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The TTC, the mentally ill man and the police

By Pat Watson 11.02.2015

By PAT WATSON The subway train had already been sitting for more than 10 minutes when this commuter got on. Almost immediately, there came these words of warning from another commuter already in the train: “Don’t go into the third …

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Slavery and Black schools in Ontario during the 19th century

By Admin 11.02.2015

By BARRINGTON A. MORRISON “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Ralph Ellison, renowned African-American author. “The most potent weapon in the hands of oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Steve Biko, Pan-Africanist, South African leader. In …

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Search for Blair’s replacement officially begins

By Admin 05.02.2015

By TOM GODFREY The race is on.   A search for a new top cop to replace Chief Bill Blair officially began last week as a Toronto consulting firm was hired to prepare a short-list of contenders.   A job …

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BHM feature part one: Dr. John Henrik Clarke

By Lennox Farrell 04.02.2015

By LENNOX FARRELL Imagine someone who possesses the eminence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the fortitude of Malcolm X, the global impact of Marcus Garvey, the brilliance of W.E.B. Du Bois, and who would you have? Dr. John Henrik …

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Bob Marley was a Pan-Africanist and peace ambassador

By Murphy Browne 04.02.2015

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace. His early career began with friends, the legendary …

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Political hot air and stereotyping

By Patrick Hunter 04.02.2015

By PATRICK HUNTER One would expect – at least, I did – that the Prime Minister of Canada would be more sensitive to the issue of stereotyping in distributing a message for Black History Month that hones in on just …

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During BHM we let our light shine

By Pat Watson 04.02.2015

By PAT WATSON We’ve all heard the silly complaint that “they gave us Black History Month in the shortest month of the year”. Yet, not knowing that this month was not given to people of African descent is the part …

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Human rights report on TPS expected in March

By Admin 28.01.2015

By TOM GODFREY   The first Annual Human Rights Report looking into the Toronto Police Service is being compiled and expected to be released in March before Chief Bill Blair leaves office.   Many community residents were hoping the long-awaited …

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

By Lennox Farrell 28.01.2015

By LENNOX FARRELL   Their two sons were facing prison sentences. It was real life, but unfolded like the enactment of dramatic episodes. The evening occurred a decade ago. Then, we had met to commiserate with a family, close friends. …

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The first Black woman to fight for women’s rights

By Murphy Browne 28.01.2015

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) “Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as …

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