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.
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.
If you were a Canadian kid fascinated by popular culture in the 1990s -- former MuchMusic VJ Tony "Master T" Young was the coolest personality on TV. Upon his retirement from a busy TV career more tha...
09/03/2013 03:35 EDT
Marie-France Sharamanzi Temahagali (Shara) has come a long way from her humble beginnings in Rwanda. The one time refugee and witness to the infamous 1994 Rwanda Genocide is the newest recipient of th...
08/26/2013 03:36 EDT
The fact is -- had Hedvig Christine Alexander not met a certain Canadian -- she would have stayed in Afghanistan pursuing a great passion in nation-building. She has had an interesting and diverse jo...
08/26/2013 03:25 EDT
Long before Katherine Hobbes became a noted Ottawa City councillor - she took a break from exhausting careers with Bell Canada and Bank of Nova Scotia to be part of the international development wave....
08/23/2013 09:17 EDT
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
Earlier today I attended the opening of the Todd Ross campaign office in the heart of downtown Toronto. Inside the rented office that used to be a pawn shop I was touched with what I saw. The ever bus...
08/23/2013 05:00 EDT
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
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
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
In Ontario, there are two political parties that are contenders for government -- the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives. In a by-election that was held last week -- the Ontario Liberals had...
08/06/2013 05:09 EDT
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
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 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
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
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 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
With a favorite quote that he often heard from his own mother growing up - "nothing ventured, nothing gained"- Sean Mauricette -- a.k.a.subliminal has ventured in many directions in his young adult li...
07/19/2013 11:26 EDT
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
The Order of Canada citation brilliantly captures the biography of Canada's own Francis O'Dea. "Frank O'Dea's triumph over adversity continues to captivate the hearts of Canadians. His personal victor...
07/16/2013 05:02 EDT
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