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.

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Dr. Charmaine Nelson demands that McGill examines historical ties with slavery and do something about it

Egbert Gaye As Charmaine Nelson prepares to take her leave of McGill University on her way to a dream position in Halifax the highly respected professor of Art History has laid out a number of outstanding tasks for both the institution and the city to undertake in order to formally recognize their involvement in the enslavement of Africans and indigenous people and its continuing impact on their descendants. ‘It’s well known that James McGill was a slave owner and I think it’s important that the university which he founded investigate its historical links and connections to Transatlantic Slavery,” she told …

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About The NCC and The Dream

That ship has sailed. But one way to salvage the glory of the storied institution of yesteryear is by working to strengthen our community today…. Next time you’re at the edge of the water, look way into the distance, a little beyond the horizon, the little speck that you see, that’s the Negro Community Centre… a ship that has sailed decades ago. And it’s only fair that someone should convey that message to the cadre of good, well-intentioned individuals and groups who have banded themselves around something called the NCC-Charles H Este committee with a commitment to bringing it back. …

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Cautious optimism as Caribbean groups move towards a coalition

Egbert Gaye Efforts to set up a coalition among groups representing various Caribbean nationals in Montreal are generating cautious optimism among those who are involved in the initiative. It follows a meeting that took place at the Jamaica Association on Jean Talon Street on Sunday July 19, which brought together representatives from several island associations including Barbados, Guyana, St Vincent and Grenadines, Montserrat, Grenada and Jamaica. Mark Henry, president of the Jamaica Association is the initiator of the coalition as a great way “to encourage and support each other” also as a potential opportunity “to bolster each organization and their …

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Psychotherapy to deal with micro-aggressions of racism

Sherel Griffiths is a life-long high achiever Egbert Gaye With her newly minted degree (Master of Science Applied-Couple and Family Therapy) from McGill University and over 15 years of experience as a social worker, Sherel Griffiths, a young Montrealer of Jamaican origins, feels well-equipped to bring professional support to those who are caught in the throes of emotional crises in our community. “The truth is, the need is there because so many people in our community are dealing with what we can refer to as minority stress… the daily micro-aggression of racism,” she told the CONTACT in a recent telephone …

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Award-winning Journalist Adrian Harewood sees a path forward for community

Egbert Gaye As an award-winning television anchor, Adrian Harewood a former Montrealer, now plying his trade in Ottawa is fulfilling one of two obligations he has set for himself as a Black professional. “I think for those of us who are in positions of relative power, whatever job you’re in, you have an obligation to be good at it … to be excellent. But it should also an opportunity to create space and make positive change (on behalf of Black people) in any way that you can.” At CBC where he has been for the last 18, Harewood has indeed …

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Nicholas Johnson shone brightly on BET Awards 2020

Egbert Gaye While his valedictory message still resonates… Accolades are still being heaped on Montrealer Nicholas Johnson, who received worldwide recognition after being named Valedictorian of Princeton University Class of 2020, the first Black person to receive the honor. On Sunday June 27, the 22-year-old was featured among entertainment’s brightest stars receiving the Shine A Light Award at the 2020 BET Awards, staged virtually and carried this year on CBS. Appearing early in the program, Johnson delivered a powerful message about the historical relevance of his accomplishment pointing to the Ivy League university’s ties with the institution of slavery. He …

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Racism Report exposes Montreal

38 recommendations calling on the city to do better by its minorities Egbert Gaye With deep-planted roots in Montreal, the Black community along with the Indigenous people of Canada have been the poster-children for systemic racism and discrimination for centuries in a society that’s built on a foundation of white supremacy. Issues of racism, institutional and individual, have been part of our lives constantly. Today, interestingly enough, those issues have become part of the conversation in corporate boardrooms and among decision-makers and among politicians far and wide. In Montreal, Mayor Valerie Plante has been called upon to add her voice …

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Dr. Stephen Blizzard: A Global authority in Aviation Medicine

Remembering a Canadian trailblazer and an Icon of Trinidad and Tobago Egbert Gaye With the passing of Dr. Stephen Vernon Arthur Blizzard on June 9, at the Lakeshore Hospital in Ottawa, this country lost a dedicated servant whose exceptionalism in the field of Aviation Medicine identifies him as a true Canadian trailblazer.Born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1928, Dr. Blizzard was a certified veterinarian before moving to Canada where he earned his medical degree and as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, earned his wings as a jet pilot before moving into the RCAF Institute of Aviation Medicine …

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Waiting to Exhale

The deadly relationship between Blacks and police that led to the murder of George Floyd continue to stifle many in the U.S Egbert Gaye On that truly Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, it was easy for Paul Chauvin or whatever his name is, to press his knees at the nape of George Floyd’s neck until he snuffed the life out of him. In the eight or nine minutes that it took for the public execution of Floyd, on the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Chauvin and his three partners in blue, in the back of their minds was …

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Former Montrealer ‘Dr. Cyam’ co-authors children’s book

Dr. Cymanthia Thomas joins social media stars Adam Ali and his daughter Samia to bring real-life experiences to the pages of two books… Egbert Gaye Not many aspiring stars have the distinction of being featured in the pages of the New York Times especially before their fifth birthday. Meet Samia Ali, Toronto born daughter of Adam and LaToya Ali, now five years old she is a kid-influencer with more than 143,000 followers on Instagram and over 203,000 subscribers on YouTube. Children and their families flock to her social media page to share many of her early life adventures from brushing …

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