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  • 1. global eyes volume 5 no. 3 MagazineCelebrating Women
  • 2. Inside Global Eyes Star Columnists - in GLOBAL service to the community EYES MAGAZINE Global Eyes Magazine aims at promoting cultural diversity with particular focus on Black and Caribbean cultural identities to create greater understanding between these cultures and the larger cultural communities. Global Eyes Magazine is published four times a year by Global Eyes Publishing , 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 1G6, Canada. Neil Pitamber Lara Badmus, LLB It is prepared under the direction of an Editorial Committee. Subscription is available for $15.00 a year. Each issue will be delivered to your door. Watch for these articles in the Global Eyes Magazine welcomes news, letters, art and next issue: freelance articles of interest. Payments can be made in either Canadian or American Truth and Reconciliation funds payable to Global Eyes Magazine Artist as an Intellectual 671 Rathgar Avenue Gloria Steinem in Brandon Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Robin Dwarka email: globaleyes@mts.netEditor: Beatrice Watson FlightContributors: Neil Pitumbar, Caribbean Shield This captive bird Robin Dwarka, Community Vibes longs to soar and heal her wounds Lara Badmus, LLB ... to spread her wings Buddy Small o’re the powdered blue skies Carmen Nembhard ...sundrenched rainbows Beatrice Watson a kaleidoscope of colors long forgotten to guide her way to new beginningsPublisher: Global Eyes Publishing and ease the pain of endingsSince 1990 She longs to soar Subscription Form: beyond the mediocrity of today and feel the expectation of tomorrow. Name: (Eleanor LaPlante) Address: Eleanor is a receptionist at Lion’s Manor where Postal Code: Ruthy lived and wanted to dedicate this poem to Telephone: Ruthy. GEM extends it to Senhit and her Caribbean ($___________) friend who were victims of a drunk driver. Email: Thank You. 2 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 3. Editorial - Take One All across Canada women gather to Remembering Ruthy Charlot celebrate Person’s Day to mark the Ruthy burst into my life like a breath of fresh air and as soon anniversary of the day women were as I caught a whiff of that air I knew I was hooked. She was recognized as legal persons in the such a sweet, caring, intelligent and just a wonderful human courts of law. Looking back it seems being. I have never met someone quite like her. She was full ridiculous but such was the time. of energy, full of plans, optimism, warm, articulate, always with Women got the vote albeit in stages. a big toothy smile, acute intelligence and just like that the LordThey kept the fight up and keep on fighting for what is right called her back to post. She was gone like a whirlwind.for women and the world. Daughter of Haitian parents Ruthy left a privileged life in Miami In Winnipeg there are many women who have worked for and arrived in Manitoba with her suitcase. She was welcomedand contributed to the betterment of our society. Many by friends in Selkirk, Karen Thomas’ family and others she metwomen from the Black and Caribbean communities have out there. Having gone to her memorial which was sponsoredstepped up to the plate and made their mark in the continued by the University of Winnipeg’s Menno Simon’s college wherefight for women’s equality and human rights. Women like she taught a couple sessional courses in conflict resolution, I heard almost everyone attest to the same effect Ruthy had onDr. June James, who saw the fruition of Harambee housing, them as she had on me. Ruthy had a strong spiritual base and anDr. Beryle Jones who was instrumental of in helping many understanding that makes me feel she was prepared for whateverorganizations off the ground including IWAM and COBW, comes. She was an angel that dwelled amongst us and I feelNorma Walker, who was the first black woman to run for a privileged that I got to know her.provincial office, Diane Dwarka who has worked within the I spoke to Ruthy on the Thursday evening making plans forCaribbean and larger community, CCOM and Legal Aid her to do a workshop on Tapping for the Congress of BlackManitoba, Betty Hopkins who has worked tirelessly for Women on the Sunday 17th October. On the Friday 15th Iwomen’s equality through LEAF Manitoba. Thanks to LEAF went on Facebook to send her a message to let her knowintervention, Muslim women are allowed to wear their Niqab what time I will pick her up. I was shocked by the number ofin court, Leslie Spillett, a strong advocate for Aboriginal condolences I found on her page. Ruthy was gone at the tenderwomen’s rights and who has accomplished a lot for age of 37. This just goes to remind us that we have to be in theAboriginal women and society in general, Mary Scott who moment. We have to always live each day as if it were our lasthas worked at the local and international level to provide a but enjoy each day as if it will last forever. In spite of the sadness I felt, I was elated by all the profound statements people aroundvoice for women at these fora, Bose Agbayewa who has the world were making about Ruthy that confirmed my feelingsmade a valiant mark in theNigerian/African community, Lois that she was not an ordinary person. She was special. She didPatterson has valiantly worked to provide better opportunities what she came to do. Life is like that. I encourage you to livefor youths in our community through annual scholarships and each day as if it were your last, do the things you need to do butMonica Singh whose passion is with immigrant and refugee enjoy it as though it will last forever.women. I think it is fitting to acknowledge the continuing “No one has the right to make you feel less than.” A communitywork of women in our community who has left their mark member’s memory of Ruthy’s wisdom that changed her life. R.C.and others are following in them. Behind all these womenare many ordinary women doing the grunge jobs to make ithappen. They are no less important. We thank these womenand grateful that they care enough to dedicate a chunk oftheir time to service in the community Quotable QuotesIf you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keepwalking, eventually you’ll make progress. Barack Obama I bring the pretty and think life is too short for bad food. RC Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 3
  • 4. Global Briefs Former Chilean President, Michelle Brazil has elected its Bachelet, was recently appointed as the first woman president, Under-Secretary General for Gender Dilma Rousseff in its recent general elections. Equality and the Empowerment of Women The former Marxist for the United Nations by United Nations guerrilla won by a Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. narrow margin in a run United Nations Secretary-General Ban off vote by 56 percent Ki Moon recently appointed Ms. against her centrist rival Michelle Bachelet, former President of Jose Serra Chile, as the head of UN Women, the newly created UN In a 25-minute victory Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, speech to jubilant established on 2 July by the General Assembly. Ms. Bachelet supporters in Brasilia, Youssef said that her first promise was to “honour the women” of Brazil and that she hoped brings to this critical position a history of dynamic global her win would allow “fathers and mothers to look their leadership, highly honed political skills and uncommon ability daughters in the eyes and say, ‘Yes, a woman can.”’ to create consensus and focus among UN agencies and many Known for her tough and serious demeanour, Youssef only partners in both the public and private sector. betrayed emotion when she spoke about President Luis Ms. Bachelet served as the first female President of Chile Ignacio Lula ad Silva, Brazil’s hugely popular leader the from 2006 to 2010. A long-time champion of women’s last eight years who chose her as his party’s candidate to rights, Ms Bachelet advocated for gender equality and succeed him and used all his political will to get her women’s empowerment throughout her career. One of her elected. “The joy I feel with this victory today is mixed with the major successes was her decision to save billions of dollars in emotion of his farewell. I know that a leader like Lula will revenues to spend on pension reform, which guaranteed a never be away from his people,” she said, using the programme of social protections for women and children, president’s nickname as her eyes welled with tears and despite the financial crisis. This included tripling the number her voice cracked. “I will always be able to knock on his of free early child-care centres for low-income families and door and I’m sure that it will always will be open.” the completion of some 3,500 child-care centres around the country. The Winnipeg Bajan Community Mourns the loss of the Prime Minister of Barbados - Hon David Thompson The Barbadian and Caribbean community at large paid their respects in various forms and com- of Barbadians,” she added. munity events, observing silences to “We are deeply grateful for all your mark the passing of the popular Prime considerations as we seek to reflect Minister of Barbados The Hon. David as a family in mourning.” Thompson at the age 48 of pancreatic cancer. He leaves to mourn his wife Mara, daughters Misha, Oya and Osa. Mrs. Thompson thanked Barbadians for their support, as Community mourns the loss of two rising starsshe and her family mourn the loss of “the person who was Winnipeg community we mourn the loss of two young brightcentral to all we did”. stars from the African and Sri Lankan communities at the hands “Barbados has lost its loyal son and faithful servant before of a drunk 17 year old driver who drove her car into the onehe had the time to realise his lifetime dreams,” Mara Thompson carrying Senhit Yohanes and her friends.said. Heartfelt condolences go out to Birikti Bahta “We enjoyed and endured his public service experiences. and the Subramanian families for this tragicHe was always indebted to the people and the party for loss. We wish the Ghanian youth a speedyaffording him the opportunity to see the mountain top. Our recovery. May those who drink and drive learnlong vigil this year was lightened by the prayers and support from this terrible situation. 