David Eby, Champion for Housing Affordability
October 21, 2016
A short while ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with David Eby, N.D.P., M.L.A and Housing Critic. David Eby is the hero of the middle and working classes. He is by no means, however, the enemy of the upper classes.
From Ontario originally, a lawyer and the son of one, since living in B.C., he has taken …
Stay Warm, Save Energy and Lower Your Utility Bill This Winter
October 19, 2016
Do you turn the thermostat a notch higher or put on an extra sweater when it gets cold? It’s a common household debate as family members try to maintain a balance between comfort and savings during the winter. It’s also a debate you may be able to put to rest by investing in energy-saving maintenance and upgrades.
You can …
Too Many Women Still Die During Pregnancy and Childbirth
October 17, 2016
Canada has committed to 20 projects in African and has contributed millions to help improve pregnancy outcomes, but much more can be done
About 830 mothers die due to pregnancy and childbirth complications around the world every day. Most are preventable deaths. That’s why improving childbirth outcomes was a critical issue at the recent G7 Health Ministers …read the whole story >
Society Can Be Inspired to Rise From Its Ashes
October 13, 2016
This is an anxious time: we are overwhelmed by economic, social and environmental concerns – but new ideas will emerge to help resurrect us
Travelling is a wonderful pick-me-up. It reminds us in these turbulent times that everyone basically has the same problems.
This is an anxious time. If you’re an adult, you undoubtedly worry about the future of …
Exclusive! Two Trains Runnin’ Interview With Producer Benjamin Hedin!
October 13, 2016
I had a fascinating interview with the producer and writer of the (IMPACT film VIFF) Two Trains Runnin’, Benjamin Hedin in the interview room at the Sutton Hotel courtesy of VIFF about the movie, being a producer and the state of multigenerational racism in the US.
The Film: Two Trains Runnin’ blends together a mystery, a search for forgotten blues …
Make Sure Every Dollar You Give to Charity Counts
October 12, 2016
Deciding to make a charitable contribution can arise from a desire to help others, a passionate commitment to a cause or the aim to give back to a group that once helped you or a loved one. Choosing which organizations you want to support can be difficult. There are over a million public charities in the United States according to …read the whole story >
Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving
October 10, 2016
Dear Readers, Supporters, Family, Friends & Associates
As part of our magnificent network, The Afro News (TAN) and Sage Foundation extends our thank you for all your contributions and following to make our community and world a better place.
Our sincere gratitude and abundant blessings. Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving with your family and friends and the making of wonderful …
Two Trains Runnin’ ! A Must See Impact Film.
October 6, 2016
Showing at the Rio Theatre, Saturday, October 8, 3:15 pm and Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 pm, IN09 in Vancouver, BC. For on line tickets: viff.org or theatre box offices.
Two Trains Runnin’ blends together a mystery, a search for forgotten blues singers, skillfully blended with animation and interviews with the two groups that searched for blues greats such as …
Where Is The Higher Purpose In Higher Learning?
October 5, 2016
A lack of attention to the minds and hearts of students explains why Canadian universities are at risk of tearing apart
Higher education has lost its way.
For those working in the system, this news is old. The list of problems is long – too long to detail in this short space.
For those on the outside, here’s the problem …
The Power of Asking a Simple Question
October 2, 2016
Some schools in Liberia are well supplied with materials because of the power one Canadian student asked a simple question
Teacher and motivational speaker Jack Canfield tells us, “Take the risk to ask for whatever you need and want. If someone says no, you are no worse off than when you started. If someone says yes, you are a lot …
October 2, 2016
A Film to See! On Now! Canadian Premiere: Nakom, at the Rio , Sunday, October 9th at the Rio in Vancouver!
Sponsored by TAN, The AFRO NEWS.
This challenging award winning film shows the contrast between village life in rural Ghana and the city. Actor Jacob Ayanaba does a great job in portraying a medical student who is called …
Education Without Borders’ Toast for Hope 2016
October 2, 2016
Join us for an evening of Wine, Cheese & Canapes with host, Brock Tulley and Wine Auctioneer, Darryl Lamb.
Entertainment by McNair Secondary School Jazz Band and Jabulile, Pasi & Kurai performing a mosaic of songs rooted in Southern Africa
ALL proceeds from Toast for Hope 2016 go directly to support Education without Borders’ (EwB) continued efforts to help vulnerable …
A National Housing Strategy Will Save Canadian Lives
September 30, 2016
Not having a home can be lethal – homelessness causes premature death, poor health and is a significant burden on our health-care system
Beyond a crisis of housing and poverty, homelessness is a public health emergency. The longer people are homeless, the worse their health becomes.
