Egbert Gaye

About the Author Egbert Gaye

Egbert is a graduate of Concordia University (Journalism/Political Science (International Relations) . He is the founder/ managing editor of Montreal Community Contact.

Community NewsLife & Style

Dan Philip still on the frontlines

“Every generation faces their own problems. I can’t say for certain that this generation is interested in confronting the problems we face today.”   Egbert Gaye On a hot summer day, Dan Philip, head of the Black Coalition of Quebec was sitting in his office on Decarie reading a recent article by Richard Martineau published in the Journal de Montreal. Of course, he and his organization came in for a lot of slag from Martineau who fancies himself a columnist and a commentator as he muses on the legitimacy of advocacy groups such the BCQ. “Dès qu’il y a un …

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Community News

Emancipation Day 2018: Africa and the Caribbean still lag

Egbert Gaye On Wednesday August 1, countries across the Caribbean (many of them former colonies of Europe) and some in Africa will mark Emancipation Day as an observation of the abolition of slavery. When Emancipation Proclamation of 1833 was put into place, the practice of transporting human chattel across the Middle Passage from Africa to the west had lasted well over 400 years. And by the time the proclamation took hold a year later, on August 1, 1834, the Trans Atlantic slave trade had transformed the world as it was during the period that spanned the 16th century to the …

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Community NewsEducation

Spotlight of academia on three of our luminaries

Judge Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, Dany Laferrière, and Dr. Anna Lartey  receive Honorary Doctorates from McGill University Egbert Gaye Three high-achieving individuals in our community, retired jurist, Judge Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, renowned author Dany Laferrière, and Dr. Anna Lartey, an internationally recognized expert on global nutrition, were among a group of 14 luminaries chosen to receive honorary doctorates from McGill University for 2018. The three have excelled in their respective fields and through their contributions and achievements they have impacted the lives of many in Canada and around the world. In describing the 14 exceptional individuals who are the recipients of the university’s …

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EducationLife & Style

Caylah Cruickshank – On the road to Oklahoma University

Egbert Gaye Ed Note: In 2014, Caylah Cruickshank entered Tulane University as a top-rated student athlete on a full scholarship amid wild expectations of success on the basketball court and in the classroom. After three years of hard work and exciting highs at the highly rated university, she leaves having met those expectations and some. Here’s how she sees her journey forward… My name is Caylah Cruickshank and I recently graduated from Tulane University. On May 19, 2018, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Minor in Marketing. As a Division 1 scholarship student-athlete, I …

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Community News

Financial strength matters in building community

Husband and wife team wants to help lay the foundation Egbert Gaye Ask Nathan Agadzi, a financial securities advisor, and his wife Chantelle Lewis, a mechanical engineer, about community and they’ll tell you that the quicker we accept the fact that we’re part of one is the quicker we’ll start to build it and make it into a source of empowerment. “We need to recognize that we have a community in order to build a community,” Agadzi says. “And one of the best ways to build is to make sure that our money circulates in our community and help to …

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Commentaries

Make way for the Jab-Jab community

Carifiesta: Are we up to it? The spectacle that was presented on the street on July 7, as Carifiesta 2018 should give us all pause. There is no doubt that the throngs of marauding young and not-so-young people on the streets in dirty clothes with their faces and bodies covered in mud and paint might be a reflection of the sub-culture mentality that defines our community in this society and our instinct to rebel. If that’s the road that Carifiesta has chosen to take, then Montreal, make way for the Jab-Jab community. But there’s a sneaking suspicion among those who …

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Life & Style

Living MAjOR for Hip Hop and Rap

Egbert Gaye Richard Parsram is a child of our community, who so many of us saw grow up at his family restaurant, Caribbean Paradise, in LaSalle. What we weren’t aware of is the creative fire that has been raging in his gut from his teenage years and now fueling his desire to make his name on today’s cultural landscape with his music, his film projects, and through merchandizing. Although the young Richard of yesterday is still the shy big-little kid at the restaurant, these days his relentless energy is driving him to build his empire on the foundation of his …

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Community News

Re-live Expo ’67 at Oui Expo on July 14

Egbert Gaye Last year, Montreal marked the 50th Anniversary of Expo 67, recognizing the countries and honoring many of those who participated in the World Fair staged at Man and His World from April 28 to October 29, 1967. It attracted close to 51 million visitors. About 60 nations took part in the massive Fair that was Expo ’67. Many of the highlight moments of the festival were provided by participating Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, as well as Barbados & Guyana, which had a joint contingent. Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada also had a joint contingent of about 90 …

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Community News

Seven Students can now explore their neighborhoods

Ronnie Williams Memorial Bike Give-Away Egbert Gaye For much of his life, Ronnie Williams remained steadfast in his belief that every child should have a bicycle to move around his neighborhood. Since 2014, together with close friends Wayne Thomas and Ron Durant, he was able to make his dream a reality for many less fortunate students by raising funds and buying bicycles to give to those in need. When Ronnie died in August 2017, his friends and relatives knew they had to keep his memory alive by continuing to uphold his passion. They intend to make the Ronnie Williams Memorial …

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Community News

Canadian government puts up $9M for Black Youth Projects

Government “recognizes the unique challenges faced by Black Canadians, particularly Black youth.” Egbert Gaye Black youth were the focus of a recent announcement from the Liberal government of Canada, detailing a $9 million program to fund projects that respond to key challenges facing Black Canadian youth. Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs, who also sits as a member of the Black Caucus of the Liberal Party, made the announcement on Friday, June 29, to counselors and participants at the Trevor Williams Basketball Camp, which is held at Dawson College. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, who will be responsible for …

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