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The knowledge to confront autism

Montreal mother wrote the book as a way  to help her family and other dealing with the disease BY: Rosie Awori “Before I had my son, I never knew what autism was, I doubt I had even heard the term autism or autistic,” explains Dr. Sazini Nzula as she reflects on her extraordinary parenting journey. When she and her husband welcomed their bundle of joy, they were not prepared for the way their lives were about to change. “I noticed my son wasn’t doing things at the regular pace of some of his peers, he took a while to eat …

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Jamaica National Expo 2018: Networking, business opportunities and more for the Jamaican-Canadian community at Pearson Convention Centre and Ruby Foo’s

Contact Staff   It’s a networking opportunity unlike any other available these days, when thousands of Canadians gather in Toronto and Montreal for the Jamaica National Expo 2018, a massive exhibition of businesses and professional services connecting Jamaican-Canadians with their homeland and Diaspora communities. Jerrold Johnson, chief representative officer, in the JN Canada Representative Office, said the Expo is a great opportunity for those persons who are interested in investing in, or expanding their businesses to Jamaica, or want to explore current real estate offerings and access well-needed services. Now in its second year, the Expo will be staged at …

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Park School on April 29 Young WEST CAN performers on Show

At Westmount Park School on April 29 Contact Staff It has become one of the most anticipated cultural events in our community, when the young dancers, singers and drummers of West Can Folk Performing Company get on stage fort their annual recital. Over the last couple of years that they have been staging this show, the youthful performers have always been at the top of their game entertaining the consistently sold-out audiences that show up for these events. Expect the same on April 29, at Westmount Park School, when the Class of 2017-18 takes to the stage to showcase to …

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Born To Rise: April 21 at Loyola

Aiesha Robinson’s continuing crusade against vetiligo and other human adversities Contact Staff Aiesha Robinson remembers too well those dark days after she was diagnosed with vitiligo (a disorder caused by the absence of melanin in certain areas of the skin, which leads to irregular shaped white spots on different areas of the body.) She was 18 at the time and says it was devastating. “I felt as if I was in a dark space with no one to turn to… no one to help me get out of it,” she recalls. “I wouldn’t want anyone to experience that kind of …

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Donette returns to Montreal on April 21

New Album in Hand… ‘Bask in His Glory’ By Rosie Awori From the moment she launched her first album, Ultimate Source, five years ago, Donette Thompson-Hall’s star has been on the rise on both the national and international circuits. The Toronto native, famously dubbed “rare diamond,” lives up to this title as a vibrant singer who ministers fully under the power of the anointing, allowing God to take full control. Her voice carries power and a definite testament to intimacy with her heavenly father. Since she arrived on the Gospel scene, she has found great success and received many awards, …

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Brunch at Lincoln’s Sunday, April 22

Best way to welcome Spring 2018   Contact Staff On Sunday, April 22, all roads lead to Lincoln’s Cuisine at 1497 Dollard in LaSalle (next to Ramdass Foods), which is steadily gaining popularity for its Sunday Brunch. The menu for this treat promises to be mouth-watering and will feature everyone’s favorite, ackee and saltfish. But host Patricia Dawkins is offering an expanded table with many other Jamaican brunch specials such as   callaloo and saltfish, pickled mackerel and liver, all of which will be served with green bananas, fried breadfruit, fried dumpling and yam, together with coffee or tea or your …

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Commentaries

THE KING IS DEAD BUT THE MESSAGE LIVES…

Celebrating a renowned global civil rights icon The spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was ubiquitous last Wednesday, April 4, as peace-loving people of various stripes converged on Union United Church to commemorate and celebrate his life and legacy. More profoundly it was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the internationally-renowned activist, advocate, anti-war critic, social justice and human rights advocate, Nobel Peace Prize recipient… He was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, that evening—perhaps for a respite from another hectic day of Civil Rights activity, just “doing God’s work” as he …

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On to Martinique and St. Thomas

The brewing Atlantic storm kept cruisers at bay but the ship still off a lot of fun, entertainment and great food We got back to the ship on time, and as we were getting onto the tenders, the waves were getting bigger and bigger, causing the tender to hit the steps of the ship real hard. A woman screamed, literally cursing at the crew, as she wanted to know if they were trying to get the passengers killed! Other passengers were not listening to the crew at all, trying to jump onto the stairs – one false move and they …

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Exploring Dr. King’s Legacy 50 years after his assassination

His Message continues to resonate By Adelle Blackette It was August 1967. The Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. addressed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at a pivotal moment – a turning point. A core aspiration of the civil rights movement – the Voting Rights Act – had been achieved but there was rioting in the street of Watts – rioting is what Dr. King referred to in his CBC Massey Lectures here in Canada as the “language of the unheard”, and communities demanded justice, Black Power. Former allies began to get nervous, but Dr. King deeply understood the call for Black …

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What If…?

The other day I was thinking, what would my life look like if I did everything that I really wanted to do? Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself  “what if?” What if you really took the time to get to know yourself and discover what you really want out of life? What if you allowed yourself to love and be loved? What if you embraced the present moment and enjoyed your life now? What if you were truly honest with yourself? What if you were more vulnerable? What if you trusted God with your whole heart? What …

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