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.
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.
In Toronto Center - Geoffrey (Geoff) Pollock is a well-known name. The young lawyer is a regular volunteer with the Pro Bono Law Ontario and the Military Minds - an organization that is dedicated to s...
11/25/2013 04:05 EST
As Saudi Arabia curbs its vital but "illegal" migrant population violently this week to appease high unemployment, I cannot help but reflect on my moment with such destitute citizens a few years ago. Like almost all migrant workers everywhere including in North America, these people perform jobs that their own citizens would not dare touch.
11/13/2013 05:47 EST
Rahul K. Bhardwaj is the President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation. The foundation recently released its 12th annual report that highlights the challenges and successes of our city. Bhardwaj...
11/05/2013 04:52 EST
By the time an opening act takes the stage and preforms a beautiful cover of the late Eritrean superstar artist Abraham Afewerki -- the crowd is getting a glimpse of what is coming up next. It is jus...
10/24/2013 01:20 EDT
Should we then be asking Rob Ford to fire Rob Ford? At the end the mayor called the alleged action of the employee "a complete embarrassment and a black eye on our city." While I await the investigation of that particular city employee, I am convinced that the mayor is a proven embarrassment to our city.
10/18/2013 12:35 EDT
In Canada, the South Asian's are one of the most political active communities. Despite all of their successes, British Columbia's Ujal Dusanji remains to be the one, and still the first and only Premier of a Canadian province of South Asian heritage. Rana Bokhari intends to become the second.
10/16/2013 05:25 EDT
For me, no one represents what International Day of the Girl Child intends to celebrate more than a young Canadian friend who is making a profound impact in the country of my birth. Hannah Godefa, only 15, exemplifies the best of what it means to be an international Canadian citizen.
10/11/2013 03:31 EDT
Rania El Mugammar is a community organizer and facilitator with a background in gender studies and political science. She is the founder and current director of SpeakSudan. The group focuses on community building rooted in feminist values. It supports the youth of Toronto who hail from East Africa.
10/09/2013 12:42 EDT
Like Bob Rae's accidental NDP government in Ontario that was also soundly rejected by Ontarians in 1995, the NDP in Nova Scotia became a government that was arrogant and incompetent. This was even truer when it came to justice and equality issues, particularly its treatment of children of African ancestry at a Dartmouth orphanage who have for years alleged sexual and physical abuse.
10/09/2013 05:40 EDT
At the yearly Afro FEST, Ruth Mathiang has been welcomed regularly and is one of the most anticipated artists year after year. She sings in a trio of languages -- in English, Arabic and Kiswahili -- and her audiences are always moved by the beauty and style of each of her songs.
10/07/2013 01:03 EDT
Sarah Beamish is the newest member of Amnesty International's International Board. She is the second Canadian in Amnesty's 52-year history to be on the International Board. She reflects with me on her...
10/01/2013 03:47 EDT
TEDxToronto marked its 5th anniversary at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music this week. Since its humble beginnings in 2009 -- the TEDx movement in Toronto has grown tremendously with a slew of impressive speakers and sold out crowds.
09/27/2013 12:16 EDT
Mbugua Mwangi was a University of Ottawa graduate from Kenya. Two weeks removed from what would have been their wedding day, he and his fiancee became victims of the Westgate mall terrorist attack and lost their lives while shopping for a wedding ring. He decided to shield her with his own body and took a total of eight bullets and they both died instantly.
09/26/2013 12:24 EDT
In Canada as well as the world -- the Armenian tragedy as well as triumph has been noted. According to the latest Canada census, there are approximately 50,000 Armenians in Canada and most like, Acade...
09/24/2013 02:43 EDT
Earlier this week -- a list of recommendations on how to improve the Ontario Police Complaints system was released in downtown Toronto. The initiative was made possible after University of Waterloo's Professor, Jennifer Schulenberg, received a Public Outreach Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The professor reflects with me on some of the recommendations.
09/22/2013 01:32 EDT
The riding of Willowdale is as diverse as the residents that are represented. If Justin Trudeau and his once-mighty Liberals have any chance of forming a near-future government, they would need to do...
09/20/2013 04:22 EDT
Qadira Jackson is a noted community leader and lawyer based in Toronto. The vivid volunteer, who is predicted to be a certain future judge or elected official by most, including myself, is on a crusad...
09/19/2013 11:52 EDT
The Toronto Centre nomination for the right to replace Bob Rae as a Liberal MP comes to an end this coming Sunday at a downtown public library. In the spirited nomination battle are three vastly different candidates vying to win the nomination. These candidates include the great community activist Todd Ross, the vibrant Diana Burke and the well accomplished Chrystia Freeland.
09/13/2013 12:22 EDT
The McGill Law School graduate, noted broadcaster and blogger describes herself as having "lived at the intersection of Canada and India my whole life." Her legal career reflects her South Asian Canadian citizenry, as she has interned with a Supreme Court lawyer in New Delhi and worked with the Commission for the Walkerton Inquiry here in Canada.
09/13/2013 05:43 EDT
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