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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We call him Hero. He says it was Divine intervention

Roderick Rodney risked his life to save the life of a stranger Egbert Gaye These days, going on two months after a life-changing moment, Roderick Rodney still walks around with the proverbial lump in his throat and never far from tears when he recounts the events of the morning of September 23. “I’m still mesmerized, still surprised, and still trying to decipher and understand what happened that morning,” is the way he describes his current state of mind. He had left work on 32nd Avenue in Lachine at 8:45 a.m. that Wednesday, heading home after a long and tiring night …

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The Mural: About A Young Artist and Nelson Mandela

26-year-old Franco Egalité wants his painting to provoke interest in the life of the iconic freedom fighter Egbert Gaye The mural on the eastern wall of Union United Church is there for all to observe: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former South African human rights advocate, anti-apartheid revolutionary and president standing tall with outstretched clenched fist reaching upwards, rallying the crowd. The mural’s dramatic impact is without question, capturing observers with its powerful imagery, captivating colors and a stimulating quote. But that’s only part of artist Franco Egalité’s intention. “I also want to rally people. I want to inspire them to learn …

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Photographer Asia Mason’s Art captures Family and History

Young Montrealer among a select group featured in Dawson College’s exhibition Egbert Gaye As a second-generation Canadian and a Black woman, Asia Mason’s life story intertwines between the daily realities of resistance and resilience in a society where her race and gender have her on the frontlines in the struggle for social justice. The 20-year-old Montrealer, a visual artist, and archivist, studying Photography at Dawson College uses her art to highlight her source of empowerment and to shine a light on the generational linkages that keeps her grounded. Her maternal grandmother, Roslyn Antoine has been a central link in Asia’s …

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Updating the $221 million promise to Black businesses and entrepreneurs

Webpage for the Black Entrepreneurship Program launched Egbert Gaye The official webpage to support the Liberal government’s $221 million Black Entrepreneurship Program has been launched. The program, an initiative to assist Black entrepreneurs across Canada, was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September in the response to repeated calls by advocates for the government to invest in disadvantaged communities. The online site comes as many Black businesses buckle under the weight of the coronavirus crisis, and are looking to the government to recognize the urgency of their situation. The four-year BEP, which is being coordinated with several banks and …

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Wanjira Njenga offers a pathway to wellbeing and dealing with the stress of the times

“My passion is to help people enjoy better health through safe, effective and non-invasive therapies…” Egbert Gaye As Covid-19 tightens its grip on Canada and the rest of the world, so too is the sense of dread and panic that is slowly creeping across borders and proliferating a mental health crisis of equal proportions. In a recent statement, the WHO points to an impending global mental health crisis, as governments around the world cut back on funding for the disease as they struggle against the virus at the same time that an increasing number of people are buckling under fear, …

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Reasons enough to want to get rid of Trump

With 30 million eligible voters, the elections might be in the hands of Blacks Egbert Gaye Blacks in the US have had enough of Donald Trump and his shifty, race-baiting presidency. Since he snuck into the White House riding a wave of white people’s discontent, Trump has managed to uncork decades of bottled-up emotions of racial rancor and strife and ushered in one of the most divisive and hate-filled periods in the country’s recent history. Blacks know it and feel it. Trump’s unfinished tenure has been a living-hell for many of them. The world gets a glimpse as it was …

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Meet Annaime Paul: First Black woman to lead a national party in Canada

Seized the leadership of the Green Party of Canada after an extended campaign Egbert Gaye Annamie Paul, the newly elected leader of the Green Party of Canada admits that she represents a lot of “firsts.” And as the first Black woman as well as the first Jewish woman to lead a federal political party in Canada, the 47-year-old will be the first to tell you that she has had to break through barriers and to fight to get to where she is today. So whether it is to snatch the Toronto Centre riding from the Liberals in order to make …

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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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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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