Daisy Peterson Sweeney dies at 97

Daisy Peterson Sweeney dies at 97

Canadian music teacher Daisy Elitha Peterson Sweeney who taught some of the most notable Canadian pianists, including her brother, the late Oscar Peterson, died in Montreal on Friday. She was 97. Sweeny co-founded the Montreal Black Community Youth Choir (now called the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir) with Trevor W. Payne in 1974. She earned a music diploma from […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]

Guyanese man charged with murder of pregnant wife

Guyanese man charged with murder of pregnant wife

A Guyanese man was arrested  on Saturday evening by police in the Regional Municipality of Durham, east of Toronto, and charged with the murder of his pregnant wife. Nicholas Tyler Baig, 25. of  Pickering who was picked up by police in Markham, Ontario,was charged with second degree murder in the death of 27-year old  Arianna […]

Artist Beverley Tang-Kong dies at 62

Artist Beverley Tang-Kong dies at 62

Trinidad-born artist Beverley Tang-Kong, manager of the Mississauga community art gallery, Imagemaker Art Prints, died on March 20 last in Mississauga after a lengthy illness. She was 62. Tang-Kong who taught art in Mississauga for several years, studied graphic design at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto after graduating from the […]

Businessman Lionel Bedessee dies at 83

Businessman Lionel Bedessee dies at 83

Guyana-born businessman Lionel M. Bedessee who founded Bedessee Imports Limited of Toronto, died on March 11 last after a lengthy illness. He was 83.. His company which is a major supplier of Caribbean food products, was founded in 1977 when  there were  few West Indian stores in the city. With the growth and expansion of  […]

Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

  Nobel laureate Sir Derek Alton Walcott, a poet and playwright, died on Friday at his home in his native island of St. Lucia, after a  prolonged illness. He was 87. Sir Derek received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1992 after being shortlisted for the honour for many years. In selecting  him, the Swedish […]

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