Editorial

Sharenews.com is back!

By ed 25.03.2009

Next week, Share will mark its 31st anniversary. Thirty one years of serving our community in this city. But, that’s next week.

This week, we are proud to announce the re-launch of our website, sharenews.com.

It’s been a while now since we have had a web presence. But, there was a reason for that. We wanted to ensure that, when we did return to the Internet, it would be a website of which our readers (and viewers) can be extremely proud.

We believe we have done just that. Of course, you will have to judge for yourself. So, check it out.

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A visit to remember

By ed 23.03.2009

 Probably the most enduring (and endearing) image from U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Canada last week is the one of him stepping off Air Force One to greet and be greeted by our Governor General, Michaëlle Jean.

There he was, his broad, infectious trademark smile wider than usual (we didn’t think that was possible) as he met for the first time our own head of state and she, as beautiful as ever, the one to first welcome him to our country.

It was an instant connection and the chemistry between these two, even on a cold and blustery Ottawa morning, was palpable – even to us watching on our television screens.

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We will get through this!

By ed 19.03.2009

There is a lot of blame to go around with regards to the financial mess we have found ourselves in over the past year or so.

Greed on the part of many in the banking/financial industry for sure. And, if what they have already done is not bad enough, some are continuing to rub salt in the wounds by paying out – and receiving – extremely large bonuses. For what? Bringing us all close to financial ruin?

Are these people living on the same planet as the rest of us? Don’t they read the newspapers or watch the news on television? Don’t they realize how much their actions – or lack thereof – have hurt millions of ordinary people?

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Afghanistan’s real legacy

By ed 12.03.2009

“President Obama has stated quite clearly what we all believe.”

That was Defence Minister Peter MacKay earlier this week suggesting that Canada’s position on Afghanistan is the same as that of the United States.

This was in response to U.S. President Barack Obama saying last weekend that the American military could reach out to members of the Taliban and try to bring them into the Afghan government.

It wasn’t that long ago when this same Conservative government severely criticized anyone who opposed the continuing Canadian involvement in Afghanistan as unpatriotic and maligned opposition leaders, such as the NDP’s Jack Layton as “Taliban Jack” for saying the very same thing.

How times have changed.

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TDSB must act on report

By ed 09.03.2009

We’re not surprised at some of the findings in a report released by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) last week which showed that race and poverty had a significant impact on the education of young children in the school system. Educators and education activists in our community have been saying this for years.

That is one of the main reasons that we at Share have been so uncompromising and unrelenting in our support of the Africentric alternative school. It’s not that we see this school as solving all the problems Black kids are facing, but it is a start. It is first, an acknowledgement by the TDSB that more need to be done for Black and other minority students and, second, a sign that they might possibly be willing and ready to make the effort.

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Check out new school

By ed 19.01.2009

During Black History Month, much attention is focused on the history and culture of Blacks in the Diaspora as a way of learning and sharing, connecting and re-connecting, educating and re-educating – especially our youth – in an effort to fill gaps in our knowledge of our rich and diverse history.

One of the reasons this is important is that, for most of us, information on the history, culture and accomplishments of Black people has been absent from the curriculum in our schools.
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