Harold Hoyte, retired President, Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Nation Newspaper, died yesterday at the age of 78. He had been ailing since suffering a brain aneurysm on Old Year’s Day 2017 while in Florida attending a family reunion.
A career journalist, Mr. Hoyte began his career at the Barbados Advocate as a Copy Editor in 1959 and after immigrating to Canada, worked as a freelance journalist at the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Telegram. He was also the Editor of Contrast community newspaper in Toronto before returning to Barbados in 1973 when he co-founded The Nation Newspaper.
A respected political commentator and author, Hoyte was a member of the Council of the University of the West Indies and the recipient of several honours, including the Barbados Gold Crown of Merit and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West Indies.
In a tribute to Mr. Hoyte today, Prime Minister Mia Mottley commented: “It would be impossible to separate the name Harold Hoyte from the path of journalism in Barbados and the Caribbean over the past 60 years.” Watch the video of the Prime Minister’s tribute.
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PM Mottley's Toronto Town Hall Meeting a Huge Success
There was standing room only at Prime Minister Mia Mottley's Toronto town hall meeting on April 8th at Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough. In attendance were some 800 people consisting of Barbadian-Canadians, other Toronto residents of Caribbean heritage, Canadian 'friends' of Barbados and members of the diplomatic corps of several Caribbean countries.
In a candid, folksy and informative speech Prime Minister Mottley discussed Barbados' economic challenges and her Government's remedial actions. She appealed to Barbadians to help return the country to a sound economic footing by lending their skills, contributing to foreign reserves and continuing to provide charitable donations. The Prime Minister also encouraged guests to support We Gatherin Barbados' 2020. Watch the Town Hall Meeting HERE.
BCF Launches Annual Raffle Lottery
Barbados Canada Foundation launched its first annual raffle lottery to raise funds for its John Rollock Scholarships Program. Tickets are $20.00 each and the 1st prize will be a 7-Day Caribbean Cruise For Two, with the winner having the option of taking cash of $3,500. There are also 3 cash prizes totalling $1,000.. A total 1000 tickets were printed. For tickets contact the Foundation at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For all details CLICK HERE for the flyer.
JRM Scholarships Program Accepting Applications
Barbados Canada Foundation invites youth of Barbadian heritage attending university or college in Canada and needing financial assistance to submit applications for scholarships to the John Rollock Memorial Scholarships Program. CLICK HERE for further information.
Barbados On The Water Festival Coming to Harbourfront
Save The Date: Friday, August 16th - Sunday, August 18th, 2019 and be at Harbourfront Centre for Barbados On The Water to enjoy Bajan food, entertainment, arts and craft. Details to follow.
CLICK HERE to see other Barbadian community events coming up in the Greater Toronto Area.
2020 To Be Bajan Diaspora "Homecoming" Year
2020 has been designated by Prime Minister Mia Mottley as “the year for the Barbadian diaspora to be recognised and for them to be invited to return to their ancestral home.”
The concept, named “Homecoming 2020 – Year Of The Barbadian Diaspora “will be a Bajan family gathering that will provide Bajans everywhere on the globe the opportunity to celebrate our roots, while generating much needed foreign exchange for the island.
The “Homecoming “will be a full year of celebrations, with each parish being assigned a month. Expatriate Barbadians are invited to return to Barbados to participate in the celebrations, including Independence celebrations in November and a Bajan Christmas.
Click HERE to read the details of the initiative outlined in the memorandum from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This memorandum has been shared with all Barbadian organizations in Toronto by the Barbados Consulate at Toronto. Visit the We Gatherin Barbados 2020 website.
Are You A Barbadian Living In Canada?
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.
Worth Repeating: "12 of the Most Common Bad Manners" Article written by Debby Mayne and published in The Spruce. Reproduced with the permission of The Spruce.
If you've ever stopped and studied people out in public, you've probably noticed how many rude folks there are. People used to strive to be polite and show their best side to the public, but it seems as though many of them don't care what anyone thinks anymore. Parents used to teach their children good manners, but it appears that's not the case now. Even adults manners have suffered lately. What they may not realize is that bad behavior leaves a lasting impression on anyone who sees them.
