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Global BRIEFSReparation Demands                                           The Department of Citizenship and Immigration ce...
Reflection Beatrice Watson     Feminism has taken a beating in recent years. Some question                  Feminism’s ide...
Local Briefs                                                                               Eight Manitoba women        and...
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Editorial - Take One                   Do not give up on your dreams. There                 Martha was nominated by The La...
Pioneer in Pharmacy in Black Community  Frances Atwell, 88 years old, is no                                               ...
Blue Torch Paper - Neil Pitamber                                                                       Where should his co...
Lt. Governor hosts reception to celebrate CCOM’s 30th Anniversary  Leon Hibbert                                           ...
Regulars                                   Letter to my children  My dear children,     It’s been a great month, some good...
In Your Back YardJoan Lloyd singing theBlack National Anthem                                                         Mary ...
….…..PIECING TOGETHER MEMORIESDID YOU KNOW….By Nadia Thompson                                           Ok, those would be...
Gala Banquet concludes 30th Anniversary                     Celebations - Robin Dwarka                                    ...
Nigerian Day Celebrations                                            The Nigerian Canada                                  ...
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HEALTHWISEBreadfruit Cake                    1 cup (250 mL) dry red wine                                   28 oz (796 mL) ...
Leg Up    Guyanese Immigrant a Shining Role Model   Terrie Lynne Devonish’s encounter with racism at an          added PEA...
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  1. 1. Fall2011 global eyes Manitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine 3rd Quarter Celebrating Women & Girls Shawnte Wilson andPatricia Eko-Davis Mrs. pioneer Frances in Atwell pharmacy elder studies for black women Robin Dwarka Leisha Strachan Nikayla Litte Kyra Giesbrecht Noma of Candice Fardoe Amanda Benson Guerillas of Soul THE NEW HappyFACES OF OUR Women’s COMMUNITY History WOMEN LaToya Gibbons Sherri Jack Stacy Felix Month LEADERS
  2. 2. Global BRIEFSReparation Demands The Department of Citizenship and Immigration celebrated The Antiguan and Vincentian prime ministers, Baldwin the 60th Annual Refugee Day with an exhibition andSpencer and Dr. Ralph Gonsalves respectively, inseparate citizenship ceremony at the Millennium Library. Thespeeches to the United Nations recently, demanded exhibition opening was marked by speeches andreparations for injustices suffered by African slaves and entertainment.their descendants, whose legacy has slowed their Ben Walker an officer with the Department of Cit. &advancement as people and nations. Immig. gave an overview of the refugee program and Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, told the UN that statistics of the increasing number of refugee being admitted tosegregation and violence against people of African descent Canada each year. More than 500 government sponsoredhave impaired their capacity for advancement as nations, and 200 community sponsored refugees came in the last year.communities and individuals. Walker said the experiences of some refugees are beyond the imagination of most Canadians and added, the celebration ofLEAF Person’s Day Breakfast the 60th anniversary is a celebration of the courage of refugees noting that one refugee described their experience in a refugee camp as “A prison open in the sky.” Muuxi Adams a youth counsellor with IRCOM House shared his experience as a refugee. He arrived alone at 16 years old in 2004. “I am proud to call myself a refugee ‘ he said “because of the values we bring as refugees. I am passionate about refugee issues.” Muuxi said that even though they may be refugees they are still human beings and like to have fun and drink coffee like everyone else. He asked people to treat refugees like human beings and not like a phenomena. Aurelio Madut Danto, Counsellor of Manitoba Interfaith Sheila Redsky and Prof. Benamin Perrin Immigration Council, Welcome Place, spoke about the realities of refugee life once they arrive on the Canadian More than 750 participants supported the shores. He gave a brief description of the issues refugees face LEAF Person’s Day 15th Anniversary Breakfast at among the top ones are: Health – many come with diseases the Winnipeg Convention Centre this year, most of that need immediate attention; some of the diseases have gone these women, but an increasing number of men are untreated for a long time. Thankfully there is a special clinic also opting for an early start to their day. set up to provide a screening and referral of refugees to get This year the issue was one that touched many the help they need; housing shortage, language problems and people in Winnipeg – Human Trafficking: dealing with interpreters where one has to share personal private information with another is a challenge, adapting to the Confronting a Threat to Women’s Rights in weather, cultural norms and educational systems are all new Canada and Abroad by guest speaker Professor and challenging for refugees many of whom might not have Benjamin Perrin. Local activist Sheila Redsky had the privilege of a formal education. provided a local perspective on the topic. Noma and Darrel from Guerrillas of Soul ended the The energy at these Breakfasts is always high opening on a high note with their beautiful music. Noma is but this year’s it was palpably driven by the topic from Zimbabwe and a university student and Darrel is which angers and frustrates those who work on Canadian also a university student and they use music as a the frontline. The audience heard that MP Joy tool to forge social change. Smith is working on a bill that would see Mr. Aurelio Danto Mr. Muuxi Adams Canadian men punished even if they are engaged in trafficking outside of Canada’s borders. Human trafficking is a worldwide phenomenon where there is a brisk and healthy trade in human flesh for which the demand is increasing, both speakers agreed. There can be no one organization that can solve this problem. There needs to be a joint effort of education and awareness, legal consequences and effective policies to deal with perpetrators of this crime, said Prof Perrin. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 2
