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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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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Is this exercise yet another reporting charade? Or is a change within range?

Quebec launches Public Consultation on Systemic Racism and Discrimination Yvonne Sam Finally, Quebec is moving in step with her neighbour, Ontario, in the aftermath of a 2,662-signature petition tabled by Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir, which called for “the creation of a consultation commission on systemic racism.” On Thursday May 20, Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Kathleen Weil unveiled plans for the public consultation on systemic discrimination and racism in Quebec, scheduled to commence next September. To this end the government and the Quebec Human Rights Commission, along with non-profit groups intend to hold province-wide meetings geared towards listening to …

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Reading is revolutionary

The struggle of Black people have been well-documented by multiple theologians, historians, journalists and researchers, as well as our ancestors who were in the unfortunate position of being in the ultimate form of bondage. Barbarities such as raping of our women, castrations, public lynching for (other people’s) “entertainment”, and the separation of families… were the norm for our people. Add to that the stripping us of our culture and suddenly you have a group of people in 2017 in the same position they have been since the 1600s. Much has changed since then, and while all of these have been …

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Black Lives will only matter when the Black Vote matters

We absolutely need a political strategy; it is nonsense to believe otherwise. Black lives will never matter in Canada until they matter to Black people enough that will force them to utilize every tool in the toolbox to fight back, and the biggest tool is the Black vote. A lingering question permeating the minds of Blacks throughout the provinces is how many more not guilty verdicts can the community take, especially when it comes down to police officers and the shootings of unarmed Black males. Yet another devastating blow was dealt to the Black community in Toronto when recently an …

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Quebec’s Glory shown through our Story?

Quebec and diversity are not fully compatible, but is there also a continued historical dissonance? The recent outrage and consequent debacle that surrounded the St. Jean Baptiste parade with singer Annie Villeneuve on a float being pushed solely by Black males calls for all concerned to nose dive into history books before sounding the alarm. Surrounding the float were droves of singing parade goers, bedecked in white from head to toe, which further caused social media to erupt in a brouhaha, criticizing the lack of representation and diversity by the organizers of the parade. The community quickly compared the images …

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