Rosie Awori

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On the B-ball court: $12,000 in total fines for Blacks, a warning for whites

Rosie Awori- (Local Journalism Initiative) As restrictions slowly started easing in late May, nine young men took to the courts to enjoy a game of basketball. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a de-stressing activity resulted in them being slapped with a fine of nearly $12, 000 in total for apparently violating COVID 19 measures in the Repentigny area. Many are saying that it is more evidence of racial profiling that has been on the rise in a borough where Black residents have been complaining about bias treatment at the hands of the police. At a news conference on Sunday …

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Remembering the legendary Senegalese singer Balla Sidibé

Senegal has lost a star, the death of singer Balla Sidibé, one of the founding members of the legendary Senegalese Afro-Latin band Orchestra Baobab group, on Wednesday, July 29, in Dakar, has come as a shock and devastation to many. The Association des Métiers de la Musique du Senegal (AMS) announced the news that, “Balla Sidibé, did not wake up this Wednesday morning after a busy rehearsal day with his fellow musicians.” Born in 1942, Sidibé worked in the police force in Senegal before he decided to pursue music full time. He went to the then cultural hub of Casamance …

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Hope hinges on Canada’s safe third country ruling

Rosie Awori Local Journalism Initiative Following the election of President Trump in 2017, Samba was among the 27,000 migrants who made their way into Canada using Roxham Road- where Quebec and New York meet. This number was a dramatic rise from the 2000 migrants who crossed over in the year before. “I didn’t know what my fate would be I had already demanded for asylum and been refused I didn’t want to get deported I had nothing back home what would I be going back to?” he explains to the CONTACT. “I followed what people who had managed to get …

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A GLOBAL SNAPSHOT OF COVID-19

Pandemic still raging: Coronavirus Numbers fluctuate across North America, Europe, Latin America and Africa Rosie Awori – Local Journalism Initiative A little more than 120 days ago, the world came to a halt as governments across the globe began instituting shutdowns of various kinds in an effort to stem the frighteningly increasing number of people being infected by COVID-19 the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The pandemic declared by the World Health Organization on March 17, remains in effect today, even as the numbers fluctuate from region to region. As governments move to slowly ease restrictions and reopen economies, …

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Alphonso Davies: Dawn of a brilliant career

Africa’s gift to Canada and the soccer world He is only 20 years old but already Alphonso Davies boasts a track record that would be the envy of many soccer players. Moving to this country as a child of refugees from Liberia, no one could have anticipated that he would become Africa’s gift to Canada and to the soccer world. His time in in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich since 2019 has seen him reach to the top of the German Bundesliga league where he was named Rookie Of The Year in his first season. His talent on the pitch …

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Montreal police Unveils New Street Check Policy

In the face of widespread accusations of systemic biasesRosie Awori (Local Journalism Initiative) The Montreal police department is undergoing a seismic shift overnight with the new street check policy unveiled on Wednesday July 8. Sylvain Caron, Montreal’s police chief announced the new policy following the findings of an independent study in fall 2019 showing that Blacks, Indigenous and other people of color were far more likely to be stopped by the SPVM. Those researchers also noted that no policy on street checks existed and suggested that the force put one in place. And although it stopped short of accusing Montreal …

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Black police officers in Mtl. challenge union on systemic racism

As T.O. city council votes for police reforms Rosie Awori (Local Journalism Initiative) Black officers in the Montreal police department (SPVM) are speaking out against the “culture of silence,” that permeates within the force and sustains systemic racism. In a letter to the Montreal Police Brotherhood, the nine Black officers expressed their surprise at the union’s president Yves Francoeur’s denial that systemic racism exists within the force. The letter also stated that Mr. Francoeur doesn’t understand their reality and asked him to acknowledge its existence in order to address it effectively. Earlier in June, Francoeur gave a series of interviews …

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Here’s NAYA ALI

Part of an exciting line-up of multicultural acts for this year’s virtual Jazz Fest Rosie Awori – Local Journalist Initative Conversations around how we consume entertainment and how that’s changing is definitely in the forefront right now, and it’s refreshingly exciting to watch this year as Montreal International Jazz Festival launches its first ever digital festival on Saturday, June 27 designated Multiculturalism Day in Canada, with an appropriate line-up  of diverse performers reflecting the cultural mosaic of this country. One of them is Addis Ababa born and Montreal bred Naya Ali who is carving out  her place in the local …

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Jazz is in the Air: June 27-30

Mtl. Jazz fest goes digital with a special edition Rosie Awori Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Over the past 40 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has become the signature event celebrating summertime in this city. Too bad, the 41st edition with its spectacular line-up of shows and activities had to be cancelled along with all other festivals due to the COVID-19 crisis. But organizers have decided that this summer, there will be music in Montreal. So come June 27, until June 30, they will offer music lovers worldwide, a special edition of the festival on the FIJM digital platform, MONTREALJAZZFEST.COM, …

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ORIJIN VILLAGE LAUNCHES UNITE AND PROSPER

Williamson Dulcé: We want all Black businesses in Quebec to come together and know each other… Rosie AworiLocal Journalism Initiative Reporter With the goal of ultimately uniting and educating black business owners through the power of technology and give them a tool that will help them improve their business reach and profitability, the non-profit organisation, Orijin Village has launched UP| Unite and Prosper. Up is a technology platform to equip entrepreneurs from Black communities with new solutions and support innovative projects that have a strong social impact and feature sustainable business models. Stéphanie Jecrois, Carla Beauvais, and Williamson Dulcé are …

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