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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.
Omar Ha-Redeye: The Making of a Powerful Activist Voice In

Omar Ha-Redeye: The Making of a Powerful Activist Voice In Toronto

To call Omar Ha-Redeye an ambitious activist is an understatement. The proud Toronto lawyer who lives by the "principles of social justice" is using his legal studies as well as youthful energy to live a fulfilled activist journey here at home and abroad. I asked him some questions about his work.
07/13/2013 04:31 EDT
Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Karlyn Percil Shares her Karlyn Percil

Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Karlyn Percil Shares her Story

Noted Bay Street banker, Karlyn Percil teamed up with the Toronto Police for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, sharing her personal story of child abuse via a powerful public video. I recently spoke to Percil about the challenges she has faced, as well as her personal reasons for going public with her story.
05/30/2013 05:36 EDT
Diversity at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Getty Images

Diversity at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

Toronto's 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games is in the process of asking the public to help it choose a mascot design. We are only just over two years away from what will surely be a movement of sportsmanship. Toronto's 2015 PAN AM Games is intent on leaving a legacy found in the essence of human diversity.
05/16/2013 05:30 EDT
The Premier Should Avoid All The NDP's Poison

The Premier Should Avoid All The NDP's Poison Pills

While Andrea Horwath is "consulting" with Ontarians on the budget , she is expected to continue to wield a slew of demands for the Ontario Liberals in exchange for their political support. The Liberal...
05/14/2013 02:19 EDT
Amnesty International: Turning Our Attention Closer To

Amnesty International: Turning Our Attention Closer To Home

n Canada and abroad - Amnesty International has been an eloquent and powerful voice when it comes to human rights. The Secretary General of the Canadian branch of AI since 2000 -- and a recent Queens Diamond Jubilee medal recipient -- Alex Neve has been a powerful advocate for human rights for decades.
04/30/2013 12:05 EDT
B.C. Could Use A Green Upset This Jane Sterk

B.C. Could Use A Green Upset This Election

Daniel Tseghay is running in a close race in Vancouver-False Creek. He truly has a chance to pull in an upset and I hope he does. B.C. politics needs a shake up and there is no better candidate to do that than this young activist. Tseghay is a noted and eloquent writer and activist. He also hails from Eritrea, giving the party an instant diversity that it lacked over the years. To those British Columbians who usually look at the two traditional parities to support, Tseghay gives the BC Greens hope, just like his leader.
04/25/2013 12:12 EDT
An African Success Story In

An African Success Story In Canada

Canada's commitment to Africa is our signature in the world and is the way the world still sees Canada as builders of great institutions. Canada and Canadians need to continue to help reduce human misery and make Africa self-sufficient, free and democratic for once and for all.
04/25/2013 05:06 EDT
Toronto's New Poet Laureate on the Power of Alamy

Toronto's New Poet Laureate on the Power of Words

"I'd like to make the post of Poet Laureate as common an idea in Toronto as that of ambulance paramedic, fireman, police officer, or sanitation worker. The Poet Laureate is not as directly present in citizens' lives as perhaps are those whose sirens announce their presence. But I would like to think that the poet -- in general -- is about enhancing citizen's lives as thinking beings."
04/22/2013 09:01 EDT

"The Skinny Immigrant Kid" Who Became Toronto's Deputy Police Chief

As he approaches his fourth year as Deputy Police Chief -- the "skinny immigrant kid from Jamaica" reflects on his signature contribution to the police board, his time as a peacekeeper in Kosovo and gives advice to new immigrants who may want to emulate such a high profile career.
04/22/2013 04:44 EDT