4 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 5. Regulars Letter to my DaughterMy dear daughter,Women’s history month celebrates women and girls many parts of the world going to school could be a matter‘rights in the world. In Canada women and girls enjoy a of life and death.reasonable degree of rights. However, rights are not Why am I telling you all this. It is to encourage you to bestatic – they come and they go to the extent that people vigilant not only to protect rights of women and girls butare vigilant. Only a few months ago, many young the rights of Canadians and peoples throughout the world.people in Toronto were shocked out of their In Manitoba there are many role models for young girlscomplaisance when hundred were corralled and locked to emulate. The women who are at the forefront ofup in jail for exercising their democratic rights. Rights contributing to community development and social justiceare not god-given; they are demanded and hard fought issues are many and they come from various social,for by men and women. Because of that rights must cultural and religious backgrounds. They see a need andalways be guarded like a precious stone. they try to fill it for the betterment of those less fortunate. Women have indeed come a long way from the If there is one thing to learn from all this is that communitydungeons of justice but there is still a lot more to be work is one of the most rewarding works and benefits all.done. Fortunately for you living in Canada you are Indeed according to the greatest thinkers in the world,assured a decent education, able to attend any school or being of service is mankind’s highest calling.study to become whatever you want but for girls in Love, mom Global CounsellorDear globalcounselor,I am from the Caribbean of East Indian background. Imagine that. How can I convince her to get rid of theMy 18 year old grand daughter lives with me and she is baby and get on with her life? Her future is at stake!different from the way I know. She goes out and Troubled grannycomes in whenever she likes and my son, her dad, saysnothing. It is as if he is helpless. She goes out to party, Dear troubled granny:does not go to the Hindu Temple, in fact she ridicules Having an abortion is not like extracting a tooth. It is aour religious beliefs as superstition. Last month she decision that a person has to make for herself. This is lifethrew a bombshell on us by informing us she is altering. I think you have to respect that yourpregnant. The father is a refugee from some country in granddaughter knows what is best for her. She has to doAfrica I never heard of before Eritrea. My first instinct what she can live with. Imagine what it could be like forwas to encourage her to have an abortion and get on her in ten years time wants to have a child and could notwith her life. They cannot raise a child. He is still in conceive. She would blame you. Sometimes having aschool and she is doing some small time job that aint baby is the best thing to straighten up a wayward child.paying no money to raise children. I am so fed up with Just let it be. All you need to do and all she needs fromthis child. She has brought shame and disgrace on the you right now is your unconditional love. There is nofamily. I want to disown her and I tell my son to put his shame in having a child. Having a child is a gift fromfoot down and let her know he is her father. He said he God. When you change the way you look at things thecannot do that and I should get used to living in Canada. things you look at change. Quotable Quote “Simply be open and present and you’ll fall into the arms of God. But resist even for a moment and you will get caught in a needless tangle of your own making. When the heart opens, it is filled with love. And its ability to give and receive is now longer based on anything external. Be willing. Participate. Touch and be touched. Feel everything. Open your arms to life and let your heart be touched, that is why you are here.” ~ Paul Ferrini Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 5
  • 6. In Your Back YardLocal Organization Brings Sports, Tutoring to the Community - Robin DwarkaCommunity Vibes is partnering with St. John’s High understanding their school material. Eventually, CVSchool to bring a new after hours concept to the St. Sports hopes to recruit tutors in all subject areas of theJohn’s/Luxton neighbourhood. The CV Sports program Manitoba middle years and high school curriculum.will include physical training, tutoring and mentoring and Special workshops during the year will teach youtheducational sessions on nutrition and sports psychology. valuable life skills to aid with their psychosocialPresident of Community Vibes, Troy Osiname, says “this development and health. Osiname wants Communityis more than just a drop in for youth. This is a fresh new Vibes to use its “resources to give youth options that leadway of looking at after school programming.” to positive change.”Community Vibes created this program to address some This is an ambitious project. In addition to workingof the issues faced by these neighbourhoods such as gang with St. John’s High School, Community Vibes will beinvolvement and crime and a lack of wholesome after partnering with a local grocery store to contribute some ofschool activities for youth in the community. the refreshments for the youth while teaching them how to The program hopes to provide a presence in the make good nutritional choices.area to assist youth in structured activity and to allow The program is geared to all youth aged 13-17. Thethem access to positive role models. The training is not program is slated to begin this October. The cost of theonly physical but will work to increase youths knowledge 8-month program is $150. For more information, checkrelated to nutrition and sport psychology as well. out Community Vibes website atEducation is another focal point of this program. CV www.communityvibes.ca.Sports will bring in tutors who can assist youths in better Congress of Black Women Celebrates Unity DinnerThe evening started off with fiddling by Emille Chartier ayoung fiddler who had the crowd toe tapping followed bySlava Ukrainian Contemporary Dancers under thedirectorship of Laryssa Semchyshyn Congress of BlackWomen, the Orlan Ukrainian folk ensemble and the JamaicanFolk Ensemble followed by a sumptuous multicultural mealof perogys, jerk chicken, portiere and rice pilaf plus amplesides that made the Congress of Black Women 12th AnnualUnity Dinner something to write home about. The Canada Inn Pembina Highway venue was pack tocapacity and DJ big John delivered the sounds to make theevening worth dressing up and being out of the house. Three deserving young women received scholarshipdollars to help further their education at the university level.The recipients were: Natalie Reynolds,Trisha Davis,EsperanceMugosa and Emem Ukpong President Lisa Hackett gave a rousing welcome carefullyacknowledging all the organizations that are making adifference in women’s lives here in Manitoba and all aroundthe world. If you have been going to these events as long as I have,you would notice one thing has changed people leave shortlyafter supper and the formalities. There is a dire need for theyounger generation to be encouraged to attend formalcommunity events to fill the generation gap at these events. 6 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 7. Shining Examples Troy Osiname - Community Champion - Robin Dwarka Many ethnic communities are trying to find ways to engage youth and get them the divide and get more youth and young professionals involved in the community. One person involved in the Caribbean and African communities and by who is trying to get youth involved is doing so, “energize communities and create positive action, Troy Osiname. He and the organization activity and leadership.” he founded, Community Vibes, is firing Troy exhibits that same energy he is looking for in things up and creating new interest for others. Within a year, Community Vibes has gone from the youth in the Caribbean and African germ of an idea to a fully functioning organization propelled communities in Winnipeg. by a small group of relatively young professionals. Troy Troy Osiname was born and raised in feels that “anyone who has a love for helping people and Winnipeg and, though he is of Jamaican gifts they’d like to display can do that here. This is a and Nigerian heritage, he considers movement - a collective that applies creativity to creativehimself a “real Westerner. I’m West Indian, West African and opportunity.” The key to Community Vibes’ success isborn in the west.” He is a deeply spiritual person and a skilled partnerships with local groups. According to Troyconversationalist. Troy’s seven-year old daughter is one of the “partnerships are what makes Community Vibes somany reasons he is getting more involved with community life – intriguing... We welcome it. Both grassroots and corporate.to make a life for her that is rich with all of the wonderful cultures I believe it’s important for any organization to build onthat make Winnipeg a unique place. relationships. It’s what keeps ventures fresh and exciting.” Through observations he made growing up in the Central Events such as the Black History Month production,Park neighbourhood and in East Kildonan, Troy became aware Through My Father’s Eyes, and the Help Haiti fundraiserthat the natural energy that young people have was missing from to assist victims of the earthquake share that vision.the community. “I realized that there is a real need for young Troy hopes that the first old-fashion cookout atpeople in all areas and aspects of life... church, community Central Park will become the flag ship annual event foractivisim, government and professions”. Community Vibes. Its mandate is to shine a light on a One of the reasons for the lack of youth being active in neighbourhood diverse and rich in culture and expression.the community is that their needs and that of their immigrant “It’s awesome to see Asian, African and Aboriginal peoplesparents are different. Many immigrants had to make sacrifices all making up one community. It’s multiculturism at its finestwhen they came to Canada to make a better life for themselves - the very thing that makes Manitoba”, say Troy.and their families often because their foreign earned credentials What’s on the horizon? Community Vibes is set towere not recognized here. Many Canadian born young people launch its after school program this October at St. John’sdon’t have those challenges or the same needs to come together, High School and plans are already under way for the 2011for example, language. Yet, some of the existing community Black History Month production. For more information ororganizations seem focused on goals, rituals and structures that to get involved with Community Vibes visit their website atare important to first generation Canadians but don’t really speak www.communityvibes.ca or contact Troy atto the generations that come after them. Troy is hoping to bridge communityvibes@gmail.com. Nigerian Association of Manitoba Celebrates Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary T he Nigerian Association of Manitoba, Inc. celebrated Nigeria’s 50th Anniversary of Independence with a banquet and dance at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Saturday October 23, 2010. The Nigerian community showed off their traditional dress and Nigerian community members show off their cultural attires Minister Andrew Swan highlife dances. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 7
