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Mothering Uganda's Generation Of Orphaned Grandchildren

Natalie Karneef | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

Imagine a life where a saucepan is your most treasured resource. Where having access to a single a garden hoe can make a world of difference to your family's livelihood. Where that family consists of several orphaned grandchildren, many of whom are HIV positive. And you, an elderly grandmother, are their only hope for survival.

I Don't Want Children to Suffer From Malaria Like I Did

Megan Radford | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

Children under five are more at risk -- they account for 70 per cent of all malaria deaths. More than 300,000 children died last year from an illness that's preventable with things as simple as clean water sources. Let's make sure that kids don't have to fight off a disease that racks their bodies with fever, pain and nausea. Let's stop malaria before it bites.

The Panama Papers Revelations Hit The World's Poor Hardest

Oxfam Canada | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

When companies or wealthy individuals dodge taxes, governments either have to cut back on essential services, such as health care and education, or make up the shortfall by levying higher taxes on everyone else. Both options see the poorest people lose out and the inequality gap grow.

Black Girls Rock Is Going Global

Giselle Phelps | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada TV
Giselle Phelps

I was lucky to attend the taping for a second year in a row. As a black girl born in the U.S., raised in Canada, and who studied in Australia, the expansion plans are welcome news to me. The issues black women and girls face go far beyond geographic borders. 

Is South Africa Creating A New Apartheid?

Lottie Ntim | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada
Lottie Ntim

Maybe it's dramatic to call this a new apartheid. But a quick search as I wallow in the glare of an unforgiving sun and my own self-pity reveals countless stories of unexplained visa refusals and similarly stringent refusals from South African embassies, to provide reasons for them.

An Inclusive Black History Month Agenda

Moses Mutabaruka | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Moses Mutabaruka

For so long, popular media has, in a sharp but narrow way equated BHM with "slavery"! So much that new African immigrants to the America's like myself have often struggled with seeing their role in the BHM celebrations. Subsequently, this has led to questions and doubt as to where global Africans fit where BHM is concerned.

Cracking Down On Hunger, One New Egg Farm At A Time

Peter Clarke | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
Peter Clarke

When organizations like Heart for Africa and Egg Farmers of Canada work with local farmers, the diets and well-being of the local population greatly improve. Establishing a local, sustainable source of eggs is the perfect way to ensure protein and vitamins are incorporated into the diet of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and adults living in developing countries.

Animal Activists Threaten Protest At Upcoming Trophy Hunting Expo

CP | Liam Casey, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada

The two-day event offers Canadians an opportunity to book trips to hunt animals such as lions, leopards, elephants and hippopotamuses.

The Next Big Fashion Trend Is Made In Africa

Jedannah Vieira | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Style
Jedannah Vieira

It's 2015, and yet there are no African brands selling in most North American stores, and where the raw materials are African, that message is not well-delivered or even sought-after. In the world of fashion, this represents a massive opportunity for fresh fashion ideas, business and growth.

Beasts Of A Nation Whose Name No One Cares To Know About

Lottie Ntim | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada TV
Lottie Ntim

In a film that makes such a poignant case about valuing the perspectives of those seldom considered (children in general and children caught in the midst of conflict in particular), it appears to fail at achieving just that -- for Africans.

We Can Improve Our Eating Habits By Returning To Our Roots

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Why does your culture matter when it comes to your food choices? What we all should have in common as our birthright is a healthy heart, a strong body, extraordinary energy, and a long and healthy life -- all of which we would be enabled to by access to nutritious and delicious foods.

Let's Honour Canada's Diversity And Remember The Victims Of Colonialism

Yves Engler | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

To honour Canada's diversity, how about this year we remember some of the victims of that empire? Our racist and colonial past, as well as Canada's role in exploiting people of colour all over the world, must also be included in our remembrance if we are to build a nation of respect for all people -- the essence of real diversity.

Losing My Daughter Made Me Fight For A Healthier World

Dr. Jane Philpott | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Jane Philpott

Emily was two and a half years old. She was a beautiful blonde toddler with a shy and quiet nature. For most of her life we lived in Niger. I always thought (and I still do) that it was a wonderful place for our children to grow up. I look back on the nine years we spent in Niger as among the happiest years of my life. I vividly remember the afternoon we spent relaxing at the pool of the old French club. Emily was full of life -- jumping and splashing in the pool with all the others. We went to church on the Sunday evening in a nearby village the night before she died.

