Monday, 16 May 2022

Innocence Canada shares the news of David Milgaard’s untimely death


With profound sadness, Innocence Canada shares the news of David Milgaard’s untimely death. David died yesterday, May 15th, 2022. He was 69 years old. 

Innocence Canada and Innocence movement advocates are stunned and heart-broken by David’s death. He was a part of the Innocence Canada family and more, an honoured and respected leader in the Innocence movement.  Ron Dalton, Innocence Canada Co-President and exoneree expresses, “his death is a tragic loss to the Canadian Innocence movement and a personal blow to many of us at Innocence Canada.”

David contributed decades of time and energy advocating and lobbying for a Canadian post-conviction review commission.  David was instrumental in the recent consultation process for the development of a Miscarriages of Justice Commission in Canada. 

David was an incredibly generous and sweet man who is remembered for turning his suffering into a lifetime of helping others.  Those of us who knew and loved him best are struggling with the profound loss we feel.  We will do our best to continue the work David and his mother began. 

Innocence Canada extends our deepest and heartfelt condolences to David’s family, friends and legions of supporters across Canada and the world.

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Press Release for Immediate Release

 Toronto’s A Different Booklist Cultural Centre is on the Move

Itah Sadu in the ADBCC 

Toronto Friday April 8th., 11.30 am - 12.30 pm, at 777 Bathurst Street. A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) will be holding a press conference to announce its progress to date in the development of a permanent home for the Cultural Centre in the new Mirvish development. 
Exciting highlights will include the announcement of the partnership and long-term lease between the ADBCC and the City of Toronto, and the release of the new name for the Centre.
Joining the event will be Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 11), community members, and Board members of the ADBCC.
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) has been developing and celebrating Black literature, arts, and culture in Toronto since 2015 and is rooted in the 25-year history of A Different Booklist, an independent bookstore, and has since become a meeting place, and a space of ideas and Black artistic expression. It is unique in that it exists to capture, protect, share and celebrate the literature, art and culture of all the African and Caribbean Canadian communities.
The mission and vision of the ADBCC – The People’s Residence is to create a world-class model for preserving and building on the historic cultural identity of evolving neighbourhoods and to provide opportunities for Canadians and visitors to Canada to celebrate and engage in the rich cultural legacy and history of Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry.
Drawing from the mission and vision, ADBCC - The People’s Residence aspires to:
o Engage in activities and initiate programs which support the intellectual, cultural, social, educational, and economic well-being of African and Caribbean Canadian communities.
o Engage in partnerships and collaborations with individuals and organizations that help to enrich the literary, cultural, intellectual, and educational fabric of Canadian society.

For More information Contact STEPHEN WEIR 416-801-3101

Monday, 7 February 2022

Toronto's 31-year long love affair with the memory of Bob Marley

Toronto marks Bob Marley’s 77th Birthday this Sunday

Eight-community leader to receive Bob Marley Day Humanitarian Awards


Information Bulletin  This is the 31st time that the city has honoured the late great Jamaican musician.  In previous years there have been public events held to mark the Reggae star’s birthday, this year it will be recorded at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre - The People's Residence.


The Award Ceremony – sponsored by Roots Canada - airs Bob Marley Day’s YouTube Channel on Sunday, February 6th at 3:00pm.

After the Proclamation issued by Mayor John Tory is read, we will honour this year’s recipients of the Bob Marley Humanitarian Award. 


Receiving awards this year will be:
1.Ian Allen (OBVC Board member and Director of Strategic Communications and Initiatives, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat)
2.Steve Anderson (Deputy Mayor for the Town of Shelburne and a Regional Councillor for the County of Dufferin)
3.Deborah Cox (Award winning entertainer)
4.Gervan Fearon (President George Brown College)
5.Tiffany Ford (Entrepreneur, Former School Board Trustee and Community Advocate)
6.Siphesihle November (Principal Dancer National Ballet of Canada) 
7.Valarie Steele (Community Activist)

8.Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (Canadian Senator from Nova Scotia)


The Bob Marley Day team is tweeting out the photos and bios of this year’s recipients, one at a time over the next three days. Our first tweet is below.


Bob Marley Day Toronto


Congratulations to Ian Allen on being named one of the 2022 Bob Marley Day award recipients. Ian is a @blackvoteCanada Board member and Director of Strategic Communications and Initiatives for the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat #onelove

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For information, interviews and photographs

Contact the Bob Marley Day committee

Sunday, 21 November 2021

"small" prose piece for my Creative Writing Course at University of Windsor about small things

Iceland's famous hot dog stand

 Never mind the rat. Bad things come in tiny bites

By Stephen Weir

Since this is the end of the term and you will have long forgot this 4-page story (oops) by January, I can shamelessly tell you about my bad habit of eating street food. No, I don’t mean an Island Patty from the food truck at the corner, I am talking about protein that has tumbled from someone’s mouth onto the road or a pet drenched lawn.

