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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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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. […]

A $47 million investment in Black youth

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, Michael Coteau, have provided solid evidence that they understand the relevance of the popular saying “action speaks louder than words”. The action announced last week by Minister Coteau is ground-breaking: the provincial government has decided to allocate $47 million for a four-year Black Youth Action Plan. […]

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Toronto Mayor John Tory has announced a plan to implement road tolls on two major highways in the city -the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. Should the road tolls be implemented? Ebony Narpatty Journalist People have to understand that  public policy is a balancing act. If you want development in your society, you’re […]