West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held at Markham fair grounds

West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held  at Markham fair grounds

By Lincoln DePradine An outing which began simply as an occasion for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to  “lime” together in Toronto, now has mushroomed to include other West Indians and has raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The first “Family and Friends Picnic’’, organized by what is now known as the United Trinbago […]

Mixed fortunes for touring Trinidad girl’s high school team

Mixed fortunes for touring Trinidad girl’s high school team

A Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Cricket League (T&TSSCL) team had mixed fortunes so far on the their tour of Canada, winning one match and losing two. In their opening match last Saturday at Mavis ground in Mississauga, the T&TSSCL  team were beaten badly by Ontario Cricket Academy (OCA) while on the same day they […]

Karina LeBlanc to head women’s football in Caribbean

Karina LeBlanc to head women’s football in Caribbean

Karina LeBlanc has officially been named as the head of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) women’s football. She will take up her new position  tomorrow. LeBlanc, who was born to Jamaican and Dominican parents and lived in Dominica until the age of eight, has been charged with spearheading the confederation’s […]

Executive director of Tropicana fired

Executive director of Tropicana fired

By Lincoln DePradine Exactly two weeks after Sharon Shelton was publicly recognized at the annual general meeting of Tropicana Community Services (TCS) with a 30-year long-service award, she has been fired as executive director of the organization. It’s a move that’s said to have “stunned’’ and “frightened’’ staff employed at the agency’s head office on […]

Be safe for the carnival

Be  safe for the carnival

FOCUS ON HEALTH Be  safe for the carnival The Caribbean carnival season  has arrived in Toronto and it means beautiful colours, lots of fun and activities with live music and dancing. However, before you take part in the carnival, here are some tips for staying healthy during this event. Take care of your skin Darker […]

Twelve months in the making

Twelve months in the making

By Denise Herrera-Jackson The proverbial saying – it seems like it was only yesterday – is definitely an understatement when planning for, producing, and presenting the annual Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival. From the wrap-up of the previous year’s festival to the start-up for the current festival, it means that the required plans, programming, meetings, actions, […]

Benefits for spouses, dependents of Caricom nationals in member states

Benefits for spouses, dependents of Caricom nationals in member states

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Spouses and dependents of Caribbean Community (Caricom) nationals, who relocate to other member states, will now be entitled to access benefits such as health and education services, which were not previously afforded to them. This applies to individuals and their families, who move across the region to work, provide services and […]

Using antibiotics safely

Using antibiotics safely

By Dr Jacqueline E Campbell Antibiotics can kill bacteria. THE development of antibiotics has been one of the great discoveries of modern medicine. Antibiotics can kill bacteria. They can relieve symptoms of bacterial infections and help to speed up the recovery process. Antibiotics can cure life-threatening infectious diseases and save lives. However, antibiotics are overused. […]

Toronto park named after Black civil rights activist

Toronto park named after Black civil rights activist

By Lincoln DePradine A Toronto park has been named after Viola Desmond, the late Canadian businesswoman and civil rights activist. The Viola Desmond Park (formerly Hupfield Park) is in the Malvern community in Scarborough. “We have to applaud Viola Desmond for being the brave woman she was,’’ Nikki Clarke, former president of the Ontario Black […]

First day at school in Canada for Jamaica’s Leroy

First day at school in Canada for Jamaica’s Leroy

By Stephen Weir The  United States administration of President Donald  Trump has come under fire for the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border in the current crackdown on undocumented migrants. As the subject becomes a hot button topic in Canada, a new children’s book  is creating interest. It  too is about […]

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