Letter from the Editor: May 2020

Godwin Ifedi Editor Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.
Dear readers
COVID-19 has forced us all to think, live and work differently. Despite the challenges of this crisis, stories of inspiration and hope have emerged, and we are finding new ways to connect, from Zoom to Google Hangout and on to other internet platforms. Community is now more important than ever, so we’d like to share some of the stories that make this crisis a little more palatable.
We have deliberately chosen a non-corona news as our Top Story for the month; Denise Siele is one of Ottawa’s best known community leaders and advocate and her appointment as Press Secretary to the leader of the Federal Conservative Party Opposition leader is no surprise. Our congratulations to her. In other non-corona news we bring you the appointment of Candace Thomas as Deputy Minister in Nova Scotia; book review by Ifeoma Chinwuba; ACAO’s call for an African Caribbean Centre in Ottawa and Dr. Helen Ofosu’s column on how managers should oversee their employees working from home.
Covid 19 of course takes centre stage with columnists Ewart Walters, Andy Kusi-Appiah and Lilly Obinna sharing their insights with our readers. Covid 19 also raises questions about the rights of citizens with by-law officers using strong arm methods on ordinary citizens trying to adjust to the new realities of a lock-down. An example is the father who was allegedly punched by a by-law officer, in the course of issuing a ticket.
Here is the result of the April 2020 poll: How long do you think it will take to bring the corona pandemic under control?
3 months: 60%
4 months; 0%
More than 4 months: 30%
Thank you to all who voted. Remember to vote in the May 2020 poll: Are you satisfied with the manner in which the various governments in Canada have managed the corona pandemic?
To all our dear readers, please hang in there, and continue to take care of yourselves, your loved ones and your neighbours who may be in need. We shall certainly get through this together.
Stay blessed.
Godwin Ifedi

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