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Jamaican-Canadian civil rights leader is dead

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Bromley Armstrong

Bromley Armstrong, a Jamaican who blazed a path as a trade unionist and civil-rights leader in Ontario, Canada, is dead.

In 1948, shortly after arriving in Canada from Jamaica, Armstrong wanted to be a welder, so he enrolled in a welding course at the Chicago Vocational School.

After training ,he applied to a company that had advertised for welders, but after submitting an application on three occasions and being told that it could not be found, he turned to the United Auto Workers Local 439 for help.

That was the start of a long association with the trade union movement.

He went on to publish a newspaper, The Islander, from 1973 to 1997, served as a commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission, as an adjudicator with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, convinced then North York Mayor Mel Lastman to set up the first municipal race relations committee, and served on the board of governors for the Canadian Centre for Police Relations.

Armstrong was a recipient of the Order of Canada (1994) and the Order of Ontario (1992).