Letter from the Editor: June 2017

Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning folks

Hope this meets you and your loved ones in good health this hot summer day. Distinguished lawyer, Thora Espinet,  is our Top Story for this month as she is named the recipient of the  2017 Lincoln Alexander award. Congratulations Thora, you make Canada’s Black community proud!
In celebration of Fathers’ Day on Sunday 18 June, we feature a tribute to David Sendi-Mukasa from his children. To David and to all those wonderful men who nurture and protect our children, we say Happy Fathers’ Day.
We are happy to announce two exciting new additions to our editorial menu. First off, internal medicine specialist Dr. Aziz Garuba launches her series Your Health, with an article on Sleep Apnea, while expert Financial Planner, Meiz Madjoub takes us through the process of choosing between  RRSPs and TFSAs in his feature column: Managing your Money.
On a different note, now that Don Meredith has taken the path of honour and resigned from Canada’s Senate, we bring this matter to a close, by giving the last word to distinguished journalist, Ewart Walters, in our Guest Column, where he reflects on lessons learnt from this sorry and disgraceful saga. Another interesting piece in our Guest Column is Robin Browne who delves on why national monuments ignore the economic reasons behind slavery and the Holocaust.  
On a happier note, in our Social Scene, we report on the wedding of Chimaobi Eze and Jasmine Kotomale, who tied the knot three weeks ago. On another social front, we join the people of Guyana in celebrating their 51st independence anniversary.  Bishop Jacob Afolabi in his monthly sermon on Religion, discusses why we must hate what is evil. We continue our tradition of showcasing volunteer and charitable organisations with our piece on Ottawa Charity Ball launch of its  Canada 150 event.
The Ottawa Police Service has been in the limelight lately for all the wrong reasons; this time we bring you a report on the Special Investigation Unit report chaired by Justice Tulloch, and hosted by the Community and Police Action Committee (COMPAC).
And speaking of Black History, we bring you the intriguing but little known story of the Downeys, a 7th generation Black Canadian family.  In Sports we bring you news of the fearsome  Anthony Joshua , the Nigerian-born newly crowned world heavyweight boxing champion and his plans for the future.
Here is the result of the May 2017 survey:
Do you have life insurance?
Yes 50%
No  50%
Thank you to all who took part in the poll.
Don’t forget to vote in the June 2017 poll:
In light of the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, England, do you feel safe attending concerts or other community events?
All these and more in the June 2017 edition.
Godwin Ifedi
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