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.
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.
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
For almost a decade, CUSO has been mobilizing the African diaspora in Canada to lend its professional expertise to their homelands. It seems to work as many friends have answered the call and have volunteered in many parts of Ethiopia for a year and made tangible impact to the country.
03/20/2015 06:04 EDT
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
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
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
Elliott understands that and Hudak never did and that is why he failed as a leader. The inexperienced life-time career politicians, the obnoxious Patrick Brown and the not-ready-for-prime-time, Monte McNaughton, do not certainly understand that reality.
02/08/2015 05:08 EST
Baird might be partisan to the core but the fact is, he has always been friendly to his opponents and a great mentor to those willing to follow in his footsteps. He was kind, thoughtful, passionate and cared about people. I liked being part of Team Baird.
02/03/2015 01:35 EST
Time to focus on the two leading candidates who actually have a shot at, not just winning the leadership, but the premiership of Ontario in a few years. Both Vic Fedeli and Christine Elliott come from the political rich middle where most Ontarians reside in. They have had distinguished leadership roles in business, law and politics among them.
01/28/2015 12:59 EST
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
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
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
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
I knew Berhane and he was someone I looked up to in high esteem. He was a successful social worker and he and I shared many similar interests in the community. He wanted to empower all those that he was acquainted with and believed in our pursuit of the Canadian dream.
10/02/2014 12:49 EDT
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
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
To those who may have given up on the wisdom of newspapers to be agents of change for good in Canada and the world, please
07/02/2014 01:08 EDT
Ontario lives in the political radical middle and is more moderate -- in principle, ideas and people -- than assumed. Kathleen Wynne understood that more than either the PCs under Hudak or the ONDP under Horwath.
06/15/2014 08:32 EDT
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
As one of the longest serving Finance Ministers, he introduced such initiatives such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the Building Canada Plan and cut the GST. He also took a leadership role in G7 and G20 leaders gatherings and showed smarts at the beginning of the financial meltdown of 2008. He was respected at home and abroad whether one agreed with him or not.
04/15/2014 05:35 EDT
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