Stories from Ed

Mentorship program helps students in Scarborough

Rashane Grey and Amos Benson
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011


Ask Grade Eight student Amos Benson what he aspires to be and he will unhesitatingly and confidently tell you he wants to be a doctor.

The St. Edmund Campion Catholic School student now understands that the sky is the limit and he can do anything he wants after participating in the University of Toronto's Scarborough Campus Imani Mentorship Program for young students from Scarborough's east priority communities.

Those who benefit from Caribana must pay for it

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

By ARNOLD A. AUGUSTE, Publisher/Editor

When the news broke just before Caribana that the Festival Management Committee (FMC) was short of funding as a result of government cutbacks, we learned that the staff had to take a 30 per cent cut in salaries. Someone who had been close to the workings of the old Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC), the people who used to run Caribana before the City of Toronto took it away from them, asked almost in shock: "They getting paid?"

Track and Field record holder Leroy "Pops" has died

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010


Former Jamaican track and field record holder and coach Leroy "Pops" Keane has died.

He succumbed to cardiac arrest in a Toronto hospital last Saturday, just a week after his 73rd birthday.

Keane held the Jamaican record - 52 seconds - in the 400-yard hurdles and was the West Indies hurdles and pentathlon champion before retiring to take up an assignment as track and field coach at Calabar which he attended in the mid-1950s.

‘Time running out’ worried Haitians say

Dr. Eric Pierre
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010


In the best of times, Lakay Caribbean restaurant in Scarborough is a meeting place for Haitian nationals and their friends in the Greater Toronto Area to socialize and share stories about their youthful days growing up in the world's oldest Black republic.

Ever since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti nine days ago, the restaurant has turned into a makeshift drop-off centre for cash donations that are being sent to the Canadian Red Cross and a gathering place for Haitians to pray and network in an attempt to find out if missing relatives are dead or alive.

Head wraps show to help cancer patients

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


It started off as a normal business transaction. The Princess Margaret Hospital last November approached local hat makers, Big It Up International, owned by Jamaican-born Dameon Royes, with a request for headwear for its cancer patients.

While filling the order, the company's vice-president Paulene Harvey indicated that their product line also include fashionable head wraps produced by Anthony Davis of Peculiar I Designs and expertly fitted by Naza Hasebenebi of For the People Clothing and Head Wraps.

Former Jamaican soldiers urged to help others

Maj. General Stewart Saunders
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


Have some former Jamaican soldiers forgotten how to follow the orders of their superiors?

Jamaica's top military officer, Stewart Saunders, has again urged ex-soldiers in Canada to reach out and facilitate the integration of retiring and migrating defense personnel who choose to make this country their adopted homeland.

The Major General was the keynote speaker at the Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association's (JESA) 17th annual awards banquet last Saturday night. He made a similar challenge eight years ago at the organization's major fundraiser.

City monitoring Swine Flu outbreak

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009: City of Toronto staffers are working with municipal and provincial partners, and are closely monitoring the emerging information on swine flu in other parts of Canada, the United States, Mexico and other countries, according to a statement released today.

"We are monitoring this evolving situation closely and are ready to respond in the event that anyone in Toronto is affected by this illness," says Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown. "At this point, there are no cases of swine flu reported in Toronto."