Good morning all
As we conclude the celebrations of Black History Month, it is only natural that most of our stories in the March 2019 edition are about this important event in the social calendar of Canada’s national capital, Ottawa. Of interest is the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s rare attendance at the Black History Month launch at the National Arts Centre on 4 February. However, pride of place goes to our Top Story: the National Black summit hosted by the Federation of Black Canadians, a memorable event which brought together over 400 participants from across the country. One of the leaders of this movement Justice Donald McLeod is featured our Interview as he gives readers an insight into his rather traumatic experience with the Judicial Commission, which had charged him with professional misconduct over his association with the Federation. Our feature writers and guest columnists continue with their insightful contributions, starting with Associate Editor Kika Otiono with her piece on the impact of Instagram culture on our self-perception. We follow this with hockey expert on Bob Dawson the Coloured Hockey League and career consultant Dr. Helen Ofosu‘s expert advice on hiring of new employees. A troubling piece is our report on racial profiling at Canada’s own Parliament Hill, rightly condemned by Prime Minister Trudeau and the Speaker of the House of Commons.
On a sad note, we report on the passing of two stalwarts in our city’s civic and community engagement landscape: Dr. Horace Alexis and former Member of Parliament Paul Dewar. They will be sorely missed by the hundreds of people whose lives have been touched by these two community icons.
Here is the result of the February 2019 poll:
Do you trust Donald Trump?
Yes 11 %
Thank you to all who voted. Remember to vote in the March 2019 poll: Do you always vote at every election?
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