Canada Africa

Trade, Not Aid, Will Unshackle Ethiopia From Extreme Poverty

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The difference I have with foreign aid is the very limited role it plays in the long term commitment to helping society become self-sufficient and independent. At best, foreign aid has created dependency, produced corruption, intensified war and made unhealthy heroes of celebrities. Trade is the better option for Ethiopia.

Return To Ethiopia: In Honour Of Fierce Women

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Amanda Burgess

My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.

Canadian 'Aid' Helps Mining Firms Exploit Foreign Markets

Yves Engler | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Significant sums in Canadian "aid" are spent promoting international mining initiatives. These aid projects are often about mollifying local opposition to mining projects. In the most significant boon to international mining firms, Canadian aid has helped liberalize mining legislation.

Travelling Back To Africa Gave Me A New Perspective On Happiness

Yasin Osman | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Yasin Osman

A few months ago I was given the chance to reconnect with my roots, roots I was hardly holding on to. I was going to Africa for the first time since I was a child. With barely any memories of my home country, Somalia, I travelled carrying the western stereotypes of my home continent.

What Peace Means To Children Living In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

It has been one year since South Sudan signed a peace deal to end 20-months of conflict in the world's newest country. But with renewed violent clashes in July and mass internal displacement, long-term peace and stability remains uncertain. These South Sudanese children share what peace means to them.

Why Dr. Tedros Adhanom Of Ethiopia Should Lead WHO

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For the past three decades, Dr. Adhanom, led many institutions that have benefited from his wisdom, unique leadership and they each have shown a real, remarkable impact on the ground. As health minister, for instance, he was a celebrated advocate for accessible health care for all.

Canada's Next Peacekeeping Mission Could See Troops In Mali

Jonathan Wade | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

Last Thursday, Lieutenant General Paul Wynnyk became the commander of the Canadian Army and quickly stated the Canadian Army could possibly deploy troops in Africa. As a matter of fact, according to Wynnyk, a deployment to Africa was imminent. Although many regions in Africa would benefit from having Canadian soldiers on the ground, Mali has been mentioned on many occasions.

The Hypocrisy Of Canadian Ownership In Africa

Yves Engler | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Everyone truly concerned about African impoverishment should point their fingers at the Canadian firms controlling the continent's resources and offer solidarity to those sisters and brothers fighting for African resources to be controlled by and for Africans.

How Clean Water Generates Power For The World's Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I've witnessed the power that water can bring to a community -- not hydroelectricity, but human empowerment. It happens when a single borehole is drilled deep into the ground, and a pump installed. Clean water becomes a source of hydration, refreshment and strength, freeing people up to do great things.

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 10.01.2016 | 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.