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THE HYPOCRISY OF RELIGION AND POLITICS…

The Religion… I went to Union United Church the end of January to worship, something I do occasionally. And each time I pull on that big brown door it’s with great expectations of hearing some “good news” from the pulpit and the good members of the Union family, especially that the seemingly endless contention, which has resulted in the polarization of the congregation, has finally ended, and that everyone is now on the same page, singing from the same Hymn book, and working cooperatively. So there I was. After greeting familiar folk I settled in for another Sunday session of …

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Dear friends, Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is LOVE. [1 John 4:7-8] Next week we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day; but what is love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13 says: Love is patient Love is kind It does not envy It does not boast It is not proud It is not rude It is not self-seeking It is not easily angered It keeps no record of wrongs Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with …

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Hidden Figures reveal more than Math and Numbers

Feb. 1 kicks off the whirlwind race to remember and highlight the highs and lows of African-American and Black history. Descendants of Africa have 28 days to crowd in reflections about centuries of history. In the Language Arts and Social Studies curricula Black History Month is well established. Come February, English teachers whip out poems by Black poets, history teachers take on slavery, the Middle Passage, The Underground Railway, racial injustices and the civil rights movement or abolition. Sadly, in other subjects Black History Month is sadly overlooked if not neglected, and this has continued over time. Currently, in our …

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It’s code for exclusion

Peddling Values In recent years, a newfangled term has rooted itself into everyday public discourse: values. Not a day goes by that I do not hear. Canadian values, western values… and I imagine in Europe the term European values is been tossed around in the media on a daily basis. There was a time when the only thing that immediately came to mind when I hear the word was (in reference to) money: the price of commodities one wished to purchase and so on. Now it has taken on a new meaning; whenever I hear it it’s in reference to …

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WHEN GUNS BECOME THE VOICE OF MENTAL ILLNESS

Abstract: The scourge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is running rampant and unchecked among our returning veterans, with fatal consequences. The Canadian & U. S Government, and Ministries of Veteran Affairs are being called upon to immediately address the plight of returning soldiers. We cannot send them overseas on a mission, where in battle their lives are put on the line yet when they return home not enough is being done for them. Injured soldiers, who have served their country with courage and dedication, are slipping through the cracks of an ad hoc system. PTSD—PLEASE TREAT SYMPTOMS DIFFERENTLY. Remembering that for …

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The Way Black People Treat Each Other

Peter Bailey The New Life Poet Once again, Black History Month is fast approaching. So how does one instill in a people the importance of their history, and the ramifications of their history in relationship to their survival? Firstly, let’s examine how Black slaves were taken from Africa. Simply put, through the threat of death Black Africans captured other Black Africans — men, women and children and sold them to Europeans. The ‘sellers’ were thugs, pimps, killers and thieves. Anyone who could make a “beast of burden out of another human being is the worst kind of thief. The Blacks …

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When Love Calls You Home

By Sister Niya Muhammad “New year, new me” is a statement that we all find ourselves saying at the beginning of each New Year. We all seek the opportunity for the start of a new calendar year to put in motion the goals that that we have set for ourselves the majority of the previous year. This may be easy for matters pertaining to our finances, health or relationships, but beyond the celebratory staple traditions, what about those of us who are so deep in a situation that we genuinely seek and need a way out? What about those of …

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It’s a world they’ve imposed on us

MORE OF THE SAME IN 2017 And as 2016 ground to a screeching halt there was a resounding sigh of relief around the world by that international constituency that still cares about how the world is revolving. It was because of all the wanton violence, especially in those regional pockets of the globe where images of people walking, running for their lives with sounds of explosions, raging fires, billowing smoke and mounds of rubble entombing the dead and dying – sometimes the mangled bodies were visible or covered with blankets – an almost daily news staple. Especially those tens of …

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SOME STEPS FORWARD AND THEN SOME BACK SLIDING: TIME FOR A REVIVAL

By Clarence S. Bayne Whenever, we are discussing the history of Blacks in Montreal and Quebec there are two tendencies that I observe in both official circles and among local Black community historian.  It starts with Mathieu DaCosta and Oliver Le Jeune and gets stuck at Marie Joseph Angelique. Then in official circles we seem to have been forgotten and neglected for a hundred years between 1863 and 1963. And by the mid- sixties we spring into modern Quebec’s consciousness with the dramatic impact of changes in Canadian immigration patterns and race relations; and identity politics in Quebec. This is …

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Going, going, gone – The Death of the N.C.C.

By Peter B. Bailey – The New Life Poet When I was on the board of directors of the Negro Community Centre in the 1990s, I believed that the N.C.C could be saved. However, looking back I realized that there was nothing that the English-speaking Black community could have done that would save the N.C.C. The death of the one-time historic institution was a small part of an ongoing conspiracy to force every English speaking person –Black or white – out of Quebec. For the last four decades, every Quebec government regardless of the party in power has worked diligently …

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