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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.
John Tory's Support of Police Carding Is an Insult to the Black CP

John Tory's Support of Police Carding Is an Insult to the Black Community

he Toronto Police Services board approved and endorsed a policy of racial profiling -- carding -- to keep track of residents who look like me last night. From now onward, any Toronto Police officer can arbitrarily stop me without informing me of my rights, when no specific offence has not been committed and I am not considered a suspect. If refusing to reappoint Councillor Michael Thompson, the lone black member of the Toronto Police board, was not enough, Mayor John Tory voted to endorse the carding policy. I am disappointed and we should all be outraged.
04/17/2015 05:49 EDT
Will Canada Ever Have its Own Hillary AFP

Will Canada Ever Have its Own Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president Sunday. If successful, she will become the very first woman president of the United States of America and her party's best chance to defeat the Republicans in 2016. Could a Canadian woman, with the same stature, gift and substance as the former first lady, attain the same milestone in Canada? Are we closer to having the first elected woman prime minister in Canada? In the 2015 federal election, it is shaping up to be a race between three white males -- Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair. Yet our politics should reflect our population and perspectives.
04/13/2015 12:31 EDT
How I Got Rob Ford to Publicly Apologize For His Racial Steve Russell via Getty Images

How I Got Rob Ford to Publicly Apologize For His Racial Slurs

Following my complaint to Toronto's Integrity Commissioner, Valerie Jepson, Toronto's 64th mayor and (now) City Councillor, Rob Ford, offered a "sincere, specific and public apology" this morning. His apology was based on racial slurs he made in 2012. Ford needs to understand words -- and in particular, racial slurs -- are powerful and hurtful to all Canadians.
03/31/2015 05:47 EDT
Racism Should Not Become a Conservative niqab

Racism Should Not Become a Conservative Value

MP Larry Miller, who once used Hitler and the Nazis as references to oppose the gun registry, also recently made a dumb comment about how prospective Canadians should "stay the hell where you came from" if they prefer to wear a niqab during a Canadian citizenship ceremony. He is one of a long line of Conservative MPs to make racist remarks. I hope racism, ignorance and stupidity are not becoming mainstream Canadian values, let alone values endorsed by the Conservative Party of Canada. I hope the Prime Minister understands in his awkward silence, he is giving the impression that he is actually endorsing all the ills we have seen from members of his caucus in recent months. He should not.
03/18/2015 01:15 EDT
Canada Needs Its Obama BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images

Canada Needs Its Obama Moment

Lest we forget, the fact that Canada's black recent political biographies, for the most part, have come via political anointments rather than community organizations. As blacks, we are often too enthusiastic to celebrate Obama's biography in community organizations yet have neglected to follow in his footsteps.
03/15/2015 11:12 EDT
Why the NDP Is Not Government Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

Why the NDP Is Not Government Material

The reason Canadians do not look at the NDP as government material is obvious. Its public role has been to shout, scream and protest from the sidelines and that reality has and should not change. I would never question nor discount their public contributions -- Medicare and minimum wage -- however these admirable ideals were achieved with the adult supervision of the traditional governing parties.
03/05/2015 05:32 EST
Only a Fool Would Underestimate Trudeau in the Federal CP

Only a Fool Would Underestimate Trudeau in the Federal Election

Trudeau is the most impressive, practical, and smart political leader since the Jean Chrétien era. Since taking over a near-bankrupt, third place, humiliated party less than two years ago, he has made it a growing political movement. The party is now well-organized, better funded, and has attracted strong candidates and volunteers that truly represent the new Canada.
01/25/2015 11:00 EST
Let's Stop Placing a Double Standard on Sir John A. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Let's Stop Placing a Double Standard on Sir John A. Macdonald

Again and again, Canadians have looked beyond those words and judged him based on his era, with his contemporaries and gave much weight to his signature public service contribution as the father-of-Medicare in later years. If we were to look at him by the standard we hold today, he would absolutely not survive the scrutiny.
01/16/2015 12:52 EST
Why I'll Be Voting for John CP

Why I'll Be Voting for John Tory

Isn't John Tory exactly the kind of mayor we all want after the disaster Ford years? He is a real consensus builder that will actually make an exceptional 65th mayor of Toronto. He is a candidate that is rare and worth supporting. I hope many will.
10/16/2014 12:58 EDT
Ari Goldkind Is Not A Fringe Mayoral Candidate Randy Risling via Getty Images

Ari Goldkind Is Not A Fringe Mayoral Candidate Anymore

When Chow spoke of how government is the answers to all ills in society, wrongly, and Tory, whom I also respect and have endorsed previously, sang Motown to the large black audience - it was Goldkind who spoke of practical things and reflected how black doctors, lawyers, accountants should be the role models instead of basketball players.
10/06/2014 05:21 EDT
We Need to Make Better Use of Ex-Prime

We Need to Make Better Use of Ex-Prime Ministers

It's time for Canada to step up and recognize our own former Canadian leaders and use their expertise, both in Canada and around the world. It's the right thing to do for them -- it's also the right thing to do for the world.
08/18/2014 02:30 EDT
Why I Filed a Formal Complaint Against Rob CP

Why I Filed a Formal Complaint Against Rob Ford

I recently submitted a formal complaint with Toronto's Integrity Commissioner against Mayor Rob Ford because of his racist comments. When Mayor Ford uses poor defamatory words to describe blacks, I cannot help but wonder how the mayor of Canada's largest, most affluent and multicultural city can get away with it.
07/17/2014 06:08 EDT
Ari Goldkind Is A Worthy Mayoral Candidate That Needs To Be

Ari Goldkind Is A Worthy Mayoral Candidate That Needs To Be Heard

Long before Toronto's Star's former reporter, Robin Doolittle, described Toronto mayoral candidate, Ari Goldkind, as someone who "has virtually no chance of winning," I knew who he was. I too once shared Doolittle's assessment of his candidacy. That all changed when I met up with him for an hour at a downtown food court.
04/18/2014 11:50 EDT