I can’t help myself. I am always hungry and what tastes better than free food, even when you get it from the gutter? With me the 5-second rule is my life’s mantra.

Haven’t heard of it? Author Mel Robins (The 5-Second Rule) describes it thusly. “Almost everyone has dropped some food on the floor and still wanted to eat it. If someone saw you drop it, she might have yelled, "5-second rule!" This so-called rule says food is OK to eat if you pick it up in 5-seconds or less.”

To be honest, after a near death experience in Iceland I will NEVER AGAIN stretch my count past the 5-second mark. Trust me, if you eat past the 5-second limit you will die, and from personal experience that isn’t a little lie. And, if you end up on the ground with the Icelandic EMTs shouting proudly to the instant crowd that the þrjátíu-seconds rules works, open your eyes and say that you are okay before their stomach pump hits the back of your throat!

I was in Iceland to cover the annual AirWaves November Music Festival for anyone who would buy the story. The music is unique, one of the big Icelandic songs that year was Dancing in the Street in Your Underwear.

But I digress a tiny bit. One thing you need to know about Iceland, everything is expensive and weird. A slab of BBQed Minke Whale will set you back $70 and apparently tastes as bad as their $80 Fermented Greenland Shark. I settled on $30 Mamaburger sized burgers (they are really small), which is why, as I went broke, picking up and wolfing down found street meat had a growing appeal.

The only place that you can get anything cheap is a 24-hour stand near the Ocean. They only serve $3 5-inch long hot dogs (that is quite small). The mini tube steak is made with lamb packed into a traditional casing of sheep’s intestine. It is broiled over the burning coals of dried lamb poop. You are allowed to drink $15 Viking bottled beer while you stand in an extremely long line-up, so you don’t mind the rain, the snow and the crazies dancing in the street in their underwear.

Drunk. Wet. Mostly Naked. More tiny-tot hot dogs hit the never-cleaned sidewalks, than into waiting mouths. After buying a deuce of dogs, I rushed back in the freezing rain to the festival hall. The sidewalk was a skating rink. Before I could count to five I was airborne. Horrors my two lamb dogs slid under a dirty Jaguar (owned by the hot dog chef).

I had already counted to 10 when I felt a small mushy bun under the Jag. I started the count again and pulled out three hot dogs from beneath the exhaust pipe. The bonus dog was lumpy and squirming a bit inside the sandy brown bun but I didn’t care, not even a little bit. As I wolfed down my newly found dinner, I noticed small holes in my hand and blood on my lamb dog!

I don’t remember when I went down for the count again. I woke up surrounded by two short paramedics. “What happened”? I asked. “Food poisoning and it looks like you’ve feed a couple of small Wharf Rats with your hand said one EMTer”.

“Hmm” I moaned lowly to her, “maybe it was the other way around. Coulda been a rat in my half-eaten sheep dog!”

They pulled up the carcass of a tiny Icelandic Wharf Rat from under my elbow. It was brown in colour with scattered mustard covered hairs. It had an oil stained grayish-white underbelly. It’s body was tiny but heavily built. Unlike a Dieppe Park River Rat, this fellow’s tail was super stubby. Ugh, both the tail and ears were hairless and covered in scales.

The medical crew figured the other rat had climbed into a hot dog and I had scarfed down the bun, the dog and a minuscule Wharf Rat in one gulp. Fearing the “knock” wurst, the medical team said it had to come out. Immediately. It wasn’t their first rodeo, a well-worn tummy pump instantly appeared. I instinctively knocked it away.The nozzle separated from the hose and rolled into the gutter.

Paramedic Number One began to count in Icelandic. Her partner found the nozzle and reconnected the hose. “Þrjátíu!” shouted Paramedic Two. “Following the 5-second rule?” ”Yeah” she answered. “Here we call it the þrjátíu-rule.” Still counting she rammed the hose into where the rat dog had gone before. Meanwhile Paramedic One found a small pair of dirty underwear and wrapped my smallish rat wound.

I had a little sleep in the hospital. 5-days to be exact. I woke up as they wheeled my gurney through the crowded airport. I was going home; 5 pounds down and a tad hungry.