In emergency rooms and frontline clinics, patients are triaged based on urgency. A high-quality …
Are Living Standards in Canada Becoming More Unequal?
September 29, 2016
Results of a recent Fraser Institute report flies in the face of accepted wisdom that Canada is quickly becoming a more unequal and polarized society
Much has been written in recent years about income inequality and the (apparently) growing gap between the rich and the poor. The focus on income is understandable. It’s a measure that resonates with the …
Talk is Not Cheap, But It Can Save your Marriage
September 28, 2016
Resentment over wrongs, disagreements over the kids and financial worries can be breeding grounds for some of the worst adult behaviour
They loved each other so much. Everyone thought they were a perfect couple. Of all the couples in their circle, they definitely had the advantage, communicating so well with each other.
That’s what we all thought – until …
How to Tackle Your Grocery Bill
September 26, 2016
Food shopping can quickly take over your budget despite your best intentions. Perhaps it’s due to impulse purchases, unplanned shopping trips, food going bad or a combination of all three. If you’re looking for ways to save money while enjoying nutritious and delicious meals, consider these money-saving tactics.
Stick to your budget to save time and money. Look at your …
Rein in Payday Lending to Start Tackling Poverty
September 23, 2016
Trudeau government should start to make good on its promise to help poor families
I met Ben and Sherry when I was facilitating a focus group discussion in Winnipeg with consumers who use payday loans. Their stories help illustrate a serious national problem.
A payday loan is for a small amount (up to $1,500) that must be repaid quickly and …
Strategies For Coping with The Devastating Loss of a Friend
September 23, 2016
When someone dies, the loss is often more widespread than we recognize, and the tragedy and permanence of death shocks and scares us
I recently found out (on Facebook of all places) that a dear friend had passed away suddenly. I was in shock. Had it been April Fool’s Day, I might have believed it was someone’s inappropriate joke. …read the whole story >
Government Policies Threaten Economic Freedom in Canada
September 22, 2016
Policy developments at the federal level as well as in Ontario and Alberta threaten Canada’s reputation as a bulwark of economic freedom
Canada ranks a remarkable fifth in the world in economic freedom, just behind Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Switzerland.
The “land of the maple leaf” is far ahead of our southern neighbour, supposedly the “land of the …
What College Students Should Learn About Money
September 20, 2016
As you prepare for a new year at college, managing your money may be the last thing on your mind. But, college is the perfect time to instill strong and healthy financial habits, such as budgeting and living within your means.
By starting on the right foot with good saving and spending habits, you’ll have a good chance to set …
Double-Double Trouble on The Coffee Front
September 18, 2016
Canada ranks third among the world’s top coffee drinkers, thanks to the ever-present Tim Hortons chain, but consumption patterns are changing
Coffee is a big deal. In fact, coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world – behind oil.
Canada doesn’t produce coffee beans, but it seems addicted to them. This nation ranks third among the world’s top …
Secret Ballot, Greater Financial Transparency Empower Workers
September 18, 2016
Without the anonymity of a secret ballot, union organizers may pressure workers into supporting certification
Fast on the heels of Labour Day, rooted as it is in the history of Canada’s labour movement, is a good time to reflect on a federal government bill (Bill C-4) being debated in Parliament.Bill C-4 will end the requirement of a secret-ballot vote …
The Documentary Beetles 8 Days a Week, the Touring Years.
September 17, 2016
A Must See Film for Beetles Fans and Human Rights
I was honoured to preview the documentary BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK will be in select Cineplex Event Cinema theatres for one night only on September 16th. Tickets are on sale at http://www.cineplex.com/ and around the world.
The documentary is directed by the well-known actor and director Ron Howard with …
The State of B.C.’s Wallets for National Payroll Week
September 16, 2016
It’s National Payroll Week. Regrettably, celebrations do not include an extra paycheque.
British Columbians may even be wondering what there is to celebrate at all.
According to the Canadian Payroll Association’s survey of employed Canadians released in advance of this week’s festivities, 53 per cent of British Columbians reported that “it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if …
Canadian Home Sales Fell For Fourth Consecutive Month in August
September 15, 2016
This morning, the Canadian Real Estate Board (CREA) released their national real estate statistics for August, which showed a further slide in home sales as new listings resumed their decline and home prices increased once again. For Canada as a whole, the number of homes trading on the MLS Systems fell 3.1% month-over-month in August–the largest monthly decline since December …read the whole story >