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Trailblazing judge George Ethelbert Carter embodied ethics - The Globe and Mail

become not only one of Toronto’s first black lawyers, but also this country’s first Canadian-born black judge. A member of the Order of Ontario and a Queen’s Counsel, he died in Toronto on June 7 at the age of 96.

Justice Carter loomed large among black lawyers and judges, and also in Canada’s legal profession generally, observes Toronto criminal lawyer Selwyn Pieters. “He exuded the ethical principles and professionalism lawyers strive to live by. He was a role model and a trailblazer.”
African_Canadians  John_Lorinc  judges  lawyers  obituaries  trailblazers 
june 2018 by jerryking
We need to talk about the boys -
MAY 5, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | MARGARET WENTE.

It’s girls who get all the attention these days. But it’s the boys we should be worried about. Boys lag girls in school at every level. They drop out, get in trouble with the law, and become disconnected from the mainstream – sometimes for good.

Jamil Jivani was heading there himself. He grew up in Brampton, Ont....At age 16, he couldn’t read – or didn’t care enough to. He was convinced the system was rigged against him. His role models were gansta rappers. Police officers gave him a hard time. His dad wasn’t in the picture.....Mr. Jivani is now 30. He is a law professor, a graduate of Yale, and an activist for disadvantaged communities. His personal story is the powerful thread running through his new book, Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity......He aims to change the conversation from “either/or” to “and also.” “If you’re trying to change the conditions young men grow up in,” he says, “you need to talk about both law enforcement and families.”

He gets pushback saying things like that. “People are used to hearing a certain kind of narrative – the world is unfair, racist, biased, and the primary concern we should have is that these are systems that oppress us – systemic racism, sexism, and so on. It’s amazing how much this passes as a truth.”

Mr. Jivani believes that we can’t address the crisis of young men without talking about families and culture. For boys, fathers are their first line of defence. Without fathers, they may have no positive role models for how to be a man.

“A lot of people in the black community want to talk about fatherlessness,” he says. But we seldom hear from them. The voices you hear are all from one side, and the media seldom seek out any other perspectives.

People censor themselves too. “..... Black Lives Matter makes things worse. “It’s a style of activism that tries to define people – to tell them this is what you’re supposed to think and do because of your identity.” ....“BLM’s approach to activism focuses on having an enemy that must be defeated,” he writes. “It is accusatory at its core.”
Margaret_Wente  fatherhood  parenting  dysfunction  Black_Lives_Matter  African_Canadians  books  crisis  systemic_discrimination  systemic_racism  lawyers  Osgoode  family_breakdown  values  dropouts  achievement_gaps  Yale  activism  economically_disadvantaged  victimhood 
may 2018 by jerryking
Who we choose to remember – and who we let history forget – defines us
September 2, 2017 | The Globe and Mail | ELIZABETH RENZETTI.

An elegant monument to one of the town's great entrepreneurs, a black Loyalist named Rose Fortune.

A freed slave who had arrived with her family in Nova Scotia just before the American War of Independence, Rose became a famous figure in town, using her wheelbarrow to help transport travellers' goods from the wharves to their lodgings. She is also often referred to as the country's first unofficial policewoman, as she enthusiastically applied her baton to keep local rowdy teens in line. Her business grew and prospered, and she became the matriarch of a Nova Scotia transport dynasty. On July 1 this year, Rose's monument, a metal sculpture that also functions as a bench, designed by artist Brad Hall, was unveiled in the garrison graveyard.........
Elizabeth_Renzetti  symbolism  Nova_Scotia  forgotten  African_Canadians  women  history 
september 2017 by jerryking
Column: ‘Staying woke’ about wokeness :: The Daily Tar Heel
So, what exactly does being woke, staying woke and wokeness mean?

Coined by Erykah Badu, the term rose in prominence following the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as a reminder for Black people to stay conscious of and actively dismantle the systemic nature of violence against their communities.

In this sense, wokeness necessitates physical, emotional and mental labor. Hyperconsciousness of the trauma experienced by Black communities arises from one’s lived experiences as a Black person and often at the expense of one’s own mental and emotional health.
African-Americans  African_Canadians  consciousness-raising  Black_Lives_Matter  digital_advocacy 
may 2017 by jerryking
Why black Canadians are facing U.S.-style problems - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jul. 16, 2016

What’s the root of this discrimination, which takes place even when officials are racially diverse and liberal-minded? In part, it’s institutional path dependency: Police and judges have always responded to suspects based on traditional patterns (and on patterns learned from the U.S. media and justice system), and it’s hard to break those ugly traditions.

