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Samuel Getachew

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Samuel Getachew is a resident of Toronto and is a regular contributor to TZTA, Generation Next and Leaders & Legacies (among others). He is the recipient of the City of Toronto's William P. Hubbard Award for Equity and Human Rights and was chosen by the Toronto Star as 'Person to Watch' in 2014.

The Eaton Centre Shooting Was No Isolated Incident

In a world in which I am dying to be invisible, it is sad to note this one seems to be yet another black-on-black crime that takes one to the deadly summer of 2005 -- the "Summer of the Gun" where the number of shootings were very high, and the role of gangs in our streets. Is the incident at the Eaton Centre an isolated incident?
06/04/2012 05:36 EDT
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Ford Should Not Gamble His Future at the Casino

In a recent poll found that 32.5 per cent of Torontonians oppose building a waterfront casino. To Mayor Rob Ford, an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, this may be a warning as he looks ahead to his uncertain re-election campaign in just over two years.
05/30/2012 12:17 EDT

Is The World Safer Under Obama?

Recently, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies will be hosting a gala event -- the Spirit of Hope Gala Benefit -- to benefit the organization's advocacy, human rights and outreach efforts here in Canada and abroad. There will also be a debate by distinguished Americans on the resolution "Be it resolved, the world is safer under President Obama." Well, is it?
05/29/2012 01:45 EDT

Rob Ford (Finally) Comes Out

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who had sent his regrets earlier, literally surprised the guests as well as the media when he showed up to read the city's proclamation at the rainbow flag raising at City Hall earlier this week. His small gesture was a great mayoralty civic obligation that needed to be fulfilled.
05/18/2012 03:19 EDT
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The Ethiopian Determined to be the Next Barack Obama

In the great mass of Ethiopians in the United States, one man sees great potential for American's newest immigrants. A radio personality, a writer, and an activist, Tewodros "Teddy" Fikre is seeking a sear in the eight Congressional District in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A huge step for any Ethiopian.
05/17/2012 08:09 EDT
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Being Ethiopian Does Not Make Me Guilty

When I saw the news bulletin that a Toronto taxi driver had gotten in to a major accident and killed a skateboarder, I understand what the old man in the subway had said to me a second ago: "Why can't you people all take the subway if all you are going to do is drive dangerously?"
05/16/2012 03:44 EDT
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A Model For Whom the Runway Just Isn't Enough

Ethiopian-born model Gelila Bekele wants to help change that reality in her native country. While she sees modelling as a wonderful profession, she wants to use her powerful voice to advocate the right for clean drinking water for her fellow Ethiopians.
05/12/2012 01:14 EDT

Who's Got an Orange Crush?

Earlier today, the Canadian Press Harris Decima survey revealed a surge for the federal NDP and its new centrist leader, Thomas Mulcair. For the NDP that once viewed Ed Broadbent's triumph of 43 seats in the Free Trade referendum like federal election of 1987, this must be an inspiring moment.
05/10/2012 05:46 EDT

Want Real Senate Reform? Appoint Inspiring, Worthy Advocates

The depressing issue of crime in the black community deserves an advocate and the senate is a great place to start with. In a Conservative government that believes in the empowerment of victims, the next member of the Canadian senate should come from the black mothers who have been touched by random and senseless crimes in Toronto.
05/07/2012 01:57 EDT

The Ethiopian Natalie Portman

Movie-making has become a mainstream business in Ethiopia and there are many talented actors and actresses being afforded opportunities to showcase top-notch talents. Young actress, Meseret Mebrate, made famous by the local soap Gemena and dozens of films, is one of the emerging stars.
05/05/2012 12:15 EDT
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NDP Punishes an MP Who Stands up for his People

When Thomas Mulcair became party leader, outspoken MP Bruce Hyer was passed on the new shadow cabinet. Mulcair noted how, "Bruce simply feels that he's allowed to come up with his own decisions." But then again, one has to wonder if that is a good or bad thing, or a sign of how our political system is broken.
05/02/2012 05:19 EDT

Why Ethnic Politicians Should Move to Ontario

A timely report on electoral successes among visible minorities found the GTA has 40 per cent of its population as visible minorities while 11 per cent of our elected officials consist of a multicultural background. But many great efforts have been made and achieved in Ontario to elect new Canadians.
04/30/2012 11:58 EDT

NDP and Liberals Could Be Friends With Benefits

As Premier Dalton McGuinty and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath came together in support of a budget vote. For the Liberals, they can politically blame the NDP for pushing them to implement the tax raising idea while bringing in much needed resources. For the NDP, for a party that looked irrelevant mere years ago, this will show their relevance in Ontario.
04/25/2012 04:20 EDT

Not Even the Charter Excites These Liberals

It seems the party that gave us the Charter is on life support. In a room that was barely half full with aging elected officials, the Liberals celebrated the Charter's 30th anniversary on Tuesday. Looking at former leader Jean Chretien and current leader, Bob Rae, one can predict the certain demise of a once proud party.
04/19/2012 06:12 EDT