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FAREWELL TO MRS.CORETTA KING

Date of birth: April 27, 1927 Date of death: January 30, 2006

Volume 1 • Issue 2 • February 2006 • Tel: 416.854.8256 • Email: nwswtch@yahoo.ca

THE AFRICANADIAN SUPPORT CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH TO REMEMBER SOME OF THE FACES IN BLACK HISTORY isdom may be defined as a practical outlook to the problems of life. Wise men and women of our past and present have made many sacrifices and put their life experiences into words that have strengthened our abilities and confidence in ourselves. Words supervise our thoughts more often than we conform to them. Adhering and understanding the words help us to progress with greater opportuni-

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ties to success. Words of wisdom have always had the capacity to motivate, expound, and discipline the minds of listeners. Thurman Arnold stated “Unhappy is a people that has run out of words to describe what is going on.” Moreover, wisdom is a flourishing fountain of virtue, respect, self-assurance, and self-respect. Cultural understanding helps to nourish and keep the vision alive—no matter what genera-

tion. History has shown that the most successful leaders are those who have learned to draw upon our heritage of thought and experience. Booker T. Washington believed that the story of his life was a typical American success story, and he redefined “success” to make it so. Because of the many wonderful accomplishments of the past that made our present and future brighter, we

must NEVER forget our history. Below are links and photos (click for information) that will enrich your knowledge of the past and present and the selfless contributions made by just a FEW of the MANY great Black distinguished individuals that have made a great impact on our culture. We can never say good-bye to yesterday, for yesterday made it possible for our present and future . . .

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Standing up for Freedom Rosa Parks: Pioneer of Civil Rights The mother of the civil rights movement

osa Parks, the “mother of the civil rights movement” was one of the most important citizens of the 20th century. Mrs. Parks was a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama when, in December of 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger. The bus driver had her arrested. She was tried and convicted of violating a local ordinance. Her act sparked a citywide boycott of the bus system by blacks that lasted more than a year. The boycott raised an unknown clergyman named Martin Luther King, Jr., to national prominence and resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation on city buses. Over the next four decades, she helped make her fellow Americans aware of the history of the civil rights struggle. This pioneer in the struggle for racial equality was the recipient of innumerable honors, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Free-

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dom. Her example remains an inspiration to freedomloving people everywhere. Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere. Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama to James McCauley, a carpenter, and Leona McCauley, a teacher. At the age of two she moved to her grandparents’ farm in Pine Level, Alabama with her mother and younger brother, Sylvester. At the age of 11 she enrolled in the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls, a private school founded by liberal-minded women from the northern United States. The school’s philosophy of self-worth was consistent with Leona McCauley’s advice to “take advantage of the opportunities, no matter how few they were.” Opportunities were few indeed. “Back then,” Mrs. Parks recalled in an interview, “we didn’t have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival, of existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl hearing the Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down.” In

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the same interview, she cited her lifelong acquaintance with fear as the reason for her relative fearlessness in deciding to appeal her conviction during the bus boycott. “I didn’t have any special fear,” she said. “It was more of a relief to know that I wasn’t alone.” After attending Alabama State Teachers College, the young Rosa settled in Montgomery, with her husband, Raymond Parks. The couple joined the local chapter of the NAACP and worked quietly for many years to improve the lot of African-Americans in the segregated south. “I worked on numerous cases with the NAACP,” Mrs. Parks recalled, “but we did not get the publicity. There were cases of flogging, peonage, murder, and rape. We didn’t seem to have too many successes. It was more a matter of trying to challenge the powers that be, and to let it be known that we did not wish to continue being second-class citizens.” The bus incident led to the formation of the Montgomery Improvement Association, led by the young pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The association called for a boycott of the city-owned bus company. The boycott lasted 382 days and brought Mrs. Parks, Dr. King, and their cause to the attention of the world. A Supreme Court Decision struck down the Montgomery ordinance under which Mrs. Parks had been fined, and outlawed racial segregation on public transportation. In 1957, Mrs. Parks and her husband moved to Detroit, Michigan where Mrs. Parks served on the staff of U.S. Rep-

resentative John Conyers. The Southern Christian Leadership Council established an annual Rosa Parks Freedom Award in her honor. After the death of her husband in 1977, Mrs. Parks founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for SelfDevelopment. The Institute sponsors an annual summer program for teenagers called Pathways to Freedom. The young people tour the country in buses, under adult supervision, learning the history of their country and of the civil rights movement. President Clinton presented Rosa Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996. She received a Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. When asked if she was happy living in retirement, Rosa Parks replied, “I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don’t think there is any such thing as complete happiness. It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you’re happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven’t reached that stage yet.” Mrs. Parks spent her last years living quietly in Detroit, where she died in 2005 at the age of 92. After her death, her casket was placed in the rotunda of the United States Capitol for two days, so the nation could pay its respects to the woman whose courage had changed the lives of so many. She was the first woman in American history to lie in state at the Capitol, an honor usually reserved for Presidents of the United States.