  • 8. Cricket in the Juggle - Kamta Roy SinghAn Interview with Kamta Roy Singh, Captain of Lions Cricket Club, President always take a positive mind into it. I never do community work of the Guyanese Association of Manitoba, for personal gains. Twenty years ago Lions was just a group of Community Leader, and Entrepreneur guys getting together with their families to play cricket and now it’s Neil: There are many questions I feel teaching youths about our and sharing this passion with the larger compelled to ask but let’s begin with community. your community involvement: N: The Guyanese Association of Manitoba, Inc. of which you are Roy: I am involved with the Guyanese currently its president, and the Guyanese Cultural Organization of Association of Manitoba, Inc., Lions Winnipeg, Inc. put on a successful joint Independence Day Sports Club, WIICCOM, the India Celebration in 2008. There are those who would like to see these School of Dance and Maple two organizations become one, what do you say to that? Community Centre. Then there is my R: The idea behind it was to unite the two organizations as one. business community involvement However because of Guyana’s political history brought here by through Tim Horton’s. which allows me some members of both, it created a severe challenge. But the joint to do a lot of volunteer work especially event was a huge step towards the dream of making it one with children. I am always willing to organization. We have to take baby steps. One of the positivesassist wherever I can. In the past I have assisted that came out of that event is the strong relationship we haveorganizations such as GCO, the Pakistani Association with developed. My idea was to have the same joint celebration everythe recent flooding, fundraising for Haiti, the Caribbean and 2 years - if we do that that’s one way of uniting and seeing whatgreater community at large. the people are doing. We made a profit of $3000 that was splitN: Have you found ways to incorporate Tim Horton’s, a equally between the two organizations. One of the privileges wasCanadian business entity, into your mode of operation? to bring the high comminiser of Guyana, the honourable RajnarineR: Definitely. As an entrepreneur the community benefits Singh, to witness the event.from my ownership through sponsorships, employment N: Does it bother you that there appears to be a decline in culturalopportunities, the Tim Horton’s Children camp, as well as consciousness in the generations coming up?sponsoring Timbits Soccer and Timbits Hockey. Also as an R: Yes, it bothers me a lot. It’s one of the better reasons we need to uniteentrepreneur I have some input in recommending community as one.centers that could send six children to Tim’s Camp. We N: Do you think there are enough qualities between the GCO and GAMrotate the selection every year. that will always warrant two organizations?N: You have been a driving force to institutionalize cricket R: In a sense, you can say yes. There are some differences betweeninto the mainstream phys-ed. the Indo and Afro Guyanese cultures. However, the passion, theR: We started a grassroots cricket program for GAM in the dream of one people under on flag, one umbrella is reason enoughyear 1999. The interest in the sport has kept on growing. to unite in spite of that.With co-operation from Burton Cummings Community Centre N: Speaking of Folklorama it seems that GAM no longer exerciseswe were able to open that pitch in 2007. Being an executive an active role in the Indo-Tropical Paradise Pavilion. Why is that?member of Maples Community centre I was instrumental in R: I believe in unity and I prefer that all organizations, associations,doing the same for Elwick. We transformed Elwick an temples, such as GAM, T&T, should all be united together to beabandoned to a functioning community centre that is open part of Folklorama.seven days a week and serves as a drop-in centre for N: Why is GAM not a part of the Council of Caribbeanchildren. The hockey rink is restored and the cricket ground Organizations of Manitoba, Inc.?is being used by 18 middle schools from the Maples area - R: That particular issue predates my run as President, but I will sayand it’s going to be bigger and better. that we should be involved one way or the other with CCOM.N: What ultimately motivates Kamta Roy Singh? N: Alright - I understand that you also pen articles for the Indo-R: Giving back to the community. I have reached a stage in Canadian Telegram - what is the nature of the content, and why domy life where I am able to give back; where I am able to do you believe it needs to be expressed?something for the community and make a difference tobenefit today’s and future generations. R: The nature of the content was a life history about why I cameN: How do you manage to keep cricket in the juggle of your to Canada and how I got started as an immigrant, became anhectic schedule? entrepreneur and have been successful. I think the reason they didR: Cricket is a sport that’s in my blood. It helps me to be this story is because there are only few individuals who have beenwho I am. It helps me to make new friends, be competitive, able to achieve that kind of success in such a short period of time.strive to be better, but as a sport it also keeps you fit. I find Eventually the story became very motivational to many immigrantstime because I love the game, I love the sport and it makes in Manitoba, whereas CBC radio and television did an interview toa difference in my life. I must say though, anything I do I cont’d on p9 8 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 9. Kamta continued from p8tell the same story. The Canadian Immigration Dept. did an make a difference in my life. So in retrospect when he was ill,interview and an article in the Canadian Immigrant newspaper I was ill myself because he was a friend.that was published nationally, and presently the CBC Public N: You have achieved and done a lot but you remain one of theImmigration Relation Dept is doing a 5 hour interview to be humblest persons I know. How do you maintain that humility?taped to show immigrants how they can be successful in life. I R: I guess it’s a genetic thing,have also gone to schools and universities and given interviews N: Anything you would like to say to Global Eyes readers?about my experiences. R: I came to know about the magazine three years when itN: Your father was recently diagnosed with cancer and is published an article about the GAM and GCO Independencefighting valiantly through it. How has that affected you? Day event. Since then I haveR: First of all, it was a very difficult time no doubt about it. It been reading Global Eyes. It’swas challenging but because of his illness we realize that no matter the only magazine that covershow many difficulties you have, you can come out of it. He had any program or any issue or anyproven that no matter how down you are you can rise to the news within the generaloccasion. As the eldest son we have always been like two friends. Caribbean community.But more so he is a living example of what life is - I have lived N: And that - is a sentiment, Iand I have see that he is always been a very strong community am sure Buddy will agree with.leader, always very motivational to anyone, particularly elders and Roy Kamta Singh, ACAM Rep H. Irving., the Hon. Rajnarine Singh, Formeryouth and those are values that I learned from him - that even GCO Pres. Winston Johnson, Caribbean Shield Owner Peter Pitamber Nollywood - Africa’s Answer to HollywoodFormer Winnipegger, Femi Agabyewa, Director of Production,Real Livin Films has just completed another film “Shakara” a successful feature film God’s own country which he wrotehilarious romantic short comedy about a young Nigerian couple and directed. God’s Own Country also has the distinction of attempting to get married against being the first African film to release a mixtape/soundtrack their parents’ wishes which is very featuring US-based artists alongside Africa-based artists. Mr. different from his first feature film Agbayewa is currently in development on several projects God’s Own Country. The latter including a feature film set in Sub-Saharan Africa that he will was about African immigrants write and direct. The film will also be shot on location in Sub- trying to succeed in America Saharan Africa in 2010. against all odds. Graduate of a BA and MA degree from Concordia Born in Ibadan Nigeria, Femi University in Communications Agbayewa says this new film grew up in Winnipeg and is the son is very much like the Hollywood movie My Big Fat Greek of Bose Agbayewa a respected Wedding.”Not everything about Africans has to be Hotelmember of the community who heads a department at Victoria Hospital. Rwanda or Blood Diamond or even God’s Own Country. Femi Agbayewa’s film odyssey began in 2000 with the There are a billion stories that Nollywood USA can tell,” heautobiographical short Pieces of a Man followed by his highly states. New Member of the Manitoba Arts CouncilCongratulations to Yisa Akinbolaji, who has recently been The Manitoba Arts Council is an arm’s-length agencyappointed Board member of the Manitoba Arts Council. of the Province of Manitoba, estab- An artist himself, Yisa professional background is that of lished in 1965 “to promote the study,an arts teacher. He recently completed his Masters of Fine enjoyment, production and perform-Arts Degree from the University of North Dakota. ance of works in the arts.” The Council Yisa is often described as the African Picasso. He has makes awards to professional artsexhibited his works widely in Canada and the United organizations and individuals in all artStates. Yisa has received numerous awards from his home forms including arts education, literarycountry Nigeria where he has been asked to paint the arts, performing arts, and visual arts.portraits of important political figures. The Council uses a peer assessment Yisa will bring an immigrant sensibility along with a strong process in making awards. The mainprofessional perspective to his role on the council. criterion used to assess application is artistic excellence. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 9
