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Global Eyes Magazine December 2015
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Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) December 2015

  1. 1. gggggloballoballoballoballobal eeeeeyyyyyesesesesesManitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine NewNewNewNewNew aaaaattttt thethethethethe FFFFForororororksksksksks Check it out 4th QUARTER December 2015
  2. 2. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 2 Reflection Lambe Akinbolajio Celebrates his 87th birthday in Winnipeg Mr. Akinbolaji flanked by his son Yisa (2nd from L) and three daughters and their spouses . Below are his grandchildren The 87th birthday of Papa Lambe Akinbolaji was celebrated in lavish style by his four children who are living in Winnipeg. Mr. Akinbolaji made his first visit to Winnipeg in September, 2015 to see his children and grandchildren and he said he was very pleased with what he saw. Mr. Akinbolaji, a Yoruba thanked God for his children’s progress and the love they have shown him “I am very grateful,” he said through an interpreter. He said that his other nine children who are living in Nigeria are also planning to have a celebration for him. Mr. Lambe said he felt very blessed. He shared a story that when Yisa left home he advised him if he wanted to find a wife, he should look to Nigeria and he would help him to find a good one. He warned him not to marry a white girl. Now that he met Catherine, his Caucasian daughter in law, he said he is very happy and if his other sons should come to Canada, he would tell all of them to marry white girls and the crowd roared with laughter. Mr. Lambe thanked his first born child Yisa for bringing not only his mother’s children but his sisters from other mothers as well. Mr. Lambe practiced polygamy. His daughters praised their dad for not only ensuring his sons were educated but that all his children were educated boys and girls equally. The birthday celebration was held at the Fort Garry Community Centre. There was lots to eat and drink, lots of shared stories told. John Brown’s baby had a chest cold and they rubbed it with camphorated oil. Glory, Glory Hallelujah. They rubbed it with camphorated oil. This song and other poems we learned, formed a large part of our early education. It mattered not that they had nothing to do with our experiences as a people. John Brown was born on May 09, 1800 to John Brown Sr., an abolitionist. As a youngster John could not understand why his black friends could not do the things he was doing. This had a profound effect on him and he became determined to do something about slavery. He is not considered to be a man who did anything significant in his life. He went from job to job, eventually becoming an itinerant preacher. His determination to do something about slavery was always foremost in his mind. He concocted a plan to raid an armoury, steal guns and gave them to the slaves. He knew that the slaves would not follow a white man. He wanted someone who the slaves would trust and follow. He decided on Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas. Harriet Tubman was sick and could not help him. As a friend of Frederick Douglas, he spent a week with Douglas pleading with him to join the raid but Douglas refused. Just after sundown on Sunday, October 16, 1859, John Brown and a group of 21 men (16 white and 5 Black) including his 5 sons, broke into the Armoury at Harper’s Ferry Virginia and quickly overpowered the guards, to steal the 20,000 rifles, intending to distribute to the large group of slaves who never showed up. After a couple of days the Marines, led by General Robert E Lee stormed the armoury and killed most of the insurgents. John, with the remainder, was arrested, tried and sentenced to death on December 02. In prison he wrote a note and passed it to a reporter on his way to the gallows. The note read “I John Brown am now certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood”. These words proved prophetic because some 600,000 men died in the civil war which started in 1861 shortly after his death. As the Union soldiers marched to war, they were singing the song John Browns body lay rotting in the grave... His soul is marching on. It should be no surprise that to the northern states he was a hero but to the southern states, a terrorist. John Brown - Hero and Villain by Victor Vaughan
  3. 3. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 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 Global Eyes is an independent 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. It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that are of interest to the African/Caribbean Diaspora. 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 December 2015 marks my fifth winter in Winnipeg. The first one was in 2011. The cold weather and quantity of snow troubled me! Winnipeg was a no man’s land in winter! The immigrant shelter “L’Accueil Francophone” introduced me to the African French Community. We celebrated Christmas together. Unfortunately we were not in the same boat. They found me too “European”. Painful reality check! Second Christmas was sorrowing but the next one was funnier. I attended several suppers with French Manitobans. I ate poutine and met wonderful people. Then, things got much better since I have been working for the Province. Some colleagues invited me over for Christmas 2014 and shared amazing potlucks. All meals were excellent, I breathed happiness! This time of the year could be very stressful when we spend our last penny for our love ones. Why do we offer gifts during Christmas? Is this idea from Santa Clause or St. Nicholas? Nope, that comes from the Bible. Christmas or ‘Mass of Christ’ reminds us that God informed magi about baby Jesus. Gospel of Matthew chapter 2 verse 10- 11: “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Joy to the world, the Lord is come...the Savior reigns! God incarnated man, visited us, suffered death on the cross for our sins as a sacrificial Lamb and resurrected the third day. John chapter 3 verse 16, “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”. In Greek “Jesus” means ‘God saves”. As a born-again Christian, I believe that I am saved because of Jesus’ sacrifice. Through His Holy Spirit, by grace, I have a deep relationship with my Heavenly Father. Christmas is all about the extravagant love of God for mankind. By Benedicte Brou I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR Happy Holidays everyone. May you enjoy the season in good health - GEM Reflection – John Brown Hero or Villain p2 BénédicteBrou– Christmas story p3 Mwaka Kaonga ‘s Inspiring story p4 GCO Fall Supper p7 A new Player at the Forks p10 Creative Foundation Inc. p10 Leg-Up - Mr. Desmond Hoyte - p13 Regulars Letter to my daughter. Healthwise - recipes Global Counsellor and much more...
