Nelson Mandela Death

Romeo Dallaire: A Giant After Mandela

Dana Wagner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Dana Wagner

Snapshots of Nelson Mandela continue to swell the collective, global memory as deeply personal tributes pour onto the web. In the Canadian psyche too, is the imprint of a giant. It happens to be another man who made news this month: Roméo Dallaire, the retired Lieutenant-General who witnessed genocide in Rwanda.

Mandela Laid To Rest

AP | Christopher Torchia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

QUNU, South Africa -- Anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela was buried in his home village on Sunday after a funeral that mixed ancient tribal ritual...

I Visited Robben Island, But Could Not Bring Myself to See Madiba's Jail

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Kirsty Duncan

You never took the easy route, you understood that great anger and violence can never build a nation, and you united a divided country. It is time Canada learned from you and reached out in friendship, nation to nation, to our First Peoples. Thank you for teaching us grace.

Canadian Media Mangled Mandela's Legacy

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Canadian media has missed, or, rather, sidestepped the opportunity to truly learn the lessons Madiba taught the world. Politicians and establishment hacks invariably give empty words. The juxtaposition of Canada's multicultural crown and the apartheid-like pyramid of pundits is a cross Canadians will have to bear. But, there are a few notable (positive) exceptions in the coverage of Mandela's death.

Nelson Mandela: A Towering Figure of Our Time

Hassan Arif | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Hassan Arif

Mandela was a towering figure of our time, a key person in the struggles for human rights and social justice. The 20th century was a century that saw some of the worse violence in human history, two world wars, brutal dictatorships, colonization of developing countries by imperial powers, and threat of nuclear war.

Nelson Mandela Was Truly the World's Finest

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Sulemaan Ahmed

The other night I was in Regent Park, near downtown Toronto, at the Nelson Mandela Park Public School observing a small candlelight vigil. I was also was there with my family and my incredible wife, who was born and grew up in Apartheid South Africa before moving to this beautiful country of Canada when she was 12.

South Africans Hold Day Of Prayer For Mandela

AP | Christopher Torchia, Jon Gambrell, Jason Straziuso And Alan Clendenning | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global state...

I Will Never Forget What Nelson Mandela Said to Me

Bernie Farber | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Bernie Farber

I will never forget what he said as he greeted us, "Hello" he said in a quite but firm voice, "I'm Nelson Mandela and it is truly an honour to meet you." The humility of his greeting shook me to my core. In those few words I understood the essence of Nelson Mandela.

The Week In Review: The Death of Nelson Mandela

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

This week, Former South African president Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. Unlike so many bloggers and journalists, I didn't have a formative experience where Mandela changed the course of my life. He was mostly a far-off figure to me at a time when I was too young to fully appreciate the strength and dignity he maintained while making previously unthinkable strides for human rights. But I do remember this: being an undergrad reading about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and thinking, how could a man who had suffered so much injustice, and seen so much suffering, focus so squarely on forgiveness?

I Grew Up in South Africa During Apartheid

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I was born in South Africa, under apartheid -- a white child with every privilege. It was the year 1969, five years after Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. In my first year at Queen's University, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison. My classmates were euphoric about what this would mean for South Africa. My optimism was more cautious.

Musicians Mourn Nelson Mandela On Twitter

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Music

News of Nelson Mandela's death resulted in a deluge of reactions and condolences from the world over, including musicians from every genre. "It was...

No Mountain Was Too High for Mandela

Ralph Goodale | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada
Ralph Goodale

Mandela spoke often about the mountains we all have to climb in life. It can be hard and exhausting, and once you reach the summit, he would say, you look over the top and what do you see? Yet another mountain. But you must keep going. And he always did.

Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 2: "Viva Mandela!"

Tim Knight | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

It's the eve of the 1994 general election in South Africa -- first democratic election in the nation's 342 years. Nelson Mandela comes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation for an election rally. The black working classes abandon their jobs, flow in a mighty river through the dank corridors to the rally in the basement. No-one with that colour skin has ever before been invited to a South African national election rally, much less been asked for their vote. Mandela speaks slowly, saying words the people gathered here want and need to hear. The beast that is apartheid is dead, he tells the crowd.

'A Life For The Ages'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - They were a government in waiting — ready to follow their fearless, newly freed leader, Nelson Mandela — except for one major problem.Non...

Tourism Is Key to Nelson Mandela's Legacy

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

On Vacay.ca, a list has been published of the five Nelson Mandela attractions visitors to South Africa will have to make a point of seeing. The list includes Robben Island. This 12-square-kilometre dot of sand and limestone is where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years of incarceration.

Nelson Mandela Restored My Faith in Politics

Paul Dewar | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Dewar

If ever proof were needed that one person can change the world, Nelson Mandela was that proof. His unwavering commitment to peace, tolerance, justice, and equality embodied those very concepts. Mandela inspired a movement, transformed a country, and reshaped our understanding of what the world could be. With the leadership of his External Affairs Minister Joe Clark and the influence of Canada's UN Ambassador Stephen Lewis, Prime Minister Mulroney diverged from his Conservative cousins in the U.K. and U.S. and stood strong against apartheid -- heeding the call of Mandela. Canada's stance in those days continues to be a source of pride for all of us.

Twitter Reacts To Mandela's Death

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada

Nelson Mandela's death at the age of 95 on Thursday was mourned around the world. Notable names took to Twitter to remember the activist and leader. ...

Nelson Mandela Dead

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid leader died Thursday at home in Johannesburg. Mandela spent three months in a Pret...

Mandela's Death Will Not Be a Traumatic Day

Tim Knight | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Many people outside South Africa think Nelson Mandela is an exception; an aberration. Mandela is not like other black people, they say. This misconception lies at the heart of the paranoia among right-wing South Africans, recently repeated in some foreign media, that when Mandela dies, black people will drop the pretense of the last 20 years and start murdering whites.