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Global Eyes Magazine - June 2014: News and views, Winnipeg Manitoba and around the world; issues and concerns relevant to the Black, Caribbean and African communities also of interest to NGOs.

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Gem June 2014

  1. 1. gggggloballoballoballoballobal eeeeeyyyyyesesesesesManitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine 2nd QUARTER June 2014 Sheila Raye Charles BLACK HISTORY The Ray Charles look TOMORROW’S LEADERS Citizenship Equity & Diversity Committee’s Youth Role Model Award 2014 AJOKE OLORUNDARE, ROLE MODEL AWARD WINNER FLANKED BY MINISTER KEVIN CHIEF AND COUN. JOHN ORLIKOW JEREMY ZLOTY WINNER OF THE WADE KOJO WILLIAMS LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED BY DESIREE RICHARDS
  2. 2. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 2 Reflection Beatrice Watson Two prominent Civil Right leaders and entertaiers Dr. Maya Angelou and the beloved Ruby Dee have left us to continue their journey elsewhere in the universe and left us who are here to continue to bring light to the world with our contributions to peace and love, respect and equality of mankind. At times like these we look to the younger generation to pick up the banner. Our young people are carrying on the work of those upon whose shoulders they sit but they are doing it in their own way. Each generation has its own demons to slay and we cannot expect our young people to think the way past generations thought. However somethings that were of the past are still with this generation like racism and discrimination based on the colour of one’s skin or race. This is systemic and endemic and needs continued vigilance and prodding at its roots. Dr. Maya Angelou and the beloved Ruby Dee were both entertainers and teachers. They taught with their craft and shone light in the dark corners of the heart of racism in North America and the world. They were both blessed with long enough life to see that what they did made a difference to people both black and white. However there is a unifying concept of human rights and multiculturalism around which many of today’s youths of various ethnocultural backgrounds coalesce and are building common grounds. Perhaps this is the evolution of the path that we must tread that would lead to the clearing. Dr. Angelou and Ms Dee have done their work and have done it well and we can all be proud of them. Both worked to the end, they did not live in the land of retirement and “do nothingness” they were cutting down barriers and clearing fields of ignorance all the while they were blessed with life. I think we can all learn from their lives and learn that no matter what stage of life you are at, you can be a contributor. Hello! My name is Ingrid D. Johnson. I am a Canadian / Jamaican artist. I am a poet, spoken word artist, singer/songwriter, short film/video maker, and small business owner. I love being creative and I love making original music, spoken word, and art that uplifts and inspires people to overcome adversity, especially the impact of childhood sexual abuse. Something I believe is very prominent in the black community and in other communities, all over the world. Something I believe requires more public attention and awareness. I realize everyday that I am a very small voice among many other louder voices who create music and art .. but I have faith that GOD will strengthen my voice. I have faith that my own personal story about learning to overcome the impact of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of adversity along with the vision/mission of my small business, can and will make a difference in this world. It will be one song at at time, one video at a time, one book at a time, one person at a time, one show, and one project at a time. It is that hope ... that inspires me to continue, despite all of my failures and setbacks. Check out her website - CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE LOST SOMEONE RECENTLY - OUR SYMPATHIES: Merline Joy Wedderburn peacefully on June 5, 2014 at Health Sciences Centre. She was born in Jamaica **** Hubert Benjamin Theodore Young Peacefully at his residence, on June 16, 2014. He was born on July 8, 1924 in Canaan **** Ralph McDowell originally from St. Vincent & the Grenadies peacefully at St. Boniface Hospital.. Quotable Quote “I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.” Elisabeth Kubler Ross LOCALARTIST NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale QUOTE
  3. 3. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 3 3 Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Email address:_______________________ Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think we’re doing a good job. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. I Would like to receive upcoming event notices from the Caribbean/Black/larger community - by email or by phone (YES/NO) IN THIS ISSUE Briefs Ghana’s Independence p6 Letter to my children p8 Role Model Winners p8 Global Counselor p8 Healthwise 14 June Black Out LEG UP p15 and more Volunteers Recognized Global Eyes is an independent magazine quarterly publication devoted to promoting cultural awareness of the African and Caribbean communities of Manitoba and highlighting the issues and concerns of these communities. It also aims at promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. Its It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that are of interest to the African/Caribbean community. It offers editorials with African/ Caribbean sensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is produced under a volunteer editorial committee that assists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Mr. Jim Ogunnoiki of the African-Caribbean Association of Manitoba Inc. (ACAM) and Founder of the Annual ACAM job fair’s work has not gone unnoticed. He was recently recognized for his voluntary contriubtions to the Province with the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award. Family, Friends coworkers and supporters came out in large numbers to show their support and to celebrate with this community leader. The gala event was held at the Convention Centre on April 9, 2014 and honored 31 deserving volunteers with various awards including Ms Sangeetha Nair who received a Premier’s Service Award for her work with the Red Cross. MEET MHRC NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Congratulations to Azim Jiwa who recently assumed the Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.Azim is a great addition to the Commission. He has Bachelor and Master of Laws, degrees. In a recent interview with the MHRC Bulletin Mr. Jiwa said “The Human Rights Commission has a dual role. First, it is the place to turn to when faced with discrimination and second, its education mandate is significant.”
