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JD Halperin is a writer and guitar teacher from Toronto. His writing has appeared on the Walrus laughs, Toronto Standard, and he is a regular contributor of JDHalperin.com.

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I'll Watch the Olympics to See Putin Beat at His Own Game

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Ice hockey is as elegant and beautiful as the Sochi Olympics are repugnant. Vladimir Putin is a gangster running a gangster state that officially and unofficially persecutes gays to deflect attention from the state's incomprehensible-scale corruption. The threat of a terrorist attack at these games is more realistic than usual...

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Why I'll Still Watch NHL Hockey (and You'd Be Stupid Not To)

(5) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Not surprisingly, fans are upset with the NHL. A bloated, unnecessary and ugly lockout, "a fight between millionaires and billionaires," kept fans from the game they love. "They don't care about us, the fans who buy tickets and overpriced beer," and other obvious, stupid messages were common. The 2004-05 lockout...

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This Holiday Season, Let's Ignore the Pope

(24) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 7:44 AM

This weekend, the National Post published several articles responding to a poll they commissioned determining Canadians' religiosity versus their spirituality, among other things.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it showed the older generation is more religious, with a pronounced drop among the youth. The youth are spiritual, but they...

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Sound Familiar? This Man Wants a List of Hungary's Jews

(8) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 7:51 AM

In Canada we are shocked when the politicians of so-called civilized countries advance unambiguously racist statements and positions. Perhaps we are under the assumption that basic tolerance, fundamentally accepted here, develops in a straight line, and the civilized world moves together in one direction. This is certainly not the case....

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Gen Y Feeling Stress? Get a Grip

(8) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 11:42 AM

We Canadians born in the 1980s are extremely lucky. Our technology is magic, and people didn't use to self-actualize around the globe like many of us. We didn't grow up in the shadow of the World Wars or the Depression. We like to share our good lot, and activism in...

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Legalized Weed Is Sparking Tensions in the USA

(6) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 4:07 PM

Barack Obama will remain in office for another four years, but there is indeed change in America's winds, and it smells like the chronic. Big surprising news is that voters in Washington and Colorado embraced measures that will allow anyone aged 21 and up to possess recreational weed....

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An Eco-Fee? Bring it On!

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:44 AM

An open letter to the next Premier of Ontario

To whom it may concern,

I know you must be busy, but after you read this you'll at once agree that I couldn't in good conscience keep this idea to myself.

The other day I bought a TV and was...

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A Very Manly 2012 Fall Fashion Style Guide

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:18 PM

The effortless look is so in right now, but what can a hard-working fashion guru tell you about an effortless look? When it comes to the effortless look, I'm a style icon. My credentials are superb, as I haven't gone shopping for clothes in three years and I hate fashion....

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A History of Music in Under 500 Words

(7) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Before Bach, there was no music. This seriously hampered the soundtracks of movies. This glorious music required specially commissioned music halls and churches with perfect acoustics. For hundreds of years, Italians sang Opera and various European composers arranged notes this way and that.

This lasted until black slaves sang...

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University: Not a Pre-Req for Adulthood Anymore

(26) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 1:38 PM

Until very recently it was thought that universities were virtually a prerequisite to becoming an adult. They would lead to an ennobling education and, practically speaking, open up a higher pay gradient for the rest of your career. Of course this is still the case at great schools in elite...

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When Tweets Can (Buzz) Kill

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 7:38 AM

Much to my delight, boorish foodies have officially made the news. In last week's Maclean's, Jessica Allen describes what restaurants contend with now that people can publicly whine during their meal in real time about perceived problems with the food, or their eating experience, via Twitter.

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Sexting, F-Bombs and Gastropubs: Merriam-Webster Gets (Too) Hip

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 3:30 PM

"Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words." --Samuel Johnson


The new Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is out this week, and they have added a few words that make me doubt the seriousness of...

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My Modest Olympic Proposal

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 12:38 PM

The Olympic spirit is about the love of sport, solidarity, and fair play. Government officials from around the world care very deeply about these noble virtues, not about gaining prestige at the expense of global competitors on a very international stage, so, taken together, they spend billions so that their...

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Change My Mind: Is the Modern Woman Too Picky?

(199) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Not gonna lie about how this topic came up. It was a late summer afternoon in the HuffPost Toronto offices, and a blog had just come in that immediately became the subject of an all-out newsroom debate.

The blog was titled: I Rejected a Good Date Because...

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Summer Style Tips From a Guy's-Guy

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 3:59 PM

Summer babes aren't interested in dudes who dress like everybody else. Yet in order to look hot, guys pour hours into researching the same blogs and the same fashion writers -- in the end, they all look the same!

That's why I'm the perfect source for giving you the...

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