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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Racism in the Cannabis business

Are there any Black folks well positioned in the industry? Even in the face of a thriving industry there’s still evidence of racial inequity. Unparalleled even by the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 is the 2019 booming Canadian cannabis industry. June 2018 saw the Cannabis Act (C45) paving the way for the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018. Presently, in all Canadian jurisdictions, police and prosecution services are capable of pursuing criminal charges for cannabis marketing without a license issued by Health Canada. Nevertheless, as a general election looms on the horizon, I believe that Canadians, especially Blacks, are …

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America already knows the answers to her Woes

Answers rooted in history “[…] It is our duty of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for our rulers.” John Jay, First Chief Justice, U. S Supreme Court. Once again America is in the throes of yet another mass shooting and finds itself scrambling for explanations amidst the damnation and ruination. Both America and the modern world broadly deny the existence of the spiritual, desiring only material explanations. As long as the spiritual connection is not made, there will be no peace in the land. Today, people scoff at the existence of God, and even those who believe …

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Parental Responsibility Revisited

Children to school with the latest electronic devices are being sent instead of being armed with the basic equipment As the return-to-school date draws closer, there remains an issue that, if allowed to continue, will ultimately serve as the educational knell of our children. I am not talking about large classrooms, inadequate-student-teacher ratio, or poor school funding. Nor is this article to be viewed as a name, blame or shame game. Straight to the point, I am putting a spotlight on the issue of responsibility for the negative classroom behaviors being displayed by children. Ill-discipline or a bad attitude not …

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Our Children Are Unable To Read

It’s a fact: learning to read is not as easy as learning to talk At the risk of sounding like the portender of doom, or having any similar moniker attached to my name, let it be known that our children are falling through educational “gulfs” not “cracks.” The question is why? The response to such a question lies fundamentally in dysfunctional home environments, and already overburdened teachers. Naturally, the dysfunctional nature of the instructional “curriculum” also bears a significant part of the responsibility for why children are not learning. Black children especially are falling through an educational gulf because of …

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A personal view on prevailing issues

While reason appears unreasonable, common sense in turn produces uncommon wisdom: to be different, operate at a higher level of reason and common sense, not feelings and emotions. There are times when I’m lost in amazement simply wondering how much time will elapse before more humans begin to use their brains rather than their feelings. Simply put, and plainly understood, when brains are used in a given situation, one is utilizing common sense. However, when one relies solely on feelings he/she is ignoring rudimentary elements of reason. Pursuing one’s feelings may feel good, but more often than not it produces …

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Domestic Abuse against Men—Truth, Fairness and the BIGGER PICTURE

Listen up everyone! And to the many sisters out there, rest assured that I have not jumped ship, being paid or have lost it completely. I stand, and always will, for truth and fairness and will address issues that threaten or compromise same as long as cognition persists. So easy over and let us together take a look at the bigger picture. May I add a final caveat that this article is not to be viewed as an excuse for domestic violence or abuse of any kind at any time. Certainly there are always better ways to resolve differences in …

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Honor Thy Dad

Having a Say—On Father’s Day I recall from my early years a quote from Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit. Fatherhood is not an act it is what males should repeatedly do. It should be a natural instinct not governed by rules. Father’s Day is just a few days away, the day set aside to celebrate the special man that is or was in each of our lives. Needless to say, it should be every day. While mothers are usually considered the ones who nurture …

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Trump’s Wall A Trumped-up Call

Growing evidence shows that the real threat lies within the wall not outside the wall. The leadership of the Democratic Party in the US and its various committees, totally blinded and blindsided by a strong dislike of President Trump: his pugnacity, his banality, along with an ongoing quest to bring about his downfall, are failing to see the multiplicity of problems that Americans are facing. Regrettably, Robert Mueller’s report did not produce the ammunition that they had hoped for. The U.S.-Mexico border is a distraction and the reasons proffered for its erection are both unfounded and factitious. Evidence exists that …

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Attention Black Community — Before Us lies our greatness

It is absolutely normal for Black folks to want to exude pride in our history, but sadly it is apparent that we have gone way overboard in the process. It is imperative that we stop moving from one point to the next in history, in the same manner we do as driving our cars from one point to another in the physical world. History is for looking to get our bearings or sense of presence, not dwelling or lingering upon… as a way of life. From a politically correct viewpoint, for example when I pull out of my driveway, I …

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Daylight Saving Time: Time to Ditch the Switch

Saving and improving or paving the way for continued mortal consequences? Each spring, whether we like it or not, we are prompted to wake up an hour earlier. Yes, each year we openly swear, mutter under our collective breaths and wonder as to the mental level of the individual(s) who invented Daylight Saving Time. Very few humans are aware of the fact that one man’s love of insects could have such a disturbing effect on the lives of so many individuals, and additionally on an annual basis. In 1895, British-born, New Zealand astronomer and entomologist, George Vernon Hudson, first posited …

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