  • 10. HEALTHWISE Just 10 Mango Chicken Diets are a dime a A serving of meat should fit in Ingredients the palm of your hands. A4 boneless, skinless chicken 2 tbsp lemon juice dozen and they all do the Directions same thing, make you serving of cheeze should bebreasts (about 1 lb total)For coating: The first step is to make lose weight and then you the size of 2 dice.1/4 cup lemon juice the olive coating. Make double your losses the A serving of fat; A serving of1/4 cup olive oil a mixture of whole next time around. dessert should be smaller than2 cups of whole-wheat bread wheat bread crumbs and Anyway, though I am the palm of your hand;crumbs black and green olives not a big fan of diets,1/2 cup chopped, seedless, with a pinch of garlic here is a neat one from powder. Pound the 5 Rules To Weight Lossgreen and black olives Dr. Oz developed by a chicken and flatten it. dietitian Dr. Bovena 1. Cut out the sugary sodas3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (fortop of chicken just before Dip it in a combined Brock who did not look 2. You won’t eat past 8:00going into oven) mixture of olive oil and as though she was P.M.1 dash garlic powder lemon juice. Spread the starving. It’s called the 3. Move 10 minutes a day1 dash coarsely-ground sea coating on the chicken Just 10 Diet. 4. Track your weight dailysalt to taste breast. Bake for 20-25 On this diet you eat 4 minutes at 400 ° F. Add 5. You will not eat snacksFresh herbs for garnish (curly servings of protein; 3 mango salsa garnish. serving complex carbo- larger than your fistparsley, sage, rosemary-any orcombined) Serve with 1 cup of hydrate, s 3 serving ofMango salsa: whole wheat couscous, fats and unlimited1/4 cup chopped red onion cooked in low-sodium, vegetables. You get a1/4 cup chopped cucumber fat-free chicken broth, serving of dessert every1/2-1 cup chopped ripe mango and grilled asparagus. other day. Double Double Birthday greetings for the TwinsHappy 2nd Birthday to Kenny Daodu and her twin sisterTaiwo Olajumoke Oladele who travelled from LondonEngland to celebrate this birthday. Their birthday wascelebrated at the Immanuel Church and was part of theThanksgiving service. After the service the party retreatedto the lower floor for a traditional Nigerian meal, singingthe birthday song and cutting the cake. It was a trulydelightful event of laughter, papparazi and fun. BernadetteFerreira surprised the twin by launching into the birthdaysong specially dedicated to twins which are often sung bycommunity elders. The song touched Kenny and Taiwoespecially because it was sung by a sister from the Birthday TwinsCaribbean. The song was beautiful and could have been Kenny Daodu and sister Pastor Deborah Olukoju Taiwo O. Oladele prays for the Twinssung better by a native Nigerian and that brought the partyto a fitting end. Kenny and Taiwo pose with some of their friends 10 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 11. Moving in the diversity direction - Two history-making wins Congratulations to Derek Dabee (r) and Devi Sharma for stepping up into the public arena to work on behalf of Winnipeggers in the area of their choice. Dabee a long time community activist fighting for the rights of the underdog won a seat on the Seven Oaks School Division’s Ward 2 Board of Trustees. Dabee, originally from Guyana is the first Caribbean person to be elected as a school trustee. Devi Sharma, publisher of Indo-Canadian Telegram, and the first staff to work with the Manitoba Ethnocultural Advocacy and Advisory council succeeded her former boss Councillor Mike O’Shaughnessy by winning the City Council position in Old Kildonan. Sharma worked well with a cross section of the cultural community as MEAAC Staffer and did a great job. Devi is believed to be the first Indo-Canadian to join City Council. We wish Dabee and Sharma success in their new endeavour and like every other politician we have to hold them accountable to fulfil their mandate in their respectiveNigeria Canada Congress Organization of Manitoba Celebrates Independence NICCOM celebrated Nigeria’s 50th and the Department of Labour and Immigration.Independence Anniversary at the Best Dr. Sunday Olukoju, NICCOM President alsoWestern Hotel with plenty of food, drinks and launched his book “Hope on the Horizon: Fromentertainment. The organization honoured two Celebration of Stupidity to Celebration ofimmigrant serving agencies and one Excellence”, as well as the dedication of a debutgovernment department for doing a fantastic documentary titled “The 50 Golden Voices.”job with helping immigrants to settle andintegrate into the Canadian society. Theorganizations honoured were: Success SkillsCentre, Employment Projects of Winnipeg Can’t find a salon to do justice to your hair? Look no more! Beatrice Watson, presented the award to Success Skills Staff poses Ms Marilyn Brick, MLA, St. Norbert for with Sunday Olukoju the Department of Immigration Les Touche Salon will send you satisfied everytime 4-555 Balmoral Ave Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Phone: 947-5830 Lisa Hackett, presented award to Deborah Olukoju chats up some of the Monica Fiest for success Skills Centre guests Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 11
  • 12. D’bi Young Storyteller Extraordinaire Mesmerizes Audience at FemFestD’bi Young one of the head acts at Sarsvati 2010 Femfest, delivered askilfully engaging performance of “She” the first in a labyrinth trilogywhich critically comments on the womben’s status today through a genderlens of exploitation and expectation. Originally from Jamaica, Young came to Canada in 1993 and has been aforce in Canadian Theatre ever since. Founder and artistic director ofanitafrika dub theatre in Toronto Young has appeared in many playsand television shows. She won the best actress award for herperformance as Staceyann in Da Kink in my Hair In She Young started off with the character of a young girl with dreamsof being a dancer, dreams her mother who worked as a domestic inCanada told her she could have. Young was awesome in this role. Shesomersaulted stealthily happy in her world of dreams. Young seamlessly morphed from one character to the other. Her only prop a roll of whitepaper which she intermittently scribbled on. The three female characters in “She” were trueto real life characters you would meet in the Caribbean context. The stories were real.Young vowed to speak truth no matter how horrible it may be. She acts truth and theaudience cannot escape it in all its rhythms. Young is an engaging, charismatic performer. You are drawn in by this tiny, larger thanlife wombman as she claims the space on the stage as her own. She speaks to heraudience like old friends. How can you not be engage when her smile is a mile wide open. I wanted more. This work isworth making time to see. Winnipeggers are Shining all over CanadaCongratulations to the Watson sisters and Garfield WilliamsIt seems that this is the providence has smiled on them. Theirhard work has paid some dividends.Maiko “Sweet Vibration” won her a Western Canada MusicAward for the best Urban Album of the Year, in Kelowna BC. Bahia was cast as Beneatha the self-confident butvulnerable 20-year-old student and most educated of theYounger family, in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic Ä raisinin the sun” which is currently being staged by SoulpepperTheatre Company at the Young Performing Arts Centre.The play whose title was taken from a line in one ofLangston Hugh’s poems “Harlem“ 1951 “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?” The play tells the story of ablack family who lived in Chicago southside who wanted L to r Charles Officer ( Walter, son), Abena Malika (Walter’s wife),a better life. The family dynamics began when the Allison sealy Smith (Lena - Walter & Beneatha’s mother) BahiaPatriarch for the family died and accidentally and all his Watson (Beneatha, Lena’s daughter)family had was the $10,000 insurance money to forge Maiko Watsonahead with the dream. There were severe competinginterests in how best to spend the money. Through theirstruggles, the three generation of black American familydiscover, love, dignity and courage to do the right thing inspite of the racial injustice they faced. It is a strong,seasoned cast. Directed by Weyni Mengesha, the play featuredAlison Sealy Smith, Charles Officer, Abena Malika, KofiPayton, Bahia Watson, Awaovieyi Agie, Barbara Barnes-Hopkins, Dion Johnstone, Matthew Kabwe, Diego Matamoros. The original cast featured Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and Garfield Williams flanked by hishas become a classic. It was the first play by black playwright to brother (l) and good friend (r) Cont’d on p13 12 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 13. Journey of Slavery by Lynnette Joseph Bani ph Lynette Joseph Bani’s personal 12- world. Members of this family are year quest for answers about her referred to as Africans of the Diaspora. ancestry has culminated into the book Investigation on the characters of Journey of Slavery. scripture will lead to the ancient cities Bani’s core research came from of Mesopotamia/Middle East, and one of the oldest books on the planet reveal that the early Bible Patriarchs - the Holy Bible. from Mesopotamia, many of their This book tells the story of a family descendants are found in remote that began in ancient Mesopotamia villages of African nations and linked about 5000 BCE, whose descendants to Africans of the Western Diasporaare scattered to several nations, some of whom reside in Lynette Joseph-Bani was born inthe Americas. The Biblical Journey of Slavery takes the Guyana South America, she migrated to Canada 1962.reader through thousands of years to show who were thisfamily and their current dilemma of identity in the Western Keeping you in the MixSunday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. – CBW Annual CBW 2nd Annual Cultural Awareness WorkshopKwanzaa Tuesday, February 22, 2011Place: Wolseley Family Place,691 Wolseley Ave Viscount Gort Hotel( north side across from the Misericordia Health Centre) 1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MBPhone: 788-8052 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 pm Traditional observances, food, fun and fellowship Fee: $60.00 or (students and seniors* $30) Children especially welcome Lunch and refreshments/breaks includedPlease call 775- 4378 before Dec. 1st, 2010, with your Please register on or before January 30th, 2011, byname and the number of people attending emailing us at: cobw@mymts.net. The workshop is for those who wish to understand Black culture. November 19 - 1:00 p.m. Open House of Men’s Re- source Centre - program of Laurel Centre 200-321 McDermot Avenue. You are also invited to celebrate International Men’s Day. 2nd Floor RSVP 415-6797. Forks Market, Weyni Mengesha, Director - Bahia, Kofi, Maiko A Raisin in the Sunbe featured on Broadway, the first to be director by a blackperson and the first play that delved into the lives of Blacksduring that era. With the current cast, the play is as fresh as theyget and moves you all the way to a place deep inside. Congratulations to Garfield Williams, GRAND ANALOGwho for the second time in a row won a Western Canada MusicAward for the best Rep/Hip Hop Album of the Year forMetropolis is Burning Beatrice with cast members of Raisin in the Sun Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 13
