There are many misconceptions concerning Jamaican creole, its development and its utilization in the main stream education system. This video was made by the students in a class taught by Professor Clive Forrester at York University in Toronto, Canada. It serves to educate the public on Jamaican Creole
The students who enroll in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at York University are required to study a language spoken in the region other than English to obtain a graduate degree. While the university offered Spanish, French and Portuguese, students questioned why Creole wasn’t offered as well. In response to their questions, Dr. Michele Johnson, who was born in Jamaica and who coordinates the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at York, contacted Hubert Devonish, head of the University of the West Indies Mona Jamaican Language Unit to find out if anyone there would like to design aJamaican Patois Creole course to be used by York students. He chose Clive Forrester, a graduate student at UWI who was teaching linguistics courses there as well as academic writing at the University of Technology. Forrester, who had planned to stay just one year in Canada, designed an introductory course for students to teach them basic skills. The course was so successful that he decided to return for a second year. After a third year of success, Forrester applied for permanent residency and suggested an additional that involves a summer in Jamaica learning about the language and culture. Because there is a severe shortage of qualified interpreters of Jamaican patois in the province, Forrester is now considering a blended program to correct this situation that could be delivered via the Internet and through face-to-face instruction. The lack of patois interpreters has had a negative impact on Jamaicans in the legal system. York is the only academic institution outside Jamaica that offers courses in Jamaican Creole.
This video was made by the students in a class taught by Professor Clive Forrester at York University in Toronto, Canada. It serves to educate the public on Jamaican Creole.
- The best parking stop is determined by shade,not distance
- Hot water comes out of both taps
- You learn that seat beat buckle makes a pretty good branding iron
- The temperature drops below 32 degrees C and you feel chilly
- You know that in January and February it only takes two fingers to steer a car
- You discover you can get sun burnt through your windscreen
- You develop a fear on metal door handles
- You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7 am
- Your biggest bicycle accident fear is “What if i get knocked out and end up lying on the road,getting cooked?
- You realize that asphalt has a liquid state
- Farmers are feeding their chicken crushed ice to prevent them from laying hard boiled eggs
- The trees are whistling for dog
- While walking back barefoot to your car from any event,you do a tightrope act on the white lines in the car park
- You catch a cold from having the aircon on full-blast all night long
- You realize that Westfield Shopping Center aren’t just Shopping centers they are temple where you worship Air Conditioning
- Sticking your head in the freezer and taking deep breaths is considered normal
- A cup full of ice is considered a great snack
- A blackout is life threatening because your aircon and your fan no longer work
- No one cares if you walk around with no shirt on
- You keep everything in the fridge ,including potatoes, bread and clothing
- People have enough left over beer cans to make a boat and compete in a regatta
- The effort of toweling yourself off after a shower means you need another shower right away
- You will wait patiently until the day it starts raining to go for a run
- You worry your ceiling fan is spinning so fast it will fly off and kill you
- You laugh because the list is accurate
Marijuana advocates in Jamaica are on a high after Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell signalled to stake-holders that the use of marijuana in specific quantities is on the Parliamentary agenda for decriminalization in the upcoming legislative year.
However, in casting aside any notion of a impending legalisation of the weed, Paulwell, also the minister of science, technology, energy and mining, told The Gleaner he met last week with the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) and conveyed his expectations of a clearer day for the ganja stakeholders.
“I met with the group last week and I indicated to them that as House leader, it is my view that the House, having adopted the motion for the decriminalisation of small amounts of marijuana, I believe that it will be enacted some time this year,” Paulwell told The Gleaner.
Added Paulwell: “It is my view that decriminalisation of the weed will become a reality this (calendar) year, arising from the Parliamen-tary debate and the support by the majority of the members, I believe it will be approved this year.”
The legislative year starts on April 1 and ends March 31, 2015.
But as it relates to decrimina-0lisation, Paulwell’s comment appeared to run counter to that of his Cabinet colleague, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister A.J. Nicholson.
The foreign minister expressed reservation over whether larger nations such as the United States and United Nations are prepared to countenance legalisation/decriminalisation from smaller states such as Jamaica.
Nicholson told The Gleaner recently that the attitude of larger western nations on decriminalisation remains foggy at best. “There is no consideration at this time about changing the treaties, but there are still some concerns about how some western countries would view our move towards decriminalise, de-penalise or anything like that,” he said recently.
But in relation to the more significant matter of legalisation, like Nicholson, Paulwell stressed that legalising the weed was definitely out of the question at this time. “There is no question about legalising it, but the conventions don’t prevent you from using it for medicinal or scientific purposes,” stressed Nicholson.
Paulwell, however, contended that it is within Jamaica’s supreme rights to decriminalise marijuana.
“We are not speaking about legalisation, we are speaking about decriminalisation and I think it is in our remit and within our sovereignty, based on what is happening in the United States to do so in relation to decriminalisation …; legalisation is another matter,” he stressed.
Paulwell was supported by member of the CCMRT, Delano Seiveright, who said this position represents a major game change in ongoing discourse on ganja law reform. “We have seen where many places north and south of Jamaica have been relaxing their laws as they clearly see the tremendous advantages,” he said.
Seiveright suggested that the walls of hypocrisy are falling in the United States itself, which is now at the forefront on reform, as it seems the Obama administration is steadily taking pragmatic and forward-thinking positions.
“Jamaica of all places should move to make changes sooner rather than later,” said Seiveright. “The people stand to gain from multiple standpoints, especially from the human-rights, cultural, medicinal research, tourism, taxation, agricultural and broad economic angles.
Paulwell also told members of the CCMRT that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue. He reiterated the multiple economic, social and cultural benefits that the country stands to gain as soon as the laws are adjusted.
The group comprises the Ganja Law Reform Coalition, the National Alliance for the Legalisation of Ganja and several members of civil society. Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Archibald McDonald, chairs the group.