Jamaica-born parent is running for trustee against former school board chairman

Jamaica-born parent is running for trustee against former school board chairman

Jamaica-born Charlene Grant, the Black parent who made headlines after she was  called a nigger by a trustee of the  York Region District School Board in November 2016, is  now back in the news. She has announced that she is running for the position of trustee on the Board against which she had filed human […]

New youth initiative to fund diversity and inclusion projects

New youth initiative to fund diversity and inclusion projects

Are you 18 to 24 years of  age and have an idea for a project to support diversity and inclusion? You may be eligible for funding through a new youth initiative. Last  week, Mélanie Joly, Minister of  Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, announced the launch of the Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative ” This […]

‘Seek first to understand, then to be understood’

Startup problems of the Black entrepreneur By Meegan Scott I’ll never forget the first time I heard my next door neighbour shouting in Jamaican patios.It rang out with an English accent. That Saturday morning was the first time that I had heard shouting from next door. My neighbour was having it out with her father. […]

Two bites at the electoral cherry in 2018

“What’s in it for us?” is the standard question that so many communities and business groups ask themselves in the run-up to the municipal and provincial elections that are scheduled for this year 2018. Torontonians will be doing themselves a great disservice if they consider that they are simply choosing between John Tory and Doug […]

Canada appeases Trump in UN vote on Israel’s capital

The Trudeau government and a few CARICOM countries abandoned their principled position on a negotiated settlement of the Palestinian aspiration to full and meaningful independence. Up until a crucial vote at the United Nations General Assembly last week, Canada had fully supported this Palestinian aspiration as a major component of the two-state solution (for both […]

Toronto City Council approves Action Plan to confront Anti-Black racism

Toronto City Council approves Action Plan  to confront Anti-Black racism

Toronto City council last week voted unanimously to pass its proposed Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. Mayor John Tory described the five-year Plan as ” an important first-step “in dealing with  the  problem and establishing ” a more inclusive city that benefits all Toronto residents.” The Plan includes 22 recommendations and 80 actions to […]

Police presence in schools a real negative

The Toronto District School Board has hopefully learned two embarrassingly valuable lessons. Lesson number one: think carefully, very carefully, before you act. Lesson number two: young minds and the emotions of young persons, are extremely sensitive and vulnerable. It is ironical that the presence of police officers in schools in areas branded as “priority” areas […]

Play the global economic game for Caribbean citizens

The Chinese government will provide a preferential loan to Jamaica for construction of the 14-kilometer bypass for Montego Bay.  This headline in the Jamaican Gleaner led me to look at China’s interests in the Caribbean. I visited Dominica a couple of years ago and noted that there was a significant Chinese presence on the island.  […]

Police out of TDSB schools

Police out of TDSB schools

The Caribbean community in Toronto is relieved that trustees at the Toronto District School Board, (TDSB) last Wednesday, pulled the plug on the decade-old School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Members of the Caribbean community have been consistently calling for the removal of the program, which placed armed police officers in 45 schools across the city. […]

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