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Samuel Getachew is a resident of Toronto and is a regular contributor to TZTA, Generation Next and Leaders & Legacies (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.
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Health Minister Philpott Has Changed The Face Of Ethiopia's Primary Care

In the summer of 2008, Canada's (now) Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she met with Ethiopian colleagues to explore the possibility of establishing family medicine as a formal discipline in the East African country of 90 million people. For the next decade, she would help spread an initiative to help launch such a program in the East African nation.
02/16/2016 10:30 EST
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The Ontario PCs Are Shaping Up To Be A One-Man Show

As an MP in Ottawa, he supported a private member's bill that attempted to restrict a women's right to choose. A decade ago, as a newly elected MP, he voted against same-sex marriage. In the decade he has been an MP in Ottawa, he has not moved past his backbench status, freeing him to build a coalition for an eventual leadership run.
02/02/2016 11:10 EST
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Samara Canada Is Facilitating Important Discussions

Samara Canada has indeed become a special place for those looking to be politically engaged. It recognizes the emerging leaders among us, helps us network with the powerful and facilitates smart political discussions among its many achievements.
12/08/2015 01:55 EST
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Difret - The 'Courage' To Take On Violence Against Women

The much-anticipated, important and powerful movie -- Difret -- premiered in Toronto at the Carlton cinema. It exposes the subject of violence against women in Ethiopia. Difret, which means "courage" in Amharic, aims to start a real and overdue conversation on this neglected subject.
11/06/2015 06:15 EST
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Why I Support the Liberals Under Justin Trudeau

Continued humiliations and defeats, at the hands of Stephen Harper, has made the Liberals, more organized, open and accessible than ever before. What has always impressed me about them, is their strong will to survive, triumph and ultimately, win. Trudeau has that mojo.
10/15/2015 12:40 EDT
Why I Support the Liberals Under Justin CP

Why I Support the Liberals Under Justin Trudeau

Continued humiliations and defeats, at the hands of Stephen Harper, has made the Liberals, more organized, open and accessible than ever before. What has always impressed me about them, is their strong will to survive, triumph and ultimately, win. Trudeau has that mojo.
10/15/2015 12:40 EDT
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I Am Quitting the Conservatives Because of Stephen Harper's Politics

By the time you read this column, my membership in the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario will likely be revoked (if not, I will resign). I will no longer be the director of a riding association in the Toronto Centre Conservative Association. This is not because I am no longer useful to the once-proud party of Bill Davis, John Robarts and, yes, Christine Elliott, but because I am coming out against comrade Stephen Harper -- our party's federal counterpart. The Stephen Harper era has made us too partisan, extremely fearful of our neighbours, cheerleaders in world affairs, less tolerant to new immigrants and refugees and mere observers in the affairs of our country -- instead of active actors.
09/29/2015 05:18 EDT
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Dear Minister: Carding Compromises the Canadian Dream

People who look like you and I are outraged, hurt and disappointed by you and your government. As the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and a person of colour, you seem to be defending a policy that is racist, arbitrary and discriminatory. How can you ever reform a policy that takes away the basic human rights of ordinary people?
09/02/2015 05:53 EDT
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How one Toronto NGO is Giving Back to its Roots

The Ethiopian-Canadian diaspora in Toronto, through a made in Toronto initiative, People To People Canada, is slowly but surely making an impact on the ground in helping change that reality. The organization, founded in 1999, has become a passionate advocate for Ethiopia's vulnerable HIV/AIDS orphan children.
06/19/2015 12:34 EDT
Black Voices Don't Matter to John CP

Black Voices Don't Matter to John Tory

In a world, where reasonable black outrage and passion, is still viewed as militant and fringe, none of these voices mattered for John Tory since he became mayor last year. It is just unfortunate it took four years for the black community to be listened to and mere days for the "other" voice.
06/12/2015 08:20 EDT
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Stephen Lewis Is a Great Supporter of the African Community

Last night, at the Isabel Bader Theatre in downtown Toronto, the foundation hosted a sold-out talk called Ask Her and allowed us all a chance to interact and have a conversation with some of the remarkable women of Africa. What an impressive list of speakers.
05/28/2015 12:57 EDT
Trudeau's Uninspired Platform Makes Mulcair the Obvious CP/Getty

Trudeau's Uninspired Platform Makes Mulcair the Obvious Choice

In the absence of a clear-cut vision from the Liberals, the NDP has become the reasonable alternative. The party is now on record voting against Bill C-51 and voicing a strong opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Mulcair has advocated for a national child care policy worth $8 billion and proposed targeted tax cuts for families.
05/26/2015 05:52 EDT
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Toronto's Newest Public Library Should Be Named After This Man

Like many public institutions named after noted Canadians, such as the Barbara Frum Branch Public Library, I hope this library is also named after a Canadian that is still respected and adored and left a powerful legacy. I have such a name that needs to be acknowleged by naming the new library after him
05/21/2015 12:28 EDT
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I Regret Not Voting For Olivia Chow

In the 2014 municipal election, I should have voted for Olivia Chow. I voted for John Tory and that was a mistake.Citizens like me and many others made him look smart, progressive and moderate. Sadly, he is not. Essentially, we became the human face of a man whose ideals are wrong for Toronto and Torontonians. We should have known better. I voted for Tory but I certainly did not endorse a second-class citizenship for myself. Why is he endorsing public policies that Torontonians, for the most part, do not want? Why are we, our fellow black and brown citizens, allowed to be treated in such a way?
05/15/2015 07:36 EDT
Mark Saunders Has a Duty to End Toronto's Racist Carding PC

Mark Saunders Has a Duty to End Toronto's Racist Carding Policy

Toronto's Polict Chief-designate Mark Saunders is on record as supporting carding as a "valuable tool." The policy is racist, wrong and reflects poorly on our collective public ideals. If he continues to endorse racial profiling, as a black citizen himself, his historic achievement would be in name only.
04/21/2015 06:17 EDT