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’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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Christmas Shopping: Most have no Manners

The absence of shopping manners especially during the festive season is truly calamitous. The holiday season is already on us, and strangely enough large department stores, shopping malls and food courts, figuratively speaking are presenting dependable petri dishes for sociologists burrowing into or ferreting out the morass of human self-entitlement, self-absorption and self-centered behavior. The crux of the matter lies in the fact that the most conscientious of people, those who know the spoken and unspoken rules of what constitutes good behavior in a polite society, automatically morph into subnormal dolts while out and about during the festive season. Strange, …

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Leaders, Choices and Voices

In Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter Woodson, the father of Black History asserts, “Blacks sometimes choose their own leaders but unfortunately they are too often the wrong kind. WE do not readily follow persons with constructive programs. Almost any sort of exciting appeal or trivial matter presented to them may receive immediate attention and liberal support. In many circles we have become so intellectually lazy that we will believe just about anything from anyone, that is, as long as we do not have to do anything except trumpet a Promised Land/ Eden message, and if we never have to sacrifice …

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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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