Statement to the Senate by Minister of Foreign Affairs with an Update on the Ministry’s Support of Jamaicans Overseas During COVID-19 Pandemic


The news has been dominated recently by stories of returning Jamaican cruise ship workers – sometimes complaining, sometimes happy to be home – with another cruise ship arriving today carrying around 174 workers. Then there are the deportees, a monthly delivery of Jamaicans – a separate issue altogether, but all have to go into quarantine … More Statement to the Senate by Minister of Foreign Affairs with an Update on the Ministry’s Support of Jamaicans Overseas During COVID-19 Pandemic

Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny


This book is about to be officially launched! Long Island, New York on October 21 will be the first celebration. I am looking forward to a 2020 launch with Ross Kenneth Urken present! Meanwhile, here is an invitation, in the author’s words: I have many events in the works — from Toronto, to London, to … More Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny

Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti


The Toronto-based Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (CTFF)l is back and will be coming to those lucky Canadians this month (September 4 – 20). In a press release, CTFF notes: Twenty-one filmmakers will take part in the Tenth Annual Caribbean Tales Market Incubator (CTI) in partnership with The Caribbean Development Bank, Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada, and with support from the National Film & Video … More Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti

“What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On


It’s not easy to write the kind of book that Jamaican-born coach and facilitator Marguerite Orane has produced. It may look easy to write a thoughtful but cheerful memoir (of sorts) that “keeps it real” about family, migration and ageing. But to get the right tone – not to be too self-indulgent, but to be open … More “What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On

Caribbean Tales Film Festival: A Short Jamaican Documentary, “The Incursion”


“The Incursion,” a 24-minute documentary directed by Jamaican Sasha-Gay Lewis, has been selected for the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, which opens in Toronto next week. It will be aired alongside two shorts that I have already reviewed, as well as Kaneal Gayle’s documentary Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, on September 19th under the heading Redemption Tales. If you are … More Caribbean Tales Film Festival: A Short Jamaican Documentary, “The Incursion”

Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons


Three Jamaican short films are on the agenda of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, which opens in Toronto on September 5. The two I have reviewed below will be screened on September 19, along with The Incursion (which I will review separately) and Kaneal Gayle’s film Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, a short documentary which you will find reviewed elsewhere. Kinto … More Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons

Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Saturday Church


As I noted in my film review last Sunday, the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (now in its 13th year) will take place in Toronto next month, starting with a big gala night on September 5. That night will include the first-ever preview screening of Hero: Inspired by The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross, … More Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Saturday Church

Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Hall


The Caribbean Tales International Film Festival is scheduled for takeoff and will land on September 5, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. Its opening gala night will include the first-ever preview screening of Hero: Inspired by The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross, directed by Frances-Anne Solomon. A non-profit organization registered in Canada, Caribbean Tales‘ mandate is to foster … More Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Hall

Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary Visits Jamaica and Presents Canada’s Feminist International Policy


On Monday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Development, Grenada-born Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes will introduce us to Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. This is a partnership with the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI). It should be very interesting!  Here is the … More Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary Visits Jamaica and Presents Canada’s Feminist International Policy

The Importance of Oral Health and the Generosity of “Dr. G”


Are you afraid of the dentist? As a child, I remember an overwhelming fear. I had bad teeth (I think we ate too many sweeties growing up in the UK) so there were regular visits. One sunny summer’s day, I tried to escape from the dentist’s chair. As he turned away for a second, I … More The Importance of Oral Health and the Generosity of “Dr. G”