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Marc Garneau Explores Canadian Politics

Through the lens of the Liberals Rosie Awori The man who many consider to be the dean of Canadian politics, Marc Garneau sat down with the CONTACT to talk about the prospects of the Liberal party in the 2019 elections and his hopes for the future of Canada. He is also the first Canadian to travel to space and as it happened, it was also the 35th anniversary of his first trip into space. Having had the privilege of seeing the vastness of earth as well as Canada from space Garneau says has room says the immigration and refugees debates …

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Robert GREEN answers the call of the environment

Running for the Green Party in Westmount/NDG Rosie Awori “I have had bad climate anxiety. I know things need to change and we urgently need political leadership that will start acting to protect our civilization” Robert Green is teacher at Westmount High School and a climate change activist turned politician running for the Westmount-NDG riding in the October 21, general elections. He believes that the Green Party of Canada is the right vehicle to drive Canada away from the impending doom that is coming through climate change. His, is a personal commitment: “I had been feeling for sometime that I …

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KENYANS SHATTER MARATHON RECORDS

For the past 16 years, Paula Radcliffe’s women’s world record of 2:15:35 remained unmatched. However, on Sunday October 13, Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei shattered the record with a time of 2:14:05 She added to a weekend of great exploits by Kenyan athletes. On Saturday October 12, Eliud Kipchoge was the first athlete to run a marathon under two hours with a time of 1:59:40. His achievement comes a year after setting the new marathon world record in Berlin in September 2018 (2 hours and 1.39). It had been said that it was impossible for an athlete to run 42.195 kilometers …

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Drones significantly changing the transport sector in Africa.

Over the last decade, a number of technological innovations have emerged to inject new life into Africa’s transport sector. One of them is the drone revolution. By definition, a drone is an unmanned aircraft. Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASes). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot that can be remotely controlled or fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems, working in conjunction with on-board sensors and GPS. In 2015, Kenya adopted the use of drones to stop poaching. A pilot project was introduced in Ol-Pejeta conservancy, a …

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BCQ celebrates 50 years with a gala evening

Rosie Awori The privileges that many Black Quebecers enjoy presently can be attributed to the work that organizations such as the Black Coalition of Quebec (BCQ), put in. And this year, the BCQ is marking 50 years of advocacy work started by its forerunner the National Black Coalition of Canada (NBCC). So much so that Dan Philip name has become synonymous with the struggle for equality. He was a founding member of the national organization (NBCC) when it was established in 1969 but Philip says he was motivated, by the Sir George Williams Affair to incorporate the BCQ and formulated …

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Montreal International Black Film Festival Kicks off

Rosie Awori The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is coming to Montreal for the 15th year in a row. The festival is Canada’s largest film event that’s purely dedicated to Black cinema, it also boasts as the only bilingual Black film festival in North America (French and English.) The festival aims at shining a spotlight on diversity in Black cinema. This year, the festival will run from, September 24, until the 29th it will feature over 90 films showing at six venues around Montreal Kicking off the event will be the screening of the film, Harriet, a biographical film about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet …

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African Countries to Adopt Swahili as a Formal Language

During the recently concluded 39th Ordinary Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the Julius Nyerere International Center, Tanzanian president, John Magufuli asked his fellow heads of state to consider making Swahili a formal language. ‘‘I am appealing to your excellencies to fast track the adoption of Kiswahili to be among the four official languages in SADC,” he said. Consequently the 16 SADC countries have agreed to adopt Swahili as one of their languages. The news has been greeted with interest and has drawn praise from some quarters. Rwanda, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, …

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ZIMBABWEAN STALWART ROBERT MUGABE GOES TO GLORY

ROBERT MUGABE DIED AT A SINGAPORE HOSPITAL ON SEPTEMBER 6 Rosie AWORI “Mash it up-a in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)//Africans a-liberate (Zimbabwe) No more internal power struggle //We come together to overcome the little trouble
Soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionary//’Cause I don’t want my people to be contrary” After singing to the crowd, at midnight of April 17, 1980 with tears in his eyes, Bob Marley watched as the Rhodesian flag came down and Zimbabwe’s new flag go up. His performance wasn’t paid for, instead the iconic reggae star undertook all the expenses for he and his band to …

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Feds putting up $25 Million for Canada’s Black Community

Rosie Awori Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean Yves Duclos, was at the Mandela Centre of the Cote Des Neiges Black Community Association on August 27. He was there to announce that the government will provide $25 million spread over the next five years to Black communities across Canada. Flanked by a group of officials representing organizations that serve the Black community, the minister outlined his government’s objective behind the money, stating that a large amount of the funding will go towards community organizations across the country that work with marginalized youth. “This initiative is another very …

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African Roundup Sept 5, 2019

XENOPHOBIA ON THE RISE IN SOUTH AFRICA According to reports by South African police, five people have died in the violence that has spread around Johannesburg. The nationalities of the deceased have not been released and the circumstances of the deaths remain unclear as police fight to quell the situation. The Road Freight Association of South Africa estimates that more than 200 people have been killed in attacks targeting foreign truck drivers in South Africa. The organization says that well over 1,000 vehicles have been destroyed in the process. The violence is believed to be as a result of the …

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