  4. 4. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 4 GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE 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) 2014 and may not be reprinted without the express or written consent of the author or Editor. Editor: Beatrice Watson MWAKA KAONGA RUNNING LIFESTYLE INSPIRES OTHERS Mwaka Kaonga, mother of six children and grandmother of two is a running machine. Rain, snow, sleet or ice could not stop Mwaka from hitting the trails, especially when she is preparing for a marathon. And she prefers winter running. If you are one of Mwaka’s FB friends you would see most of her updates focus on her running activities, and she pops up in races all over the world from Germany to South Africa to the USA. It makes you wonder where this woman finds the time and energy to keep going. “I am a goal oriented person. I need to work at my goals. It took years of my life to get to where I am today,” She says calmly. “Exercise is a tool I use to keep stress at bay. It was not always like this. There was a time when Mwaka said she could hardly get out of bed. Life had knocked her a few hard blows.” Originally from Zambia, Mwaka came to Canada with her husband some 30 years ago. And in 1996 she became a single parent of two children after she and her husband separated. At the same time she lost her job, and soon after lost her sister and adopted her 4 children” She said. “I was in a dark, dark place” Mwaka recalled her good friend Rosemary became concerned for her friend. “she pestered me to get out of the house and do something, Rosemary took me to the gym just to make sure I did, I was at the gym five days a week.” Later she started running outside with Rosemary and then she got hooked on that. I did my first half Marathon in 2003 and after that I started looking for races everywhere I went on vacation “ She now runs five days a week. Close to 50 years old, life is sweet at the moment. She knows the meaning of friendship and the importance of exercise in combating stress. “Exercise is very important for a healthy body, mind and spirit. I have embraced this lifestyle and I am enjoying it.” To date Mwaka has run more than 20 marathons and says “I am not competing with anyone but myself. My goal is to go through training and finish the race “I am addicted to medals. When I die I want all my medals in the coffin with me,” she joked. She finds satisfaction in being with like minded people. They are positive and “we motivate each other. Our moods change when we get older and exercise helps to keep us balanced.” There are a lot Continued on p16 SUBSCRIBE TO GEM OR GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING TO A LOVED ONE OR FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS.
  5. 5. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 5 Briefs GUYANA-born legislator Roxanne Jacqueline Persaud, was elected to the New York Senate on November 3, 2015 and becoming the first female, first black, first Guyanese to hold the position of assembly member for the 59th Assembly District in Brooklyn, New York. Along time community advocate and volunteer Persaud 49, said “It shows hard work pays off,” Persaud, migrated from Guyana with her parents and siblings, when she was 19 years old. “As senator, I will work to bring all the communities together and to make sure they have equal representation.” She said her dedication to serving her community motivated her to serve in various capacities including President of the 69th Precinct Community Council in Canarsie, member of Community Board 18 and Commissioner on the New York City Districting Commission. Persaud graduated from the New York Police Department (NYPD) Citizens Police Academy, as well as the New York City Office of EmergencyManagement-Community Emergency Response Team. She is a “long-time advocate for her community and an avid volunteer.” (CMC) Growing in Fertile Soil Lily Rosenberg’s Originals There was drama, food, silent auction,cosumes and karioke at the Mentoring Artist for Women Art’s (MAWA) annual fundraising event at the Pangam Restaurant. It was a well-supported fun evening. Winner of the costume was Elize Finnigan who dressed up as former PM Stephen Harper as the wicked witch of the West. Want to find out more about MAWA call 204-949-9490 Rockstar Welcome for Goodhall Lily Rosenberg, Winnipeg Jeweller, was one of the artists whose work was featured at the Winnipeg Art Gallery during Nuit Blanche 2015. Rosenberg specialises in silver and gold jewellry and ornaments. For more information please contact her at Dr. Jane Goodhall received star treatment at the University of Winnipeg as hundreds gathered in the Duckworth Centre to hear her Lecture about her beloved friends, the Chimpanzee. Goodhall said she was fascinated with animals from an early age and she credited her mother’s encourgement for her accomplishments. She joked that Tarzan made a mistake, she is the real Jane.Viola Davis’ Historic Emmy Win Actress Viola Davis made history as the first Black woman to receive an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Davis won the Emmy for her role as law professor and criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Elise Finnigan, MAWA’s Fun-raising Ball
  6. 6. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 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 Condolences Christmas means food and food means Shopping at Grand Central Market Perhaps. Christine Forbes and her family for the loss of her brother in Jamaica The Fletcher family for the loss of their loved ones. Get well wishes go out to: Betty Hopkins, WISE Chair Arlene Draffin Jones - who was recently hospitalized It is nice to see our younger generation taking the leap into business and it is the hope that more would see becoming their own bosses as an avenue to personal and community deveopment. Owning a business is not for the faint hearted. Entrepreneurs are a breed in a class of its own. Wendell Parke is in that class. They thrive on calculated risks and there is no failure as each set back is seen as an opportunity to take stock and learn from what happened and move forward. This is the resilience and self-confidence we need to inculcate in this generation. Gone are the days when having a