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EMSB in Trusteship. Jennings in charge

Contact Staff Marlene Jennings, who in 1997 became the first Black woman elected to Parliament in Canada, was tasked by Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge to serve as administrator of the English Montreal School Board, which was placed under trusteeship by the Quebec government on November 6. Her appointment comes in the midst of a drawn-out conflict between the Coalition Avenir Quebec government and administrators of the school board, whom it accused of poor governance and irregularities in the awarding of contracts. The accusations stemmed from a report delivered to Roberge following an investigation he launched into the EMSB earlier this …

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BCQ wants M$171 in profiling case

Contact STAFF The Black Coalition of Quebec has attached a figure to its class-action lawsuit against the City of Montreal for racial profiling, abuse of authority and other injustices carried out by the police against visible minorities. Dan Philip, executive of the BCQ says the $171,000,000 that the organization is demanding is justifiable because of the high number of Montrealers who have been victimized by the police. “As we have seen from the recent report by those two researchers, more visible minorities than we anticipated have been victimized by the police and many of them are coming forward to be …

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COMMUNITY urged to reach out and touch THE CAREY FAMILY

Fund raising “baby shower” on Friday Nov. 22 Rosie Awori In the spirit of togetherness, several individuals and community groups are getting together to extend a hand to a family here, a refugees from the hurricane-stricken island of the Bahamas. The Carey Family–husband Howard, his eight-month pregnant wife Sonovia and their five children–was forced to abandon their home in the Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island in September. They lost everything they owned and some of their relatives were killed. Their story of survival was first published by the CONTACT two weeks ago and since then many members …

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G’da born philosopher brings a powerful message of self-growth

Leading From Above The Line is a principle-grounded approach to leadership and personal development Contact Staff Grenadian philosopher and author Theodore U. Ferguson packs a powerful resume, behind a “unique and transformational philosophy” that has already positively impacted the lives of professionals across the Caribbean and beyond. His philosophy of Leading From Above The Line is a principle-grounded approach to leadership and personal development. He has worked with regional and international organizations, governments, state corporations, private and public sector organizations, professionals and most importantly, youth. He stated that his philosophy was developed specifically “to address the leadership challenges in rapidly …

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Two years later Antigua and Barbuda continues to recover

Contact Staff New UWI campus and new renewable energy plant Two years after Hurricane Irma almost crippled the economy of Antigua-Barbuda, the small twin-island state has been experiencing a significant uplift in its socio-economic outlook with two major projects boosting its education and energy sectors. With the opening of the Five Island Campus this past September, the country became the site of the University Of The West Indies’ fifth land campus, joining Trinidad and Tobago (St. Augustine), Jamaica (Mona) and Barbados Cave Hill) and the major Medical Facility in The Bahamas. The campus, which began admitting its 800 students this …

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Spotlight on Uncle Freddy Lalchan and Sister Tonya Julien

HOPFAN celebrates Impact and Excellence Tynesha Mullings Give honor to whom honor is due… this is a biblical statement that provides guidance to many. These days people are so quick to publicize scandals great and small or to broadcast the wrong that people do, but what about the good? Granted, no one is perfect and yes, even saints fall at times but by encouraging others we help one another get back up. We build each other up. Today’s society often overlooks the good in others and as a result, many of us have (even unintentionally ) neglected in showing our …

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Truthful Lies come to Montreal on Nov. 2

Play written by J’can playwright and staged by T.O. Production Company touches on sensitive subjects but tinged with biting Caribbean humor Contact Staff Theresa Baker’s love of the performing arts is rooted in her childhood days in Jamaica, growing up in a household with a mother who is a professional actor and where a passion for the stage abounds. Long before moving to Canada in 2006, to Alberta, she stamped her name on the theatre and performing arts circuit, as a familiar presence in television commercials, music videos and short films, as well as performing for royalty and winning awards. …

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BCQ Standing Tall on its Silver Anniversary

Union United Church and Montreal Community Contact among 50th Anniversary honorees Contact Staff On the evening of Saturday, October 5, a wide cross-section of Montrealers crammed The Living Room Banquet Hall in Mount Royal to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Coalition of Canada. The evening bubbled with excitement and community upliftment as the packed hall of politicians, union leaders, community advocates together with business leaders, the spiritual community and everyday Montrealers joined in the celebration of an organization and its leader, Mr. Dan Philip, devoted themselves to the defense of human rights and social justice. The work and …

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