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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International Women’s Day 2019—Is the digital divide making it too late to innovate?

Here we are in March, longer days and the official start of spring, and the promise of renewed life as plant life push through the last of the snow. March 8 annually ushers in its wake the moment to celebrate the contributions of women and the revitalization of efforts to achieve gender equality in Canada and other parts of the Diaspora. It is a day when without regard to divisions—be they national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political—women are recognized for their achievements. While there appears to be some controversy as to how the first Women’s Day was established, there …

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Diversity on the Bench

Prime Minister Trudeau has a responsibility to ensure representation of racialized minorities in the judicial system  Once again the issue of diversity in the judiciary system has reared its intractable head, this time with a call coming from one of its very own. On January 31, 2019, Nova Scotia’s 22nd Chief Justice, J. Michael McDonald, in an exit interview with Canadian Press, called on Canadian courts to reflect more diversity. According to Justice McDonald, “everything is not working perfectly.” Justice McDonald acknowledged that traditionally the judiciary has been “pretty insular,” and asserted that he felt a responsibility to “be part …

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Back in History – Reveals the true Black History

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana. The Life of Reason (1905-06) No matter how new and exclusive something may appear, it carries with it a legacy of the past, for everything that exists in the present has emerged from the past. Therefore, the more we understand about the past the more we will know about the present. For one month annually Canadians condescend to pay attention to Black History in the most perfunctory manner possible. For many, it is all about the Underground Railroad, and how progressive Canada the Savior is. At …

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Over five decades after Martin Luther’s Death Dream Realized or Fate Finalized

“Heaven is the word for Canada”, said M.L.K in a 1967 lecture. As we celebrate his birthday, does such a statement still hold true? An assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968 fell Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, where he was planning to join a strike by sanitation workers the next day. The anniversary of his death as well as his birthday, January 15, have become important dates in the annals of both American and Canadian history, as well as in the long drawn out struggle for racial and economic justice. Montrealers will celebrate the …

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Oh Holy Night when would Christians get it right?

Clearing the Hall of Crowds of Folly. Historically the season called Xmas has been the recipient of a multiplicity of revisions, and I feel that the time has come for yet another modification. Do not get me wrong, but my main problem with Christmas does not lie in the celebration of itself, but instead the folly and ignorance of those who celebrate this highly commercialized holiday. Have you ever thought it curious that although two of the Gospel writers, Matthew and Luke describe the circumstances surrounding Christ’s birth (the other two don’t even cover the event), neither of them gives …

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The New Model of Maleness?

The decline and disappearance of much-needed masculinity is indicative of societal changes? Permit me from an estrogenic perspective to pose the following question: What has happened to men today? A rising tide of books, blogs, lectures, social media posts and magazine articles all point to the growing unmanliness and whiny immaturity of today’s males. More and more of them are seen as fearful, weak, indecisive, effeminate, childish inept creatures, no longer sure of their proper role in society. Terms such as wuss, sissy, snowflakes and other terms not suitable for print are terms we often hear (used) to describe men, …

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High Heels—To Wear or To Fear?

Appearing Tall—Poised for the Fall and the Sexist History behind it all Let’s get it right, from the start coming straight from the heart. I do not hate high heels, but instead abhor the idea that they are seen as indicators of female elegance, when in my experience the vast majority of females find them extremely painful and hobbling. Learning to walk in heels is a rite of passage for many women and can be an untrustworthy road paved with broken heels, sore feet, and unexpected tumbles. And on first learning to walk in heels, you tend to look like …

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Jewish murders in the synagogue: How Should Blacks Respond?

A Caucasian man, Robert Bowers, 46, walks into a Jewish synagogue in Philadelphia and kills 11 Jews, shoots four police officers, exits, gets arrested, gets into a police car totally unscathed. On the converse, a Black adult or adolescent brandishes a gun (or what is thought to be a gun), reaches for his cell phone, runs or drives away from the police, does not shoot anyone, and yet in seconds he is lying on the ground, shot dead or slumped lifeless in his car. The recent active shooter is not the first non-Black American mass murderer and shooter to be …

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We need not fear, a weed apocalypse is nowhere near

October 17, 2018: More questions than Answers The starting date for Canada’s big weed legalization has come and gone, and has drawn the attention of the world. Granted, while marijuana is not making its initial appearance in Canada, it is just that any Canadian who smokes pot no longer risks spending time in jail. Are we ready? In fact, are governments, police departments, suppliers and growers ready for the next few weeks and months? My response is no, and it is this negative response that augurs for a very interesting period to come. The Liberal government was asked by members …

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Post-Election—Too early to surmise on Quebec’s likely demise?

Is change always a good thing? Only time would tell or answer the question well. October 1 came and went and saw Quebec voters vote for change. Whether or not the electorate is pleased with the final results, there is no refuting that it is one for the history books. Voters sent a crystal clear message to the province’s two deep-rooted political parties, the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois that they wanted a change – old parties should go and allow new blood to flow. A constitutional shift took place, the effects of which would not be fully apparent until …

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