Yvonne Sam

About the Author Yvonne Sam

Yvonne’s columns always provoke reaction. Her folksy take on everyday issues is refreshing. With degrees in Education and Nursing, she continues to work in both fields.

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Marijuana Decriminalized—Is Canada leading the way to moral decay?

  God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.” The words above are the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem, but sadly, none of it rings true any longer. Oh! Canada can’t you see, no one is standing on guard for thee. Today while there is much more knowledge available than any other time in history, very few would take umbrage at the revelation of the fact that people are no wiser than before. On the other hand, many would contend that we are living …

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Skilled trade workers, degrees and the economy

While millions of students rack up startling university debts and gain no skills, millions of high-paying trade jobs go unfulfilled I know for a fact that as I begin to indict that I may arouse the anger or the awe of some who sincerely think and feel that I should know better. There are many people on the left side of the spectrum who will tend to dismiss my opinion, deeming it biased and unfair. From their perspective, it appears that I am endeavoring to belittle their institutions wherein bright young students can receive diplomas in agenda-driven activism and victimhood. …

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Fathers Day? Every day— The Power of the Black Father

A father’s responsiveness to his children and his emotional availability are key characteristics of fathers that facilitate childrens development. Some fathers come home every day wearing a suit and a tie. Some arrive home wearing coveralls speckled with paint or dirt. Others arrive home wearing a blue-collar uniform. Yet there are others who come home clad in civvies after a long day of just looking for work. Regardless of the circumstances, if they arrive in the spirit of love, they bring a power to the home that cannot be substituted. Regrettably, our culture just does not honor fathers as was …

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Post-Mother’s Day – The Other Say?

What do we really celebrate on Mother’s Day – When what is considered motherhood is no longer a reality? Mother’s Day recently went by with all and sundry celebrating, recalling, acknowledging and appreciating in all manner, shape and form the maternal sacrifices made – basically Mom being there. Sadly, what we consider motherhood today is no longer a reality. In Canada, Britain, the United States and even Australia, motherhood means not being there. Plainly stated, motherhood means dropping the kids off to someone, somewhere else but home, on the way to work. For millions of children, the person teaching them …

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Musings on Mother’s Day

People far more eloquent than I have written about mothers and why they’re so special, but three words immediately come to my mind: nurture, safety and love. The dictionary definition of mother is concise: “A woman in relation to her child or children.” In my opinion this definition is somewhat lacking as mothers are so much more. Actually, there may not be another word with deeper, more copious connotations in the English language than “mother.” Agatha Christie, the English novelist, makes no mystery of the bond between mother and child: “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else …

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Time to retire the “M” word

The term “minority” is part of a media language entangled in equivoques and the tortured complicated syntax that serves to unveil Quebec’s avoidance of straight talk about race relations. Yvonne Sam Over the course of history, Blacks have struggled (and still continue), to have the “N” word totally removed from thought, word and deed. Using one word or phrase to describe an entire group of people never fully captures the nuances of that group. True power lies in specificity. Of noteworthy mention is the fact that the classic American novel Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain in 1884, drew fire …

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Keeping it real as we remember

He would be shocked if not stunned at how little has changed in terms of Blacks’ encounters with the criminal justice system and law enforcement community.   Even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our despair against our will comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. Aeschylus On April 4, the United States marked 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. On the day that King was assassinated he was in Memphis fighting for fair wages …

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Ongoing failures at the Quebec Human Rights Commission

In the face of the sexual assault probe— Should there have been a Ministry of Detection to ensure proper Youth Protection? Just a few days after Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard, announced that he was sending reinforcements to the already beleaguered Human Rights Commission, Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee announced the resignation of Camile Picard, the interim head of the Commission following a report of his involvement in a police investigation regarding sexual relations with an underage teenager whom he later paid $50,000 to settle a lawsuit in 2010. Quebec’s French newspaper La Presse reported that in 1983 Picard, while working …

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Parkland Shooting—Gun Debate vs Racial Fate

The reaction to the students of Stoneman Douglas High has revealed the truth about how the trauma of certain groups are perceived and received. Emanating from the February 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has been a group of tenacious teenagers who are determined that schools in America will continue to be places of learning and not be converted into killing fields. Prior to the carnage that left 17 people dead, an incident that will undoubtedly haunt the American psyche for years, shooter Nikolas Cruz was yelling to the entire world his intentions to shoot …

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It’s clear to see America is facing a crisis of responsibility

Beyond the Guns Once again America is engulfed in what she does best—mourn, the most recent reason being the senseless killing of 14 students and 3 faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It’s the 18th school shooting for the current year, and the 291st since 2013. To any concerned human, the revelation of such data sounds like a serious crisis that begs immediate attention. Most troubling of all, is the fact that following each deadly shooting rampage, which by now can be considered almost routine, there is a rush to make each incident follow a …

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