  4. 4. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 4 GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Neil Pitamber, Lara Badmus, LLB A prolific writer, poet and owner, Caribbean Shield GEM’s Regular Contributors First Black Mayor Kwasi Fraser and his family have every reason to laugh for beating the odds to become the Firt Black Mayor of the Town of Purceville Virgina USA where the majority of the population is white. Distributed to local businesses, and in Winnipeg and via email to individuals in Manitoba and former Manitobans in various parts of the world. To receive Global Eyes by mail please send a cheque for $15.00 to: Global Eyes Magazine 671 Rathgar Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Phone: 204-477-1588 All contents are (c) 2011 and may not be reprinted without the express or written consent of the author or Editor. Editor: Beatrice Watson DIDDIDDIDDIDDID YYYYYOUOUOUOUOU KNOKNOKNOKNOKNOWWWWW????? Did you know that Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (the current Queen’s great-great- grandmother) had a goddaughter who was once a slave? Her name was Sarah Forbes Bonetta, and her background is quite fascinating. Her original homeland in southeastern Nigeria was attacked by King Gezo of Dahomey — the most notorious slave trading monarch in West Africa in the early 19th century. Intent on capturing villagers and selling them off as slaves, Gezo’s forces seized the four- year old-girl. But for reasons that are unclear, she remained in Gezo’s possession until a British military commander named Frederick Forbes’s arrived in Dahomey in 1849 to persuade the King to give up slave raiding and trading. Long story short, Forbes persuaded King Gezo to give him the girl as a “present from the King of the Blacks to the Queen of the Whites.” So that is how did the little girl named Sarah Forbes Bonetta become the goddaughter of the Queen of the British empire U.S. Navy history was made recently when Admiral Michelle Howard was officially promoted to Vice Chief of Naval Operations(VCNO), making her the first woman and first Black person in the Navy’s 236 years to become a four-star admiral. Howard’s new rank makes her the No. 2 officer in the Service. Her promotion ceremony took place at the Women in Military Service forAmerica Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. While honoring Howard at the ceremony Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called her a “representation of how far we have come, and how far she has helped bring us.” FIRST BLACK PERSON MAKES NO. 2 OFFICER Discipline Counsel The Law Society of Manitoba
  5. 5. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 5 5 Briefs When you shop at orest People Crafts you are helping forest people support the crafters’families. We’re on the 2nd Floor #226 of The Fork’s Market, One Forks Market The Rights of refugees are slowly being eroded. They longer have the option of becoming permanent residents” said Janet Dench, Executive Director of the Canadian Council for refugees recently at a lunch and learn event sponsored by the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council. She said there is a gradual but steady move away from the Citizenship policy of 2008 that has left refugees and immigrants more vulnerable couple with decrease in services. A refugee is only a refugee if it is unsafe for them to return home. A refugee’s status could be terminated if they returned home and were no longer at risk and therefore no longer needed Canadian protection and could be returned home. A refugee also risk losing their status in Canada if they applied for passports from their home country. If a youth commits a crime they can face deportation and war crimes are extended to mean if a person worked for a government. Ms Dench said Non government organizations (NGOs) are asked to do more with less funding. More onus is being placed on individuals in a short space of time to find their way through the maze of systems and they end up at NGOs who do not have the resources to help them adequately. “Protecting refugees is a government obligation” she said. In all of these changes the forgotten issue is family reunification which needs to be higher on the priority list. Thinking of joining the cottage owners? Now is your chance to snag some land. The Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship recently announced 136 lots are available across the province and Manitobans get first dibs before opening it up to non residents. Lots went on sale on June 26, 2014. Non Manitobans can apply starting October 24, 2014. You can apply in person at 200 Salteaux Crescent from June 26 to July 9 and thereafter apply by mail. Ruby Dee - The actress whose career spanned over 70 years z both an award- winning film and stage star as well as a civil rights activist died at the age of 91 in New York City. Dee was well loved at home and abroad and she and her husband Ossie Davis were the talked about lovers. COTTAGE LOTS FOR SALE They starred together in five plays and 11 films. As well she played alongside such greats as Sydney Poitier in Raisin in the sun (1961) Buck and the Preacher (1972) and others. Dee has finally kept her date with her late husband. On their 50th anniversary Dee and Davis wrote a joint biography which read in this life together. In keeping with their promise Dee will be cremated and placed in the same urn as Ossie with the inscription “In this think together”. May her soul rest in peace Dr. Lois Stewart-Archer was elected the new President of the Congress of Black Women at its last Annual General Meeting in May 2014. Stewart-Archer took over form Antoinette Zloty who resigned earlier in the Year. Best of luck to Dr. Archer for a successful reign. REFUGEES LOSING IMPORTANT RIGHTS NEW LEADER AT THE CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN
  6. 6. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 6 Can’t find a salon to do justice to your hair? Look no more! 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 Editorial - Take One Winnipeggers need not worry about the future. It is in good hands as demonstrated by the stellar youths who received Role Model Awards sponsored by The Citizen Equity and Diversity Committee ( CEC ) at the Viscount Gort Hotel on April 2014. The face of Winnipeg’s future leaders reflects our mosaic city. Multitalented smart, motivated youths are in waiting to take up the slack when the time is right. The recipients of the Role Model Awards come from across the cultural and social spectrum. They were recognized for their public service, academic achievements, sports excellence, religious expressions and leadership qualities. The celebratory event was laced with motivational speeches and cultural performances including Hoop dancing, McDonnell Irish Dancers, Spanish dancing and Fiddling The Keynote address was delivered by Hon. Kevin Chief, Minister of Youth who said he started attending CEC’s events as a dancer. He praised CEC for recognizing the contributions of youths in our community. He said that everyone needs to feel that they belong and sometimes they would deny who they are just to be belong therefore he encouraged the participants to help others to feel that they belong. UNITYTHROUGHARTS Manju Lodha and Isam Aboud two Winnipeg artists from the Jain and Islamic traditions art works were featured at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery in May 2014 and as part of the exhibition titled “Perception – Coming together through Arts “ an interfaith conversation among various religious groups including Baha’i Faith, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism and Mennonite promoted unity in diversity. The event was well attended. Interfaith prayers were read by Isam Aboud, Dr. Atish Maniar, Jordan and Meleyna Bighorn, Dr. Mohinder Singh Dhillon and Perry Kimmerman. Speakers included Tony Tavares, Diversity Education and International Language Consultant, Dr. Cheryl Pauls, President of Canadian Mennonite University, Gerry Labossier, Chair, Catholic Healthcare and Gary Senfts, co-Chair, Rotary World Peace Partners. Sandy Hyman former City Councillor was the emcee. Manju Loda & Isam Aboud Interfaith Prayer Readers
  7. 7. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 7 7 The Ghanaian Union of Manitoba Inc. (GUM) is a non- profit community organization that brings together people from Ghana (Ghanaians) and people of Ghanaian heritage living in Manitoba. GUM was formed in June 1982 with a small group of people but it has since beengrowing gradually.The Ghanaiancommunity is made up of about 1000 people and they are engaged in various professions, trades and a number of students. The Union has cultural groups for different age groups that participate regularly in the annual Folklorama Festival held in Winnipeg and it also plays a key role in theAfrican community through the African Communities of Manitoba Inc. Ghana, is a westAfrican country, bounded on the north by Burkina Faso, on the east by Togo, on the south by theAtlantic Ocean, and on the west by Côte d’Ivoire. Formerly a British colony known as the Gold Coast, it was led to independence by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (first President) on the 6th of March, 1957. Ghana celebrated its 57th. Independence Day this year and as part of the celebrations, GUM organized its annual Independence Day event inWinnipeg on Saturday 15th. March at the City Oasis Hall at 435 CumberlandAvenue. MaggieYeboah, President of GUM welcomed guests at the start of the night’s celebration which had the theme “Tourism – Ghana’s Untapped Natural Resource” with Mr. Jay Stoller as the guest speaker. Mr. Stoller, a certified travel agent inWinnipeg, organizes tours toAfrica including Ghana and he delighted the audience with a pictorial slide show about his trips to Ghana and what awaits visitors to the country including aspects that visitors may not be aware of. Mr. Stoller is also known to theWinnipeg public through theWinnipeg Drum Café and his drumming lessons and shows in elementary and high schools in Manitoba. The Celebration was graced with the Hon. Flor Marcelino, Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy who brought greetings from the Provincial government, Ms. Christine Melnick, MLAfor Riel ,Terry Duguid of the Liberal Party and Mrs.TitiTijani,Vice President of theAfrican Communities of Mantoba Inc. (Acomi) who brought greetings on behalf of theAfrican community. The event was a delight; grace was said by Mr.Alex Larmie before guests were served with a delicious and tasty Ghanaian cuisine, and there were lots of cultural shows. Evans Coffie played the xylophone with his infusion of tribal traditional and afro-beats creating a wonderful melody that