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Air Canada to begin flying to St Vincent in early September 2021

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  Beginning in September travellers can vacation in La La Land. St Vincent coming back! LaLa the volcano And now for the good news from the volcano ravaged St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)! At a Zoom presser with the Canadian Travel Media, Glen Beache, CEO of the nation's Tourism Authority said SV&G will begin welcoming Canadian tourists in early September. Mr. Beache told reporter Stephen Weir and other members of the press that he has just learned that Air Canada will begin direct flights to Argyle Airport on St Vincent beginning September 13th. Virgin Air is expecting to begin flights from the UK in September as well. Mr. Beache told the press that SVG has been hit doubly hard this year. Like other Caribbean destinations, Covid has caused them to establish protocols for visiting tourists. “And then there is LaLa – you have to smile even when things are rough – that is what we call our Volcano. She has been quiet for a number of weeks, but, there are still rumblngs.” B

No Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade Again This Summer but Two Faces Of The Festival Have Lots To Promote

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  Two Faces For This Year And Next. Lateisha Williams And Celena Suesahai Meet  Lateisha Williams  and  Celena Seusahai , two well-known Toronto Mas Models and longtime Carnival organizers  At an online press conference earlier this week, both women were named the Face of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival –  Ms .  Williams for 2021  and  Ms Seusahai   for 2022 . Lateisha Williams (above and r) For the past eight years the Festival has each year chosen a woman to be the brand ambassador for the annual  Toronto Caribbean Carnival  (some years men have also been chosen to share Face of the Festival duties - but not this time). On Tuesday the Carnival held a press conference online to introduce both this year’s Face of the Festival and next year’s ambassador as well.  Even though the annual summer long weekend Parade has been cancelled for the second year in a row (because of the Covid shutdown), there are still several events planned for this summer and the talents of  the Faces of

BTS - logos, BLM and hopefully doggie poop bag sponsorship

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The Globalization of Dumpster Diving Thanks To BTS Stock footage By Stephen Weir: I am a law-abiding guy. I always wear a mask when I am on Yonge St. I throw my McDonald’s wrappers in the trash and if I had a trendy Labra doodle I’d always pick up after him. Yesterday I went to McDonalds down the street to pick up my take-out order – Chicken McNuggets, Fries and Sweet Chili dipping sauce.  No place to sit-down, so I stood in the parking lot with all the waiting Dash and Dine delivery guys and managed to lift my mask up, eat the chicken, slurp my Diet Coke from a purple cup and hoover my fries without dropping anything. Not a self-conscious guy but I noticed a lot of people, especially a young crew slouching around the nearby communal trash bin, staring at me. They watched every chew I made and every fry I slayed! Didn’t take me long to finish my food.  I walked over to the trash bin and waited until a trendy guy put a Labra doodle waste bag down beside the can (he was too cool to put

Data Dive For Dead Scuba Divers

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Diving for Death Detail on ScubaBoard.com   Alternate Media go-to site for Forensics on dead Ontario scuba divers The OPP don’t know much about much when it comes to the investigation of accidental scuba diving deaths.  Oh they are top notch when a car hits a tree; when a snowmobile falls through the ice, or heck even when a cow delivers a fatal back-kick at the farmer milking her. But when it involves someone dying underwater, don’t look for our provincial police to figure it out beyond saying Cardiac Arrest. Windsorites don’t have much to do with the OPP beyond watching for their speed traps on the 401. Most don’t know they are charged with patrolling the lakes and rivers of the province, be it to arrest people drinking and boating; ticketing those not wearing life jackets; busting people fishing without provincial licenses and sadly three or four times a year investigating in-water deaths. In our local waters those jobs are also shared with the RCMP and the Coast Guard because the D

More at stake than hats in the Brampton Centre ring

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Daniella Johnson coming home for the expected Federal election call By Stephen Weir.   Any day now, long-time Guelph community activist and volunteer Daniella Johnson is expected to announce that she is seeking the Federal Liberal nomination in the contentious riding of Brampton Centre. In a lengthy Zoom interview with reporter Stephen Weir, Johnson says that she is resigning her post with the LIFT Philanthropy Partners ( a national, non-profit organization that helps vulnerable and at-risk Canadians) and moving to Brampton to pursue the nomination  in the next federal election.  Although there has been no formal announcement on when the next election will be held, political pundits say that the only question is whether the final federal vote will be sometime in late spring or in early fall this year. Brampton Centre has long been a Liberal riding and normally one would expect the sitting member to run for re-election but that will not be the case this time around.     The incumbent  R

Two Stories. Same Theme. Caribbean Cdn authors dominate literary scene. Kellough and Lubrin in the news

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  Kei Kellough makes the shortlist for the Gleed Award Caribbean Canadian writers continue succeed even during these stay-at-home times By Stephen Weir Last May  Kaie Kellough  won the richest poetry prize in the land.  The Guyanese Canadian poet Kaie Kellough was awarded the annual $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize for his poetry book,  Magnetic Equator.  Almost a year to the day Kellough has made the shortlist for  twenty-fourth annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his short story collection  Dominoes at the Crossroads .   The Writers' Union of Canada administers the Gleed Award and announced the shortlist of contenders earlier this month. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2020 in the English language. The prize consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $1,000. Five authors have made the shortlist.  In addition to Kellough; Frances Boyle (See

It Sounded Like A Great Idea At The Time

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New Jerk Chicken Ice Cream Dropped on April 1st. By Stephen Weir : It sounded like a good idea at the time.   Jerk Chicken Ice Cream . I did a newspaper feature article about  Neale’s Sweet N’ Nice   ice cream a couple years ago and never thought the Trinidadian Canadian owner  Andrew McBarnett , would tell his biggest fan a whopper. Since that story was published, I have been stalking their Facebook site for product news for Caribbean Canadian ice cream  gossip. So, on Friday when I read on social media that they had created  Jerk Chicken Ice Cream  I decided I would actually leave our home and stand in-line and get a tub of ice cream at our nearby Metro store. I have been vaccinated but I still wear a mask. Glad I did because when I went to the food market, I got annoyed that I couldn't find the Jerk Chicken Ice Cream in the frozen food section and sternly told the store manager they were missing the boat by not stocking the  Neale’s Sweet N’ Nice   new flavour.  The store assure