That’s dangerous, because black Canadians are also inordinately excluded from home ownership, neighbourhoods with good public transit and key employment markets. That’s partly due to the timing and economic circumstances of Caribbean immigration, partly due to racism.

Either way, it creates a spiral of discrimination: A group of Canadians who live in fringe rental-only neighbourhoods, with less secure employment and access to resources, who face a more hostile police and justice system, hurting their chances of advancement.
African_Canadians  Canadian  Doug_Saunders  geographic_segregation  racial_disparities  systemic_discrimination  systemic_racism  racial_discrimination  institutional_path_dependency  exclusion  marginalization 
july 2016 by jerryking
So Long, Reddit
Reginald Braithwaite
Filed to: REDDIT 7/12/15 7:45am
racism  Reddit  African_Canadians 
july 2015 by jerryking
Desmond Cole’s feature on carding lit a fuse under the city’s elite, but why did it take so long? - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

While Cole is elated with Tory’s change of heart, his feelings are tempered by the way it came about. “It’s very sad, and should concern people. Because not everyone will get a feature in Toronto Life to air their story,” he noted. After all, Cole had been there during a Police Services Board meeting, when John Tory sat and listened impassively to testimony from lower- and middle-income black people who were living in fear of random police stops.

“It’s not a good sign, when you can have that direct contact with leaders and they won’t listen to you. But they will listen to essentially their peers, who might not experience this issue in the same way at all, who might not know a lot about it.”
Desmond_Cole  Simon_Houpt  Toronto  Toronto_Life  writers  randomness  journalists  African_Canadians  John_Tory 
june 2015 by jerryking
Mayor John Tory pledges to end carding in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jun. 07, 2015
policing  John_Tory  carding  Toronto  Michael_Thompson  Desmond_Cole  African_Canadians 
june 2015 by jerryking
Africentric grade school grads not opting for high-school program - The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 28 2013
education  Toronto  African_Canadians  Afrocentric 
march 2015 by jerryking
An insider's guide to Toronto with Cameron Bailey
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 | BlogTO | Posted by Alexander Huls.

TIFF's Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey, has a life many a film buff would envy. As a chief orchestrator of the Toronto International Film Festival, Bailey lives and breathes film, and has become one of the festival's most public faces in the process. He has helped makes Toronto one of the epicenters of the film world.

The film professional started out on his path as many do: as a film critic. After realizing his passion for cinema in University, Bailey began reviewing films for outlets like CTV's Canada AM, CBC Radio One, and Now Magazine. At the same time, he also set out on his path as a programmer, contributing his passions to Cinematheque Ontario, the NFB, and, of course, TIFF.

Bailey started programming for TIFF in 1990, and since then - with a lot of hard work - has ascended to greater and greater prominence in the organization. In 2007, he became Festival Co-Director, and as of 2013, he now holds the position of being one of the festival's chief orchestrators as Festival Artistic Director.
African_Canadians  Cameron_Bailey  cultural_criticism  epicenters  films  movies  restaurants  things_to_do  TIFF  Toronto 
september 2014 by jerryking
Lives Lived: George Altamont Brown, 84 - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 09 2014,
tributes  obituaries  African_Canadians 
september 2014 by jerryking
Rob Ford's Answer to Being a Racist? "It's Complicated" | Andray Anthony Domise
07/02/2014 | | Andray Anthony Domise Toronto City Council Candidate, Ward 2
Rob_Ford  Toronto  racism  African_Canadians  Andray_Domise 
july 2014 by jerryking
Lives Lived: Clarence Anthony Nichols, 70 - The Globe and Mail
The Nichols family

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jan. 31 2014
obituaries  Guyanese  African_Canadians  Afro-Guyanese 
february 2014 by jerryking
Black artists speak their minds:
February 7-14, 2013 | NOW Magazine | Dalton Higgins.
African_Canadians  funnies  Toronto 
february 2014 by jerryking
Wes Hall: From mail room clerk to Bay Street power broker
Jan. 30 2014 | The Globe and Mail | Doug Steiner.

Welcome to the full-combat world of activist investing. Wall Street agitators such as Bill Ackman, Barry Rosenstein and Carl Icahn, and a small but growing number of Canadians, such as Greg Boland of West Face Capital, want underperforming executives to raise shareholder returns fast, or get out of the way. And they come armed with detailed business makeover plans, lawyers, investment bankers, PR reps and what, over the past decade, has become one of the most powerful weapons in their arsenal: the proxy solicitation and advisory specialist....What does a proxy specialist do? A generation ago, the job was little more than an administrative position–arranging annual meetings and monitoring the collection of proxy forms from docile shareholders who didn’t have the inclination to attend, and whose shares would then be voted in favour of existing directors and management. Hall began his career in that routine end of the business in the 1990s. He founded Kingsdale in 2003 because he saw a growing and profitable niche: Activists and target regimes needed high-level advice and coaching in shareholder disputes.

