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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Narratives surrounding the Notorious N- Word

Another N word that has fueled the aforementioned N-word is “NOTHING!” It’s the filthiest, dirtiest, nastiest word in the English language,” was the view of prosecutor Christopher Darden when the issue of saying the N-word came up in the 1995 murder trial of US football star OJ Simpson. In Quebec The N-word has nauseatingly become the topic of lively debates in recent days, starting with the suspension of a University of Ottawa professor for using the derogatory term in class, followed by Montreal High School teacher Vincent Ouelette who was recorded using a racial slur multiple times, claiming it was …

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U.S. Elections: No Matter who Wins, Reality now begins

Hang on to your pillows—Politics do make for strange bedfellows It does not matter who wins the presidential elections, there is no exit from the roller coaster anytime soon. A lot of campaigning time was spent planning every move short of homicide that would ensure Trump the nation’s germ would not get a second term. Many voters going into the election held the belief that if Biden wins the presidency, the constant disruption, chaos, and social unrest will recede because Trump will no longer be president. Some of them actually hinged their vote on that. Those exasperated voters and every …

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If The Coronavirus Killed the Handshake and the Hug, What Will Replace Them?

The pandemic has brought in its wake the possible elimination of this ubiquitous form of salutation or agreement Have no fear but be aware: ‘the truth can no longer be hid Covid has changed all that we did.’ The handshake has always represented a deeply established social custom, and the most ubiquitous form of salutation or agreement. But thanks to the emergence of Covid 19 the hands are once again being recognized, as vectors for infection. There are some who do not shake hands for religious or cultural reasons, and who feel that the current restriction should has served to …

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Death by Demission of the Viens Commission

By Yvonne Sam Joyce Echaquan’s death is a national shame but nurses are not the only one to blameThe death in a Quebec healthcare facility of 37-year-old Joyce Echaquan from the Atikamekw nation of Manawan, coupled with the degrading circumstances surrounding her demise, has not only dealt a severe blow to the gut of the nursing profession, but has once again made Quebecers painfully aware of Premier Francois Legault’s deep- seated denial of racism, and highlighted national failure to treat the disease embedded in its very core. Following Radio-Canada’s investigative program, Enquête, uncovering of stories of sexual violence by Quebec …

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# Black Lives Matter Movement— Is Clarity and Accountability needed?

As onward they go how much about the movement do protesters really know? As protesters took to the streets all over the country to protest police brutality following the killings of Black, Indigenous or visible minority individuals the phrase “Black Lives Matter” became synonymous or interchangeable with the movement. Irrespective of where you may be situated on the speculative scale, a significant percentage of the protesters have done so in a peaceful manner, but it was the violent ones who continued to get most of the attention. Nonetheless the focal point of this column is not on that, but to …

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The Black community should be hell-bent on “community improvement….” “We stand at the gates of an important epoch, a time of ferment, when spirit moves forward in a leap, transcends its previous shape and takes on a new one… A new phase of the spirit is preparing itself.” George Friedrich Hegel. Wednesday March 11, the 71st day of 2020 proved to be totally unlike any other in Canadian and later world history——— the point at which, in a matter of hours uneasiness about the imminent atypical coronavirus changed into a sudden, wrenching nation-altering standstill to daily life and routine. The …

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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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