlene Grant who had launched human rights […]

Jamaicans urged to ‘ partner with each other’ to build their homeland

Jamaicans urged to ‘ partner with each other’ to build their homeland

“One han caan clap.” That was the message from Jamaica’s foreign affairs  minister, Senator  Kamina Johnson Smith, at the Canadian launch on Tuesday night of the Jamaica  55 Diaspora Conference. Addressing more than a  hundred Jamaicans at the Eaton Chelsea hotel in Toronto, the foreign minister noted the theme of the  conference: “Partnering for growth.” […]

Disparities in health between Canadian and immigrant seniors in the GTA – study

Disparities in health between Canadian  and immigrant seniors in the GTA  – study

  A new study by the Wellesley Institute of Toronto reports “significant” disparities in self-reported health and mental health between Canadian and immigrant seniors in the Greater Toronto Area  (GTA) , especially those who are “racialized” and from non-English background. According to the study, released on Tuesday,” immigrant seniors, especially those who arrived more recently, […]

$50,000 reward in the case of the fatal shooting of pregnant woman

$50,000 reward in the case of the fatal shooting of pregnant woman

Toronto Police yesterday announced a reward of up to $50,000 for  evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of Candice Rochelle Bobb, a pregnant woman who was shot in Etobicoke in May last year, and her baby, Kyrene. Bobb, 33, of Malton who was born in […]

Expel Senator Meredith, says ethics committee

Expel Senator Meredith, says ethics committee

Disgraced Jamaica-born Senator Don Meredith  should be expelled from the Red Chamber for engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenaged girl. That’s the recommendation  of the Senate ethics committee announced on Tuesday. “He (Senator Meredith) has brought disrepute to himself and to the institution,” the committee’s recommendation reads. “Your committee is of the opinion […]

Leading Toronto church steelbands to perform at Praise On Steel concert

Leading Toronto church steelbands to perform  at Praise On Steel concert

Praise on steel, the sixth annual concert of gospel music ” on pan,” organized by Pan Arts Network, will be held on Saturday at Canada Christian College on Gervais Drive in Don Mills, Toronto. Organizer Wendy Jones said that apart from the pannists, several other performers from the community will lend a Caribbean ambiance to […]

Centenarian celebrates birthday with family reunion

Centenarian celebrates birthday with family reunion

Grenada-born Sylvia McNeilly – mamma to her three daughters, Agatha, Wilma and Shirley, her seven grandchildren and her eight great-grandchildren – celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with a family reunion at The Embassy Church in Oshawa. With a lively rendition of  gospel songs, church members greeted the centenarian who was in “fine spirits, ” […]

Recipients of Harry Jerome Awards are ‘agents of change’ – Prime Minister Trudeau

Recipients of Harry Jerome Awards are ‘agents of change’  – Prime Minister Trudeau

By Murissa Barrington Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised recipients of the 2017 Harry Jerome Awards last Saturday night, describing them as “extraordinary Canadians” who chose to be ” agents of change.” The Prime Minister was the keynote speaker at the Awards ceremony at the International Centre in  Mississauga. “Trailblazers, young entrepreneurs, lifetime achievers, entertainers – […]

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