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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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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Community News

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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Community News

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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Community News

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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Community News

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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Commentaries

Too many Blacks in Canadian prisons

About five years ago the federal government was alerted to an unsettling trend unfolding in the Canadian justice system: the growing number of Blacks in prisons. In 2016, Howard Sapers, who at the time was serving as Correctional Investigator of Canada, warned that the Black Canadian prison population was growing at an alarming rate. That year it had increased by more than 70% since 2004 when he took office. Fuelled by a criminal justice system that has been tainted by racism, the number has been growing every year. Nobody paid it any mind because jail continues to be seen as …

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Damien Sneed’s We Shall Overcome coming to Place des Arts

By Egbert Gaye As a young boy growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Damien Sneed felt a strong connection to Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who was born about two hours and 15 minutes away in Atlanta. “I’ve always seen Martin Luther King Jr., as a genius that was a global voice for justice,” says Sneed, who wrote more than his fair share of reports and features on his idol in the classroom and in churches as a young man. “I’m not sure that people value what he did for the world.” It’s not surprising then that Sneed—who …

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Commentaries

Quebec’s values test is insulting and dangerous

Quebec premier Francois Legault and his governing Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party are playing games with peoples’ well being as they try to score political points with their base. That’s exactly what the new Quebec values test comes down to: creating an environment of arbitrary fear and hatred towards immigrants. We know that it’s not something that’s unique to Quebec because despots and wanna-be political strongmen the world-over, including the bad-boy just south of the Canadian border, have been making a perceived threat from immigrants central their belligerence and hate-filled rhetoric. So it has been with Mr. Legault and the …

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Community News

Jamaica Assoc. elects new president and executive members

Egbert Gaye Mark Henry, renowned for his powerful voice in the city’s faith and Gospel music community, and as a mentor to displaced youth replaces Michael Smith as president of the Jamaica Association of Montreal, which held its Annual General Meeting and elections of officers on Saturday, December 14. In his transition speech, Smith says he’s walking away because of the time imposition on his life. “I’m going to look after me for now,” he told the AGM. Henry was acclaimed to the position. Sharon Nelson, who as secretary over the past four years has been a driving force in …

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