awakens and heals the body, mind and spirit. Evans accompanied by Diane Larvene also took the audience through the Ghanaian jungle with their drumming during the early part of the event.The cultural performances by the Ghanaian cultural groups included theAzonto, Inkormor and Kpanlogo Dances. AdeliciouslydecoratedIndependence cake was cut by StephanieArthur (born on Independence Day – 6th . March) and Ras Rico Selassie, a community leader from the Caribbean community. Emcees for the event were Desmond Sackey andAkosua Bonsu with Jennifer Indome giving the vote of thanks. The event was capped with an all night dance session led by DJs Kwabena Osei-Bonsu andAlfred OforiAkuamoah. By Frank Fidome GUM CELEBRATES GHANA’S 57TH INDPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY Some Ghanaian ladies at the event in their traditional national attire (the kente cloth) Guests on the dancing floor A deliciously decorated Independence cake was cut by Stephanie Arthur (born on Independence Day – 6th . March) and Ras Rico Selassie, a community leader from the Caribbean community.
  8. 8. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 8 Regulars Letter to my children Global Counsellor NOUVEAU So many things went through my head Would I condemn our friendship By consummating it with a french kiss? (Or not) Though I had her by the ex And hearts were crossed but by no means Were we calm and she as the sweeter sex Did nothing to really move my arms.... The crack in silence split the time between What could have been and What had come and gone (So strange) If I meant nothing To you at all— Why did things change? I suppose I didn’t have to taste you Or had to take you on your ‘words’ Your life was coarse and my tongue Was fashioned (Apparently) for the less absurd... My dear children It’s been a hectic few months in my neck of the woods. Our vacation together was wonderful, that special time to bond away from the familiarity of home and the everyday chores of cooking, cleaning, making up beds and enjoying new sights and sounds and meeting new and interesting people. Life is good and even better when we can live in the present moment and appreciate what is before us. Life is like a journey in a car or train, you pass some wonderful sceneries, sometimes you stop for a while and then move on and whatever we pass is gone and cannot be experienced again except through our imagination. These memories have an impact on our lives for better or for worse, mostly worse. some of these memories or ame We relive pain and suffering that are all triggered by what we choose focus our attention on. Many spiritual masters and religious thinkers have said and I have proven it to be true that the here and now is the place where creation happens. Savour the present for it is filled with gifts for you. Being in the present will help you to live a happier and healthier life. There is so much to be grateful for in this moment, enjoy it, be mindful and be in awe. The holidays are over and even though we had such a great time to fill you minds with memories of that will steal the present from you. Do not miss out on today for what is here will not be there tomorrow. As I write the sun is pouring through the window and I can hear the birds chirping and there’s a cloud formation that looks like a tiger and a cub. This moment is precious. Love you lots, Mom Dr. & Mrs. Dear globalcounselor, I am a 25 year old East Indian girl from the Caribbean community but I came to Canada when I was 7 years old. I went to school here and I love Canada’s multiculturalism. I have friends from all over the world and we especially in the ethno cultural community are very close and there is no difference between us. My parents are Hindu and I am in love with a African Muslim man from Somalia and my parents who are not practising Hindus by any stretch of the imagination are freaking out and totally disapprove of my relationship even though my boyfriend is an educated, upright man who is giving back to the country for accepting him and his family as refugees. He is a nice and decent man and not a fanatical Muslim but live by the principles. Even though I see myself as a Hindu I also see myself as a Christian – I know this sounds kind of complicated but I believe it is the beauty of living in Canada, the diversity is rich and we are asked to respect and embrace this policy and I do. I am so disappointed with my folks, they are hypocrites – they preach multiculturalism for those out there and not in their homes. I want to say to all those racist, ethnocentriss people out there who are parents you’d better start practicing what you preach; you tell us to accept everyone and that we are all equal but don’t mean it. Those kinds of folks should think twice before coming to Canada. I know we are asked to obey our parents but is this kind of obedience not destructive? What do you think? Vexed Dear Vexed, I agree with everything you say. It’s easy to preach multiculturalism but harder to live it. This is a challenge to your parents and an opportunity for them to open their hearts. Give them a chance, help them to get to know your boyfriend better, invite him to meet your parents, to chat with them and maybe he can help them with a little chore. It is easier to embrace someone you’ve come to know and like. Help them to see him as you see him. I think this could end well.
