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CBC and Being Black In Canada recognize Black History Month –



CBC is celebrating Black History Month throughout February with a wide range of programming on all platforms featuring Black creators, storytellers and changemakers, curated and discoverable in one place on CBC’s BEING BLACK IN CANADA website.

CBC is celebrating BLACK HISTORY MONTH throughout February with a wide range of programming on all platforms featuring Black creators, storytellers and changemakers, curated and discoverable in one place on CBC’s BEING BLACK IN CANADA website.

Highlighting the stories and experiences of Black Canadians year-round, BEING BLACK IN CANADA provides a breadth of content celebrating the culture and achievements of Canada’s Black communities while also offering a window into their struggles. In February, the site will continue to be a hub to showcase Black History Month content from across all areas of CBC including news, documentaries, arts and music.


Throughout February, BEING BLACK IN CANADA will also offer a series of feature stories on Black men making a difference in their communities. 

Following in the footsteps of the acclaimed HERstory In Black initiative and in response to the recent, ongoing reckoning on race inspiring many to push for change, CBC News and BEING BLACK IN CANADA are shining a spotlight on Black men who are continuing their journey for social justice and are more determined than ever to effect long-lasting change. 

Beginning February 1, these stories will be featured on Being Black in Canada, the new Being Black in Canada Instagram page and on Canada Tonight with Ginella Massa at 8 pm on CBC News Network. 


A collection of over 50 Canadian and international titles begins streaming this month on CBC GEM  including the exclusive Canadian premieres of acclaimed BBC film Anthony and U.S. sketch comedy Sherman’s Showcase, and documentaries Giants of Africa featuring Masai Ujiri and How it Feels to be Free from executive producer Alicia Keys and Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook America.  

  • Sherman’s Showcase (comedy series) *Exclusive Canadian Premiere*
    This groundbreaking, wickedly funny mockumentary series travels through time via music and clips drawn from the 40-year library of a legendary (fictional) music and variety show. Cameos include John Legend, Tiffany Haddish, Mary J Blige and more.

  • Giants of Africa (documentary)
    A behind-the-scenes look at a basketball youth program set up in Africa by the General Manager of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri.

  • How it Feels To Be Free (documentary film)  Executive Produced by Alicia Keys.
    Inspiring story of 5 iconic African American female entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier and follows how they challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating stereotypes and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.

  • Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook America (documentary series)
    From executive producers Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Shawn Gee and Alex Gibney, each episode of this new documentary series focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture.

  • Anthony (film) starts streaming on February 5
    In July 2005, Anthony Walker was murdered by two white racists in an unprovoked attack in Liverpool. He was just 18 years old. Anthony tells the story of how this talented young Black man’s life may have turned out.

  • 21 Black Futures – a  three-part series launches Friday, February 12 on CBC Gem
    An anthology of 21 filmed monodramas commissioned from 21 multigenerational Black playwrights across the country, directed by 21 Black directors and performed by 21 Black actors. Aligned with Black History Month and Obsidian Theatre’s 21st anniversary, Artistic Director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu commissioned 21 BLACK FUTURES to respond to the question, “What is the future of Blackness?” 

  • Nancy’s Pro TIps: begins streaming Friday, February 19 on CBC Gem
    Once a month, Nancy Falaise closes the doors to her Montreal salon to lead a workshop for young Black girls eager to learn how to care for their natural hair. Falaise was first featured in CBC Short Doc Nancy’s Workshop, and this new four-part series shares even more hair care tips from her workshops.

  • CBC Music launches new shows – The Block and Frequencies

    Also launching in February are two new national radio shows, THE BLOCK and FREQUENCIES, on CBC Music and CBC Listen. These programs will bolster the discovery of Black and global music, respectively, and serve a wider range of musical interests and communities across Canada. 

    Hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, The Block is a two-hour weekday radio show focused on music of Black origin, ]encompassing a fluid mosaic of styles. The Block is about culture and community, repping the elements of hip hop from its roots to its far reaching influence. Tune in weeknights starting February 1 at 7 pm on CBC Music or CBC Listen.

    The music played will reflect the many intersections within Black music from across the diaspora; where Soca meets Pop (Rihanna), R&B meets Reggaeton (J Balvin), the transformative leaders in Hip-Hop today (Haviah Mighty, Chika, Clairmont The Second), the elite artists with the ability to execute in multiple genres (Drake, Beyoncé) along with regular nods to the early influencers of Hip-Hop and Funk.


