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This Pioneer Woman Stands Tall

Egbert Gaye It’s easy to tell that Ms. Thelma Johnson is a giant, just look at the amount of people who’ve been standing on her shoulders. From the hundreds of students in Canada and Jamaica whose educational journey has been made easier by the bursaries and scholarships that she helped to facilitate to the community of women who has been empowered by her activism and advocacy, Ms. Thelma stands tall among us. More than that, so many of those who are infirm, marginalized and shut-in can still depend on her for a visit and a caring hand. But don’t expect …

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Community News

A Journey Back to Happier Times

Contact  STAFF The Umoja Reunion weekend continues to be an important ritual for many in the community who are held together by the bonds formed during their formative years in Montreal in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. So every two years they come from places far and wide, such Florida, New York Alberta, Toronto and Ottawa to celebrate and to catch up with each other. According to Phillip Alleyne, a former social worker at Batshaw Youth and Family Services, the bonds remain tight among the group “because of the close-knit community that we had back then.” He says the strength …

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Community NewsSports

All Roads lead to the CCAA Hall of Fame for Julieth Lewis

Highest Canadian College honor for a child of the community and former Dawson Blues basketballer Egbert Gaye When former Dawson Blues standout Julieth Lewis received the call informing her that she was among five individuals to be inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association’s (CCAA) Hall Of Fame, first came the pride of the achievement then the memories of those days at the Showmart Gym in downtown Montreal when she and her teammates ruled the roost in women college basketball. “Truth is, I didn’t even know that the CCAA had a Hall Of Fame, so when I learned that I …

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Community News

No Reggae fest this year

Looking forward to bigger and better in 2019 for 15th Anniversary Contact Staff Every year for the past 14 years, music lovers looked to the month of August when they will make the pillgrimage to the Old Port of Montreal to soak  up a weekend of bliss, when a caravan of international stars come to town for Reggae Fest. This year, however, the music has gone quiet. In a recently released press release organizers of the Montreal International Reggae Festival confirmed what was many reggae lovers biggest fear, that the festival is cancelled for 2018. For weeks there has been …

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Caribbean News

MIA MOTTLEY at the Vanguard of new era as BARBADOS’ FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER

Names country’s largest Cabinet and stays with the CCJ By Rosie Awori On Thursday May 24th, Barbados ushered in a new era, as voters were overwhelming in their decision to elect Mia Mottley as the country’s first female prime minister. Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to a decisive victory over the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), grabbing all 30 parliamentary seats and delivering the first ever landslide victory in the history of the legislature. The DLP had previously held a slim majority with 16 seats. Mottley now joins a handful of Caribbean women who have had the privilege to …

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Community News

JERK FOOD galore in Lachine

Saturday June 23 and Sunday 24 Egbert Gaye Organizers are planning to take the Jerk Food Festival to the next level with an extended treat for families this year. The 2018 festival has been transformed into a two-day affair with a Pre-Party on Saturday, June 23 and the jerk food extravaganza on Sunday, June 24, all at the Catalogna Soccerplex, 755 1st Avenue in Lachine. This year, they say food will be in plentiful supply with more than 14 outlets on site providing endless supplies of jerk chicken, jerk pork, fish, hamburgers and every other delicious Jamaican and Caribbean treats. …

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African News

African Round up June 7, 2018

ALL EYES ON AFRICA FOR THE WORLD CUP FINALS   The journey to Russia has not been easy for the five African teams who qualified for the world cup. In the past, West Africa dominated Africa’s cohort, the World Cup, but some of its big names missed out this time: Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana, the all-African champions won’t be in Russia. Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria all of which overcame big odds to qualify for the World Cup Finals have a titanic task ahead of them to make it out of the group stage. So far no African …

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Church NewsCommunity News

Shazel Patterson and Alaina Roberts earn first Montreal West Church Of God Of Prophecy’s scholarships

Contact Staff There was an abundance of grace at the Montreal West Church of God of Prophecy on Sunday, May 27, as the congregation extended a hand of encouragement to two outstanding students, Shazel Patterson, a member of the church on her way to Dawson College, and Alaina Roberts, a Communications student, at Vanier College. The two teenagers were winners of the first of what are intended to be annual scholarships offered by the Montreal West Gospel Choir and will each receive monetary assistance to assist them in their educational journey. Choir director Sister Bernice Gayle, who assisted in spearheading …

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Church NewsLife & Style

Union United Church recognizes a stalwart

Ms. Emily Robertson is a long-standing advocate of her church and community Contact Staff On Sunday June 3, there was a packed house at Union United Church as the congregation was joined by other Montrealers to pay homage to Emily Robertson, a dedicated educator and community worker who made it her life duty to take a stand on behalf of the vulnerable. In Montreal since the late 1950s, Ms. Robertson taught for several years with the Protestant and Catholic school boards before consolidating her career as a librarian with the PSBGM. Her passion for community work led her to lend …

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Community NewsEvents

CDN Daycare Celebration Delivered

  Contact staff At every interval during the evening, the overflow crowd that crammed into the Schofield Hall, in Town of Mount Royal for the annual Cote des Neiges Daycare Centre Banquet and Ball on Saturday, May 26, had something to cheer about. The event, which marked the Daycare’s 45th anniversary celebration, featured introductory remarks by three of its past students, Andrea Clarke, Robert John and Katrina Nurse, all of whom praised the institution for the formative impact it had on their lives and careers. The loudest cheer of the night was reserved for Mr. Osborne Allen, who founded the …

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