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 News

Princeton’s first Black valedictorian Nicholas Johnson: “in love with learning”

“The ancestors are dancing…” Egbert Gaye Just for a moment, in early May, Nicholas Johnson, a 22 year-old student was able to shift the minds of many people around the world away from C0VID-19, the rampaging coronavirus that has already afflicted close to 5 million and killed well over 300,000 globally. Such was the out-pouring of attention and enthusiasm that followed the young Montrealer being named valedictorian of the Class of 2020 at Princeton University. Johnson is the first Black student to earn that distinction in one of the world’s most prestigious institution of higher learning which was established in …

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Duo brings a broader vision to community building

Mark Henry is the new president, Sharon Nelson is 1st vice-president at Jamaica Association Egbert Gaye Not many respond to the call of community. You see, oft-times it’s work characterized by long hours, little or no pay and thankless. So it’s not uncommon for those who might have something to offer choose instead to detach themselves rather than get involved in community work. Mark Henry knows that reality too well. In fact he would tell you that he was one that was prepared to stand on the sidelines and criticized those doing community work, especially those in leadership positions. Well, …

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Why Canada doesn’t want to know

Race based data on COVID-19 In all major jurisdictions across the country where it really matters, authorities have made it clear that they have no intentions of collecting race-based data on the coronavirus COVID-19 that has been ravaging Canada over the past six weeks. A decision that’s troubling to Black health professionals and advocacy groups, in light of what we have been seeing in the U.S where numbers recently released by the Centre for Disease Control show Blacks to be massively over-represented among those who are infected and those who are dying from the virus. The numbers are quite startling …

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COVID-19: USHERING IN NEW REALITIES FOR MONTREAL

Egbert Gaye Although we have been warned that news about COVID-19 might become increasingly frightening over the coming weeks, not many Montrealers are prepared for what has been unfolding every day. More than anything else, the massive increase in the number of confirmed cases and the fatalities that quickly turned Montreal into the epicenter of the outbreak in Canada was enough to convince us of COVID-19’s contagiousness and its unpredictability. Stunned, we grapple with the fact that in less than a month, close to 5000 were infected and the numbers continue grow as officials point towards a peak and the …

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Community NewsLife & Style

Montreal born Shailene Garnett big on CBC’s Diggstown

Egbert Gaye Sure Shailene Garnett is now making her home in Los Angeles, California, and has been appearing in more and more movies on television and on the big screen, but get her talking about the CBC Television drama Diggstown and the Montreal-born actress goes into full-fledged excitement mode. “I’m so proud of this show for so many reasons… some might consider these reasons to be good or bad, but I’m absolutely proud to be part of a show that features the first Black female lead on prime time television in Canada,” she told the CONTACT, referring to Canadian-born Vinessa …

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T.O Lawyer challenge for leadership of the Conservatives

Jamaican-born Leslyn Lewis carved a path of excellence in education and as a lawyer Egbert Gaye “If I am elected as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and as your next Prime Minister, I will work day-in and day-out to help all Canadians have the opportunities to pursue their own dreams, just as I did.”That’s the pledge of Dr. Leslyn Lewis as she throws her proverbial hat in the 2020 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race to replace Andrew Scheer. Dr. Lewis, a Canadian lawyer who emigrated from Jamaica as a five-year-old with her parents and siblings, is being …

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Special Features

Fred Christie stood up against Racism in Montreal and Lost

Landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 1939 Today, those of us who are Black know that the struggle for basic rights as citizens can be as frustrating as it is demeaning for those living in a society in which almost all aspects of life is predicated on race and racism. As such, it’s not unusual for simple everyday interactions with police, other institutions of authority or even businesses can lead to unintended situations. So it was on the evening of on Saturday, July 11, 1936, when Fred Christie a 34 year old Jamaican born Canadian together with two friends …

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Elysia Bryan-Baynes signs off at Global TV

Egbert Gaye After 17 years at Global Television in Montreal, it comes with some satisfaction for Elysia Bryan-Baynes in her decision to step away from a profession she loves and a job that she says was rewarding in so many ways. “I loved Global News Montreal and was fortunate to be able to do many different roles: researcher, reporter, National Assembly reporter and anchor.” When news of her retirement broke on Friday, January 31, it sent shock waves across the community, with many calls to the CONTACT wondering how “Lysie” as we know her can retire, “so young.” “I’m 38 …

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Tribute to the Legends of Reggae 2020

Judy Mowatt, Professor Nuts, General Trees will join forces with two of Canada’s award-winning performers Exco Levi and Kaisha Lee for this annual reggae treat Egbert Gaye Three icons of cultural reggae, Judy Mowatt, Professor Nuts, General Trees will join forces with two of Canada’s award-winning performers Exco Levi and Kaisha Lee for the annual Tribute to the Legends of Reggae show that takes place on Sunday February 9 at the Belmont Lounge on St. Laurent Blv. in downtown Montreal. The event, described as a musical “rockumentary” that salutes the lives and music of reggae legends, has become an annual …

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All of Montreal celebrate at BTW’s Vision

Spotlight on H. Nigel Thomas and Leon Llewellyn, together with youth awardees Athena Holmes and Méshama Eyob-Austin Egbert Gaye On February 1, a wide-cross section of Montrealers will be downtown at the OMNI Hotel for a signature event in the city, Black Theatre Workshop’s Vision Celebration. This time the buzz surrounds the group of honourees that represent the best of our community: author H. Nigel Thomas, who receives the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award; educator and artist Leon Llewellyn, recipient of the Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award; drag performer Athena Holmes, the Gloria Mitchell Aleong award, and …

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