Letter from the editor: May 2018

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning all

Now that spring has finally sprung, after a few false winter-like false starts, we can now focus on enjoying the fine weather and of course begin to plan our summer holidays. For this month’s Top Story, we bring you the story of a remarkable young woman who is making our community proud with her community engagement and volunteerism. Natalie Domey is Membership Coordinator of Black History Ottawa, but as readers will find, her reach extends beyond that organisation. We can’t forget that May is the month we honour our mothers, those wonderful women that nurture and care for us, often without complaining. On that note we bring you Resa Solomon-St. Lewis‘ tribute to her mother, Huldah Solomon. Too bad that was the only submission we received from our readers, unlike previous years. 

Interesting stories this month include another successful Afro-Caribbean Cotillion, an event that brings the best out of our youth and their mentors. Our Youth Editor Ililli Ahmed, continuing where she left off,  gives us a narrative of her school’s Feminism Club. Hockey historian Bob Dawson leads off on Black Coaches and the NHL, while psychologist and career planning expert, Helen Ofosu offers her insight into workplace favouritism.   A disturbing picture of the plight of Black children in the child welfare system, is painted with a report from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  We also report on two health events: the annual Health Seminar addressing health risks for people of African descent, organised by Black History Ottawa in partnership with twelve community organisations, and a Multicultural Health Fair organised by the Ottawa Newcomer Health Clinic. Unfortunately both events happened on same day and time. Hopefully in the future, organisers would see fit to connect with each other when planning events targetting the same population. Under People Making a Difference, we bring you youthful poet Maya Basudde, who was named among CBC Ottawa’s Trailblazers.

All these and more in the May edition of Black Ottawa Scene. Here is the result survey in the April 2018 edition:

Which political party do you predict will win the June 2018 Ontario provincial  election?

Conservative Party : 42%

Liberal Party:  33%

New Democratic Party: 25%

Thank you to all who took part in the poll.  Don’t forget to participate in May 2018 poll:

Do you celebrate Mothers’ Day?

Do remember to keep the letters to the Editor coming; they help us in our quest to make Black Ottawa Scene the very best news outlet in the national capital region.

May you and your loved ones stay blessed.

Godwin Ifedi 





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