Here are some of the most common bad manners you're likely to see when you are out and about:
Flat-Out Rudeness Some people pretend no one else in the world is affected by their behavior, actions, and words. But they are. It's always a good idea to start by treating others as you want them to treat you.
Don't ask rude questions that are none of your business or say something that will embarrass others. And if someone does something nice for you, say, "Thank you," to show your appreciation. That shouldn't be too difficult.
Cell Phone Conversations in Public When you're talking on your cell phone in public, remember where you are. Don't discuss anything that the rest of the world has no business knowing, like what your doctor said about your infection, your Brazilian waxing appointment, or the argument you had with your boss after you didn't finish your work. Wait until you get home – or at least in your car – before discussing such private stuff.
Excessive Virtual Socializing What did these people ever do before texting and social media existed? They probably had "real" relationships with "in person" people. If you are physically with someone, don't ignore him to text someone who isn't even with you.
Crowding the Person in Front of You at the Checkout Getting too close to someone in line at the store is rude. When you're waiting for someone to finish her transaction with the clerk, stand back a bit. Everyone needs personal space when dealing with anything financial – even if it's the purchase of a candy bar. You should also look away when the person is entering information on the keypad.
Dressing Inappropriately Dress for the place and occasion. Follow the dress code at work and other places where people typically wear nicer clothing. Remember that "casual Friday" at the office isn't an excuse to be a slob at work.
It's nice to be comfortable when you go to the store, but at least take a few seconds and change out of your pajamas. Nightwear is not appropriate for anything other than sleeping or lounging around your house. You don't have to dress up, but you can at least slip into a comfy pair of jeans and a T-shirt before you walk out your front door.
When you go to a nice restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, change out of the clothes you wore to mow the grass. And don't wear a short skirt or cleavage-baring top to a PTA meeting.
Being Unkind to Disabled People Don't ignore someone who is disabled. When you spot a wheelchair-bound person in a grocery store, ask if you can help get something off a top shelf. That should take you about a second, and it will be good for everyone. Never park in a spot designated for a handicapped person, unless you are handicapped.
Casting Off the Elderly Don't ever forget who paved the way for you in this world, and show respect for those who are older than you. Someone you may now consider old and feeble was once the person who fed you, wiped your bottom, and dried your tears when you were little. If you know someone who lives in a nursing home, you might learn something if you stop by for a short visit once in a while.
Letting Children Misbehave You know how frustrating and annoying it can be when someone lets their children misbehave in public. Whether they're throwing a temper tantrum or running around and disrupting others, they get on other people's nerves.
Before you bring your children to any public place, talk to them about their manners. It can get annoying to have to repeat yourself over and over, but that comes with the territory of having offspring. Consider it paying now for what you want to reap later. Not only will others appreciate your young children's good manners, you'll have better adult children in a few years.
Exhibiting Terrible Table Manners While Dining Out Dining manners seem to have been left behind. It's embarrassing to see how rude folks are in restaurants anymore. Learn proper table manners before you dine out.
An occasional elbow on the table isn't as bad as chewing with an open mouth or smacking, but it's wise to keep your free hand in your lap. Also, don't handle something on the table at the buffet-style restaurant and then tosses it back into the chafing dish. That's just gross.
Not Taking the Time to Show Gratitude Don't ignore good gestures. After you receive a gift, send a thank you note. You don't have to write pages and pages. Simply thank the person, tell how you plan to use the gift, address the envelope, put a stamp on it, and stick it in the mailbox.
If you absolutely don't have the two minutes to spare, send an email. Email isn't the best method, but it's much better than not acknowledging the gift at all.
Ignoring an RSVP Request Always send an RSVP when you are invited to an event. Not doing so can create extra work for the host when he or she has to call to ask if you received your invitation.
Letting Foul Language Fly in Public There is no reason to let expletives fly out of your mouth when you are out in public, especially when there are children present. When you lose control of your language, people will tune you out or get angry. Most people respond much better to polite language than anger and obscenities.