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We’ve come a long way when it comes to women in the workforce, but when it comes to the construction industry, we’ve still got a long way to go. Even though construction is one of Canada’s largest employers, women account for just 4.5 percent of those working in the skilled trades.

Diverse communities continue to face barriers in accessing lucrative entrepreneurship opportunities created by Canada’s burgeoning technology-driven innovation sector. Black entrepreneurs, in particular, encounter steep challenges when starting and growing a business, from accessing seed capital to fewer publicly recognized role models.

When Michelle de Lyon saw a poster for Black Pysicians of Tomorrow in the hallway at Durham College, she knew she had to join. That was in 2015 when she was pursuing fitness & health promotion studies. Not only did she get involved, she put her past grant writing skills to use and helped the organization achieve its goal to aquire funding to broaden its scope beyond post-secondary institutions.

Toronto, ON (December 17, 2018) - ByBlacks.com announced their first People’s Choice Awards with nominations beginning today in 50 categories, from Artists to Web Designers. Canadians will be able to nominate their favourite Black-owned businesses across the country via the ByBlacks.com/nominate web page.

A new multi media campaign called Crystals As Crowns recently launched in Toronto. It’s a groundbreaking black youth resilience media campaign seeking to reduce negative conceptions of self and low self-esteem among black and racialized youth. The campaign includes  empowering imagery of youth in control of their futures and rooted in a self-determined imagination, the “Crystal Mind.”

There are rare moments when you get to witness history in the making. Some of us only realize the importance of an experience years after it has been lived.

This Ontario election seemed like we had more Black candidates stepping up to the plate than ever before. And the result ended up with some historic wins for our community.

15 Oct 2018

In 2015, there were over a million small businesses in Canada, with less than half of these businesses partially or solely owned by women.

Achieving success despite the odds is nothing new for Shelly Skinner, who is a municipal candidate for Barrie Ontario’s Ward 8.

The New York based Caribbean Equality Project has now expanded across the border, with an inaugural symposium that was held in Toronto on September 22nd.

Many Black men have a special relationship with their barbers. This unique connection has resulted in a series of events called the Barbershop Talks, where the “neighbourhood barbershop” is used to create a safe space for Black community members to meet.

As a middle-aged woman in the second year of the adoption process, I find myself in a bubble at times. Although friends and family have been supportive, there are moments when I feel isolated, overwhelmed and overjoyed.

Though she’s just officially started junior kindergarten, anyone who has met my four-year old could tell you she was ready for school long before now. A precocious, brilliant, friendly child who loves a challenge and thrives in new environments? She was made for school.

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