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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.

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.

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.

08 Apr 2020

How To Covid Proof Your Home - Tips From Dr. Candice

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There is a lot of confusion these days about what we need to do to avoid being afflicted by the new Coronavirus. Guidelines and recommendations from our public health agencies are changing rapidly, and rightfully so – we are living in unprecedented times and information is being updated constantly and in real-time as we find out more about how the coronavirus acts and what works best to combat it.

06 Apr 2020

NDP Backs Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce Call for COVID-19 Relief To Help Black Businesses

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Ontario's NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has proposed a plan to help small and medium-sized businesses, charities and community-based non-profits, including a designated fund for Black businesses and entrepreneurs, and others who face historical barriers to financing.

04 Apr 2020

How To Keep Your Parked Car Healthy During Quarantine

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With this ever-extending lockdown, we’re all driving our cars a lot less. You could even be planning to leave your vehicle in the garage or on your driveway for a couple of weeks at a time or even up to 30 days. Here are some tips for keeping your car healthy during quarantine:

04 Apr 2020

How To Apply For CERB If You've Lost Your Income Because of COVID-19

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What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit? If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

03 Apr 2020

Your Housing Rights During COVID19

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The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in housing insecurity for many Ontarians. While we are all experiencing heightened stress and anxiety in various areas of daily life, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is acutely aware of the specific pressures and differential impact COVID-19 has on Black people and their housing – specifically on Black renters.

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