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Princeton’s first Black valedictorian Nicholas Johnson: “in love with learning”

“The ancestors are dancing…” Egbert Gaye Just for a moment, in early May, Nicholas Johnson, a 22 year-old student was able to shift the minds of many people around the world away from C0VID-19, the rampaging coronavirus that has already afflicted close to 5 million and killed well over 300,000 globally. Such was the out-pouring of attention and enthusiasm that followed the young Montrealer being named valedictorian of the Class of 2020 at Princeton University. Johnson is the first Black student to earn that distinction in one of the world’s most prestigious institution of higher learning which was established in …

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Awarded the prestigious McGill Scarlett Key prize Chloe Kemeni: Builder of Black Students’ Bill of Rights at McGill University Rosie Awori As she walked through the campus of McGill University, Chloe Kemeni immediately noticed the relative scarcity of Blacks among the student body. Having grown up in Toronto in a predominantly immigrant neighbourhood where much of her early schooling exposed her to a fair representation Blacks, there was a certain level of comfort navigating the system, which just was not a reality at McGill. She felt a significant difference being in a system that didn’t cater to the unique experiences …

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First woman and person of color to head a party in Quebec’s history

Dominique Anglade becomes the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec By Rosie Awori Dominique Anglade, MNA for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne and former economy minister took her place in history as the first Black person to lead a political party in Quebec, when she took the helm of the provincial Liberals on Monday, May 11. Over the past few months she was locked in a leadership race with Alexandre Cusson former mayor of Drummondville, who on the same day posted a message on his Facebook page, withdrawing from the race. He stated that having resigned from his duties as mayor to run …

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Hoodstock: on the frontlines in the struggle against COVID-19

Committed to community and worried about Quebec re-opening plans Rosie Awori Feeling cast aside by the public health system, Hoodstock, a community organisation in Montreal North took it upon themselves to raise funds for protective equipment which they begun distributing since the beginning of May. Montreal North which so far has been termed as the epicentre of the virus is also one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Montreal with a large number of minorities who have also been disproportionately hit by COVID-19. Following the decision to re-open businesses by the Premier Francois Legault, a few members of the community and …

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COMMUNITY entrepreneurs LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RE-OPENING OF THE ECONOMY WITH EAGERNESS AND TREPIDITION.

Rosie Awori For the past six weeks or so only essential services such as pharmacies, supermarkets, petrol station and banks were the only businesses allowed to operate In Quebec. As the weeks turned into months, business owners especially those in our community, where the foundations are not as strong, look to the future with uncertainty and a little trepidation The announcement by Quebec Premier Francois Legault, reopening of non-essential businesses later this month, has been received with a small sigh of relief but for our entrepreneurs still many questions remain. Most of all, how to navigate the new normal the …

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Duo brings a broader vision to community building

Mark Henry is the new president, Sharon Nelson is 1st vice-president at Jamaica Association Egbert Gaye Not many respond to the call of community. You see, oft-times it’s work characterized by long hours, little or no pay and thankless. So it’s not uncommon for those who might have something to offer choose instead to detach themselves rather than get involved in community work. Mark Henry knows that reality too well. In fact he would tell you that he was one that was prepared to stand on the sidelines and criticized those doing community work, especially those in leadership positions. Well, …

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Call him DR. TEDROS: leading the global charge against COVID-19

Eighth Director General of WHO Three years into his term as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continues to stare down adversity and challenges even as he is called upon to provide scientific leadership to a world stricken by the most devastating pandemic in modern history. leadership to a world stricken by the most devastating pandemic in modern history. As the first African to hold the position, Dr. Tedros, who was born in Asmara, which at that time was in Ethiopia—but is now the capital of Eritrea, blazed a trail of excellence as a internationally …

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