Homeless death toll in Toronto now 70

Homeless death toll in Toronto now 70

Seventy homeless people have died in Toronto so far this year. The figures presented earlier this week at a meeting of the City of Toronto’s public health committee showed that 46 of them  died indoors while four  died outdoors. The  place  of  death was not  noted for  20 others. Most of the people  who died  […]

Puerto Rico: An island apart

Puerto Rico: An island apart

By David Jessop ON October 2, two of the world’s leading humanitarian relief agencies, Oxfam and Save the Children, felt it necessary to speak out about the inadequate US federal response to the emerging disaster in Puerto Rico. They observed that much more action was needed and that children’s lives were at stake. Carolyn Miles, […]

Guyana to put in place measures to ease plight of refugees – Greenidge

GEORGETOWN, Guyana— The Guyana government says it will put in place legislation to avoid people fleeing harsh economic and political conditions in their homeland being deported for illegal entry into the country. Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told the Guyana-based Demerara Waves Online News that at the policy level, the government may want to see […]

Jamaican students host ‘engaging’ tourism, travel and trade show in Toronto

Jamaican students host ‘engaging’ tourism, travel and trade show in Toronto

By Lincoln DePradine It’s rare to find young people anywhere in Canada and the Caribbean who want to pursue a life in politics. Jamaican student Daren Miller, who has just ended a visit to Canada, is an exception. “I am really going to be going into politics,’’ said Miller, a Jamaican Youth Ambassador, and also […]

Raul Castro warns of ‘a setback’ in US-Cuba relations

Raul Castro warns of  ‘a setback’  in US-Cuba relations

HAVANA, Cuba – Cuban President Raul Castro said that Donald Trump’s hardline stance towards the country marks “a setback” in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in 2015. “The announcements made by the current president… mean a setback in bilateral relations,” Castro said  on Friday in remarks, broadcast on state television, […]

It’s now Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival

It’s now Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival

Back in 1967 it started out as Caribana. By the first decade of the twenty-first century it came to be known as the Toronto Caribbean carnival. Recently, it was called the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean carnival. And now as it gets ready to hit the streets of Toronto for its 50th anniversary, it ‘s called Peeks […]

Drake beats Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards

Drake beats Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards

  Toronto rapper Drake picked up 13 awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, beating the previous record of 12 held by Adele. Drake had earned 10 awards in early winners announced Sunday morning and won an 11th for top male artist in the first minutes of the show He beat out Beyoncé, […]

Jeffers calls for suspension of school policing program

Jeffers calls for suspension of school policing program

Kenneth Jeffers, the lone black member of the Toronto Police Services Board, has called for the suspension of the School Resource Officer program after deputations by  several persons  who spoke at Tuesday’s board  meeting of the negative impact of police presence in schools. Through the program, police officers are now  stationed in 75 schools across […]

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 […]

BP to invest (US)$5-billion in Trinidad-Tobago – Prime Minister

BP to invest (US)$5-billion in Trinidad-Tobago – Prime Minister

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  — The Trinidad and Tobago government says the oil giant British Petroleum ( BP)  will invest five billion US dollars in the country over the next five years. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said that the assurance was given during talks in the United States between a […]

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