Letter from the editor: April 2020

Godwin Ifedi Editor Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Good morning folks

We live in extraordinary times, we live in dangerous times! To paraphrase A Tale of Two Cities: It is the best of times; it is the worst of times! The corona virus pandemic has taken over the lives of all people across the globe, no country or continent has been spared. It is a phenomenon unseen and unprecedented for this generation. Black Ottawa Scene will play its part in keeping our readers and our communities safe. Remember, wash and wash and wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face and cough into your elbow or into a tissue. And maintain social distance , six feet from one another. We know you have heard it before but it is all worth repeating.

The corona pandemic has affected all aspects of our social and economic life worldwide. Due to the lock-down and cancellation of all public events, we are unable to bring you the usual monthly fare of events in our community. However we bring you updates on the pandemic and how to protect yourselves and your loved ones, as well as features from our regular columnists.

Top Story is from community leader and activist Andy Kusi-Appiah with his insights on managing the crisis and ensuing chaos caused by the pandemic. We also offer a Special Feature on the pandemic with important information such as whether you can have sexual relations during this period of enforced isolation.

Under Building Resilient Careers, Dr Ofosu draws a parallel between corona and a toxic workplace. In her Book Review author and former diplomat Ifeoma Chinwuba analyses “The Abandoned Baobab” by Senegalese writer , Ken Bugle. The one and only Social Event we were able to cover was the Ghana Independence anniversary reception hosted by the High Commissioner to Canada Ambassador Otoo.

Here is result of the March 2020 poll: Do you support the manner in which the Government of Canada handled the indigenous rail blockage?

Yes 50% No 50% Thank you to all who voted.

Do remember to vote in the April 2020 poll: How long do you think it will take to bring the corona pandemic under control?

Al these and more in the April 2020 edition of your favourite Black news magazine.

Stay blessed!

Godwin Ifedi Editor

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