Good morning folks
It’s with a heavy heart that I send your greetings for the new year.. My family has been mourning the loss of my brother, Fidelis Ifedi, who passed away on 30 November 2016, after a long battle with lung cancer. Through our collective grief, I am using this medium to pay tribute to his life as a dec=voted family man and community activist. Our Top Story is dedicated to celebrating his life.
Out Interview features Cuban -born Yasmina Proveyer, supervisor with the Newcomer Information Centre at the YM-YWCA, Ottawa, who shares her life experience with our readers. Obituaries include those of Anita Harris, whose 100th birthday celebration in August was featured in our September edition. We also remember Stanley Grizzle, Canada’s first Black Citizenship Judge. Under Black Lives Matter, we bring you the tragic stories of four Black women cut down in their prime; the first case allegedly a homicide involving their own brother; in the second case, death came from an automobile accident.
AfroGlobal TV continues its path of excellence with its prestigious 2016 awards ceremony in Toronto. Kudos to former Ottawa natives Patricia Bebia and Moses Mawa, who have been spearheading this important event in Canada’s social calendar. On the volunteer scene, the Youth Services Bureau undertook a very successful “SleepOut’ fundraiser, to end homelessness in Ottawa. On the social scene, we report on a rather subdued Christmas celebration by the Igbo community in Ottawa.
Our newest entry is the Real Estate column, with a debut piece on current housing trends in the region by experienced realtor Michael Arthur. Regular columnist Dr. Helen Ofosu weighs in in her column, Building Resilient Careers on how to bounce back after losing one’s job.
Two Guest Columnist articles focus on the recent decision by Canada to feature civil rights icon Viola Desmond on the $10 bill, with September Anderson and Robin Browne offering their own insights into this major landmark in Canada’s history.
All these and more in the January edition.
Here is the result of the December 2016 poll:
Do you think that with Donald Trump as President, the relationship between the United Sates and the rest of the world would deteriorate?
Thank you to all who voted in this survey. Don’t forget to take part in the January poll:
Should people suffering from serious mental illness be forced to take their medications, to prevent them from harming themselves or others?
Remember to keep the letters to the Editor coming; your suggestions help us to continue improving the quality of this important community publication.
Stay blessed in the new year.