Mas’ producer Lystra Pierre dies at 65

Mas’ producer Lystra Pierre dies at 65

Trinidad-born mas’producer and bank executive Lystra Pierre died on Sunday at Scarborough Centenary hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was  65. In 1989, soon after she arrived in Canada from Trinidad, Pierre became a Member of Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club (SCSC) and its Scarborough Caribbean Youth Dance Ensemble (SCYDE). For more than 20 […]

Food Safety at Home and Outdoors

Food Safety at Home and Outdoors

FOCUS ON HEALTH By Sylvanus Thompson Food is necessary for life, and preparing and providing food for human consumption is an important economic, social and cultural activity. However, eating food also carries the potential risk of foodborne illness, with direct and indirect impacts on society. Foodborne illness occurs when eating foods with enough harmful germs […]

Anglican bishop calls for removal of offence of buggery

Anglican bishop calls for removal of  offence of buggery

KINGSTON, Jamaica -Head of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Bishop Howard Gregory, has broken ranks with many of his Christian brethren and urged the parliamentary committee examining the Sexual Offences Act and related laws to recommend the removal of the offence of buggery from the law books, widen the definition of […]

Toronto police officer charged after black man beaten and blinded in left eye

Toronto police officer charged after black man beaten and blinded in left eye

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU)  has charged Toronto Police Constable Michael Theriault  with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and public mischief in connection with an attack on a 19-year old  black man which left him blinded  in the left  eye and with  a broken nose, jaw and wrist. Dafonte Miller of Whitby, the victim of […]

Questions raised about the drowning of Guyana-born teenager

Questions raised about the drowning of Guyana-born teenager

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the death last week of Jeremiah Perry, a 15-year old student of C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate Institute who drowned in a lake in Algonquin Park. The Guyana-born teenager who was with a group of students on an educational trip, was reported to have been  swimming in Big Trout Lake […]

Respect rules to prevent drownings

There can be no doubt that respect for the rules is the most important factor in the prevention of drowning during school outings. This is the critical issue underlying all the questions being raised after the recent drowning of student Jeremiah “Jerry” Perry during a school outing to Algonquin Park. The pain of all the […]

‘Extended’ family picnic

‘Extended’ family picnic

By Ila Henry Photos By Gwyn Chapman       Hundreds of people from the Caribbean community)  got together at Masyrktown Park in Scarborough on Sunday for an annual event which attendees say has become a community institution. It was Dr.  Sheridan Cyrus’ family picnic but this get-together  was not just for the family of  […]

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 […]

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