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Canada’s Biggest Reggae Event Here in Montreal

The 14th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Fest (MIRF) is officially here. Bringing together talents from the worlds of Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Gospel, and even comedy, this year is guaranteed to be the best and most eclectic yet. Back at the Old Port from Friday August 18 to Sunday August 20, international acts like Sanchez and Konshens are back by popular demand to shut down the stage on Friday and Saturday night respectively. With Reggae legend Lt. Stitchie closing off Sunday. Inner Circle, with their smash hit, “Tenement Yard,” will be front and centre on Friday, alongside Sanchez, who’s …

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Montrealer Khem Birch signs with Orlando Magic

“It took a while for me to get here, but I knew that it was just a matter of time. I always believed.” Egbert Gaye Khem Birch says he is a little nervous, as he is about to start his first season in the NBA. “That’s OK, “ he says. “Because I was just as nervous when I was about to start playing in the European League and in college. It’s a nervous kind of excitement that I feel when I’m about to start something big. But I’m ready to help the Orlando Magic get to the next level.” On …

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Where Seniors Go To Socialize and Rejuvenate

 Cavendish Seniors Day Centre offers a place of refuge and care   Egbert Gaye About two years ago the Cavendish Seniors Day Centre opened its doors, offering a place where Montrealers of that particular age group can access assistance for personal care, medication, or find refuge against loneliness. The centre, located on the first floor of 2525 Cavendish Boulevard, the building that once housed the CLSC NDG/Mtl. W., represents a dream come true for Elmira Smith Carr, a tireless entrepreneur who has made it her mission to improve the life-conditions of Montreal seniors. “I have been in the health service …

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From a student of the game, to creating his own lane

 Melissa Murphy While on set for the video for his new single, “Grown Man Cry,” Reggae artist, Pressure Busspipe, aka Pressure, took a few moments to speak with the Community Contact via a phone interview. He will be making his Montreal debut on the International Reggae Fest stage on Sunday, August 20, alongside other Reggae stars Etana, Lt. Stitchie and Tanya Stephens. Hailing from the island of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Pressure has always known that Reggae would be a part of his life through the Rastafarian family and community ties that surrounded him. He describes, “As I left my …

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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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Stress: Our path to early death

I have become accustomed to listen to early morning radio, not necessarily to be entertained, but to hear what’s in the news every given day. And three particular stations meet my daily information needs: CJAD, CBC, CKUT—not necessarily in that order—each one offering specific news and social tidbits of interest to ruminate, and perhaps digest. So a couple weeks ago, in the lead-up to CJAD’s 8 AM news, Doctor Mitch Shulman’s always informative health segment touched on an issue of particular interest to Black people: stress, and it’s potentially fatal outcome if not taken seriously. Generally speaking, stress can be …

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OBESITY AND CANCER

Obesity is a reversible condition. Awareness is key. Courtesy Weight-Loss-Montreal.ca Our rates of obesity are significantly lower compared to our American neighbors however, according to Stats Canada 2015, obesity is on the rise in Quebec. One out of two adults are now considered overweight and the rate of obesity grew by 3% over the past few years. Furthermore, an alarming number of people have no idea they are overweight or obese. Most of us know that obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, studies also show that compared to individuals who have a normal weight, those who …

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Soca adds heat to Reggae Fest

Three top Soca acts, MX Prime, Linky First and Ricky T at MIRF It’s a fact that Soca music is touching people in places one would find difficult to even believe. Many are unaware that in the past most people had an ignorant mentality when it comes to having Soca acts in a Reggae Festival; Soca wasn’t openly welcomed. But as times have changed so has that anti-Soca stigma as well. Today, promoters understand that having Soca acts in these festivals is both financially beneficial and opens doors to new patrons. This year, the Montreal International Reggae Festival has taken …

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Our Racial Conundrum: Intersections and Parallels

Racism has been with us for generations and every effort to mitigate this “cancer” has failed By Bongs Lainjo In one of my articles published by the Montreal Gazette, I highlighted how lucky we as Canadians are in not having to deal with racial hang-ups prevalent south of the border. Here in Canada, our racial overtones remain subtle, less polarizing and less controversial compared with the fireworks in the U.S., especially at the personal, organizational and institutional levels. An event not too long ago in Nova Scotia, where a flag was burned in front of a mixed (white, black) couple’s …

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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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