20 Sep 2020

Aftermath of a Pandemic: Back to School, a Second Wave, and other Issues for Care Workers

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What determines parents’ decisions on virtual or physical back-to-school options for their kids? How has the pandemic impacted aid workers and their families so far? In this piece, Brenda Uji spoke with some Long Term Care workers who share their experiences on the frontlines of COVID-19, and why they look forward to physical classes despite the realities they’ve seen.

11 Sep 2020

Ethiopians In Toronto Keep New Year Tradition Alive

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Photo by: Dawit Tibebu Thirty years after he left home, Birhanu Teklemichael still has a vivid memory of the Ethiopian New Year celebration. The big family gathering and festivity, singing and dancing around a firework called chibo, and exchanging of gifts and best wishes are the most special moments in his life that the Torontonian can’t easily forget. He can still hear girls singing the famous traditional song called “Abebayehosh,” which is themed with best wishes for the New Year, and presenting bunches of special flowers called Adey Abeba by going door to door in their neighbourhoods. He terribly misses drawing…

01 Aug 2020

Government Officially Recognizes Slavery Happened In Canada

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Up until now, the Canadian government has only acknowledged this country's relationship to slavery via the Underground Railroad. But right on time for Emancipation Day, the Liberal government has announced four separate "historic designations" which includes admitting that slavery existed in Canada between 1629 and 1834.

02 Aug 2020

"I Am Not Sure Black Students Want To Go To Western Right Now": Alumni Says 30 Years Later Not Much Has Changed

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In response to the ongoing police brutality of Canadian and US-American police, many academic institutions have followed the lead of major companies by releasing statements maintaining their commitments to anti-racist and social justice efforts, including Western University.

17 Jul 2020

Somali Community in Kitchener-Waterloo Reacts To Disturbing, Violent Police Takedown Of Man With Mental Illness

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Police cruisers casually stationed at a neighbourhood playground filled with Black and Brown children. These same vehicles eerily patrolling the surrounding streets in the evenings. Always present, always watching.  As a Somali-Canadian woman growing up in an ethnically diverse but historically underprivileged neighbourhood in Kitchener-Waterloo, I regularly witnessed the implicit criminalization of my community through the suffocating ubiquity of law enforcement personnel. When confronted with recent news of a Somali-Canadian man brutalized by local police after a traffic stop, I am deeply disturbed, though I cannot say I am surprised.

24 Jun 2020

Canadian Black Owned Neale's Sweet N Nice Ice Cream Makes Major Expansion

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Two years ago we brought you the success story of Neale’s Sweet N' Nice Ice Cream when the company landed a major distribution deal at Sobeys grocery stores in Ontario. We’re excited to learn that the Caribbean flavoured ice cream brand is expanding to 53 stores from the Loblaw group including No Frills and Real Canadian Superstore and 44 stores in Metro starting in July. We checked in with one of the founders Andrew McBarnett.

28 May 2020

Korchinski-Paquet Family Releases Statement Via Toronto Lawyer Knia Singh

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STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF REGIS FROM THE KORCHINSKI-PAQUET FAMILY On Wednesday May 27, 2020 at approximately 5pm a 911 call was made by a concerned mother Claudette Beals-Clayton, for the safety and well-being of her child Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Regis was in distress over a family conflict and her mother sought police assistance to bring calm to the situation.

22 May 2020

No Waiting Areas And Appointment Only - The New Norm For Barbershops After COVID-19

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(PHOTO: SUPREME CUT BARBERSHOP) As lockdown restrictions begin to ease up around the province, barbershop owners are preparing themselves for opening day as soon as they receive their greenlight. Supreme Cut Barbershop owner, Flory Wembolwa, said that he won’t have a problem filling the shop once it’s open. “Some people are requesting to be first when we get back from quarantine,” said Wembolwa. “So it’s something that’s high in demand.”

01 May 2020

Ottawa's Meals For Hope Group Racially Insulted

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Add this to the “racism is inescapable” files. Even when you are going out of your way volunteering your time, risking your health by being outdoors to give back to your community, racism is just waiting for you right around the corner where you least expect it. That’s what a group of five volunteers was faced with earlier this week when they received a hateful message from someone in the community who they had actually just helped.

12 Apr 2020

Black Lives Matter Toronto Raises Over 50k For COVID-19 Black Emergency Support Fund

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ByBlacks.com chatted with the Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLM TO) Pascale Diverlus to find out about the COVID-19 Black Emergency Support Fund organized to support Black Canadians severely financially impacted by the global pandemic.

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