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FOR WHATEVER IT’S WORTH

Black History Month means different things to different people Novel THOMAS It’s customary at this time of year, the month of February, for the mainstream media to cease the occasion by letting us hear and see that they too are doing their part to recognize Black History month. As such, throughout the radio and television broadcast day BHM-oriented happenings are allotted the duration of the month to promote audible and/or visual vignettes to emphasize that the subject of Black peoples’ (still marginalized) history is ultimately everybody’s. And much like Black lives… it matters, so it will not be allowed to …

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Title: Discipline is the key to change

Discipline is often misinterpreted as being an outward correction from a person of authority like a parent, a coach or a teacher. However, self-discipline is crucial and should not be overlooked. So, let us look at it together, in a practical way. I know many at the beginning of the year have resolutions. Some promise themselves to lose weight, others have plans to shop less, some plan to work less, while others plan to work more. The list seems to be very big in January and February but by the month of March the list is not as active anymore. …

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Quebec’s Bill 40: Educational Conflagration

Bill 40 is viewed as a hurried bill with accompanying negative consequences for Québec’s public schools… On October 1, 2018, a general election was held in Quebec. It was the first election in 40 years wherein Sovereignty was not a campaign issue.With the absence of such a sensitive issue that had long divided Quebecers, traditional voting blocs were freed up, allowing federalists and separatists alike to change their allegiances. Such a move brought in its wake a landslide victory for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ). The victory began as the continuation of a succinct ailing process, one that would not …

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020

Lots of talk, yes, but does anyone care, is anyone listening…? With all due respect to the civil rights icon, anyone and everyone born in the decades of the 1940s to ‘70s, all now 50- to 60- and early 70-something year-olds, should be quite familiar with him, and to varying degrees well-schooled in his historic socio-political exploits… [Before continuing, let me hasten to add that several years ago I was in the presence of a group of Black people, including a Black gentleman who at the time was in his late 70s, and was being interviewed about growing up in …

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Remember the words of Dr. King Jr. and embrace your value

As we are in the second month of the year, the month that has been dedicated to Black history, we must talk about our story. As a Black race, we must make an effort to attack the racism within our own race. We must appreciate the colour(s) of our skin and the diversity of our race. Whether black-skinned, light-skinned, brown-skinned, dark-skinned, medium brown, light brown or yellow-skinned, we are all God’s creations. We are wonderfully made by the skilled master craftsman, God himself, therefore we must stop labeling skin color. Some will compliment the smooth, rich, even tone of the …

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Love Is…

You have the ability to give and receive love, if you open your heart to the possibility. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr. 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. When you think about how you presently express your love to others, what comes to mind? If you don’t like your response, you may be thinking …

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Black History Month Celebration: Utility or Futility?

The month of February comes right after January, bringing a rush of advertisements heralding Black History Month. All I can do is simply amalgamate nuances with gratitude that such a month still exists, along with society’s attempts to make the ruling majority feel better under the simulacrum of doing justice for those not in power. Is the utility of the celebration embedded in the fact that Black History is not being taught and that trumpeting it, even for the shortest month of the year, is the best alternative? The observance belittles Black history, and although it has served as a …

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Too many Blacks in Canadian prisons

About five years ago the federal government was alerted to an unsettling trend unfolding in the Canadian justice system: the growing number of Blacks in prisons. In 2016, Howard Sapers, who at the time was serving as Correctional Investigator of Canada, warned that the Black Canadian prison population was growing at an alarming rate. That year it had increased by more than 70% since 2004 when he took office. Fuelled by a criminal justice system that has been tainted by racism, the number has been growing every year. Nobody paid it any mind because jail continues to be seen as …

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Still Much Work To Do

ON THE CUSP OF BHM 2020 Monday, January 20 was the celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Actually, his official birthdate is January 15, 1929, but in America it’s recognized with an official holiday, in some states reluctantly so. His race and what he championed in his lifetime wrankled many, and by extension his legacy continues to dredge up ill feelings, anger… And in some places there’s still push back as political power brokers still deem the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr persona unworthy of an official national holiday. If he were still alive the Rev. Dr. Martin …

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Haiti…. we’re sorry again

Contact Staff The pervasive poverty that has been heaped on Haiti by global forces ever since it chose to shake off the shackles of slavery and colonialism in 1804, continues to bear heavily on that bewildered nation. Today, with about 60 percent of its population categorized as living in extreme poverty on about $2.00 a day, hundreds of thousands of its children malnourished and close to half the nation’s food insecure, Haiti is presented as a poster-child for distress and poverty and an object of pity and sometimes disgust. Hardly ever do we hear about the external forces that contribute …

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