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Generation Gap renewed urgency to help minorities see Social Work as a career choice

Information session on October 28th Contact Staff After two years of success, the Generation Gap program returns this fall, driven by the same objectives: to increase the number of visible minority students in the field of social work by providing meaningful conversations and a supportive environment. Carole Sandy, a clinical counsellor and graduate of the School of Social Work at McGill University, is one of the facilitators of the program; she says the field of social work, like many other health-care professions, flourishes when diversity and inclusion is encouraged. The Generation Gap program works with visible minority students who are …

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West Can Project video to be launched in November

This year, 2020 did not unfold quite the way it should for members of West Can Folk Performing Company. Before COVID-19 struck, the group set out an elaborate project to conduct workshops on Afro-Caribbean folk dance, drumming, singing and storytelling work across the community and involved as many associations and organizations as possible and end with a massive community-wide exposition themed, Afro-Caribbean Folklore in Quebec, but it was not to be. However a number of workshops outdoors, via videoconference and as of late in-person classes at their Cultural Arts Center located at 7419 Harley Avenue Montreal. Among the group that …

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Kamala Harris presents a new face to America by man-handling Pence

Just like that irritating little kid we all knew in our childhood, Donald Trump likes calling people names. So the morning after the vice-presidential debate during which Kamala Harris rang rings around his running mate Michael Pence, Trump called her “a monster and a communist.” As a closet racist and an outright hater, it must have killed Trump to see this Ms. Harris taking his boy to task on the absolutely dreadful job that his administration did in fighting the coronavirus outbreak that infected more than 7 million Americans and killed well over 211,000. And that was only the beginning, …

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Expanded EI benefits and three other programs to bring COVID-19 financial relief to Canadians

Contact Staff About 4.7 million Canadians were benefitting from the estimated $80.6 billion dished out by the federal government under the Canadian Emergency Response Benefits (CERB) over the past six months to assist workers who have been sent to the breadline because of the COVID-19 outbreak. However as of September 26, when the program came to an end, the lifeline of as many as two million have been threatened as they stand to lose the $500 per week that came with the payout. In keeping with the government’s pledge “to be there for Canadians” as the coronavirus rages on, Employment …

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A Sparkling 100 for Mrs. Sylia Goin

Egbert Gaye In the darkness that the COVID-19 pandemic has cast over Montreal, Mrs. Sylia Goin remains a special light shining for members of the Goin, Boldon and Corbie families, all prominent in the Black community here in Montreal as they are in their native Trinidad and Tobago. On August 19, the woman who stands as the matriach of the highly regarded clan, marked her 100th birthday surrounded by her son Colin, daughter Sharleen as well as grand-children and other family and friends for a golden celebration, which was dampened only slightly by the Covid-19 outbreak. The occasion offered those …

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Calling seniors to dance, drum and stretch on-line

Contact Staff Through their “Golden Connections” project members of West Can Folk Performing Company is using technology to keep seniors in the community connected, active and in touch with Caribbean culture. The seniors program which is offered online targets those who are 55 years old and over, especially in the Black English Speaking community and will teach them the basics in Caribbean folk dance, stretching and drumming. Organizers say the classes will promote well-being, increase levels of physical activity, improve memory, improve coordination and help to reduce the feeling of isolation and loneliness some seniors in our community are experiencing …

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JAMAICA ASSOCIATION adjust services to conform with Covid-19 Code Red

Contact Staff In keeping with the new regulations in place for the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, the Jamaica Association of Montreal has made changes to the delivery of services out of its offices. According to directive coming out the association, the office will remain open with regular office hours: Monday to Friday 9 am – 5pm; but email or phone contact only – there will be no access to the office or other spaces in the association. However, FOOD BANK SERVICES that have been deemed an essential service will remain open and clients can enter up to the main landing- …

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