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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Quebec in denial

Quebec needs to be aware – The issue of Racism will reappear. Cancellation is not equal to Annulation. Denying racism is the new racism (Bill Maher) Following the aftermath of a 2,662-signature petition tabled in the National Assembly by Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir, calling for “the creation of a consultation commission on systemic racism”, and voices calling for a legislative committee to look into the matter increased in volume, Premier Philippe Couillard’s government announced the immanency of measures for consulting the public on systemic racism in Quebec. On May 20, Kathleen Weil  then minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion …

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If America is tired of mourning gun violence she must take action

America — Oh! say can you see — what is happening to thee? — Gun violence is eating away at your national soul. Already battling her own evils, America is now caught up in yet another mass slaying. The lesson to be learned from this ghastly carnage is that there will be more such shootings. The usual reaction will follow, ones that we have seen and heard far too often: nonstop media coverage, opinions of weapon analysts, lowering of flags at half mast, moments of silence, offering of thoughts and prayers, and a day of national mourning… Tragedies such as …

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Oh What a tangled web

PQuebec,  systemic racism and the Human Rights Commission The Premier’s move was bold, but the truth must be told. To the watching public, the Couillard’s government recent removal of the Human Rights Commission’s mandate to lead the consultation on systemic discrimination and racism, and its subsequent renaming and reframing, may appear like a new move. But in reality it was nothing short of an ace card waiting to be played. Now Quebec is in full control of the consultation under newly appointed Immigration and Diversity Minister David Heurtel, and Francois Blais (Employment and Social Solidarity), and the nomenclature “Promoting diversity …

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Mainstream Media, Politics and Law Enforcement

This comparison of the sexual victims of two men of means is in no way meant to disparage or deprecate their experience, but to show instead in black and white how two similar situations are treated not only by society in general, but by law enforcement and the news media. Enter two white men of means, both possessing political influence and clout. Some of the men’s accusers are white women, while the other man’s are young, gay Black men. The main actors are the same color; the victims’ are a different color. The response from the media and the Democrats …

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Leadership: A Call to Action

The Black community is currently in need of a unique leadership group that is courageous enough to speak truth to power and work towards a socio-economic society protected by political might. Life’s experiences have forced me to adopt the level of thinking that I have, one which usurps mediocrity and regularly challenges me to avoid maintaining the status quo. This explains why I tackle critical and sometimes controversial key issues, which negatively impact the Black community every day. Ever so often someone in the Black community asks me the following questions: “Who is our leader?” “Where are our leaders?” Such …

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Quebec’s systemic discrimination and racism hearings should be open

Testimony has a greater impact if one can see and hear the person testifying. The hearings are an opportunity to heighten public awareness. The Quebec inquiry on systemic discrimination and racism has yet to begin hearings, but what’s already apparent is that the Couillard government does not want the exercise to be transparent. When the consultation was announced in July, all Quebecers were urged to participate, with the hearings being touted as an occasion to find tangible and permanent solutions to the issues at hand. Now we learn that Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and the Quebec Human Rights Commission have …

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Parent & Teacher Partnership Equals School Success

Parents need to know and understand that learning begins at homeand that they are their children’s first pedagogue…. For a school year to be deemed successful, parents, teachers and children must be involved in building strong relationships and partnerships with mutual respect. As our kids return to school, ready to start another school year, it is important that parents, especially those who have kids entering school for the first time, be on the same page. A successful school year starts with parents and children not only in the same band and marching to the same tune, but are fully committed …

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Charlottesville: America the Real versus America the Ideal

America’s historic embrace of the Confederate flag is indicative of a collective failure to eradicate white supremacy as an ideology, and is in great part contributory to the recent attack in Charlottesville The violence that erupted at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday can clearly be seen as a wake-up call for America, especially those who repeatedly avow that the world has changed and America is a post-racial society. Despite the absence of white robes, nooses and burning crosses, the largest organized gathering of armored and armed white supremacists in almost a generation in aptly named …

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Municipal Elections: Reflection or Rejection of Diversity

By Yvonne Sam On November 5, 2017 Quebec municipal elections will be held in the city of Montreal. The voting populace will elect 65 positions on the Montreal City Council, including the mayor, borough mayors and city councillors, as well as 38 borough councillors. Projet Montreal’s team of candidates for Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and Cote-des-Neiges are Sue Montgomery (Mayor), Magda Popeanu (CDN), Irina Maria Grecu (Snowdon), Graham Carpenter(Darlington), Christian Arseneault (Loyola) and Peter McQueen (NDG). There’s not a single person of colour on the team running in Montreal’s most populous borough, which has a more than 30% non-white population. No obvious displayed …

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After the Commission— Would Racism be in Remission?

Thursday, May 20, saw Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Kathleen Weil unveiling plans for the public consultation on systemic discrimination and racism in Quebec, which is scheduled to begin in September. The province will create different ways that would allow public participation in the consultation process, such as the launching of a website where Quebecers can answer a questionnaire and share personal stories. An additional four working groups will be created in areas where discrimination is a concern, such as work and employment, health, education, social services and housing. On completion of the consultation process, Quebec’s commission on human rights …

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