  • 14. CARICON ARTS AND CRAFTS PROMOTES CARIBBEAN CULTURE CARICOM Arts and Crafts Inc. held creations, baking, and equally, scholarships and other means its 2nd Annual Fundraising Tea in of offering assistance for educational opportunities. And then, September, 2010 at the Caribbean there’s the underlying desire to get our youth to value their Cultural Centre. The event attracted a fair cultural heritage, their roots with all the number of people from within and outside unique aspects of our background and of the Caribbean community. upbringing. We want them to enjoy our There were delicious goodies and great ethnic dishes without turning up snacks, entertainment and lots of their noses and then making a bee line networking and fun. off to the Golden Arches to satisfy their Jamaica Honorary Consul, Carmen appetites. Nembhard was the guestspeaker. She “In short, Caricom Arts & Crafts encouraged participants to continue to wishes to overcome obstacles by support events such as this. providing opportunities to revive and “I congratulate the players of Caricom refocus interest in the cultural part of ourArts and Crafts Inc. in pursuing a very important goal. It is heritage regardless of whether we havethe goal to rejuvenate and maintain the cultural background roots in the Caribbean or not.of all of us whether we’re from the Caribbean or not. To do “Let’s expand our present crafts and bake sale until Caricomthis requires providing a teaching medium for Youth and all Arts & Crafts Inc. will become a household name thatthe way up to the Elders to create various arts & crafts such everyone knows and supports”. as singing & President of Caricom Arts and Crafts, Mary Barzey said dance, music, she hopes to ecourage more cultural engagement next year. poetry in dialect form, knitting, crocheting, e m b r o i d e r y, basketry, doll m a k i n g , sketching, drawing, painting, jewelleryTroy Osiname, Peter Koroma and Kwabena Osei-Bonsu George Hickes Charming guests Bake sale table MLA for Point Douglas Constituency Office: 957 Main Street Phone: (204) 944-8379 Room 244 Legislative Building Phone: (204) 945-4323 Residence phone: (204) 255-4325 Mohamed Ismath, President, Folklorama pours tea 14 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 15. WARRIORS BEHIND THE TRUMPET - NeilThe style of commentary/editorial writing allows one a great that they are not acting for the prominence and monetaryrange of license, and as I am not one much for research I do advantages, that the road they are trying to commute is not anot aim to expose or isolate any person or thing, strive for labour of the ‘job’ but a time-kill, rather an outcome that isaccuracy, or believe that I am above a retraction if I have so deeply desired that only its completion will bring them aoffended anyone. true sense of satisfaction? Why can it not be a bit of both The mention of names is strictly for anecdotal purposes worlds, and be free from criticism?and I do not consider my articles to be an overall academic Is it too naive to believe that when we are honest enoughstudy of Winnipeg, the Caribbean culture within it, or am I about our intentions, we stand a better chance of success? Igiving personal credence to the theories I inject into those can only imagine how many friendships would have remainedsubjects: I am cursed or blessed, maybe, with a good memory, trusted and true, would not have led to failed marriages,as particular as to the scent and touch of a summer afternoon estrangement and ill-fated partnerships; how manyif it had meant anything to me. I want to thank Beatrice opportunities would have been fulfilled without the sacrificeWatson for granting me this opportunity, send my best wishes of heart and home, had it not been for the beam in ourto Mrs. Lara Badmus for answering the call, and encourage neighbour’s eye - which even the tool of time has been unableall of you, once again, to activate subscriptions so that we to remove; how many functions could have met their financialmay give volume to our voice: to the graduating and the mature, target had they not been tempted, like fresh meat, to an angrythe new and the faithful, siren, how few closets and jewellery boxes would have Global Eyes is a powerful recording of our history - so collected such layers of dust that, like tree rings, one couldtune in and turn it up loud. As Fidel Castro once said of have made a good average of their age - had reproach andMarxism, ‘It was like being lost in the forest and finding a jealousy been more inhibitive and less exhibitive in ourcompass’, I think many of us should feel something similar churches and socials?toward this same publication. If we had learned a way to slow down the flashpoint of Lara is very generous to share from her wealth of our tempers, to relax our accusatory finger, to squint ourexperience, and I hope we can show her our unequivocal eyes but a little less on the cutting edge side, to flex oursupport. It raises an interesting question to me though, that muscles in a less offensive mode! I know we have somewhen someone makes a conscious decision to do something people in this community who can keep their tongues coiled,that is in complement of this community, whether it is for the and others who are as easy to set off as a trip switch. Bottom-sake of serving or being of service to those members - why line: if we are going to spend so much of our youth, our time,is it, generally, expected that they must do so freely, that they and our resources educating, re-educating, edifying, re-must not be ‘in it’ for personal gain, that they must be edifying, editing, re-editing and prostrating ourselves almostdogmatically aligned with the concepts of the selfless likes of to a flaw, we should be allowed the freedom to earn as much.Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Our Black community has professionals in every kind ofMandela?; why should they, in turn, run with the pretense profession; they are the products of their own devices, but the benefit of all; they are the instruments of health and emancipation; so let us make it our duty, then, as a socialSeniors Contributions Recognized entity that when they set themselves to perform, they are Congrats to the followng seniors were recognized for their performing to our audience; that they do not have to strain to contribution to co munity development: hear the sounds of our praises and applause; that they do not play merely to the heft of their own breath. We can giveJerry Sampson, Elma Victor, Inez them that; we can empower them without powering down;Hayley, Louis Ifill, Salome Scott we can let them have their private lives and the accruementsWilliams, Courtney Hoyte, of their toil; knowing that, for any time you hear the horn,Victoria Graham, Vashti Greaves, they will be standing on guard for ‘we’.Grasita Jones, Neville Dwyer,Charles Malcolm, Titus Premdas, ZIZI - the continuing sagaBrenda Parker, Eslyn Glasgow,Leonard Sampson, Cybil Belton, Leyroy was unsually prompt in picking up Zizi fromJoe Paul, Clifford Alexander, Caribbean Spice. Her cousin Brenda teased him about keeping Canadian time when it suits him and when itCora Sally Williams and Rostant doesn’t he resorts to Caribbean time which is usuallyRas Rico John. about half hour to one hour late. Some of the participants who attended cont’d on p16 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 15
  • 16. “That’s a sure way to fail. You think it, it happens. You have to think like a winner. It’s all up there” he tapped her head. “Yeah, yeah I know that but it hard to stay focused” “Just keep trying to see yourself bowling over those drug heads. You have the advantage of being sober”, he grimaced “I believe in you Zizi. This is a job made for you. You are a natural detective girl, don’t you know that.” “Thanks” “Remember back home, who is it that always talked the fowl thief out of hiding or dead on right when a guy is cheating on his girl and with whom. You have a knack for these things. You used to always be spying on somebody, poking your nose where it doesn’t belong. That’s who you are Zi” Zizi laughed out loud. “You make me sound like a horrible person” “It came out that way? Sorry, didn’t mean that, wink, wink” Donned in a cut off tight fighting straight bottomed blue jeans, hair flayed all over her head like a bad hair day afro, Zizi sprinted out her apartment. She felt like a loser even though she was just acting. She headed for Portage place. She carefully placed a cigarette behind her ear and held it between the tip and groove. She has fake tattoos visibly of the macabre variety all over her arms. Looking tough and like someone on a mission, Zizi scoped out the place. She zizi cont’d from p15 is conscious that she is being Zizi was amused. She was grateful that Leyroy was early because she watched by a security guard but wanted to go over all her stuff for work, her first undercover assignment. She her job was not to make trouble, left money with Brenda to cover the