  3. 3. Reflection Beatrice Watson Feminism has taken a beating in recent years. Some question Feminism’s ideological mission which is to dismantle patriarchy and male oppression while promoting women’sits relevance to today’s young women. Some young feminist equality and autonomy, often leave some of the critical voicesarticultate that older feminists are men-haters and out of sync with of race and class out of the discourse. How do we bring alltoday’s women’s issues. Young feminists say they find allies in women to the table and create a space where we all feelmany of their male counterparts. welcomed, heard and respected. This remains a challenge for There is little evidence of mentoring or passing of the torch the feminist movement. The majority of women who facefrom old to young feminists happening. This creates fertile class discrimination tend to see the feminist movement as angrounds for misunderstanding between the two groups. Some older upper-class power trip. Blacks in the civil rights movementfeminists say young women do not fully appreciate the benefits used to encourage blacks to each one lift one, in other words,they reap today were sown by them. if you’re at the top make sure you pull your black brothers and There is truth to both positions in my view. I think that sisters with you. This is what feminism was supposed to do butmainstream feminism has been to get women at the top of the somewhere along the line our personal survival intersectedladder. Once there they are forced or choose to act like men in with our professional lives and we’ve lost track of that. If wefrocks to keep their positions. It is true that women sometimes pay want to lead an authentic movement, we must walk our talk andlip service to feminist ideology for personal gains. Many young the young will follow. We must mentor, we must practice whatfeminists appear, however, to embrace a broader human rights, we preach and we must speak and the truth.social justice and equality perspective of their feminist work thanolder feminists. Women’s World Congress - Stories of struggle and successIf you ever have a chance to attend a world conference of women go,you, will not regret it. It is an experience all women should have but only Gatherings like these are important for women who workthe privileged few get to attend these powerful life transforming events. sometimes alone on the frontline and have a hard time In July 2011 the Women’s World Congress held its annual connecting what they do to the larger women’s movement. Inconference in Ottawa and although it is usually a conference of spaces such as that which was created in Ottawa they get to seeacademic women they decided to bring invite women whose work t the connection, get to drink from that well of inspiration and feelthey write about, women who create the knowledge that are found the wind of support on their backs from their sisters in spirit. Itin our textbooks and that was a good thing. The University of is important that funding be made available so that women of allOttawa and the Conference Centre pulsated with the women’s stripes could participate and share what they know or just to beenergy which extended to the city itself I believe. part of what is happening in the world of women. There is a lot Thanks to the foresight of the Congress leadership, they happening. There is progress and there is yet so much more topresented a workshop on Cultural Awareness at this event and it do. As old issues are solved new and more challenging oneswas well received. Three members of The Congress participate: present themselves to women.Antoinette Zloty, Lisa Hackett and Beatrice Watson. The issue of trafficking of women and girls, the lost women There was time for hard work, soul searching and a time for fun from our Aboriginal communities, the continuing violence againstand being silly. There was a time to sing and a time cry and time to women now enabled by easy access to the media and internet,enjoy the beauty of art and a time to march the streets in support of the increasing poverty, the slippage occurring in women’sour lost Aboriginal sisters, there was a time for dancing and time for programs, women who are disabled, women who bear the bruntquiet reflection of now this then what? of men’s anger in wartime being raped and used as sexual slaves. Women came from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Canada and These are all issues that come up in these fora. How do weEurope. They converged upon the nation’s capital in wheelchairs, as women embrace our Muslim sisters while respecting theirscooters, cars, air, boats and every conceivable means. It was a desire to follow the dictates of a religion that is still largelyweek of refreshment for the spirit. misunderstood by many who want to help. The An Aboriginal olympian articulated the issues facing Northern intersectionalities of race, class, gender, religion and cultures openand Aboriginal communities and reserves, the high rate of suicide, new vistas of complications those women must untangle tolack of resources, the negative stereotypes and lack of employment move forward as a united force. Events like the Worldand recreational opportunities . She said the collective trauma of the Congress of Women help to clarify and break down barriers.Aboriginal people – colonialism, genocide and residential school - It is important that we continue this journey. We are the 50becomes part of the Aboriginal identity. “We have learned well from percent of the world and women need to be at every table whereour colonial masters so well that no we are doing it to our own people.” decisions are being made. We need to be seen as agents of She thanked her mother who always encouraged them to follow their change and decision makers and not eye candy in meetingsdreams “You are a Mohawk woman, you have the licence to fly as far with men in suit. Women ought to be taken seriously.and as high as you want”. It was alesson learned well for all three of her As women, and women of colour, our loyalties cutsisters have done well. across sex and gender with race, human rights and continued on p21 Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 3
  4. 4. Local Briefs Eight Manitoba women and director of Sarasvati Subscribe Today in the arts were recognized at this year’s Women’s Productions and Jaime Black creator of the REDress Project History Month and multidisciplinary artist. Name:_________________________________________________________ celebration at the Dancers from the Legislative Building on Contemporary School of Address:________________________________________________ October 25th, 2011, for Dance Professional Program their contribution to the and the Drive Dance Postal Code_______________ comunity and their work. Company, choreographed by Phone:_______________________ This year’s theme, Stephanie Ballard provided Women and the Arts entertainment that obviously Email address:_______________________ Working for Social Change, moved the audience. saw the display of the Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think various arts organizations Shawna Dempsey we’re doing a good job. featured in the lobby. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. Congratulations to I Would like to receive upcoming event notices winners: Cecilia Araneda, from the Caribbean/Black/larger community - Filmmaker, Teresa by email or by phone (YES/NO) Burrows, celebrated artists and especially talented in beadwork, Roewan Crowe,Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine activist, writer and artist, 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Leah Decter, installations, Manitoba R3L 1G6 performance pieces, video and other digital media arts, Buffy Handel, dancer and What’s Inside choreographer, Ingrid D. Johnson, musician and writer, Hope McIntyre,Regulars: theatre and performing artsLocal Briefs GatheringGlobal Briefs Cancer survivor usesZizi the continuing story humour to cope with A cancer survivor of 14Global Counselor the disease years, Bernice said laughter is the best medicine. She saysLetter to my children she fills her life with happy Bernice Kwasnicki, AuthorGaffin wid Buddy and cancer survivor people. There are many healthHealthwise - Recipes and health tips entertained, enlightened and benefits of laughter she said inspired participants at the and advises to merge with theLeg Up - Role Model Devonishire Manitoba Women’s disease and not yield to it andCommunity Leader - Troy Osiname Advisory Council’s Lunch find a reason to laugh as much and Learn on Thursday as you can. For moreFeature - Mrs Francis Atwell information call Bernice at October 27, at 401 York.Columnists - Neil Pitamber Ms Kwasnicki, an 832-2770 for a copy of her Lara Badmus accomplished visual artist, book. You will be sure to writer and who also dabbles laugh. Robin Dwarka in music, uses her cancer Nadia Thompson journey to teach people thatNigerian Day Celebration humour is helpful in dealing with the shock and painfulNew Writer to Global Eyes - Joan Schroeder discovery of a cancerTravel article Saxacali, diagnosis. Not only has sheCommunity Philantrophist - Yisa Akinbolaji had more than one bouts of cancer, but so has herdonation and exhibition sister, her daughter and herMore.... 85 year old mother. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 4
