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Whither the Black Vote

Yvonne sam It’s election time, with Quebec’s 42nd general election set for October 1, and Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec poised to oust Premier Philippe Couillard and the Quebec Liberals. Along with the notification comes an earnest plea for everyone to vote, especially Blacks. Not voting can itself be a way of voting. The trumpery of the present Liberal party campaign has led some of us to decide that we want no part of it, and so will not vote. There are, of course, those who challenge the idea that everyone should vote. According to an oft heard argument, there’s …

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We’re Not A Monolith, Just Living Black…

IT’S TRUE An online article goes like this, “San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem during a pre-season game…” “After the game, Kaepernick stood firm in his decision to choose not to stand for the anthem saying, “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed.” Another person stated, “Kaepernick’s protest is just as American as the flag.” And a gold medal winner in a different sport opined that she “supports Kaepernick’s right to protest.” Former NBA player, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf supports Kaepernick, having made a similar statement …

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You’ve Got This!

You really are stronger than you think… You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Mental and spiritual strength is just as important as physical strength. Remember: You’re stronger and have more courage than you think. I know that things may seem hard right now, the struggle can be overwhelming at times, but I want you to dig deep and find the strength that you have within. Maya Angelou once said: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” …

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A call to Black people: Rise up

You have the ability, potential and history to create and innovate Mankind must invest some time to know the value, worth and purpose for which they have been born. Invest in what you have been put on the earth to accomplish. Our creator says that we are wonderfully and fearfully made. We have been created, each, with an extraordinary destiny to fulfill. The amazing thing about one’s destiny is that it is unique to the person predestined to accomplish it. Do you know that God created us to be like Him by giving us the ability to create things as …

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Facts: Caps, Hats & Etiquette

Yes, entire generations have come of age with little understanding of proper hat protocol… Hats and caps are staying on in more places these days. Have the ‘dos’ and don’ts” of headwear devolved to meet the expectations of an all-casual, all-the-time generation? I am penning this inquiry in the hope that male readers would respond, thereby updating me as to current social mores and etiquette pertinent to the vexing practice of wearing hats and caps indoors. What is the contemporary etiquette in men’s headwear, as nowadays there does not appear to be much order when it comes to hats and …

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The politics of immigrants and identity

Quebec Votes on October 1 Egbert Gaye On October 1, Quebecers will decide whether to give Premier Phillipe Couillard and the Quebec Liberal Party another term in office after almost 15 years in power since 2003. But it doesn’t look good for Couillard who took over the leadership of the party in 2013. Because poll after poll shows that voters are signaling their appetite for change and many are leaning towards the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and its leader François Legault, especially in the rural regions of the province and in the Quebec City area. However, with more than a …

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TRUMPETING FOR A RACE WAR?

Racism thrives in America, now he’s attempting to foment racial conflict overseas in a country that’s still trying to come to terms with its racist past.   If for one reason or another you missed, or have forgotten about, that long period of dehumanization of Black people in South Africa – a slice of one of the most mineral-rich and most beautiful parts of Africa – here’s an excerpt from an online article that sums up the dawn of white minority (supremacy, reign of terror and) lording over South Africa’s majority Black and other nonwhite peoples. “[…] After the National …

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For the Black Community the Proof of the Pudding is in the serving

Minister Kathleen Weil Announces Grants for English Speaking Quebecers By Clarence Bayne AAfter years of negotiating and protests and   several unplanned selections of community organizations for project-funding, the Quebec government under Premier Phillipe Couillard has put in place a funding structure that is now part of policy and decision making system. The new structure gives the English speaking Black communities hope that they will be able to participate fully in the social, cultural, economic processes of the Quebec society also that Blacks will ultimately cease to be seen as ‘immigrant problems.’ The Government has, under pressure from a diversified but …

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Grief

Be comforted. It’s been said that grief is the price that we pay for love… While I was home recently in Montreal I had the opportunity to speak to several people who had experienced a significant loss, so I wanted to take a moment to talk more about grief. As you know I’ve been Neonatal ICU nurse and a Licensed Grief Counselor/Coach for several years. I’ve heard so many heart wrenching personal stories relating to grief and loss and I’ve had the honor of working with many families who have lost a newborn baby in the ICU. I’m passionate about …

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Believing can bring precious things in your life

IMPACT: Get rid of doubt and embrace faith It’s time to believe the word of the Lord in a personal way. It’s time to understand that God’s word is to help you in this life. This is your set time to be favoured. This is your set time to prosper and be in good health. It’s your set time to be established in your destiny but you need to believe the word of the Lord rather than circumstances, statistics and doubting thoughts. Stop doubting whether there is a God. I want to assure you that there is a God and …

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