About Kate Chappell

"And all I offer here is the distilled poetry of my existence..." Claude McKay, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 1890-1848 I have been a reporter since 1998, covering mainly business and politics. I have also capitalized on the many skills journalism requires to become an all-around communications specialist. In addition to being a professional curious person and communicator, I have a bad case of the travel bug and can't seem to stay put. Finally, I have put my skills to work as a volunteer in the community wherever I have lived. Now, follow me as I combine these compartments of my life in Kingston, Jamaica, where I will be a voluteer with CUSO-VSO. I am working in Kingston with YOU Jamaica, a non-profiit organization that does mentoring and career counselling with the country's youth. CUSO-VSO is an international agency that places professionals in communities where they work to promote sustainable development.

“Foreign Farmworkers in Canada Fear Deportation if They Complain”

This article does not mention any Jamaican farm workers, but it is a problem that affects Jamaicans, probably disproportionately. My post on Friday was a documentary on this subject.

This New York Times covers the issue of Canadian farm workers, mostly Mexicans, and the unfair treatment they receive at the hands of the government. I have always wondered about this- how can a country that considers itself so progressive basically employ people in slavery-like conditions? Canada embraces immigrants into its social security system, why do migrant workers not count? Is it because they do not stay? They provide a valuable service. There have been no forthcoming responses to date.

“A New Cadre Of Investigative Journalists”

Well, this is cool. Annie Paul, a Jamaica Gleaner columnist and editor at the University of the West Indies, wrote a column about the community journalism program we are just wrapping up. We had a lovely meeting a couple of weeks ago and this is the result. Thanks so much Annie.  Check it out here.