  9. 9. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 9 9 Tinking bout dese world sporting events dat seem to get bigger and bigger in grandeur each go round. Each trying to outdo de last host spending gazillions of dollars on dese frivolus tings when de people de serve are starving, cant find jobs an ting. Tek Brazil for instance, poor people picketing de waste of tax dollars to mek tings pretty fuh games when dey live in shanty towns or favelas in the most disgusting conditions. Where is de justice and equality for all. Who elects dese politicians? Dis is madness, de gat dere priorities all wrong. It is no wonda de citizens are rising up like hurricane all ova de world – dey are tired wid dese politicians wid de giant egos which de use de tax payers mney to prop up. Tings gatta change man, tings gatta change. Ankit Bahl, Education and Training, Chanse Kornick, Advocacy (Sr), Christina Leask, Creative Arts (Sr) Elijah St. Germain, Creative arts (JR, James Wagner, Sports (Jr) Ajoke Olorundare Advocacy Sr) Rajas Tipnis, Education & Training (Sr) Britney Truman, Community Volunteer (Sr) Charmaine Agsalud, Community Volunteer (Jr) Jeri-Lynn Linklater, performance Arts (Jr) Shrey Gupta, Sports, Jr) Renea Monkman, Spirituality, Jeremy Zloty, Wade Kojo Williams Award for Action Against racism and discrimination; Kimberly McCarthy Rosalinda Natividad-Cantiveros Award for Courage (Jr), Alison Campeau, Performance Arts Sr) and Lisa Harper, Rosalinda Natividad- Cantiveros, Award for Courage (Jr) Congratulations to all the Winners of the 2014 Role Model Awards Honouring the Achievements of our Youth GAFFIN WID BUDDY Dr. Richard and Antoinette Zloty proud parents of Jeremy Zloty winner of the first Annual Wade Kojo Williams Leadership Award, Jeremy’s girlfriend and Florence Okwudili, CEC member. Coun. John Orilikow, Margaret Strachan, Bonita Karim, RCMP Off.icer David Ogungbemi & Community member (attendees )
  10. 10. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 10 DR. RALPH JAMES LIBRARY OPENS FOR BUSINESS Camille Alleyne is an Aerospace Engineer and has worked on space projects at NASA for more than 16 years. She is currently the Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station. She had a dream since she was a little girl and was fascinated with space. She was a star gazer. Her curiosity about her world continued and led her to completing the educational requirement to bring her closer to the fulfillment of her dream. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace engineering and she is currenly working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Camille Wardrop Alleyne is a brilliant aerospace engineer whose accomplishments in that field have been extraordinary. In the highly technical fields of science and engineering where women are in the minority, she has achieved against all odds, being one of a few women of colour and the only woman of Caribbean descent in a senior management position at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) There’s a new library in town housed at the Caribbean Cultural Centre at 1100 Fife Street established by the Caribbean 55 plus Horizon Club. Named after Dr. Ralph James, the late husband of Dr. June James, who was a writer, publisher of Carib News and passionate about Caribbean literature and authors. According to Dr. J. James, he never left home without a book and his favourite place was in a book store. Organized by Club members Diane Dwarka and Joy Bissoon, the collection of approximately 275 books by Caribbean authors such as VS Naipaul, Edgar Mittleholzer, Austin Clark, Madeleine Coopsammy, Claire Harris etc., were donated by community members and by Kelly Hughes of the former Aqua Books. The collection is comprised of fiction and nonfiction, novels, children’s books and history books. One of the children’s books is the charming Nutmeg Princess by Ricardo Keens Douglas which he wrote for his daughter. “Some of the books are irreplaceable, so there will be some that could be borrowed and others would be reference books. Dwarka said they hope to grow the collection by soliciting more Dr. James and Alexander and Maxwell (grandsons) Hon. Flor Marcelino Kelly Hughes Melanie Wight, MLA Burrows Diane Dwarka CARIBBEAN WOMAN LIVING HER DREAM Library.. cont’d on p11
  11. 11. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 11 11 donations and hope that this library would encourage readership in Caribbean literature Dr. June James and her three grandchildren unveiled the plaque of Dr. R. James and did the ribbon cutting while her two sons and daughter in law watched on along with more than 50 community participants. With lily white tablecloth covered tables topped with vases of flowers and a birthday cake to be cut at the appropriate time, The Council of Women of Winnipeg celebrated its 120 years anniversary on April 20, 2014 at itsAnnual General Meeting. It is one of the oldest women’s organizations in Manitoba. Senator Sharon Carstairs was the guest speaker at this event and what she said resonated with the mostly older groupof womenbutdelightfullyagrowingcropof youngerwomeninthemix. She recalled the difficulties women faced if they wanted credit or employment. She said she was forced to change her name to Mrs. John Carstairs as a married woman because he was ultimately responsible for her. “I ‘m not naive to think I was elected into the leadership of the Liberal Party of Manitoba because of some