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

Navigating the new normal in the classroom

Sabrina Jafralie: “it’s as if it’s our first year of teaching…” Egbert Gaye Sabrina Jafralie carries her passion for teaching on her sleeves. In the 20 years that she has been a Quebec Ethics and Religious Culture teacher at Westmount High School, hers has been a respected voice on a range of issues faced by English-speaking students and educators in the province. Many of these issues, such as Bill 21, the religious symbol law and the absence of adequate teaching material relating to current social justice debates, continue to be relevant but with the spectre of COVID-19, Jafralie says it’s …

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Caribbean News

Barbados intends to give the Queen her Marching Orders

Prime Minister Mia Mottley targets November 21, for the island to become a RepublicEgbert Gaye Barbados has developed governance structures and institutions that mark us as what has been described as, “the best governed Black society in the world.” Since Independence, we Barbadians have sought constantly to improve our systems of law and governance so as to ensure they best reflect our characteristics and values as a nation. Barbados’ first prime minister, The Rt. Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, cautioned against loitering on colonial premises. That warning is as relevant today as it was in 1966. Having attained Independence over half …

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Community News

Toronto’s G-98-FM goes into receivership. Sale might mean end of Black owned and operated station

Petition launched to keep FM license in the hands of the Black community By Egbert Gaye Aubrey Clarke, remembers the day in 2001, when he strolled into the offices of Flow 93.5 Canada’s first Black-owned radio station to collect on a prize that he had won and meeting an executive who introduced him to the prospects of a career in media sales and marketing. “Flow, as a Black owned and operated radio station opened doors to the industry not only for me but to dozens of others in our community, providing opportunities for us to get involved at different capacities” …

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Community News

Prime Minister Trudeau makes landmark announcement of $121 million to assist Black businesses impacted by COVID-19

Black Entrepreneurship Program first of its kind in Canada Egbert Gaye Black businesses across Canada stand to benefit from an initiative recently announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau totaling about $221 million aimed at helping entrepreneurs access capital and support for new and existing companies. The prime minister heralds the Black Entrepreneurship Program as the first of its kind in Canada saying it will “help support Black entrepreneurs and create new opportunities for Black-owned businesses, so they are well-positioned for our economic recovery.” The program hinges on three pillars: • The National Ecosystem Fund, which will assist Black business owners …

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Community News

Documentary on Thelma Johnson and the Caribbean Pioneer Women in the Making

Egbert Gaye A Toronto based TV/film and digital media company MBI Productions headed by two former Montrealers is tasked with capturing and packaging the extraordinary story of the Caribbean Pioneer Women of Canada into a full length documentary, told through the life of the organization’s founder Ms. Thelma Johnson. Ms. Johnson is one of an estimated 3000 women from the Caribbean who came to Canada between 1955 and 1967 as part of the West Indian Domestic Scheme. Like so many of those women Ms. Johnson went on to forge an remarkable life here as an entrepreneur and a community builder, …

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Commentaries

Jacob Blake wasn’t supposed to happen

So the marching, demonstrations and the making of “good trouble” continue… Egbert Gaye What a hectic year 2020 has been for African Americans so far. It’s only August but after the ups and down of the past few months battling an unrelenting virus, marching, protesting and kneeling against the insistent evil of police brutality while calling for racial equity it’s understandable why so many are truly out of breathBut now they are being called back out on the streets. This time to demand justice for 29 year old Jacob Blake who on Sunday August 23, in a not-too-familiar town called …

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Community News

Kamala Harris Joins Joe Biden to take on Trump and Pence

Reserved excitement surrounds naming of first Black South Asian woman on US presidential ticket Egbert Gaye Joe Biden- Kamala Harris was the original “dream ticket” that many Democrats envisioned early in the campaign to kick Donald Trump out of the white house. Biden— the crotchety old white guy with occasional memory lapses who does not have much of a position on anything but the type of fella that conservative, middle of the road America can trust easily— and Harris the near perfect candidate with a perfected presidential profile, the ideal ideological centrist whose mercurial positions on issues such as health …

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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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Commentaries

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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Community News

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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