cost of the lunch for the three of them but to work within the rules and including the take out for Leyroy. regulations of the mall. In the Zizi told Leyroy she would prefer to go home rather than the movies which distance was Leyroy sitting by they had planned to do because she was feeling a bit nervous and maybe talking himself and sipping a cup of it through with him might be more useful. He was happy to oblige. coffee. He had her back and “What’s going on with you?” asked Leyroy “Nothing. I had a great time but I was nervous. I kept thinking about work. Zizi felt her confidence surged. I am nervous like hell, afraid I would do something stupid and would be found out as soon as I open my mouth”16 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 17. The Story of Successful Barbadian Canadians (Part II) by Dr. Keith SandifordThe second Barbadian wave occurred towards the end of gradually established a host of Associations, a dozen or sothe nineteenth century, in the midst of a protracted and in Toronto alone. Two of them arose in London anddisastrous slump in the sugar market, when several Montreal and one each in Calgary, Edmonton,men (mainly black) came to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Hamilton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Naturally, theyin the hope of finding jobs in the mines. Their agreed to establish a national umbrella, the NCBAC,descendants are still making contributions to the which was formalized in 1984. Its Annual Conferencesdevelopment of that province, and one of them, the provide opportunities for the strengthening of socialHon Calvin Ruck, who died in 2004, was actually networks and its workshops yield invaluableelevated to the national senate after a life of vigorous information on a variety of important subjects.activism in the political and social fields. A third Agreeing, in a moment of singular weakness, to helpBarbadian exodus to Canada took place after the outbreak the High Commission compile a directory of Barbadian-of the First World War when several white ones joined the Canadian skills, I have come to understand more fully theCanadian army and became military officers. There was a magnitude of our contribution to the development of Canada.fourth exodus, during the Second World War, when many I have discovered that there is no field or discipline in whichyoung men wanted to support the Allied effort by serving in Canadian life has not profited from significant Barbadianthe Canadian Armed Forces. Two examples that come input. A group of us is currently producing a book on thisreadily to mind are Frederick Adams who remained in the very subject. So far, we have ferreted out information onarmy after the war and became a Chief Warrant Officer and individuals who have served Canada and its provinces in aOwen Rowe, who spent the rest of his life in Montreal remarkably wide range of professions and vocations, aspersuading the federal authorities to recognize Canada’s debt varied as actuarial science, banking, medicine, entomology,to the Caribbean soldiers who had fought so valiantly on behalf dietetics, bio-medical technology, journalism and law. Theof their adopted country. number of Barbadian-Canadian doctors, nurses and But the Fifth Great Migration was by far the most teachers who are now working in this country is almostimportant of all of these Barbadian movements both in terms incredible.of actual numbers and in terms of impact. It followed the Our Biographical Dictionary will eventually featureliberalization of Canada’s immigration policies from 1955 such varied professionals as an archbishop, a film critic, anonwards. For the next twenty years, hundreds of Barbadians insurance executive, a metrologist, a swimming coach, animmigrated to Canada, and it is useful to remember that artistic director, numerous writers in many genres, fourseveral Caribbean activists, including such Barbadians as outstanding ice-hockey players of Barbadian extraction, aDonald Moore and Edsworth Searles, played no small part champion jockey who has established a host of records atin persuading the Canadian government to revise its previous the Woodbine Race Track in Ontario, a Commonwealthprogramme which had limited the number of immigrants from champion wrestler, a world champion bodybuilder, anon-white Commonwealth countries. Canadian checkers (draughts) champion, a Canadian In 1955, when Canada faced a severe shortage of champion decathlete, a number of cricketers who havedomestics and nurses, the federal government agreed to a represented their respective provinces as well as Canada inscheme which allowed young women from Commonwealth international competition and an award-winning quilter ofcountries to come to work in the homes of the wealthy and no mean distinction.to study in Canadian Schools of Nursing to fill these voids. Of major significance here is the willingness ofBy the early 1960s, as a result, there was a growing number professionals in almost every discipline to participate mostof young Barbadian immigrants, the majority of them based actively in community service. This commitment toin such urban centres as Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and volunteerism is evident all across Canada. Most of theVancouver. The peak of this influx occurred during the 1970s Barbadian Associations have become involved in charitablewhen the Immigration Laws were finally revised. So many causes which often prove more beneficial to the wider publicBarbadians arrived that they spilled over in such other cities than to the Barbadians themselves. Countless individuals ofas Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, London (Ontario), Regina, Barbadian extraction have recently been recipients of sundrySaskatoon and Winnipeg. awards, accolades and distinctions in recognition of their The Barbadian immigrants, with their love of animated keen desire to support the disadvantaged. Barbadians havedebate, democratic structures and Anglo-Saxon parliaments, also been traditionally famous for their commitment to their cont’d on p20 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 17
  • 18. Gaffin wid Buddy I couldn’t believe meself de adda day when ah stood andastan what using and crassing boundaries an allup to me frien an defended a battyman. We wus dat. Just because he is a goodlooking dude, he no pisaraised to mek fun and to dehumanize man to man meat, he wuz highly offended and feeling real bad andrelationship. No, in fact we pretend dat it is a white mix up with dis sexual abuse. See we can have aman ting and doesn’t happen at all wid be black change a hart, man we gat to evalve wid de times andpeople. Yeah we bury we egg in de san like de guana respect. It’s like defending a person’s right to speak evenand tink nobady would know. Livin in Canada which if you don’t agree wid he. That’s intelligence man. In deembrace all kindda difference and promoting human rights ole days slapping woman’s behind at wuk or play was jusan all, I feel I ent gat no right to discriminate against kiddin around try it in Canada and you can be up a creeknobady. De ting is if I want people to respect me and my witout a paddle. Women seh dey no pisa meat andblackness and me culture and everyting who am I to tek demand respect and rights as a human being. Now weaway somebody else’s rights. That ent right man. I am look at women like a dag who had he bone drag out heconfident in meself and like Pierre Trudeau we gat no mout, watching crass eye but gat to humble heself. We canbisness in people’s bedrooms. see nah touch and we gat to watch how we see, star aWell taking bout sex, what kind a man is our guy Alex woman down and boy she gat you wid sexualChapman who refuses a lil bit som’ting? Back home we’d initimidation. Just keep yuh eyes down man if you can’tcall him an aantyman. We tink a man neva back down look neutral. That’s jus de way it is dis side of de fence.fram free sex but dis guy Chapman is evolved, he It’s another Women’s Rights Event. How many times a year we celebrate women’s rights. It’s time men start celebrating someting odda dan de numba a women de knack up an get away wit it. ATTENTION Seeking Single Women Age 30 and over..... - are you experiencing relationship challenges? - are you ready for a life changing experience? - do you want to have the committed love relationship that you long for? Join Relationship and Life Coach, Delia Veronica Joseph, for this dynamic workshop that will help you: - increase self love and self esteem - gain additional insight and perspective - release barriers and blockages that show up in the form of toxic thoughts and people - recover from heartbreak - prepare yourself for soulmate love When: November 20, 2010 9am - 12noon Where: 302-1200 Portage Avenue Why: This is your life - register today! How: Contact Delia at deliajoseph@mts.net Cost: available to you for $87 or pre-pay by November 12 and receive a early bird rate of $67 18 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 19. Breathe Neil Pitamber Take Your Kids to Work Day but focusing on youngAnd I remember every word you ever said people who have not participated because their parentsYeah, and I remember every word are unemployed or in insecure employment. We areJust as clean as the lipstick you left smeared upon my lips partnering with the Toronto Board of Trade, YMCAYeah, I remember every word of it and several private and public sector organizations toAs I spend another sleepless night in the drab again create work experience and mentorship opportunitiesIn the textured clasp of something near for a group of 10 -15 youth from marginalized and at-Redundant sheeted echoes risk neighbourhoods in Peel Region and Toronto. ThisAnother shapeless night drags on and on again includes providing mentorship and internship/workBut I know the end is near experience and access to corporate and public sectorAnd I remember every word you ever said leaders. Participants will attend five “Introduction toYeah, and I remember every word Careers” sessions at KPMG, Cisco Systems, theJust as sparse as the skin-deep you left stained upon my lips YMCA corporate office and a public sectorYeah, I remember every word of it organization. They will also participate in a mentorship, internship or work experience during the summer ofAs I spend another helpless night in the drab again 2011.”In the lecherous clasp of something near As a part of the Region’s Poverty Reduction StrategyPersistent rabid babble Committee, Adaoma hopes to leverage