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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Let’s talk about mothers who are present

Children learn more from what you are, than from what you teach: W.E.B DuBois. There is an urgent need to talk about issues that are staring us in the face. After all you know that I am all about progress for the race and the community as a whole, so I have got to tell the truth regardless of whose ox it gores. I am fully aware that raising children is not an easy task; however, I hope that the single parent in the home raising the children that they are conscious of the messages they are conveying. Recently, I …

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Child Support—“The Truth Report”

It is the custodial parent who is there every morning and every night, when your child is hungry, it is their face your child is looking into… We have for many years bought into the warped logic that the government uses the child support to keep the Black man down. That the government forces Black mothers to remain single by putting restrictions in place that will make sure the Black man cannot live in the home with the Black mother, if she wants to continue receiving social benefits. While this may ring partly true, we are far removed from the …

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Quebec Human Rights Commission— A Failing Grade.

Who will come to the Commission’s aid to ensure a passing grade? It is blatantly clear that the Commission continues to act deceptively unfair, and should reveal for all to see their Systemic Racism Policy. The Quebec Human Rights Commission is responsible for promoting and upholding the principles of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms by any appropriate measures, including investigating into possible cases of discrimination and the introduction of litigation. However, recent situations have shown that the Commission is guilty of a breach: not practicing what they preach. In fact, the very investigators have been accused by complainants …

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What about Canada’s other Pandemic?

All must see that like Covid-19, racism is treated with the same alacrity…. Another pandemic of baronial proportions currently grips Canada. Millions are unemployed, and millions more remain sheltered in the confines of their domiciles, as Covid-19 metamorphoses into an economic crisis. However, on a note of profound dolefulness many Canadians have failed to be cognizant of the fact that there has been another pandemic raging in Canada since its founding so many centuries ago. Thousands of Canadians have contracted the highly contagious virus, however in similarity akin to Covid -19 only some experience symptoms. While we struggle to find …

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Quebec’s Bill 40: Educational Conflagration

Bill 40 is viewed as a hurried bill with accompanying negative consequences for Québec’s public schools… On October 1, 2018, a general election was held in Quebec. It was the first election in 40 years wherein Sovereignty was not a campaign issue.With the absence of such a sensitive issue that had long divided Quebecers, traditional voting blocs were freed up, allowing federalists and separatists alike to change their allegiances. Such a move brought in its wake a landslide victory for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ). The victory began as the continuation of a succinct ailing process, one that would not …

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Black History Month Celebration: Utility or Futility?

The month of February comes right after January, bringing a rush of advertisements heralding Black History Month. All I can do is simply amalgamate nuances with gratitude that such a month still exists, along with society’s attempts to make the ruling majority feel better under the simulacrum of doing justice for those not in power. Is the utility of the celebration embedded in the fact that Black History is not being taught and that trumpeting it, even for the shortest month of the year, is the best alternative? The observance belittles Black history, and although it has served as a …

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Male Views regarding their Absence in the Pews

have been doing some ongoing observations, which I will share, but with a warning that my manner of communication may be construed as being somewhat direct. However, understanding is requested; I am just being honest and keeping things real. Today, in the majority of Black churches there is a marked absence of Black men. In a determined effort to ascertain the reason behind the brothers displaying social treason, I broached the topic with a few males. Do not attempt the messenger to shoot, for the message bears the truth. Submitted herein are their views explaining their absence in the pews: …

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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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