Exercise TRADEWINDS 17 underway in the Caribbean

Exercise TRADEWINDS 17 underway  in the Caribbean

Close to 100 sailors and soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces  are now in the Caribbean as part of Exercise TRADEWINDS 17, a multinational maritime interdiction, ground security and interagency operation led by the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). A news release from Canada’s Department of National Defence says that with a crew of 40, […]

‘Development is not measured only in economic terms’ – Sir George Alleyne

‘Development is not measured only in economic terms’    – Sir George Alleyne

Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto yesterday, had a special message for graduates  in the ” health and cognate disciplines.” Addressing convocation after the doctorate was conferred upon him, Sir George, the Barbados-born physician recognized […]

Moses Revolution’s ‘Thank you Canada’ to be released June 19

Moses Revolution’s ‘Thank you Canada’  to be released June 19

When,  as a youngster, Moses Lewis started playing the drums with Sound Revolution in his native Trinidad, he didn’t have a career in music in mind. He’ll tell you he  just loved the drums. And so  he went on playing with the Sound Revolution for 22 years until the musical ensemble disbanded back in 1998. […]

Jamaican historian receives honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto

Jamaican historian receives honorary doctorate  from the University of Toronto

  Fifty years after Jamaican historian Robert Hill graduated from the University of Toronto, he returned to his Canadian alma mater to receive an honorary  Doctor of Laws degree  ” “for his transformative scholarship in black history and Pan-Africanism.” Hill, a professor emeritus at University of California, Los Angeles, is considered the world’s leading authority on […]

University of Toronto to hold first Black Graduation celebration

University of Toronto to hold first Black Graduation celebration

About 70 students are expected to attend Canada’s first Black Graduation celebration at the University of Toronto next week. The  event will be held at Hart House  on the St. George campus on June 22, the final day  of convocation at the University of Toronto. Graduates will already have received their parchments at one of […]

Menu labelling for healthy choices

Menu labelling for healthy choices

The Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (HMCA) and its regulations become effective on January 1, 2017. The new legislation, passed by the province of Ontario, requires food establishments, such as restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres, with 20 or more locations to post calorie information for food and drink items. The […]

Morton goes ‘Beyond’ for carnival 2017

Morton goes ‘Beyond’  for carnival 2017

Bandleader Will Morton ‘s face lights up when he talks about his mas’ presentation for Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival 2017. In Morton’s own words:”It’s beyond  imagination.” In fact his  theme this year is ‘Beyond.’” Will said Michelle, one of his associates, came up with the idea for “Beyond.” ” This mas’  is going to blow […]

Two lawyers from the Caribbean community receive awards

Two lawyers from the Caribbean community  receive awards

Two outstanding lawyers from the Caribbean community were among eleven honourees at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony held  last week at Osgoode Hall  in Toronto. Guyana-born Patrick Case  received the Law Society medal  and Jamaica-born Thora Espinet was presented with the Lincoln Alexander Award. Case who was called to the Bar in 1988, has […]

Black parent to receive apology from York Region District School Board

Black parent to receive apology from York Region District School Board

When  the York Region District School Board meets next Tuesday, its director, Kathi Wallace, will read an apology to a Black parent who was called a nigger by one of its  trustees, and to members of the Black community. The apology is part of a settlement with Jamaica-born Charlene Grant who had launched human rights […]

Muhtadi Drumming Festival at Woodbine Park on the weekend

Muhtadi Drumming Festival  at Woodbine Park on the weekend

The 18th edition of Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) will be held at Woodbine Park in Toronto on the weekend. The two-day festival  (June 3-4) is multicultural extravaganza that showcases 30 plus performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums, music and dance from many nations. One of the themes of this year’s festival  is “Canada […]

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