the skills learnedAnother restless night drags on and on again through the DiverseCity program, in her current role.But I know the end is near “The program will provide me with new skills to helpFor I can hear it breathing tackle complex issues such as poverty in our community and methods of collaborating successfully with our partners and other stakeholders,” said Adaoma. Former Winnipegger Shines in Toronto When asked what motivates her dedication to the Congratulations to Adaoma Patterson, DiverseCity program as well as volunteering in the Poverty Reduction Specialist in Human community, Adaoma explains, “The driving factor is Services, on her selection as one of 27 knowing I can help others to overcome obstacles and participants in the 2010 DiverseCity improve their lives. With this in mind, the time and effort Fellowship program. The program is part spent are extremely rewarding.” of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Reflecting on the past year, Adaoma says, “I enjoy Leadership Project, which aims to my work and love being involved in the community. I accelerate prosperity in the region by am blessed beyond measure and have opportunities changing the face of leadership. that many in the world will never have.” Adaoma was selected because of her outstandingleadership skills, professional experience and city-buildingpotential. She will participate in an intensive, one-year CCOM Honours Seniors and Youthsleadership program designed to help participants create andimplement solutions to improve their communities. Several seniors of Caribbean Heritage were honoured recently An initiative of the Toronto City Summit Alliance and at the Council of Caribbean Organiza-Maytree Foundation, the Fellows are committed to tion’s 3rd Annual Seniors Appreciationdeveloping into better leaders and practicing collective and Scholarship Awards banquet, whichleadership to address issues critical to the future health and recognized the contributions seniorswealth of the Toronto region. have made to the community life.“My colleagues in the 2010 Fellows program are extremely The CCOM, Grenadian Association andintelligent, passionate and committed individuals from the Caricom Arts& Crafts, Barbados Association and Black Edu-private, public and non-profit sectors. I am honoured to be cators Assoc. of MB. jointly presented scholarships to threepart of such a dedicated group,” comments Adaoma. university students - Trisha Davis, Rebecca Akong and“Despite our differences of experiences, geography, Kelsey Howard.ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, I’m always learning Mr. Clayton Stewart, Lawyer with Legal Aid Manitoba, washow much we have in common. The program has challenged the guestspeaker. He encouraged youths to have a plan and tous to answer the question, how can we, in spite of surround themselves with those who can help them achievedifferences, come together to make the GTA a better their goal. Kyra Geisbrecht , Caribbean dancers and two High-region.” land dancers entertained the audience. “As part of our commitment to city building, we are Pix: Margaret Strachan, Mavis McLaren and Cherryln Thompsonworking in teams to create projects that will have a lasting cont’d on p22impact. My team’s project is Inspire, a program similar to Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 19
  • 20. Barbadian cont’d from p16Christian heritage. Most of the ones who immigrated to Canada A CALL FOR PEACE - Neilhave joined a local church, sung in its choir, taught its children Have you ever heard of string theory? The opening argumentin Sunday school and performed various other tasks in its of level three string theory alleges that, for every choice wesupport. make an alternative reality, or bubble, breaks away, created And it is not only the Barbadian-Canadian community to express the other choice - suggesting that there are worldsand public leaders who are subscribing to Canada’s growth out there to facilitate every imaginable outcome, everyand prosperity. There are literally hundreds of Bajan foot imaginable ‘you’. It doesn’t sound too catholic, I know, but it issoldiers, working as orderlies, nursing aids and unit assistants possible apparently, and we have a situation here within our owndoing as much as the doctors and registered nurses to make small cavity of Canadian subculture that resembles and exhibitsCanadian hospitals respectable. There are also dozens of Bajan that specific action so much, that it seems to substantiate thebus drivers, clerks, garment workers, policemen, seamstresses, claim of this theory.security guards, teaching assistants and others who have been Are you here for ACAM or for JAM? Do you speak ontoiling valiantly in the Canadian vineyard, albeit in the shadows behalf of GCO or GAM? Do you represent the interests of theof Canadian sociology. T&T Society or the Indo-Caribbean? Do you lend your support Only one conclusion is possible. Barbadian immigrants to Bajan Night or An Evening of Ah We Kind Ah Food or theand their Canadian-born offspring have made an incalculable Grenadian Annual Banquet? Do you serve on the Dominicancontribution to the development of modern Canada. Without board? Do you offer your voice to CCOM or Wiccom?this enormous input, Canada would have been much the poorer. It is no secret that every one of these tributaries of citizenryBarbadians at home and around the world can take much pride trickles back to a single source much like string theory, yet noin the performance of their unofficial ambassadors in this country. one can say what has caused their evolution. I am reminded of a quote by Samuel Johnson, ‘Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see’. I think this is how many of us feel when we hear the word ‘unity’. Though the Mighty Sparrow finally conceded that federating may not have been the solution to our disunity since only a committed few attempted to shepherd the idea across the Caribbean Sea, we don’t know that it would not have worked. I can also dispel any doubt, too, that our youth have little interest in rearing a combined cultural movement. If I am wrong then Community Vibes, Inc., The Black History Month Committee, and A Kid At Heart Foundation will all have taken their places in a rally, where the relay will probably be abandoned before the batons have exchanged hands. Caribbean Shield also remains non-partisan - it does beg the question, though, where we would separate our allegiances. Well, if the Caribbean was an Ocean liner, every lifeboat might represent an island and thinking of that song by Gypsy, ‘Captain, the ship is sinking, Captain, the seas are rough, we gas tank almost empty, no electricity, we oil pressure reading low - do we abandon ship? Or do we stay on it? And perish slow, we don’t know, we don’t know, Captain you tell we what to do...’, I might just have to tip my head to the individual legacies of Wade Williams, Winston Johnson, Kamta Singh, Johnny Irving, Lennox Henry, Ray Victor, Vere Harvey, Dennis Cupid, Fitzroy Smith, Marsden Edwards and Beatrice Watson; for where June Jordan has written, ‘It is a shame that this country has done its least for those who have loved it the most,’ I will replace the word ‘country’ with the word ‘culture’; to one who knows that oil- down and pepperpot and metagee and waters of every kind continued on p22 20 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 21. “TABULA RASA”, THE BLANK SLATE THESIS: Note: The following article is not legal or professional advice. The month of October in Canada is significant - it perception. I first heard of this phrase some years ago when is women’s history month! I was in a political philosophy class. To the best of my Many countries in the world have set aside a recollection, the political science professor was teaching about month each year for this very purpose; in the John Locke’s philosophical theories on empiricism, which inU.S.A. it is the month of March, while the Indian version of philosophy, is a theory of knowledge that asserts thatthe event is also celebrated in October. An obvious reason knowledge arises from evidence gathered through sense orfor Canada’s choice of October as the month in which to sensory experience.celebrate women seems to be the landmark “Persons Case” Put simply, Locke’s main thesis is that the mind of a newborndecided by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on is a white page and that all ideas are developed fromOctober 18, 1929. experience. Relating this thesis to my musings, other questions For those unfamiliar with this case, it stemmed from a that came to mind were “is it therefore necessary forcontroversy way back in the early 1920’s about the eligibility qualified minorities (the category of persons referredof women for senatorial candidacy. The Supreme Court of to as qualified minorities in this article are educatedCanada had ruled that women could not be appointed to the newcomers to Canada and Canadians from minoritySenate for the sole reason that they did not qualify as “persons” ethnic and cultural backgrounds) to become blank slatesfor such appointments. This decision was appealed by five in the sense of obliterating any knowledge, skills orbrave women from the prairies, and won at the Judicial other distinctive characteristics they possess in orderCommittee. The case, without a doubt, set in motion subsequent to fit into the order of things?”processes for empowering women to participate actively in Yet another question was “is it reasonably necessary forall aspects of public life in Canada. their identity, and observable cultures or beliefs to be A common theme that runs through all women’s history month repressed or totally changed for them to be effectivecelebrations world wide is that it is a time to highlight and employees, capable of doing very good work?”celebrate the contributions of women to significant events in A theme that ran through the March 2010 edition of thesociety, both past and present. National, the official magazine of the Canadian Bar Now to the focus of today’s discussion, which unfortunately Association (CBA) was the case for diversity. On the coveris not about women’s historical or contemporary achievements, of the magazine was the pretty photo of a female Torontobut about my pre-occupation over the past couple of weeks lawyer adorned in a colourful hijab, by the name of Zainabwith a Latin phrase. The phrase is tabula rasa, which in English Somji. Ms Somji is an associate in the Toronto Firm of Eganmeans ‘blank