VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: Toronto police say that there is an  eight per cent increase in the number of reported hate and bias crimes in 2016, compared with 2015, but that arrests have decreased over the same period. Commenting on the report on hate and bias crimes, released last week, Nigel Barriffee,  president of the Urban Alliance […]

‘ Racism has played a role in this ‘- Senator Don Meredith

‘ Racism has played a role in this ‘- Senator Don Meredith

Senator  Don Meredith has broken his silence over  recent calls for his resignation The Jamaica-born senator  who was found to have breached the senate ethics code by engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young woman that started when she was 16 years old, said several days ago that he was not ready to […]

Liberals implement plans to get rid of “systemic racism” – Whitby MP

Liberals implement plans to get rid of  “systemic racism”  – Whitby MP

Grenada-born Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby, Ontario and Parliamentary Secretary to the  Minister of International Development, vividly recalls a conversation she had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shortly after she attended  the black government leaders’ summit in Toronto last summer. “When I returned to Ottawa, I immediately called the prime minister and a […]

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 […]

Drakes back with dancehall beat

Drakes back with dancehall beat

NEW YORK — Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year’s top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures further into dancehall rhythms and taps fellow big names. The Toronto rapper, who has long challenged industry definitions, on Saturday dropped “More Life” and called it not an album or a […]

Senator Don Meredith remains defiant

Senator Don Meredith  remains defiant

By Judy Pham Amid mounting pressure on Senator Don Meredith to resign,  the Jamaica-born politician remains defiant after he was found to have breached the senate ethics code by engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young woman that started when she was 16 years old. Up to press time, the 52-year old Toronto […]

Archbishop Tutu to receive Luminary Award at UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

Archbishop Tutu to receive Luminary Award  at UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced that Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will  be honoured at the eighth annual UWI Toronto benefit gala to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto on Saturday April 1. Archbishop Tutu, the first Black archbishop of  the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, […]

Report of Transformational Task Force on policing does not go far enough – Jeffers

Report  of Transformational Task Force on policing  does not go far enough – Jeffers

The wide-ranging report of the Transformational Task Force on policing was finally approved at a meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board on February 23 last. But for Kenneth Jeffers, the lone black member of the Board and long-time community activist, the report  which  recommends a “neighbourhood-centric” approach to policing and a change in police […]

$47 million Black Youth Action Plan

$47 million Black Youth Action Plan

Coteau announces Black Youth Action plan An Ontario Black Youth Action Plan with a four -year funding commitment of $47 million, aimed at increasing access to supports and opportunities for Black children and youth , was announced on Tuesday by Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. The Action Plan is part of a broader three-year  […]

Black community honoured at John Holland awards

Black community honoured at John Holland awards

HAMILTON, Ont. –  Several outstanding members of Hamilton’s black community were honoured on Saturday evening at the annual John C. Holland Awards presentation at LIUNA Station. This year’s event marked the 21st edition of the awards presentation named after Holland who served as pastor of Hamilton’s  Stewart Memorial church known for its connection to the […]

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