Godwin Ifedi
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Good morning folks

Welcome to the June 2024 edition of your favourite African Canadian news magazine, the only one of its kind serving the Black population in Canada’s capital region. Our Top Story for this month is the successful “meet and greet” social of the Ottawa Goldies Oldies Seniors’ Social Club, graciously hosted by the YMCA Ottawa on Saturday 4 May 2024. This is only the beginning of many good things for the elders in our community as we join together in addressing the many challenges we face in our golden years.

In this edition, we also bring you a report on a Black youth in a roundtable with Ottawa Police Service, hosted by Jaku Konbit. Another newsworthy report is the Sierra Leone Community Association independence anniversary gala.

First time contributor Ozioma Nwabuikwu makes her debut with a movie review of: “Bob Marley: One Love”, while veteran columnist Kwaku Kusi-Appiah weighs in with his piece: “Build that Caribbean-African community centre now.”

We also bring you a research report about the challenges faced by second-generation Black immigrants: “Racialized 2nd-generation Canadians face major employment barriers – Study”.

On a sad note we bring you a memorial on long-time University of Ottawa nursing professor, Dr. Cora Hinds who passed away in December 2023. Those of us who had been privileged to know and engage with this soft spoken educator and social justice advocate, will miss her wisdom and commitment to improving the health and well-being of Ottawa’s Black community.

Here is the result of the May 2024 poll: Do you believe that the various levels of government are doing enough to solve the housing crisis in Canada? Yes 0% No 100% . Thank you to all who voted. Do take time to vote in the June 2024 poll: Do you support pro-Palestinians protesters occupying university campuses?

Finally, keep the letters to the editor coming; they keep us on our toes and enable us gauge your level of engagement with our publication.

All the best to you and your loved ones.

Godwin Ifedi Editor [email protected] www.blackottawascene.com

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