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.
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.
Munira Ravji is an independent strategic consultant and project manager with a focus on diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and leadership. A seasoned community builder and communications strate...
06/30/2013 09:26 EDT
Earlier this month, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston made a historic trip to Africa at the request of the Prime Minister. His travel included Ghana, Botswana and South Africa.
06/10/2013 05:30 EDT
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
Saskatchewan's Brad Wall has made a surprise and welcome announcement on the status of Canada's Senate. He announced his support for the federal NDP's position to abolish the Canadian Senate. The Nat...
05/27/2013 02:44 EDT
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
Paul Nguyen founded the website Jane-Finch.com in the hope of dispelling "negative stereotypes" of the area. For the most part, it seems he has succeeded. For his efforts, he was awarded the Queen's D...
05/14/2013 11:44 EDT
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
Gwyneth Chapman is a recent Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal recipient and a dedicated activist. She spoke to me about her hope of engaging Toronto's diverse black communities as well as inspire Toronto's new generation of leaders to become more engaged in the political process.
05/06/2013 05:18 EDT
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
This past weekend - the Black Business Professional and Business Association (BBPA) honored some of Canada's best and brightest at the Harry Jerome Awards. Among the distinguished recipients was Tanya...
04/30/2013 05:39 EDT
At a party convention three years ago -- British Columbia's Conservative Party leader -- Jim Cummins -- remarked how the "BC Conservatives are going to target not only disgruntled BC Liberal voters bu...
04/30/2013 05:34 EDT
The lakeside village of Port Stanton is an almost two hours' drive away from Toronto. Located near the City of Orillia, ON -- the seaside cottage community is beautiful and breathtaking. It is no surp...
04/29/2013 05:31 EDT
Just a decade after arriving to Canada from Eritrea, Thomas Tewoldemedhin is living the ultimate Canadian dream. Calling himself a "serial entrepreneur", the onetime refugee turned Harry Jerome award-...
04/26/2013 05:29 EDT
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
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
For a once homeless panhandler high school dropout refugee, Alfonso Cuadra has come a long way. At only 35 he is now living the Canadian dream. The now successful entrepreneur, father and noted volunt...
04/24/2013 04:41 EDT
On the occasion of being the National Volunteer Week all across Canada, Ontario via the Honourable David C. Onley -- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario - honored nine outstanding young leaders earlier thi...
04/24/2013 04:41 EDT
"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
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
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