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Never out of sight, but always out of mind

OUR PARADOXICAL CIRCUMSTANCE Late last year, a half-hour preview of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, which runs throughout 2017, was televised on the local CTV outlet. It was a showcase of the city: “founding peoples” (in this case, French and English people, none of the ‘original’ peoples), places of interest and what to expect the duration of the 375th birthday celebration. One thing that I took away from the preview video was the absence of so-called “people of colour,” (“visible minorities…), or, to use another descriptive in modern Quebec parlance re. people who are neither French nor English, “Cultural Communities.” After …

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I Can and I Will

If you want something of value, you have to fight to get it. [Darren Hardy] It’s not about wishing that your circumstances will change, it’s about making a decision, creating a realistic plan with actionable steps and then implementing the plan in order for you to accomplish your desired goals. Occasionally, we need a little push to move forward in life. I’m here to give you that push. There are periods in our lives that we begin to just drift through life, living our lives on autopilot and not living our lives to the fullest potential. We’re sick and tired …

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Focusing on the Voiceless

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Sexual Awareness Month has been celebrated in Canada in the month of May since 1988. Throughout the month there is a heightened focus on sexual violence, community organizations, agencies and individuals that make determined and concerted efforts to inform the public about what constitutes sexual assault, who are the most likely victims, likely perpetrators and the changes that are necessary to wipe out this scourge. While I am keenly aware of the activities, deeply appreciative of the efforts to raise awareness, and the continuous promotion of prevention, it has become apparent over the years that the …

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When an Apology is insufficient

The behavior of Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux speaks volumes, and cannot in any way shape or form be dismissed by a simple apology. His displayed failure to speak the language of his constituents when it matters most is tantamount to betrayal. From time immemorial Québec has had the language issue hanging over her head like the renowned sword of Damocles. Recently there have been far too many gaffes and faux pas made by prominent individuals who arguably should know better. Point in question refers to the behavior displayed on Monday, April 25, in the National Assembly by Public Security …

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IT’S NOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WORLD

The problem is uncivilized nations and people with funny names who continue to test the established international status quo. They invariably elicit the wrath of the “civilized nations” of the world. In 1967, jazz great Louis Armstrong recorded a song “What A Wonderful World.” Over the years that song has been featured in several movie soundtracks and TV programs, and has also been covered by various recording artists. Occasionally, it can be heard on radio. It goes without saying that the lyrics of “What A Wonderful World” are not only beautiful, but also meaningful, making it easy on the ears. …

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You Need To Check Yourself

The only way that you’ll know if you need to change something about yourself is if you take a good look at yourself. You have to look within to see what needs to change. No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself. [F. Greville] Self-assessment is the process of looking at oneself in order to identify who you are, what motivates you, what you need and what you may need to change, etc. Many times we are not fully aware of how we behave or how we present ourselves to others. When you decide to start …

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Put an end to race-based profiling

The longstanding problem of racial uneasiness between law enforcement and Blacks in Montreal has once again raised its ugly head by the continued racial profiling at the hands of the representatives of the SPVM. What then is the underlying source of this ongoing problem? Why are Blacks stopped more often than any other racial group? What have the Montreal Police yet to learn or unlearn? Is the Black community any nearer to finding a solution that would bring some form of inner peace to Blacks, especially when they encounter an arm of the law, are in environments that are not …

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The Ties Will Always Bind So What Else Can We Be?

So as life continues to unfold, I maintain an interest in the continent of Africa. I wasn’t born there, and that’s a moot point, but I am of there by lineage. And despite all that has happened there throughout my lifetime, I haven’t… can’t become jaded. It’s a world I inherited a few decades ago, which has become increasingly crazy and messed up in this, the 21st century. And it’s unfolding, some say unraveling as it should, forcing people out of necessity to converge (and unite) around ideological issues of specific and common interest, such as race, culture, ethnicity, politics… …

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When God closes a door… keep it closed.

Keep That Door Shut! Don’t try to knock it down; climb through a window or find another entrance. It’s closed for a reason. Nail it shut! Doors may be closed because of the timing, or your need for protection, or it just may not be your door. A closed door can redirect us towards God’s will for us. It may hurt and you may feel disappointed, you may even feel angry, we’ve all been there. So, you have to acknowledge your hurt; take the time to grieve your losses and then begin the process of moving forward. Don’t try to …

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Black Lives Matter Too

Guest Editorial Jenna Graham All Lives Matter? Well of course they do. No one is refuting that statement, but that is not the problem; the problem is that when Black people are being publicly murdered at the hands of police without any repercussions [for police]. Black lives matter too and we do not want to hear that “All Lives Matter” when it is Black lives that are in danger. Do you need further explanation? Here it is. On an episode of Comedy Central, guest comedian Felonious Munk was interviewed by Larry Wilmore and gave a great example of how “All …

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