By Deandrea Hamilton and Rashaed Esson
#Canada, March 27, 2023 – No deal. Canada is sticking to its plan and will not send military force into Haiti. This despite a plea from Joe Biden, the President of the United States of America who would have made the suggestion in person during a two day, one night visit to Canada last week.
While it is unclear what exactly this means for an end to the abuses and anarchy which are stymying the restoration of Haiti’s democracy, it is clearly a dismal outcome from that bi-lateral conversation.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister announced on Friday at a Joint Conference with Joe Biden in Ottawa, during his visit last week – March 23-24 – that Canada is prepared to provide $100 million Canadian dollars to fortify the Haitian National Police Force amid the humanitarian crisis in the Republic.
It’s the same stance taken with CARICOM leaders by Trudeau in February; they had also hoped for Canadian forces to physically help in shutting down the gangs which have built themselves up as the unofficial government of Haiti. The brutality of these gangs is rampant, unprecedented and unable to be corralled by the current manpower of the Haitian National Police.
At this point, this is indisputably the path Canada has decided to take despite the US President’s hope Canada would commission troops to the republic. The US had believed, according to media reports, its history of stepping in would have given them exemption from calming this current chaos.
Trudeau dashed that hope, siding with his Cabinet to resist the temptation of marshaling military muscle to Haiti. Not only has Canada emphatically expressed that it lacks the capacity to quell the violence, but it also doubts any effort of intervention would work.
“Outside intervention, as we’ve done in the past, hasn’t worked to create long-term stability for Haiti, so we are now working closely with partners on the ground to enable the Haitian National Police and other institutions to stabilize the country in this very difficult time,” he said to Newfoundland reporters recently, prior to Biden’s visit.
The American president, who is the first to visit in seven years and the first to overnight in Canada in many more, showed a brave face when questioned about Canada’s decision not to put boots on the ground.
“No, I am not disappointed.”
Meanwhile the United Nations has reported that this year alone, Gangs have killed 531 people, kidnapped 177 and have injured some 300 others even as Cholera ravages thousands of the millions who are malnourished and starving in Haiti; which sits a stone’s throw away from the United States.
South Caicos Development Plans shared with Washington-Misick led Administration
On Monday, 12 February 2024, the Premier led a delegation to tour the island of South Caicos to view the ongoing public and private sector projects, involving the remodelling and rebranding of the airport terminals, historical districts, and the East Bay Hotel.
The tour of the various developments reinforced the Government’s commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to boost the island’s activity and economy.
Photos courtesy of the TCI Office of the Premier
Ministry of Tourism continues to get rid of dilapidated structures
By LINDSAY THOMPSON
Bahamas Information Services
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation is continuing to rid areas of derelict and dilapidated structures posing safety problems, and a threat to the overall tourism product.
In this vein the recent structure to be demolished was the Gaming Board building owned by the Hotel Corporation. Located adjacent to Goodman’s Bay Beach on West Bay Street, it was formerly the Sir Harry Oakes property; the northern portion once housed Bahamas Information Services for several years.
On hand to witness the demolition were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper, and Senator Randy Rolle, Global Consultant, MOTIA.
The demolition started on Monday, February 5, 2024 by Virgo Construction headed by the contractor Terry Delancy.
DPM Cooper explained that the government felt the Gaming Board building should no longer sit there in a derelict manner, and continue to be an eyesore and pose safety concerns.
“Goodman’s Bay will be enhanced as a result of getting rid of this building. It will be more aesthetically pleasing for residents who traverse this area. Women who walk in the mornings in particular through these areas will be pleased to see that this has become a green space, rather than a derelict structure,” he said.
DPM Cooper also noted that his ministry consulted broadly with the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC), and other historians before proceeding with demolition.
“We are sure not to take any actions as it relates to buildings, without consultation. So they were very comfortable with the process and we continue to work closely with them on all of the buildings that we have demolished in the downtown area,” he said.
Ms. Camilla Lightbourne joins Experience Turks and Caicos team
Experience Turks and Caicos is pleased to welcome Ms. Camilla Lightbourne to the post of Executive Assistant to the CEO effective February 06th, 2024.
Ms. Lightbourne is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree a DeVry University in Florida and previously worked as an Import Logistics Associate at Graceway Trading Ltd. and a Business Account Executive at Digicel.
In welcoming Ms. Lightbourne to the team, Ms. Racquel Brown, Change Manager and Interim CEO of Experience Turks and Caicos said Ms. Lightbourne’s appointment underscores the growth of the organisation.
“Experience Turks and Caicos is growing as we fill out key positions and responsibilities in the organization. As such, it has become necessary to bolster the CEO’s office by adding an Executive Assistant to work with the CEO on the effective administration of the day-to-day tasks. I look forward to working with Ms. Lightbourne in this regard,” she said.
Ms. Lightbourne said she is pleased to be part of the Experience Turks and Caicos team.
“I am elated to join such a dynamic organisation. I am looking forward to making my mark in the future development of our country’s tourism product,” she said.
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