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

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
Olivia Chow is Not the Candidate To 'Stop the

Olivia Chow is Not the Candidate To 'Stop the Insanity'

Jamey Heath makes a patronizing reference of Wolfe's argument about how he (Wolfe's) chat at Wendy's is no confirmation of Chow's support dwindling. Is Heath's reference of Chow having the largest political events -- busloads of NDP staff members from Ottawa and Queens Park -- enough to conclude she has plenty of support?
04/10/2014 12:35 EDT
Why I Don't Support The Deregulation Of Alcohol In

Why I Don't Support The Deregulation Of Alcohol In Ontario

Beer Store President Ted Moroz recently came out against deregulation, warning that "alcohol prices will increase if the provincial government deregulates the sale of booze". He added, "Drinkers should expect to pay an average of $10 more for a two-four if corner stores are allowed to sell suds".
04/01/2014 12:18 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

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
Governor General David Johnston On His Recent State Visit To

Governor General David Johnston On His Recent State Visit To India

Governor General David Johnston made a rare state visit to the Republic of India at the end of February. He shares with me the highlights of his historic trip as well as reflects on why a closer relationship between Canada and India is an important venture for both.
03/12/2014 12:41 EDT
The Quebec Provincial Election That Threatens Canada's

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

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
Why John Tory Should Be Toronto's Next

Why John Tory Should Be Toronto's Next Mayor

The current mayor has personal defects including doing and buying drugs, binge drinking of alcohol and has been videotaped using profane rants and videotaped with faulty characters while in office. John Tory, while not prefect, does not and will not embarrass the city. I trust and admire his judgement.
02/25/2014 05:16 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

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

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
Dr. Gunjan Sondhi Reflects On The Canadian Experience Of International

Dr. Gunjan Sondhi Reflects On The Canadian Experience Of International Students

Gunjan Sondhi recently completed her PHD in Migration Studies from the Sussex Center for Migration Research at the University of Sussex, UK. She is currently a resident affiliate at CERIS, York University, Canada. I caught up with her as she was about to present her thesis at a conference at York University.
11/28/2013 03:21 EST