  5. 5. GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Out and About GEM’s Regular ContributorsEditor: Beatrice WatsonDistributed to local businesses in Winnipeg andvia email to individuals in Manitoba and formerManitobans in various parts of the world.To receive Global Eyes by mail please send acheque for $15.00 to:Global Eyes Magazine671 Rathgar Avenue Neil Pitamber, New product - Hibiscus Caribbean ShieldWinnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Health Drink from A prolific writer, poet and owner,Phone: 204-477-1588 Nigeria Caribbean Shieldglobaleyesmagazine@gmail.comAll contents are (c) 2011 and may not be reprintedwithout the express or written permission by theauthor of the article in question or the Editor.Published by Global Eyes Publishing since 1990 Robin Dwarka, Board Member, Ms Padmini - MEAAC’s rep.Special thanks to Nadia Thompson, Diane Dwarka, at NICCOM’s Dinner Community VibeJoan Schroeder, Dane DwarkaWomen’s History Month Reception at the Leg. - Performance by Contemporary School of Dance Lara Badmus, LLB Discipline Counsel The Law Society of Manitoba Nadia Thompson, freelance writer Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 5
  6. 6. Local briefs BLACK EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION (BEAM) HOSTS NOVA SCOTIAN AUTHOR GLORIA ANN WESLEYThis young adult fiction, Chasing Freedom written by GloriaAnn Wesley is the story of a young woman struggling to discoverwho she is and what she can become in a world that offers herfew opportunities. Can Sarah and her family find the strengthand determination to persevere against all odds? This book provides an intriguing and revelatory glimpse intothe early days of what is now Shelburne, and into the deplorableconditions that the newly freed slaves faced upon their arrivalin Nova Scotia. Wesley depicts the stark reality of their situation:the living conditions were harsh, and while they were, in theory, Michah O’Neal, John Jack, Gloria A. Wesley andfree, they by no means enjoyed any sense of equality or fair Madeline Coopsammytreatment. The story is fascinating and an important one,particularly for young readers who might be tempted to believethat black slaves who escaped to Canada found freedom andprosperity and lived happily ever after. Author, Gloria Ann Wesley treated the audience to areading from her book and answered their questions.Additionally, local author and poet, Madeleine Coopsammyread two of her poems and Ms Micah O’Neal gave a beautifulrendition of two songs. An enjoyable evening was had by allwho attended as they mingled and shared the deliciousrefreshments that were provided.President John Jack and Vice President Christine Forbes alsopresented attendees with an interesting dialogue on BEAM’sactivities. Submitted by Diane Dwarka St. Vincent and The Grenadines First Annual Independence Author: Gloria Ann Wesley signing one of her books Brunch The SVGA chose a brunch over banquet to celebratetheir country’s independence anniversary on October 30,at the Viscount Gort Hotel, and it turned out that manypeople think it is a great idea and one that ought to beadopted by other organizations. Because of the changing demographics of theCaribbean community, brunches appear to be moreattractive than the usual late night dinner and dance. Mostof the people who attend these events are not interested indancing just the food and the program. I think for next year, the Association might want to tryincluding a brief program to make the event moreinteresting. Having said that one of the advantages ofhaving no program is that people got a chance to talk toeach other. The food served were typical brunch foods - eggs,bacon, ham, lots of fruits and veggies. The change iswelcomed. Nigerian duo performed at NICCOM’s Independence Anniversary Awards Dinner Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 6
  7. 7. Editorial - Take One Do not give up on your dreams. There Martha was nominated by The Laurel Centre, that is always a way. Martha Aviles, orginally works with women who are sexually assaulted or from Nicaragua, was a professional social abused. She was the former senior counsellor at the worker in her country. She came from a Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba Inc. but middle class family, her father being a has worked in the field beyond the 20 plus years in medical doctor. She had a comfortable life Canada. Before she was given a chance at using her with her scientist husband who taught at the social work skills Martha worked as a Nurse’sUniversity. They had to flee their country in 1971 because of Assistant at the St. Boniface Hospital and actuallythe political instablity and fear for their lives. They tended to Helen Mann. It is uncanny that years laterended up in Winnipeg andf stayed. she was to receive an honor in the same woman’s Martha was recently recognized by her peers and nominated name. It was an emotional moment for Martha and herfor and won the prestigious Helen Mann Award. The Helen family especially her loving husband Francisco, whoMann Award is presented “to a person or organization who supported her returning to school to get her Mastersor which has made an outstanding contribution to the Degree in Social Work from University of Manitoba.Social Work profession and/or to the field of social Congratulations to Martha Aviles a woman whowork in general in the Province of Manitoba.” continually makes a difference in the lives of others. Black Odyssey - by Dr. Marion James (Immigration in the West) The Immigration in the west was Ferguson Arthur Jenkins fondly known as Fergie different in the Prairies compared to the Jenkins born December 13, 1942, was a major league British Columbia Settlement. Settlement baseball right hand pitcher. A three time all star nominee, he in Manitoba and the Prairies was not as stared his 18 year career drafted to Philadelphia Phillies dramatic as in the USA model how the playing as a relief pitcher. He then moved to Chicago Cubs West was won via western movies. as starting pitcher in 1966, then traded to Texas Rangers, Certainly the railways and lumber mills’ Boston Red Sox and then back to the Cubs. ability to provide jobs was comparable Playing in Wrigley Stadium the home of the Chicago Cubs catalyst to bring people to these frontier is seen to be biased towards batters but he was very areas. successful His No. 31 Jersey was retired in 1991. In the early 1880’s as the political and In 1971 Jenkins was the recipient of multiple sportseconomic climate stabilized, the quest for settlers in the west honours including Canadian Press “Come Back Player of thebegan. The advertising was primarily aimed at farmers in Year.” Jenkins is the only pitcvher with 300 strikeouts.Northwestern Ontario and the Manitoba and Dominion Fergie played with the Harlem Globe trotters for twogovernment. (At that time Canada was called the Dominion of years. In baseball playoffs he was known as “Mr. October.”Canada) In 1987 he was inducted in to the Canadian Baseball Hall What they did not anticipate is that Blacks would apply. Nor of Fame and in 1991 was inducted in the American Baseballdid they