President Jovenel Moïse marks Independence Day

On Jan. 1, President Jovenel Moïse celebrated the 216th anniversary of the country's independence in the capital and not in Gonaives, where Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti's independence. In his speech Moïse stated, “We're still extremely poor,” and those who continue to get rich find it normal that they do not pay taxes, find it normal that there can be no competition, find it normal that they set prices for consumers, especially when this consumer is the state itself.” Continue reading

Haiti Marks Independence Anniversary Day Amid Deepening Crisis

Haiti celebrated Wednesday its 216th independence day in the midst of political turmoil and a profound social and economic crisis.

The government of President Jovenel Moise has been facing nationwide protests calling for its removal after scandals emerged involving the head of state along with other officials in cases of severe corruption, and after fuel shortages, dwindling food supplies, and mismanagement of public funds further plunged the impoverished country in one of its worst economic and social crisis in years. Continue reading


Haitian Montrealers celebrate country’s independence by helping the homeless on Jan. 1

For Haitians Montrealers, Jan. 1 isn’t just New Years Day.

“Jan. 1 is our independence day in Haiti,” said Aly Acadia, beaming, as he stirred a large pot of soup in the kitchen at Pikliz, a restaurant in the city’s St. Henri neighbourhood.

He was there with about a dozen other Haitian Montrealers preparing the soup to hand out to the homeless. Continue reading

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