Unlike today's competition where you have to earn the right to be crowned Queen of carnival, it was Hyacinth Noreiga's stature that put her front and centre at Toronto's first Caribbean festival in 1967. "They had to find somebody the right size," said the 5 feet, 8-inch-tall Trinidadian-Canadian. "They needed somebody, a tall person, I think. So they asked me."
When you ask Whitfield Belasco whether he was there at the beginning of Toronto's Caribbean festival, his answer is, "We were the beginning." "I came up to Toronto to start the parade. We made costumes. We took part in the parade. I was the centre of my band," said Belasco. The Trinidadian-Canadian has led a Mas band, as they're called, since 1967 — longer than any other band leader in the city.
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has ordered the owner of a website that publishes public information about people who've been successfully sued but won't pay up to "cease and desist". "I will not be bullied by some officious twit at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, who's mandate is the protection of consumers and they seem to be hell bent to do exactly the opposite." said Dougall Grange, the owner of the website publicexecutions.ca.
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Selecting a term
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