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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.

Toronto's Formidable Emerging Right-Leaning Voice

The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition has been an emerging right wing voice in municipal politics since its birth in 2010. According to the group, it advocates for smaller and accountable government while b...
04/19/2013 05:30 EDT
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In Ethiopia, the Boston Marathon Gave me Hope

While growing up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I knew very little about Boston. Yet I knew everything to know about the Boston Marathon. I understood the Boston Marathon to be where the world came to compete and meet a personal milestone. I understood that even a country that is as poor and powerless as Ethiopia can compete and win.
04/16/2013 12:13 EDT

How Toronto's Youths Are Doing It For Themselves

The Eritrean Youth Collective is an ambitious youth led organization that is having a profound impact in Toronto's diverse (Eritrean) Canadian communities. In five years, we hope to provide employment and internship opportunities for youth -- being a trusted resource for both first generation and newcomer youth.
04/16/2013 05:34 EDT
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This Former MuchMusic VJ Is Making an Impact

To those of us who immigrated to Canada in the 1990s, Namugenyi "Nam" Kiwanuka was our introduction to Canada. She was a smart and engaging celebrity MuchMusic VJ. As if being a new mother is not occupying much of her time, the Ugandan native has used whatever time she has left fulfilling the promise of her Canadian citizenship by bringing attention to worthy causes all around the world.
04/10/2013 12:25 EDT

The Proposal That Could Make Cab Drivers Safer

I wish the proposal for mandatory shields was successful five years ago and it was not. I hope it will be this year. The cost of such a shield can cost about $3,000. However, no money should be expensive in the protection of our citizens especially for such a dangerous profession. The police enjoys a shield privilege in their cars and why not our taxi drivers?
04/09/2013 05:20 EDT

London's Upcoming By-election and NDP's Chance

My only visit to London was on my way to Detroit a decade ago. I took a quick glimpse of the city and left. I saw beautiful noticeable architecture and promised that I would be back in a short while....
04/05/2013 04:43 EDT

April 4th is Refugees Rights Day in Canada

In Canada - April 4th is Refugees Rights Day. The date was chosen to mark a milestone decision on refugee's rights known as the Singh decision in 1985. According to the Canadian Council of Refugees -...
04/03/2013 03:16 EDT

Does Toronto Really Want to Be Las Vegas?

Earlier this week, I attended a luncheon inside the historic First Canadian Place. It was sponsored by the Ontario Provincial District Council and Carpenters & Allied in the heart of the financial dis...
03/28/2013 05:26 EDT

Q&A With a Global Affairs Guru Changing Gender Discrimination

As Canada is reducing its visibility in the world, the role that Canadians are playing in the world has not diminished one bit. Amrita Kumar-Ratta is one Canadian who has traveled in places such as India and Kenya to contribute to making the world a better place. She reflects on her activism here at home and abroad and looks ahead on the role she wants to play in the world.
03/22/2013 05:29 EDT

Premier Tim Hudak?

In a posh fundraiser in down town Toronto - Premier Kathleen Wynne almost conceded a must be called future by-election defeat for the Ontario Liberals. "I don't mean the idea that we as Liberals could...
03/22/2013 04:28 EDT

Sir John A Macdonald: Canada's Greatest Citizen

In 2004 -- inspired partly by a BBC series titled Great Britons -- CBC asked Canadians to choose the "greatest Canadian of all the time." Tommy Douglas won. Sir John A. Macdonald came seventh. Canada...
03/18/2013 04:27 EDT

Taking Action on Health Inequities

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has joined a slew of health providers in criticizing the Harper Conservatives legislation denying refugees health care. For the Premier -- it is "unbelievable that some...
03/14/2013 04:59 EDT

International Women's Day: The State of Activism

On the occasion of the International Women's Day - the determined activist, who is a currently attending the College of the Atlantic in Maine reflects on the status of activism and shares some of the wisdom learned fighting for a just cause.
03/08/2013 08:08 EST

As an Immigrant, Stompin' Tom Connors Made Me Feel Canadian

When I first moved to Canada from Ethiopia via Zambia I was confused and frustrated about my adopted country. I felt lost. Then I discovered Stompin' Tom Connors by accident. Through his music, I learned about Canada and its wonderful and unique Canadian talent. I spent hours listening to the music of Connors and studied the lyrics up close. They touched me and encouraged me to be familiar with the country that I intended to spend my lifetime in. His music became one of many milestones in my life. He made me feel Canadian.
03/07/2013 08:17 EST

The University of Toronto Challenge

One of Canada's most exclusive IVY league like Law School in Canada -- the University of Toronto's Law School -- has an ambitious mission to help best reflect Canada's diverse population among its fut...
03/01/2013 05:32 EST

A Missed Opportunity For The New Premier

Earlier this week I was at Queens Park at the invitation of the new Premier to help celebrate the end of Black History Month. The GTA has the largest black population in the country. I had hoped Marg...
02/22/2013 11:19 EST
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John Duncan Wasn't Enough of a Bully

Late Friday, Canada's Aboriginal Affairs Minister, John Duncan, resigned from cabinet. He was a great Minister. Duncan was not the desired man to force it on them. He is too diplomatic and soft where a bully would help deliver better desired results.
02/19/2013 05:59 EST

Confronting Violence in Somali-Canadian Youth

Between Ontario and Alberta there are now more than 50 unresolved slaying of Canada's Somali Canadian youth. What is more tragic is that out of these many murders, none have yet to be resolved. The parents of these kids recently released five pointers on how the issue can best be addressed.
02/18/2013 12:55 EST