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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.
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Senator Brazeau Took the Low Road

Earlier this afternoon Prime Minister Stephen Harper removed Senator Patrick Brazeau from the Conservative caucus for "reasons that are personal but very serious." The now independent 38-year-old Senator has been an embarrassing character for public service as well as aboriginal youth. He could and should have been a great role model.
02/07/2013 05:48 EST
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What Will it Take to Make Subways Safer in Toronto?

As I often wait for my subway trains, I always worry about freak accidents that I am convinced will happen instantly. What will the next person do or act when the subway is pulling at the station? Can the New York incidents happen in Canada as well? Do I look "too ethnic" perhaps too much like a "muslim"? We should not let death to force us to act.
12/31/2012 04:58 EST

How Is Canada's Somali Population Faring?

The Somali Canadian population is "undergoing the growing pains of integration into the larger Canadian mainstream" according to the head of the influential Somali Canadian Congress. Ahmed Hussen, a noted activist and newly minted Ottawa University lawyer, reflects on mentorship, influence and integration for Canada's large Somali population.
12/30/2012 12:23 EST
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India Gang-Rape Victim's Story: Sad but Common

In Punjab, India, a young teenager recently committed suicide by poisoning herself. Her story grabbed the world's attention initially when she was gang raped and left to die. As a victim, she went to make a complaint to the local authority and instead she was stonewalled. If her case seems to be an exception in the world, it unfortunately is not.
12/28/2012 12:01 EST

Will the People's Games Shape Diversity in Canada?

In less than three years, Toronto will welcome thousands of athletes and the world to our door steps for the Pan Am Games. I recently attended an event after TO2015 released its first annual progress report, and saw a microcosm for the future of Toronto.
12/28/2012 05:28 EST
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The CIDA Debate: Why Africa Doesn't Want Charity

In the passionate exchange on the role of the Government of Canada via CIDA in Africa between the NDP MP and the Minister of International Cooperation, I side with Julian Fantino in what I think is best for Africa. These days, Africans are more occupied with trade and economical opportunities rather than handouts as often advocated by the NDP.
12/21/2012 05:29 EST
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Mulcair: Like a Less Popular, Power-Hungry Layton

Mulcair has made his party and himself invisible while moving his party so far to the right in the blind pursuit of power and it is becoming impossible to distinguish it from the Harper Conservatives. I bet Jack Layton would have been disappointed. For the late beloved leader, he would have settled for continuing to be the "Conscience of the House" rather than sell the soul of the party via a short cut to power.
12/19/2012 05:06 EST

There's a Hollywood Growing in Africa

As TIFF moves forward with its noble growth of a true international destination, I hope it will also recognize African filmmaking that is also emerging all over the world. The African Diaspora as well as Africans in Africa is increasingly captivated by their own movie making and it's slowly becoming just as popular as Hollywood films.
10/10/2012 03:17 EDT

Q&A With Sunny Uppal

During the Asian Heritage Month in Canada, The Historica-Dominion Institute hosted an event that focused on the children of first-generation Asian Canadian immigrants. Sunny Uppal was one of its two speakers. Here is his story.
10/10/2012 02:31 EDT

A Journey From Dishwashing To Yale Law

Toronto's own Jamil Jivani will soon return home as a newly minted Yale Law School graduate. For the nearly 25 year old law student, who is a self-described citizen committed to the "principles of change, hope and progress" -- it has been quite a ride. For him, even a gig as an intern at one of the most exclusive law firms New York was not enough to convince him to stay in the United States.
10/09/2012 05:04 EDT

Sorry Obama, But Debates Are Won With Gusto

For the average elector, the substance of a politician's argument is secondary to that of his or her delivery or style. That might explain why Mitt Romney won the first of three presidential debates last night. He was able to simplify everything. Obama failed to answer these accusations and shrugged them head on. At best, he failed to use soundbites that are easy to take home or quote. For an average American elector who is more concerned about Jennifer Aniston and who is leading in American Idol, Obama failed to capture their imagination.
10/04/2012 02:18 EDT
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Toronto Councillor Mammoliti: A Bully in Our Chambers

Earlier today, Toronto City Councillor Georgio Mammoliti caused a stir when he discounted an independent report by Toronto's esteemed Ombudsman, Fiona Crean. In her report, she found that the appointments to city agencies and boards had been "compromised" by political influence. As a public servant, Mammoliti has advocated ideas that are disturbing at best. In a heated exchange, Councillor Perks spoke for all of us when he told Coun. Mammoliti, "Shame on you -- get out of this chamber" and called him a "bully."
10/03/2012 05:10 EDT
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After Three Strikes, Rob Anders Should Be Out

For Rob Anders, who on Monday told an iPolitics reporter that Thomas Mulcair was in some way responsible for hastening Jack Layton's death, controversy is nothing new. He was once removed from a veteran's affairs committee for frequently falling asleep and showing disrespect for our veterans and was the sole member to speak out against Nelson Mandela's honorary Canadian citizenship.
10/02/2012 08:53 EDT

Q&A With an Extraordinary Canadian

Diana Alli is one of the many distinguished Canadians being honoured with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal this year. She shares her unique experience as an immigrant and shares the many volunteer work she is pursing now that she has retired from the University of Toronto after four decades.
10/01/2012 03:28 EDT
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A Canadian Life Committed To Justice

Long before Mark Persaud became the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal winning activist, the noted Toronto lawyer spent many trying days as a new immigrant on the streets of Toronto, homeless. He opens up on the early days as an immigrant, his law career, why he is a patriotic Canadian and the reason why he is committed to peace and justice in Canada and abroad via the Canadian International Peace Project.
09/26/2012 12:17 EDT
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A Model Citizen Making An Impact

Ottawa's Mahlet Seifu is having a far reaching impact here at home and abroad. As if having a full time business consultant position is not busy enough, Mahlet started modeling seven years ago, and is now a fashion designer with the hope of helping a cause that is near and dear to her.
09/17/2012 08:44 EDT

How the Duke of Edinburgh Award Changed My Life

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Canada celebrates a great milestone today. For the last five decades, it has enriched the lives of Canadian youth from walks of life. It changed mine. It also took away my shyness and gave me the confidence to explore many initiatives and goals in my life.
09/17/2012 05:07 EDT
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Canadians Love the NDP For What It Is Not

The latest Angus-Reid survey reflects an unexpected continued surge for the New Democrats across the country. From British Columbia and Newfoundland, where the party has never elected an NDP government, it is on the verge of electing itself for the very first time. This is a very surprising reality for Canadians as the NDP is becoming more mute on important issues and concentrates all power within its leader while neglecting the voices of its large caucus.
09/13/2012 05:26 EDT

Debo Band: Bringing Ethiopian Music to North America

Boston's Debo Band takes inspiration from a golden era of popular music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. During a brief period of cultural freedom in Ethiopia, funk and soul music fused spectacularly with local traditions. Debo Band's debut album both honours and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."
09/10/2012 01:05 EDT