slate’. What led to my musings over this phrase LLP (Egan), and according to her there are few hijabs amongwere some recent chats I had been having with my husband, the power suits in Toronto’s bustling financial district. I wouldBJ, mostly at dinner time, as this is the only time we get to say I haven’t seen any hijabs among the power suits inunwind and recount the events of the day. Winnipeg’s financial or commercial districts, but that is not to These chats normally revolve around our experiences and say they are non-existent, but could be an extreme rarity.those of others engaged in navigating the “twists and turns” Reading through the magazine, I noted that one of the otherof the Canadian career landscape. One day after a round of lawyers at Egan, also from a minority cultural backgroundsuch chats, tabula rasa came to mind, followed by an inaudible says that when he joined the profession at a Firm in Winnipegquestion I asked myself, which is “to what extent must about ten years ago, lawyers from minority backgrounds werequalified minorities literally have their previous work expected to assimilate into a routine and culture dictated by theexperience and skills “wiped out” before they can be way large firms worked. If such expectations were not met,properly aligned with their employer’s expectations”? This one could not get connected to co-workers or partners and asquestion was quickly followed by a series of other questions, a result experience feelings of isolation in the work place.such as “must they literally become blank slates or tabula About two years ago, shortly after I came to Canada, anrasas”? Many more questions followed, and I will get to them age-old friend, a foreign trained lawyer, was sharing some oflater on. I must say upfront that I don’t claim to have the her experiences with me. She had schooled and lived for aboutanswers to these questions, and wonder that there are any ten years in the U.K. and had two masters’ degrees from theclear answers to the questions. U.K. in addition to her law degree prior to arriving in Canada For those unfamiliar with the phrase, tabula rasa is the about seven years ago. She said that after coming into Canadathesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and getting her foreign credentials accredited, gettingand that their knowledge comes from experience and continued from p22 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 21
  • 22. Tabula Rasa cont’d from p21employed still proved to be a herculean task. She would get that many newcomers are thwarted from becoming innovatorscalled for several interviews, and sometimes go through to in the economy, whether from lack of recognition of internationalthe final interview stage but still was unable to get a job. She experience, or underutilization of their skills. The article concludesvividly recounted one occasion when she had scaled through with the statement that by next year, all of Canada’s net labourto the final stage of interviews for a position. At that stage, force growth is expected to come from immigration.there were only two candidates left in the competition, and The concluding part of this article will be in the next issue of globalthey were taken to lunch by the would-be employers. To her eyes – stay tuned.disappointment, the lunch meeting would be the last contact Lara Badmus works part-time as a Human Rights Officer with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and is a part-time Lawwith the Firm-they never got back to her after that. Associate with the Firm of Rocky Kravetsky. The questions that came to my mind after she ended herstory were – “did she lose the position to the other equallyqualified candidate from a majority cultural/Canadian Neil - continued from p20background on the basis of failing somehow on theratings for Canadian social and cultural etiquette”? all boil down with the same heat; to one who knows that“How broad is the definition of soft skills in the Canada, colour of our blood is fiery red and not East Indian or Blackin relation to one’s employment- both in the context of or Oriental or Amerindian; to one who knows that oursecuring the employment and retaining same?” language is love and not Latin or French or Dutch or Back to the Egan story in the National, the view expressed Portuguese; to one who knows that our music is reggae andby a Partner in the Firm encapsulates some of my feelings on calypso and soca and chutney and steel pan, with their ownthese questions, which is that the key thing is getting the very origins and a mythology that belongs to all of us; that cricketbest people and creating an environment where they can do and football, dominoes and all-fours are not our inheritance,their very best work. And I couldn’t agree more with the but some of our greatest contributions; along with them will Iequally refreshing opinion of the immediate past president of secure myself to the main deck.the CBA (who was the president at the time) Kevin Carroll,Q.C. It was his opinion, and I quote, that, “...if the legal Pictorial of CCOM’s Seniors Appreciationprofession is going to continue to thrive in the decades ahead, (Cont’d from p19)we need engaged, motivated professionals to lead the way. Mr. Clayton Stewart, guestspeakerWe need to tap the full potential of all our members to meetthe challenges ahead. And that means expanding theparameters of conventional practice to incorporate the needsof people of diverse backgrounds. It’s good business, goodpractice, and it’s the right thing to do.”In line with the observations of the learned Q.C. (though hisviews were directed at the legal profession, I believe that thecase for diversity is in relation to all professions or endeavoursin Canada), the Thursday October 14, 2010 edition of the Hon.Globe and Mail contains a very interesting piece titled Flor“Immigrants drive innovation, new study finds”. Seniors recognized MarcelinoThe article discusses the findings of the Conference Boardof Canada based on a study done by the Board whichquantifies the ways immigrants are currently making Canadaa more innovative country. It cites a couple of successfulimmigrants who have made land mark developments in ParticipantsCanada, for example, Mike Lazardis, who was said to come Dub Poetinto Canada from Turkey and who today is the founder of Scholarship Winners Kyra Congrats toResearch In Motion, the company that created and Giesbrechtmanufactures the BlackBerry. The study notes that Canada Kelsey Howard Highland and Trishalagged behind other developed countries in terms of Davis dancersproductivity and innovation, and concludes that the foreign- and Rebeccaborn population with their diverse knowledge and experience Akong (not incould help turn things around. However, it was also noted picture) 22 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010
  • 23. Down Memory Lane- - Neil PitamberThe other day my parents and my sister paid my family a visit. My grandfather used to minister to a small PresbyterianThat evening we put down a pot of curried chicken with potato congregation on Saturdays in his back yard. They alwaysserved with basmati rice worthy of the Iron Chef prepared enough food for everyone to eat. Cane, Harricane My mother and my wife got to talking about meals back or Adeken, as he was called, was the kind of a man whohome. While every household burned a different pot, they were treasured an inch of parchment if only a line of scriptureall seasoned with a bit of love, a bit of vegetable and a bit of bled from it; I think he honestly believed in the ‘loaf and thepoverty. self-replenishing basket of fish. The Caribbean soil was nutrient rich, and not just a witches My father used to tell me about a time when fried eggbrew of potassium, potash and nitrogen (thank you to David and rice or salt, rice and a touch of oil were respectableBlake for mentoring me on this fact), the Caribbean garden cuisines. They relied on the land that gave green mangoeswas alive with herbs and ground provisions, waiting to be and water coconuts. They never starved.harvested; Grenadian nutmeg and allspice pimento were the We were ordinary people, living ordinary lives...’, and wesavoury of the Gods and the sheep’s eye of Europeans; Antiguan were happy; we had no use for Vitamin D tablets when wepineapple had no comparison; and above all else fowl, livestock, had the Caribbean sun; or Vitamin C tablets when he hadlamb and goat were grain-fed, free-range but out of the range orange and grapefruit; did not need Sanjay Gupta or Deepakof most budgets. Chopra to tell us that noni fruit, soursop, aloes, red kidney Sundays, my mother tells me, were corned mutton or beef beans, peppermint tea and wood root of every descriptiondinners, with chick peas and roti; my wife says they used to get were some of the best health foods in the world. We didcurried potato and gravy, and the chicken was served to the not have to seek honey from a bottle when we were enjoyingadults only. I remember a friend of mine from Bloomfield, it from the honeycomb itself; did not need soya, oyster orBerbice, Guyana once told me his parents and his six siblings Worcestershire sauce when we had Amerindian cassareepwould work through a duck in one sitting. I asked Ravi how and Chinese sauce.many they would have to cook to satisfy the family; he laughed Indeed, we were the gentle God-fearing settlers ofand squinted his eye when he said, ‘One! Two or three pieces flambeau country, not a recalcitrant minority that used toto a man, a pot spoon of rice and plenty surwa!’ Sounds funny chase back those post-independence colonialist mosquitoesnow, but I understand why we love fish, wild meat, cow’s milk from Guyana Power and Light to town, telling them to ‘Keepand fresh greens so much - they were plentiful, inexpensive if allyuh shirking and bag a gas, we already a use sugar canenot free, and were mainly at the cost of procuring them yourself. fi make bagasse!’. No sir, lobster and steak sounds great,It did not take much of a sacrifice for Hindus and Rastafarians but will always come as a distant second to cornbread, friedto be vegetarians in keeping with their religious dictate. fish and bake. Nigeria Canada Community Organization of Manitoba Celebrates Nigerian Independence Sam Grande presents plaque to Lorraine Polet for Employment Projects of Winnipeg another staff member looks on There can be no Anniversary without a cake Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 23
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