special abilities I might have been perceived to have. If the party was popular I would not have been elected..... women do not get positions with real power, women judges are down, Aboriginal women and visible minorities women,have never been up.” The most pressing issue on Carstairs mind these days is palliative care, the physical, spiritual and mental quality of end of life care. “Ten percent of us would die the way we like - a massive heart attack. Most of us will die of degenerative diseases requiring palliative care” she said and added that the burden of care would fall on women, wives and other female relatives. “By 2025, 25% of the Canadian population would be over 65 and women will accept the burden of care because the social workers will guilt women to accept this responsibility.” She said women are quick to say they do not expect their children to be there for them and that they do not want to be a burden to their children “it would not be fair because they have their own lives to live”. In spite of that women still scrimp and save so that they could leave something for the children. Carstairs asked bluntly “Why do we feel we need to give them more? Have we not educated them?” Women are their own worst enemy, she said. Canada’s current acute care system is much more costly and inappropriate than theAmerican hospice system. “Canada’s acute care program depends on women’s free labour without which it would be a failure. The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba Inc. presented its second annual local to Global 2014 titled Ä new Age is Dawning for every Mother’s Daughter at which Sally Armstrong, journalist and advocate for women and girls in war affected countries was the guest speaker. The event attracted a large cross- cultural audience with Nadia Kidwai of the Islamic Social Services Organization was the emcee. It was an evening of honouring women and girls with music, poetry and silent auction. Winnipeg duo Renee and Paul entertained the audience with their music while Katherena Vermette Métis writer of power-fiction and children’s literature whose first book North end Love Songs won the Governor general Literary Award for Poetry and the Lena Chartrand Award for Activism in Poetry. Armstrong’s message was hopeful. She said for the first time in her reporting life she was happy to offer hope. “The state of women and girls all over the world is improving “she said and added that we have to thank the social media for some of that. She said that it was the first time in history that a country has expended resources to find women and girls as witnessed in Nigeria and that it was the pressure of social media that pushed that government to act. She cited the 160 girls who successfully won a class action suite against the government of Kenya for being victims of rape. With the Equality Effect Organization headed by Canadian Fiona Sampson, Executive Director successfully launched a constitutional challenge against the Kenyan Police Service and other state actors among other examples. She urged women to keep the pressure up in whatever way they can to move the momentum forward. All proceeds from this event went to charities local and global that help women and girls achieve equality including the Equality Effect and Grands N More and students in the Global College. Senator Carstairs and Judy Wasulycia-Leis Library.. cont’d from p10 COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF WINNIPEG CELEBRATES 120 YEARS WOMEN HELPING WOMEN Wendy-Ann Stevenson, Pres. CWW Judy Wasylycia-leis & Sen. Sharon Carstairs
  12. 12. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 12 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and is tune is heard on the distant hillfor the caged bird sings of freedom The free bird thinks of another breeze an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. Maya Angelou It was a battle of beautiful sounds that had people clapping and tapping at the Bethel Community Church on April 2014 on the occasion of the Gospel Music Extravaganza “Battle of the Choirs” coordinated by Jacqueline Sumter and Donna Jacques descendants of the First Black Loyalist in Canada in collaboration with Bethel Community Church to promote Black Canadian history “our forgotten story”. The battle was competitive but the Immanuel Church Choir took home the first prize followed by Truth and Life Choir and Brotherhood Men’s Choir Pilgrim with second and third prizes respectively. The other competitors were Pilgrim Baptist Sanctuary Choir, Bethel Community Church Choir, Praise Choir and Winnipeg Gospel Choir. Ms Cynthia Peyson Wahl a graduate of the University of Regina with a B.Mus. Ed and diploma in Jazz students from Grant MacEwan University and Professor Dr. Charles Horton, founding member of ALL the Kings Men, a male voice liturgical choir associated with the College Chapel of St. John the Evangelist at the University of Manitoba where he teaches music. According to the organizers music is the venue through which they have chosen to share Black culture and in doing so they will try not only to find the finest gospel choir in Winnipeg but the best Black gospel choir in Canada. The event was well attended in the beautiful and spacious church. For information about next year’s contest email: BATTLE OF THE CHOIRS Immanuel Church Choir - First Place Winner Truth and Life Choir - 2nd Place Winnier Brotherhood Men`s Choir Pilgrim - 3rd Place Winner with Prof
