Category Archives: Local Government

Guyana: Georgetown: Stabroek Redevelopment Project Proposal – Video

City Council unveils five-year Stabroek redevelopment proposal

THE STABROEK MARKET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT – was launched today, 18 August 2020. The Mayor and Councillors of Georgetown gave the green light for the project.

The execution of this project will result in the beautification of the Stabroek Market area and will boost local tourism in the surrounding environs, being that the market is a National Landmark and an integral part of Guyana’s history.          Continue reading

Emancipation Day 2020 – Message from President David Granger

Emancipation Day 2020 – Message from President David Granger

President Granger and First Lady, Sandra Granger

CANADA: Ten positive things that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic – blogTO

CANADA: Positive Outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic

It’s difficult to see a potential silver lining from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that’s been wreaking havoc around the world, and here in Canada. But amid the chaos and disaster, there have already been a few positives.

Here are some good things that have come out of COVID-19 in Canada that will hopefully stick once the pandemic is over.

1. Acts of kindness are trending              Continue reading

Beautiful Guyana – By Geoff Burrowes + 3 Videos

By Geoff Burrowes

Recently, my old friend Jai Naipaul made a very profound remark. He does from time to time – though not as often as he thinks!

        We became friends on the hatch of the MV Mabiri while we were waiting for the Demerara tide to turn so we could dock. We were 15 years old at the time and were returning from the Jubilee Jamboree in England, and Georgetown was so near and yet so far, until the tide came in! Jai and a scout called Edwin Moses and I had a good gaff and we found kindred spirits in one another! Hence our friendship, thousands of miles north in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 63 years later!         Continue reading

Montreal: Racial situations at play similar to those in the U.S.A. – By Yvonne Sam

Black Montreal has been fighting a pandemic that predates Covid 19—It is Racism by the SPVM.

By Yvonne Sam – A Montreal resident

According to Monnica Williams, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada, who studies African American mental health says, “Racism is traumatic for people of color.”  “Everything that you have to carry around anyway as a black person, to add onto it having to watch people in your community who’ve done nothing killed at the hands of people in power who will probably suffer few, if any, consequences”.

Our screens and feeds are filled with feeds and images of Black Americans dying or being brutalized. Scores of killings answered with acquittals. Now, as a pandemic rages, Blacks in communities across the country disproportionally devastated by COVID-19 are now forced to bear witness to more deaths at the hand of racist policemen.        Continue reading

Buxton/Friendship Museum Archives & Culture Center – Thank You and Greetings for 2020

Friends of Villages Museum & Archives Inc.

(Supporting the Buxton/Friendship Museum Archives & Culture Center)

P.O. Box 352, Lanham, Maryland USA 20768-0352

Email –

501(c) (3) Organization – Tax ID# 82-1835070

 The Museum is located at 35 Edmund Ford Street-Middle Street (Lower Level) in Buxton Village, East Coast Guyana.

Dear Supporters & Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Directors we wish you Happy New Year.

Also, Happy Kwanza on this last day of its celebration. IMANI- Faith, as we reflect and honor our African Ancestors.            Continue reading

Canada: The bold new plan for an Indigenous-led development in Vancouver

A rendering of how the new First Nations district Senakw could look from the Burrard Street Bridge. Photograph: Revery Architecture

The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.

This is not any old swath of underused space, however. It’s one of Canada’s smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.

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Guyana-born Dimple Willabus launches campaign for NYC Council District 46

Dimple Willabus, center, is pictured with her family, from left, daughter, Anaya, youngest known author in New York, husband, NYPD Lieutenant Winston Willabus, daughter, Chantelle, and son, Brandon. Photo by Tangerine Clarke
In a passionate call to action, R. Dimple Willabus, Democratic candidate for the City New York Council District 46, called on women to step forward from the backseat, become leaders and join the movement to make the change that “our community really needs.”            Continue reading

UK Elections: Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland ‘cannot be imprisoned’ in UK


Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Scotland ‘cannot be imprisoned’ in UK

Scotland “cannot be imprisoned in the union against its will” by the UK government, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The Scottish first minister says the SNP’s success in the general election gives her a mandate to hold a new referendum on independence.

However, UK ministers are opposed to such a move with Michael Gove saying the vote in 2014 should be “respected”.


Georgetown City Council accuses Houston Estates of multi-million-dollar tax fraud

 Dec 10, 2019  News

Mayor Ubraj Narine

According to the Mayor, Houston Estates, whose principal is prominent Guyanese businessman, Michael Vieira, has been selling lands in Houston, East Bank Demerara area for billions of dollars without remitting to the Council its rightful taxes.

Narine said that an article published in the daily newspapers about sale of lands earlier this year by Houston Estates caught his attention.

The article outlined that Houston Estates was selling to Redstart Investments, an international firm which has established a presence in Guyana, over 52 acres of land in the Houston/Rome area.    Continue reading