comfortable government job with assured pensions and benefits is assured. It is the day when we have to teach our children how to take charge of their lives with confidence. Thanks to Arnold Parke, Wendell Parke’s father who has shown confidence in his son to invest in a joint venture with him. Wendell had the business spark in him as long as he can remember. He has a band, and a record company that produces music for others. Wendell recognized all his skills to date helped him to tackle his grandest effort yet with confidence. The skills he learned from the past are now parlayed into this venture. The Caribbean and Black community can do their part by helping and supporting Parke to succeed. When one person from a community succeeds the entire community grows and there is pride in knowing that our children have what it takes to move from employee to employer. It empowers the entire community, but to succeed, we must see Wendell as a product of the Caribbean or Black community and support him like we would our own child. When he succeeds we all succeed and can walk with our heads a little higher. I hope to see you at the Grand Central Market sometime soon. Watch for specials catering to the after church crowds on Sundays, specials for seniors and other goodies. Our good wishes for the success of Grand Central Market. Big thank you go out to those who have supported GEM with either their donation or subscription. Special thanks to the following: Mrs. Spence, Sy HleziMaureen Kalloo, Lisa Hacket, Mavis McLaren, Mr. Lucky McLeod, Mr.& Mrs. Charles Jones, May you always be blessed with enough to spare GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE RECOGNITION CORNER Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others. Henry Drummond
  7. 7. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 7 Guyanese Cultural Organizations’ Seniors Fall Supper GCO Twins Shondell Babb honors seniors with inspiration reading participants participants Andy Castello and Roland Fereria - Guyanese musiciansEulah Matheson receives gift from Colleen Hayley Birthday cake for Eulah Matheson - Gary Elbers and Winston Johnson beside her The Guyanese people are known for their generosity and respect for elders. And last October 2015 the organization (GCO) respected the elders not only in the Guyanese community but other Caribbean communities as well with a sumptuous meal lovingly prepared by fabulous Guyanese cooks who brought home the Guyanese taste in eddo soup, chowmein and cook-up rice and peas. The seniors were properly pampered with music by two Guyanese musicians that added a joyful flavour to the entire event. And, special love was showered on Mrs. Eulah Matheson who celebrated a birthday. She was honoured with a birthday cake and a special gift. Mrs Matheson. and her late husband were among the founding members of the Guyanese Cultural Organization and they contributed a tremendous amount of time and energy to keep it going and the community has never failed to rally around Mrs Matheson after her husband of many years passed on. She is well loved and she appreciated the kind gesture the community dished out. She thanked the GCO and made it known that someone had said she would not live a long time and here she is still living it up and looking good too. The lesson is only God knows how long a person will live. The event ended with a bit of dancing and jubilation. Meet André Doumbé André Doumbè president of ACOMI, African Communities of Manitoba Incorporated. He is also a member of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Board of Directors. Andre is serving his second term on the Board. He continues to be an advocate for the African and Caribbean issues. Best wishes to Andre in this challenging role. He was born in Cameroon.
  8. 8. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 8 Regulars Global Counsellor Letter to my children My dear children, Another Christmas and memories of Christmas past flood the mind like the chintzy Christmas items that flood our senses in shopping malls. It is the time I miss my sweet mommy the most and wish she was on this side of life for me to search out the best cards with the sweetest words of praise and love I bear her. The thought of “going home” might have crossed my mind for home was where mommy was. Even though I love my sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends back home it is not the same. There is still that hollowness of the missing piece. So I’m not thinking of going home this year. I’ll stay right here with my Winnipeg friends who are now my family. I am grateful for the deep tracks in friendships I’ve created over the years. I do not begrudge those who get all excited, go the whole nine yards for Christmas in a commercial way. We’ve all been there and when you know better you do better. For me, it is a sombre time of reflection and gratitude, being aware of the abundance which flows easily and effortlessly in my daily life, through my children, my friends, my work and through my spiritual practice. The stuff I craved in the past now burdens the spirit which seeks expansion, uncluttered spaces. Friends and people expand your life to edges you didn’t know were there, it is something money cannot buy. Treasure your friends and the people who come into your lives like your finest pearls and precious stones, they are teachers and they reflect you; take care of their feelings and be grateful for them. When everything falls away and, the jewelry in your box lose their shine, the dusty fine china urge you no longer cause your eyes to twinkle, friends on the other hand increase in value, it is a stock that appreciates. You’ll do well to invest in this stock. Christmas is a good time to invest some more value in this stock – friends. Have a friendship blessed Christmas my darlings. Love mom Dear Global Counsellor, I am a 16 year old African girl and have a serious crush on a Filipino boy in my class. He is a good friend and we do a lot of stuff in groups. He treats me like a friend and does not seem to be aware of the moves I’m making on him to tell him I’m into him. What can I do let him know that I am interested in him. I believe he is crushing on me too even though he may not be aware of it now. Some of my friends tell me that