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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.
How Gladys Okine Is Changing Toronto One Family At A

How Gladys Okine Is Changing Toronto One Family At A Time

Gladys Okine is the latest recipient of the African Entertainment Awards for her humanitarian work. She shares with me her work in the community, the mission of the organization she leads in honor of her late mother and educates me on how we can all get involved to help her movement grow.
09/10/2013 04:06 EDT
The Injustice In Uganda That Is Affecting Our Neighbours In

The Injustice In Uganda That Is Affecting Our Neighbours In Canada

This coming Saturday, the Ugandan Canadian community is organizing a public protest to highlight the shortcomings of a new government policy in Uganda. Henry Luyombya and Morris Komakech reflect with me why they believe Canada and Canadians should be alarmed and concerned about what is happening in their native land.
08/23/2013 09:14 EDT
Why The Universal Voice Of Eyob Mekonnen

Why The Universal Voice Of Eyob Mekonnen Mattered

In the brilliant movie, "I Dreamed of Africa" - based on an autobiography of noted environmental activist and poet Kuki Gallmann, what stood out the most for me was the words spoken by the character...
08/19/2013 04:52 EDT
Why The World Needs More

Why The World Needs More Canada

For us Canadians, the wisdom of our government to be involved in the affairs of the world is our collective priority and is still how the world envisions Canada to be. The world has always noted our efforts and indeed -- as Bono reminded us a decade ago -- "the world needs more Canada".
08/19/2013 04:46 EDT
Michael Belayneh: The King Of Milestone

Michael Belayneh: The King Of Milestone Ballads

A few years ago, I was in my home city of Addis Ababa from Toronto. I felt I was a stranger in my own birth city after being away for an eternity in Canada. The old aging sleepy Addis Ababa has change...
08/09/2013 05:31 EDT
Dwayne Morgan on Driving Social Change Through Spoken Getty

Dwayne Morgan on Driving Social Change Through Spoken Word

In one week, Dwayne Morgan will be celebrating 20 years in the art world. He has been an eloquent spoken word artist and has used that talent to advocate for social change. I spoke to Morgan about his early years in art and advocacy, why he believes his message is universal, and where he hopes to be in the next decade.
08/01/2013 05:21 EDT
Liberals Should Not Rubber Stamp A Nomination In Toronto

Liberals Should Not Rubber Stamp A Nomination In Toronto Centre

Even as a non-Liberal, I am well aware that the only alternative to the Conservatives is not the NDP but the Liberals in 2015. However, the nomination to replace Bob Rae is beginning to worry me as potential candidates are being pushed aside to make way for a "star" candidate from New York. Let me share with you what an open democracy will bring to the race by highlighting one of these great potential candidates. His name is Mark Warner
07/31/2013 05:37 EDT
Mina Mawani: From Refugee to CivicAction Civicaction.ca

Mina Mawani: From Refugee to CivicAction Leader

Mina Mawani is an exemplary civic leader based in Toronto. She has been an avid volunteer in the community and an exceptional leader for many local and international organizations. I recently spoke to Mawani about her early years as a refugee and how she learned to become more resilient.
07/29/2013 05:43 EDT
Forget 'American Idol': This Is the Best Show on Getty

Forget 'American Idol': <em>This</em> Is the Best Show on TV

Neither American Idol nor any of the crazy reality shows would ever measure up to this great public program that I have come to respect and appreciate. By watching great programming like The Agenda, my interest in Canadian history and politics has become more entrenched.
07/27/2013 08:28 EDT
Todd Ross On The Canada He Wants And What He Is Doing About

Todd Ross On The Canada He Wants And What He Is Doing About It

Like the famous Metis proverb -- "If you want to grow strong, never forget your roots" -- Todd Ross has certainly not forgotten his rich and diverse roots. The ambitious activist has truly become one of the most influential advocates for a slew of public issues here at home and abroad. He shares with me the many causes he is involved in, reflects on his aboriginal heritage and his dream for Canada.
07/24/2013 04:09 EDT
Janelle Brady Is Changing Education in

Janelle Brady Is Changing Education in Ontario

Janelle Brady is a noted young activist and education advocate based in Toronto. The Province of Ontario recently honored her with the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. I spoke to Brady about her activism, what her latest achievements mean to her and where she would want to be five years from now.
07/23/2013 08:30 EDT
Ritu Bhasin on Social Change and Diversity in Bhasin Consulting Inc

Ritu Bhasin on Social Change and Diversity in Toronto

Ritu Bhasin is a noted Diversity specialist based in Toronto. With an LL.B. and an MBA, Bhasin has spent a decade in the legal profession and almost two decades volunteering in many areas. I recently chatted with Ritu Bhasin about her work within the community, and her views on social change and diversity in Toronto.
07/17/2013 05:25 EDT