Arti Patel
Arti Patel is an editor at the Huffington Post Canada covering lifestyle and viral content. A 2011 Ryerson University journalism grad, she generally covers health, women's issues, food, relationships, trends and coverage around diversity. Follow her on Twitter @artipatel
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New Canadian Campaign 'No Shame' Wants To Put An End To Period Taboos

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 1:22 PM

Periods are nothing to be ashamed of.

Yes, leaks can be embarrassing and talking about cramps at work can make some feel uncomfortable, but a new Toronto campaign wants to remind women periods are simply a "vital part of life."

Alyssa Bertram, 26, of Toronto recently launched a new...

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Lady Gaga's 'Carpool Karaoke' Ride With James Corden Is The Best One Yet

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 10:38 AM

Holy vocals!

Lady Gaga was the most recent guest on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment on Tuesday, and let's just say it is a performance that will go down in "Carpool Karaoke" history.

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The 30-year-old singer and the host of...

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How To Have A Healthy And Delicious Diwali

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Diwali is all about lights, family get-togethers, and most importantly, food.

Deep-fried and sugar-covered goodness can be found in many South Asian households leading up to the big day, but if you have type 2 diabetes (a condition common in South Asian communities), or kidney disease, Diwali is a...

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Shannen Doherty Shares Heartbreaking Reality Of Living With Breast Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 10:43 AM

Shannen Doherty is opening up candidly about her ongoing battle with cancer.

The 45-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with breast cancer more than a year ago, shared a touching post on Instagram over the weekend looking back on her chemotherapy treatment.

Doherty said the days after getting chemo...

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Details Of Taylor Swift's Alleged Groping Incident In 2013 Become Public

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 11:27 AM

New details of an alleged groping incident involving singer Taylor Swift and former DJ David Mueller have recently been made public by a judge.

According to Billboard, last week a judge decided to seal a photo of the 26-year-old at a June 2013 meet-and-greet where the former...

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23 Of The Coolest People From Scarborough

(9) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 4:48 PM

A vibrant suburb in Toronto's east-end, Scarborough is home to some of the country's biggest talent.

With a reported population of 625,930 people according to the 2011 Census, the most popular communities in the suburb include those who speak Tamil, Cantonese and Tagalog. Oh, and who can

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A Racist Woman Didn't Want To Be Served By This Black Barista

(32) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 1:47 PM

A black barista in Australia recently had to deal with a terrible customer.

Josie Ajak, a South-Sudanese woman, is a shift supervisor at Gloria Jean's Coffees in Cairns, Queensland, Buzzfeed reports.

About two weeks ago, when Ajak was working, a white woman came into the coffee shop and...

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Guillermo Del Toro Has Fallen In Love With Hamilton's Food Scene

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 11:35 AM

Guillermo Del Toro really loves Hamilton, Ont.

The director, who is currently shooting the film "The Shape of Water" in the city, recently tweeted about his love for the local food, shopping and art scene.

"Hamilton is full of promise and surprises: great bookstores, Antique shops, coffee shops,...

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Duchess of Cambridge's Grandmother Had A Pretty Cool Job During The Second World War

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 1:32 PM

Turns out the Duchess Of Cambridge's grandmother was pretty badass.

The Duchess, a.k.a Kate Middleton, recently wrote about her paternal grandmother Valerie Glassborow in a foreword for a puzzle book by the U.K.’s national intelligence and security agency GCHQ, the New York Post reports.

Glassborow (who is...

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Bride Drops 110 Pounds After Seeing Her Engagement Photos

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 11:20 AM

After Haley Smith's boyfriend proposed to her, she looked at her engagement photos and didn't recognize herself.

“I cried because this was one of the happiest moments of my life, but I was just so ashamed. I didn’t understand how Matt could want to be with someone like me....

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Rose McGowan Tweets About Alleged Rape By Unnamed 'Studio Head'

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 11:06 AM

Rose McGowan isn't staying silent about her alleged rape.

The 43-year-old "Charmed" actress joined last week's #WhyWomenDontReport movement on Twitter, where women shared tragic details of not reporting their sexual assaults and rape experiences to police.

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Actress and filmmaker Rose...

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30 Scary Movies And TV Shows On Netflix For Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 4:54 PM

Halloween and horror movies go hand in hand.