foresee that there would be a wave of anti-Black Hall of fame, the first Canadian to get this honour.sentiment. One or two Blacks were romantic but a hundred “a In 2007 Fergie received the Order of Canada fromracial menace”. The legislative provisions laid down in the former Governor General Michaele Jean. He authoredDominion Lands Act provided homesteaders with several ways to three books and labelled a wine “Reisling” fromobtain land. Rockaway Wine estate. In the big Woody Area a community north of Swan River a Fergie was overwhelmed with the recognition by thesettler got three years to prove up his land that is clear 30 acres, stamp. Jenkins lives on a ranch in Oklahoma.fence his land and keep 30 livestock before the individualownership or patent. The homesteads in Swan River were called Manitoba has Zero Tolerance for Violence$10 homesteads, the $10 being the fee paid to apply for the land Are you experiencing Vvolence in the home?which could be yours for 3 years. help is availableWhy the history lesson? It brings us to the year 2011 and the Call the Immigrant Women’s Counsellingopportunity to highlight the two heroes Canada Post Service which is funded to help immigrant andrecognized: Carrie Best and Ferguson Arthur Jenkins. Carrie Best was a descendant of Blacks in Nova Scotia and refugeee women in abusive relationships or youFerguson Jenkins was born in Chatham Ontario but his can call The Immigrant Women’s Association offamily came through the Underground Railway. They were Manitoba for alternative help -940-2172.the descendants of the 2nd and 3rd wave respectively of You do not have to suffer in silence and you areBlack Immigration to Canada not alone. Help is a phone call away:414-9452 Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 7
  8. 8. Pioneer in Pharmacy in Black Community Frances Atwell, 88 years old, is no in spite of difficult times Duringordinary woman. She graduated in that period, war veterans werePharmacy at the University of Manitoba, returning from abroad. Havingin 1948, in a class of 29, only five of experienced the wider world,whom were women. She is today, one of they had a broader perspective.the only six survivors of those graduates. Mother of seven children, Ms Atwell wearing her signature coiffed with six grandchildren and twohairdo - braided silky white hair neatly great grandchildren, Frances metpulled back - is modest about her George Atwell in 1949. Atwell,achievements, saying she has been very originally from Trinidad, hadfortunate to have had the opportunity to come as a student, and arrived atwork in a professional capacity to help her door looking forpeople, and to have worked with a group accommodation. He had beenof such collegial associates, some of given her mother‘s address by awhom remain her friends to this day. friend who knew her family. For As an only child, Ms Atwell enjoyed a Frances, this was love at firstprivileged life. Her Mother had attended sight. Four years later they wereCatholic boarding schools at convents in married. GCOSt. Norbert and St. Charles communities, Ms Atwell said that her familygave piano lessons to neighbourhoodBoard always came first, though shechildren and played the organ at church.e m br e s m loved her career. Once she andShe had become secretary of the Holy George, who has been teacher, withFamily Sewing Circle, a group run by the beekeeper, and Naval Reservist,Franciscan Sisters, where immigrant womenDr. could arrange child care, she was happy to returnlearnt to sew clothing for family members to work. She said that back then, women wereby recycling donated clothing. She hadVincent expected to return to work after having a child.become a Guider of a Polish company ofAdams She found no difficulty finding work afterGirl Guides. Frances was a member of maternity.another Company of guides, where she Retired at 69 Ms Atwell says that looking back,earned her Gold Medal. Doors opened for she has to say it was a good ride. She said beingFrances partly through her Mother‘s a pharmacist in her day was exciting because newassociations. medical issues were emerging on the horizon, like the RH Growing up in the North End of Winnipeg, Frances blood factor, and physiotherapy, and she was a part of that.attended Machray, Immaculate Conception, Holy Ghost, “You have to keep up with the changes and be open to lifelongand St. John‘s Tech. schools. learning.” Her calling was providentially revealed to her when the While she enjoyed being a pharmacist, the one thing she didlocal pharmacist, Mr. Vineberg, asked her what courses not enjoy was taking care of leeches that were used to suckshe was taking for her grade 12.When she mentioned bad blood from patients… That was scary” she smiled. One ofchemistry and physics, he told her they were the courses the highlights of her career was being asked to go to The Pasneeded for Pharmacy. A light bulb flashed in her mind, and other remote rural areas to work in their clinics orand a few days later she returned to ask him if she could hospitals. I was treated very well and the food was great.become his apprentice, which was a requirement for Asked what kind of worker she was, Ms Atwell said sheentering pharmacy, he explained that he had just made “always tried to do a good job”.some changes in his pharmacy and couldn’t afford to pay She would encourage women to consider Pharmacy as aan apprentice. She would have been happy to apprentice career, because there is flexibility and a level of autonomy,with him anyway, but a few days later she got an which can work for them during childbearing years.opportunity to become a paid apprentice at St Boniface Looking back, Ms Atwell said she would not trade anything.Hospital. Life has been good to her. Charming, beautiful and poised woman, Ms Atwell by: beatrice watsonremarks, “I was blessed with very sensitive classmatesand professors, who supported me in my studies. Sheadded, “Throughout my three years study, in the School What you get by achieving yourof Pharmacy, the wife of the Dean, each year, invited all goals is not as important as whatthe females in the Faculty to a tea at her house. She says that the timing of her period of studies may you become by achieving yourhave somewhat enabled the ease with which she survived goals. Zig Ziglar Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 8
  9. 9. Blue Torch Paper - Neil Pitamber Where should his conviction lie? Is it to the I recently re-read the Desiderata by Max Ehrmann; re- East, where in Fiji natives worship Dakuwaga,acquainting myself with the two stanzas, between the third and the shape-shifting shark God?; is it to the West,second to last verse. The passage reads, And whether or not it is where the San Bushmen praise the mantis forclear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. wood and fire?; Is it necessary to haveTherefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to something to believe in if nature has anbe. Immediately I was reminded of a statement made by unalterable course? The Desiderata or Things To Bephysicist Stephen Hawking, It is not necessary to invoke God to Desired, neither denotes nor represents any religion yet islight the blue touch paper and set the universe alight. For me, it more structured, more doctrinated than what is usuallyalso lends to an idea that nature has a plan for the polar bears, offered by general poetry. It might be a hard bone to swallowand perhaps global efforts to reduce the greenhouse effect is an for some of the more devout; to accept that nature is notexercise of redundance; if, mind you, the goal is to undo what necessarily superceded or can be overruled by the judgementhas been set into motion by natural decree. More likely