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     Feleseta Kassaye Woldtsadique

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    The Festival Management Committee (FMC)— producers of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (TCC) has launched the Building Black Entrepreneurs Program (BBEP) that will provide free training to over 300 Black entrepreneurs in the arts, cultural, entertainment, festival and tourism sectors. 

    Photo Courtesy of Naolo Charles “Canada’s BIPOC youth haven’t been able to carve a space for themselves in the nature and conservation sector. This could be due to financial reasons or structural problems,” says Emily McMillan, Deputy Executive Director at Nature Canada.

    Ryerson University ("X" University) will be offering a new minor in Black Studies starting Fall 2022, which will be an interdisciplinary minor housed in the Faculty of Art with courses across 13 departments.

    (PHOTO: Kemba Williams, co-founder of the Kean Real Estate) It's been nearly five months since the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund was announced. Aimed at Black Canadian entrepreneurs, the $291.3 million loan fund was jointly developed by the Government of Canada and the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE).

    (PHOTO: Fay Bruney, owner of Calgary restaurant Simply Irie Caribbean Cuisine) Small businesses are facing an uphill battle when it comes to funding, especially due to the ongoing pandemic. The long-standing systemic racism and discrimination makes Black entrepreneurs more vulnerable to funding shortages. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP rose to the occasion, and over three years (2020-2022), is offering financial support to Black-led businesses in three cities: Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary.

    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.

    “Go home? But this is my home. I've been here now for 57 years. I lived in Canada longer than I lived where I was born. Where else can I go?” asks Annique Alolo (whose name has been changed for this story). Alolo, 81, is a Black Canadian woman from Toronto who was recently attacked by a white woman and her dog.

    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.

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