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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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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Racism in the Cannabis business

Are there any Black folks well positioned in the industry? Even in the face of a thriving industry there’s still evidence of racial inequity. Unparalleled even by the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 is the 2019 booming Canadian cannabis industry. June 2018 saw the Cannabis Act (C45) paving the way for the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018. Presently, in all Canadian jurisdictions, police and prosecution services are capable of pursuing criminal charges for cannabis marketing without a license issued by Health Canada. Nevertheless, as a general election looms on the horizon, I believe that Canadians, especially Blacks, are …

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America already knows the answers to her Woes

Answers rooted in history “[…] It is our duty of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for our rulers.” John Jay, First Chief Justice, U. S Supreme Court. Once again America is in the throes of yet another mass shooting and finds itself scrambling for explanations amidst the damnation and ruination. Both America and the modern world broadly deny the existence of the spiritual, desiring only material explanations. As long as the spiritual connection is not made, there will be no peace in the land. Today, people scoff at the existence of God, and even those who believe …

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Parental Responsibility Revisited

Children to school with the latest electronic devices are being sent instead of being armed with the basic equipment As the return-to-school date draws closer, there remains an issue that, if allowed to continue, will ultimately serve as the educational knell of our children. I am not talking about large classrooms, inadequate-student-teacher ratio, or poor school funding. Nor is this article to be viewed as a name, blame or shame game. Straight to the point, I am putting a spotlight on the issue of responsibility for the negative classroom behaviors being displayed by children. Ill-discipline or a bad attitude not …

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Our Children Are Unable To Read

It’s a fact: learning to read is not as easy as learning to talk At the risk of sounding like the portender of doom, or having any similar moniker attached to my name, let it be known that our children are falling through educational “gulfs” not “cracks.” The question is why? The response to such a question lies fundamentally in dysfunctional home environments, and already overburdened teachers. Naturally, the dysfunctional nature of the instructional “curriculum” also bears a significant part of the responsibility for why children are not learning. Black children especially are falling through an educational gulf because of …

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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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