we are of God.simply attempting to subdue the damage, but I will go on record It is not a poem by an atheist or agnostic. We do notto state it cannot be undone. need proof if we choose to believe a broken branch is the It reminded me of Tom Waits 1976 ballad, The Piano answer to suffering; emotion, however, does not dictate thatHas Been Drinking; where it is clear the author struggles with that branch has come into existence simply because wethe concept of existence on so many levels, and uses alcohol to believe in its regenerative power. Learning to cope with life,nullify the effect of bombardment. He personifies local objects then, does not require a religious focal point, for sciencein the vicinity of his piano; personification is a tool we do not suggests we are bound to perform the sequences that unfold;find in a lot of music today. It takes a lot of imagination to that the outcomes are measurable, even predictable. Imake some of these things up; I encourage you to have a listen. suppose if dying is inevitable, how we go about making a As much as we believe the world has changed this difference is not anywhere near as relevant as the sinceretypoem proves that the emotional resolve of mankind has we put into the effort. Jim Morrison wouldnt have to lightalways been the same. So what of the Caribbean man? that fire, or keep it lit.AETHER AFTER DINNER MINT TUANA-KINOA Why does the soul The air tonight is perfect...Swell up with tears My cup has Poems from the Heart Not cold enough to see my OverflowedAt moments’ command? by Neil Pitamber breathWhy does the blood But cold enough to subdue I’ve had enoughFlush from my face Take your show offenseAnd pool into my hands? Back on the road And your shin bones harden The bridge we walk feels like aBecause You are awesome Pack it in to iron! shipYou are terror magnificent Pack it up ’Til your eyes seep out with But floating above the tragicAnd I know You talk to me smoke! waters I’ve been diggingmyselfMore when I’m not And your loins have caught I don’t say very much but not Deeper to accommodatelistening... on fire! Because I think my words are Your flow Screeeaaammmm! For a higher calling Your words are gettingPRAYASCHITTHA You’re too beautiful for words ’Til your palms begin to Sweeter, I’ve no furtherScreeeaaammmm! That are too scared peel away! Left to go’Til you’ve got full blown In a way, of falling... Scrape your knuckles on I know just how this endscheilitis! sandpaper! Yeah, I’ve seen your style’Til the ovula shrivels up to a pin! Then hammer your toe nails before’Til your throat is on the ground! TENOR away!And your cervix has collapsed in! You’ll push your fingers in Sew your chest back with aScreeeaaammmm! The veins on the backs of my Your mouth to vomit on the stapler!’Til your teeth become floor hands Screeeaaammmm!carnassial! Hold your stomach and plead! Run back into my heart Do everything, but hurtAnd grow out from bursting Drag me down to your knees! Devon And every direction I’ve ever them backgums Yeah, I met you as a boy turned Do anything, just let them’Til your tongue sweats with heat! But leave here as a man! Has led me back to you... throughYour fingernails grow inches Take your show Does it mean something? And allow the Lord to helplong! Do we need to stop you up Back on the roadScreeeaaammmm! Running from ’For they know not what And be gone!’Til spikes pierce through the And start running to...? they do...’heels! Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 9
  10. 10. Lt. Governor hosts reception to celebrate CCOM’s 30th Anniversary Leon Hibbert Leisha Strachan Baton-twirling professional Gossipmongers: Mavis McLaren, Lola Hibbert Joy Bissoon, Crooner Victor Vaughansinging “There’s a hole in the bucket dear Liza” Anancy School Dancers CCOM had a year of celebration and showcased the community talents Caribbean Heritage Musical Instrument Steel Drum The Anancy School of Performing Arts Dancers Lennox Glasgow Drummers Jean Simmonds and Esme Stewart Lt.Governor, Hon. Philip Lee posed for a picture with CCOM’s Presidents - past and present l to r : Margaret Strachan, Barbara Sampson, Matthew Jones, Valerie Fraser, Rupert Forde, Diane Dwarka and Mary Barzey Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 10
  11. 11. Regulars Letter to my children My dear children, It’s been a great month, some good some bad her life but she did not give up she stood up to the but it is about greatness. First of all the earth has powers that be, spoke up for those who didn’t have the lost a friend in Nobel Laureate Mathaai Wangari words to fight and she prevailed. Always look for who died at the tender age of 71. Her life was ways to help, you will feel happy and those you help well lived and she has left the world a better will feel happy too. It is a win win situation. place. It is said that it is not the years of life but Also during this period three women were awarded the the life in your years that matters. Nobel Prize for peace. These are women who quietly It is so important for us to be mindful of the picked up the pieces after the soldiers and terrorists legacy we will leave when we move on from this left villages and small towns. They tended to the sick, plane and to strive at all times to make a gave medicine and fed people and did not allow fear difference in the lives of others. We do not have for their own lives stop them from doing what is right. to do it on such as grand scale as Madame To me, these women are heroes and their recognition is Mathaai but sometimes it is the little things we do long overdue. Working for peace and unity is a for others that matters. Being of service is the worthwhile goal. highest calling of any human being and whenever I urge you to read about the lives of these women. we’re of service we are well. We are doing okay. They are all over the internet and learn from them what I ask you to think of Madame Wagari and let her happens when one is motivated by the need to do what be your role model. She fought to save the desert is best for mankind. of her country, faced persecution and threats to Love, mom Global CounsellorDear globalcounsellor, comes to legal and medical translations these have to I am a 42 year old newcomer woman who be pretty accurate and these are specialty areas ofsuffers from HIV Aids which I contracted after I translation. I understand that you are uncomfortablewas raped in the refugee camp. I do not speak with sharing private information but if this is aEnglish well. I have a good friend who does. doctor’s office then whatever is translated has to beHowever, she is not allowed to translate for me. confidential. The interpreter cannot go gossipingThe hospital said they have their own interpreter about your problem. It is not professional and it isand the interpreter they have is a woman from my illegal and that person can be charged for breachingcountry. I don’t want that woman to know about my their legal duty. You have to trust the interpreter soproblem. I am afraid she will speak about my life that you can get an accurate picture of what yourall over the community and I would be isolated and problems are. This person has to be able to interpretno one will want to be close to me. I want to know for you and then for the doctor as well. That’s a lot.if I do not have the right to my own interpreter. So please, you have to go along for now.Private personDear Private Person, You have a right to your own interpreter but if A bird doesn’t sing because itthe interpreter is inadequate then it would not do has an answer, it sings because ityou any good and you might suffer from has a song. Maya Angelouinaccurate health diagnosis as a result. When it cont’d on p18 Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 11
