‘Celebration Time’ 2017

‘Celebration Time’ 2017

By Murissa Barrington It’s “Celebration Time” for Band leader Louis Saldenah as he launches his Carnival presentation of the same name for 2017. Hundreds packed into the Chandi Grand banquet hall in Toronto Saturday night for the band launch. This year Saldenah’s  band will be celebrating  both Toronto Carnival’s 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday. […]

A race kart for Reagan

A race kart for Reagan

Mention the name Reagan Rodrigues to auto racing enthusiasts in Guyana and you are likely to hear some amazing stories about speed on the South Dakota circuit. Rodrigues who was managing director of the family business – Rick and Sari Industries – in Georgetown, had a passion for racing – on bicycles, motor bikes and […]

Toronto Mayor launches 2017 school cricket tournament

Toronto Mayor John Tory and Helen Berhane, Deputy Chair of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Canada, will launch the 2017 Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament today at  the Rotunda at Metro Hall. The 2017 individual awards will be presented to the following players: High School (Boys) Best Batter – Herrick Patel, North Albion Collegiate […]

Shouter Baptists celebrate one hundred years of making ‘ a joyful noise unto the Lord’

Shouter Baptists celebrate one hundred years  of making ‘ a joyful noise unto the Lord’

More than 100 members of the National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist faith or Shouter Baptists, as they are called, along with several of their leaders, celebrated 100 years of the advent of their faith and 66 years of its ” liberation” on Sunday at their  church on Mack Avenue in Scarborough. It was a time 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  […]

Husband and wife wanted on fraud charges, now back in Jamaica

Husband and wife wanted on fraud charges, now back in Jamaica

A  Jamaican couple, Khurt Comrie,40, and his wife, Collette,44, wanted by Toronto Police on fraud changes,  are reported to be back in Jamaica.  The couple who operated a Toronto financial investment and mortgage brokerage company called Keystone Financial Services between 2014 and  2016 , are now believed to be living in Kingston, the Jamaican capital. […]

Coteau discusses implementation of Black Youth Action Plan

Coteau discusses implementation of Black Youth Action Plan

Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, told a meeting at Tropicana Community Services in Toronto last week that the Ontario government is ready to take on the responsibility to dismantle systemic racism in the province. And he noted that the recently released $47 million Ontario Black Youth Action […]

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, […]

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