Whitby MP to receive Madiba Award

Whitby MP  to receive Madiba Award

Grenada-born Celina Caesar-Chavannes, MP for the riding of Whitby, will receive the Madiba Award at the 11th Annual Durham Black History Month Celebration in Ajax, Ontario on February 3. (The  term Madiba signifies respect  and endearment and is one of the names by which Nelson Mandela was affectionately known.) The Award honours a leader of […]

Canadian singer cuts ties with H&M over racist ad

Canadian singer cuts ties with H&M over racist ad

Canadian pop singer The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) says he is cutting his ties with  H&M over the fast fashion retailer’s racist ad which has sparked international outrage. The Toronto-born rhythm and blues performer who twice  teamed up with H&M and performed at  its Spring 2017 fashion  show, said he was “deeply offended” by the picture […]

Winnipeg couple killed in Jamaica

Winnipeg couple killed in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two Winnipeg seniors have died after being assaulted during an apparent robbery at their vacation home in Jamaica. The bodies of Melbourne Flake, 81, and Etta Flake, 70, were discovered in their house in St. Thomas on Tuesday morning. The couple came to Canada 53 years ago from Jamaica in search of work, said their […]

Jamaica’s Prime Minister calls on the church to preach against violence

Jamaica’s Prime Minister calls on the church to preach against violence

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on church leaders to preach against crime and violence, as it is undermining the family structure. “Bring it to your pulpit. We cannot allow much of what is happening, particularly the abuse that is happening within families,” he said at the recent 13th annual National Gathering […]

Father of Toronto policeman charged in Dafonte Miller case removed from Professional Standards Unit

Father of Toronto policeman charged in Dafonte Miller case removed from Professional Standards Unit

Detective  John Theriault , a Toronto police officer, has been removed from his position with the Professional Standards Unit following a complaint that he interfered with an investigation into his two sons being charged with severely beating Dafonte Miller, a Black teenager, last year, according to Mayor John Tory. “My understanding is he [John Theriault] […]

Battling Anti-Black racism in 2017

There can be no doubt that 2017 has seen significant progress in the battle against anti-Black racism. Just last week, the Ontario government publicized its Anti-Black Racism Strategy, an implementation blueprint that falls squarely within the ambit of its policy document of earlier this year entitled “A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s Three-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan”. […]

Human Rights Commission already has civilian oversight – Mandhane

Human Rights Commission already has civilian oversight –  Mandhane

Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) says the agency has civilian oversight through part-time Commissioners appointed  by  the Lieutenant Governor. ” And that includes nine people who are active in the community, among them black individuals,” she noted. Mandhane  was responding to the recent call by Kenneth Jeffers, the lone […]

Obsidian Theatre is getting ready to hang the victim

Obsidian Theatre is getting ready to hang the victim

By Stephen Weir The set has been designed.  The costumes are being decided on this week.  Rehearsals begin right after the holiday break. Toronto’s Obsidian Theatre is in full-speed-ahead mode for the February North American premiere of hang by the accomplished young Black British-born Londoner debbie tucker green. (no capital letters please). Her 70-minute play, […]

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