Letter from the Editor: June 2016

Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning all

The smiling and cheerful faces of the people I meet on the streets and shopping malls say it all: summer is here finally here! Though it doesn’t officially start till June 21!  Either way, we have many interesting goodies for our readers in first “summer” edition of the year 2016.

In keeping with our now established tradition, we join our readers in honouring and celebrating the most important men in our lives, our fathers. We publish Fathers’ Day tributes to six outstanding men, as seen from the eyes of their children. Top Story is the Fathers’ Day tribute to scientist, community leader and activist Dr. Geoff Ebere.

Our Interview features a conversation with Roxanne Goodman, community volunteer and innovative entrepreneur. Our Community Profile showcases the Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association, one of the oldest volunteer-run organisations in the national capital. We also feature the newly formed African Canadians  Association of Ottawa, launched though an initiative from the Somerset West Community Health Centre. On the subject of community organisations, we also  report on the 55th independence day celebration of the Sierra Leone Community Association.

In her feature page, Building Resilient Careers, our regular columnist and human resources expert,Dr. Helen Ofosu, brings remarkable insight about a topic rarely talked about: workplace bullying.  Guest Columnist Rev. Paul Nwaeze tackles the controversial topic of assisted medical suicide, with a bill currently making its tortured way through Canada’s Parliament.

Our Youth In Action page continues to grow from strength to strength with a poem by Kadidia Coulibaly. In our Diaspora News is the sad news of the death of Anne Deborah Atai-Omoruto, the Uganda-born doctor who helped lead the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, at age 59. Our condolences to her family and medical colleagues.

Here is the result of the May 2016 poll/survey:

Do you support the plan to legalise the Uber ride services alongside the regular taxi services in Ottawa?

Yes 82%

No 18%

Remember to take part in the June 2016 poll/survey:

What would you do, if you discovered that convicted serial murderer Karla Homolka, was living in your neighbourhod with her husband and three young children?

All these and more in the June 2016 edition. Enjoy!

Godwin Ifedi


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