In recognition of black history month, I offer a short profile of one of the many black people who have served our country well. Leaving a positive, lasting impression on our society.
The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander
Born in 1922 in Toronto, The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander served with the RCAF between 1942 and 1945, during the Second World War. He was educated at McMaster University, Hamilton, graduating in Arts, then to Toronto’s Osgoode Hall School of Law, passing his bar exam in 1965. Mr. Alexander was appointed a Queen’s Counsel and became a partner in a Hamilton law firm from 1963 to 1979. In 1968 he became the first Black person elected a Member of Parliament, serving in the House of Commons until 1980. He was also the federal Minister of Labour from 1979–1980.
In 1985, Lincoln Alexander was appointed Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor, the first member of a racialized community to serve as a Queen’s representative in Canada. During his term in office, which ended in 1991, youth and education were hallmarks of his mandate. He then accepted a position as Chancellor of the University of Guelph. In 1996, he was chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. He was also made Honorary Commissioner for the International Year of Older Persons, Ontario celebrations.
The Honourable Lincoln Alexander was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada. Then, to the Order of Ontario in 1992, and in June 2006, he was named the “Greatest Hamiltonian of All Time.”
Mr. Alexander died on October 19, 2012, at age 90.
In December 2013, the Province of Ontario proclaimed January 21 (his birthday) as “Lincoln Alexander Day,” The following year, the Day was nationally recognized.
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“It is not your duty to be average,
It is your duty to set a higher example for others to follow.”
— Lincoln Alexander
A man went to a psychiatrist for his phobia. “Doc,” he said, “I’ve got trouble. Every time I get into bed, I think there’s somebody under it. I get under the bed. I think there’s somebody on top of it. Top, under, top, under. You gotta help me, I’m going crazy!” Just put yourself in my hands for two years,” said the shrink, “Come to me three times a week, and I’ll cure your fears.” “How much do you charge?” “A hundred dollars a visit.” “I’ll sleep on it,” said the man.
Six months later, the doctor met the man on the street.” Why didn’t you ever come to see me again?” asked the psychiatrist.” For a hundred buck’s a visit? A bartender cured me for ten dollars.” “Is that so! How?” “He told me to cut the legs off the bed!”
Deep within a forest, a little turtle began to climb a tree. Finally, after hours of effort, the turtle reached the top, then jumped into the air, waving its front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, the turtle slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle repeatedly tried while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to the other bird. “Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Your boss has faith in you, so give your self-esteem a good boost and have more faith in yourself.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Travel plans could be slightly changed. A little give and take with your partner is called for. Keep calm.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Your co-workers air their grievances. Don’t be intimidated by one who has little power. Be assertive.
CANCER June 21-July 22: The views of an older person seem a little dated. But you can learn something from them, just listen.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Some of your past actions catch up with you. You will need to take a more flexible position. Say positive.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Time is in short supply. Use your resources to complete current projects. Not a time to procrastinate.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Challenges surface with children. Stick to your guns on things you feel strongly about, compromise on others.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov.21: A family member acts contrary to your wishes. Accept that “what is done is done,” and move on
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: A new romance is about to enter your world. Embrace it and put some “spice” back in your life.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Your values come under scrutiny. Have faith and stick with what you know is working for you.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: An advancement in our current position seems imminent. Trust your instincts and do what ‘feels” suitable for you.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: True love is rare; finding it difficult, recognizing it nearly impossible, keeping it takes a lifetime of commitment.
My son, Bob, was only 5 feet, 8 inches tall when he left for college in the fall. He worked through the Christmas holidays and didn’t return home again until the February break. When he got off the plane, I was stunned at how much taller he looked. Measuring him at home, I discovered he now stood at 5 feet, 11 inches. My son was as surprised as I. “Couldn’t you tell by your clothes that you’d grown?” I asked him. “Since I’ve been doing my own laundry,” he replied, “I just figured everything had shrunk.”
A grandmother who took her little grandson to the beach. They were having a good time until a huge wave came in and swept the boy out to sea. She fell down on her knees and pleaded to the heavens, “Please return my grandson, that’s all I ask! PLEASE!!!”
A moment later, lo and behold, a wave swelled from the ocean and deposited the wet yet unhurt child at her feet. She checked him over to make sure that he was okay. He was fine. But still, she looked up to the heavens angrily and said, “When we came, he had a hat!” Actors could rehearse a kiss as many as 20 times before the shoot. It kinda’ makes you wonder what all the fuss is about these days, in a Pandemic.
Young people in Norway are called to military duty to guard NATO’s northern borders. Until recently, when they were discharged, they were allowed to take their military-issued underwear with them. But no more, the Guardian reported. COVID-19 has caused supplies to dwindle. So, from January 7, people leaving service are asked to hand over their unmentionables, to be “washed, cleaned and checked,” defence logistics spokesman Hans Meisingset said. “What we distribute is in good condition.”
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