Category: African community

Djamila Ibrahim Explores the Struggles of Canadians from the Horn of Africa at Upcoming Ottawa Writers Festival Event Djamila Ibrahim Djamila Ibrahim was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to Canada in 1990. Her stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest. She was formerly a senior advisor for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She lives in Toronto.  

Journalism grads start news agency for African-Nova Scotians Tundè Balogun and Sandra Hannebohm have started Objective News Agency, an independent media business in Halifax to investigate stories relating to the African-Nova Scotian community. (Robert Short/CBC) Their business is run out of the living room of Balogun’s Gottingen Street apartment in north-end Halifax. He edits on a donated desktop computer. Hannebohm sits across the […]

Matthew Green on race, power, politics and more as Hamilton’s 1st black city councillor “People might consider me to be fairly confrontational,” says Matthew Green. But for the most part, he says, he agreed with his fellow councillors. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)   We asked Green what it was like to be Hamilton’s first black city councillor. Why do you think that the city hasn’t had a black city councillor before […]

Halifax is not Canada’s Black Mecca Tundé Balogun is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is owner of The Objective News Agency, a special investigative documentary-style news outlet covering issues important to Black communities that mainstream media miss. Find out more at SANDRA C. HANNEBOHM From education to employment, government and media, Halifax has a blatant culture of systemic racism. In […]

Refugees asking for asylum in Canada argue the US is no longer safe Resty was desperate. She had fled Uganda and was in Pittsburgh when her toddler, Maria, got sick. They didn’t have insurance, and Resty felt hopeless. Then, while watching the news, she realized there was another option. “I was seeing it on the news and internet,” says Resty. “And then I was like, ‘If those people […]

Somali asylum seeker deported for previous ‘serious criminality’   A Somali asylum seeker charged with assaulting a Canadian border guard last April has been deported — but it wasn’t those charges that had him removed. Ahmed Aden Ali was deemed inadmissible to Canada because he had been earlier convicted of grand theft auto in the U.S. It’s considered “serious criminality” under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, […]

Clothing drive aims to keep newcomers warm for their 1st Canadian winter A group of Montrealers is working to make sure no newcomer will go cold this winter. On Saturday, more than 40 families — some from the African countries of Nigeria and Mauritania — are invited to the Lajeunesse Community Centre in the Montreal neighbourhood of Villeray to pick up winter coats, boots, scarves, hats and gloves.