Editorial

Black students need committed teachers

By Admin 03.08.2016

The failure rate of Black students receiving their education through the various school boards within Ontario’s education ministry may be falling but there is still a long way to go before students and parents can feel reassured that a system …

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Vision for carnival remains unfulfilled

By Admin 27.07.2016

Costumes are at the ready as the 49th presentation of the celebration of Caribbean carnival culture here in Toronto reaches its peak over the coming weekend. This evening (Thursday), the always spectacular king and queen competition takes place at Lamport …

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Has time come for Black lobby group?

By Admin 20.07.2016

The outcome of the meeting attended by hundreds of Black community members and provincial and municipal politicians that took place last week will decide whether it was truly a defining moment in the history of the anti-Black racism movement in …

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Let OHRC in at police hearing

By Admin 13.07.2016

Four teenage Black boys were walking together in their neighbourhood on their way to a meeting at Pathways to Education youth mentoring program when they were stopped by two Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) police officers and questioned. The teens, …

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Cops need more training

By Admin 06.07.2016

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé was succinct: “Ontario officers have plenty of training on how to use their guns, but not enough on how to use their mouths.” Dubé’s comments came with his report on deadly police response when dealing with …

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Build the Scarborough LRT

By Admin 29.06.2016

Knowing the urgency of the need for public transit, Toronto Mayor John Tory put the matter front and centre in his mayoral campaign platform with SmartTrack. Of course, at that time, he was also up against incumbent mayor Rob Ford. …

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Cops promise change

By Admin 22.06.2016

The Toronto Police Service Board (TPSB) and Police Chief Mark Saunders are presenting a united front to announce changes in policing in this city. The tone of the recent announcement by Chief Saunders implied the understanding that the way in …

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Rejuvenated cabinet

By Admin 15.06.2016

Halfway through her first full term, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has reshuffled her cabinet. Amid falling approval ratings, Wynne is aiming to rejuvenate the Liberal government which has been in power since ousting the Progressive Conservatives in 2003. Every party …

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Transit construction means gains, losses

By Admin 08.06.2016

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Chair Josh Colle has declared that building transit infrastructure in the Toronto region is “the new normal”. Politicians are jumping on the bandwagon to claim victories as the Eglinton Crosstown line and the Toronto-York Spadina Subway …

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Recommendations must be acted on

By Admin 01.06.2016

On the same day Premier Kathleen Wynne presented a speech acknowledging the abomination of residential schools and the terrible consequences for Native peoples in Ontario, a flag-raising ceremony took place at Queen’s Park in honour of Africa Day, in recognition …

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