Filipinos do not go for girls outside of their race and do not like black people in that way. This made me feel very sad. I feel my friends are stereotyping and may be racist themselves. I do not want to believe it. I am an attractive girl and this boy he is open minded, love to rap and loves black culture. What can I do? I want us to be together like boyfriend and girlfriend for the holidays. That would make my Christmas so splendid. Help me. Desperate Dear Desperate If you have read my advice before you would know that I like sharp shooting. You would not know what you need to know by beating around the bush. These days it is acceptable for women or girls to make the first move. I understand boys feel special when a girl declares her for them but you have to develop a tough skin and be prepared for rejection. Rejection does not mean that something is wrong with you it may mean that this boy has his eyes on someone else and that’s where he is it. . Sometimes once the seed is planted that boy starts looking at you different, as a possible girlfriend and even though he may reject you at first he may come to realize, hey it might not be so bad after all. Stereotypes lead to discrimination. Even though most Filipinos are with people of their own race, there are some who date and marry women outside of their race, so I would not put much thought on stereotypes. The bottom line is invite this boy for a slurpee or somewhere that you can be alone together and let him know how you feel. Caribbean Connection Harry Finnigan, principal of McKay Finnigan and Associates, expert in community economic development was hired as a consultant by the Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba many years ago to do a feasiblity study for a single Cultural Centre to serve the needs of all the Caribbean organizations. He said he was excited about and believed in the project.
  9. 9. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 9 CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS GAFFIN WID BUDDY To Twin sister (Kenny) To be a twin sister Is a privilege reserved for a few Oh how I wished I had a twin Life would be so much fun A playmate always around To play with our dolls Or wrestle each other to the ground We’d be able to share clothes Have fun times doing our make up Grow up in each other’s shadow Wanting the best for each other. She’d always be there for me And I for her. Death and loss were not part of my thinking Could I bear even the thought of it No, we’d always be together in my plan And so my heart goes out to you my friend, Kenny For losing your womb mate so soon But you’ve accepted life’s offering with courage and faith You know even though she is no longer visible Her invisible body, her spirt is ever present here and there. (BAW) NOVENTIS She laughed when I said ‘I’m a farmer’ ’Planting lies and hoping to sew truth... (Not quite handsome for a country boy But somehow rugged and very cute!)’ I thought her ways were more of Wind than wine But, as usual, I learned with time... Upon receipt of her invitation Then suspected a foundation Had been set (but sat unrevealed) She said, ‘I meant to tell you, Neil’ ’I’m going to be moving far away You may write to me if you feel like—’ With results like stabbing air and Expecting blood with a pocket knife She, away, and I moved on since Wisest to tatooed brows and painted smiles And eyelids with pupils that dilate Shimmering like fresh snow when they blink I fell to ashes - no pheonix rose Now admit to feeling indisposed But you were long ago And his part of me no longer pines within... Bouy social media is good but it bring out de crazies in people. People tink dey are anonymous but somebody always watching and anyting said in dark come to light eventually. Dis ting in Paris gat people tekking off de cloak of tolerance an acceptance an bare de racism dat de bin hiding all de time. ISIS might be deliberately distorting the Koran like de Chritisians did in de past but it does not mek all Muslim people bad. Luk up de history of Christianity an you go see. Like Chrisitianity the core beliefs in all religions is peace and love but we humans wid our pea brains mess it u bad bad. Me point is don’ go blaming peace loving Muslims, dey are hurting like de rest of us but racist don’t want to see anyting but blame and hate. Imagine living in a society where all citizens pledge to build a community based on equality and non- discrimination, where men and women are actively participating in the decision that affect their daily lives guided by the human rights framework? That would be awesome, you’d agree. This is the goal of the People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning (PDHRE) that Shulamith Koenig, Winner of the UN Award for Human Rights in 2003 and who at 85 years old travels around the globe spreading the message of human rights and attempting to set up human rights cities around the world, including the City of Winnipeg. Val Thompson chairs the local chapter and if you want to see Winnipeg become a human rights city, Val is looking for you. Won’t you join her on this exciting journey? What could be more important that working for the rights of all peoples, all cultures and all races to live in harmony be treated equally and without discrimination? If you would like to know more please contact Val Thompson at There are some exciting projects in the works that your help is needed. More information in the next issue of GEM will be presented. HUMAN RIGHTS CITY ANYONE? HAILAND FAREWELL(Christmas) Care more when they are not here Love most when at least prepared Glued to the phone Arguing over bones and things of a similar value… The real ‘ghosts’ are the memories Of long past conversations… ‘I can still see you so clearly - do you get snow?’… A headstone and a (sub)plot Synopsis to a wordless book That image fails to conjure for me A warm sense of invitation… ‘But I only think of anything else when I have to’… By Neil Pitamber, a Canadian-Guyanese writer, poet