  12. 12. In Your Back YardJoan Lloyd singing theBlack National Anthem Mary Val Barzey Fraser Leisha Strachan one of the dynamic duo emcee. The other emcee was Robin Dwarka Barbara Gary Sampson Elbers Gary and Brenda Karim and Joy Mavis and Jennifer CCOM GALA NIGHT AT VICORIA INN The Coopsammys Past Presidents received plaques for long service: top l-r _Val Fraser, Mary Barzey, Gary Elbers, Barbara Sampson (Mrs Margaret Strachan chose not to receive anaother one, having already received two previously. Margaret was President of CCOM four times. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 12
  13. 13. ….…..PIECING TOGETHER MEMORIESDID YOU KNOW….By Nadia Thompson Ok, those would be the facts that you would learn in Before I started writing this article I school or your child would come home and tell you when thought I would spend some time you ask what they learned today about history. So here are researching to come up with the exact some facts that they may have missed; did you know that wording and information I wanted to today, 71% of women with children under 18 work. In relay on women’s history. In doing so I 1975, fewer than 47% did. Most were domestic workers found a lot more information then I which was the traditional field for females. Did you know thought I would and in turn I decided to that African American singer Josephine Baker, a singer,take a different approach and try to find more facts that most dancer and actress was also working in World War IIpeople didn’t know and even some information that would be smuggling numerous messages to French soldiers. Thefun to know about… is that even possible to make learning world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published inabout History fun? Yes people it is! It’s all in how you look at Japan around A.D. 1000 by the female author Murasakithings. Shikibu. The first woman to win a Noble Prize was Edith Did you know…it wasn’t before the 1970’s that Women’s Wharton for the novel Age of Innocence in 1921. And mystudies even existed? With the women’s movement in the 60’s personal favorite, Madam C.J. Walker born in 1867 to ex-and the political shift from old to new in the 70’s, women’s slaves, built a business empire based on her line of hairplace in the world was being seen more and more and the products for black women. She is cited as the firstchange with evitable. Canada started officially celebrating American female to become a millionaire in her own right.Women’s History Month in October 1992. The month is Learning is so much fun! So this Women’s History Monthhighlighted by Person’s Day on October 18, because of the take a moment and find some fun facts of your own andhistorical significance of the “Persons Case” decision of celebrate by sharing your knowledge with others…I just1929, a landmark victory in the struggle of Canadian women did.for equality. Win or Lose N for N (NOW FOR NEW) The Bold Slogan of Troy Osiname Political Hopeful Troy Osiname’s passion about giving youths (especially daughter Shya and he is determined to make a difference inunderprivileged youths) a chance to self- her life.actualize led him to establish Community When did he know he wanted toVibes, an organization dedicated to be a politician? Osiname had tobringing the voices of youth to the table think for a few minutes beforeand creating opportunities for youth to acknowledging that it is his passionconnect and participate in community in to help youths. He said the ideaa positive and constructive manner. came to him after discussions with Osiname has taken his fight one step his colleagues Robin Dwarka,further into the arena of power. Politics. Leisha Strachan and some others.He tried unsuccessfully to win the Seine “We identified the gaps in resourcesRiver constituency for the Liberal Party available to Black and Caribbeanbut that’s not the end of the story. “For people and asked ourselves whatme it is about responsibility. It’s not would happen when communityabout kissing babies and dressing sharp. builders like Wade Williams, RupertIt’s about connecting with people and Forde Norma Walker and othersharing a common vision for our elders some of whom have walkedprovince.” this road but never got there, are Asked why the Liberal Party, Osiname gone.”said it is the best fit for him. He said Dr. Osiname wants to ensure thatJon Gerard impressed him. “The liberal party has always youths have a voice in any government of which he is aprovided a platform for immigrants, like my folks, and it is the part. “I want to take away the boredom in youths; tomost immigrant-friendly party. Dr. Gerrard is someone I can engage youths ask them what they want, ask them abouttrust and he gets what I am trying to do for my community their issues; I want them to have good mentorship. Theand that’s important to me.” Born in Winnipeg to Nigerian lack of mentors is prominent across the board and I wantand Jamaican born parents, Osiname, 32 fathers five year old to be part of that solution. I need my elders to be involved continued on p27 Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 13
  14. 14. Gala Banquet concludes 30th Anniversary Celebations - Robin Dwarka them to do more in the The community - “I am sureCouncil of one or more of you canCaribbean be president of CCOMOrganizations in the future”.of Manitoba The award(CCOM) recipients wereconcluded a nominated by memberyear of organizations of CCOMcelebrations for their contributions toon CCOM, theirSeptember nominating organization,26, 2011 with and the widera gala community. Thebanquet that awardees were Amandarecognized Benson, nominated byyoung professionals for their contributions to the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Winnipeg; Robin Dwarka,Caribbean community and the wider community. The nominated by Hi-Life Steel Orchestra; Patricia Eko-Davis,30th Anniversary Banquet and Honorary Service Awards nominated by Grenadian Association of Manitoba; Candacewas well attended by many friends and supporters who Fardoe, nominated by CARICOM Arts and Crafts; Stacyhave volunteered countless hours to keeping the Felix, nominated by Guyanese Cultural Organization; La-Caribbean culture alive and helping people in the Toya Gibbons, nominated by Jamaican Association ofcommunity since CCOM’s inception in 1981. Manitoba; and Sheri Jack, nominated by St. Vincent & theDistinguished guests from other segments of Winnipeg Grenadines Association of Manitoba. These youngsociety were also in attendance to celebrate this wonderful professionals represent the future of CCOM and possess aoccasion including Dr. Kwabena Osei-Bonsu bringing cross-section of education, skills and experience. Sherigreetings from the City of Winnipeg and the Citizens Jack, in her thank you speech, pointed out that the commonEquity Council, Kenny Daodu from the Manitoba thread amongst them all was their participation andEthnocultural Advisory and Advocacy Council, and dedication to Folklorama and the Caribbean Pavilion. ThisMohammed Ismath, President of Folklorama. highlighted one of the most important things that CCOM The key note speaker was Dr. June James, long does to raise the profile of the Caribbean and the peopletime champion for the welfare of Caribbean and African from that region that have settled in Manitoba.peoples in Manitoba and recently retired, respected The past presidents over CCOM’s last decadephysician. She provided a brief retrospective on why it were honoured with a plaque marking their terms of office.was necessary for organizations such as CCOM to be The event was emceed by Leisha Strachan and Robinformed at a time when racism was still blatant in Winnipeg. Dwarka. Hi-Life Steel Orchestra and Kyra Giesbrecht Dr. James also provided wonderful musical interludes throughout the offered advice on evening. how CCOM could continue to not only survive but thrive in the future, “the older generation has to take a hands off approach and let the 35 to 50 year age group do their own thing.” She recognized the award recipients and challenged Photos by Robin Dwarka Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 14
