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John Robert Giscome

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About one hundred and forty years ago a black prospector from Jamaica asked a native guide to show him the best route to the Peace River area. The guide showed him Lhedesti, "the shortcut", just as easily as we would point out a street in our own neighbourhood. That man was so impressed with this information that he wrote an article about it. His name was John Robert Giscome. Giscome Rapid, Giscome Canyon and Giscome Portage have been named in his behalf. 

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Royson James

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Royson James is the municipal affairs columnist of the Toronto Star, a major metropolitan newspaper in Toronto, Ontario. Before becoming a columnist, he worked at the Toronto Star covering municipal politics in Scarborough, North York and Metropolitan Toronto, and later served on the newspaper's editorial board.

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Olive Senior

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Olive Marjorie Senior (b. 1941 in Trelawny, Jamaica) is a Jamaican poet and short story writer currently living in Canada. Senior has been meandering across borders all her life and continue to do so, her writing career is a reflection of that:
She write in different genres - fiction, non-fiction, poetry.http://www.olivesenior.com/pdfs/bio_extended.pdf

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Harry Gairey

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In 1914 Harry Gairey arrived in Toronto via Cuba. Gairey began working with the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1936 as a sleeping-car porter, and he helped organize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which obtained changes within the CPR that would allow for black persons to be treated and promoted fairly. A follower of Marcus Garvey, Gairey became a leading crusader against discrimination, helped in the 1950s to organize the Negro Citizenship Association, and worked for changes in Canada’s immigration laws. http://www.multiculturalcanada.ca/Encyclopedia/A-Z/j1/2

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James Barnswell

Carpenter James Barnswell, who had been attracted to Victoria during the gold rush, built some of Victoria’s most elegant homes.

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Judy Powell

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Powell is Jamaican born and received a scholarship to study languages in New York while she was still living in Jamaica. She studied business in addition to languages and later found work because of it. Undeterred, Powell began writing while she was working in the business world and soon landed interest from BET Books which was later purchased by Harlequin Books.

Powell ended up starting her own publishing company when the deal with BET Books never materialized. She later went on to write novels such as “Coffee, cream and Curry”, a historical fiction set in Jamaica. Powell’s books are sold on Amazon and in book stores around the world. http://bit.ly/Nhl1NA

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Laurie Silvera

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Laurie Silvera has owned and trained horses for 29 years at Toronto's Woodbine racetrack. Prior to coming to Canada, Laurie was a leading horse trainer in Jamaica for many years at Caymanas Park. Arthur Silvera is following in his father's footsteps and he is also training horses at Woodbine

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Ernie Smith

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Ernie Smith (born Glenroy Anthony Michael Archangelo Smith, c.1948, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae singer, with a deep baritone voice. In 1973, he was honoured by the Jamaican government with The Badge Of Honour For Meritorious Service In The Field Of Music.

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LEROY SIBBLES

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Leroy Sibbles (born January 29, 1949) is a Jamaican-Canadian reggae musician and producer. He was the lead singer for The Heptones in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Delores Lawrence

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Jamaican-born Canadian Delores Lawrence is an exception. Not only has she made Profit Magazine Canada's Top 100 Women Entrepreneur list for the past seven years, but her company - Nursing Healthcare Inc. (NHI) - has added 100 full-time employees in the last year and experienced 56 per cent revenue growth since 2006.

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Clément Virgo

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Clément Virgo, Director: Lie with Me. Clément Virgo is an award-winning filmmaker of international acclaim whose credits span directing, writing, and producing. Clement came to Canada from Jamaica at the age of 11. Clement Virgo's work in directing for television is seen in episodes of Soul Food, The Wire, The L Word, ReGenesis and The Listener, where he also acted as executive producer.
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Angella Taylor-Issajenko

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Angella Taylor-Issajenko, CM (née Taylor; born September 28, 1958 in Jamaica) is a former Canadian sprinter.
Angella's break out performance came at the 1979 Pan Am Games were she took a bronze in the 100 meters and a silver in the 200 meters, and set national records of 11.20 and 22.80 respectivley. Despite Canada's boycott of the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow, she dominated post Olympic competition in the summer 1980, winning several meets, and finishing 2nd in the 100 meters to Marlies Gohr, and 3rd in the 200 meters behind Barbel Wockel at the final stop in Zurich. She lowered her national records to 11.12 for the 100 meters and 22.55 for the 200 meters by the end of the 1981 season.

