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So is there now renewed hope for Zimbabwe?

The End Of Rhodes, Rhodesia, and Robert Mugabe At a certain point in my existence I began to pay closer attention to the news… especially in relation to Black people (of the African Diaspora) vis-à-vis our place in the world…) our on the global stage and how our lives were being impacted by geopolitical events, especially those unfolding on the African continent. Listening to, reading about, or watching news coming out of Africa, the stories were almost predictable: drought, famine, starvation, and predictable multinational NGO appeals to the developed world for assistance…). And there were wars, recurring coups d’états… resulting …

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Peace Be With You

John 14:27 says: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Peace. It doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or challenges. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. Many times we look outside of ourselves for things that will bring us peace, but in reality… peace comes from within us. Until you decide to change what’s happening on the …

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Quebec in denial

Quebec needs to be aware – The issue of Racism will reappear. Cancellation is not equal to Annulation. Denying racism is the new racism (Bill Maher) Following the aftermath of a 2,662-signature petition tabled in the National Assembly by Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir, calling for “the creation of a consultation commission on systemic racism”, and voices calling for a legislative committee to look into the matter increased in volume, Premier Philippe Couillard’s government announced the immanency of measures for consulting the public on systemic racism in Quebec. On May 20, Kathleen Weil  then minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion …

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Charting the way forward for our community (Part 2 of 2)

Aging in an Age of Innovative Technologies, Global Changes to the Economic Paradigm, and Quebec’s Uniqueness By N Oji Mzilikazi Historical forces of power, racist ideologies, white supremacist education, racist attitudes and practices, and racial, economic and social exclusion accounts for Aboriginals and people of African descent as the premier impoverished and discriminated ethnicities in Canada. As noted in a 2011 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Wellesley Institute, “a ‘colour code’ is keeping visible minorities out of good jobs in the Canadian labour market.” Things are worse off for Blacks in Quebec regardless of French …

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The Post-Election Flavour Is Visible Minorities And Diversity. But Is It Still Just Talk?

In the wake of the November 5 municipal elections, discussions and conversations about the absence of those oft-spoken-about proverbial “visible minorities.” A handful of them were visible on posters around town in that recurring, almost futile attempt, to make inroads into the houses of political power, in this instance at the municipal level. But as always, while a few “visible minorities” were elected, none of them are of African origin. Plainly stated, none of them are Black. All that to say, the diversity many of us Black people were hoping to see this election did not materialize this latest election. …

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Help, I’m Stuck

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Are you stuck in a rut? What is a rut? A rut is a habit or pattern of behavior that has become monotonous and unproductive, but is difficult to change. It’s where you presently are in life, but not necessarily where you want to be. You may want to be fit and live a healthier lifestyle, but you’re still eating unhealthily and not exercising, or maybe you’re unhappy with your job, but think changing careers or going back to school would be way too hard or take too long, or …

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If America is tired of mourning gun violence she must take action

America — Oh! say can you see — what is happening to thee? — Gun violence is eating away at your national soul. Already battling her own evils, America is now caught up in yet another mass slaying. The lesson to be learned from this ghastly carnage is that there will be more such shootings. The usual reaction will follow, ones that we have seen and heard far too often: nonstop media coverage, opinions of weapon analysts, lowering of flags at half mast, moments of silence, offering of thoughts and prayers, and a day of national mourning… Tragedies such as …

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CARL WHITTAKER: A FAMILY FRIEND AND FELLOW COMMUNITY DEVELOPER

Clarence Bayne Carl Whittaker, a family friend and fellow community developer has passed away at the age of 79. But he has left behind a legacy of being the father of the Black Community Council of Quebec and its Canadian integrationist Pan-Africanist brand of community development. Carl came to Montreal in 1966. I met him in  1967-68 as an undergraduate student in sociology at Sir George Williams University Campus. It was a time of great change in the Black Communities around the World. There were bold challenges to the oppression of Blacks in North America and Africa. In Montreal, on …

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Charting the way forward for our community

Aging in an Age of Innovative Technologies, Global Changes to the Economic Paradigm, and Quebec’s Uniqueness By N Oji Mzilikazi (Part 1 of 2) In December 2004, Statistics Canada released a report that stated, “Canada has changed from a high-fertility society where women had many children during their lives to a low-fertility society where women are having fewer children overall and at increasingly older ages.” And with the current birth rate, in 25 years, the population of seniors 65 and older could be more than double the number of children under 15. In October 2005, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew …

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It’s Redundant But…

THE POLITICAL GAME So, leading up to the 2017 municipal election season in Quebec, I for one haven’t been overwhelmed by any candidate in particular as far as Montreal’s mayoralty race goes. If you’ve been following the two main characters on the hustings, paying attention to all – or anything – they’ve been saying then you know the issues, and what, if anything of interest they’ve been selling since the campaign got underway, if anything is at stake on a personal level. First and foremost it’s an election, nothing new, and it’s unfolding as it always does, with the usual …

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