  10. 10. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 10 A New Player at the Forks Market The Creative Foundation of Manitoba Inc. has resumed its work in helping to connect youths with the importance of art in everyday life. In October 2015 it sponsored a one day event titled “Multicultural harmony through the Arts” at Canada Inns with Guest Speaker Douglas Riske, Executive Director of Manitoba Arts Council, workshop animators, Sue Hemphill, Becky Thiessen Randy Guest and Yisa Akinbolaji. The activities were interactive and student participation was high. Students learned about intercultural sensitivity, community art and perspectives in film and visual art. Creative Foundation president Dr. Sunday Olukoju welcomed the audience and provided an overview of the organization and expectations of the day’s activities while Vice President, Malinda Lee navigated the day’s event flawlessly. Mr. Riske set the tone of the day speaking eloquently about the importance of art in the lives of people and students were transfixedwiththepassionheexuded Riskesaid“Manitobaisknownasa hotbed of arts andculture.” And challenged the audience to think about what is inside all the activities they participate in. “Look inside yourselves, in your workplaces, malls, bowling alley and see where the art exists. Some people still resist art as airy fairy stuff. Art is inside of us, it brings out empathy in people – our ability to enter the thoughts and feelings of another.” he said “people who participate in art activities are better neighbours, maybe they are the ones who will likely talk to you over the fence. Arts help us see inside.” Riske added, if you took away the art from the Jets game, for example, “what would you have left? Sports and arts go hand in hand. Art is used to sell. It is an economic driver. Art is a growing strong and sustainable industry, dealing with renewal resources – YOU.” Many people may know Wendell Parke as an entertainer and record producer but he is also a shrewd businessman which he is channelling in the biggest business venture he has undertaken so far becoming the co- owner of the Grand Central Market at the Forks which opened July 31 in the space formerly known as Casa Bella. In High School Wendell had won the Young Entrepreneurs Award for his Hot Dog Business Plan and is the brain behind the venture while his father Arnold Parke is the Financier. Wendell put the proposal together and said it was tough coming up with a winner. He did his homework and what he offered caught the eye of the Forks Market Management. Quiet and unassuming the smiling Wendell said he has learned a lot throughout the development process and is continuing with the learning curve as they settle in to a regular routine at the Forks. The former Basket Ball player and contemporary of Minister Kevin Chief he has a learning curve to overcome in this area. Wendell said the store is modelled after New York and LA Market with similar concept as the Forks. The name Grand Central Market reflects the theme and history of the forks and fits it with the Forks management’s current vision. Excited to be working with his dad Wendell explained Grand Central Station market offers prepared foods cooked every day, pastries, health juices, local farm fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as a section with ethnic foods. Sonia Lemoine, Vegan Chef is helping him to develop a vegan menu for the market. “There will be something for everyone. So far the Jerk chicken is proving to be a hit,” he said Wendell said the summer was hectic, had him running off his feet and that he was surprised to see the many tourists from all over the world who visit the Forks each day. He said there are always surprises at the Grand Central Market because his dad has a unique eye for products and introduces some unique items frequently “I don’t know where he shops for them but it is great.” Multicultural Harmony through the Arts Sue Hemphill Becky Thiessen Randy Guest Yisa Akinbolaji and Todd McCullough, Wendell said the biggest challenge is staffing and realizes Douglas Riske
  11. 11. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 11 Shireen Ahmed calls for Acceptance by fellow Canadians You’re invited to a discussion on Sexualizing the ‘Disposable’ woman on Novemebr 30, 2015, 7-9 p.m. at the U.W ‘s Eckhardt Grammate Hall, 515 Portage Avenue 3rd Floor. The event is sponsored in association with the Canadian Federation of Students Consent Culture Campaign. It promises to be an evening of collaborative dialogue storytelling and education around Consent Culture. The aim of the discussion is to create awareness of the ways in which marginalized women are more vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence due to intersectional systemic oppression. and does not intend to insult or attack anyone, but instead spark the importance of providing a safe space for disccusions such as this to happen more often. The panelists include:UzomaAsagwara Adeline Bird (Host, producer, founder of the webseries and Podcast Style & Soul) Autumn Crossman,Tasha Spillett (Indigenous Educator currently working at U of W in the Faculty of Education and U of M in the Department of Native Studies) For more information please contact Alexa Potashnik (Racialised Student Commissioner with the Canadian Federation of Student of Manitoba) at: or (204) 914-4149. Get in the MIX MATCH, Manitoba Chapter marked International Day of Peace with a forum around Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at Kaknichihk building. Speakers were Sylvia James and Velma Orvis who shared their experience in working for peace and reconciliation. Sylvia initiated the Helen Betty Osborne walk from the Pas 11 years ago and seven years ago Brenda Osborne’s (relative of Betty Osborne) daughter also disappeared. Betty Osborne was murdered in the Pas on November 13, 1971 by four young men and it took 18 years to convict her killers. Brenda Osborne is now the official keeper of the Flag for the annual walk. Sylvia said she was excited to be part of the 10,000 marchers in the streets of Ottawa to receive the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Velma shared her experience working with abused men and women and with seniors in residences. She did smudging for participants. She said during the walk they saw the Eagle which represents change. She said it was hard emotionally. “If we believe and respect our own spirituality we will believe we are on the same level.” Nuala Nazarko shared her report on the work of MATCH