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 […]

Hate crime reports up but arrests down in 2016, Toronto police say

Hate crime reports up but arrests down in 2016, Toronto police say

            Toronto police report an  eight per cent increase in the number of reported hate and bias crimes in 2016, compared with 2015, though the numbers of arrests have decreased in the same period. There were 145 reported cases of hate and bias crimes in 2016  and eleven arrests. In 2015, […]

‘ 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 […]

Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

  Nobel laureate Sir Derek Alton Walcott, a poet and playwright, died on Friday at his home in his native island of St. Lucia, after a  prolonged illness. He was 87. Sir Derek received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1992 after being shortlisted for the honour for many years. In selecting  him, the Swedish […]

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 […]

Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

LOS ANGELES – Wyclef Jean, the Grammy-winning ex-member of the Fugees, said he was “appalled” after being handcuffed and questioned by police in Los Angeles. Haiti-born Jean, 47, came to the United States as a child with his family and grew up largely in New Jersey. That is where the rapper-singer played with a group […]

Liberal Black caucus meets ‘on the hill’ to discuss wide range of issues

Liberal Black caucus meets ‘on the hill’ to discuss  wide range of issues

Every Tuesday evening when the House of Commons is in session, a small group of parliamentarians meet ” on  the Hill” to discuss a wide range of issues, specifically related to the black community in Canada. Many  in Toronto may not be aware of this group, though several of its  members are from the GTA.. […]

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 […]

Two black actors shine at Canadian Screen Awards

Two black actors shine at Canadian Screen Awards

Two black actors -Stephan James and Adrian Holmes – were among the winners at the Canadian Screen Awards 2017 held on Sunday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. James won the “ Best Actor “ award for his role in the film Race, a biopic of the American Olympic champion Jesse Owens, […]

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