Worth Repeating: "Barbadian Society in Denial" Article by Colville Mounsey. Published in Barbados TODAY on November 12, 2019
Dr Ermine Belle
Unless there is a recalibration of society’s moral compass, clearly identifying the polar opposites of right and wrong, there would be a continued escalation of school violence.
This is the diagnosis of local psychiatrist Dr Ermine Belle, following the stabbing death of a student at Frederick Smith Secondary School last Friday at the hands of a fellow student.
This morning Belle told Barbados TODAY that any attempt to treat school violence in a vacuum would only yield short-term results. She contended that the problem was a systemic one, noting that with 2019 being Barbados’ bloodiest year recording 42 murders so far, it was not surprising that this was spilling over into the school system
“Talking about school violence alone would be just narrowing down the issues to one out of many. School violence comes from violence in society and unless we do something about curbing violence on a whole, then school violence will persist. These children were not born with violent thoughts or ordained to be violent, these children had exposure from their environment and their home. What we need to do is consciously realize that this society is violent,” said Belle.
The respected psychiatrist argued that Barbados’ violent society did not emerge overnight, but rather the slide took place gradually over the years, as Barbadians were in denial about the impact of the morality-numbing influences in society.
Barbados Canada Foundation Assists Queen Elizabeth Hospital November 11, 2019
In a brief ceremony held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados on August 21st, Dr. Barbara Trieloff-Deane presented Dr. Anthony Harris, Director Medical Services at the QEH with 8 Doppler Ultrasound machines donated to the QEH by the Barbados Canada Foundation (BCF). This equipment, acquired at a cost of CAD$10,256, is used to screen the fetal heart during pregnancy and will be used in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department. Dr. Trieloff-Deane who represented BCF in the absence of a Board member, has been associated with this charity from its inception.
BCF has committed to assist the QEH by donating medical equipment and supplies. In addition to soliciting financial donations from Barbadians and friends of Barbados in Canada to purchase and donate equipment needed by the hospital, Barbados Canada Foundation raises funds by way of the Bring On The Spring Event, an annual fundraising dinner held in the spring. The 2020 Bring On The Spring Event will be held on April 25th and will have as the guest speaker, former Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Owen Arthur.
For information on Barbados Canada Foundation and the Bring On The Spring Event, CLICK HERE.
BCF Raffle Lottery Draw 38 Days Away November 11, 2019
Ticket sales for Barbados Canada Foundation's raffle lottery will close on Friday, December 13th and the draw will take place on Thursday, December 19th. A total of 1000 tickets were printed and ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to win the 1st prize of a 7-Day Caribbean Cruise for 2 or cash of $3,500, the 2nd prize of $500, 3rd prize of $300 or 4th prize of $200. To buy tickets contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jessica at (905) 472-1188. CLICK HERE for the flyer.
This is the 1st raffle lottery organized by BCF to raise funds for its BCF Scholarships Program, which grants scholarships to youth of Barbadian heritage pursuing tertiary education in Canada. Support the raffle and help youth attend college or university. For information on Barbados Canada Foundation and the BCF Scholarships Program, visit www.barbadoscanadafoundation.com.
We Gatherin' Barbados 2020 - Building Our Future Together November 11, 2019
We Gatherin' Barbados 2020 invites "Barbadians and those who love Barbados to reunite with friends and family to reconnect with good old Bajan traditions and to invest in rebuilding and developing Barbados. Each month will focus on one parish to showcase the icons, social life, interests and food for which it is renowned.”
We Gatherin' will be a full year of celebrations. Expatriate Barbadians are invited to return to Barbados to participate in the celebrations, including the Independence celebrations in November and a Bajan Christmas. See the We Gatherin' 2020 calendar of activities below and book your trip to Barbados.
Register with the Barbados Consulate at Toronto If you reside in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) you may wish to be included in the Consulate's Registry of Barbadians in Canada. If so, please complete this formand mail or fax it to the Consulate General of Barbados at Toronto. This information will assist the Consulate in being able to contact you on matters that may be of interest to you or to request your assistance.
All information received by the Consulate will be kept confidential. For more information call the Barbados Consulate at (416) 214-9805, Fax: (416) 214-9815 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Eligible for Barbadian Benefits?
If you are a Barbadian-Canadian, 65 years old or older, have lived and worked in Barbados; or are the survivor of a Barbadian citizen who has worked in Barbados, under the Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Barbados you may be eligible for Old Age Contributory Pension, disability or survivor benefits from Barbados.
To qualify for Contributory Old Age Pension from Barbados you must have made a minimum of 500 paid contributions to Barbados' pension program or National Insurance Scheme. This would have been achieved over 10 years of employment in Barbados. If you did not make the minimum paid contributions to the National Insurance Scheme, the period for which you contributed to the Canada Pension Plan will be taken into account in the determination of the Contributory Old Age Pension payable by Barbados.
A Barbadian citizen residing in Canada is eligible for Non-Contributory Old Age Pension if that person resided in Barbados for 12 years since attaining the age of 40 or an aggregate of 20 years since attaining the age of 18. However, such eligible Barbadian citizens residing in Canada are not entitled to Non-Contributory Old Age Pension if continuously absent from Barbados for any period in excess of six months.