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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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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The province’s notion of inclusion is turning into a nightmarish delusion.

Quebec’s Bill 21: Secularism and Antagonism The leader of the American civil rights movement and Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Currently, Quebec is lending truth to the statement as the government and the people become enmeshed in the brouhaha surrounding religious symbols. The act and its accompanying fact were clearly spelt out in the CAQ’s campaign promises. Now everyone is beginning to shout as the premier shows what he is all about. First the say and now the play. On October 1, 2018 …

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Nothing to Hide – The Growing Divide

College Admission Scam There has always been admission cheats for some students in learning institutions elite—parental wealth mired in stealth and questionable mental health. Yvonne Sam Once the news broke about the college admissions scandals sting, Operation Varsity Blues, the scheme whereby rich parents have been accused of paying a college prep organization to take tests for students or to correct answers. Additionally, the organization also bribed college coaches to dishonorably help students gain admission as recruited athletes, irrespective of their abilities. In fact, the majority of the students who enrolled as recruited athletes did not participate in the sport, …

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Wither Justin Trudeau in 2019

Could the mushrooming SNC-Lavalin imbroglio hurt the Liberal government’s chances in the Fall elections? In 2015, when Justin Pierre James Trudeau swept into power, not only did he revive the Liberal Party, but also became an instant global superstar. Yes, he was not just simply Canada’s new Prime Minister, but young, tall and athletic, or so gushed the influential New York Times. The progeny of a Canadian political giant, he toppled the Stephen Harper-led Conservatives by following his father’s playbook. He ran as the youthful candidate, full of charisma, vigour, good looks and loads of new ideas, ultimately taking the …

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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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