  15. 15. Nigerian Day Celebrations The Nigerian Canada Congress of Manitoba (NICCOM) celebrated Nigeria’s 51st Independence Anniversary in the usual style of great entertainment, great food and celebrating community and youth leaders by giving out scholarships and awards to 12 students and community service awards to two organizations. Dr. Sunday Olujuku Nigerian Youth Dancers welcomed guests and promised an enjoyable Dr. Gaba said that youths should speculate that evening which he when they cross the finish line, “to be of service to delivered on. your fellow man. You will not be alone. When you Dr. Suli Garba a do the right thing in some way Nigeria is uplifted.” Dr. Suli Garba Steinbach based surgeon He said NICCOM is in the vanguard in of Nigerian ancestry, empowering Nigeria’s youths so they can be agentsgave the keynote address Empowering our youths to lift up of change. “NICCOM is sowing seeds tomorrowNigeria. they will harvest. “Youth are our leaders of tomorrow. The seed of tomorrow The 12 Scholarsh”ip winners are: Eunice Bawa,planted today. Any nation that does not invest in its youth Aisosa Arhumwunde, Moses Adebayo, Chidinmadoes so at its own peril” said Dr. Garba, adding that Nigerian Anyanwu, Tamuno-Omie Holy Aminadokiyouths are fortunate to begin their journey in one of the best Sandra Aghahon, Toluwalope Dare, Onyinyecountries of the world. “Our youths in Manitoba: you have Jessica Anyaeji, Ohenereke Ojekudo,shown up in the start line and all you have in mind is crossing Oritshegbubemi Tenumah, Moses Adebayo Thethe finish line.” two community awards were given to: RCMP No one dreams to fail, he said, and some of our youths do Officer David Ogungbemi (who also doubles asnot reach the finish line for various reasons. He said one of Manitoba’s first and current Diversity Officer); andthe obstacles they must overcome is the hurdles which may Dr. Sule Garba, a highly respected Steinbach-basedinclude but not limited to: the internet – always in cyberspace. Surgeon.“Internet is a good servant but a bad master; bad-weather -unexpected events happens what do you do? What do you dowith failure? Stressors can cheat people out of their dreams.” Dr. Gaba said that sometimes others tell youths that theirdreams are unachievable and “you listen to them and down gradeyour dream. Yes you can.” “Stay connected with real people, your family, friends and lovedones, talk to a person seek help and seek it sooner. CallNICCOM,” he urged. “If you weather the bad storm then you cross the finish line.Some of you will finish the line as doctors, lawyers, artists,electricians, carpenters, plumbers, engineers, firefighters, police,but success is in crossing the line.” Dr. Gaba said even though we always reach for the top, whenwe get there we may find that it is not all that it was cracked upto be and he referred to a news item he once heard about theBeatles when asked how did it feel to be at the top of the chartfor that many years and one of the Beatles said it was excitingclimbing to the top but when we got there it was empty. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 15
  16. 16. BLACK ANGLOPHONE CARIBBEAN HEROES OF THE 20TH CENTURY - Keith A. P. Sandiford Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 16
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  18. 18. HEALTHWISEBreadfruit Cake 1 cup (250 mL) dry red wine 28 oz (796 mL) can diced tomatoes,Ingredients including juice 10 oz (284 mL) can undiluted chickenboiled and mashed¾ cup breadfruit, steamed/ broth1 cup honey 1 tsp (5 mL) dried leaf thyme½ cup butter 2 bay leaves ½ tsp (2 mL) dried leaf oregano1 tsp vanilla½ cup sugar2 cups flour ½ tsp (2 mL) salt1 tsp baking powder basil or coriander (optional) ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley,1 tsp baking soda 1. Place flour in a plastic bag. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, shaking Natural Ways to prevent¾ tbsp cinnamon to coat. Then heat oil in a large wide breaast cancer recurrence½ cup sour cream saucepan set over medium heat. Addhopped½ cup macadamia nuts, half of chicken pieces and cook until½ cup raisins lightly browned on both sides, from 3 to 1. Limit your sugar intake – 5 minutes per side. Do not crowd pan. cancer cells thrives on sugar; sugar Method causes increase in insulin high levels of Remove chicken to a bowl. Repeat withCream butter and honey. which have been linked to breast, remaining chicken, adding more oil, ifMix in breadfruit, sugar and prostate, colon and uterus cancers as needed. well as poor outcomes in cancervanilla. Sift together dry 2. Meanwhile, peel carrots and chop therapies; Avoid sugar completely andingredients. Add dry into ½-inch (1-cm) pieces. Coarsely consider supplements such as conjugatedingredients to creamy chop onion and slice celery into ½-inch linoleic acid (CLA) or alpha lipoic acid tomixture; add sour cream (1-cm) pieces. Add carrots, onion and lower insulin levels by improving youruntil well blended. Add nuts celery to pan once chicken has been body’s insulin response.and raisins. Pour into removed, adding more oil, if needed. 2. Prevent and reduce inflammationbuttered or sprayed 8-inch x Stir in garlic. Cook, stirring often to To reduce inflammation take a minimum8-inch cake pan. Bake at scrape up any brown bits from bottom of of four to eight grams of fish oils per day,350º for 1 hour. pan, just until vegetables start to soften, avoid inflammatory fats (found in dairy *** from 5 to 6 minutes. Pour in wine, products, red meats, vegetable oils, and Osso bucco-style continuing to scrape up any brown bits. peanuts); chicken Stir in tomatoes, including juice, broth, 3. Maintain a healthy balance ofTraditionally, osso bucco is thyme, oregano, bay leaves and salt. good and bad estrogens 3. Return chicken and accumulated There are three types of estrogen:made with braised veal juices to pan. Bring mixture to a boil. estradiol, estrone, and estriol. It is theshanks, but it could be just balance among these three types that isas tasty with juicy chicken Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until crucial for maintaining healthy cells in thethighs instead. Toss it with a breast, ovaries, uterus, and cervix. Ansubstantial wavy pasta and chicken is tender and almost falling off bones, from 30 to 40 minutes. Remove estronex urine test is recommended toyouýve got a nourishing check the balance. Also eat moredinner that will be a hit with chicken to a clean bowl. Cover to keep warm. vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage,even fussy eaters. brussel sprouts, turnips, kale, cauliflower3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose 4. Increase heat to high and bring sauce and watercress.flour to a boil. Boil gently and stir often until 4. Eat flaxseed daily12 skinless, bone-in chicken thickened, about 10 minutes. Return Take two to three tablespoons of groundthighs chicken and any accumulated juices to flaxseed daily. Try adding them to your1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil pan. Stir in parsley, if using. Taste and oatmeal, yogurt, salads, or smoothies. The3 carrots add more seasonings, if needed. Discard fibre in the flaxseeds is also great for1 large onion bay leaves. Serve over rice or noodles. reducing inflammation.2 celery stalks Osso bucco will keep well, covered and Recommended by Natasha Turner, N.D.4 garlic cloves, minced refrigerated, up to 2 days or freeze up a naturopathic doctor, Chatelaine to 1 month. magazine columnist Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 18
