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 […]

Jamaican government to address mental illness among prison inmates

Jamaican government to address mental illness  among prison inmates

  KINGSTON, Jamaica – Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, State Minister for National Security,  says the Jamaican Government will be putting measures in place to deal with mentally ill people in lock-ups. “There are plans to allocate budgetary and manpower resources to meet the treatment needs of the mentally ill who are incarcerated. We also hope […]

Don Meredith has lost both senatorial and pastoral credibility

Don Meredith has lost both senatorial and pastoral credibility

Senator Don Meredith is being tried and convicted in the court of public opinion for the two-year sexual relationship which he had with a teenager. The outraged media and the public at large are convinced that he is guilty of moral depravity that is totally unacceptable for a senator. They are also being influenced by […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: A report, released last Thursday, found that Jamaica-born Senator Don Meredith breached the senate’s ethics code by engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young woman which started when she was 16 years old. The report found that he did not uphold the highest standard of dignity inherent to his position. […]

Action Plan to address crisis in Black education

Action Plan to address crisis in Black education

Do  Black students, especially males, not feel welcomed at school? Are they more encouraged to take applied rather than academic courses? Are there stereotypes that affect how they are treated at school? These are questions that keep cropping up when the “crisis in Black education” is discussed among parents and educators. Some of them say […]

Neethan Shan wins in Scarborough-Rouge River

Neethan Shan wins in Scarborough-Rouge River

Neethan Shan, well known in political circles in Toronto’s Caribbean community, won Monday’s byelection for city councillor in Scarborough- Rouge River  Shan who came to Canada from Sri Lanka as a refugee, is a former  teacher and school board trustee. He had the backing of the  NDP and will be the first Tamil-Canadian to serve […]

‘ All of us have a responsibility to fight injustice’ – Heritage Minister Melanie Joly

‘ All of us have a responsibility to fight injustice’ – Heritage  Minister  Melanie Joly

         ” Black History Month is an opportunity for Black Canadians to reflect on their history, to keep alive the memory of their past, and to uncover keys to understanding their present.” So said  Canada’s Heritage Minister Melanie Joly  at a reception which she hosted at the Canadian Museum  of History in Gatineau, Quebec on […]

Travel update after murder of Jamaica-born bouncer in Mexico

Travel update after murder of  Jamaica-born bouncer in Mexico

  By Judy Pham Warning Canadians of the high crime rate  in Mexico, the Canadian government, in an update on its “travel advice and advisory” website, has noted the shooting on January  16 last in Playa del Carmen in which five people were killed. One of them was Kirk Wilson, 49, a Jamaica-born Canadian. According […]

Donald Trump’s team ‘poking around’ for information on immigrants

Donald Trump’s team ‘poking around’ for information on immigrants

NEW YORK – United States President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly taken the first step toward confirming one of the worst fears of undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants who have taken advantage of a programme that grants them temporary stay in the US. According to New York’s Vice News, a US Department of Homeland Security memo […]

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