  13. 13. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 13 13 There was a long line up at McNally Robinson’s bookstore of people eager to get a signed copy of Mini Brown’s first book “I am an addict - in bits and pieces published by Golden Rock Publishing on April 2, 2014 at a Group book launch of four authors. Mother, author, poet, songwriter, social work student at the University of Manitoba, Brown’s book bares it all, not for voyeuristic pleasure but to teach that a broken winged bird can be fixed, can dream of a normal life. Her book speaks about domestic violence, shame, The success of a few Blacks may help to mask the seriousness of systemic racism and lead to the faulty conclusion that if one could escape the confines of systemic racism anyone could and this effectively shifts the blame on the victim rather than the system in place. According to a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Authors Clayton Critcher, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Jane Risen, of the University of Chicago, when people are exposed to successful Black persons in non-stereotypical jobs e.g. Nobel prize-winning authors, university presidents etc. they drew an automatic inference that race was not a success-inhibiting factor in modern society.” They then shift the blame on black people and problems within the black communities for their lack of progress, rather than racism as the problem.” The researchers stated this would make it harder to combat systemic racism. isolation, addiction and the lifestyle that sometimes goes along with that. She spoke about her arrested motherhood when her children were taken away from her, the many times she tried to take the high road only to be lured back into the pit of addiction again. “Recovering does not end with not using drugs, but who I am becoming.” The autobiographical memoir not only addresses her experience but offers hope and her decision to move forward from these things. At the end of each chapter there are exercises for those who are on that journey to help themselves. An excellent reader and poet Brown grabs her audience by the heart and to hush silence as she pours out words of the soul. She lets you emotionally in the places she has been and the continuing journey to wholeness. It is a book that is easy to read and promises to take you places that are high and low emotionally. You can purchase the book at McNally’s and on When people get equal opportunity, everyone has a chance to excell. The Creator did not favor a particular race or class. Everyone has their gifts. U.S. Navy recently made history when Admiral Michelle Howard was officially promoted to Vice Chief of Naval Officer (VCNO), making her the first woman and first Black person in the Navy’s 236 years to become a four- star admiral. Howard’s new rank makes her the No. 2 officer in the service. Her promotion ceremony took place at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. SUCCESS IS EVERYONE’S BIRTHRIGHT FATHERS ARE IMPORTANT Some fathers shirk their responsibilities towards children by either not acknowledging them or having acknowledged them fail to participate in their children’s lives as a parent. However, children miss that connection and often describe the feeling of the presence of a hole in their lives. TakeAndrew Harris for example, a successful Canadian ball player with the BC Lions. He had a longing to know his father. In this case his Barbadian father Ron Graham never knew Harris existed. “I saw my friends with their dads and obviously I always wanted to have that kind of relationship; just the little things, like learning how to shave. I never really had that,” Harris said. With the help of social media, Harris’search for his father had a positive outcome. Graham embraced his son and found they had sports among other things in common. Harris is ready to check out his Caribbean roots in beautiful Barbados. AUTHOR SHARES HER STORY TO INSPIRE OTHERSSYSTEMIC RACISM
  14. 14. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 14 HEALTHWISE Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food. Hippocrates TUNE IN TO RAS RICO I SELASSIE AT CKUW 95.9 FM - RADIO TO AWAKEN THE MIND BAKED FISH Ingredients 6 fillets of fish Salt and pepper 6 slices of tomato 6 slices of cheese 1 oz butter 1 oz flour ½ptmilk 1 tin of mushrooms, if desired 2 small onions, chopped 2 tbsp sherry Parsley, chopped 3 cups cooked rice Preparation · Prepare the fillets, removing the skin and small bones. Season with salt and pepper. Roll up, with the outside of the fish on the inside. · Arrange the fish, tomatoes and cheese alternately down the centre of a shallow pyrex casserole dish. Set aside. · Melt butter in a pan, then stir in flour and salt. · Add milk a little at a time, then mushrooms, onions and sherry. Stir constantly until the mixture boils. · Pour over the fish. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes until fish is cooked. · Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot with rice. 4 cups all purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for cooking roti 1 cup water METHOD: To make the breads, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Combine the oil and water and add this mixture to the well. Using your hands, mix to form a dough. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth. Divide the mixture into 6 balls of dough and set aside for about 2 hours, covered with a damp kitchen towel. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball of dough into a thin, flattened circle about 9 inches in diameter. Set aside, covered, until ready to cook the breads to serve. (Do not stack.) Heat a large griddle or 12-inch skillet over high heat and add 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. When hot, add the bread dough and cook until brown spots form on the bottom, about 1 minute. Turn the bread and cook on the second side, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large plate or baking sheet and cover with a damp towel to keep warm while you prepare the remaining breads CARIBBEAN ROTI JUNO BLACK OUT The 43rd Juno Award held in Winnipeg in March 2014 was a black- out for Black musicians. Not a spot of colour on the mainstage. What happened there? Where are all the awesome Black musicians in Canada and why were they ignored. I would have like to see Drake or Juno Nominee in the Reggae category,Ammoye perform on Juno night. For a multicultural country like Canada it was not the kind of Juno I was expecting. Apart from Kardinal Official who won in his category there were hardly any other Black winners. Maybe that has to be expected once in a while but not to have someone from the Black community perform on Juno night is inexcusable. Here are some of the awesome musical women who attended Juno 2014: R&B singer Florence Oramasionwu “Flosoul”, Anna personal make up professional for Ammoye , Juno Nominee Ammoye and Maiko Watson, R&B, soul, funk, alternative. CONGRATULATIONS TO LOLA’S BEAUTY GALLERY FOR ACHIEVING 25 YEARS OF SERVICE IN WINNIPEG. THANK YOU - WISH YOU MANY MORE YEARS TO COME
  15. 15. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 15 15 Leg Up The nature of life is more and more. Not less and less. A seed becomes a tree, children grow up and have children and their children have children, a river gathers stuff and flows into the ocean. We are hardwired to grow. Not everyone was put here to write the great Canadian novel or to be the best philanthropist. There are billions of work on the planet that need to be done. Do something that resonates in your heart. If you are doing what you love you will never have to work again. The hardest work will be your greatest pleasure, it’d be fun time. When you are doing what you love, you naturally want to learn everything about it. You grow If when you wake up most morning you say to yourself: What can I do to increase my service to others today, what can I do to make my presence a blessing to someone or how can I contribute to a happier workplace, you will find opportunities to do all of that. This means you are fulfilling your heart’s desire, you are excited about your work. The respected thinkers all agree our job on the planet is one of service. The more you serve the happier you will be and the more successful. Nugget – Treat everyone you meet as if they are the most important people in the world in that moment. EXPAND - GROW The Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC) is believed to be the rape capital of the world. Over the last decade two million women and girls were raped and it is also considered the worst place in the world to be a woman, said former Governor General of Canada and currently UNESCO special Envoy to Haiti the Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean at the Graffitti Gallery where she was a guest speaker at the planned event to welcome Dr. Denis Mukwege founder of the Panzi Hospital in the DRC dedicated to the medical treatment of survivors of gender-based sexual violence. “Rape has turned into a full blown weapon of war. Women’s bodies have been made the battle ground of conflict” she said adding that during her visit to the DRC in 2007 as Canada’s Governor General she used the opportunity to speak to Parliarment in that country and named that sexualized violence is a crime against humanity. She said art had the power to raise awareness and bring people together to solve problems and praised the work of Darcy Adaman and his team at Make Music Matter for their efforts at knocking a chink in the wall of silence. “I believe in global solidarity; it goes beyond borders and speaks the same language.” When people work together change can happen as demonstrated by the community in Point Douglas who took back their community from violence and drug dealers by developing a plan together and following through. “As people worked together they saw the crime rates dropped and people started to walk around the neighbourhood again without fear. This proves that walls can be broken down” Jean said. Dr. Mukwege spoke about the spirit of the women he works with who do not give up and still look forward hopefully to the future. He highlighted a young girl who was badly raped and mutiliated who is on her way to becoming a doctor and to fulfil a dream of helping women as he is doing. Thanks to supporters like Darcy Adaman of Make Music Matter and Peter Franz co- founder of the Panzi Foundation USA who are big supporters of Panzi Hospital. The Grafitti Gallery was packed with people many of whom youths who entertained and showed off their art works that Mr. Franz assisted them with through a school program. Famous One-liner Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else. Hon. Michaelle Jean, Dr. Denis Mukwege Prof. Peter Franz and Darcy Adaman
  16. 16. Global Eyes Magazine June 2014 16 THANK YOU WINNIPEG FOR 25 GREAT YEARS AND MORE TO COME