Category Archives: Guyanese in Canada

POEMS by Cyril Dabydeen: “At Lord’s Cricket Ground”; “History Lesson”; “Dark Wood”

POEMS by Cyril Dabydeen:

While the World Test Cricket Championship is on–latest poem to share
–from the UK’s *Post-Colonial Text*…just published.


The ball bowled, the game played
at this neck of the woods—
the Lord’s Cricket Ground
in London, don’t you know?
Doosra in cold weather; oh,
a wrong ‘un next, come on.

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BUSINESS: Transformation of the Street Vendor: A view from the Caribbean Diaspora – By Lear Matthews

Lear Matthews

(Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month in June)

Transformation of the Street Vendor: A view from the Caribbean Diaspora – By Lear Matthews

Recognizing that the United States is a “salad bowl” of diversity and not the proverbial melting pot, Immigrant Heritage Month was created to acknowledge/celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of immigrants. Opportunities afforded them notwithstanding, despite encounters of xenophobia, immigrants have undoubtedly shaped the economic, cultural and civic engines of North America and Europe. Street vending which has existed as an occupation for a very long time is considered a cornerstone of the historical and cultural heritage of cities and towns globally, with immigrants among prominent purveyors of this tradition.

This article highlights street vending among English Speaking Caribbean immigrants, an aspect of the immigrant experience that has not received much attention. Although focused on the United States, there are implications for other countries of settlement or alleged “host societies” such as Canada and Great Britain.          Continue reading

Canada mourns as remains of 215 children found at indigenous school – BBC News

A new classroom building at the Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada circa 1950
The Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia once housed 500 children – Reuters

A mass grave containing the remains of 215 children has been found in Canada at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people.

The children were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978.

The discovery was announced on Thursday  May 27, by the chief of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was a “painful reminder” of a “shameful chapter of our country’s history”.

Guyana SPEAKS – Under The Influence of a Guyanese Heritage – 30th May 2021 – Virtual Event

GUYANA SPEAKS: Sunday, 30th May 2021 at 2pm BST / 9am ET / 9am GYT. 

Please register for the next Guyana SPEAKS event by clicking on the link below:
Our distinguished speakers – Dr Jim Thakoordin (UK), Dudley Charles (USA) and Jane Thakoordin (UK) – will be talking about how their art and/or activism has been influenced by their Guyanese heritage.

COMMENTARY: For me – not for you! – By Geoff Burrowes

I like to think of myself as a good guy.

I am proud of my Guyanese roots. I enjoy being with other people with a Guyanese background, partly because of the buoyant, generous character of our people and partly because I don’t have to explain phrases like “Wha fo Do” or “Mango doan’ fall from genip tree” or “When goat foot bruk ‘e know ‘e Mama home” and I know they had senna pods and castor oil before going back to school, spoonfuls of brown sugar soaked in Canadian healing oil, for sore throat, although the bottle said “For external use only”; or they soaked their heads in Limacol when fevered or headachy.        Continue reading

Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford calls out Canada Two-tiered Border Measures regarding private jets

BlogTO – May 13, 2021

After weeks of asking for Prime Minister Trudeau for tighter restrictions at the Canadian border to help curb the spread of COVID-19 variants, Premier Doug Ford of Ontario is pretty pissed about getting repeatedly ghosted by his federal counterpart.

During his press conference on Thursday — during which he announced the official extension of Ontario’s stay-at-home order until at least June 2 — the provincial leader touched on the topic yet again, and called the feds out on what he deems a “two-tiered quarantine system” that has allowed the rich to flout the rules that the rest of us have to abide by.


GUYANA: “A New Era of Engagement for the Guyanese Diaspora” – May 22, 2021, at 9 AM ECT (1 PM UTC)

Dear Diaspora Organisation,

In keeping with His Excellency President Mohamed Irfaan Ali’s promise to aggressively pursue the involvement of the Diaspora in national development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation will host its first Virtual Diaspora Conference under the theme “A New Era of Engagement for the Guyanese Diaspora”, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 9 AM ECT (1 PM UTC).

The conference will provide a platform for the Government to reaffirm its commitment to Diaspora engagement and to garner feedback from the Diaspora on its plans to engage and involve the Diaspora in Guyana’s development.        Continue reading

BOOK: ZOOM EVENT: Converse with Dr. Frank L. Douglas – Sunday May 30, 2021 4.30-6.30PM EST

     Author of: ‘Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream’

     BOOK IT is a virtual Book Discussion featuring Guyanese authors.

TORONTO: TTC worries work-from-home trend will keep ridership way down… for good

BLOGTO – 09 May 2021

It’s not all that surprising that TTC ridership has been abysmally low as a result of ongoing pandemic lockdowns, but the transit agency is noting that numbers are down even more than expected by this point, and that they may be down permanently.

Working from home has gone from something temporary amid stay-at-home orders to something permanent for the foreseeable future as companies forfeit their office spaces, residents move out of the city and we all get used to the comfort (and safety from viruses) that home can offer.        Continue reading

Guyana-born Toronto musician “Bonny Brent”, sits behind drum kit at his own funeral

BlogTO – 03 May 2021

Today in going out with a bang, we have Toronto’s own Brentnol “Cabbage” McPherson — aka Bonny Brent — a world-renowned Guyanese-Canadian musician who recently “performed” for the last time ever… at his own funeral.

Friends and family gathered at Covenant Funeral Home in Scarborough, Toronto on Saturday, April 24, to send off the lifelong drummer, who passed away at the age of 73 following a battle with cancer.

What was less traditional — and incredibly memorable — was the visitation that took place ahead of the funeral, during which McPherson’s body was presented in a seated position behind a set of drums bearing the words “Bonny Brent, 1952 – 2021.”          Continue reading