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Here’s NAYA ALI

Part of an exciting line-up of multicultural acts for this year’s virtual Jazz Fest Rosie Awori – Local Journalist Initative Conversations around how we consume entertainment and how that’s changing is definitely in the forefront right now, and it’s refreshingly exciting to watch this year as Montreal International Jazz Festival launches its first ever digital festival on Saturday, June 27 designated Multiculturalism Day in Canada, with an appropriate line-up  of diverse performers reflecting the cultural mosaic of this country. One of them is Addis Ababa born and Montreal bred Naya Ali who is carving out  her place in the local …

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Racism Report exposes Montreal

38 recommendations calling on the city to do better by its minorities Egbert Gaye With deep-planted roots in Montreal, the Black community along with the Indigenous people of Canada have been the poster-children for systemic racism and discrimination for centuries in a society that’s built on a foundation of white supremacy. Issues of racism, institutional and individual, have been part of our lives constantly. Today, interestingly enough, those issues have become part of the conversation in corporate boardrooms and among decision-makers and among politicians far and wide. In Montreal, Mayor Valerie Plante has been called upon to add her voice …

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Jazz is in the Air: June 27-30

Mtl. Jazz fest goes digital with a special edition Rosie Awori Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Over the past 40 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has become the signature event celebrating summertime in this city. Too bad, the 41st edition with its spectacular line-up of shows and activities had to be cancelled along with all other festivals due to the COVID-19 crisis. But organizers have decided that this summer, there will be music in Montreal. So come June 27, until June 30, they will offer music lovers worldwide, a special edition of the festival on the FIJM digital platform, MONTREALJAZZFEST.COM, …

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Dr. Stephen Blizzard: A Global authority in Aviation Medicine

Remembering a Canadian trailblazer and an Icon of Trinidad and Tobago Egbert Gaye With the passing of Dr. Stephen Vernon Arthur Blizzard on June 9, at the Lakeshore Hospital in Ottawa, this country lost a dedicated servant whose exceptionalism in the field of Aviation Medicine identifies him as a true Canadian trailblazer.Born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1928, Dr. Blizzard was a certified veterinarian before moving to Canada where he earned his medical degree and as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, earned his wings as a jet pilot before moving into the RCAF Institute of Aviation Medicine …

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Montrealers march and kneel against racism

Contact Staff   On Sunday, June 7, Montrealers again came out in a show of force against systemic racism and police brutality against Blacks. In the east, thousands congregated at Place Émilie-Gamelin to hear from activists and community leaders before marching along Rene Levesque to Dorchester Square in the middle of downtown Montreal.   Also in the crowd was Dominique Anglade, newly appointed leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, the first Black person to head a political party in the province.She used the opportunity to take Quebec Premier Francois Legault to task on his contention that there’s no systemic racism in …

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Waiting to Exhale

The deadly relationship between Blacks and police that led to the murder of George Floyd continue to stifle many in the U.S Egbert Gaye On that truly Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, it was easy for Paul Chauvin or whatever his name is, to press his knees at the nape of George Floyd’s neck until he snuffed the life out of him. In the eight or nine minutes that it took for the public execution of Floyd, on the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Chauvin and his three partners in blue, in the back of their minds was …

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ORIJIN VILLAGE LAUNCHES UNITE AND PROSPER

Williamson Dulcé: We want all Black businesses in Quebec to come together and know each other… Rosie AworiLocal Journalism Initiative Reporter With the goal of ultimately uniting and educating black business owners through the power of technology and give them a tool that will help them improve their business reach and profitability, the non-profit organisation, Orijin Village has launched UP| Unite and Prosper. Up is a technology platform to equip entrepreneurs from Black communities with new solutions and support innovative projects that have a strong social impact and feature sustainable business models. Stéphanie Jecrois, Carla Beauvais, and Williamson Dulcé are …

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