Letter from the Editor: December 2019

Godwin Ifedi Editor Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Good morning folks

Hope you are all getting into the swing of the fall season as the cold weather sets in and the snow begins its inevitable journey to our roads and driveways. Black Ottawa Scene as usual brings you heartwarming stories that we hope will make the winter more palatable! Maybe not! Anyhow we begin with our Top Story, the launching of the Black History Ottawa Genealogy project, helping our community reach back and trace our individual roots. Significant news about the approval by the City of Ottawa of the long overdue anti-racism secretariat, thanks to the heroic efforts of Councillor Rawlson King. We also bring you the celebration of the 25th anniversary celebration of the city’s francophone immigrant settlement agency CESOC. The fallout continues from the firing of TV hockey commentator Don Cherry, following xenophobic comments he had made during a recent hockey game; columnist Andy Kusi-Appiah gives his own analysis of this incident which appears to have divided Canadians from coast to coast. Finance guru Meiz Mjdoub encourages readers to find out more about Powers of Attorney, an important procedure that may not be well known in our community, while Bishop Afolabi speaks in his Religion column of the coming of the redeemer. An interesting report from the CBC highlights the fact that African academics are denied conference visas far more often that people of other nationalities, which calls to question the impartiality of the country’s Immigration department.

All these and more in the December edition. Here is the result of the October 2019 poll: Are you happy with the results of the October 2019 federal election?

Yes 75% No 25% Thank you to all who voted. Remember to take part in this month’s poll: Are you hopeful that Canada’s economy will be better in 2020 than 2019?

All the best of the Christmas and holiday season to you and your loved ones.

Godwin Ifedi


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