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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Jewish murders in the synagogue: How Should Blacks Respond?

A Caucasian man, Robert Bowers, 46, walks into a Jewish synagogue in Philadelphia and kills 11 Jews, shoots four police officers, exits, gets arrested, gets into a police car totally unscathed. On the converse, a Black adult or adolescent brandishes a gun (or what is thought to be a gun), reaches for his cell phone, runs or drives away from the police, does not shoot anyone, and yet in seconds he is lying on the ground, shot dead or slumped lifeless in his car. The recent active shooter is not the first non-Black American mass murderer and shooter to be …

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We need not fear, a weed apocalypse is nowhere near

October 17, 2018: More questions than Answers The starting date for Canada’s big weed legalization has come and gone, and has drawn the attention of the world. Granted, while marijuana is not making its initial appearance in Canada, it is just that any Canadian who smokes pot no longer risks spending time in jail. Are we ready? In fact, are governments, police departments, suppliers and growers ready for the next few weeks and months? My response is no, and it is this negative response that augurs for a very interesting period to come. The Liberal government was asked by members …

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Post-Election—Too early to surmise on Quebec’s likely demise?

Is change always a good thing? Only time would tell or answer the question well. October 1 came and went and saw Quebec voters vote for change. Whether or not the electorate is pleased with the final results, there is no refuting that it is one for the history books. Voters sent a crystal clear message to the province’s two deep-rooted political parties, the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois that they wanted a change – old parties should go and allow new blood to flow. A constitutional shift took place, the effects of which would not be fully apparent until …

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Senators, Similarities, Sexual Assault, and the U.S. Supreme Court

After the “she said” “he said” Will the nomination go ahead? We have to give it to America and her reputed brand of politics—– never short of actors or characters, especially with the stage in Washington perpetually poised as politicians gerrymander under a canopy of feigned candor. Now the likely Supreme Court nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is the latest in the middle of a maelstrom of Beltway politics. The latest accusatory actress to enter the political dictionary of Washington with the names of others such as Anita Hill, is Christine Blasey Ford 51, who claims that Kavanaugh attacked her …

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Whither the Black Vote

Yvonne sam It’s election time, with Quebec’s 42nd general election set for October 1, and Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec poised to oust Premier Philippe Couillard and the Quebec Liberals. Along with the notification comes an earnest plea for everyone to vote, especially Blacks. Not voting can itself be a way of voting. The trumpery of the present Liberal party campaign has led some of us to decide that we want no part of it, and so will not vote. There are, of course, those who challenge the idea that everyone should vote. According to an oft heard argument, there’s …

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Facts: Caps, Hats & Etiquette

Yes, entire generations have come of age with little understanding of proper hat protocol… Hats and caps are staying on in more places these days. Have the ‘dos’ and don’ts” of headwear devolved to meet the expectations of an all-casual, all-the-time generation? I am penning this inquiry in the hope that male readers would respond, thereby updating me as to current social mores and etiquette pertinent to the vexing practice of wearing hats and caps indoors. What is the contemporary etiquette in men’s headwear, as nowadays there does not appear to be much order when it comes to hats and …

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Two Legends, Two Legacies, Two Different messages

“When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” (Julius Caesar II, ii, 30-31) On August 16, minutes following announcement of her death, tributes to Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, started pouring in from musicians, actors, producers, high-profile executives, political figures and others. Former U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted, “Aretha helped define the American experience… In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. According to the family, death …

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Let the Children be Children

Today’s children are being systematically exposed to issues that parents never had to confront when raising children decades ago We can babble on and on about how much we care about the wee folk but they seem to be way down on the list after our jobs, homes and cars. Most of us can’t seem to put them into daycare soon enough so we can get on with our all-important careers. (The Culture of Narcissism, Christopher Lasch). We currently exist in an anti-child culture where the world of childhood should be about innocence, but as a culture today we scoff …

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How parents can help to avert academic mishap

Bridging the educational gap We are frequently reminded of the three-year gap between Black and white students in the school system. There are many who love to believe that such is attributable to income, fatherlessness, academic background of the parent, and lack of parental involvement. But it is my personal belief that a major cause of this gap is that we continue to close schools for the summer thereby treating education like an agrarian economy. If you multiply three months by 12 years we will arrive at the reason for the three-year gap. We need to keep our youths academically …

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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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