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Black Poetry with Amanda Gorman and Maya Angelou

Black Poetry with Amanda Gorman and Maya Angelou

There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing River and the wise Rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew
The African, the Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheik,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the Tree.

Africa Center celebrates Black History Month

Africa Centre celebrates Black families with breakfast

Africa Centre and Congress of Black Women of Canada – Edmonton Chapter present Family Day Breakfast. A time to gather as a community to participate in activities relating to culture and heritage.

Delicious food from Africa and the Caribbean

Exciting storytelling and poetry

Fashion show and games

Performances

Connection, and community building

Learning about Autism with Edore

Learning about Autism with Edore

The Centre for Diseases defines autism as “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention. It is important to note that some people without ASD might also have some of these symptoms. But for people with ASD, these characteristics can make life very challenging”.

Citywide parking ban Phase 2 (Residential) takes effect Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m.

Vehicles parked on Phase 2 parking ban routes after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24 may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. If your vehicle is towed, it will be moved to the nearest cleared roadway and can be located by contacting 311. 

Neighbourhoods will be under the ban for 24-72 hours as crews move through the city. The entirety of Phase 2 is expected to last up to four weeks depending on the weather. Crews and equipment will be working 24 hours a day until Phase 2 roads are clear. Remember to watch for signage at the entrance of your neighbourhood. You can also check our online maps for your neighbourhood schedule and sign up for the new parking ban notification tool, that gives 24 hours advance notice of when crews will be in your area at edmonton.ca/SafeTravels. 

Free replacement documents for Canadians affected by Hurricane Fiona

The Government of Canada is continuing to take concrete actions to help people directly affected by Hurricane Fiona, in addition to the assistance provided through the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund. Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that fees will be waived for those who need to replace vital lost or destroyed documents, including travel documents and citizenship certificates.

Your dollars and you | Tayo Elnathan and Dotun Ayo-Bamisaiye

Your Dollars and You | Tayo Elnathan and Dotun Ayo- Bamisaiye

Even though there is nothing new under the sun, if you have not planned your income and expenses, the importance of creating a budget cannot be over-emphasized. You might be a new immigrant, a business person, a retiree etc, and for every stage in life, there is the need to plan your expenses given that inflation has gone through the roof.

Tayo has moved on from the mindset of cutting down on her coffee. Her argument is that she needs her coffee to function, and without her coffee, she might not be productive. Coffee for some people is a quality of life/ mental health thing. The coffee could help bring more dollars in.

She argues that you can live a little, but plan.

Plan to multiply your income. Plan to have an emergency fund so you can deal with life’s emergencies. Dave Ramsey says you should have at least 6 months of living expenses.

Daughters of Zion Women Foundation 3rd Anniversary Celebration

Daughters of Zion Women Foundation is a registered charity whose primary aim is to help women from diverse backgrounds who are facing challenges, fighting battles silently and overwhelmed with career, family, marriage, children and other issues in life. They seek to empower women through their various initiatives and supports. Their programs include food drives, help for immigrants, meetings and retreats, seminars,  workshops and prayer meetings.  They also provide women with free Christian and motivational books to help support our spiritual and emotional needs. Many women in Edmonton have been blessed by the meals supplied by the Foundation. During the pandemic, many of us had our freezers filled with shrimp, African food supplies and more. The Foundation does many things in the community: they hold regular prayer meetings. Our personal favourite is the Prayer War Room for women, which holds every first Saturday of the month – from 12-1 pm.

Jacqueline Biollo is a columnist with Ladiescorner.ca

Someone else’s decision | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

To influence someone else’s decision, try making it clear there is a decision to make rather than making it for them. Use past experiences, or expand on the relevance of the decision to a person’s belief system or values. Realize, however, that we do not have to accept, approve, understand, or agree with someone else’s decision.

But how do you cope with someone else’s decision, especially when it tears at your heartstrings, messes with your mind, impacts your work environment, or leaves you to consider, ‘What choice did I have?’. Depending on your relationship with this person, you may choose to either speak up and share your thoughts about their decision, or you may hold your peace.

Divorce with Jyening Rose
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Divorce is so much more than signing papers | Or so she thought with Jyening Rose

What I love most about the podcast is the brutal honesty and maturity it takes to self-reflect and talk about such a very difficult and prolonged season.  I found listening to her helpful and validating as she said, ‘acknowledge your feelings.’ Doing the work, it takes to heal takes time and pain. It was time well spent listening.

I remember it took me ten years to talk civilly to my daughter’s father as events around my daughter’s birth annoyed me. We were never married. My situation was messy. I got pregnant. I was single. The baby daddy was not willing to take responsibility. This single fact damaged me profoundly.

Panels with Mary - Mothers and their Mental Health

Mothers and their Mental Health | Panels with Mary Thomas

The two panellists were Lola Olorunfemi, a nurse and the owner of Diamond Beauty Medispa. The second panellist was psychologist Jyening Rose. Ms. Rose hosts the podcast, ‘Or so she thought’,  a safe and thoughtful space which discusses mental health in Black Canadians.

It turned out to be three women talking about life and aspirations for 2023.

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