Category Archives: Guyanese in Canada

Canada: Ontario: Premier Ford refuses to apologize for comments about immigrants

Ontario’s premier is under fire for refusing to apologize for calling the work ethic of new immigrants’ into question. Adrian Ghobrial goes to the heart of Ford Nation, where new Canadians share their experiences in light of Doug Ford’s comments.

By Lucas Casaletto- City News 680. Toronto -Posted Oct 19, 2021

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is declining to apologize for his comments about immigrants, with the health minister backing the provincial leader, saying Ford was misunderstood.

Speaking about a worker shortage in the trades on Monday, Ford said, “We need people, we’re in such desperate need for people from around the world,” adding that the province is short “a couple 100,000 workers” and needs immigrants to fill the gap.


AGING: Systemic Obstacles That Lead To Social Exclusion For Seniors – By Yvonne Sam

Systemic Obstacles That Lead To Social Exclusion For Seniors

By 2036, Montrealers, aged 65 or over, will be around 465,800, and most are women. Photo credit: Anna Shvets/Pexels.

By Yvonne Sam – Contributing Columnist PRIDE NEWS Commentary 

Yvonne Sam -- newSocial exclusion is the process, through which individuals or groups are excluded from facilities, benefits and the opportunities that the others enjoy.

Montréal’s population is growing older and this is expected to accelerate over the next few years. In 2016, there were 323,660 Montrealers, aged 65 or over. By 2036, this figure will be around 465,800, and most are women.

Among the social groups considered vulnerable are the elderly, and the current pandemic has affected them disproportionally. It has excluded older adults from in-person contact with others in society. As such, they must shelter, in place, and maintain physical distance from others during this pandemic.

The Acts of Exclusion
Digital technologies pervade all aspects of life. The internet is a key example of modern digital technology that enables people to overcome physical distance, through digital social connections.

Older adults are less likely to be able to take advantage of the opportunities, enabled by modern information and communication technologies, such as smart-phones, tablets, and high-speed internet services.  They tend to opt not to use the Internet or cannot afford Internet access.

Additionally, they lack technologies with which to use video-chat apps to virtually connect with people, or lack the skills to use certain technologies, even if they do have access.

Physical or cognitive limitations may prevent seniors, in long-term care facilities, from being able to use communication technologies on their own, without assistance from others. Non-participation in the digital world leads older adults to feel social exclusion during times of physical distancing.

The global social-distancing mandates during COVID-19, minimize social contact, but many people circumvent these limitations by using communication technologies to remain connected.

The Elderly and Digital Equity
The United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2021 theme, “Digital Equity for All Ages”, predicates the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.

Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. Older persons experience digital inequity to a greater extent than other groups in society. They are often not benefitting fully, from the opportunities provided by technological progress.

Sadly, most tech gurus at stores, online or on help lines are young people using unfamiliar terms or speeding through explanations. Now is the time to cross the digital barrier. The theme resonates loud and clear: now is the time to bring technology to the entire aging population. The need is increasing and not disappearing.

Older adults can learn technology, but it must be adapted for them and made accessible, and this is not happening. Older adults lack connected devices and internet access; devices are too expensive for those on limited incomes, and internet connectivity packages often do not consider the needs and uses of this demographic.

Conclusively, while the obstacles are many, it is imperative that older adults attain digital literacy and get connected, if they are to stay relevant, employable and engaged in their local communities. They need empowering learning opportunities, not ones that make them feel overwhelmed, ignorant or helpless.

Let not the United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2021 theme seem like an unattainable dream.

Aleuta continua — the struggle continues.

Yvonne Sam, a retired Head Nurse and Secondary School Teacher, is the Chair of the Rights and Freedom Committee at the Black Community Resource Centre. A regular columnist for over two decades with the Montreal Community Contact, her insightful and incursive articles on topics ranging from politics, human rights and immigration, to education and parenting have also appeared in the Huffington Post, Montreal Gazette, XPressbogg and Guyanese OnLine. She is also the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Caring Canadian Citizen Award.

Vaccine Passports, The Nuremberg Trial, Declaration Of Helsinki And What’s To Be – By Yvonne Sam

Vaccine Passports, The Nuremberg Trial, Declaration Of Helsinki And What’s To Be

Photo credit: Markus Winkler/Unsplash.

Yvonne Sam -- newWhile we are all deliberating, integrating, contemplating, even procrastinating, following the government’s announcement of its intention to institute vaccination passports, here are a few areas that begs immediate, and thorough, consideration.

Firstly, given the current situation, an election, and new virus detection, to start focusing on the insistence and ultimate existence of vaccine passports is a distraction that risks dividing people at a moment when national unity is crucial.

