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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A personal view on prevailing issues

While reason appears unreasonable, common sense in turn produces uncommon wisdom: to be different, operate at a higher level of reason and common sense, not feelings and emotions. There are times when I’m lost in amazement simply wondering how much time will elapse before more humans begin to use their brains rather than their feelings. Simply put, and plainly understood, when brains are used in a given situation, one is utilizing common sense. However, when one relies solely on feelings he/she is ignoring rudimentary elements of reason. Pursuing one’s feelings may feel good, but more often than not it produces …

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Domestic Abuse against Men—Truth, Fairness and the BIGGER PICTURE

Listen up everyone! And to the many sisters out there, rest assured that I have not jumped ship, being paid or have lost it completely. I stand, and always will, for truth and fairness and will address issues that threaten or compromise same as long as cognition persists. So easy over and let us together take a look at the bigger picture. May I add a final caveat that this article is not to be viewed as an excuse for domestic violence or abuse of any kind at any time. Certainly there are always better ways to resolve differences in …

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Honor Thy Dad

Having a Say—On Father’s Day I recall from my early years a quote from Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit. Fatherhood is not an act it is what males should repeatedly do. It should be a natural instinct not governed by rules. Father’s Day is just a few days away, the day set aside to celebrate the special man that is or was in each of our lives. Needless to say, it should be every day. While mothers are usually considered the ones who nurture …

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Trump’s Wall A Trumped-up Call

Growing evidence shows that the real threat lies within the wall not outside the wall. The leadership of the Democratic Party in the US and its various committees, totally blinded and blindsided by a strong dislike of President Trump: his pugnacity, his banality, along with an ongoing quest to bring about his downfall, are failing to see the multiplicity of problems that Americans are facing. Regrettably, Robert Mueller’s report did not produce the ammunition that they had hoped for. The U.S.-Mexico border is a distraction and the reasons proffered for its erection are both unfounded and factitious. Evidence exists that …

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Attention Black Community — Before Us lies our greatness

It is absolutely normal for Black folks to want to exude pride in our history, but sadly it is apparent that we have gone way overboard in the process. It is imperative that we stop moving from one point to the next in history, in the same manner we do as driving our cars from one point to another in the physical world. History is for looking to get our bearings or sense of presence, not dwelling or lingering upon… as a way of life. From a politically correct viewpoint, for example when I pull out of my driveway, I …

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Daylight Saving Time: Time to Ditch the Switch

Saving and improving or paving the way for continued mortal consequences? Each spring, whether we like it or not, we are prompted to wake up an hour earlier. Yes, each year we openly swear, mutter under our collective breaths and wonder as to the mental level of the individual(s) who invented Daylight Saving Time. Very few humans are aware of the fact that one man’s love of insects could have such a disturbing effect on the lives of so many individuals, and additionally on an annual basis. In 1895, British-born, New Zealand astronomer and entomologist, George Vernon Hudson, first posited …

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The province’s notion of inclusion is turning into a nightmarish delusion.

Quebec’s Bill 21: Secularism and Antagonism The leader of the American civil rights movement and Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Currently, Quebec is lending truth to the statement as the government and the people become enmeshed in the brouhaha surrounding religious symbols. The act and its accompanying fact were clearly spelt out in the CAQ’s campaign promises. Now everyone is beginning to shout as the premier shows what he is all about. First the say and now the play. On October 1, 2018 …

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Nothing to Hide – The Growing Divide

College Admission Scam There has always been admission cheats for some students in learning institutions elite—parental wealth mired in stealth and questionable mental health. Yvonne Sam Once the news broke about the college admissions scandals sting, Operation Varsity Blues, the scheme whereby rich parents have been accused of paying a college prep organization to take tests for students or to correct answers. Additionally, the organization also bribed college coaches to dishonorably help students gain admission as recruited athletes, irrespective of their abilities. In fact, the majority of the students who enrolled as recruited athletes did not participate in the sport, …

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Wither Justin Trudeau in 2019

Could the mushrooming SNC-Lavalin imbroglio hurt the Liberal government’s chances in the Fall elections? In 2015, when Justin Pierre James Trudeau swept into power, not only did he revive the Liberal Party, but also became an instant global superstar. Yes, he was not just simply Canada’s new Prime Minister, but young, tall and athletic, or so gushed the influential New York Times. The progeny of a Canadian political giant, he toppled the Stephen Harper-led Conservatives by following his father’s playbook. He ran as the youthful candidate, full of charisma, vigour, good looks and loads of new ideas, ultimately taking the …

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International Women’s Day 2019—Is the digital divide making it too late to innovate?

Here we are in March, longer days and the official start of spring, and the promise of renewed life as plant life push through the last of the snow. March 8 annually ushers in its wake the moment to celebrate the contributions of women and the revitalization of efforts to achieve gender equality in Canada and other parts of the Diaspora. It is a day when without regard to divisions—be they national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political—women are recognized for their achievements. While there appears to be some controversy as to how the first Women’s Day was established, there …

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