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Haitian born lawyer Tamara Thermitus heads Human Rights Commission

Contact Staff On Tuesday, February 7, Tamara Thermitus was named head of the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission, becoming the first person of African descent to hold the position. Her appointment came after weeks of wrangling by politicians at the National Assembly, with opposition politicians led by Parti Quebecois’ Jean-Francois Lisée claiming that she was “too multicultural” for the position, while others accused her of being too close to Dominique Anglade who is the minister of Economy, Science and Innovation. Both women were born in Haiti. After many in the public voiced their concerns, her recent nomination received …

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Josa Maule built her school in her likeness: strong and resilient

MSOPA celebrates 25 years Egbert Gaye You have to love the hardscrabble industry of theatre and film to stay excited after 25 years of ups and downs. Meet Josa Maule, who since 1992 has trained a generation of aspiring actors in Montreal while opening doors for many through her network with film and television production companies across North America. Over the years, through Josa Maule’s School of Performing Arts (MSOPA), she must have mentored over five thousand actors, hundreds of filmmakers and playwrights, encouraging them to have a good work ethic, build bridges and network. She is the first to …

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Call her Ms. Trish of all trades

This communication specialist is a bubbling cauldron of creativity Egbert Gaye Tricia Henry playfully refers to herself as Miss Trish, or better yet, Trish of All Trades, but she’s all business when talking about her intent to stamp her name on the entertainment landscape from Montreal and beyond. So whether she is writing a blog that touches on entertainment, social and personal issues working on documentaries or broadcasting her daily on-line radio show, Mornings With Miss Trish (Your Favorite Cup of T), she dabbles in it all. “Creativity is my passion,” she told The Contact recently in a late night …

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Reflections of Blackness in full effect

Black History Month events are well underway across Montreal. So to honour, celebrate and appreciate Black heritage and culture, Tashe, JaiDance and Montreal United have teamed up for a presentation of an all-encompassing cultural event dubbed Reflections. Things get underway at 1:00 PM with the marketplace, which will showcase several talented entrepreneurs in Montreal’s Black community and the various products and services they produce and provide. Along the way, those in attendance will be treated to a spectacle of spoken word and performing arts presentations that will leave you inspired, and have you wanting more. Which will include dancing, good …

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Celebrating Grenada on Feb. 18

Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, has said that his Tri-island Nation – Carriacou and Petite Martinique – has made “tremendous strides in the development of all sectors’’ of life, since the attainment of independence on February 7, 1974. “In the last year, for example, we provided hundreds of students with full scholarships and assistance to pursue their dreams at colleges and universities around the world,’’ Prime Minister Mitchell said in a message commemorating this year’s 43rd anniversary of independence. The occasion will be marked in Montreal with an anniversary gala on February 18, organized by the …

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Montreal celebrates Black History Month

Calendar showcases achievers Egbert Gaye The 2017 Black History Month calendar features an impressive line-up of achievers, including entrepreneurs, educators, community workers, public servants and those who have excelled in the private sector, all of whom were celebrated at a launch in front of a wide cross-section of Quebecers at City hall on Friday, February 2. The event was coordinated by the Round Table On Black History Month, and mayor Denis Cordere, as well as Philipe Pichet Chief of the SPVM were among those who addressed the gathering. In his welcoming address Michael Farkas, president of the organizing committee said: …

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Massacre In Quebec City

Peter Bailey  – The New Life Poet The recent massacre at a Quebec City mosque was a tragedy on many levels. It’s tragic because the life of six innocent people were taken, perhaps with the belief or hope that someone in turn might take revenge by slaughtering innocent Quebecers. It’s tragic because of generation after generation of Quebecois(e) who were taught to hate, and are still hating. Make no mistake about it hate killed those people in Quebec City. The roots of the hatred that exist among the separatist Nazi-like Quebecois(e) can be traced to the Catholic Church which ran …

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Community Events Feb 9,2017

Jamelody and  Fiyahbeats  at Free I Fridays Jamelody might be from Trinidad and Tobago but he brings a powerful voice on the reggae circuit. He has hits such as  Jah Jah Never Let Us Down,  Ithiopia and Pressure and will  here at Free I Fridays to share the stage with Montreal’s Dan Fiyahbeats on February 24th at Club Ujo . Kind of Blue: Miles Davis tribute Doudou Boicel presents Kind of Blue a tribute to Miles Davis featuring Maestro Ron Di Lauro and his sextet. Opening Act – Deacon George on Saturday, February 18, at Victoria Hall. At 7:30 pm. …

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Terror in Quebec City

Gunman attacks Muslims at evening prayer: six dead, five wounded   Contact Staff The face of extremism was revealed in Canada when a man followed his dark inner impulses and stormed into the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec in St. Foy, Quebec City on the evening of Sunday, January 29 with his AK-47 blazing, killing six men and wounding five. The alleged killer, Alexandre Bissonnette a 27-year-old Laval University student, has been identified as a recent convert to the politics of the right with strong anti-Muslim and anti feminist views. Witnesses say he entered the Centre just after the Sunday …

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The State of Blackness

English speaking Blacks have had a presence in Quebec for hundreds of years. Theirs has been a turbulent history. These days community advocates say things don’t look too good, but there’s hope …. Egbert Gaye It’s a pivotal year for Montreal with the 375th celebration of its founding together with the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 and observance of Canada’s 150th birthday, all of which are contributing to an under-current of excitement among some cultural groups across the city. Not so much in the English-speaking sector of the Black community for whom there’s not too much to celebrate. Although it’s …

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