Now Hall and a handful of other top Canadian specialists are like the superstar managers who hatch U.S. presidential campaigns. They plot strategy, control written communications to investors, stage cross-country tours, corral shareholder votes and whip their candidates–be it the activist or the target company–into shape, keeping them focused and on-message.
Doug_Steiner  Bay_Street  entrepreneur  movingonup  power_brokers  hedge_funds  West_Face  shareholder_activism  boards_&_directors_&_governance  William_Ackman  Pershing_Square  CP  public_relations  African_Canadians  Wes_Hall  proxy-advisory  niches  insights  superstars 
february 2014 by jerryking
Cop Watch app records police-citizen interactions | Toronto Star
By: Antonia Zerbisias Feature Writer, Published on Tue Jan 28 2014

Cop Watch Toronto , which was released last week on iTunes.

“Sadly, it’s been years and years of seeing violence in (the black) community,” he said. “Only the fatal ones get serious media attention, but there are dozens and dozens of incidents that happen that get no attention at all — but they are just as traumatic to the people involved.”

The app, which costs 99 cents, is not a new concept. In the U.S. last year, similar apps, such as “ Stop and Frisk Watch ” for New Yorkers, have been released.

Although the aims are the same as Cop Watch Toronto, the operation is not. What Cop Watch does is begin shooting automatically once it’s opened, and as soon as recording is stopped, instantly uploads to YouTube. At the same time, an email is sent to the community-based Network for the Elimination of Police Violence , with the videographer’s location and an URL for the video.
African_Canadians  uWindsor  alumni  mobile_applications  police  police_force  policing  carding  racial_profiling  racial_disparities  community-based 
january 2014 by jerryking
Youth potential languishing in tight job market
August 15 2012 | Share News | Pat Watson.

The good news is that human beings are, if nothing else, wired for survival. As such, the creativity that is alive and well among young people is already showing itself. Even so, government and the private sector cannot relinquish their responsibility. They must make space for co-op and professional job placements. There must also be programs that support youth entrepreneurship, both in developing entrepreneurial skills and in providing funding for business start-ups. If the structures in place will not provide enough jobs, then they must at least ensure the means to give youth a push start. They also have to make it a priority to let youth know these means are available. Better that than steady talk about building more prison facilities.
youth  unemployment  Toronto  African_Canadians  entrepreneurship  young_people 
december 2013 by jerryking
Lincoln Alexander Becomes Canada's First Black Lt.-Governor
September 20, 2013 | Globe & Mail | Karen Howlett

As the first black to hold a vice-regal post in Canada, he was a symbol of society’s growing intolerance for racial prejudice. Lincoln Alexander, the son of a railway porter and a maid, was sworn in as Ontario’s 24th lieutenant-governor at the age of 63. He had grown up in an era when blacks were denied the basic rights and opportunities enjoyed by whites, something he experienced firsthand when he could not get a sales job at Stelco - he was told customers would not want to deal with a black man. His appointment as the Queen’s representative capped a distinguished career for the first black member of Parliament and the first black federal cabinet minister. “I want to believe it served as a beacon of hope for the black community," Alexander wrote in his memoir. He died last year, his beacon still bright.
Lincoln_Alexander  African_Canadians  trailblazers  anniversaries  lawyers  politicians 
november 2013 by jerryking
'Heaven was the word for Canada:' race in Martin Luther King's 'North Star' - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 24 2013 | The Globe and Mail | John Ibbitson.

....Racially, the single greatest achievement may have been the decision by the government of Lester B. Pearson in 1967 to introduce the points system for choosing immigrants, sweeping away policies that had kept non-whites out of Canada for generations.

The following half-century of wide-open immigration and entrenched multiculturalism forged Canadian cities so cosmopolitan, diverse and tolerant that they come closer than any to Dr. King’s dream of harmony and equality....

