City of Toronto proclaims December 5-10 as Caribbean Week


Toronto – Mayor Rob Ford has issued an official proclamation recognizing December 5-10, 2011, as Caribbean Week in the City of Toronto. Now in its fifth year, Caribbean Week is a celebration of the distinctive sights, sounds, food and culture of the Caribbean.

Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Caribbean Week brings together representatives from the Caribbean and Toronto to encourage Caribbean travel and tourism.


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  1. Justice and Truth
    December 8, 2011

    This Mayor is the one I voted for last November 2010. One of his opponent, a gay man, a politician at that time campaigned for Mayor. I would never have voted for him. He lost and is no longer a politician. He and his male partner adopted a child. When he lost he went on TV with the child. This too made me sick to view this. I tuned off when he was speaking.
    Today, this Mayor is getting a lot of pressure from certain people also due to his cost-cutting to balance the deficit.
    He did not attend the so-called gay pride parade and those people including the Media had much to say against him. I supported him all the way.
    His reason was that every year at that time which was a holiday weekend he goes to the cottage with his family. They would not accept that.
    I feel that he does not approve of it including this homosexual and lesbian situation.
    A previous Mayor who is Jewish approved the gay pride parade and on a Sunday at that. The Jewish Sabbath is on a Saturday.
    I wonder what will happen next year at that time. Will he attend or not?
    I endorsed him but it is difficult for one who is a Mayor to evade this parade since the public expects that due to his position he is obligated to attend and head this parade. I hope he never attends. He is an individual and he has his personal preference which no one should question or object to.
    If we are alive, we will see and hear.

  2. sunshine
    December 8, 2011

    Caribbean week in winter may encourage people to visit the caribbean to get away from the cold!

  3. Natural Living
    December 8, 2011

    Dont mean to critisize but….Caribbean Week….in the dead of winter? A bit odd to me….

    • Rabbit Ears
      December 8, 2011

      Why is that odd when most people from northern climes travel to places like the Caribbean in the winter. It makes perfect sense to bring awareness to the Caribbean region at precicely the time that most tourists are likely to travel to the region. Think about it for a minute.

      • Natural Living
        December 8, 2011

        I agree with you Rabbit Ears…but it is odd that the Toronto Mayor would be trying to get people to leave his city and go to the Caribbean…dont you think….so clearly he did not do it for that reason…ODD

      • Rabbit Ears
        December 8, 2011

        The man is a politician who is also interested in currying favour among voter of Caribbean heritage (not just origin). Clearly there is something in it for him. He knows that with or without his support people are going to travel during the winter, so if he can be seen to do something for the Caribbean region, it may come back to benefit him at the next election. Quid pro quo right!!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 8, 2011

      @ Natural Living

      Why not? This is only the beginning. A bit late but this is only the beginning of winter. The weather at present is still mild. It may be a good time. Those who reside in Toronto may consider scheduling their holidays as also for March break, to the Caribbean especially Dominica. Many people go to Florida and warmer climates during the March break. Some may also have planned to take holidays at other times in winter and may consider Dominica.

  4. KoKo Naughts
    December 8, 2011

    umm hello, Dec. 5th to 10th cold in T.O u kno. Why not de week of Caribana? I so like to see de ladies in skimpy panty hose, man.

  5. firstlady
    December 7, 2011

    that’s right big move for all my west indians canadian love the idea recognize my people of the caribbean u all really stand out with all y colorful flags. one love

  6. Bronx
    December 7, 2011

    i guess we’ll have to move our labor day fest to TORONTO ,after what these cops said about US !

    • Justice and Truth
      December 8, 2011

      @ Bronx

      Toronto has its fair share as well. There have been problems and murders during T.O. Carnival. Have you not heard?
      While the carnival could be enjoyable, I no longer participate.
      N.Y. is different from Toronto in this case. The Toronto Police dare not make such comments. They may be reprimanded, suspended or fired.
      Some years ago, the morning of Caribana a Radio broadcaster made a derogatory remark about “many negros jumping up…etc.” He was fired. I heard that he later got sick and died some time after. They have to be doubly careful what they state. They can criticize but any such remarks will cause them to lose their jobs. It will be swift.
      I do hope the NYPD Chief will at least reprimand them.

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