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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Inter-generational growth at Black Aging community

New executive director charting new course at CBAC Egbert Gaye A year ago as Katrina Nurse prepared to take the helm of the Council for Black Aging Community of Montreal (CBAC) there was some trepidation for the 30-something-year-old, unsure of what to expect in the service of an organization of elderly Montrealers. After all, much of her work experience was at the other end of the life-cycle spectrum as director of a daycare. Much to her surprise, not only was the transition smooth, but also the experience so far has been mutually enriching for her and for the organization. “Personally, …

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Our Joel Anthony is looking at another phase in life

13 years of professional basketball. Still standing, still winning Egbert Gaye Joel Anthony looks back at a professional career that spans 13 years so far, 11 in the NBA, that included being a two-time World Champion with Miami Heat, playing legends such as Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, also representing Team Canada as well as winning back-to-back FIBA Americas League championship and Argentinean championships with San Lorenzo of the Argentine professional league (Liga Nacional de Basquet). Today, the 37-year-old sees the time fast approaching when he will put that illustrious basketball career away for good. And he’s comfortable with that. …

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Report shows Blacks, Arab and Indigenous people targeted by Police

Authorities still in denial about racial profiling Egbert Gaye For the past nine months a litany of reports from different sources painted the ugly reality of the relationship between our community and police departments around Montreal. Incidents of arbitrary and unjust interventions, tickets and even physical abuse of Blacks by the police have triggered calls for a governmental response to reign in a force that obviously is out of control when dealing with minorities. Through it all, the three levels of governments, (The City of Montreal who employs the police, the provincial public Security minister, and the feds) have all …

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Montrealer Nicholas Johnson stands tall at Princeton

Local student cops the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award By Egbert Gaye Montrealer Nicholas Johnson continues on his trail of academic excellence, snagging the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award, at the prestigious Ivy League institution, at their award presentation ceremony on September 8. As stated on Princeton’s website, the award is given to the undergraduate who, at the end of the junior (3rd) year, has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the university. Johnson, a graduate of Selwyn House School, who attended Marianopolis College for one year, is an operations research and financial …

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Something new at Carib Patties Restaurant

Enhancing people’s relationship with their food Egbert Gaye Going into the restauranbusiness three years ago, Peter Francis brought with him an understanding of the way people relate to their food. “They have a strong relationship with their food. They eat mainly for their well-being and, of course, for taste,” he says. “My goal is to enhance that experience.” To make that happen, Francis and his life partner, Sandra Lynch, have fashioned a little operation, Caribe Patties, located at the corner of Jean-Milot and Lafleur in LaSalle, where they offer food made with ingredients that are fresh and appetizing and delivered …

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Federal government provides $300,000 funding for seminal project to assist Black youth in crisis.

Andrea Clarke, executive director of Head and Hands frames Project STAY By Egbert Gaye The way Andrea Clarke sees it an ever-expanding cross section of Black and Indigenous youth who are caught in the web of the child welfare or youth protection services are facing a crisis situation. She says many of these youth of color, including those who identify as Black LGBTQ+ are often “actively undermined by the institutions that were supposed to support and elevate them.” And as such many of them are being placed on a path that leads to mental illness or disorder. She says pointing …

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Mother still in shock over son fatally shot by police

Egbert Gaye This past July 30, Mrs. Erma Gibbs, celebrated her 65th birthday. It was one of the worst days of her life. “On my birthdays my son is usually at my side… now he’s gone, I miss him so much, ” says the tearful NDG resident, remembering her son Nicholas Gibbs, who was shot by police on August 21, last year. She says she spent what should have been a joyful day in her apartment, caught up in the grief of a loss that seems unbearable to her. “I’m still in shock, because we were so close. He was …

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Racial Profiling Class Action goes forward

Judge rules that case will be heard in Quebec Superior Court Egbert Gaye Over the past couple of decades the Montreal police department has been accused of being relentless in targeting Blacks. Whether on the streets or in their homes, Black Montrealers have been complaining about what many deem to be an oppressive force that brings a heavy hand to most of their interactions. None more so than Black youth and Black drivers have faced the brunt of police abuse with arbitrary stops and detentions that have led to unfair financial burdens and criminalization. At every step in those interactions …

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Mental Health is an issue in our community

Shirlette Wint, clinical social worker, psychotherapist, researcher and cultural consultant labels it “Post Traumatic Slave/Colonization Syndrome” Egbert Gaye Hard numbers and data to determine the prevalence of mental health issues in our community might be hard to come by, but you can’t hide from the anecdotal evidence: everyone of us knows an individual or a family suffering through the throes of heightened anxiety, depression or bi-polar disorder. So it is, experts say, for marginalized groups that have to deal with all the fallouts of racism such as denial of opportunities, insults, micro-aggression and slights sometimes on a daily basis. In …

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Business Sold

Emrith, Savi and family close a chapter at Caribbean Curry House. Egbert Gaye Over the past 39 years, there have been many moments of extreme joy at the Caribbean Curry House on Victoria Street in uptown Cote des Neiges for our community and other Montrealers, lots of eating, drinking, socializing and endless shyte talk and laughter. Who can forget all the occasions and reasons we have had to be there: The Friday Nite Lime; for the get-togethers with visiting artistes out of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada and across the Caribbean; Uptown Street Festival, the Children’s Christmas Party; …

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