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, […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

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. […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: At recent events in  Toronto to celebrate Black History Month, various speakers complained that not only were African Canadian children overrepresented in Ontario’s child welfare system but that African Canadians who come  in contact with the system are treated differently than their White counterparts. How do you feel about these claims?   […]

Minister of Children and Youth Services proposes game changer to deal with systemic racism

Minister of Children and Youth Services proposes game changer  to deal with systemic racism

Game changer! That’s a word Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services, has been using  regularly  these days. Coteau optimistically views the new approach to  dealing with systemic racism in  Ontario as a “game changer.” And in a recent interview with the Caribbean Camera, he spoke about “the new approach” with  the introduction […]

TAIBU provides culturally-based healthcare programs

TAIBU provides culturally-based healthcare programs

Black  people in Canada are at greater risk than others of developing chronic medical conditions that can be traced to lifestyles, lack of proper nutrition, employment and physical activities. So says Liben Gebremikael, the Ethiopia-born Executive Director of TAIBU Community Health Centre in the Malvern neighbourhood in Toronto. (TAIBU is a greeting in Swahili which […]

Heritage minister announces funding for TAIBU at launch of Inter-Action program

Heritage minister announces funding for TAIBU  at launch of Inter-Action program

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told a gathering at the TAIBU community health centre  in Toronto on Thursday that Canada’s strength  is founded on ” our respect for rights and freedoms, on our  welcoming open society and our diverse multicultural character.” And she said there is no better time to reflect and build on this […]

“We understand multiculturalism’ says Black MP

“We understand multiculturalism’ says Black MP

Greg Fergus, the Liberal MP for Hull-Aylmer, Quebec, tells a story of what it was like as a black person growing up in white Montreal. Speaking at the Malvern Presbyterian church in Toronto on Saturday at a celebration to mark Black History Month and the 150th anniversary of Confederation, he recalled an incident when he […]

Neethan Shan wins in Scarborough-Rouge River

Neethan Shan wins in Scarborough-Rouge River

Neethan Shan, well known in political circles in Toronto’s Caribbean community, won Monday’s byelection for city councillor in Scarborough- Rouge River  Shan who came to Canada from Sri Lanka as a refugee, is a former  teacher and school board trustee. He had the backing of the  NDP and will be the first Tamil-Canadian to serve […]

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