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Jamaica became a sovereign country 50 years ago Monday. In a segment for CBC's The National, Toronto news anchor Dwight Drummond gives us a personal look at the close ties between Canadians and Jamaicans.

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CBC Live spoke to the VIPs at the Land We Love Gala about why they were proud to be celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence. Check out the video!

As Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday, members of the diaspora in Toronto are looking forward to the celebrations while reflecting on the significance of the anniversary.
In celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence, CBC Books dedicates a special blog highlighting five Jamaican-Canadian writers worth reading. See who made this notable list.
Go to CBCMusic.ca from August 4 to August 10 for Jamaica 50 coverage including a Bob Marley family tree, in-depth features from Jamaican music experts, web polls and playlists of the best Jamaican music from your favourite CBC personalities!

CBC News Toronto anchor Dwight Drummond reflects on his journey from Jamaica to Toronto, in light of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence.

CBC Television's Dwight Drummond and Anne-Marie Mediwake host this spectacular star-studded, four-course evening honouring
50 years of Jamaica's Independence & the contributions of Jamaican-Canadians. Find out how you can WIN our ticket contest!
Darrell Macalla and Bohdan Shulakewych told Metro Morning's host Matt Galloway about a Jamaican art exhibit at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
CBC Radio's Metro Morning debuted the "Jump for Jamaica All Stars Anthem" which will also be released live to the public on Victoria Day at the first in a series of Summer Sintings - free Jamaican-inspired pop-up events across the GTA.
Malcolm Gladwell discusses his work and his Jamaican heritage with CBC's Eleanor Wachtel. The interview will broadcast on CBC Radio One's Writers & Company, Sunday, June 10th (and Tuesday, June 12th). You can also listen to CBC host Matt Galloway as he interviews Malcolm on Metro Morning.

Coming from "the world's most multicultural family", Cynthia Reyes took an early interest in the stories of her extended family roots. She worked as a television journalist, and became a producer-director and executive producer in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her work attracted many industry honours.

Cynthia has written a story about one of her most poignant memories of Jamaica, called The House of Tea and Mystery.

CBC Radio's Matt Galloway spoke with Kevin Ormsby, founder of KasheDance before he performed at Canada's Jamaica50 launch in Ottawa.
CBC Television's Dwight Drummond hosted the Jamaica50 launch in Ottawa, as 400 guests celebrated Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence.
CBC Radio's Laura di Battista spoke with Torontonian Keeble McFarlane about "When Ackee Meets Codfish," a commemorative book about Jamaican-Canadians.