Rosie Awori

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First woman and person of color to head a party in Quebec’s history

Dominique Anglade becomes the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec By Rosie Awori Dominique Anglade, MNA for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne and former economy minister took her place in history as the first Black person to lead a political party in Quebec, when she took the helm of the provincial Liberals on Monday, May 11. Over the past few months she was locked in a leadership race with Alexandre Cusson former mayor of Drummondville, who on the same day posted a message on his Facebook page, withdrawing from the race. He stated that having resigned from his duties as mayor to run …

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Hoodstock: on the frontlines in the struggle against COVID-19

Committed to community and worried about Quebec re-opening plans Rosie Awori Feeling cast aside by the public health system, Hoodstock, a community organisation in Montreal North took it upon themselves to raise funds for protective equipment which they begun distributing since the beginning of May. Montreal North which so far has been termed as the epicentre of the virus is also one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Montreal with a large number of minorities who have also been disproportionately hit by COVID-19. Following the decision to re-open businesses by the Premier Francois Legault, a few members of the community and …

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COMMUNITY entrepreneurs LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RE-OPENING OF THE ECONOMY WITH EAGERNESS AND TREPIDITION.

Rosie Awori For the past six weeks or so only essential services such as pharmacies, supermarkets, petrol station and banks were the only businesses allowed to operate In Quebec. As the weeks turned into months, business owners especially those in our community, where the foundations are not as strong, look to the future with uncertainty and a little trepidation The announcement by Quebec Premier Francois Legault, reopening of non-essential businesses later this month, has been received with a small sigh of relief but for our entrepreneurs still many questions remain. Most of all, how to navigate the new normal the …

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Call him DR. TEDROS: leading the global charge against COVID-19

Eighth Director General of WHO Three years into his term as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continues to stare down adversity and challenges even as he is called upon to provide scientific leadership to a world stricken by the most devastating pandemic in modern history. leadership to a world stricken by the most devastating pandemic in modern history. As the first African to hold the position, Dr. Tedros, who was born in Asmara, which at that time was in Ethiopia—but is now the capital of Eritrea, blazed a trail of excellence as a internationally …

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QUEBEC INCREASES MINIMUM WAGE to $13.50

Rosie Awori Quebecers earning minimum wage will be receiving a pay increase of 60 cents as of May 1, to reach $13.10, the provincial government announced on Wednesday April 15. This was in a bid to deliver on the promise it made on December 18, 2019 to increase the minimum wage in order to boost the purchasing power of low-income earners. The government stated that this 4.8 per cent increase will make it possible to reach the target ratio of 50% between the general minimum wage rate and the average hourly wage for 2020-21. The minimum wage for employees who …

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Across the USA BLACKS HIT THE HARDEST BY COVID-19

Rosie Awori Across the world, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 has been carving a path of death and despair, infected more that 1.5 million people and killing close to 100,000 so far. The world global superpower, The United States of America, with military might and financial power has not been spared. So far it has almost half a million confirmed cases and the death toll is racing towards 20,000. Sadly, over-represented in those numbers are African-Americans When the virus was first discovered, myths and other misinformation circulated freely among Black communities that people of African descent cannot contract the disease because …

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GLOBAL PANDEMIC: COVID-19

WHO makes declaration after weeks of increasing panic around the world… Rosie Awori After two weeks of mounting anxiety and rising cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 the World Health Organization has officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19, a pandemic. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO’s director-general made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday March 11. “Over the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased thirteen fold and the number of affected countries has tripled,” he said. The declaration signals pandemic, as an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area …

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Black Theatre Workshop and Espace Libre shine a light on Obaaberima

Mom wants him to be a pastor, dad wants him to be a lawyer… friends mock him as a girlie boy Rosie Awori Obaaberima is hitting Montreal stages for the second time. The story chronicles a young Ghanaian man who is Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime. On the eve of his release he tells his cellmates how he got there. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima gives the account of a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and …

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Katherine Johnson dies at 101

Her immaculate calculations at NASA gave the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 Rosie Awori They say that behind every great man there’s a great woman. Some may add, a woman who is three steps ahead. Often, this is used in the context of power couples. But wielding a pencil and a love of numbers, Katherine Johnson, who died on February 24, was behind the success of great men in the world. As a result of her mathematical mind, she helped plot the successful flight of Alan B. Shepard Jr., who became the …

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Invaded by Locusts

Billions of desert locusts are swarming across eastern Africa—mainly affecting Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania and have now crossed over into South Sudan who is already reeling from widespread hunger and years of civil war. The swarms are massive: one of the largest in Kenya is about 37 miles long and 25 miles wide. For reference, that could cover more than half of NDG. The swarms, which are dense enough at times to block out sunlight, are the worst to hit Ethiopia and Somalia in 25 years, and the worst in Kenya in 70 years. Desert locusts can travel …

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