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Alex Sangha

Author and Social Worker.

Alex Sangha is an award-winning author and social worker. He has an MSc in public administration and public policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and a master of social work from Dalhouise University.

Alex has worked as an instructor, clinician, social worker, and youth counsellor. He is the founder of Sher Vancouver, which is a social, cultural, and support group for South Asians and friends. In addition, he initiated the Dignity House project which is a proposal to develop affordable housing for vulnerable seniors in Vancouver.

Alex is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for social work and community service and his third social discussion book, Catalyst, was a finalist in the current events and social change category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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How To Fix Canada's Welfare System And Create Jobs

What if potential welfare applicants were required to apply online and receive their funds via direct deposit, with notification sent by email? This would mean they'd have to become Internet, email, and computer literate. This would make them more marketable to potential employers.
06/05/2014 05:21 EDT

Is it time for an aboriginal parliament for Canada?

Any piece of legislation from any level of government that affects aboriginal people as major stakeholders would have to be approved by a majority vote of the aboriginal parliament. Band councils would have the power of cities and be directly accountable to a minister of local government in the aboriginal parliament.
05/19/2014 01:02 EDT

Let's Shake Up Civic Elections, Starting With Surrey

Now that the civic election is coming up, I would like to propose electoral reform of local government for big cities in British Columbia, especially my hometown of Surrey. It's the ideal place for a mixed "at-large" and "ward system" of electing city councillors and the mayor.
05/07/2014 12:58 EDT

How to Strike a Better Deal For Punjab and India

Punjab has a rich history and has contributed a lot to India. My ancestors originate from Punjab which is the land of five rivers in northern India. Punjab has been consistently ranked as having the b...
04/09/2014 11:05 EDT

A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

Canada needs a Triple E "equal, elected, and effective" Senate similar to the American Senate. No one can argue that the American Senate is not a powerful and effective political body that balances the interests of small and large states.
04/08/2014 12:30 EDT

Why Every Straight Man Needs A Gay Best Friend

Since I moved into my new high-rise building, I have made a lot of nice, friendly straight male friends. This is a new experience for me, as for many years I largely surrounded myself with gay men. Not that I am complaining, of course, but I am so amazed with how open minded and non-judgmental many straight men have become, in terms of having gay friends to hang out and chill with.
04/04/2014 04:48 EDT

Coming Out As Gay And Brown In The 'Burbs

Growing up gay and brown in the suburbs was rough. I came really close to flying to freedom towards the end of my senior year of high school when I drove off a cliff near my home. I thought it would be better than the stress of exams and the alienation I felt from being the only gay kid in the neighbourhood.
04/01/2014 12:31 EDT

My 10 Favourite Things About Living In Downtown Surrey

I grew up in Newton and recently moved to Surrey City Centre from North Delta. My Vancouver friends thought I committed geographic suicide. It's been over six months since I settled in the heart of downtown Surrey and I want everyone to know about my 10 favorite things about my new hood.
03/29/2014 10:28 EDT

What I Learned After Waiting 10 Hours In The ER

I feel our health care workers and health care system is doing the best it can with the limited resources and support services they have. I am not sure what the solutions are but I feel the status quo is not working. I have been thinking about my experience in the hospital emergency room for a while. How can the system improve so the services are there in a timely and efficient manner when the people need them?
03/05/2014 06:13 EST