Saeed Selvam
Saeed Selvam is the Co-founder of The SPARK Initiative, at the School of Public Policy & Governance in Toronto and a Fellow at Massey College.

Saeed has been a community advocate working on a range of municipal and national policy affairs for the past 7 years. He was also appointed Chair of the Newcomer Champion Awards for the Province of Ontario by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was an advisor to the Chief of Police and served as the Executive Producer of "ChangeItUp" (an innovative NGO-led TV show with the CBC).

Entries by Saeed Selvam

5 Things Non-Profit Leaders Can Learn From Google

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:04 PM

Organizations responsible for changing the world are facing increased competition to remain transparent, accountable and prove themselves worthy of donor dollars which decreased nationally by $2 billion between 2010-2013. Donors cited a distrust in the allocation of their dollars among the reasons guiding decreases in donations to charitable...

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Tech Company Innovation Outweighs Policy Headaches

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Larry Niven, an American science-fiction writer once wrote that "ethics change with technology."

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb are proving this true and have entered unchartered policy territory where ethics debates, grey-areas and government relations are the daily norm.

Silicon Valley is quenching our thirst...

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Harper's Niqab Ban Goes Against Canadian Values

(33) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:25 PM

I'm a firm believer in the "when in Rome" policy when I travel.

Travelers are often warned about not stepping out of line and preparing for culture-shock when touring the Middle East and other regions of the world that are simply different from the West. We're often told that...

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Don't Believe Everything the Media Tells You This Municipal Election

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 10:47 AM

The highly controversial and often coveted role of City Councillor comes with it's fair share of ups and downs. What's often ignored is the road many take to get there. I'd like to share some of my experiences as a candidate as its important in a city that's in such...

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Focus More On Electing Your Councillor and Less On Your Mayor

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Get a chance to catch the chaotic mayoral debate last Wednesday? Mayoral hopefuls Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory duked it out over, well-- almost everything.

Although there was no clear 'winner' of the debate despite U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's...

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Why I'm Running for City Council

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:59 AM

You grow even fonder of your city when you've travelled abroad, I remember returning from a trip overseas and almost kissing the ground when I landed at Pearson -- almost. It's not just our diversity, it's our people that makes Toronto unforgettable. Our potential to lead in arts, technology, business...

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Residents New and Old Deserve a Better Toronto

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Toronto is facing a political problem that it hasn't asked for. That problem has threatened both the trust Torontonians place in their government and how the world sees this city. While we have to work to repair that trust and rebuild our global reputation, we shouldn't allow this political challenge...

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Pauline Marois Just Doesn't Get Multiculturalism -- or Canada

(267) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:38 PM

There's a drastic need for change in Canadian politics, even more so in Quebec. Premier Pauline Marois' proposal to ban religious symbols in public sector settings like schools, hospitals and daycares is as unconstitutional as it is offensive to every religious minority in Quebec and across the nation.

It's well...

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Sammy Yatim's Knife Did Not Warrant His Death

(98) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 5:15 PM

By now, you've either seen the video or heard the story.

A group of armed police officers respond to the scene of a disturbance on a TTC streetcar near Dundas and Trinity Bellwoods, where an 18-year-old by the name of Sammy Yatim is holding a knife threatening...

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Florida Was Complicit in Trayvon Martin's Death

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 9:12 AM

The truth of the Martin/Zimmerman case is that none of us were physically there at the moment things got heated. But everyone's a critic. If this tragedy has shown us anything, it's that we need action and conversation on race and law, pronto.

I was asked by a friend...

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Canadian Innovation: We Can't Play it Safe Any Longer

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:25 PM

I attended a conference with the Ontario Trillium Foundation over the weekend and stumbled upon a workshop featuring a panel of tech leaders from the non-profit sector. The three members of the panel who came from technology related groups like Tech Soup, spoke about the need for NGOs...

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There Are Scandals and Then There's Rob Ford

(33) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Google Rob Ford and you're met with the latest on the most recent scandal. In what can only be described as a whirlwind of chaos, Toronto's Mayor is in the news again with another bizarre allegation.

A story about a cellphone video that emerged this morning allegedly showing Mayor...

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The Voting System That Could Fix Democracy

(53) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Consider one of the most subtle nuances in politics -- our electoral system. In some cases it could literally mean the difference between winning and losing an election and with the wide-spectrum of characters at City Hall it could be a good or a bad thing depending which side you're...

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Trudeau Was Right to Question Terrorism's Root Causes

(66) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 6:00 PM

While the recent arrests of two individuals in connection with a terror plot on Canadian soil shakes our collective sense of security, we must remain committed to ensuring that we are doing everything in our power, both as individual citizens and as a government, to prevent violent extremism.


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How the Internet Could End Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 8:55 AM

The internet provides an unprecedented gateway to communicate and it's already changed the world in more ways than a few. Heck, it's the only way you're able to see this post! While the internet does wonderous and magical things, I think that it's a force that can help end poverty...

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Are We Too Comfortable With Gun Violence?

(17) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Kesean Williams.

Recognize the name? What about Tyson Bailey?


These two young boys lost their lives to gun violence in Toronto within the past two months. What if I you told you that Kesean was nine years old and Tyson was 15?

Make a difference?

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