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Farid Omar

Digital Journalist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Joined on Mar 31, 2009
Expertise in Government, Ethnic cultures, Sports, Politics, Education

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Pioneer soccer program providing opportunities for girls Special

Toronto - Girl soccer has remained virtually absent in marginalized communities. But the game is finally finding traction at Toronto's West End, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Hanan Warsame, a young visionary ex-soccer player now turned coach.

Specialty restaurant enriching Regina's culinary landscape Special

Regina - Home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the City of Regina is the commercial and cultural hub of Southern Saskatchewan as well as the Capital City of the expansive, oil-rich, Prairie Province. It is located roughly 250 km north of the US border.

WUSC sponsorship program changing lives of refugee students Special

Regina - Refugee students from around the world are now finding hard-to-obtain quality post-secondary education in Canada. Many such students hail from war zones; in countries engulfed in protracted conflicts or mired in perpetual political instability.

Toronto: Faisal Hassan clinches NDP's nomination Special

Toronto - Backed by an overflow crowd of boisterous supporters at the Elmbank Community Centre, Hassan easily won the nomination contest and will now represent the NDP in the upcoming federal election.

NDP's Faisal Hassan, running for Etobicoke North nomination Special

Toronto - After serving the NDP and the Canadian public in various capacities, Mr. Faisal Hassan, a prominent social activist and human rights advocate is seeking the NDP nomination for the next Federal election in Etobicoke North.

Op-Ed: 40 years on, Rumble in the Jungle - A super fight remembered

Toronto - October 30th, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rumble in the Jungle. The Ali - Foreman fight in the former Zaire was a momentous event hailed by pundits and neutral observers alike as one of the greatest sporting spectacles of the last century.

Abla Elmi's Mogadishu Diaries Cast Somalia in Different Light Special

Toronto - Initially designated as a school project, the Mogadishu Diaries developed into a much sought after video series as it caught the attention of the Somali public, especially its youthful fraternity starved off original Somali stories.

Somali Singer, MP, Saado Ali Warsame Assassinated in Mogadishu Special

Toronto - Legendary Somali singer and parliamentarian, Saado Ali Warsame was shot dead near her hotel residence in the Hodan District of Mogadishu around 12:00pm local time when her vehicle was sprayed with bullets by armed militants.

Op-Ed: Brazil v. Germany — Why the Seleção lost

Toronto - The calamitous end to Brazil's uninspiring World Cup campaign was a disaster waiting to happen as the Seleção struggled against all the teams they faced, save for Cameroon, a crisis-riven team more concerned with unpaid bonuses than playing football.

Parent narrates tale of abuse at an Ontario school Special

Toronto - An Ontario parent has come forward to allege a pattern of discrimination and mistreatment meted out against her son at the Richmond Hill’s Sixteenth Avenue Public School. Last June, similar complaints of systemic abuse emerged at the same school.

Somali-Canadians condemn the Westgate mall terror attack Special

Toronto - On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Somali-Canadians converged in large numbers at Toronto’s Holiday Inn at 600 Dixon Road to condemn the Westgate mall terror attack in Kenya that claimed 67 innocent lives and left hundreds of civilians with gunshot wounds.

Somali FM hails relaunched Canada-Somalia relations Special

Toronto - As part of Somalia’s ongoing diplomatic offensive, Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Fawzia Yusuf H. Adan has toured Canada to rekindle diplomatic ties and urge Diaspora Somalis to return and invest in the homeland.

Ethiopia in FIFA World Cup playoffs

Toronto - Billed as one of the surprise packages in the World Cup qualifying rounds, the high flying Ethiopian national team lived up to its expectations beating the Central African Republic 2-1 in neutral Congo Brazzaville to secure a World Cup playoffs berth.

Op-Ed: In Egypt, Islamism is not the problem, but Capitalism

The Egyptian military has installed a totalitarian regime that is brutally cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters raising the stakes in the Arab World’s most populous nation.

Superstar Nimco Dareen rocks Toronto in dazzling concert Special

Toronto - Canadian fans of international superstar, Nimco Dareen, were treated to the gig of their lifetime when the world famous artist hit the Toronto stage in a historic event that simultaneously marked the commemoration of Somali National Day and Canada Day.

Parents allege systemic abuse at Ontario school Special

Toronto - With Somali-Canadian parents mobilizing against what they state is systemic racism, discrimination and mistreatment of their children in Toronto’s public school system, similar complaints have now surfaced in the York Region District School Board.

Somali-Canadians celebrate the birth of Jubaland State Special

Toronto - In a massive show of support for the newly-created Jubaland State, thousands of Somali-Canadians converged at the Sheraton Hotel at Toronto’s West End in the evening of Saturday, June 1st to celebrate the birth of Somalia’s newest regional state.

Canada’s Gashanti Unity inspiring creativity across borders Special

Toronto - Under the motto “anchored in our culture, focused on our future”, Gashanti Unity, a trail-blazing, Toronto-based group of young Somali-Canadian women is taking girl empowerment, leadership development and cultural production to new heights.

Putting down roots in the Canadian cultural landscape Special

Toronto - The colourful March 30th SpeakSudan magazine launch has gone into the records as a historic, milestone event that has set new standards in community organizing and stage management earning a prominent place in the Canadian artistic landscape.

Somali-Canadians fighting to curtail school drop-out rates Special

Toronto - Community activists are moving fast to curtail high school drop out rates by creating a conducive environment that will allow Somali-Canadian students make a successful transition to post-secondary-education.
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