During the month of October, Netflix Canada will be streaming some scary movies and TV shows to help you celebrate the spooky day in true horror style.

And while Netflix has a large list of horror films and thrillers that...

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#WhyWomenDontReport Is An Unfortunate Reality For Many Women

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 12:24 PM

Trigger warning: This article contains information about sexual violence which may be triggering to survivors.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has faced multiple sexual assault allegations this week, the most recent from a Canadian writer who formerly worked at People magazine.

But along with the accusations (and...

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10 Things You Should Know About Mammograms And Breast Cancer Prevention

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 3:15 PM

Mammograms are something many women don't have to consider until the age of 50, but when it comes to breast cancer prevention, there are things women of all ages can do to lower their risks.

Dr. Ed Kucharski, regional primary care lead at Cancer Care Ontario, says...

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DIY Halloween Decor Ideas For Inside And Outside The House

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 12:44 PM

Halloween decor is all about creepy crawlies in unexpected places, doors covered in cobwebs and carved pumpkins on your front lawn.

But sometimes you don't have the time (or budget) to go all out. Luckily for you, Halloween crafts are not only easy (for the most part), but they...

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Gord Downie Opens Up About Struggling With Memory Loss

(50) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip is doing his first sit-down interview since he revealed his brain cancer diagnosis in May.

The 52-year-old Canadian musician will speak to The National's Peter Mansbridge on Thursday on everything from his aggressive cancer, the band and his latest solo...

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Toronto Restaurant La Carnita Under Fire For 'Grab Her By The Taco' Comment

(9) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 11:03 AM

Toronto's popular Mexican street food joint La Carnita came under fire this week after the restaurant's social media team posted an inappropriate caption to its Instagram page.

UPDATE: La Carnita has posted another apology and updates on their Facebook page:

The comment in question, which read: "What if Donald said, 'grab her by the taco'... #LCeverywhere #tacotuesday" has been labelled "disgusting," "sexist" and "gross" on social media.

The phrase refers to a 2005 audio recording of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump making disgusting comments about sexually assaulting women, and in particular, saying, "grab her by the pussy." He later apologized for his actions and said it was nothing but "locker room talk."

Before La Carnita could realize their mistake, Instagram user @chefgrantsoto screengrabbed and shared it online before the restaurant could delete the post.

"Grab her by the taco" oh @la_carnita...

A photo posted by chefgrantsoto (@chefgrantsoto) on

Instagram user @theblackhoof (restaurateur Jen Agg) commented while the restaurant may have thought it was being "cutting edge and subversive," this kind of comment just doesn't work.

"It isn't that I lack a sense of humour. It's that this garbage perpetuates the idea that woman are objects," she wrote on @chefgrantsoto's Instagram post . "La Carnita is just playing to the lowest common denominator. An easy, lazy card to play."

Some Twitter users spoke their mind about the insulting Instagram comment, saying they will simply no longer eat at the restaurant.

Following the criticism, La Carnita issued an apology on Twitter on Tuesday.

"Tonight, we made a mistake. A big one. We used a caption that was dumb, rude, and insensitive. Once we realized our error, we quickly removed it. For anyone who saw it, know that we understand your anger and fully realize why it was inappropriate. We truly apologize. We can do better, and we will," they wrote.

Some Twitter users advised the restaurant to make a donation to a sexual assault crisis centre, while others want to know exactly what it means when it says, "we can do better, and we will."

We will keep you updated....

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Speaks Out On Donald Trump's Locker Room Remark

(253) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 4:42 PM

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has spoken out about Donald Trump's most recent comments about women.

Grégoire Trudeau, who is a national ambassador for Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” initiative, was in Toronto on Tuesday to mark the International Day of the Girl.

After a...

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Céline Dion Opens Up About Finding Love Again, Admits To Only Kissing René Angélil

(40) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 12:40 PM

Céline Dion's heart is full of love.

The 48-year-old Canadian singer sat down with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca over the weekend to talk about everything from her Las Vegas show and her love for singing to the love of her life, her late husband René...

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Toronto's Best New Restaurants In 2016 To Try Out This Fall

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2016 | 1:41 PM

There's something delicious happening in Toronto lately.

With many new spots popping up in and around the downtown core since the summer, fall is a great time to revisit that restaurant bucket list, but also see what's trending in the world of food.

Poké and sushi...

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