Ready for the 50th

Ready for the 50th

As Toronto mas’ makers put the finishing touches on their colorful costumes, thousands of revellers are getting ready for the big ” jump up” on Lakeshore Boulevard West on Saturday. Masqueraders will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Toronto Caribbean carnival, formerly known as Caribana, at the grand parade. And according to Gerard Weekes, […]

Regally Elegant with the Common Touch

Regally Elegant with the Common Touch

The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival Ball 2017   Review by Meegan Scott The night was set to Caribbean culture indeed! Pomp, Pageantry, Music, Dance, Caribbean humour and a brief flare of temper from a man  burned by Mark Trinidad’s fun-filled Roast, sums up the Carnival Ball 2017 on Saturday. The Ball at the Liberty Grand, […]

King, Queen and Pan

King, Queen and Pan

Peeks  Toronto Caribbean carnival will stage two major events before the grand parade on Saturday. This evening the 2017 King and Queen Showcase will be held at  Allan Lamport Stadium,1155 King St West in Toronto and tomorrow evening the Pan Alive steelband competition will take place at the same venue. According to a release from […]

Mas’ players from Whitby win Junior King and Queen competition

Mas’ players from Whitby win Junior King and Queen competition

Two teen-aged mas’ players from Whitby were adjudged king and queen respectively on Sunday at the first Junior King and Queen competition to be held in the 50-year  history of the Toronto Caribbean carnival. Evan Murphy, 13, from the band, Venom Carnival, who portrayed ” Centipede Bite,” won the Junior King title. Winner of the […]

More than half of black residents in GTA have been stopped by police in public – new study

A study, released yesterday,  is shedding light on the types of interactions members of the black community in the  Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have with police officers. More than 50 per cent of those surveyed said they have been stopped by police in public places and that number jumps to nearly 80 per cent among males between […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: The Ontario government announced last week in its budget that it will provide free prescription drugs to young people up to age 25.The medicines will be provided to everyone in that age group regardless of their income or their parents’ income. Should  free prescriptions drugs be provided to low income people of […]

Businessman Lionel Bedessee dies at 83

Businessman Lionel Bedessee dies at 83

Guyana-born businessman Lionel M. Bedessee who founded Bedessee Imports Limited of Toronto, died on March 11 last after a lengthy illness. He was 83.. His company which is a major supplier of Caribbean food products, was founded in 1977 when  there were  few West Indian stores in the city. With the growth and expansion of  […]

Four-year old ‘map master’ knows all the countries of the world

So you think you know all the countries  of the world? Well, where is Vanuatu ? Or  the Malvinas? Okay. So you had to scratch your head and think awhile  before answering. Well, meet four-year old Isiah McDonald, a geography whiz kid who isn’t stumped for an answer when asked about  any country. He can […]

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