Letter from the Editor: November 2020

Godwin Ifedi Editor
Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Good morning all

Happy Sunday and hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. For our November edition, our Top Story is the election of well-known Black community leader Suzette Small-Weekes as President of the St. Vincent and Grenadines Association. Way to go Suzette!

The untimely death of Abdirahman Abdi after an incident involving the Ottawa Police four years ago, took a dramatic turn last week as Police Officer Montsion was found not guilty of manslaughter, much to the consternation of the Black community. We certainly will be hearing more about the fallout to this unwelcome verdict.

With two days to go to the US Presidential elections, iconic Black community leader Ewart Walters weighs in on the importance of this election not just for the Americans, but the world in general. Speaking of elections, we congratulate famed newscaster Marcia Ien on her victory at the Toronto Centre by-election. Recently elected Green Party leader Annamie Paul took second place in this election, ironically denying Canada’s Black community the opportunity to have the first Black political leader in Canada’s House of Commons.

We also bring you news of the appointment of former Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis as inspector-general of police in the province of Ontario. Ottawa’s first Black City of Ottawa councillor, Rawlson King continues to make waves with his appointment to the Ottawa Police Services Board. Community leader and activist Robin Browne comments on anti-Black racism in Russell Township; on the other side of the coin, we report on the formation of an anti-racism movement by white activists in the same city, under the leadership of Isabel McIntosh. All this in the wake of a violent racist attack of a Black teenager by three white thugs.

All these and more in the November 2020 edition.

Here is the result of the October 2020 poll: Who would you like to see as the next President of the United States?

Joe Biden: 60% Donald Trump: 40% Thank you to all who voted. Do remember to vote in the November 2020 poll: How are you coping with Covid 19?

All the best to you and your loved ones.

Godwin Ifedi


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