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We Need to Make Better Use of Ex-Prime Ministers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

It's time for Canada to step up and recognize our own former Canadian leaders and use their expertise, both in Canada and around the world. It's the right thing to do for them -- it's also the right thing to do for the world.

Family Of Triplets Battling Cancer 'Overwhelmed' By Support, But Need Help

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Impact

Barely two days after sharing an accommodation plea for their seven-month-old identical triplets, who are all battling a rare form of eye cancer, the ...

Toronto Star's Canada Day Edition Newspaper Was Inspiring

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

To those who may have given up on the wisdom of newspapers to be agents of change for good in Canada and the world, please read Toronto Star's Canada ...

A Documentary That Is Changing The Face Of International Development

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

For instance, in one of the most memorable scenes of the documentary, its director Nate Araya interviews a number of locals in a taxi minivan. In all of the segments, there were no Bono, Bill Gates nor Bob Geldof explaining what is working in Ethiopia but local citizens giving us a glimpse of their practical work on the ground as they help change the reality of the country.

Governor General David Johnston On His Recent State Visit To India

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Governor General David Johnston made a rare state visit to the Republic of India at the end of February. He shares with me the highlights of his historic trip as well as reflects on why a closer relationship between Canada and India is an important venture for both.

Celebrating a Young Girl on International Women's Day

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

Today, being the International Women's Day, in Canada and abroad, I am inspired by the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thou...

The Great Community Builders I Celebrated in 2013

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As Toronto becomes increasingly known for the misadventures of its naughty crack smoking mayor, there are many individuals that are a positive force for our city. They may not be household names quite yet, but their impact is far-reaching. They are providing examples of a great citizenry with quiet, eloquent grace.

WestJet Should Have Used Viral Marketing for Good

Shelley and Bob Freeman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Shelley and Bob Freeman

WestJet is by all accounts a wonderful airline, run in a light and care-free manner by like-minded employees. And the "Christmas Miracle" viral smash hit is just that. Imploring us to watch a marketing video so that a needy family can fly somewhere is great marketing but is it any kind of building block for a great society?

How Nelson Mandela Touched Canada (And Vice Versa)

Raymond Heard | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada
Raymond Heard

Mandela acknowledged Canada played a more positive role than most other western countries in helping the African National Congress to topple the apartheid state. Prairie firebrand John Diefenbaker persuaded the Commonwealth to take a stand against apartheid. And all prime ministers after Dief rallied to Mandela's standard.

How Co-Ops Are Making a Difference in Nicaragua

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Canadian Co-operative Association

Nicaragua is a land of extremes: a deeply scarred paradise with placid lakes and active volcanoes; warm, welcoming people, divided by class and polarized by politics. Yet, in this divisive environment, Canadian-assisted co-ops are a unifying force, bringing people together to work for the common good.

Life in Malawi as a CCA Intern

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

This really is a special time in my life and my career. While after seven weeks I haven't made many friends here, found anywhere to go dancing or taken any solo adventures outside the capital city of Lilongwe, I'm enjoying Malawian culture. If you'd like to pretend you're living here as a CCA volunteer, try this routine:

Why Canada Needs to Speak About the Brutality Of Saudi Arabia's Migrant Workers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As Saudi Arabia curbs its vital but "illegal" migrant population violently this week to appease high unemployment, I cannot help but reflect on my moment with such destitute citizens a few years ago. Like almost all migrant workers everywhere including in North America, these people perform jobs that their own citizens would not dare touch.

Co-ops Looking to Help Fill Leadership Void in Post-Conflict Uganda

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Co-operatives have long been an effective way for impoverished and struggling communities to come together to lift themselves up and achieve greater prosperity. Today that same co-operative model is being put to use in countries throughout the developing world. Uganda is just one such example.

Rania El Mugammar Mixes Sudanese Heritage With Feminist Values

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Rania El Mugammar is a community organizer and facilitator with a background in gender studies and political science. She is the founder and current director of SpeakSudan. The group focuses on community building rooted in feminist values. It supports the youth of Toronto who hail from East Africa.

Is Toronto Ready To Be Accessible?

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Sam Fiorella

The 2015 Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games are fast approaching. Is Toronto ready? A recent blog written by Paralympic athlete and Canadian wheelchair tennis champion Joel Dembe suggests there is reason for concern.

Ruth Mathiang Uses Her Music to Advocate for Good

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

At the yearly Afro FEST, Ruth Mathiang has been welcomed regularly and is one of the most anticipated artists year after year. She sings in a trio of languages -- in English, Arabic and Kiswahili -- and her audiences are always moved by the beauty and style of each of her songs.

How TEDxToronto Became A Positive Force For Good

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

TEDxToronto marked its 5th anniversary at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music this week. Since its humble beginnings in 2009 -- the TEDx movement in Toronto has grown tremendously with a slew of impressive speakers and sold out crowds.

The One Time University of Ottawa Student Killed in the Kenyan Mall Attack

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Mbugua Mwangi was a University of Ottawa graduate from Kenya. Two weeks removed from what would have been their wedding day, he and his fiancee became victims of the Westgate mall terrorist attack and lost their lives while shopping for a wedding ring. He decided to shield her with his own body and took a total of eight bullets and they both died instantly.

The Beautiful Voice Being Heard in Addis Ababa

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

In Canada as well as the world -- the Armenian tragedy as well as triumph has been noted. According to the latest Canada census, there are approximate...

Canada's Tainted Blood Crisis Isn't Over

Kat Lanteigne | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Living
Kat Lanteigne

I recently attended a meeting at Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews' office with two infected hemophiliacs to beg her not to license private paid-blood-donor clinics. Just before we entered the room one of them whispered, "Will it ever end?"

Professor Jennifer Schulenberg Reflects On How To Improve Policing In Ontario

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Earlier this week -- a list of recommendations on how to improve the Ontario Police Complaints system was released in downtown Toronto. The initiative was made possible after University of Waterloo's Professor, Jennifer Schulenberg, received a Public Outreach Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The professor reflects with me on some of the recommendations.

Qadira Jackson Is Using Her Powerful Voice To Benefit Others

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Qadira Jackson is a noted community leader and lawyer based in Toronto. The vivid volunteer, who is predicted to be a certain future judge or elected ...

Tony Young's Journey As Canada's Champion Of Urban Music

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

If you were a Canadian kid fascinated by popular culture in the 1990s -- former MuchMusic VJ Tony "Master T" Young was the coolest personality on TV. ...

A Determined Journey From Genocide Survivor To Model Citizen

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Marie-France Sharamanzi Temahagali (Shara) has come a long way from her humble beginnings in Rwanda. The one time refugee and witness to the infamous ...

The Injustice In Uganda That Is Affecting Our Neighbours In Canada

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

This coming Saturday, the Ugandan Canadian community is organizing a public protest to highlight the shortcomings of a new government policy in Uganda. Henry Luyombya and Morris Komakech reflect with me why they believe Canada and Canadians should be alarmed and concerned about what is happening in their native land.