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Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2024 | 12:07 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A member of the JamaicanCanadian community has been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours. It recognises people across all sectors of society who have made extraordinary and sustained contributions to the...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2024 | 8:36 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Several organisations and businesses in Canada have come together to host a Hurricane Beryl Relief Benefit Concert in Toronto to help restoration efforts in Jamaica in the aftermath of the latest hurricane. The Global Jamaica Diaspora...

Published:Saturday | June 29, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Some Jamaican and international students who graduated from colleges and university in southern Ontario recently were fêted for their achievement in Hamilton, Ontario. The first graduation dinner, which was held at the Hamilton Church of...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Jamaican parents Tamalia Smith and Andrew Kennedy are proud of, and amazed at their son’s performance in a game that has its genesis in West Africa and teaches more than just mathematics. Kameron Kennedy, nine, of Pelmo Park Public School...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2024 | 12:08 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: When Jaidyn Parkes graduates from Toronto Metropolitan University with a degree in social work on Tuesday, June 11, she does so with thoughts of how much her father would have wanted to be there to cheer her on. “He was supposed to be, he...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A cultural hub for the black community in Toronto has received $11.34 million from the federal government enabling it to realise a dream project to build its new centre. The City of Toronto is contributing $2.78 million, for a joint...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Andre Smith, founder and CEO of Flip Academy, is the 2024 winner of the BMO Black Entrepreneur of the Year, Technology Industry award, which will be presented at the Obsidi Awards, an initiative of the Black Professionals in Tech Network...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: George Brown College, a publicly accredited college in the heart of Toronto, celebrated the outstanding service and dedication of its chancellor and president on Wednesday. Chancellor Noella Milne, and President, Dr Gervan Fearon, who is...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Jamaica-born businesswoman Shelly Scott-England is among 15 candidates vying for the post of city councillor of Ward 5 in the upcoming June 10 by-election in Mississauga, Ontario. A former primary school teacher in Kingston, Jamaica,...

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2024 | 12:07 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Jamaican Canadian police superintendent, Stacy Clarke, who is before a tribunal hearing in Toronto for charges under the Police Services Act, says it was important for her to take accountability for what she had done. In September 2023,...

Published:Saturday | May 4, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Although she has been working in her new position since January 9, D Karen Flynn, was formally invested as the Terrance...

Published:Saturday | April 27, 2024 | 12:07 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Seventy years ago, a 35-member delegation, led by community icon, Barbados-born Donald Willard Moore, which included Jamaican leaders Bromley Armstrong, Harry Gairey Sr, and Stanley Grizzle, who was of Jamaican heritage, travelled to...

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A Jamaican-Canadian seasoned public servant will for the second time receive a prestigious Harry Jerome Award – this time, the professional award – presented by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). The first award she...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: When 108 Jamaican farm workers arrived recently in Toronto to work in Ontario, they did so under what Pearnel Charles Jr, minister of labour and social security, promised would be a year in which the government will enhance, protect, and...

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: The story of a Jamaican-Canadian who travelled to Canada from the United Kingdom in 1964 – after living in the United States and returning to Jamaica before relocating to England – has been included in an exhibition that “showcases the...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Although Loris Thomas retired 12 years ago from corporate Canada where she spent almost 40 years, her drive to volunteer within the black community has not gone unnoticed. She believes that she is called to serve and intends to continue...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Estella Wheeler is remembered by her colleagues, parents, students, and members of the community as an excellent teacher, well loved by her students. On March 13, parents organised a community candlelight vigil outside the school to honour...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: The sudden death of beloved educator and consultant Jay Williams has resulted in an outpouring of tributes on various media platforms. Williams, 40, died in the early hours of February 29 – three weeks after attending the swearing-in...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: The Free For All Foundation, a non-profit organisation that was initially set up to help black and racialised youths, has evolved into offering several services across the Region of Peel and the Greater Toronto Area. It recently held a...

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Jamaica-born Lillie Johnson, the grand dame of sickle cell advocacy in Ontario, was invested into the Order of Canada by Edith Dumont, lieutenant-governor of Ontario, at a special ceremony held at the long-term care residence where she...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

When Dr. Harcourt Fuller found a wallet with banknotes — including one with the image of Marcus Garvey — underneath a house in Kingston, Jamaica, when he was just nine years old, little did he know that it would lead to him becoming the founder and...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2024 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

In its celebration of Black History Month, the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) chose the theme ‘Black Resistance’ and lauded three individuals who, it said, exemplified such through their work, advocacy and commitment to equity. Dr Andrew B....

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Veteran musician, Jamaican Canadian Jay Douglas who has performed in Canada and Jamaica for more than 50 years, is being celebrated for his contribution to the art at two Black History Month events during February. Douglas, who first...

Published:Saturday | February 3, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Canada lost one of its leading dub poets when KlydeBroox, aka Durm-I, who performed on many stages across North America, Europe and the Caribbean, died in Hamilton, Ontario, of cancer on January 20. He was 66 years old. Born in Little...

Published:Saturday | January 27, 2024 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A new initiative in Montreal, Canada will shine light on black life in Quebec in an upcoming exhibition during February – Black History Month – and will make a virtual reality tour of all the places Marcus Garvey visited there accessible...

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