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Stories by Neil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | December 2, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A Jamaican Canadian has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour for outstanding achievement. Marva Wisdom, a senior equity and leadership practitioner, accepted the honour acknowledging her ‘teams’ or ‘the...

Published:Saturday | November 11, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A project led by Jamaican-Canadian award-winning placemaker Jay Pitter about Toronto’s cultural district, Little Jamaica, has won a Heritage Toronto award which recognises extraordinary contributions to the city’s heritage. The Public...

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2023 | 12:07 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

Sheila June Alexander, a former managing director at The Gleaner’s North America office, was described as loyal, articulate, disciplined, selfless and tenacious by her nephew, Daryl Vaz, member of Parliament for Portland Western at a service of...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: The Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), formerly Ryerson, recently unveiled a portrait of its late chancellor emeritus, Jamaica-born G. Raymond Chang, which will be prominently displayed in The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A Jamaican-Canadian police superintendent has pleaded guilty to seven counts of misconduct, at a disciplinary tribunal headed by retired South Simcoe Police Deputy Chief Robin McElary-Downer. It is alleged that Supt Stacy Clarke committed...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2023 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A seasoned Canadian tourism industry professional has won the Edith Baxter Memorial Award which was launched in 2021 and biennially recognises outstanding individuals who leverage their influence to promote the positive advancement of...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A group of Caribbean seniors will receive free lunches twice a week for six months at their regular activity sessions. The announcement was made at the annual Caribbean Canadian Seniors’ Brunch held at the Jamaican Canadian Community...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A black men’s health organisation is rolling out a series of educational videos about prostate cancer to help raise awareness and support for those living with the condition in Ontario. The Walnut Foundation (TWF), led by Jamaican Anthony...

Published:Saturday | September 9, 2023 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

A new report scanning public education in Canada has found that ministries of education in the provinces and territories could do more to include the contributions of black Canadians in comprehensive and meaningful ways in elementary and secondary...

Published:Friday | August 25, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican-Canadian pioneer in the hair salon business in Toronto has died at the age of 85. Kemeel Pethro Azan was born on February 4, 1938 in Clarendon, Jamaica, and immigrated to Canada in 1957, one year after his mother came to the country. He...

Published:Wednesday | August 23, 2023 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s top diplomats in Canada have thanked the Jamaican diaspora for its overwhelming support over their three-year tour of duty now at an end. A community farewell reception was hosted for Sharon Miller, High Commissioner for Jamaica to Canada...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican Canadian judge is urging Jamaicans in the diaspora to engage with and support the next generation to participate and continue to aspire for positions in which they can help themselves and their fellow citizens. “This starts with...

Published:Saturday | August 5, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

Ewart Livingstone Walters, a veteran journalist, editor, author, former diplomat and public servant, was laid to rest in Ottawa on Friday but the memories of him, and his work, will long remain with those who knew him. Walters, 83, who was born in...

Published:Saturday | July 22, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Two Jamaican professors at different universities in Ontario, Canada, have created courses that focus on the Caribbean diaspora there and abroad. Dr Hyacinth Simpson, associate professor in the Department of English at Toronto...

Published:Saturday | July 22, 2023 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Barbara Thomas, a retired nursing administration coordinator at the Toronto Western Hospital for 55 years, is the conductor of the Emancipation Day ‘Underground Freedom Train’ Ride, marking its tenth anniversary on July 31 under the theme...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2023 | 12:10 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Beverley Noel Salmon had several firsts in her life including being the first black woman elected municipally in Toronto and the first black female commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The former nurse, politician and...

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2023 | 12:25 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican entrepreneur has been appointed by the City of Toronto to the Toronto Police Services Board, the seven-member civilian body that governs and oversees the 7,600-member Toronto Police Service under Ontario’s Police Services Act. Nadine...

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2023 | 12:31 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: Until a few years ago, the only thing Marcel Stewart was interested in was being on stage. But then the COVID-19 pandemic struck and he has re-examined his acting career, turning to direct productions. In 2021, Stewart directed the...

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2023 | 12:23 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

Laura Mae Lindo, the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, who is of Jamaican parentage, has resigned and will return to a university career in the summer. In 2018, she was elected MPP and re-...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2022 | 12:24 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: A Jamaican-Canadian diversity and inclusion strategist is among the 99 new appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours, which recognises people across all sectors of society who have made extraordinary and...

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2022 | 1:16 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

The flurry of events staged over several months to commemorate Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of Independence in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area climaxed in a celebration of Jamaica’s culture at McMaster University earlier this month. Dubbed...

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2022 | 12:08 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: JAMAICA-BORN Toronto city councillor, Michael Thompson, has welcomed the entry of several black candidates to the council, as a move to bolster more attention for the needs of residents across the province. “It’s fantastic because, for...

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2022 | 12:06 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: At least one community representative has raised concerns about the appointment of Toronto’s new police chief, Myron Demkiw, to the post, and how it could influence any improvement in relations with the black community. Paul Bailey,...

Published:Monday | September 19, 2022 | 12:05 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

Jonathan Escoffery, United States-born author, who is of Jamaican parentage, has written his first book, If I Survive You, a collection of stories published by McClelland...

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMNeil Armstrong/Gleaner Writer

TORONTO: At least four Jamaican-Canadians have thrown their hats into the ring for the October 24 municipal elections in Ontario and Toronto. They are Luther Brown, Kathy McDonald and David Green, who are up for seats as school board trustees in...

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