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SUMMER IN THE CITY

Free flow of food, music and cultural activities at Parc Drapeau on July 7 The Best of Everything Jamaican at Jamaica Day Contact Staff Every year, tens of thousands of Montrealers come together to celebrate the best of Jamaica… its cuisine, it’s music and the arts, crafts and cultural nuances that make it one of the most exciting places on earth. This year, Montrealers can look forward to all of those things, together with a great line-up of local performers at the annual Jamaica Day celebrations at Parc Jean Drapeau, on July 7. The festival, which marks its 35th anniversary …

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Freemasons open their doors to public

“A peek to show that Freemasonry is more than just secret handshakes, traditions and famous members.” Egbert Gaye Officers and members of the Prince Hall Freemasons of Montreal are offering the public an opportunity to learn more about an organization that has been long defined as secretive and mysterious. On Saturday, June 30, they’re inviting Montrealers to “meet the men that make those charities work and to discuss these matters and explore your questions about an organization that is rich in history, tradition, and charity.” The Open House, as it is called, is being organized by the officers and members …

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Pan in Danger for 2018

Salah Steelpan Academy in dispute with Cote des Neiges Black Community Association By Egbert Gaye These days, pan man extraordinaire, Salah Wilson is in a foul mood, as his emotions sway from extreme anger to depression. As a devout Muslim, he is not inclined to swear words, but says this situation is testing him as he talks about the impasse between his steel orchestra, Salah Steelpan Academy and the Cote-des-Neiges Black Community Association, which has already forced the cancellation of his annual summertime steelband show and threatens to derail his participation in Pan Alive, the national competition in Toronto. You …

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SocaRama the Kooler Edition Hype Soca with Tallpree and Dev in a nice venue on July 7

Yes! Summer is finally here. Time to gear up for Montreal’s Carifiesta and the longest running after-event, SocaRama. This year, the event is back bigger and better for its 7th year on Saturday, July 7, and will feature our Kooler Fete Edition. Yes, bring your own cooler filled with your favorite drinks, party   with two artistes and a few deejays in a nice and spacious venue. So where does this all go down: Think SocaRama. And we are proud to let all partygoers know about our venue: CDL SPORTIF COTE DE LIESSE” 8305 Chemin De La Cote De Liesse, Qc …

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A warrior for the church

Bishop Donald Lee answered the call 60 years ago: The greatest decision I’ve made in my life Egbert Gaye Looking back at that fateful day in Jamaica in 1957, when he answered the call to devote his life to Christ and to the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP), Bishop Donald Lee is unequivocal about what it meat to him. “It’s the greatest decision I’ve made in my life,” he says. “I had such a passion in my heart for Christ and for the church that there was nothing else I wanted more than to serve,” he says. Almost six …

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One Year after Freak Accident It’s still a Tasty Treat

Vacuumed sealed jerk chicken packages and breakfast now available   Egbert Gaye When Danny Campbell proclaims that you’ll find Montreal’s best tasting Oxtail platter at his restaurant, it’s not an idle boast. Many Montrealers travel long distances to get to the Caribbean Tasty Treat in the West Island to enjoy this Caribbean delicacy. “We try to make it a special experience for each and every one of our clients who walk through our doors, which means that all of our dishes are of  the top quality, but there’s something about our oxtail that makes  many of our clients  say it’s …

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THE DIASPORA Roundup JUNE 21, 2018

 UGANDA Invents device to detect Malaria Staying true to the adage, necessity is the mother of all invention 24 year old Brian Gitta developed a device that detects signs of malaria after blood tests failed to detect the disease  in his blood. His invention won him the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize. Gitta, a computer science students talked his friends into using their skills to develop the gadget after normal blood test failed to detect the disease in his blood for three consecutive times They named the device, Matabibu which is the Swahili word for medicines. The low-cost, reusable …

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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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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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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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