and the International Women’s Fund which supports indigenous women’s group in Guatemala and in the Pacific. MATCH depends on the generosity of the community to help it in its work of empowering and supporting women in doing it for themselves and Helen Whettles, the chair of Match Manitoba is putting out every effort to spread the word about the work of MATCH and the need for your donation. W.I.S.E (Women in Support of Equality)formerly known as LEAF M a n i t o b a celebrated its 30th Annual Person’s Day Breakfast at the Convention Centre with a full house G u e s t speaker, Shireen Ahmed, born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia spoke a b o u t ‘ Ve i l e d T h r e a t , Wo m e n , Multiculturalism & Equality in Canada The Promise of the Charter, said she found sports as a vehicle to human rights and it teaches lessons of loss and perseverance. For all the hullabaloo about niqab, she said there are fewer than 300 women in this country who wear the niqab. “Focusing on this issue overlooks the more than 1200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women, gender pay gap, environment and sexualized violence which impact a large number of women every day. These are the issues that are worth the headlines and not a few niqab wearing women.” The Government questions our loyalty but the equality provision is enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ‘Who or what are we in Canada. Minority rights are enshrined in the Charter but my children face the s a m e prejudices as I faced. When could we be comfortable Canadians? They play ice hockey and eat poutine too‘. Isha Khan, Legal Counsel, MHRC introduced the Guestspeaker MATCH CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE WITH THE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY The Black History Month celebration committee is sponsoring a fundraiser on December 10, 2015 at the Rumours Comedy Club and need to sell at least 100 tickets. Tickets are $12.00. Email for your tickets and for more information.
  12. 12. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 12 Zoning In - Bits And BytesZoning In - Bits And BytesZoning In - Bits And BytesZoning In - Bits And BytesZoning In - Bits And Bytes The second annual Multicultural Tea Festival sponsored by the Islamic Social Services of Manitoba in recognition of the Islamic History month was an event not to be missed. Coordinated by RubyAtif, the event was fun, exciting and had the energy of a marketplace in the Middle East filled with rich scents, colours, and beautiful women in hijabs mingling happily with non-Muslims and Canadian born people. This is what gives Winnipeg its Multicultural edge. Without leaving Winnipeg one was treated to all kinds of teas and baked goodies from countries including Pakistan, India, Bosnia, Ethiopia,Afghanistan, China, Japan, Egypt, Philippines, Lebanon and the Philippines. Teas ranged from sweetened chai to salted pink tea. Goodies were too numerous to mention. Ishmaila Alfa, CBC Radio Host heated up things with his excellent emceeingskills. Congratulations to Martha Aviles on her retirement after more than 30 years working in Canada and Nicaragua. Her last place of work was Laurel Centre where she worked as a Therapist for women and girls who are and have been sexually abused. In attendance were Martha’s immediate family members: husband Francesco, daughter Martha and her grand daughter plus her first doctor, first ESL Teacher, first people to help her settle and integrate were there to help her celebrate this milestone. The staff praised Martha for her contribution to their practice through humour, dedication and skills. It was a beautiful send off. Horace Patterson Annual Jazz Concert It was cabaret style seating at the Horace Patterson Foundation Annual fundrasing concert held at the Centro Cabota Cultural Centre. The relaxed atmosphere and the wonderful Jazz music transformed the space into a delicious Sunday afternoon “hang” of the coolest crowd that could have been in New York or New Orleans right here in Winnipeg home of Canada’s fiercest jazz lovers. The comfortably filled venue was entertained by the talented Steve Kirby, Lisa Kirby, Derrick Gardner, Ishmaila Alfa and the lovely Joanne Majoke accompanied by the University of Manitoba Student Jazz Band. Moving On Sarasvati Productions announced the first annual Janet Taylor Bake Off Award in memory of Taylor’s contribution as President and volunteer of the Theatre for many years as well as Taylor’s financial support to female playwrights as they develop a new script. To participate in the Bake off Female playwrights are invited to write a new scene in 8 hours with three ingredients that the Theatre provides. Five scenes are usually selected and the best one will be given the Janet Taylor Bake Off Award. They challenge playwrights to think on the fly and it has been a fun event at Femfest each year. The public is invited to contribute to this award. NewJanetTaylor Bake Off Award at FEMFEST Multicultural Tea Festival Hope McIntyre, Artistic Direcor and Janet Taylor sisterss
  13. 13. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 13 Why are Women so Freaking Unhappy? CDC reports women suffer more than men from frequent mental distress. Women report feeling stressed, depressed, or having problems with their emotions fourteen or more days out of the month. More women than men are unhappy in their marriage (and in cohabitation relationships) and are more likely to end the relationship. ‘Baby blues’ have risen sharply compared to 30 years ago. ”Women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men…women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men. These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging - one with higher subjective well-being for men.” I.e. men are happier than women now. Women are unhappier than men regardless of whether or not they are working, stay- at-home moms, married or divorced, young or old, well-educated or not.”