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Inter-generational growth at Black Aging community

New executive director charting new course at CBAC Egbert Gaye A year ago as Katrina Nurse prepared to take the helm of the Council for Black Aging Community of Montreal (CBAC) there was some trepidation for the 30-something-year-old, unsure of what to expect in the service of an organization of elderly Montrealers. After all, much of her work experience was at the other end of the life-cycle spectrum as director of a daycare. Much to her surprise, not only was the transition smooth, but also the experience so far has been mutually enriching for her and for the organization. “Personally, …

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Our Joel Anthony is looking at another phase in life

13 years of professional basketball. Still standing, still winning Egbert Gaye Joel Anthony looks back at a professional career that spans 13 years so far, 11 in the NBA, that included being a two-time World Champion with Miami Heat, playing legends such as Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, also representing Team Canada as well as winning back-to-back FIBA Americas League championship and Argentinean championships with San Lorenzo of the Argentine professional league (Liga Nacional de Basquet). Today, the 37-year-old sees the time fast approaching when he will put that illustrious basketball career away for good. And he’s comfortable with that. …

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Truthful Lies come to Montreal on Nov. 2

Play written by J’can playwright and staged by T.O. Production Company touches on sensitive subjects but tinged with biting Caribbean humor Contact Staff Theresa Baker’s love of the performing arts is rooted in her childhood days in Jamaica, growing up in a household with a mother who is a professional actor and where a passion for the stage abounds. Long before moving to Canada in 2006, to Alberta, she stamped her name on the theatre and performing arts circuit, as a familiar presence in television commercials, music videos and short films, as well as performing for royalty and winning awards. …

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Report shows Blacks, Arab and Indigenous people targeted by Police

Authorities still in denial about racial profiling Egbert Gaye For the past nine months a litany of reports from different sources painted the ugly reality of the relationship between our community and police departments around Montreal. Incidents of arbitrary and unjust interventions, tickets and even physical abuse of Blacks by the police have triggered calls for a governmental response to reign in a force that obviously is out of control when dealing with minorities. Through it all, the three levels of governments, (The City of Montreal who employs the police, the provincial public Security minister, and the feds) have all …

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Marc Garneau Explores Canadian Politics

Through the lens of the Liberals Rosie Awori The man who many consider to be the dean of Canadian politics, Marc Garneau sat down with the CONTACT to talk about the prospects of the Liberal party in the 2019 elections and his hopes for the future of Canada. He is also the first Canadian to travel to space and as it happened, it was also the 35th anniversary of his first trip into space. Having had the privilege of seeing the vastness of earth as well as Canada from space Garneau says has room says the immigration and refugees debates …

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Robert GREEN answers the call of the environment

Running for the Green Party in Westmount/NDG Rosie Awori “I have had bad climate anxiety. I know things need to change and we urgently need political leadership that will start acting to protect our civilization” Robert Green is teacher at Westmount High School and a climate change activist turned politician running for the Westmount-NDG riding in the October 21, general elections. He believes that the Green Party of Canada is the right vehicle to drive Canada away from the impending doom that is coming through climate change. His, is a personal commitment: “I had been feeling for sometime that I …

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BCQ Standing Tall on its Silver Anniversary

Union United Church and Montreal Community Contact among 50th Anniversary honorees Contact Staff On the evening of Saturday, October 5, a wide cross-section of Montrealers crammed The Living Room Banquet Hall in Mount Royal to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Coalition of Canada. The evening bubbled with excitement and community upliftment as the packed hall of politicians, union leaders, community advocates together with business leaders, the spiritual community and everyday Montrealers joined in the celebration of an organization and its leader, Mr. Dan Philip, devoted themselves to the defense of human rights and social justice. The work and …

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Aging: Planning Makes A Big Difference

Get in tune with the aging principle By N Oji Mzilikazi Aging is an inevitable aspect of living. Its absence from general school curricular has generation after generation of young adults living in the moment, not thinking or planning too far ahead, thus ignorant and unprepared for retirement and old age. The unpreparedness is exacerbated when leadership couldn’t be bothered to dispense advice regarding planning for old age and there are no peers to encourage same. Add to the mix expressions and idealised notions regarding aging, like “aging gracefully,” “golden years” “good old age,” and “age brings reason,” and entrenched …

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Bibleway celebrates 53 years with special service

Contact Staff On Sunday October 27, the congregation at Bibleway Pentecostal Church is inviting Montreal’s faith community to 2390 Coursol Street in Little Burgundy to join them in celebrating the goodness of God at their 53rd anniversary service The church was founded in 1966 by a stalwart Montrealer, the late Rev. St. Clair Knights, as a place where men, women, many new to the city from the Caribbean, and other people of faith, could worship. The initial meetings were held at the Westmount YMCA and involved a lot of the women here on the Caribbean Domestic Workers Scheme who were …

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The award-winning Lee Daniels shoots THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY here

CASTING CALL: Hundreds of Black Montrealers needed as extras Rosie Awori The legendary Billie Holiday stands as one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, adored by fans across the world Since her death in 1959, her life story colored by her struggles with addiction, fame and heartbreaking love has been depicted in books and movies In the 40’s and 50’s jazz was often called “the black man’s music” and according to many of the feds’ memos the lives of the jazzmen and women “reek of filth.” And it was suspected that all jazz musicians were under the influence …

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