Godwin Ifedi
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Good morning all

Happy Canada Day! Our Top Story for the July 2024 edition of Black Ottawa Scene is the special award by the University of Ottawa Alumni Association, to Elder June Girvan , President of Black History Ottawa. Bravo and well deserved, June!

 We also bring a rather disturbing report special report, a 10-year study on traffic stops, which once again shows that Blacks are disproportionally represented in the number of drivers stopped by the Ottawa Police. Nothing new here as this is a pattern that we have been following over the years. Now, with the release of this evidence-based research report, the city’s Black community is impatiently watching and waiting for a remedial plan from the Ottawa Police Services Board.

Other stories we cover this month include the celebration of Matyrs Day by the city’s Ugandan community and the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. We also feature interviews with Ambassador Fonie Fred Sherman and community social justice advocate Meseret Haileyesus. Finally we introduce readers to the African and Caribbean Association of Nunavut with a narrative of their profile.

Here is the result of the June 2024 poll: Do you support pro-Palestinian protesters occupying university campuses? Yes 33% No 67% Thank you to all who voted. Do remember to vote in the July 2024 July 2024 poll: Did you watch the Stanley Cup finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers?

All these and more in the July 2024 edition of your favourite Black news magazine. Enjoy!

Godwin Ifedi Editor

This edition of Black Ottawa Scene was funded in part by a grant to Black History Ottawa by the Ontario Trillium Foundation