Bryan Bishop

About the Author Bryan Bishop

Bryan is former Director of Youth Protection in the James Bay region (the first person of African descent to serve in that position in Quebec). As such, he is a foremost authority on issues relating to young people. And much of his writings bring them to the fore. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from McGill University.

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No one in power speaks on behalf of Blacks

The Barbershop was crowded and everybody was talking about “the debate.” The networks were charging about $250,000 per 30 second ad. Remember, this is all Benjamins, U.S. dollars. Why is this important? It costs $130 Canadian to buy a 100 U.S. dollars. Dropout was first up, he said: “Now when we all watched the debate we were asking ourselves: ‘Is this the best they can do in the USA with 350 million people [that they know of]?’ And one of these two people in the debate, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the USA.” Money …

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IT’S NOT AS HARD AS YOU THINK

People and The Right Ingredients equals success Everybody in the barbershop was vibrating on a high frequency. The regulars of the Ways and Means Committee were talking about the speech Member of Parliament Marc Miller made on behalf of his very good friend, Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. If he weren’t preoccupied with the nation’s business that evening, he would’ve been at the CommunityCONTACT gala. What a night… what a celebration! Professor said, “Political attaché Lisa Montgomery was seen talking with Oliver Jones and Olympian Wayne Yearwood. And some of the organizers were overheard singing McFadden and Whitehead’s big …

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The dilemma of BLACK AMERICA 2016

The Killing Continues At least there is one white person who seems to understand the situation of Black folks in America and is willing to speak about it. And to my great surprise that person is Newt Gingrich, a Republican, former House Speaker, and a man who has had choice words to say about President Obama as America’s first Black President. According to Mr. Gingrich, “…it took me a long time, and a number of people talking to me through the years to get a sense of this.” He also told CNN “white Americans instinctively underestimate the level of discrimination …

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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE …

The ubiquitous-ness of racism Needless to say the killing of 49 innocent people at an Orlando night club is a real human tragedy, regardless of whether anyone agrees with the life choices of those who were killed. And, for sure, they did not have to die for innocently going out for a night on the town to dance and meet with friends and wind down from a week of work. The thing that caught my attention, however, is the reaction of the LBGT community into believing that this kind of animosity and hatred would have been extinguished in the mere …

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A LESSON FOR THE YOUNG LADIES

500 Trinidadian young women and under-aged girls caught in Internet sex net Over the last couple of weeks nude photos of more than 500 Trinidadian young women and under-aged girls have been showing up on international pornographic sites. Upon hearing this, my first reaction was to question the wisdom of these women (some of whom were posing for or sending nude pictures to their boyfriends) until I found out that a large number of the photos were of current and past students of the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus. I then realized that they were simply educated …

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IT WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS

Goodies was also special because it was the only time of the year that we had apples, grapes, ham, turkey and those boxed chocolates, dates and cookies. In Canada, with more resources and young children, Christmas became a bigger event. This time it was about the Christmas tree, decorations, and a lot more presents. And then things began to change. When my wife and I became empty nesters we soon realized that there are only so many sweaters, perfume, and gift cards that you could exchange before you were scratching your head and wondering what next you were going to …

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IT’S HARD TO KILL AN IDEA

As the bombs rain down in the Middle East… With recent terrorist events in San Bernadino, California, Paris, Mali, Ottawa and the bombing of a Metrojet airliner over the Sinai in Egypt, it is becoming clear that it may not be as easy as the authorities would have us believe that ISIL or ISIS could be defeated in the short haul. And that may simply be because ISIS is more of an idea than it is an army. The United States, France, Canada, Russia and other countries have conventional armies trained to wage war with other conventional armies. And in …

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CANADA IS A LAND OF IMMIGRANTS

I never quite understood the idea of closing the door once you are on the inside. With the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposing to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees fleeing war and destruction in their homeland, there is growing objection to this idea by some 60% of Canadians. Having worked in aboriginal communities for close to ten years I came to understand how Canada’s original people opened their arms to the waves of white colonizers. In the decades following Canada has taken in many others fleeing war and persecution from across the globe as well as those of us …

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IN GUYANA the NEW GOVERNMENT ACTING GREEDY

Barely five months after winning the general elections many Guyanese voters are already upset with their new coalition government A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance For Change  (APNU/AFC) after the ministers voted themselves a 50% salary increase. For a government that promised hope, accountability, integrity, and value for money for taxpayers, voters are becoming disillusioned in believing that the present regime may not be much different to the old one. Their position is that everybody deserves a raise, i.e. teachers, police, medical personnel, public servants and others. Online commentators have described the current government as deceptive, arrogant, dictatorial, sly, unapologetic, Burnhamesque, …

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INCREDIBLE INDIA

A recent visit to India has left me with the impression that India is a fascinating country with an equally fascinating history. This, despite questions from folks prior to my visit as to why I would want to visit India. Because of the size of the country my visit was limited to the Northern cities of New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Nonetheless, I was able to witness the enormous wealth of the country, especially the Mughal Empire and the legacy that they left. The Red Fort in New Delhi is a huge complex built in 1648 mostly with red sandstone …

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