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Best of British Columbia, Canada, Honoured

2014-07-28 04:56:13

In front of friends, family and a room full of distinguished guests, 23 exceptional civic leaders were honoured recently at Government House with the Province’s highest form of recognition, the Order of British Columbia. “The Order of British Columbia is the Province’s most prestigious accolade,” said Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, Chancellor of the Order. “For 25 years, we have publicly recognized those who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of their (...)Read the full story »

Ghana High Commissioner visits Vancouver

14 June 2011
By Our Correspondent Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Dr. Richard Turkson recently paid what could be described as a very fruitful visit to Vancouver, in the Canadian province of British Columbia during which he met with members of the Ghanaian community and representatives of companies doing business or intending to do business in Ghana. Among prominent personalities the High Commissioner met in Vancouver was Dr. Felix Durity who has long been involved in the Korle Bu Neuro (...)

Hugh Masekela hits Vancouver this week

by Gibril Koroma - 5 March 2011
One of South Africa’s great musicians, Hugh Masekela is coming to Vancouver, Canada. When he gets here on Friday March 11, he will first give a lecture on the musician’s role as a cultural ambassador and how music can raise social and political awareness. This lecture will be delivered at the University of British Columbia’s downtown campus at 800 Robson street. The next day, Saturday March 12, Masekela, a renowned and internationally recognized jazz musician, will (...)

Vancouver: Interview with GCABC award winner Lois Addo

by Gibril Koroma - 4 March 2011
Lois Addo is a young Ghanaian-Canadian. She is is one of the students that recently won scholarship awards from the Ghanaian Canadian Association of British Columbia (GCABC). In this interview she tells us a bit about herself and her plans. Gibril Koroma: Please tell us a bit about yourself. Lois Addo: My name is Lois and I am 19 years old. I am a first-generation Canadian and was born and raised in British Columbia. Currently, I attend the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver (...)

Toronto: CCAS Black History Month event

1 March 2011
By Our Correspondent A Toronto-based Sierra Leonean activist, Abdulai Bayraytay, Thursday, February 24th, 2011 called on humanity to respect diversity if only the vestiges of racism and intolerance were to be eliminated in the public discourse. Bayraytay made this statement speaking on diversity in his contribution to a discussion celebrating “Black History Month” organized by the Catholic Children’s Aid society (CCAS and held at the Society’s Conference Hall on (...)

Right to Play in Vancouver, Canada

24 February 2011
Whether affected by poverty, disability, discrimination or conflict, a child’s life can be transformed through sport. As Canadians, simple gifts like play are often taken for granted, but watching children in Liberia overcome the effects of war has shown Right To Play delegates Keifala Kromah and Helena Massaquoi the true value of play. They will be in Vancouver on March 1 with Olympian Adam Kreek, for a free event to increase awareness about Right To Play and to share their powerful (...)

Winnipeg: SALNAM end of year social

12 January 2011
Commentary By Abu Bakarr Kamara (Biggie Smalls), Winnipeg, Canada. At an end-of-year social organized by the Sierra Leone Nationals Association of Manitoba a large number of Sierra Leoneans came together in a spirit of love and unity, to bid farewell to 2010 and to welcome 2011 on Friday, December 31st, 2010. The event took place at the City Oasis in the city of Winnipeg. The occasion which was organized in grand style, is a tradition for Sierra Leoneans in Manitoba to come together as (...)

Interview with Vancouver spoken word artist Scruffmouth

by Gibril Koroma - 20 December 2010
Kevan Cameron is one of the most popular spoken word performers in British Columbia, Canada. Also known as Scruffmouth, Kevan describes himself as a scribe and a dub poet. I recently had an interview with Scruffmouth and he tells me who he is and what he does. Gibril Koroma: Please introduce yourself to our readers. Kevan Cameron: My name is Scruffmouth, I am a scribe and dub poet. You could say that I am a published writer and a professional spoken word artist. GK: How would you (...)

Meet Naheed Nenshi, Canada’s first Muslim mayor

by Gibril Koroma - 29 October 2010
Commentary I have a confession to make: I had never heard of the new Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, pictured, until recently when he popped up on Canadian and some international news media for being Canada’s first Muslim mayor. I am not alone. And that, in my opinion, shows just how little chance the guy had to clinch that coveted job in a city known for its cowboys and of course the Calgary Stampede. There was also talk of it being inhabited by rednecks, conservatives and other (...)

Surrey,BC:Fundraiser for albinos in Africa

by Gibril Koroma - 15 October 2010
A fundraiser to help albinos in the East African country of Tanzania and other parts of Africa will be held Saturday October 23 at the Sheraton hotel in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. A Canadian non-governmental organization, Under the Same Sun (UTSS) is organizing the fundraiser and it was found in 2008, by a Surrey man, Peter Ash(photo), who is himself a person with albinism, a genetic condition which, among other things,results in significantly reduced vision. UTSS, (...)

Vancouver: Direct Assistance Network founder apologises

by Gibril Koroma - 30 September 2010
When Dr. Clement Apaak (top), a Simon Fraser University-trained archeologist, set up Direct Assistance Network, an organization to help poor and needy students in Africa earlier this year, he never knew he would be embroiled in a controversy so soon. It all began when the SFU-based One world, One Vision (iVow) decided to collaborate with Apaak’s outfit to raise funds for female students in his native Ghana on World Peace Day (September 21, 2010). iVow had planned a splendid musical (...)

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EDITORIAL

Let’s Consider ICT in tackling Ebola

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity to reverse the gains already made in the public (...)

OPINION

Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)