TORONTO: Joel Alexander killed in daylight drive-by shooting

Police identify man killed in Entertainment District

Joel Alexander, 28, was killed Friday afternoon in an apparent daylight drive-by on Friday afternoon, police say.

 Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11's fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.SUPPLIED PHOTO

Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11’s fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.

A man who died in hospital following a daylight drive-by shooting in the Entertainment District on Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Joel Alexander.

At a press conference near the crime scene on Saturday, Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne said that Alexander was a resident of Toronto and the father of a five-year-old child. He said that Alexander was “known to” the police and “did have his difficulties in the past,” but he wouldn’t elaborate.

Police believe Alexander was killed just after 4 p.m. Friday when at least 10 shots were fired from a silver car toward a parked car outside 80 Peter St. near King St. The silver car fled the scene, and Alexander was rushed to a trauma centre where he died from his injuries.

On Saturday afternoon, thick smears of blood were still visible on the sidewalk outside the parking lot on Adelaide St.

A female passenger in the vehicle with Alexander managed to escape unharmed. Browne said that she was assisting police in their investigation but was in “a great state of shock” and “extremely emotionally scarred.”


Wheary graveyard preserves memory of early black New Brunswickers in the area

Forgotten graveyards offer insight into black history

Mary McCarthy and New Brunswick Black History Society want to preserve links to the past

By Lauren Bird, CBC News Posted: Nov 30, 2015 1:10 PM AT Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015 1:58 PM AT

Most of the graves in the Wheary graveyard are more than 100 years old.

Most of the graves in the Wheary graveyard are more than 100 years old. (Lauren Bird/CBC)

Mary McCarthy wants people to know about the Wheary graveyard near Fredericton and other black graveyards in the area that are being forgotten by time and history.

Bushes and trees have overgrown the handful of graves and the iron gate that surrounds the burial site is crooked and rusted.​

“The stones of this era tell a bit of a story,” said McCarthy as she walked through the Wheary graveyard in Keswick.

“I believe they’re telling a little summary of their lives. What’s unfortunate is that we can’t read all the writing because of the deterioration of the stone.”

TORONTO: Convicted killer Andrew “Burnz” Burnett to be sentenced for 2012 Main St. and Kingston Rd. murder

Convicted killer to be sentenced for 2012 Main St. and Kingston Rd. murder 




Andrew Burnett
Andrew Burnett who was convicted of second degree murder is pictured in this handout photo. (Photo courtesy CBC)

TORONTO – Andrew “Burnz” Burnett vowed to go straight nine years ago to survive the gunfire rampant in his Jane-Finch neighbourhood.

Burnett, a violent drug dealer, survived gun violence but never reached his goal.

He’s now a convicted killer serving a life prison sentence after a jury in April found him guilty of second-degree murder for shooting Cory Campbell as part of a twisted love triangle tragedy in September 2012.

The jury rejected Burnett’s account of self-defence. The jury also spurned the prosecution’s theory that the homicide was a planned, deliberate execution by Burnett, helping his pal Jayna Badger eliminate her boyfriend Campbell at her Main St. and Kingston Rd. building.

Campbell believed Burnett and Badger were lovers.

The getaway car driver, Jeramy Henry, 28, was convicted of manslaughter, received a time served sentence of four years and is now free.

Crown attorney Joanne Capozzi implored Justice Anne Molloy to order Burnett to serve 15 to 18 years before he could seek parole. His lawyer Sean Robichaud is asking Molloy to limit parole ineligibility to 10 to 12 years. Molloy will pass sentence on July 23.

Black Canadians and Black Americans divided by more than a border

Black Canadian Like Me

It took a Jill Scott concert in Toronto to show that when it comes to black Canadians and black Americans, there’s a lot more dividing us than a border.

Posted: April 25 2011 12:11 AM


My friends and I attended a Jill Scott concert in Toronto a few years back. We were very excited. Her music was like an oasis of craft in a desert landscape of mediocrity. As Jill belted out those notes, we sang along and swayed. She led into her wicked tune “It’s Love” by inviting the audience to think about “lovin’, like, we do that good, down-home soul food, you know, candied yams, collard greens, biscuits and gravy, smothered … “

The audience went silent. I remember thinking, “Gravy goes on bread? Really? Candied yams, you say? You mean licorice and a chocolate bar belong on a vegetable? Wow. Oh, I get it — she’s just setting up her experience in the song. But, well, not really, because she’s asking us to reminisce with her, which means we’re supposed to know about these strange food combinations, too.”

One of my friends jokingly turned to the rest of us with, “I don’t think they know there are others on the planet with them. Maybe she thinks the ‘c’ in ‘Canada’ really stands for ‘Carolinas.’ ” We laughed. I chimed in with, “After the concert, let’s go to Romania and talk love over curry and roti.” We howled with laughter and went on enjoying the concert.

In truth, however, our comments were made not from humor but from disappointment, which we all felt but chose to ignore. After all, we were here to celebrate Jill’s uniqueness and relevance. Her assumption that her cultural experiences should mirror ours, here, in a completely different country, suggested that she didn’t value our uniqueness and relevance.

Ignorance (or dismissal) of black Canadians as a community was not uncommon to us, but what made this time a little more difficult to swallow was the source. Ordinarily, the source was Caucasians, not people of color, and certainly not black folks.

FORUM: What is really like for Blacks in Toronto, Canada (house, employment)

Old 05-20-2011, 05:20 PM
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Hoping actual blacks that live in Toronto, Canada or who have lived there can provide some pointers.

I’m thinking about moving to Toronto, Canada from Europe. Never being to Toronto, Canada (i’ll visit soon), but some black people I have spoken to here in Europe and in the USA (particularly) make the country and city sounds like the “best” place to be.

I’ve done some online research and they’re a lot of mixed opinions based on people’s experiences and news stories. However, what is alarming me are discussions about covert racism and the fact the majority of blacks (West Indies seems to pop-up alot) are not doing particularly well in Canada even though blacks are the smallest minority group over there.

Everywhere in the world is a challenge to get on and you can only do your best. But what is living in Toronto, Canada really like for newly arrived and established blacks? What are the core challenges (apart from the obvious ones like job hunting, etc)?

I don’t want to jump from one “fire” to another, if Toronto, Canada is no better than Europe for Blacks.

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