Q&A: Climate change

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1993: 357.04 ppm 1994: 358.88 ppm 1995: 360.88 ppm 1996: 362.64 ppm 1997: 363.76 ppm Accelerating ice-melt may be a sign of global climate change

The Earth is getting warmer. Scientists predict increasing droughts, floods and extreme weather and say there is growing evidence that human activities are to blame. What is climate change? The planet’s climate is constantly changing. The global average temperature is currently in the region of 15C. Geological and other evidence suggests that, in the past, this average may have been as high as 27C and as low as 7C. But scientists are concerned that the natural fluctuation has been overtaken by a rapid human-induced warming that has serious implications for the stability of the climate on which much life on the planet depends. What is the “greenhouse effect”? The “greenhouse effect” refers to the role played by gases which effectively trap energy from the Sun in the Earth’s atmosphere. Without them, the planet would be too cold to sustain life as we know it. The most important of these gases in the natural greenhouse effect is water vapour, but concentrations of that are changing little and it plays almost no role in modern human-induced greenhouse warming. Other greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, which are released by modern industry, agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels. Their concentration in the atmosphere is increasing - the concentration of carbon dioxide has risen by more than 30% since 1800. The majority of climate scientists accept the theory that an increase in these gases will cause a rise in the Earth’s temperature. What is the evidence of warming? Temperature records go back to the late 19th Century and show that the global average temperature increased by about 0.6C in the 20th Century. Sea levels have risen 10 - 20cm thought to be caused mainly by the expansion of warming oceans. Most glaciers in temperate regions of

1998: 366.63 ppm Glaciers in retreat the world and along the Antarctic Peninsula are in retreat; and records show Arctic sea-ice has thinned by 40% in recent decades in summer and autumn. There are anomalies however - parts of the Antarctic appear to be getting colder, and there are discrepancies between trends in surface temperatures and those in the troposphere (the lower portion of the atmosphere). ( see pic. 2 ) How much will temperatures rise? If nothing is done to reduce emissions, current climate models predict a global temperature increase of 1.4 - 5.8°C by 2100. Even if we cut greenhouse gas emissions dramatically now, scientists say the effects would continue because parts of the climate system, particularly large bodies of water and ice, can take hundreds of years to respond to changes in temperature. It also takes greenhouse gases in the atmosphere decades to break down. It is possible that we have already irrevocably committed the Greenland ice sheet to melting, which would cause an estimated seven metre rise in sea level. There are also indications that the west Antarctic ice sheet may have begun to melt, though scientists caution further research is necessary. ( see pic. 2 ) How will the weather change? Globally, we can expect more extreme weather events, with heat waves becoming hotter and more frequent. Scientists predict more rainfall overall, but say the risk of drought in inland areas during hot summers will increase. More flooding is expected from storms and rising sea levels. There are, however, likely to be very strong regional variations in these patterns, and these are difficult to predict. ( see pic. 3 ) What will the effects be? The potential impact is huge, with predicted freshwater shortages, sweeping changes in food production conditions, and increases in deaths from floods, storms, heat waves and

1999: 368.31 ppm 2000: 369.48 ppm 2001: 371.02 ppm 2002: 373.10 ppm 2003: 375.64 ppm Mean annual carbon dioxide concentrations recorded at Mauna Loa in Hawaii droughts. Poorer countries, which are least equipped to deal with rapid change, will suffer most. Plant and animal extinctions are predicted as habitats change faster than species can adapt, and the World Health Organisation has warned that the health of millions could be threatened by increases in malaria, waterborne disease and malnutrition.

Annual Arctic air temperatures relative to the 1961-1990 average

• Those who accept the theory of human-induced warming but say it is not worth tackling as other global problems are more pressing. Nevertheless, there is a growing scientific consensus that, even on top of the natural variability of the climate, something out of the ordinary is happening and humans are to blame. COMMUNITY NEWSWATCH Chairman& Editor G.B Fowodu Special Projects’ Manger George Olokun

What don’t we know? We don’t know exactly what proportion of the observed warming is caused by human activities or what the knockon effects of the warming will be. The precise relationship between concentrations of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) and temperature rise is not known, whcih is one reason why there is such uncertainty in projections of temperature increase. Global warming will cause some changes which will speed up further warming, such as the release of large quantities of the greenhouse gas methane as permafrost melts. Other factors may mitigate warming; it is possible that plants may take more CO2 from the atmosphere as their growth speeds up in warmer conditions, though this remains in doubt. Scientists are not sure how the complex balance between these positive and negative feedback effects will play out.

