Let’s allow Haiti to develop its potential

Let’s allow Haiti to develop its potential

By Carlton Joseph The Canadian province of Quebec has become an entry point for as many as 250 migrants a day. Most of those crossing into Canada in recent days are Haitians who have been living in the United States for years.  They are reacting to the Trump administration’s announcement that it is pulling the […]

Should it matter who pays for Caribbean development?

Should it matter who pays for Caribbean development?

By David Jessop By any measure, the Caribbean’s infrastructure requirements are substantial. If the region is to increase its competitiveness and give citizens the quality of life they desire, its transformation has become a matter of urgency. In 2014, Dr Warren Smith, then the newly appointed President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), indicated that […]

Who will reform CARICOM?

Who will reform CARICOM?

By David Jessop There is a pervasive view within and beyond the Caribbean that the regional integration process is foundering, and that progress is being held back by an absence of political compromise combined with bureaucratic failings. The outcome of the recently held CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Grenada did nothing to dispel such […]

Respect rules to prevent drownings

There can be no doubt that respect for the rules is the most important factor in the prevention of drowning during school outings. This is the critical issue underlying all the questions being raised after the recent drowning of student Jeremiah “Jerry” Perry during a school outing to Algonquin Park. The pain of all the […]

Why Should You Care About Those Behind Prison Walls?

Why Should You Care About Those Behind Prison Walls?

By Victor Beausoleil On January 27, last,  22-year-old Jalani Hibbert was charged with one count of second-degree murder after the death of 41 year old Victor Ogundipe inside Toronto South Detention Centre. The weakening and dehumanizing conditions in this $1.3- billion facility, which we, as taxpayers, will be paying off for the next 30 years, […]

‘Hold their feet to the fire’

It is a practical and political fact of life that there are times when forceful advocacy is absolutely necessary to hold individuals and institutions to an acceptable level of accountability. Meaningful change, in the form of substantive changes in policy and practice, is too frequently held back by the frustrating effects of injustice, indifference or […]

Time to seize the opportunity to serve your community

By Carlton  Joseph   Last week,  John Tory, the Mayor of Toronto, unveiled  at City Hall a draft  municipal Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. The Plan contained five themes, 22 recommendations and 77 actions which the mayor said the “ City of Toronto could undertake.” The mayor conceded that the recommendations of the Plan […]

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