Campaign to commemorate Contrast newspaper

By Admin 21.09.2016

By TOM GODFREY A campaign is underway for developers and the City of Toronto to install a historic plaque in honour of Contrast newspaper, where many of this city’s top Black journalists learned their craft. The trailblazing weekly newspaper that …

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Dr. George Elliott Clarke named Canada’s poet laureate

Dr. George Elliott Clarke
By Admin 13.01.2016

Educator, literary critic and playwright Dr. George Elliott Clarke has landed another poet laureate assignment. Just three months after completing a three-year honorary post with the City of Toronto, he was appointed Canada’s next parliamentary poet laureate. The seventh poet …

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Caribana co-founder Peter Marcelline ‘left a lasting impact’

By Admin 14.10.2015

Always jovial, socially conscious and very community-oriented, Peter Marcelline has left his mark on the community. The Caribana co-founder and retired City of Toronto planner passed away on October 4 at Mount Sinai Hospital after a lengthy illness. He would …

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Black Action Defence Committee,

By Tom Godfrey 23.09.2015

The City of Toronto, which is still grappling with race relations issues like carding and racial profiling, is a far cry from Winnipeg that has been voted “the most racist city in Canada”.

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Caribana and the refugee crises

By Lennox Farrell 09.09.2015

Some weeks ago, in two articles, see websites below, the points made about a culture that are useful and embracing was about the current world issue of refugees. In the articles, see websites below, drawing from the ideas of Matthew Arnold, a 19th century writer, culture was defined as the pursuit of perfection; and the antithesis of culture was anarchy.

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Elmore Sylvanus Daisy, another Caribana stalwart passes

Elmore Daisy
By Lennox Farrell 27.08.2015

Like stone pillars rooted in buttressing a culture of creative resistance, under the seasoning of time, they eventually totter and take the fall. One of these early cornerstones of Toronto’s Black and Caribbean community, Elmore Sylvanus Daisy, now takes his final rest.

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Caribana’s 50th anniversary, 2017, part one!

By Lennox Farrell 29.07.2015

By LENNOX FARRELL This is the first in a series on this 1967 Centennial gift to Canada, Ontario and Toronto. The series is to look again at the blessings and the curses, the acknowledgements and the denials inherent in a …

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FMC must reach out to community

By Arnold Auguste 22.07.2015

It seems to me that principals of the Festival Management Committee (FMC), the body set up by the City of Toronto to run the Caribbean carnival after it was taken away from the community, are spending more of their time looking for ways to raise money than ways to make the festival better.

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Carding and its direct impact on Black youth unemployability

By Lennox Farrell 03.06.2015

By LENNOX FARRELL In Toronto – and elsewhere – are there ways to end carding specifically? And racism generally? Definitely! Expand the uses and practice of both to include…pets. You know, dog breeds like corgis and pothounds; cats as shorthair, …

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