    FREQUENCIES, hosted by Errol Nazareth airs Tuesday evenings, beginning February 2 at 6 pm on CBC Music and CBC Listen. Building on the format of his popular Toronto radio show BIG CITY, SMALL WORLD, FREQUENCIES will highlight musical storytelling from cultures and communities across Canada that are not always reflected in mainstream media. Listeners will hear music from Canada and around the globe, brought to life with the voices of the artists behind the music.

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    UK’s Kendal Nutricare to deliver 2 million cans of baby formula to the US by June



    London, United Kingdom (UK)- Will McMahon, the commercial director of Kendal Nutricare, has said the company will deliver 2 million cans of baby formula to the United States (US) by June this year.

    Baby formula shortages began to take hold in the US last year amid supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the situation deteriorated in February when Abbott Laboratories, one of the country’s main manufacturers, with a 40 percent market share, recalled some of its products and shut down a manufacturing plant after four babies who had been fed formula made at the facility contracted a rare bacterial infection (Cronobacter sakazakii) with two of them later dying.

    “The bigger opportunity here is as a company we have been in touch with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and working with them for over five years with the aim of bringing a product into the US. There is enormous curiosity and demand for Kendamil in the States, so we are hopeful that we will have everything in place with the FDA to be able to continue to supply legitimately well beyond November,” said McMahon.

    More so, the US normally produces 98 percent of the infant formula it consumes, with imports mainly coming from Mexico, Ireland and the Netherlands but last week, the White House eased import requirements and announced an effort to transport baby formula from abroad dubbed Operation Fly Formula.

    Nevertheless, the FDA said it is doing everything in its power to make sure there is enough baby formula for parents and caregivers who need it adding that it is in discussions with other manufacturers and suppliers about bringing other baby formulas to the US.

    “Our recent steps will help further bolster the supply of infant formula, including through the import of safe and nutritious products from overseas based on our increased flexibilities announced last week.

    Importantly, we anticipate additional infant formula products may be safely and quickly imported into the US in the near-term based on ongoing discussions with manufacturers and suppliers worldwide,” said FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf.

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    Trudeau cancels appearance at Surrey fundraiser over protest-related safety concerns –



    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cancelled plans to attend a Liberal party fundraising dinner in Surrey on Tuesday evening as a result of safety concerns over a large gathering of protesters outside the event.

    Protesters allegedly harassed and hurled racial slurs at attendees and volunteers, many of whom were South Asian, according to Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai. 

    The fundraiser was being held at Aria banquet hall.

    Sarai says that a group of protesters were stationed outside the front gates of the event, eventually growing to around 100 people.

    “They just started swearing, yelling, screaming at anyone that was going through,” said Sarai.

    “We had a lot of South Asian volunteers… that were harassed, sworn at, called towel head, rag head, you’re all immigrants.”

    He says it’s unclear what the group was actually protesting.

    Surrey RCMP confirmed in a statement that there were several vehicles and larger trucks towing trailers that were travelling “in a convoy style loop around the roadway.”

    “Due to the size and composition of the protest group and for the safety of everyone in attendance, a decision was made that it was not safe for the prime minister to attend the location,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn.

    Trudeau did not enter the building and spoke to a crowd for about three minutes by Zoom instead of making a speech in person. Trudeau said he would return to see his supporters in Surrey in the future.

    WATCH | Justin Trudeau talk about the unruly crowd and its impact on free speech:

    Trudeau says nobody should be intimidated for supporting a political party

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    The prime minister comments on protesters yelling racial slurs at an event he was forced to cancel.

    Wednesday, at an event in Saskatoon, Trudeau addressed what happened at the fundraiser in Surrey, adding that nobody should be intimidated for supporting a political party.

    “The safety of Canadians choosing to make their voices heard in politics should never be in question as it was last night,” he said.

    “The fundamental freedoms we have as a country, and we enjoy as Canadians, need to be defended, need to be protected.”

    Protesters swore at Prime Minister

    Protesters used expletives as they chanted against Trudeau and honked horns outside the convention centre. About half a dozen RCMP officers stood by watching the crowd.

