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Dr. Charmaine Nelson demands that McGill examines historical ties with slavery and do something about it

Egbert Gaye As Charmaine Nelson prepares to take her leave of McGill University on her way to a dream position in Halifax the highly respected professor of Art History has laid out a number of outstanding tasks for both the institution and the city to undertake in order to formally recognize their involvement in the enslavement of Africans and indigenous people and its continuing impact on their descendants. ‘It’s well known that James McGill was a slave owner and I think it’s important that the university which he founded investigate its historical links and connections to Transatlantic Slavery,” she told …

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Cautious optimism as Caribbean groups move towards a coalition

Egbert Gaye Efforts to set up a coalition among groups representing various Caribbean nationals in Montreal are generating cautious optimism among those who are involved in the initiative. It follows a meeting that took place at the Jamaica Association on Jean Talon Street on Sunday July 19, which brought together representatives from several island associations including Barbados, Guyana, St Vincent and Grenadines, Montserrat, Grenada and Jamaica. Mark Henry, president of the Jamaica Association is the initiator of the coalition as a great way “to encourage and support each other” also as a potential opportunity “to bolster each organization and their …

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On the B-ball court: $12,000 in total fines for Blacks, a warning for whites

Rosie Awori- (Local Journalism Initiative) As restrictions slowly started easing in late May, nine young men took to the courts to enjoy a game of basketball. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a de-stressing activity resulted in them being slapped with a fine of nearly $12, 000 in total for apparently violating COVID 19 measures in the Repentigny area. Many are saying that it is more evidence of racial profiling that has been on the rise in a borough where Black residents have been complaining about bias treatment at the hands of the police. At a news conference on Sunday …

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African News

Remembering the legendary Senegalese singer Balla Sidibé

Senegal has lost a star, the death of singer Balla Sidibé, one of the founding members of the legendary Senegalese Afro-Latin band Orchestra Baobab group, on Wednesday, July 29, in Dakar, has come as a shock and devastation to many. The Association des Métiers de la Musique du Senegal (AMS) announced the news that, “Balla Sidibé, did not wake up this Wednesday morning after a busy rehearsal day with his fellow musicians.” Born in 1942, Sidibé worked in the police force in Senegal before he decided to pursue music full time. He went to the then cultural hub of Casamance …

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Church News

COVID-19: it’s time to call upon the creator of the universe to intervene.

Our anthem, our prayer, our duty… God keep our land glorious and free! Do you recognize that line that I’ve just quoted from the Canadian national anthem? It is in fact a line of prayer. It is a prayer to God followed by a bow to stand on guard for the land. We have fought many wars in the past and sent many soldiers on the battlefield in defence of the enemies abroad. Now however, when the enemy has already penetrated and gained ground on our territory and has yet to be captured because it is invisible; we must understand …

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Community News

Hope hinges on Canada’s safe third country ruling

Rosie Awori Local Journalism Initiative Following the election of President Trump in 2017, Samba was among the 27,000 migrants who made their way into Canada using Roxham Road- where Quebec and New York meet. This number was a dramatic rise from the 2000 migrants who crossed over in the year before. “I didn’t know what my fate would be I had already demanded for asylum and been refused I didn’t want to get deported I had nothing back home what would I be going back to?” he explains to the CONTACT. “I followed what people who had managed to get …

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Remembering: Tasha Eileen Gero-Sherwood and June Bertley

Gone too soon Tasha Eileen Gero-Sherwood February 22, 1983 – July 21, 2020. After a two-year battle with cancer, Tasha Gero passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 21, 2020. Tasha was the daughter of Blair Sherwood and Iris Gero Sherwood. Tasha was a faithful member of the People’s Gospel Choir of Montreal for 26 years. She was very dedicated to her family and looked forward to holidays and other occasions when she could reminisce with her cousins. Tasha will be greatly missed by the entire GERO and SHERWOOD family, all of her friends and members of the People’s …

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A GLOBAL SNAPSHOT OF COVID-19

Pandemic still raging: Coronavirus Numbers fluctuate across North America, Europe, Latin America and Africa Rosie Awori – Local Journalism Initiative A little more than 120 days ago, the world came to a halt as governments across the globe began instituting shutdowns of various kinds in an effort to stem the frighteningly increasing number of people being infected by COVID-19 the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The pandemic declared by the World Health Organization on March 17, remains in effect today, even as the numbers fluctuate from region to region. As governments move to slowly ease restrictions and reopen economies, …

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