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Everyday Transgressions : grappling with historical forms of invisibility

Contact Staff On September 20th, Professor Adelle Blackett, Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, will be launching her new book entitled Everyday Transgressions : Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labor Law. The book was published this spring by Cornell University Press, in time for the centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. In this book, Blackett tells the story behind the ILO’s 2011 Decent Work for Domestic Workers’ Convention No. 189, and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201 – they created the first comprehensive, international standards to extend protections …

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Guyanese singing legend Johnny Braff passes

Contact Staff Guyanese music legend Johnny Braff who for many years had music lovers wrapped in his warm and tender voice has died. News of his passing was released by Palms Geriatric Home where Braff was a resident for the last several months. He was 82 years old. Music lovers will remember the crooner for his mega hit ‘It Burns Inside’ a syrupy, emotion-laden love song that tugged at the heartstrings of thousands of fans across the Caribbean and around the world. He was born Johnny Critchlow, and at 19 formed the group the Heart Breakers before getting his big …

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Former T.O deputy police chief becomes first Black to head Ottawa force

Jamaican-born Peter Sloly is expected to bridge the divide between the department and the city’s visible minorities Contact Staff Jamaican-born Peter Sloly who spent 27 years with the Toronto police was recently named new police chief in Ottawa, the first Black person in the position. Sloly, who served as a deputy police chief in Toronto where he forged strong bonds with that city’s racial minority communities, is assuming the helm of a force that is overwhelmingly white in its rank-and-file and among its officers. He didn’t shy away from the issue of race in his first address to the people …

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What’s a revolution without its leader?

Leadership is indispensable to our youths. They need guidance to walk the streets in peace Nowadays, the community needs to take charge of its own destiny, and the significance of the recent ruling in favor of the BCQ racial profiling collective class-action lawsuit cannot be undermined in back-door discussions that do not take the suffering of the victims into consideration. It is unacceptable to liquidate a struggle that took a generation to be actualized for a few cents. Particularly, it would make no sense to take some change from the hands of politicians that never took a stand in support …

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It’s a Good Time to Invest in Jamaica, says Banking Executive

Advertorial: The Jamaica National Group Speaking to a roomful of nationals and friends of Jamaica, Carlton Earl Samuels, chief development financing officer of The Jamaica National Group, says Jamaicans in the Diaspora should prepare to increase their investment in the country’s economy, noting that it is now experiencing steady growth. Pointing out that the fundamentals of the Jamaican economy are strengthening, Mr. Samuels said inflation is low, measuring 2.4 per cent in 2018, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, while the Consumer Price Index pegs inflation at 4.2 per cent for June 2019. He was one of the keynote …

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Troubling interactions: Kenrick McRae and the police

NDG man takes racial profiling complaints to Police Ethics Commission for the fourth time Contact Staff “I never thought that I’d be saying this, but I’m really afraid for my life. After what the police have done to me in the past, there’s no telling what they can do in the future. And because nothing is being done by the police commissioner, or by the politicians at the City of Montreal, it’s like they’re trying to normalize police behavior towards Black people. “I think it’s time that the United Nations steps in and take a look at what is happening …

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Batting and Bowling at Van Horne Park

Cricket gets its own space in CDN-NDG Cricket enthusiasts are the big winners following the inauguration of the new playing field at the popular Van Horne Park in Côte-des-Neiges. Sue Montgomery mayor of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce was on hand at the park on the morning of August 21 to take the opening knock. True to form, she tried to hit the ball for a six. The playing field comes out of requests by cricket teams in need of a place to practice. The municipality invested $65,000 too make it happen. A contribution that goes towards a good cause, according …

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Class-Action brings optimism among the collective

Young people who have been oppressed, brutalized, and ignored for years now believe in a new day The collective the indispensable The collective is always more important than the individual. It must remain together to resist negative forces and to never fall apart in times of uncertainty or upheaval. In fact, it is the ‘whole’ that’s responsible for nourishing the parts and for breathing life into it when its branches are desperate to find enough oxygen to stay strong. Imagine the consequences of a drought; division causes even worse damage. Look at our community. It has been keeping the people …

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