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And when the protesting and talking is over, what?

AFFLICTING THE COMFORTABLE, COMFORTING THE AFFLICTED   Many people think, are even convinced, that racism stops at the 49th parallel. That when it produces its passport and reasons for wanting to enter Canada there’s a swift rebuttal: entry denied. The difference between the USA and Canada is the old cliché, “their form of racism is blatant; in Canada it’s more subtle.” As if there are different ways of gauging the repugnant institutionalized practice and its manifestations. Furthermore, inasmuch as there weren’t any cultivation of Poplar trees, or establishment of a slave industry in Canada, it still engaged in “peonage léger.” …

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Leadership: A Call to Action

The Black community is currently in need of a unique leadership group that is courageous enough to speak truth to power and work towards a socio-economic society protected by political might. Life’s experiences have forced me to adopt the level of thinking that I have, one which usurps mediocrity and regularly challenges me to avoid maintaining the status quo. This explains why I tackle critical and sometimes controversial key issues, which negatively impact the Black community every day. Ever so often someone in the Black community asks me the following questions: “Who is our leader?” “Where are our leaders?” Such …

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Why The Systemic Discrimination Enquiry is in Trouble

By Dr. Clarence S. Bayne The Enquiry into systemic racism in Quebec is under attack. It is criticized for being conducted behind closed doors. Yvonne Sam, Chair of the Black Community Ad Hoc committee on rights and freedoms says public hearings inform and sensitize Quebecers on the practice of systemic discrimination and its negative impact on the lives of its victims. “The assumption is change will take place once we are better informed of each other’s humanity and vulnerability, and when our conscience is awakened by these public testimonies to the inhumanity of these beliefs and acts: the “truth and …

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POLICE IMPUNITY AND IMMUNITY

Black double jeopardy scenarios resulting in death and exoneration So in the latest case of what most Black people would refer to as blatant injustice – a trial and outcome of ‘another’ fatal white police shooting-Black male victim, this time out in St. Louis Mo. – trial Judge Timothy Wilson essentially stated that after long, painstaking deliberation he couldn’t come to any other decision than find former police officer Jason Stockley “not guilty” in the December 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar-Smith. As the reports go, Stockley and his partner engaged in a car chase of Smith “after witnessing a …

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Thinking of Purchasing a house: the time to start the process is now

There isn’t one golden opportune (good or bad) time to buy or sell a house ……. Submitted by Pamela Dass September brings to us the end of summer, and the routine of back to work and back to school for most families. Before we realize it, we will be looking forward to Christmas and the New Year, 2018, when we will all start thinking about our “New Year’s resolutions.” This is a key time of the year to make life-changing decisions such as going back to school, changing jobs, relocating, family planning, purchasing a new car or a new home. …

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“That Black Lives Matter”

IT MATTERS –   Dr. Alwin Spence The phrase Black Lives Matter” has come into prominence as a result of so many black males, in particular, who have been murdered without good reasons. The suggestion here is, if these killings continue black lives will soon non-exist. So with this threat of losing our black young men -the phrase “Black Lives Matter”. The troublesome part of all this, is that, instead of accepting the fact that black men are wantonly killed, and this practice must stop, another phrase is introduced-“All Lives Matter”. This is very true, but it is expressing the …

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Actions Speak Louder

The thing about change is that it requires work and sometimes it takes hard work to get your desired outcome I’ve had the privilege of speaking with many people who want to see change in their lives, but then will confess that they are not willing, or don’t think they are able, to put in the actual work necessary for that change to occur. The thing about change is that it requires work and sometimes it takes hard work to get your desired outcome. You can talk about what you want to do all day long, but if you don’t …

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Quebec’s systemic discrimination and racism hearings should be open

Testimony has a greater impact if one can see and hear the person testifying. The hearings are an opportunity to heighten public awareness. The Quebec inquiry on systemic discrimination and racism has yet to begin hearings, but what’s already apparent is that the Couillard government does not want the exercise to be transparent. When the consultation was announced in July, all Quebecers were urged to participate, with the hearings being touted as an occasion to find tangible and permanent solutions to the issues at hand. Now we learn that Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and the Quebec Human Rights Commission have …

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Fire and Water, natural phenomena: Be prepared not sorry…

I too watched, rapt, as that short-lived daily reality show played out in Houston, Texas. It was the Hurricane Harvey impact and effect, wreaking its fury on the U.S. Gulf Coast. And as I watched that waterlogged city and hundreds of thousands of people trying to cope with nature’s wrath, I couldn’t help thinking Thank God I’m not there. What a catastrophe playing out before our eyes, live… people wading in flood waters, up to six feet deep, deeper in some places, according to reports. All those people were essentially fighting (against the effects of) nature for their lives. In …

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Dealing with Tragedy

These last few weeks have been hard for so many people. I had something else in mind to write about this week, but after the recent devastating hurricane and flooding that affected Texas, I changed my mind. When I think about the enormous devastation my fellow Texans have gone through this past week, there really are no words. I was home in Montreal when hurricane Harvey struck. I live in the northern part of Texas, so I was not personally affected by the flooding, but as I watched the effects of the storm on the news I wondered what I …

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