It's Time To End Canada's Ebola Visa Restrictions

Steven J. Hoffman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven J. Hoffman

Canada panicked. But unlike other countries, we overreacted. Our mantra -- better be safe than sorry -- actually made us less safe and continues to make us sorry. To explain, lawyers like myself have argued from the beginning that Canada's visa restrictions were illegal.

While Worried About The Election, We Forgot About World Food Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

The fact that it passed entirely without notice reaffirms just how lucky we are to live in this blessed land of plenty. But perhaps it's a good occasion to reflect upon the importance of food in our tumultuous, changing world.

Bringing the Miracle of Eyesight to Madagascar

Mark Sissons | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Mark Sissons

Every year, half a million of the world's children go blind, according to the World Health Organization; 75 per cent of them live in developing countries such as Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of eastern Africa best known as the setting of a popular animated film.

Harper Government Has Supported the Mining Exploitation of Africa's Resources

Yves Engler | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Canadian policy in Africa can be summed up in nine words: Do what is good for Canadian-owned mining companies. Despite rhetoric about aid to the poorest people in the world, the Harper Conservatives have worked assiduously to ensure that Canadian corporations profit from Africa's vast mineral resources.

Do We Love Elephants Enough to Save Them From Extinction?

Lisa Abram | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Lisa Abram

There is an overwhelming urgency to save elephants, the world's largest land mammal, from extinction. Quite simply, there are less of them around than when the world community agreed to create Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Nigeria Confirms Africa's Democratic Trend

Joseph Soares | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

The country is known for its endemic corruption, its history of military coups, sectarian violence and fraudulent ''419'' letter schemes. More recently, the world has watched in horror as the country battled, mostly unsuccessfully, the brutal jihadist group Boko Haram in a five year conflict that is blamed for the death of 36,000 people, with 16,000 in the last year alone. Despite these challenges, rather most probably because of them, in an election applauded around the world as a victory not only for Nigeria, but for all of Africa, the continent's most populous country, 160 million strong, ejected their incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan. His People's Democratic Party or PDP had ruled the country since 1999.

Astonishing Poverty Rates Indict Sub-Sahara African Leadership

David Himbara | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics
David Himbara

Peter Drucker, an Austrian-born American management guru famously stated that "management is doing things right" and that "leadership is doing the rig...

Africa Can Draw Lessons From California's Economic Turnaround

David Himbara | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Business
David Himbara

Five years ago California was pronounced a political and economic disaster. Fast-forward to January 2015. A resurgent California has overtaken Brazil as the world's seventh-largest economy. What insights can Africa and other developing countries draw from California's spectacular turnaround?

How Would Bill Clinton Rate These Leaders He Famously Called 'New Breed'?

David Himbara | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Politics
David Himbara

Far from spearheading democratic governance, the new breed have built ruthless totalitarian regimes to a varying degree. Of the quartet Eritrea is the most closed and most repressive, routinely denying its people access to the outside world. Since independence from Ethiopia in 1993 Eritrea has been ruled by as a one-party state headed by Afewerki, who tolerates no opposition.

The Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Have Been Gone for 8 Long Months

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

It is time we all joined the UN chief's plea, and once again rallied to #bringbackourgirls from a terrorist organization that knows no bounds to its brutality. Join me as I call on Canada to work with the international community in addressing the ongoing violence threatening innocent women and children in Nigeria.

Ebola and West Africa's Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Today, Ebola continues to hit hardest in Sierra Leone, which reported 337 new cases in the last week of December, more than double those in Guinea and Liberia combined. In Sierra Leone, which already had the world's highest maternal mortality ratio and the fourth highest infant mortality rate, the impact of Ebola on children is huge and under-reported; and orphans remain the forgotten victims of the crisis.

Obama's Megawatt Diplomacy Is Great News For Sub-Saharan Africa

David Himbara | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada
David Himbara

Obama is rightly emphasizing the reality that electricity is an input into nearly every good and service in households, villages, towns and national economies. A region in which 600 million out of 960 million are without power cannot possibly ignite, expand or sustain economic growth and development.