Letter from the Editor: April 2019

Godwin Ifedi
Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Hello all

I normally start my piece with a good morning but today I don’t quite feel there’s anything good about the last three weeks. Our community, indeed the whole of Canada and the world, are mourning the untimely death of 157 passengers aboard the Ethiopian Boeing aircraft on Sunday 10 March 2019. Among them was academic icon and global political expert, Professor Pius Adesanmi, Director Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa. Needless to say, he makes Top Story for the April 2019 edition, dedicated to his memory and to all those who  perished in this unexpected tragedy. Black Ottawa Scene joins thousands of Ottawa residents in extending condolences to his family. Our Guest Columnists include eulogies by close associates of the late academic. We also report on a memorial service held in Ottawa for all the victims of the air crash.

Ahead of the upcoming April 2019 Rideau-Rockliffe ward municipal by-election, we profile two Black candidates: Oriana Ngabirano and Rawlson King.  For your entertainment we present a review of Tyler Perry’s latest offering, A Madea Family Funeral by myself, your Editor. Under Building Resilient Careers, expert psychologist Dr. Helen Ofosu advises on the challenges of returning to work after a prolonged absence. 

All these and more in the April 2019 edition. Here is the result of the March 2019 poll: Do you always vote at every election?             Yes 80%    No 20%   

Thank you to all who voted. Do vote in the April 2019 poll: In light of the recent Ethiopian air crash, are you now afraid of flying?

And remember to keep the Letters to the Editor coming. We love hearing from you.

Have a blessed month of April.

Godwin Ifedi





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