‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’

By Murphy Browne 17.12.2014

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) It’s the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you ‘be of good cheer’ It’s the most wonderful time of the year There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows …

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Of Jonkunnu, drillin’ boys and fairs

By Patrick Hunter 17.12.2014

By PATRICK HUNTER My mother worked for an Englishwoman, Ileene Clayton, who owned a large estate in Catadupa, Jamaica. Mrs. Clayton’s stature in this village, as can be expected, was quite high. She was also, at times, a councillor on …

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Wishing us all a Merry (warm) Christmas

By Pat Watson 17.12.2014

By PAT WATSON In what seems like a blink of an eye, every large retail store is now piping in Christmas music. In fact, one fast-food restaurant had Christmas music going at the beginning of November. My first “Merry Christmas” …

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365 Days of Christmas goodness

By Lennox Farrell 17.12.2014

By LENNOX FARRELL Recalling this other tale always tears me up. It was another Christmas Eve. Our mother had taken one of our younger sisters with her to the Port-of-Spain fish market. They’d returned, and along with the Carite fish, …

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Tank Visits Mr. Blues on Christmas Eve

By Lennox Farrell 17.12.2014

By LENNOX FARRELL Apparently, after several posted notices and unsuccessful attempts by two other bailiffs, “Higher Purchase”, headquartered in Port-of-Spain, and even more determined to re-claim their bike from Mr. Blues, sent “Tank”. It’s how he introduced himself to the …

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Lack of public political support for Mukherjee is stunning

Dr. Alok Mukherjee
By Admin 10.12.2014

Dear Editor: “Many of us in the community are absolutely stunned at the lack of political support for Dr. Alok Mukherjee; it seems the whole community is being thrown under the bus,” says Cutty Duncan, an organizer with the Campaign …

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Tory’s first blunder – his move on the police board

By Arnold Auguste 10.12.2014

By ARNOLD A. AUGUSTE, Publisher/Senior Editor It was terribly worrisome to many of us in the Black community, especially those of us who supported John Tory for mayor, that one of his first major decisions following his election win was …

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‘The work of winning human rights is never over’

By Admin 10.12.2014

By GARY PIETERS and JOHN CARTWRIGHT December 10 is the date of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations 66 years ago. That important act was the result of many years of struggle against …

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Letter to Councillor Mihevc: Caribana is a Black woman!

By Admin 10.12.2014

Dear Councillor Joe Mihevc: What unjust processes, what ill-considered templates and diverging expectations forced Caribana away from her optimistic communal birth in 1967, to the 2017 designs of purging her memory?   For example, how do official definitions of “culture” …

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Controversial verdicts show race relations need improving

By Admin 10.12.2014

By TOM GODFREY This month marks the 59th year since a tired Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus to a White man in Montgomery, Alabama.   Parks refused to move to the “coloureds” section …

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