? According to Patrick Wanis Celebrity Life Coach and Behavioural expert women need t:o: Stop exposing yourself to fake unachievable standards. Stop being fooled by the “50 is the new 30” advertisements. Stop pursuing eternal youth. Stop reading about the post-baby body, bottom, boobs, hips, thighs or legs of Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian or some other celebrity. Stop comparing yourself to other women. Stop trying to get more and more likes for your latest selfie on social- media. Start embracing who you truly are. Start accepting and liking yourself for who you are right now. Start setting your own standards for your appearance and health. Start setting new goals for your life based on your own The Caribbean Community Cultural Centre at 1100 Fife Street was transformed into a beautiful banquet hall for the community dinner on Saturday October 17, 2015. There was full representation of all member organizations. The packed hall of well dressed people savoured a delightful evening of music, speeches, prose, poetry ,songs and food. Thanks to the talents of Mavis McLaren Jamaican Dialect storyteller, ANANSI School for the Performing Arts, Shirley Alleyne, poet, and Rhonda Thompson, R & B, Gospel, Hip Hop artist who provided entertainment. Joy Bissoon emceed in style. Dignitaries included Flor Marcelino, Minister for Multiculturalism and Literacy, Melanie Wight, MLA for Burrows and Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities and Assistant deputy Mayor Janice Lukes. Diane Dwarka introduced Ismaila Alfa, host of Up to Speed CBC radio as the guest speaker. Ismaila shared his experience of growing up as a biracial child in Winnipeg. He came with his family from Nigeria, at an early age. Father of 3 children, Ismaila said they found total acceptance in the Caribbean community and heaped praise on the elders who encouraged him and his younger sister along the way. He found his tribe in Dumisiani Theatre production that honed his speaking skills and built his self confidence. Lois Patterson was a big influence. She believed in his gifts and eventually he became a believer in himself. “I am the by-product of the amazing Caribbean community that took me in like I was from one of the islands.” Ismaila said the best deterrent for crime is community support. “It takes a village to raise a child ,”he reminded. ‘Diversity keeps our community healthy – the more we invite people in our community the stronger it becomes. He told the audience it is time to build outwards. You are a community and it is a living, breathing thing. Ismaila received a standing ovation and The evening‘s formality ended with a vote of thanks from Rupert Forde then the dancing began. Diversity Keeps Communities Healthy Rhonda Thompson Mavis McLaren
  14. 14. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 14 HEALTHWISE Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food. Hippocrates Gem of Wisdom (From Diamond Rosary) Becoming aware Of what Ego is All of us are familiar with the emotion of ego. We are aware to different extents, about the negative repercussions of the emotion of ego on us and on others. Depending on how aware we are about the effects, we work to eradicate the emotion from our daily lives, so that it neither disturbs us nor others. Some of us even consider it a positive emotion and feel it contributes positively to our personal and professional progress. To be aware completely of the negative effects of ego and to realize clearly whether it is a positive emotion or not in the first place, it is important to first become aware of what it the ego. Ego is attachment, inside my consciousness, to an incorrect image of my ‘self’ which I then mistake for myself. When the attachment takes place, you lose your sense of identity in the image of the object of attachment which you create on the screen of your mind. That object can be something physical like your body, your physical personality, a relationship, a material possession, your status, money, a particular skill, respect from others, etc. or something non-physical like a belief; an opinion; a mindset, a memory, a particular virtue, specialty, power or a sanskara (positive or negative), etc. Therefore ego is the self attaching to and identifying with an image that is not the self. This process takes place entirely within our consciousness many times in the day, on the screen of the mind. E.g. When we say this is my salary package (something physical) or my opinion (something non-physical), we are (without being aware about it) creating an image of the salary package or the opinion inside our consciousness and becoming attached to it, so that we lose our self identity in the salary package or the opinion, believing that I am the salary package or the opinion. So at that time, the salary package or the opinion becomes an incorrect image of the self to which I am attached. This is ego. If while thinking, feeling or speaking about my salary package or my opinion, we do not become attached to or do not lose our self identity in either of the two, then that is not ego. 3 ripe bananas 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed •1/2 cup melted butter 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates 1/2 cup almond flour 1/4 cup honey 4 eggs 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon salt - Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 1 large loaf pan. Blend bananas, chickpeas, butter, dates, almond flour, honey, eggs, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt together in a blender or food processor until batter is smooth. -Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before slicing. Ingredients 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons fennel seed 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons allspice 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1 teaspoon ground ginger 4 garlic cloves, chopped 4 green onions, chopped 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup orange juice 7 pounds chicken wings Delicious Banana Bread Combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Spoon or rub seasoning mixture over chicken wings and let marinate for 20 to 30 minutes. Heat butter and oil in large skillet over medium heat. When bubbling, add wings and cook 5 to 10 minutes on each side until browned but not crisp Could be served with rice or eat by itself. Spicy Jerk Wings Ingredients Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. coconut oil 1½ cups basmati rice 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups. chicken or vegetable stock 4 tsp. ground turmeric 3 Tbsp. ground cumin 3 Tbsp. ground coriander 1 pinch red pepper flakes (crushed) 1 tsp. salt 1 bay leaf 12 cup raisins ¾ cup cashew (halves) Procedure: Heat oil in a large pot over medium- high heat. Add rice and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover tightly, stirring once to ensure prevent sticking. Cook until rice is tender – about 20 minutes · Tumeric Basmati Rice
