Toronto city councillor pushes for “O Canada” change
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh wants city council to ask Ottawa to make the national anthem more gender-inclusive.
By:Zoe McKnight Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Aug 21 2014
In one of her only acts as a politician, interim city councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh wants to make history.
At Monday’s council meeting, Ramkhalawansingh will introduce a motion to request the federal government change the English words of Canada’s national anthem to be more gender inclusive.
If successful, singers of “O Canada” will eventually proclaim “true patriot love in all of us command” instead of “true patriot love in all thy sons command.”
“It’s about inclusion, and you’re really changing two words,” Ramkhalawansingh said.
Changing the national anthem requires an act of Parliament, not city council. But Ramkhalawansingh wants to push her colleagues in that direction.
“It’s my last city council meeting and I’m a feminist,” she said. “If you go back and look at the city’s history you will see the City of Toronto has provided leadership on many gender equality issues.”
The recommended word changes are based on the national “Sing all of us” campaign, founded by former prime minister Kim Campbell, author Margaret Atwood, Senator Nancy Ruth, former University of Toronto chancellor Vivienne Poy and educator Sally Goddard.
“It will be very interesting to see who supports and who may not support it,” Ramkhalawansingh said. “I can predict there will be a couple who won’t.”
Before joining city council, Ramkhalawansingh was a municipal civil servant for three decades and retired in 2010 as manager of diversity management and community engagement for the city.
My name is Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, and I moved to Toronto in August 1967. I came with my family, which included my mother, my father, my brother and a sister. The five of us moved here in part because our parents wanted us to attend university in Canada. We moved from Trinidad and Tobago, and although there are very good schools there, I think that they thought that travel and living overseas would be a very good thing for us to do.
When I moved to Toronto in 1967, I attended one year of high school and then entered the University of Toronto, where I became very involved in a range of student activities, in addition to going to school, of course. I became very involved in student government, as well as various course union programs. At that point in time in 1968 onwards, there was a move afoot to change the curriculum of the University of Toronto towards a more integrated, interdepartmental approach to curriculum, rather than very rigid programs of study. I became very involved in advocating and working towards establishing a feminist studies program.
Boy, 14, among nine arrested in string of bank robberies
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By: The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Aug 15 2014
Five men and four teens have been charged — and another teen is being sought — in a string of bank robberies in the Toronto area.
Police say five banks were robbed in Toronto and Markham between July 22 and Aug. 13.
Rashawn Samuels, 20, of Ajax and Samuel Smith, 18, Elroy Christie, 20, Karlos Perkins, 20, and Joleel Alfred, 22, all of Toronto, are facing multiple charges, including robbery while armed and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Two 17-year-old boys, a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, all of Toronto, are also charged with robbery and other offences.
A 17-year-old Mississauga boy is wanted on robbery charges.
But a new report on crime in the Caribbean region puts a spotlight on “disturbing trends” that impact Canada and suggests it’s time we pay more attention to what’s happening beyond the safety of resorts.
“The bottom line is that there are things Canada can do to assist the Caribbean region,” Cameron Ross, of the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, said in Toronto Tuesday.
The author of the report, a retired Canadian Forces major-general, said the Caribbean has a serious crime problem and suggested Canada should learn from what’s happening in the region.
The report, released just days before the city’s 48th annual Caribbean Festival kicks off, looked at the long-standing and highly-lucrative drug trade in the Caribbean region.
But it also highlights the more recent emergence of human trafficking and money laundering, as well as ties between terrorist groups and drug cartels with links to the Caribbean.
In the early 1970s, about 10% of crime in the Caribbean was categorized as violent and Ross pointed out by the mid-80s that number soared to 41%.
He said much of the violence in the region, as it is in Canadian urban centres, can be traced to gangs.
But combatting gangs is “a complex problem.”
Like in Canada, Ross said young men in the Caribbean turn to crime when they are unable to find good paying jobs — largely because they didn’t stay in school. Continue reading →
Le boxeur Jean Pascal a été rencontré par les policiers hier après-midi et aucune accusation n’a été déposée contre lui.
Le champion de boxe est toujours considéré comme un témoin important dans le cadre de l’enquête de la présumée agression sexuelle survenue dans sa résidence.
Jean Pascal s’est rendu aux bureaux des enquêteurs à 14 heures avec son avocat. «Il est impossible d’entrer dans les détails de la rencontre pour ne pas nuire à l’enquête, mais l’entretien est complété. Nous n’avons pas prévu de le rencontrer à nouveau pour le moment; tout dépend de l’avancement de l’enquête», explique le porte-parole de la Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville, Jonathan Germain.
Les policiers ont aussi rencontré plusieurs témoins et aucun d’entre eux n’a été identifié comme suspect. Aucune accusation n’a donc été déposée jusqu’à présent. Les enquêteurs poursuivent donc leur travail afin de faire la lumière sur les événements qui se seraient produits dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche à la résidence du boxeur à Lorraine, dans la banlieue nord de Montréal.
A court sketch shows murder victim Tiffany Gayle’s parents, Federick, and stepmother Elizabeth Gayle. She came to Canada to be with her family,
but there is little indication that she found a home here, not even for a moment.
Tiffany Gayle, a 15-year-old girl who moved to Brampton, Ont., from Jamaica, was found dead in June 2010, beaten and left in a bloody bathtub just 17 months after coming to Canada to live with her father and stepmother.Continue reading →
Jeffrey St-Cloud, 20, faces assault charges in connection with the beating of a Montreal bus driver. One fellow suspect is still on the lam, while another is being charged as a minor. (Photo: Police handout) Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/all-three-suspects-apprehended-in-brutal-assault-on-bus-driver-1.1251493#ixzz2RoKrFTP4
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:10AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 26, 2013 5:25PM EDT
MONTREAL— Police have arrested the third and final suspect in a shocking assault on a city bus driver, as a 20-year-old was apprehended at his apartment in Montreal North at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Daniel Quiroz-Rivas will face charges of aggravated assault and breach of conditions Friday at the Montreal courthouse.
The other two suspects were formally charged with assault Thursday, one at Montreal courthouse, the other at youth court.
Jeffrey St-Cloud, 20, faces assault charges in connection with the beating of a Montreal bus driver. One fellow suspect is still on the lam, while another is being charged as a minor. (Photo: Police handout)
These three men are suspected of attacking an STM bus driver on Saint-Laurent at Jean-Talon. Continue reading →