But only for some. Black Canadians make up 2.5 per cent of the population, but fill 9 per cent of the spaces in the country’s prisons, according to the federal Office of the Correctional Investigator. Too many poor non-white neighbourhoods are unstable and, for many of those trapped in them, unsafe
MLK  John_Ibbitson  anniversaries  speeches  Underground_Railroad  geographic_segregation  North_Star  marginalization  1967  Lester_Pearson  African_Canadians  overrepresentation  disproportionality  immigration  multiculturalism  Canadian  cities  cosmopolitan  exclusion 
august 2013 by jerryking
▶ Broke Ass by datgyaldeh
Heartfelt and real, this song captures the frustration of being educated and unemployed.
R&B  music  Toronto  unemployment  African_Canadians  new_graduates 
august 2013 by jerryking
Is the Black church in the Black community?
July 31 2013| Share News | Posted by Lennox Farrell.
Does Toronto’s Black community have any organizational base from which to respond to our social needs?

Which, in particular brings me back to the initial question, is there any institution in our community with the resources and the legitimacy to step up and step forward?

An institution assisting in developing leadership that consults. Leadership that embraces. Leadership that is forthright with the politicians and those who carry status?

Leadership that speaks with the institutional knowledge of what is past and who is present. Leadership that speaks to solutions and not to posturings. Because, if Toronto knows anything, it knows how to make a fig-leaf look like a fig-tree. It knows how to tire you out, calling meetings to call other meetings…

We live in a city and in a time that is at a watershed regarding racism and its impact on our youth. Employment and self-employment require training and resources, yes. These require even more: access and opportunity. In other words, these require a level playing field. Because access and opportunity is not about what you know, but about who you know; with whom you socialize in your church, club, family, golf-course, neighbourhood.

The only effective response to this (anti-Black racism) must come from institutions that are communal, that are resourced, legitimate, and have the wisdom and honour to unite, not divide the community from religious turf wars for paying memberships. Our community and our youth in particular, need back-up from the front.

What we urgently need is for individuals in leadership to be energized. What we need and before the next elections – municipal, provincial, federal – is greater and more substantive interaction with the most marginalized among us; with communities who might never attend church; who will not be in the choir; who might not give donations. Then, call together as many of the organizations and individuals who will volunteer to work and to work wisely under honourable leadership.
African_Canadians  institutional_knowledge  leadership  leadership_development  institutions  institution-building  networking  SIU  strategic_thinking  Toronto  turning_points 
august 2013 by jerryking
News feeds pigeonhole Black life
March 13 2013 | Share News |Posted by Pat Watson.

A note on sense out if nonsense…

Leaving aside the she-said-he-said piece of lowbrow drama involving the serious allegation by former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson that Rob Ford – Mayor of Toronto – groped her backside, the real nugget from this distasteful episode is that members of the Jewish community hold an annual meet and greet between local politicians and young up-and-comers in their community. Black communities need to adopt that strategy.
African_Canadians  strategic_thinking  overachievers  movingonup 
april 2013 by jerryking
Low-income, subsidized housing ghettos provoke violence
March 27 2013 | Share News | By PAT WATSON.

TCHC representation would matter because a significant number of the shootings and gun related deaths that occur take place in and around TCHC subsidized housing. The two common denominators of this crisis of youth shootings are being African Canadian and living in an environment of economic disadvantage.

Those who attended the summit heard that more than 75 per cent of the victims of gun deaths in Toronto are young, Black males. It’s been called gang violence, and it’s been called Black-on-Black violence, but the fact is that young, Black males who live outside of these low-income, social housing enclaves are not the ones engaging in and being the targets of shootings.
TCHC  Toronto  violence  African_Canadians  social_housing  public_housing  low-income 
april 2013 by jerryking
In 1812, black Canadians fought for their freedom
Feb. 25 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Rosemary Sadlier.

The narrative of Richard Pierpoint:

Pierpoint’s story is an excellent example of the black military contribution. It also speaks to an essential narrative in black Canadian history that belongs among the lessons of the War of 1812 bicentennial.

Pierpoint was born around 1744 in Bondu, West Africa (now Senegal). He was captured at 16 and, like so many young, strong Africans, enslaved. Upon his arrival in the Americas, he became property of a British military officer.

With the outbreak of the American War of Independence, Pierpoint accepted military duty to achieve his freedom. Following his service in Butler’s Rangers, he, like thousands of other Black Loyalists, was granted land in Canada. In Ontario, these veterans helped to settle Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake; they also settled parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Pierpoint worked 200 acres near Twelve Mile Creek in Ontario.