    Sarai says the protesters turned the event into a hostile environment.

    “This is not reflective of Surrey at all,” he said.

    “Surrey is a very diverse city, a very friendly city, a very welcoming city.”

    And while he respects the public’s right to protest, he says “you should never spew hate and use the vulgarity that was being used there.”

    Protests against party leaders

    Earlier this month, police began investigating after a video circulated on social media showed people hurling verbal abuse at NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh during a protest in Peterborough, Ont.

    The federal NDP leader had dropped by the campaign office of an Ontario NDP candidate running in the provincial election.

    A video shows Singh encountering protesters as he left the campaign office, and they can be heard shouting expletives at him and calling him a “traitor”‘ as he gets inside a vehicle.

    Singh later told reporters he found the experience “intense, threatening [and] insulting”‘ but that he is more worried about what it means for politics in general.

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    The latest on the French-language Conservative leadership debate in Laval



    LAVAL, Que. — Conservative leadership hopefuls are squaring off — in French — in the second official debate of the race, which is being held in Laval, Que.

    Here are the latest developments. All times eastern:

    8:55 p.m.

    Conservative leadership candidates Patrick Brown and Leslyn Lewis took turns attacking rival Pierre Poilievre for his embrace of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin as a solution to inflation.

    Lewis, who is often reading from her notes during the French-language debate in Laval, Que., said Poilievre’s position was wrong.

    At one point, Brown said Poilievre’s position on Bitcoin was similar to that of the leadership in El Salvador, which adopted Bitcoin as legal tender.

    The International Monetary Fund urged the Central American country to drop Bitcoin as its official currency earlier this year, citing its volatility.


    8:20 p.m.

    Former Quebec premier Jean Charest says Canada must renegotiate the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

    He says that is how he would deal with “illegal immigration,” such as migrants entering the country through the unofficial border crossing at Roxham Road south of Montreal.

    Candidates were asked about immigration as the first question in the debate.

    Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown used the question to say he was trying to build an inclusive party and attacked Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre for not publicly condemning the “white replacement” conspiracy theory espoused by Pat King, a leader of the Ottawa convoy protest.

    Poilievre responded by saying he has in fact condemned King’s remarks and that people couldn’t believe anything Brown says.

    While answering a question about public safety, Poilievre said the country needs to better deal with guns illegally brought into Canada.

    Charest said Poilievre has no businesses talking about law and order when he supported the Ottawa convoy, which he called an illegal blockade.

    The room then erupted into a mix of cheers and boos.


    8:10 p.m.

    Candidates took to the stage and began by outlining one by one what legacy they wanted to leave behind as leaders.

    Pierre Poilievre says he wants his legacy to be making Canada the freest country in the world, including by making sure people don’t feel forced to get vaccinated and that young people are able to afford a home.

    Patrick Brown says he can win in urban areas, which the party needs, and has what it takes to build a party that can succeed in a general election.

    Roman Baber, an Independent member of the Ontario legislature, introduced himself to the crowd.

    He says he knows Canada is bilingual and has taken lessons, but still asked those watching to forgive his French.


    8:05 p.m.

    The Conservative party’s leadership organizing committee announced before the debate began that it will announce the results of the leadership race at a downtown Ottawa convention centre on Sept. 10.

    The party’s president, Robert Batherson, says it will be the first time since 2018 that members will gather together at a national event.

    The party held a convention in Halifax in 2018.


    7:50 p.m.

    House music issued from amplifiers as Conservatives of all ages began to take their seats ahead of tonight’s leadership debate.

    Several hundred attendees, who were not wearing masks, crowded the ballroom of the Chateau Royal venue north of Montreal, seated between television cameras and the stage.

    The six contenders are slated to appear at their podiums at 8 p.m.


    7:30 p.m.

    Conservative leadership candidates filed in for the race’s only French-language debate, being held at a reception hall north of Montreal.

    The suburban venue in Laval, Que., saw scores of federal Tories and onlookers mingling in the foyer before the six contenders take the stage.

    Former Quebec premier Jean Charest greeted a handful of supporters with kisses, while Ontario MP Scott Aitchison chatted with party members amid sign-up booths for each candidate.

    Bookending the stage beneath ballroom chandeliers were a bank of speakers and 14 flags — six with the Fleur-de-lis, eight with the Maple Leaf.

    This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2022


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