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Samuel Getachew

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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.
Jim Flaherty's Legacy Will Live On In All the People He Alastair Grant/PA Archive

Jim Flaherty's Legacy Will Live On In All the People He Touched

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
Rob Ford Is No Role Model For Toronto's Black CP

Rob Ford Is No Role Model For Toronto's Black Population

For the longest time, councillor Doug Ford has often been uttering one of the least intelligent statements about blacks in Toronto. In defending the shortcomings of his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, he often remarks how "Rob Ford has done more for the black community than the hundreds of black leaders in the community." I beg to differ.
04/13/2014 10:43 EDT
The Ed Broadbent Institute Is An Elitist

The Ed Broadbent Institute Is An Elitist Organization

So what is my beef with the institute? It is that, while the institutes eloquently preaches high standard for public discussions on a slew of issues and demands better destinations for others, it is an elitist institutions that does not look like Canada. Just look at its employees and the board membership of the institute for instance.
03/28/2014 06:02 EDT
John Tory's Nice Guy Approach Won't Get Him Elected Lucas Oleniuk via Getty Images

John Tory's Nice Guy Approach Won't Get Him Elected Mayor

The experience of Tory losing many political battles to lesser quality candidates in the past should have reminded him that in politics, the electorate wants immediate answers to their issues and not just a down payment promise. If Tory is to have any chance of being elected, he has to go beyond just being nice and start eloquently pursuing a unique brand and policies to his candidacy ASAP.
03/27/2014 05:38 EDT
A Documentary That Is Changing The Face Of International

A Documentary That Is Changing The Face Of International Development

For instance, in one of the most memorable scenes of the documentary, its director Nate Araya interviews a number of locals in a taxi minivan. In all of the segments, there were no Bono, Bill Gates nor Bob Geldof explaining what is working in Ethiopia but local citizens giving us a glimpse of their practical work on the ground as they help change the reality of the country.
03/21/2014 05:56 EDT
Celebrating a Young Girl on International Women's

Celebrating a Young Girl on International Women's Day

Today, being the International Women's Day, in Canada and abroad, I am inspired by the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. I...
03/09/2014 03:02 EDT
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The Quebec Provincial Election That Threatens Canada's Federalism

Early this morning, Premier Pauline Marois visited and asked Lt. Governor Pierre Duchesne to dissolve the legislature and issue an election for April 7. This would be a 33-day campaign that the separatist Premier, with a minority government earned a mere 18 months ago, is the front-runner. I am rooting for her defeat.
03/05/2014 05:32 EST
As an African Man, I Took Pride in Lupita Nyong'o's Getty

As an African Man, I Took Pride in Lupita Nyong'o's Win

By the time Lupita Nyong'o uttered powerful words from a stage that has never welcomed an African, the crowd at Rendez Vous Restaurant, an Ethiopian eatery in Toronto, was on its feet giving a standing ovation to Hollywood's newest star. Nyong'o was living our dreams while validating ours. How can we not celebrate that rare moment?
03/03/2014 05:39 EST
Sir John A. Macdonald Should Be Celebrated Not

Sir John A. Macdonald Should Be Celebrated Not Ridiculed

I would like to add my name to a long list of Canadians who are determined to celebrate Canada's greatest citizen, Sir John A. Macdonald this year. Just last month, downtown councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong proposed to name Union Station after Canada's great first Prime Minister. There are many critics opposed to Sir John A. Macdonald for his well-documented racist views such as being passionately opposed to Asian immigration to Canada. While I acknowledge the former Prime Minister held some wrong-headed views, I believe his critics are being too harsh on him while ignoring his important role in confederation and Canadian federalism.
02/20/2014 05:21 EST
My Memorable Interview With Stephen Harper on Black CP

My Memorable Interview With Stephen Harper on Black History

If I am successful in my pursuit of the position, political engagement would be a big part of my term for Canada's premier black organization. As we approach Black History Month in February, the interview with the Prime Minister is still the highlight of my journalism experience.
01/23/2014 08:27 EST
The Great Community Builders I Celebrated in digitalskillet via Getty Images

The Great Community Builders I Celebrated in 2013

As Toronto becomes increasingly known for the misadventures of its naughty crack smoking mayor, there are many individuals that are a positive force for our city. They may not be household names quite yet, but their impact is far-reaching. They are providing examples of a great citizenry with quiet, eloquent grace.
12/24/2013 12:20 EST
I Miss The Old Kathleen

I Miss The Old Kathleen Wynne

Her speech was no longer inspiring, her words are now calculated and the minute I approach for a photo-op to remind her about our conversation, I was given a staff members business card to be in touch. She no longer wanted to listen to me. She was in the big league now and retail politics was no longer good political business.
12/16/2013 05:25 EST
Why I Disagree With Mitch Wolfe's Blog on Don

Why I Disagree With Mitch Wolfe's Blog on Don Cherry

When I read Mitch Wolfe's Blog on Don Cherry and his relationship with the CBC I was not sure if I was to laugh or be concerned. How could anyone serious ever defend Don Cherry? Wolfe describes Cherry...
12/06/2013 06:50 EST
How Sue Chun Became Jane-Finch's Passionate

How Sue Chun Became Jane-Finch's Passionate Advocate

Sue Chun is an award winning filmmaker and community activist based in Toronto's Jane and Finch. The noted Korean- Canadian has been involved with a website dedicated to the uplifting of one of Toront...
11/30/2013 03:22 EST