Grange Sad at Passing of Queen Mother

Story Highlights Sister Samad was born in New York, USA to staunch Garveyites who raised her in keeping with Garvey’s philosophy of Black self-pride, African nationalism and economic self-reliance. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the passing of Queen Mother Marianne Samad.Minister’s Statement:“It with sadness that I learned of the passing of Queen Mother Marianne Samad, Jamaica’s best-known link to National Hero Marcus Garvey, on Thursday, September 5 — only three days after celebrating her 99th birthday.She was well respected and admired by Garveyites, Pan-Africanists and Rastafari in Jamaica and around the African Diaspora; and will be missed by all who saw her as a shining example of and link to one of Jamaica’s most beloved sons.Sister Samad was born in New York, USA to staunch Garveyites who raised her in keeping with Garvey’s philosophy of Black self-pride, African nationalism and economic self-reliance.When she married Clarence Thomas, a Jamaican who had moved to the United States, she was already a member of the Garvey Legion. In 1965, she came to visit her husband’s country and was dismayed to discover that blackness had no value in the land of Garvey’s birth. She determined to change that.For three decades Sister Samad made Jamaica her home and became a noted raconteur of stories of Marcus Garvey’s life and his work. She taught and lived Garveyism all her life.Her passing leaves a void and I offer condolences to her family and friends across the world.” She was well respected and admired by Garveyites, Pan-Africanists and Rastafari in Jamaica and around the African Diaspora; and will be missed by all who saw her as a shining example of and link to one of Jamaica’s most beloved sons. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, with Queen Mother Marianne Samad (seated) at the signing of a Book of Condolence for South African Activist, Winnie Mandela. read more

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway ending longrunning dispute

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway, ending long-running dispute VANCOUVER – A long-running dispute between Vancouver and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) over an old rail corridor through the centre of the city has been settled.The city has agreed to pay $55 million for the railway route, which stretches nine kilometres and consists of almost 17 hectares of open space.Mayor Gregor Robertson said Monday the agreement means the city will be able to transform the area into a greenway that connects neighbourhoods from False Creek near downtown to Marpole on the Fraser River on the south side.Part of the corridor is also slated for use as a light-rail, rapid transit system, which Robertson said would operate alongside the public greenway that will be available for walking and cycling.Residents have been growing gardens and planting trees on the land for over a decade.Talks on the sale had broken off. Then in 2014, the city said CP planned to start clearing the Arbutus corridor for railway use again.Robertson said there was a change in heart by both parties late last fall that led to the deal.Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief operating officer, said the agreement is positive for the city and the railway.“This has been a very contentious issue for Canadian Pacific and the City of Vancouver, probably for the last decade,” Creel said. “With that said, the history of CP in Vancouver dates back to its origins, over 130 years. It’s a been a positive relationship. It’s one that we valued.”CP stopped running trains on the line about 14 years ago.Robertson compared the development to a revitalized part of New York City that has seen an old rail line turned into a park.“This is a historic agreement and a one-in-a-generation opportunity for our city,” he said. “This is really Vancouver’s chance to have a New York-style High Line, repurposing of what was freight railroad.”He said the city will establish an office to oversee the design of the greenway and it will make improvements to the railway corridor before the long-term plan is finalized.Under the agreement, CP will remove existing rails and ties within two years. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 11:41 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more