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Samuel Getachew is a resident of Toronto and is a regular contributor to <strong>TZTA</strong>, <strong>Generation Next</strong> and <strong> Leaders & Legacies </strong>(among others). He is the recipient of the City of Toronto's William P. Hubbard Award for Equity and Human Rights and was chosen by the Toronto Star as 'Person to Watch' in 2014.
Trade Is Moving Ethiopia

Trade Is Moving Ethiopia Forward

Ethiopia, once a place for the world's pity, is now transforming itself to an investment hub. That is a good thing. There are many foreign investors venturing in to the country looking for investment opportunities, complementing the diaspora and the locals that are taking advantage of a better investment environment in the country.
04/20/2017 03:14 EDT
Senator Don Meredith Can't Blame His Shortcomings On

Senator Don Meredith Can't Blame His Shortcomings On Racism

In a bizarre and disturbing act of public defiance, Donald Meredith has decided to remain as a senator. He blamed all his shortcomings, his rendezvous with a 16-year-old, the public assessment of his poor record as a senator on racism. That is unfortunate.
03/22/2017 03:24 EDT
How The 'Father Of Ethiopian Jazz' Influenced The

How The 'Father Of Ethiopian Jazz' Influenced The Weeknd

There is no one good question to ask a legend. There are plenty to ask. But I was in a rush to ask Mulatu Astatke the question that is on everybody's mind these days. I needed to know what he thought of a slew of complements he has been receiving on social media from The Weeknd, AKA Abel Tesfaye.
02/09/2017 01:17 EST
A Canadian Effort In

A Canadian Effort In Ethiopia

Ethiopia is no stranger of aid workers, community builders and contributors from Canada. But what sets John Graham apart
02/03/2017 03:20 EST
10 Things That Made Me Feel At Home As A New

10 Things That Made Me Feel At Home As A New Canadian

Heather Mallick's latest column on how new Canadians can learn to like it here falls short. If she really thinks all it takes to make immigrants feel at home in Canada is a conversation with a pharmacist at a Shoppers Drug Mart or getting lost at a Canadian Tire franchise, perhaps she is living in a bubble.
01/31/2017 11:59 EST
Goodwill Is A Profit Generator In

Goodwill Is A Profit Generator In Ethiopia

There is a notion that the Ethiopian economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and that is a good thing. But it would be far better if that fast-growing economy benefited more Ethiopians and helped create a better social safety net for its most vulnerable.
12/22/2016 02:16 EST
Let's Not Rush To Judge Anti-Racism Activist Andray

Let's Not Rush To Judge Anti-Racism Activist Andray Domise

I do not want to rush to the defence of a person whose work I am familiar with and now finds himself facing an assault charge and three counts of mischief. I do not condone violence. However, the real noted Canadian activist and journalist, Andray Domise - my friend - is quite different than the one I see projected in the media.
11/29/2016 04:39 EST
Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion's Visit To

Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion's Visit To Africa

I hope Canada's new government is looking for partners in the continent and not a Santa Claus role in an ever-changing continent that is in need of new and bold leadership. I hope the principles of trade will triumph the handouts of the past, in a continent that is super-rich but poorly managed.
11/14/2016 01:39 EST
Trump's Crazy Campaign Spared Clinton Scrutiny She

Trump's Crazy Campaign Spared Clinton Scrutiny She Deserves

Americans do have valid reasons to doubt Hillary Clinton and question her motives. Her blind ambition, not the commitment she has to public office, is what turns most away from the Clinton brand. But, then again, she is running against Donald Trump, who is essentially unqualified to be president.
11/02/2016 05:08 EDT
Trade, Not Aid, Will Unshackle Ethiopia From Extreme

Trade, Not Aid, Will Unshackle Ethiopia From Extreme Poverty

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.
10/27/2016 11:07 EDT
Why Dr. Tedros Adhanom Of Ethiopia Should Lead

Why Dr. Tedros Adhanom Of Ethiopia Should Lead WHO

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.
08/19/2016 09:27 EDT
How An Emerging Media Startup Is Helping Change

How An Emerging Media Startup Is Helping Change Ethiopia

The young Ethiopians growing up in today's environment have many options to choose from. In a population that is in the upwards of 90-million, there are now over 12 TV stations that are exclusively geared toward the local population. By far, Kana TV is making the most impact and impression on Ethiopians and the future of Ethiopian television (for good or bad).
06/20/2016 02:35 EDT
Dewitt Lee Aims To Deliver 'Remarkable Change' To Scarborough-Rouge

Dewitt Lee Aims To Deliver 'Remarkable Change' To Scarborough-Rouge River

The two-time mayoral candidate, who capitalized on the few opportunities to debate the front runners in the Toronto mayoral races of 2010 and 2014, raised awareness of the city's social responsibility to support its most vulnerable citizens. He is now more than ever determined to galvanize his support which has grown over his two mayoral campaigns in a specific part of the city.
05/18/2016 01:28 EDT
George Knia Singh Would Bring Substance To Queen's

George Knia Singh Would Bring Substance To Queen's Park

George Knia Singh is running for the nomination of the Ontario Liberal party in Scarborough-Rouge River. I hope he gets the nomination and wins the upcoming provincial byelection. He is an exceptional candidate and will bring much substance to Queen's Park and needed renewal to our politics.
05/10/2016 02:56 EDT
Rob Ford's Toxic Legacy Lives On In Toronto City

Rob Ford's Toxic Legacy Lives On In Toronto City Council

He was an incompetent mayor and used racial slurs that I found offensive. That is why I never supported him and my disappointment in him had its limits. However, I voted, donated resources and volunteered for Mayor John Tory, and that is why I find the actions of the current mayor and that of his most loyal allies within council even more hurtful.
03/31/2016 11:18 EDT
Trudeau Is Bringing Back The Canada The World Used To

Trudeau Is Bringing Back The Canada The World Used To Know

I was in Debre Libanos, Ethiopia, visiting family, when the conversation turned to Canadian politics. My uncle reflected on the Canada he understood and remembered. This included having an international perspective, respect for international institutions such as the United Nations, and a Canadian society that acted like a neighbour when disasters struck.
03/16/2016 11:22 EDT