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Tony Sharpe

Tony Sharpe (born on June 26, 1961 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a former sprinter from Canada who won an Olympic bronze medal in 4 x 100 metres relay in Los Angeles 1984

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Pamela Mordecai

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Pamela Claire Mordecai (born 1942 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican writer, teacher, and scholar and poet. She attended high school in Jamaica and college in the US, where she did a first degree in English. A trained language-arts teacher with a PhD in English, she has taught at secondary and tertiary levels, trained teachers, and worked in media and in publishing.

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Don Meredith

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Born and raised in Jamaica, Meredith immigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in the early 1980s. He attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and, while he was a student, began Donscape Landscaping Services which he still owns and operates. Meredith was appointed to the Canadian Senate on December 18, 2010 on the advice of Prime Minister Harper. He sits as a Conservative.

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John Robert Giscome

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About one hundred and forty years ago a black prospector from Jamaica asked a native guide to show him the best route to the Peace River area. The guide showed him Lhedesti, "the shortcut", just as easily as we would point out a street in our own neighbourhood. That man was so impressed with this information that he wrote an article about it. His name was John Robert Giscome. Giscome Rapid, Giscome Canyon and Giscome Portage have been named in his behalf. 

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Robert Sutherland

Robert Sutherland, (1830–1878) a native of Jamaica, he was the first known graduate of colour at a Canadian university, and the first Black man to study law in North America.[1] A graduate of Queen's University.

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Peter Williams

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Peter Williams (born December 31, 1957) is a Jamaican-born actor currently residing in Canada.The majority of his work has been in television, including the role of the primary villain Apophis in the first four seasons of Stargate SG-1. However, he also appeared on the big screen in films such as Catwoman and The Chronicles of Riddick.

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Herbert Mclean Bell

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Jamaican-born Herbert McLean Bell – enlisted in the West Indies Regiment before he was 18. When his parents found out, he was de-enlisted and sent to Boston to study engineering. He however wanted to serve in the military and he came to Canada and joined the First Depot Battalion New Brunswick regiment in 1917.
Bell was later transferred to the 260th Battalion in Siberia during the First World War where he was wounded and sent back to a Halifax hospital to recuperate. Leaving the Army as a decorated war hero, he ran a business in Toronto for 25 years before passing away in 1953. Father of Bev Salmon. http://bit.ly/LG1sjb

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Peter Sloly

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Peter Sloly (born 5 August 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a retired Canadian association football player who earned 1 cap for the Canadian national side in 1985. He attended McMaster University, and after retiring as a player became a police officer with the Toronto Police Service, where he is Deputy Chief of the service's Executive Command. He has held this position since September 22, 2009.

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Jackie Mittoo

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Jackie Mittoo. Pianist, organist, songwriter, b Montego Bay, Jamaica, 3 Mar 1948, d Toronto 16 Dec 1990. Said to have been a piano prodigy, Mittoo began his career in his mid-teens in Kingston, Jamaica. In Toronto, Mittoo performed in local lounges and during the 1970s recorded LPs of instrumental reggae for Summus  and the CTL . He assisted local reggae bands and artists, including Earth Wind and Water, Esso Jaxxon (R. Zee Jackson), Carl Harvey, Lord Tanamo, Boyo Hammond, Carl Otway, the Sattalites, and Jackie James. He was inducted into the Black Music Association of Canada Hall of Fame in 1985.  http://bit.ly/KRq3oM

 

 

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Justice Michael Tulloch

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Jamaican-born Canadian Superior Court Justice Michael Tulloch

Mr. Justice Tulloch received a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989 and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1991.

 

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Alvin Curling

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Jamaican born Alvin Curling was the first black person to serve as the speaker of Queen's Park. Prior to elected office, the York University graduate was an educator and headed the World Literacy of Canada and briefly served the Jamaican Canadian Association

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Ryan Thelwell

Ryan Thelwell (born April 6, 1973 in Montego Bay, Jamaica) is a retired professional Canadian football wide receiver who finished his career with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was known to the Lions' fans as "Automatic" (because of his ability to always catch the ball). Thelwell was originally drafted 9th overall by the Lions in the 1998 CFL Draft. He was also drafted by the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League in the 1998 NFL Draft in the seventh round with the 215th overall pick.[2] Thelwell played college football with the University of Minnesota

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Makeda Silvera

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Makeda Silvera (born 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Caribbean Canadian novelist and short story writer.

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