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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ONE19: JIREH and MONTREAL GOSPEL CHOIR celebrate Christmas

Egbert Gaye For thousands of Montrealers, it has become a signature of the holiday season in this city to spend an evening in the bliss with Jireh Gospel Choir and Montreal Gospel Choir. Last December, more than 2,000 packed the majestic sanctuary of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church at 309 rue Rachel East in downtown Montreal for a feast of music prepared by Carol Bernard, director of the two choirs: Jireh Gospel Choir, a long-standing institution in the city and the Montreal Gospel Choir, a 100-voice emerging musical force on the Gospel circuit. Bernard says both groups offer a combination of “authenticity …

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On The Horizon In Chateauguay

For three decades this community association has been an integral part of their city… Egbert Gaye About one-fifth of the 50,000 or so people that call Chateauguay home are identified as Black. They come from the Caribbean, Africa and other regions around the world and many have distinguished themselves by their achievements and their contributions to their community, their city and the province. For well over 30 years The Chateauguay Horizon Community Association has been striving to be a unifying force for the 9,000 or so Black people living in the region, many of who were there from quite early …

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Time for Trudeau to do something about our poverty issue

Daylight come… Coming out of a nasty election campaign and a little bit of a dressing down that left him with a minority government and a deeply divided country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has his hands full trying to hold on to power at least for the next 18 to 24 months, the usual life-expectancy for that type of administration. But as troubled as he might be over western anxieties that gave the opposition Conservatives almost every seat in that part of the country; pipe lines that his government owns but a big chunk of Canadians want to disown as …

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Community News

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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Community NewsSpecial Features

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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Community News

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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