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SUMMER IN THE CITY

Free flow of food, music and cultural activities at Parc Drapeau on July 7 The Best of Everything Jamaican at Jamaica Day Contact Staff Every year, tens of thousands of Montrealers come together to celebrate the best of Jamaica… its cuisine, it’s music and the arts, crafts and cultural nuances that make it one of the most exciting places on earth. This year, Montrealers can look forward to all of those things, together with a great line-up of local performers at the annual Jamaica Day celebrations at Parc Jean Drapeau, on July 7. The festival, which marks its 35th anniversary …

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PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

by Rasta KEITH It’s carnival time again. And on July 7, tens of thousands of Montrealers and their neighbors, friends and visitors from all over the world will converge on this city, which is so well identified by its seductive logo of those thick, red female lips, to revel in calypso and soca music as they dance and “chip” in the hot sun down the road. And as everyone already knows, there could be no real Caribbean-style street revelry without a good dose or overdose of rhythmic calypso or, for that matter, soca music. Sad to say, though, if one …

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Community NewsLife & Style

This Pioneer Woman Stands Tall

Egbert Gaye It’s easy to tell that Ms. Thelma Johnson is a giant, just look at the amount of people who’ve been standing on her shoulders. From the hundreds of students in Canada and Jamaica whose educational journey has been made easier by the bursaries and scholarships that she helped to facilitate to the community of women who has been empowered by her activism and advocacy, Ms. Thelma stands tall among us. More than that, so many of those who are infirm, marginalized and shut-in can still depend on her for a visit and a caring hand. But don’t expect …

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A Journey Back to Happier Times

Contact  STAFF The Umoja Reunion weekend continues to be an important ritual for many in the community who are held together by the bonds formed during their formative years in Montreal in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. So every two years they come from places far and wide, such Florida, New York Alberta, Toronto and Ottawa to celebrate and to catch up with each other. According to Phillip Alleyne, a former social worker at Batshaw Youth and Family Services, the bonds remain tight among the group “because of the close-knit community that we had back then.” He says the strength …

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No Reggae fest this year

Looking forward to bigger and better in 2019 for 15th Anniversary Contact Staff Every year for the past 14 years, music lovers looked to the month of August when they will make the pillgrimage to the Old Port of Montreal to soak  up a weekend of bliss, when a caravan of international stars come to town for Reggae Fest. This year, however, the music has gone quiet. In a recently released press release organizers of the Montreal International Reggae Festival confirmed what was many reggae lovers biggest fear, that the festival is cancelled for 2018. For weeks there has been …

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Shazel Patterson and Alaina Roberts earn first Montreal West Church Of God Of Prophecy’s scholarships

Contact Staff There was an abundance of grace at the Montreal West Church of God of Prophecy on Sunday, May 27, as the congregation extended a hand of encouragement to two outstanding students, Shazel Patterson, a member of the church on her way to Dawson College, and Alaina Roberts, a Communications student, at Vanier College. The two teenagers were winners of the first of what are intended to be annual scholarships offered by the Montreal West Gospel Choir and will each receive monetary assistance to assist them in their educational journey. Choir director Sister Bernice Gayle, who assisted in spearheading …

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Union United Church recognizes a stalwart

Ms. Emily Robertson is a long-standing advocate of her church and community Contact Staff On Sunday June 3, there was a packed house at Union United Church as the congregation was joined by other Montrealers to pay homage to Emily Robertson, a dedicated educator and community worker who made it her life duty to take a stand on behalf of the vulnerable. In Montreal since the late 1950s, Ms. Robertson taught for several years with the Protestant and Catholic school boards before consolidating her career as a librarian with the PSBGM. Her passion for community work led her to lend …

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CDN Daycare Celebration Delivered

  Contact staff At every interval during the evening, the overflow crowd that crammed into the Schofield Hall, in Town of Mount Royal for the annual Cote des Neiges Daycare Centre Banquet and Ball on Saturday, May 26, had something to cheer about. The event, which marked the Daycare’s 45th anniversary celebration, featured introductory remarks by three of its past students, Andrea Clarke, Robert John and Katrina Nurse, all of whom praised the institution for the formative impact it had on their lives and careers. The loudest cheer of the night was reserved for Mr. Osborne Allen, who founded the …

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THE CASE AGAINST REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY

 by Rasta KEITH The recent exchange of nuptial vows between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be remembered for various reasons for the rest of their lives by the millions of Earthlings who took the time off to view the pomp and pageantry. But as strange as it might seem, the marriage of the prince and the commoner has opened up some long-festering wounds among a noticeable segment of the black community. For although it appeared at first glance that everyone was happy for the newlyweds, there are those who feel that the occasion should be viewed as a …

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