Black municipal candidates speak out

With over 60,000 Black community members in our region, constituting the largest racialized group at 26 percent, it is absolutely essential that we have representation around the City Council and School Board table to have our lived experience reflected in the decisions made in the city.

As a candidate running for Ottawa-Carleton ​District School Board Trustee in Zone 12, Innes/Beacon Hill–Cyrville, I was very excited to participate in the Black Municipal Candidates Meet & Greet hosted by Black Ottawa Business Network Social Group.

I told both CBC Radio and Television that underrepresentation for the Black community continues to be problem, especially at the elected level.

Continuing challenges that need to be addressed in a holistic fashion include lowering the unemployment rate for Black people, which is 73 percent higher than for non-racialized people and reducing the number of Black students who leave school early.

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