Letter from the Editor: July 2017

Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning all

My heart is heavy as I write about the passing to glory of my wife, Joy Nwadinafor Ifedi, on Thursday June 1 2017, Top Story for the July edition of Black Ottawa Scene. She was my wife, lover, mother of my children, and most of all, my best friend for over forty years.  May her gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.

The July edition also offers you other news and views. Career specialist Dr. Helen Ofosu leads off in Building Resilient Careers, with her piece on dealing with automation in the work place, while realtor Michael Arthur provides readers with tips on hassle-free moving.  Black Lives Matter brings you yet another review of the police use of “carding” in stopping suspected of intent to commit a crime. Youth columnist Illili Ahmed shares her experience with the recent Smart Start Youth summit which brought together young people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in a vibrant forum, where they shared their visions of the future. We also report on the 2017 Transformation Awards in Toronto. Our Interview features John Adeyefa who holds two important leadership positions in our community: President  of African Associations Ottawa and President of the Nigerian Canadian Association of Ottawa. Listed in our Obituaries are: Madam Agnes Akor and Kennedy Boyce. In Entertainment we bring you news of the Juno award given to Okavango African Orchestra.

Here is the result of our June 2017 poll:

In light of the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, England, do you feel safe attending concerts or other community events?

Yes: 50%

No: 50%

Thank you to all who took part in the survey. And don’t forget to participate in the July 2017 survey: Do you think it is important for everyone to have a will?

All these and more in the July 2017 edition.  Remember too to keep sending us your views on any item of interest in this and previous editions. Your feedback enables us to keep improving your community news magazine.

Happy Canada Day to all our readers. May you and your loved ones remain blessed.

Godwin Ifedi




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