The EMTs pushed fast and yelled FREE FOOD. Well, they had found some, sort of. My gurney had sideswiped a smallish man totting a tray of those dwarf lamb dogs. I started counting and hit the floor, the paramedics were right after me. No time to chew I swallowed down all the floor dirty dogs before reaching 5. Pity, the EMTers didn’t count in English; turns out þrjátíu means 30- seconds.

Iceland airport hot dog stand

Back in Windsor, in Dieppe Park, I spy five Detroit River Rats feeding on a small-sized Capri Pizza. Did that scare me? Not even a little bit.

 Kicked the rats into the river, brushed off some icky things from the 5-inch“zaw” and swallowed it whole before I got to 5. I was cured.

True story? Mostly! I admit a few little white lies snuck into this minuscule rodent’s tail.

Monday, 8 November 2021

Not Just Another Brick In The Wall

ADBCC The People’s Residence Launches the Champions Challenge Competition to raise funds for their new home in Mirvish Village opening Fall 2022

Toronto, ON - Friday, November 8, 2021
From now until the end of December champions from all walks of life will be tapping into their competitive spirit in the Champions Challenge to show their support for A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) - The People’s Residence. The challenge consists of 3 rounds. In each round, 4 supporters of ADBCC will challenge their network to support them and buy a brick for the new People’s Residence. The champion who raises the most funds within the 14 days will be crowned as the winner of that Champions Challenge. The first challenge is focused on the Entertainment industry and features 4 trailblazers in the industry: Eddie Bullen, Jamar McNeil, Molly Johnson, and DJ Power.
“I can’t think of Bathurst and Bloor without thinking of A different Booklist Cultural Centre. They run many important and informative programs and events. I believe in the new People's Residence.” Says Eddie Bullen.
The Champions Challenge is part of the Buy-a-Brick campaign that invites everyone to purchase a digital brick in support of ADBCC’s new home at 756 Bathurst Street. Each person who purchases a brick will have their name permanently engraved on the digital brick wall of ADBCC. Every $100 brick purchased directly supports the building and operations of the ADBCC - People's Residence.
Buy-A-Brick Capital Campaign
Between now and the end of the year, ADBCC-The People’s Residence remains open. The organization has been actively transitioning their program online, while fundraising to meet their infrastructure goals. Their Buy-A-Brick capital campaign is a community driven fundraising initiative with a target to sell 5000 bricks and raise $500k. This campaign gives everyone a chance to cement their legacy and own a digital brick with their name permanently housed in the new space. To support this campaign, visit
Upcoming Events
Beyond the Buy-A-Brick campaign, there are many ways to support the centre and its important work in the community:
1. follow ADBCC-The People’s Residence on Instagram and Facebook to show your support and stay in the know,
2. attend upcoming events like Welcome to Blackhurst, Literary Salons, or the Schulich Program.
3. help build awareness and share their story with your family, friends and colleagues.
To donate and support this important cause:
Follow ADBCC on social media:
Instagram - @adifferentbooklistcc
Facebook - @adifferentbooklistcc
About The People’s Residence:
The People’s Residence (ADBCC) is a hub and a destination that uses arts and culture to teach, educate, develop skills, connect and celebrate our rich heritage while building economic power within the African and Caribbean Canadian communities. We are for the people, by the people. We are continually evolving.
Media Enquiries Contact:
Abena Perryman
Andrew Perry Marketing
P: (416) 951-5359

E: abenap@andrewperry,com 

Tuesday, 26 October 2021


 New deal to improve efficiency, cost and peace of mind for home owners worldwide      

                                  Matrix Mortgage Global CEO Shawn Allen

Wee-Cig International Corporation (OTCMarkets: WCIG), a company focused on identifying and growing top tech companies in emerging markets, today announced plans to join forces with Matrix Mortgage Global to mint critical mortgage and real estate documentation in blockchain-enabled NFT form.

Matrix Mortgage Global is Canada's leading mortgage brokerage, led by CEO and Broker of Record Shawn Allen, the four-time winner of the coveted Canadian Mortgages Inc. Award for Broker of the Year, Private Lending.

Through the planned collaboration, EZ NFT will support Matrix Mortgage Global in their shared vision of digitizing the mortgage process on the blockchain, by building a system to mint key real estate documentation including mortgage deeds, identification, appraisals and inspection reports as NFTs. As a result, the documentation will be rendered proven, immutable and non- fungible.

