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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MLK Day: How close are we to the Mountaintop?

Montreal first in Canada to formally recognize King’s contribution to society. King’s contribution to society. Come January 20, the third Monday of the month, Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated in both Canada and America. Every year, along with our American neighbours, we go through the ritual of honoring the clergyman, secular civil rights leader and martyr. Along with the celebration come frequent recitations of his stirring “I Have A Dream” speech delivered at the Lincoln memorial on August 28, 1963, during the March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and his final speech “I have Been to the …

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THIS WE MUST GET… LEST WE FORGET: THE TRUE REASON FOR THE SEASON

May this Christmas bring us closer to the spirit of human understanding It is that time of the year when we’re inundated with Christmas special reruns, holiday cheer, remakes of old jingles and advertisements encouraging us to find the best gift for that special someone, not to mention every other person in one’s life. Strange but true, Christmas is also that time when people are expected to tolerate borderline abusive behavior of people in their lives, in the name of holiday spirit. There appears to be (origin unknown) an unspoken rule that the holidays are the time of the year …

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Canadian Youth and Vaping — No governmental escaping

Yvonne Sam All levels of government need to protect the youth against the evils of e-cigarette use. Whoever said that vaping is harmless is merely blowing smoke. Electronic nicotine delivery systems, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, or vapes) are a relatively new product category, which first emerged in Canada in 2004. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that mimic the smoking experience using an inhalation and heating process that vaporizes fluid within the device. The liquid solution varies in composition but is usually propylene or vegetable glycol-based and can be combined with other ingredients and flavours. Nicotine may be present or not. E-cigarette use …

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Christmas Shopping: Most have no Manners

The absence of shopping manners especially during the festive season is truly calamitous. The holiday season is already on us, and strangely enough large department stores, shopping malls and food courts, figuratively speaking are presenting dependable petri dishes for sociologists burrowing into or ferreting out the morass of human self-entitlement, self-absorption and self-centered behavior. The crux of the matter lies in the fact that the most conscientious of people, those who know the spoken and unspoken rules of what constitutes good behavior in a polite society, automatically morph into subnormal dolts while out and about during the festive season. Strange, …

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Leaders, Choices and Voices

In Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter Woodson, the father of Black History asserts, “Blacks sometimes choose their own leaders but unfortunately they are too often the wrong kind. WE do not readily follow persons with constructive programs. Almost any sort of exciting appeal or trivial matter presented to them may receive immediate attention and liberal support. In many circles we have become so intellectually lazy that we will believe just about anything from anyone, that is, as long as we do not have to do anything except trumpet a Promised Land/ Eden message, and if we never have to sacrifice …

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At What Further Cost to Black Students?

Yvonne Sam A recent, detailed purveyance of students’ school report cards painted a glaring portrait of indifference and irresponsibility regarding the academic experiences of Black students in Quebec’s elementary and secondary schools. This display of indifference embraced a scarcity of access to appropriate reading materials, as well as a paucity of supportive teachers and administrators. The School Boards were certainly not meeting the educational needs and interests of the students. A failing grade was obvious. Findings of conflicts, mismanagement and serious governance issues has now been corroborated by Quebec’s Education Minister Jean Francois Roberge in a recent report in which …

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Do Black-Canadian Medical Doctors Matter? You Bet They Do

The definition of colour has always been somewhat enigmatic, and in my opinion, nothing could be more misleading than the term, applicable to any person who is not “white.” In today’s world the term has become all-encompassing. Unlike the term coloured, which was previously used to refer to Black people, colour is now used to refer to anyone, who is non-European. Recently, I came across, via social media, a call for women and applicants of colour to apply for consideration for admission to medical school at an acclaimed university. Do not, for one moment, harbor the thought that the call …

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Is the Montreal Police ready to work towards removing the Schism of Racism?

Reports show ‘systemic biases’ when it comes to race within Montreal police There is a familiar French expression, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” which, when translated means, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Following the recent announcement of a class action suit, along with new allegations of racial profiling, the Montreal Police disclosed a new strategy aimed at eliminating racial and social profiling. According to Alex Norris, Chairperson of the Public Security Committee, the plan is the most ambitious and comprehensive far-reaching plan that the SPVM has ever adopted to combat and prevent …

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The Dems are playing with fire but it will not be Trump who gets burnt

Impeachment—The act of desperation that may lead to Ruination It has become apparent that the Democrats are seemingly in desperate need of guidance before their eventual riddance. Do they really believe that an impeachment just before a general election is the correct thing to do, or the right way to go morally and politically? There they are fully convinced that with President Donald Trump’s call to his Ukraine counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, they have him exactly where they want him. We have all travelled down that road before. The Russia probe was supposed to terminate in impeachment. It did not. Claims …

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Canadian Government Proposes Improving Black Health By Addressing Mental Health In The Community

The issue of mental health is not only taboo among Blacks, but also well hidden, as many of us regard mental illness as a “White person’s disease.” The World Health Organization stated that around 450 million people currently suffer from the conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/. Prevalent within our communities are misconceptions and misconstructions around what mental illness means, and in addition anxiety, depression and other disorders. The degradation and humiliation surrounding mental illness is certainly cumbersome, as Black folks hold the belief that seeking professional help is a sign …

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