The threat of re-enslavement in 1812 thrust African-Canadians into action. As Pierpoint says to a British officer in the Heritage Minute: “Your officers fight for land and money. I fight for my freedom.” He petitioned the government to form and lead a “corps of men of colour.” The unit was eventually formed under the direction of a retired white officer as Captain Runchey’s Company of Coloured Men. It was the first all-black unit in Upper Canada....After the war, black defenders were granted land in the remote Oro area. The land was difficult to clear and cultivate; many left.

In 1821, Pierpoint again petitioned the government, this time for passage back to Senegal. Instead, at 77, he was granted 100 acres near present-day Fergus, Ont. He died, impoverished, about 1838. But his story – from free-born in Africa to enslaved in the New World, from soldier to settler – provides a rare personal narrative that helps us understand the experiences of Black Loyalists and how this period led to Canada’s identification as a land of freedom.

The War of 1812 showed that Canada was a place where black people were effectively free under the law; where black settlements – the highest mark of freedom – created community. Living free “under the lion’s paw” was possible even as slavery continued to the south. As black War of 1812 veterans sought to reunite with family in the United States, their stories about stirred the imaginations of thousands more. In this way, the promise of the Underground Railroad was born of the War of 1812.
African_Canadians  Black_Loyalists  commemoration  Underground_Railroad  War_of_1812 
march 2013 by jerryking
We can’t keep tiptoeing around black-on-black violence - The Globe and Mail
Feb. 20 2013 | The Globe and Mail | MARCUS GEE

Pockets of the city where unemployment and dropout rates are high, where many sons grow up without a father, where gangs and guns are all around, have become dangerous traps for what social workers call at-risk youth. More often than not, they turn on each other. Black-on-black violence is a disfiguring stain on the face of the city’s multicultural success. It is an uncomfortable truth that, as a welcoming and liberal city, we prefer to ignore. The political class won’t talk about it for fear of being labelled racist. The media are almost as cowed.
Toronto  Marcus_Gee  African_Canadians  killings  violence  silence 
february 2013 by jerryking
A Place Called Heaven_pgs. 82-83
1996 | Cecil Foster

Progress will come only through economic independence, the Chief Justice argues, because only then will Blacks be free of the control of other groups. Only then will they be beyond hoping that some politician will appoint one of them to some top job, even as chief justice. Blacks start having clout only when they take greater pride in their identity and work together, when they stop being distrustful of one another because they, too, might have bought into the negative stereotypes other groups have spread about Africans and descendants. “There is a complete absence of influence in matters that affect us as a community, as a people. An inability to lend a helping hand to brothers and sisters in need." the Chief Justice explains in the interview. Julius Isaac chooses his words carefully. pondering every question and occasionally pausing mid-sentence to reflect on what he is saying. "The last time l was in Toronto. l met a Jamaican fellow who told me that he owns a factory where he employs about 50 West Indians, and l thought that he is a unique individual. That is the sort of thing l am talking about: to have the ability to help and to influence the matters that affect our lives. We are at the mercy of other people in the community. You look around at the way in which the society is organized, and for want of a better word, you realize that it is organized on a tribal basis and that each tribe is vying for economic stability. ,I in order to ensure that matters that concern members of that tribe are disposed of in the most advantageous way. We are not able to do that. That is the nutshell of my thinking."
Part of the problem rests with society and the way it is organized. But Blacks must also take their share of the blame, he says. "We do not have the sharpened, acquisitive instinct. lf it is sharpened, it is in a very marginal way that affects a family or an individual. We haven't been able as a community in Canada to acquire significant pools of capital to put at the disposal of the community for its development. l think that is where the focus should be."
African_Canadians  capital_accumulation  capital_formation  distrust  disunity  economic_clout  economic_empowerment  economic_nationalism  ethnic_communities  judges  mindsets  producer_mindset  self-reliance  self-determination  strategic_thinking  tribes  trustworthiness 
january 2013 by jerryking
Listen to the heartbeat, not the elite
June 21, 1991 | The Globe & Mail | Sylvia Stead.

From the spring issue of Glory, a magazine that focuses on the achievements of black Canadians, comes this editorial: “If we want to change the message, we must change the messenger . . . Simply put, there are far too few visible minorities in the media today. Students and career seekers must seriously consider journalism as a career option. Otherwise, we will be excluded from decision-making positions in . . . the media. Some might argue that newsrooms discriminate against Blacks getting jobs in the media. But I believe the onus is also squarely on us. When I was in journalism school in Edmonton, there were just two Black students out of 40 in my class. And
the other Black student dropped out at mid-semester. Journalism is a very noble profession with enormous possibilities for career satisfaction.
journalism  journalists  African_Canadians  under-representation  career_paths 
december 2012 by jerryking
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