Additionally,  political grandstanding about vaccine passports serves no one.            Continue reading

CANADA: British Columbians Invited To Help Shape Anti-Racism Data Legislation 

British Columbia – Canada

CANADA: Province of British Columbia:

British Columbians are encouraged to help shape B.C.’s anti-racism data legislation, so government can better identify existing gaps and create a more inclusive, equitable province. 

The public consultation will help inform government about how to collect data in a way that is reflective of the needs and experiences of Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) communities.

“Systemic racism exists everywhere, including in government policies and programs, and we know that too many communities are facing barriers in their lives because of it,” said Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives. “This engagement will help shed more light on the experiences of people using government services in B.C., so that we can break down these barriers they’re facing, identify gaps and deliver better supports. It will also ensure that our approach to collecting data meets the needs of IBPOC communities and does not exacerbate existing systemic issues.”      Continue reading

BUSINESS: Work from home trend is killing downtown Toronto. Experts say it could get worse

But I do miss Soup NutsyCJ LunchboxGreen BoxLittle India and the underground network of PATH shops I used to frequent for last-minute gifts and replacement mittens.

Hopefully, these businesses will be right where we left them back in March of 2020, when COVID-19 hit and sent everybody running from their offices for the safety of their homes. But it is unlikely.            Continue reading

CANADA: Digging Deep Into The Canadian Economy – Video

Canada: Digging Deep Into The Canadian Economy

Released on September 17, 2021 by Economic Raven

Canada, a commonwealth country, has a service based economy, based on the principle of “Peace, Order, and Good Government. Canada is not a socialist country. It is a capitalistic economy. A mixture of capitalism and minimum state regulation, instead of a mixture of capitalism and socialism. 

Canada, just like many developed nations, followed a sequence of transitioning from a raw-material-based economy to a manufacturing-based economy, and finally transitioning again to a service-based economy. Ranked among the top ten countries on Economic Freedom Index, the Canadian economy has some resemblance with the Australian economy.        Continue reading

Commentary: I am a Toronto Sports fan! – By Geoff Burrowes

 By: Geoff Burrowes

     This is a warning – if you’re not a sports fan don’t waste your valuable time reading this! You probably won’t understand what I’m talking about anyway!

This story, starts for me, not on the immaculate pitch at Boarda or at Exhibition Stadium, the Dome or BMO Field, but on a hot sticky afternoon, at Kennington Oval, across the Thames from Parliament Buildings in London, when I was privileged to be part of a delirious West Indies crowd watching Frank Worrell’s exciting Calypso cricketers demolish the England bowling attack. I remember Sir Gary Sobers, Joe Soloman, Basil Butcher and Rohan Kanhai shining, hitting fours and sixes with abandon that afternoon, after a disastrous start. Here were our men (our heroes), carving up the vaunted England bowling attack. Now what does this have to do with being a Toronto sports fan?          Continue reading

Guyana Min. of Foreign Affairs: Post Diaspora Conference – ZOOM Meeting- Sept 08. 2021 @ 11.00am EST

Webinar for Wednesday 8 September 2021 – 11:00AM EST
Agenda          Continue reading

GOLF FOR GUYANA: To raise funds for Baramita – September 11, 2021 – Port Perry ON. Canada

GOLF FOR GUYANA – To raise funds for Baramita. Guyana

– Saturday, September 11, 2021 – Sunnybrae Golf Club. Port Perry ON. Canada

Join us for a round of golf to raise funds for Baramita, an indigenous community in northern Guyana. This community is living in extreme poverty with 95% of the population living in makeshift tents with little access to a reliable food source or safe drinking water. Last year, together we completed a Multipurpose Resource Centre, which provides the necessary space to gather, connect and learn. This year, we turn our attention to agriculture and education in the community, starting with a poultry rearing project and a learning centre, followed by an agriculture project that will provide families with an important source of food and sustenance.

DETAILS: Guyana Golf Sept 11 2021 – Baramita  +   Guyana 2021 – Baramita Projects

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DESANTOS FOUNDATION – 10th Annual Walk from Toronto to Niagara Falls – September 23-26, 2021

August 2021 – DESANTOS FOUNDATION – Empowering Lives!

Thank you for being open to the possibility of supporting our DeSantos Foundation’s 10th Annual Walk from Toronto to Niagara Falls Here are some details about our fundraising initiative.

My name is Veronica De Santos and community involvement has always been an integral part of my life. It is the foundation of our philosophy at my martial arts school, DeSantos Premier Martial Arts (DPMA), as evident in the Principles of Black Belt and Student Pledge our student’s practice. We believe in contributing positive, empowering programs and vital resources to those living in our community both locally and globally.

DPMA is incredibly active in our community from helping with school fun fairs, community events and providing anti-bullying workshops free for elementary schools. The DeSantos Foundation is an extension of our community efforts and is a way for students to further give back.      Continue reading

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