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KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE Suzan Hall

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City Hall 100 Queen Street West, Suite C54 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Phone: 416-392-0205 Fax: 416-696-4207 Constituency Office 996 Albion Road Toronto, ON M9V 1A6 Phone: 416-392-4255 councillor_hall@toronto.ca Councillor Hall’s Web site: www.suzanhall.com

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Suzan Hall has been at the pulse of Etobicoke North for more than forty years. She has strong roots in her community and has lived in north Etobicoke since 1959. She raised her daughter and son there. Both of her children were educated in the Etobicoke school system and her daughter has a home in the area. As Suzan’s watched her two children grow, she’s also watched Etobicoke North grow from a mainly rural community at the very edge of the city, to the diverse, urban community of today, an integral part of the City of Toronto. During most of that time, Suzan has worked passionately at the side of her friends and neighbours to make sure Etobicoke North remains a strong, vibrant - and caring - community, a good place to grow up, work and live in. Suzan’s record of involvement in the community is outstanding. For 16 years she served as the public school trustee for the area. She was Chair of the Board of Education for the City of Etobicoke and then was Vice Chair of the amalgamated Toronto District School Board. In November 2003, the people of Etobicoke North (Ward 1) honoured Suzan by re-electing her as their representative on City Council at City Hall. As Councillor for Ward 1, she’ll continue her dedicated work for the well-being of the people of Etobicoke North by representing their interests.

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ABOUT ELECTIONS 2006

Stephen Harper Canada’s 39th election highlighted the growing divide between the large cities in Canada and the surburn or rural areas of the land. On a lesser scale it also marked a considerable East-West divide, but the most remarkable divide is the one between the large cities and the rural areas. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, the three largest cities in the land, did not elect any conservatives to Parliament, in resistance to the wave of blue which permeated the rest of the land, especially the prairie provinces and BC. Now why would this be? One of the reasons is that the large cities have a large proportion of immigrants who naturally tend to gravitate towards the liberal party as they are aware that it was the liberals who “democratized” Canada’s immigration system to cater for a wider variety of sources of immigrants. In earlier years Immigrants were only accepted from Europe, especially from the United Kingdom and France. Southern Europeans were admitted in smaller num-

bers to provide manual labour for construction, and Asians in even smaller numbers. It was not until the Trudeau liberals democratized Canada’s immigration that “third world “ immigrants became a presence in Canada. They tended and tend to stay in the large cities due to a feeling of “safety in numbers” and rarely move into the small cities and even less into the rural areas of the country. As mentioned above, the immigrants arrive with a natural sense of gratitude towards the liberals, especially in the years when they were led by the very charismatic and world-renowned Trudea. Until about five years ago, most of the country advocated moderate and centrist politics and avoided extremes. Both major political parties at the federal level were moderate and centrist, so eventually some immigrants could be weaned off the liberal party and vote for the other major Party, the Progressive Conservatives. There was no stark difference between the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives, so you could find a Progressive Conservative cabinet minister leaving the federal politics to take up the premiership of a province as a Liberal (Jean Charest in Quebec). This lack of a major difference between the two main political parties bothered people, particularly in the western provinces, who wanted a really conservative alternative to the centrist and moderate politics of the two major parties. They formed a right wing party called Reform and it took off like a bush fire in the western provinces. The reform party advocated policies very similar to those of the Republi-

can party in the US. With the Central provinces of Ontario and Quebec still affecting moderate politics, the Reform Party found itself blocked at the Manitoba border. However, at the same time, at the provincial level in Ontario, the people had elected a Progressive Conservative government under Mike Harris. Harris moved the Party so far to the right that it became a purely conservative party and lost the progressive element, and many of its programs hurt the cities and the immigrants in them. So by the time the Reform wave reached Ontario the population was not interested, being as it were already subjected to the right wing politics under Mike Harris. They completely rejected Reform.......with Harris they already had enough. Some years later someone (Belinda Stronach) initiated a move to join the right wing parties at the federal level so they could defeat the liberals. The Reform Party had by then changed its name to the Alliance party , with a new leader, Steven Harper. Among his credentials was that he had been leader of National Heritage Front, a far-right anti-immigrant group. When the merger between the Progressive Conservatives and the Alliance parties took place, it was the alliance leadership that gained control of the united party. More telling still, they dropped the Progressive from the party name, remaining simply conservative. Progressive conservative politicians like Joe Clarke expressed concern at the turn of events, lamenting the takeover of a centrist moderate national party by a far-right group. It is this far right party that won the 39th national elections to form a minority government, because

Paul Martin the immigrant populations of the large cities can not ignore that it is the Reform/Alliance party under a different name, and can not risk electing them. Elsewhere in the world other interesting elections have been taking place. In Liberia, after many years of civil war, a woman was elected President, a first on the African continent. In south America, Chile also elected its first woman President. In Uganda, campaigning is in full swing to elect a President come February 23, 2006. The incumbent is doing his best to handicap his opponents, charging him with simultaneous charges in civilian and military courts! But the most interesting is the just concluded Palestinian election, in which the Hamas movement resulted victorious, to the chagrin of the US, Israel and most of the western world. They always insist on free and fair elections everywhere except when the winner is not whom they want. I hope they remember the consequences of their negating a democratically elected government in Algeria some years back.

JOJGIK & ASSOCIATES Financial & Tax Consultants Members of the North Albion Collegiate Institute plans a social event to celebrate Black History Month. The event will feature perfomances from the different cultural backgrounds in the school community, food fair and STOPP DANCE by a group of NACI students coordinated by one of the teachers Catheline Pyper. The group is using their dance to appeal to the youth to stop crime in their communit.

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