Two lawyers from the Caribbean community receive awards

Two lawyers from the Caribbean community  receive awards

Two outstanding lawyers from the Caribbean community were among eleven honourees at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony held  last week at Osgoode Hall  in Toronto. Guyana-born Patrick Case  received the Law Society medal  and Jamaica-born Thora Espinet was presented with the Lincoln Alexander Award. Case who was called to the Bar in 1988, has […]

Prime Minister Trudeau to deliver keynote address at Harry Jerome Awards

Prime Minister Trudeau to deliver keynote address  at Harry Jerome Awards

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at  the Black Business and Professional Association’s 35th annual Harry Jerome Awards at the International Centre in Mississauga on Saturday. The Awards is established in memory of Harry Jerome, an African-Canadian Olympic athlete, scholar and social advocate. Presented by TD Bank, it honours the […]

‘Celebration Time’ 2017

‘Celebration Time’ 2017

By Murissa Barrington It’s “Celebration Time” for Band leader Louis Saldenah as he launches his Carnival presentation of the same name for 2017. Hundreds packed into the Chandi Grand banquet hall in Toronto Saturday night for the band launch. This year Saldenah’s  band will be celebrating  both Toronto Carnival’s 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday. […]

JCA Women’s Committee condemns gender-based violence

JCA Women’s Committee condemns gender-based violence

The Women’s Committee of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) of Toronto is calling for  “appropriate services. supports and programs ” to bring relief to persons affected by gender-based violence in Jamaica. In a news release last Thursday, members of the committee said they were ” deeply concerned” by the “extent of violence perpetrated towards women […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Since 1974, police oversight in Ontario has been the subject of more than a dozen reviews, generating hundreds of recommendations for reform. However, finding the right balance between effective policing and public accountability has proven elusive. Do you believe that Justice Michael Tulloch’s report, just released, will lead to greater transparency of […]

Ontario Police oversight review calls for greater transparency

Ontario Police oversight review calls for greater transparency

  After seven months of public consultations and private meetings, Ontario Justice Michael Tulloch last week released his report on police oversight in the province. The Independent Police Oversight Review, as the report is titled, calls for greater transparency of the province’s three police watchdogs – the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the Office of the […]

Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

LOS ANGELES – Wyclef Jean, the Grammy-winning ex-member of the Fugees, said he was “appalled” after being handcuffed and questioned by police in Los Angeles. Haiti-born Jean, 47, came to the United States as a child with his family and grew up largely in New Jersey. That is where the rapper-singer played with a group […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: At recent events in  Toronto to celebrate Black History Month, various speakers complained that not only were African Canadian children overrepresented in Ontario’s child welfare system but that African Canadians who come  in contact with the system are treated differently than their White counterparts. How do you feel about these claims?   […]

City launches ‘ Community Conversations’ to fight anti-Black racism

City launches ‘ Community Conversations’  to fight anti-Black racism

Toronto Mayor John Tory has called for action to deal with disproportionately higher rates of incarceration, unemployment and child protection cases in the Black community. He issued the call at the weekend at the launch of ” community conversations,” an initiative aimed at fighting anti-black racism. The launch took place at Ujima House, Canada’s first […]

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