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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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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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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