Afrofest to continue it’s 23rd year in Toronto

The March 11th decision revoking the special events permit for Music Africa (MA) to host its annual Afrofest in Queen’s Park this summer was reversed late last month.

Although the city maintained that its main concerns had been for the welfare of the park, now beginning to show effects of the tens of thousands of summer visitors drawn in every year, other reasons for the city’s initial included parking and music violations, garbage and failure to clean up.

MA president Michael Stohr upheld that vehicles were only on turf for event setup or take down and that music never continued past 11 pm.    With the support of MA members, Stohr came to a compromise alongside Toronto Ward 27 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and other City departments. came to an effective compromise that will allow the23 year old  tradition to continue as planned.

Many of the event’s vendors and performers had been secured for the season when city officials made their earlier retraction, estimating the near 50,000 patrons expected this summer to increase the already present levels of soil compaction damaging to older roots. This and the city’s plans to renovate in 2012  may have influenced the MA’s decision to seek an alternate site for next year.

For MA, a location in the heart of the city is not only essential but synonymous with their mission.  Founded in the early 90’s, Music Africa is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to promote African music through Afrofest and other cultural events.

Afrofest will take place this July 9th -11th at Queens Park in downtown Toronto.

Harold Dow Gone Too Soon

Harold Dow, a veteran correspondent for CBS “48 Hours,” died suddenly on Saturday August 21, 2010 behind the wheel of his car. He was 62. Dow’s career at CBS spanned 40 years. In addition to his stint at 48 Hours, he reported for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” as well as for CBS News Sunday Morning.

Harold Dow, a veteran correspondent for CBS “48 Hours,” died suddenly behind the wheel of his car. He was 62. Dow’s career at CBS spanned 40 years. In addition to his stint at 48 Hours, he reported for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” as well as for CBS News Sunday Morning.

CABJ Announces Scholarships



The Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ), has announced that it is offering 4 scholarships to Canadian students of African or Caribbean descent towards post secondary journalism studies. This will include a scholarship from the CABJ for journalism and public relations ($1000); two sponsored by CABJ members Jojo Chintoh of Citytv($500-$1000) and Viva magazine publisher Olivier Felicio ($1000); and a partnership between CABJ and Centennial College for a $1000 scholarship.

Each of these one time awards will be given to students currently enrolled in a journalism program in Canada or to Canadians studying journalism in the US. “We are proud to offer our own organization’s funds alongside these key partnerships”, said CABJ Scholarship Chair Sundra Owusu-Sefa. “Committing financial support today for tomorrow’s media professionals is an important part of the CABJ’s larger mandate. We look forward to acknowledging the excellence in our community and having aspiring journalists benefit from the expertise and mentoring available within our ranks”. Complete scholarship information, including award criteria and an application for each scholarship, is available online at www.cabj.ca with an application deadline of June 15, 2008. Finalists will be chosen by the CABJ Scholarship Committee; recipients will be announced on June 30, 2008.

About the CABJ: The CABJ was established in February 1996, since then, CABJ initiatives have included professional development workshops, networking events, mentorship, job access and scholarships. The organization currently comprises of nearly 100 members across Canada who not only write, edit and broadcast, but also work in public relations, corporate communications and electronic media. We are dedicated to both diversifying Canada’s newsrooms and promoting journalism as a viable career for African-Canadian youth.