  19. 19. Leg Up Guyanese Immigrant a Shining Role Model Terrie Lynne Devonish’s encounter with racism at an added PEACHearly age moulded the woman she became. (Promoting Education Considered a role model for the new generation of and Communityimmigrants, Devonish, successfully broke through the glass Health to the list.ceiling to become the first ever chief counsel for Aon CanadaInc. A committed community volunteer, Devonish is Laurel Wright,particularly keen on advocating for young black students.Daughter of Guyanese immigrant parents Lynette and Sylvan Makerere University Engineering Monica Rhiney and Violet ClackenDevonish, who migrated from the old country in 1964 to seek students produced first Electrica better life for their children, Devonish in 2008 wasrecognized among the top under 40 best and brightest in Car in UgandaCanada. She was chosen as one of nine finalists from a Students ofnomination pool of 1600 contestants. Makerere University’s A graduate of Osgood Law School, Devonish worked at Engineering, Arts andseveral firms before she got on board Aon, a risk management Technology Program isservices, insurance and reinsurance brokerage and human ready to test drivecapital consulting in over 120 countries worldwide. Uganda’s first electric Devonish said when she was growing up, she did not car.know a single lawyer except the ones on TV who did not With a budget oflook like her. She said mentorship was a big part of her $4.5 million Shilling andsuccess and she is returning the favour big time. She over a two year period, the students were able to delivervolenteers in several organizations in Toronto and as promised. The team leader, Mr Paul Musasizi, said the car is a clear demonstration of existence of innovation and skill at the university. Most parts of the car including the core body and combustion system were designed and built Can’t find a salon to do locally with the assistance of local craftsmen in places justice to your hair? such as Katwe, an innovation suburb in Kampala. Two-seater with a theoretical speed of 200km/hr and Look no more! 150km/hr practically because of its light weight this little car can be charged after running 80km. “We named it Kiira EV because we are fascinated about green energy and the first electricity generation in Uganda was at Kiira,” Mr Musasizi said . will send you satisfied everytime Les Touche Salon 4-555 Balmoral Ave Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Phone: 947-5830 Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 19
  20. 20. Zizi - The Continuting Story Zizi left Jonny’s placed and felt as if she is being attack suddenly. Am I cut out for this?followed. She walked back to Portage place and sat at a ”It takes getting used to”table. She felt the weight of eyes upon her back, and she Leyroy picked up some Kentucky fried chicken and chipsdid not want that person to see her with Leyroy. She did and slaw.” They had a quiet night, talked late into the nightnot give him the signal that it was safe for him to come and had a good laugh over everything. Leyroy and Ziziover. strategized about picking up the stuff from Johnny. Zizi got up and walked over to get a cup of Coffee and Zizi was up bright and early ready to get ready for herscanned the place sneakily to see if she recognized small sting operation. She turned on CBC as she usuallysomeone. She got her coffee and walked out and got on does to get a scoop on what’s new in crime in the City.the bus careful that she was not followed. As soon as she Zizi heard that a woman was found with a bullet wound atgot on the bus, she texted Leyroy to tell him to meet her at the back of her head. The report said it is like an executionSt. Vital Mall. type of killing. The woman’s identity was not revealed but.Leyroy texted Zizi when he was in the North Parking lot. according to all she heard, that woman sounded much like Zizi felt fear for no reason. She felt uneasy in her the one Zizi met at Portage Place and who introduced her tostomach. She was happy to throw herself in Leyroy’s Johnny. Zizi woke up Leyroy and told him of her suspicion.arms, as soon as she got into the car. Zizi was now more determined to keep her appointment with Johnny to see what she could find out. “You’re shaking” Leyroy said holding her to his chest. Johnny was not there. Zizi checked out his apartment,“What went down there man?” and everything was gone. It was as if Johnny never existed. ”Nothing, I just felt like a panic attack. I feel I am being He was gone. Nada. This created a buzz in the Force andfollowed” Zizi. ”Are you freaking out on me? Is this job getting to you Zizi and Leyroy took a trip down to the Coroner’s officealready? to look at the body of the woman. As she suspected it was ”No, I have a hunch that someone was watching me her new “friend.” Zizi throat tightened as she looked away.and suddenly there was this fear that overwhelmed me. I “it’s her.” “Why, what did she do?”think the girl who led me to Johnny might be in trouble. ”you never know. She probably did something unrelated toShe stayed back, and I left alone. you, maybe she tried to steal something from them or ”Okay, I think we’re okay let’s go home, have a drink messed up the protocol. We’ve got to help nail this guy.and unwind. Things got a big spooky there” We’ve got our work cut out for us.” “Let’s head down to ”Yeah, I just had this weird feeling, almost like a panic the Mall” NEWSCanada needs a comprehensive home care system Canadian governments need to plan how they will divorce, remarriage and blended families may also affect theaddress the increasing care needs of an aging population, availability of informal care.”particularly as they prepare to renew the federal provincial Canada needs a formal, long-term home care system that ishealth accord in 2014. integrated with other services – such as health and social “Developing a comprehensive long-term home care support, residential care and certain community services – sosystem is both necessary and cost-effective. It is the most that individuals who need care do not fall through the cracksappropriate option for an aging society,” argues a new study and can easily move from one service to the next wheneverpublished by the Institute for Research on Public Policy. necessary, according to Chappell.In Population Aging and the Evolving Care Needs of Older “The long-term home care system also needs to link andCanadians: An Overview of the Policy Challenges, author partner with the community to form a support network forand gerontologist Neena Chappell analyzes the main health informal caregivers and care recipients.”and social policy challenges raised by population aging in the This study is the first in a series of IRPP studies that will focusareas of informal care, formal care and prevention. on seniors’ care issues. Later this fall, a study by Harvey “The current health care system provides services to Lazar examines the federal government’s role in the provisiondependent elderly Canadians only when family care is of care for seniors, and Janice Keefe’s study looks moreunavailable or insufficient,” Chappell notes. specifically at the policy challenges with regards to support for“But in the coming years, more seniors will struggle to find family caregivers.the care they need. Lower fertility rates, increasing rates of (IRRP- Instituted for Research and Public Policy) Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2011 20