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THE CHERRY-GRAPES FLAVOUR HAS SOURED

No More Flashy Saturday Night Outfits on CBC – For Now I am no hockey fanatic by any stretch; but there was a time when I did watch hockey – a lot, but never played the game. In my younger years I looked forward to weekends, especially Saturday night. It meant tuning in to CBC television for Hockey Night In Canada; a bunch of us (old school friends) regularly got together to enjoy games featuring les Canadiens de Montreal while chomping on pizza and guzzling some brand of beer. It was a nice time to be a hockey fan back …

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Why Forgive?

I recently spoke to someone who said that they would “never forgive,” a particular person. This person seemed particularly angry, bitter, and just plain miserable as they shared their feelings with me. Forgiveness is a tough one, especially when you’ve been really hurt by someone or by a circumstance; but the thing about it is if you choose not to forgive you will be the one that suffers. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you – L.B. Smedes Colossians 3:13 says: Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends …

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At What Further Cost to Black Students?

Yvonne Sam A recent, detailed purveyance of students’ school report cards painted a glaring portrait of indifference and irresponsibility regarding the academic experiences of Black students in Quebec’s elementary and secondary schools. This display of indifference embraced a scarcity of access to appropriate reading materials, as well as a paucity of supportive teachers and administrators. The School Boards were certainly not meeting the educational needs and interests of the students. A failing grade was obvious. Findings of conflicts, mismanagement and serious governance issues has now been corroborated by Quebec’s Education Minister Jean Francois Roberge in a recent report in which …

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Do Black-Canadian Medical Doctors Matter? You Bet They Do

The definition of colour has always been somewhat enigmatic, and in my opinion, nothing could be more misleading than the term, applicable to any person who is not “white.” In today’s world the term has become all-encompassing. Unlike the term coloured, which was previously used to refer to Black people, colour is now used to refer to anyone, who is non-European. Recently, I came across, via social media, a call for women and applicants of colour to apply for consideration for admission to medical school at an acclaimed university. Do not, for one moment, harbor the thought that the call …

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Time for Trudeau to do something about our poverty issue

Daylight come… Coming out of a nasty election campaign and a little bit of a dressing down that left him with a minority government and a deeply divided country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has his hands full trying to hold on to power at least for the next 18 to 24 months, the usual life-expectancy for that type of administration. But as troubled as he might be over western anxieties that gave the opposition Conservatives almost every seat in that part of the country; pipe lines that his government owns but a big chunk of Canadians want to disown as …

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The politicking is done, so how do we figure?

POLTICS AND RACENovel THOMAS There’s always a certain sense of excitement at election time as people—at least those with an interest in the recurring political exercise—contract the political fever. So after the recent 40-day heated political exercise… or campaign of promises amounting to billions of dollars by the primary party leaders, which in the end was capped off with the re-election of Justin Trudeau to a second term as Prime Minister, everything is back to a semblance of normalcy. But that’s passé. The question now is how did we do in the recent political exercise, whomever we individually or collectively …

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IMPACT Oct 2019: He who fails to plan, plans to fail.

People who understand their divine purpose in life and know they are destined to be great usually have a plan. We all must know that we are created by a master planner. Our God made plans for us before we were born. Even our births planned events. He planned your parents without your consent. He planned your timely birth by day, month, and year. He scheduled the season, the exact time and location along with the type of environment in which you would be born. He handpicked the midwives, doctors and nurses associated with your arrival and delivery. It is …

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Is the Montreal Police ready to work towards removing the Schism of Racism?

Reports show ‘systemic biases’ when it comes to race within Montreal police There is a familiar French expression, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” which, when translated means, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Following the recent announcement of a class action suit, along with new allegations of racial profiling, the Montreal Police disclosed a new strategy aimed at eliminating racial and social profiling. According to Alex Norris, Chairperson of the Public Security Committee, the plan is the most ambitious and comprehensive far-reaching plan that the SPVM has ever adopted to combat and prevent …

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Political Values For Sale?

SPECIOUS OR REAL Every time I hear that word “values” I immediately think money$, a commodity, something… anything of value that can easily be translated/or converted into money. But in the word has taken on a different connotation, it has been politicized, has gradually wormed its way into socio-political discourse and narratives… Not necessarily a good thing, as certain people, especially politicians, have essentially appropriated the term and are using it as a weapon against in the voices of reason. And it’s especially evident in this era of people movement across the globe, with finding themselves in countries where learning …

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Is it time for you to try something new?

What’s New? Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and we are fearful of stepping out of our comfort zones. The only problem with that is if we stay where we are because of fear we become stagnant and our personal growth ceases. Trying something new may feel scary for you but that’s okay, you just have to do it scared. I recently started doing a kickboxing workout. I had no idea what I was doing when I started and I probably looked ridiculous, but after a few months I could tell that I was improving, and getting stronger with …

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