In the first world, the transition of physical documentation to NFT form will enhance efficiency and reduce fees while providing improved access to critical players in real estate transactions. The benefits will be even greater in other geographies where NFT documentation will provide lasting, uncontested proof of ownership – mitigating genuine risks of forgery, corruption, theft, damage and loss.

“Moving mortgage documentation to the blockchain is a step in the right direction and will certainly open the door to many other applications in the space,” said Allen. “Realizing our vision requires a strong and credible partner with a depth of NFT experience and capability. As the first publicly traded company in the NFT space, EZNFT’s professionalism, reputation and existing capability position them as the ideal partner for us in this exciting endeavour.”

“I’m energized by the potential for our engagement with Matrix Mortgage Global,” added Korus. “In an industry ripe for disruption, they were the first mortgage lender in North America to accept cryptocurrency for home down payments. Now they are taking their leadership a step further by transitioning critical mortgage documentation to the blockchain.”

More detail about the planned partnership will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Matrix Mortgage Global

Matrix Mortgage Global has championed alternative lending in Canada since 2008. With a strong infrastructure and innovative lending products, Matrix Mortgage Global played a critical role in navigating Canadian borrowers through the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Currently Matrix Mortgage Global is a hub that assist Canadians by providing access to financial resources key to navigating the Global Pandemic.

Matrix Mortgage Global, the reigning four-time Brokerage of the Year provides a solution-based lending approach with many out the box financing options geared to keep pace with the rapidly changing lending landscape. With over $1.5B in mortgage originations and a diverse suite of mortgage and investment solutions, Matrix has revolutionized the accessibility of alternative and private funds in Canada. Matrix Mortgage Global is the first mortgage company to accept crypto currency for mortgage transactions in North America. As a major stakeholder in the Canadian mortgage landscape Matrix Mortgage Global advocates for Canadian borrowers at all levels of government.

About Wee-Cig International Corporation

Wee-Cig International Corporation is a publicly traded holding and acquisition company (WCIG) with a particular talent in identifying top tech companies in emerging markets and helping them get to the next level. Constantly scouring the technology landscape to find the best investment opportunities, Wee-Cig targets companies that capitalize on unique opportunities by leveraging extensive, decades long industry relationships and management expertise. For more information, visit: 
About the EZ365 Ecosystem

EZ365 leverages the transparency and immutability of blockchain technology to break down barriers to owning digital assets and unleash the vast growth potential of the NFT, online gaming industry and the cryptocurrency world.

customer support, security, ease-of-use and the customer experience; making it easy for users to invest, play, trade and learn in a secure environment. The EZ365 team includes leaders in blockchain and cryptocurrency development, network and security infrastructure for global capital and derivatives markets and the online gaming space. Together they bring the rigor and methodology of established financial market security and deeptechnology expertise to the EZ365 platform

For more information on EZ NFT visit For more information on Matrix Mortgage Global visit

For media inquiries contact: Carla Allen Investor/Media

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Anti Gun Violence March This Saturday, Yonge and Bloor Street 3pm Toronoto


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Mother’s Peace Walk – against Gun Violence and recognizing the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Homicide
Saturday, September 25th, starting from Yonge and Bloor at 3:00PM
Mothers from across the city and province, impacted by the tragic loss of children due to gun violence will be walking for peace to recognize the National Day of Remembrance for victims of homicide on Saturday, September 25th.
The Walk for Peace is being organized several community organizations that are working to engage mothers and families in desperate need of multiple supports to deal with their never ending grief and trauma, after losing children to gun violence..
“This never ending grief and trauma creates conditions that help to feed into the vicious cycle of gun violence that continues to devastate people’s lives, families and communities” according to Louis March, Founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement..
The Peace Walk is an opportunity for the Mothers to speak out about the impact of gun violence on their lives and an opportunity to say, enough is enough, and that the time is now for all levels of government to listen and take action. Clearly what is being done now, is not working.  
In addition to the mothers speaking out, the program will also include several young people who have been directly impacted by gun violence. One person recently had over 50 rounds shot through his house and with one bullet passing within inched of his head. Unfortunately, he had had also loss a close friend to gun violence. Another young person will speak about the recent loss of a close friend who had turned his life around  and had become a model citizen, community champion and youth worker, impacting many lives in a positive ways.
Also featured on the program will be various local artists speaking about the horrors of gun violence and encouraging people to value their own lives and the lives of others. The Peace Walk will end up at Nathan Phillips Square where the program will take place.
Please contact Louis March from Zero Gun Violence Movement at 416 577 3908 or Brooklyn Watson from Dear Black Men at 647-769-1623 for further information.