  15. 15. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 15 Leg Up While most of us know the importance of giving back to the community, only few of us do and Barbadian born Leroy Hoyte is one of them. On October 23, 2015, the Hon. Deanne Crothers, Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors at the Legislative Building presented Hoyte the 2015 Recognition Award for his outstanding and meritorious service to the Winnipeg community. Witnessing the presentation were Jean Gaskin, who nominated Mr. Hoyte for the award and her sister Antoinette Zloty. Jean said she was so impressed with the compassion, dedication and reliability of Mr. Hoyte that she felt compelled to nominate him and let others know what a role model there is among us. Gaskin said, Mr. Hoyte is a man who exemplifies community spirit. A caregiver at heart, he gives the most important thing a person can give, of himself to those who need, not expecting anything in return. A man who stands tall in the community for what he represents to those fortunate enough to know the man. Mr. Hoyte migrated to Canada via England where he took up residence at the age of 25 leaving behind family and friends in Barbados in search for something better. He worked with the London Transport and then with St. Mary’s Hospital in London before heading for Canada in 1976 and for 25 years he worked in the health care field at St. Boniface General Hospital where he cared for people. When he retired in he became a full time caregiver for his beloved late wife Mrs. Joan Hoyte and after she passed away, Mr. Hoyte ratcheted up his reach to beyond his family and into the community. He is there for anyone who requires his help. Desmond Hoyte Volunteer Services win him Prestigious Award He offers real services that are sometimes difficult to find e.g. he takes people to medical appointments, escorts some to and from group meetings, outings, is there to listen to those struggling with emotional issues and he even shares his baked goods and meals with others who enjoy a good Caribbean meal. People like Mr. Hoyte is hard to find, At the age of 84 he keeps his mind fresh and his body active by being an active participant in life. He is a long standing member of the Barbados Association of Winnipeg since 1977 a year after he arrived in Winnipeg. He is currently a member of the Caribbean Seniors Group, volunteers at the Church where he served as a member of the vestry, a regular volunteer at Folklorama throughout the years and was honoured with being asked to be a VIP for Folklorama this year. This award is long overdue to Mr. Hoyte and I am so happy to be in the company of such a person., Gaskin A FIRST IN THE WORLD The Eritrean-American was born in California after her mother escaped Eritrea in the early 1980s. Today, Girma is a successful attorney who advocates for civil rights of people with disabilities, reported the Diplomat News Network. She says that she is proof that if you believe that you can achieve a goal, then you will. The 27-year-old’s family comes from Eritrea, a country in the Eastern region of Africa. Being born deaf and blind in her home country did not give her many options for access to education, noted There were no schools for people with special physical disabilities, and it would have been impossible for Haben to get the education she needed to become a lawyer. Her older brother was also born deaf-blind and did not have access to special education in Eritrea, either. Girma went to Lewis & Clark College, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2010. She later matriculated to Harvard Law School and earned her J.D. in 2013. (HNGN News source) President Barack Obama , VP Joe Biden and Haben Girma Quotable Quote “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” Mark Caine
  16. 16. Global Eyes Magazine December 2015 16 of running groups that will teach you to do it properly and safely. Mwaka says she has a running buddy who is 70 years old and she wants to be running at that age too. She gets a lot of support and encouragement from her children. They realized that when she runs she is happier. Her children are also active, they encourage each other. she wants to encourage everyone to get active it is worth the effort and it helps you to age with grace. It can be as little as 20 minutes a day of walking. Consistency is the key. Start small to get into a routine then you can build up if you need to. I started with 10 minutes on the treadmill. If anyone wants to start and need more information or company I will start up with them. Mwaka Kaonga continue d from p6 Mwaka, 3rd from lft with running buddies Meet Me at the Bell Tower Celebrates 5th Anniversary This weekly community gathering on Selkirk Ave. lead by Michael Champagne, from Shamattawa Cree Nation is an attempt tor estore the community to wholeness and make it a safe place for families. This event attracts people of all ages and ethnicities. Meet me at the Bell Tower has not only engaged the Aboriginal Community but extends invitation to all Winnipeggers to join the weekly group at the Bell Tower to discuss issues of concerns. The stimulus for “Meet Me at the Bell Tower” was the gang-related death of Clark Stevenson, a 15-year- old, stabbed to death on September 10, 2011. This woke up the community. The bell also is a historic community tool. It is rung when important events are happening in addition to the hourly chimes. It also signals danger. It was the city’s fire bell from 1877 to 1903. It was installed in the Market Building behind the original City Hall. When that building was demolished in 1961 the bell went into storage. In 1985, as part of a revitalization project, it was installed where it is now on Selkirk Avenue. These meetings are followed with food and entertainment and activities for children