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A Different Booklist wins Ontario Premier’s Award

Itah Sadu
By Admin 12.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR A Different Booklist made history last week by becoming the first Black-owned entity to win an Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The popular independent bookstore and literary cultural destination got the nod ahead of …

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BADC joins growing call to fire Peel Chief Jennifer Evans

Peel Chief JENNIFER EVANS
By Admin 12.10.2016

By TOM GODFREY One of Toronto’s foremost police watchdog groups has joined some Peel residents in demanding the removal from office of that region’s Chief of Police, Jennifer Evans, who they say is widely mistrusted in the Black community. Evans …

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Exemplary Guyanese honoured at gala celebration

Dr. Vivian Rambihar
By Admin 12.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR What better way to celebrate your 60th birthday than with members of your community? In fact, the Community Award bestowed on lawyer and university lecturer, Dhaman Kissoon, at a gala celebration recently to mark Guyana’s 50th independence …

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Kay Blair ‘made this world a better place’

Kay Blair
By Admin 12.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR Fighting back tears, Karim Blair recalled as a boy accompanying his mother – Kay Blair – almost everywhere she went. “I was often referred to as the handbag,” he told mourners at her funeral last Friday. An …

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Scholarships help physically challenged students

Minister Tracy MacCharles and Tamara Gordon presented a scholarship to Tracy Bell (center).
By Admin 12.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR Though down for the count on a few occasions, Tracy Bell has always summoned the strength to rise from the canvas and fight on. Nearly 15 years ago, the Malvern resident was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, …

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Book chronicling life of Rocky Jones launched in T.O.

Dr. James Walker
By Admin 12.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR Human rights and social justice activist, Rocky Jones and historian, Dr. James Walker, met for the first time in 1965. They were participants in a demonstration outside the United States Consulate on University Ave. to support the …

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BADC recognized for social justice advocacy

By Admin 12.10.2016

By TOM GODFREY The venerable Black Action Defense Committee (BADC) has been presented with a prestigious award for its long-standing work in trying to stop unwarranted police violence against young men in the Black community. The police watchdog group was …

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Excellence recognized at Bikila Awards

Nishan Zewge-Abubaker
By Admin 12.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR Becoming a Young Diplomats of Canada member seven years ago was a major springboard for Nishan Zewge-Abubaker. Through hands-on training programs and key partnerships that provide exclusive access to high-level geopolitical events and summits, youths develop diplomatic …

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Filmmaker, former CTV journalist maintains ties to GTA

Husband and wife Howard Allen and Mitzi Benjamin-Allen
By Admin 12.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR It has been 25 years since Mitzi Benjamin-Allen signed off as a general assignment reporter with what was then called CFTO-TV (now CTV Toronto). As the CTV station’s first Black female broadcast journalist, she was on top …

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Pride Toronto urged to do more than just apologize to BLM-TO

ETFO president Sam Hammond (r) presents the UARR Award to Royson James
By Admin 05.10.2016

By RON FANFAIR Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) president, Nigel Barriffe, has called on Pride Toronto to do more than just the apology they issued last month to Black Lives Matter (BLM) for its handling of their protest at …

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