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     Feleseta Kassaye Woldtsadique

    Feleseta Kassaye Woldtsadique

    On September 9, 2021, parent advocacy group Parents of Black Children (PoBC) launched the Omo Africentric Virtual Campus. A first-of-its-kind in Canada, the virtual campus is good news for parents and guardians of Black children who have been searching for a more expansive curriculum addressing the needs of their African heritage.

    The New Year has always been a time for new hope and Ethiopians get them twice a year - the first one is on January 1st (Gregorian Calendar) and the other falls on either September 11 or 12 (the Ethiopian New Year). We'll be celebrating the Ethiopian New Year (2014) on September 11, 2021. I don’t want to be a pessimist, but I'm not sure if we can make the occasion feel special while Ethiopia goes through war and atrocities.

    Maybe the Ontario PC's thought we are all distracted by the federal election campaign and we wouldn't notice this. But, thanks to Twitter, they got busted on their most recent attempt to empty people's pockets, ahead of the 2022 provincial elections. 

    DIGGSTOWN is a Canadian original legal television drama series premiering on CBC and created by Floyd Kane, the executive producer and showrunner.

    Cover Image by Rachelle Baker While diversity is recognized as Canada's greatest asset, discrimination and racism continue to take their toll on the country's minority groups. However, progress is being made as the Black Canadian community continues to rally for change.

    Are you missing the tantalizing flavours of the Caribbean? Selwyn Richards is an award-winning Executive Chef and food stylist who is presenting his work at a mini food festival organized by the Jamaican Canadian Association and the Art of Catering. The food festival will take place on August 21, 2021, from 12PM to 8PM.

    “It's time for Canada to talk about climate refugees and lead by example. We need some consistency in terms of government rhetoric and action,” says Debbie Douglas, the Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). The theme of World Humanitarian Day 2021 highlights the immediate human cost of the climate crisis and urges world leaders to take concrete action for the most vulnerable people in the world. People like Debbie Douglas are on the frontlines of that fight, and so ByBlacks has chosen to feature Douglas on this World Humanitarian Day. 

    The usage of monuments dates back millennia as an ode to history and important people who have passed away. But they don't always represent the best parts of history or even the truth about our history.  New Monuments is an hour-long original film that blends activism and art around issues related to Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) communities with music, while tracing the story of Canada from its earliest history all the way up to the present day. What does the future hold? Over 40 internationally recognized IBPOC Toronto talents will give us an exhilarating tour of history, working alongside homegrown talents. The movie will premiere at Luminato Festival Toronto and will be streamed on CBC Gem on October 15, 2021.

    “Investing in Black communities and tackling systemic racism head-on are important parts of building an inclusive and resilient country that leaves no one behind,” says Marci Ien, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre.

    PHOTO: Mariam Moussa Agrei  Immigration has long been part of Canada’s strategy to fill the roles of essential healthcare workers. According to the 2016 Census, more than 335,000 immigrants work in health-related occupations. Temporary foreign workers, permanent residents, and new citizens make up a significant percentage of the healthcare workforce in this country, even more so during COVID-19.

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