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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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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Back in History – Reveals the true Black History

Regardless of how new and unique something may seem to be, it carries with it a legacy of the past. For everything that exists in the present has come out of the past. Therefore, the more we understand about the past the more we will know about the present. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat It.” – George Santayana. The Life of Reason (1905-06). For one month each year Canadians deign to pay attention to Black History in the most perfunctory manner possible. For many, it is all about the Underground Railroad, and how progressive Canada …

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No Whitewashing of Martin Luther King’s legacy. Let’s celebrate the Day in the Right Way

The fact must be recognized and appreciated that King’s legacy is not about sentimentality and nostalgia but about action. Our job is to stand together and to create that community of love that Dr. King fought and died for. I recently honored an invitation from Mme. Valerie Plante the newly elected Mayor of Montreal, to attend a reception at City Hall on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The reception was held under the auspices of Brian Bronfman, president of Peace Grantmakers Network, a group of philanthropic foundations, individual donors, and corporate and institutional partners working together in …

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Our Community: New Year, New Strategy

New Year has joined the list of things that are gradually becoming objects of derision and contempt among many people. These New Year pessimists reason that if a person has not been sufficiently inspired to follow their dreams in the present year, not much if anything at all, will change in the New Year. Point taken and noted. However, every New Year brings in its wake the probability for a new start, a new outlook. The operative word is “probable”, for it is probable that someone will seize the opportunity, take advantage and get their dreams back on track. The …

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T’is the season to be grateful and $ensible.

We need to recall the joys of Christmases because of the celebration of life, family and community, not Xmas trees, shop-till-you-drop sprees and gargantuan feasts. Yes, right after Halloween the buildup and conversion began, with tinsel and glitter replacing masks and costumes, and store circulars becoming much thicker due to longer advertising inserts. Buy! Buy! Buy! The recommendations are almost hypnotic. Merchants have become far more aggressive in trying to separate consumers from their dollars, as humans once again endeavor to bring to mind the reason for the season. Let us face facts: Christmas is a season that is equally …

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