BYBLACKS RATING: BBBBB The fact that children and adults could be heard in the audience singing along to songs in the Young People’s Theatre (YPT) production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins on its opening night meant it was very engaging.
Four books by Black Canadian authors and illustrators are among the seventy books that are 2018 finalists for the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks).
A group of alumni of the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA), organized to fight against anti-Black racism in the Toronto District School Board, has issued a call to action to mobilize against racism in the education system.
It didn’t take long last night (April 7), for the new space of A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: The People’s Residence at 777-779 Bathurst St. in Toronto to fill up with well wishers, supporters and potential members.
Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government were lambasted at the first public community meeting on systemic racism, organized by the Anti-Racism Directorate, which was established by the government in February. There was also sharp criticism for Mayor John Tory, who was invited by Wynne and sat in the front row with her and other councillors, cabinet ministers, and school board trustees to listen to the concerns of the community.