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Joshua Ostroff

Former Senior Editor, HuffPost Canada

Joshua Ostroff is a former senior editor at HuffPost Canada. Raised on the West Coast and based in Toronto, he covers politics and pop culture and has contributed to Vice, Maclean's, The Walrus, CTV and other newspapers, magazines and broadcasters.  

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Wonder Woman Will Help Defeat Geek Culture Sexism

Geek culture has a sexism (and, yep, racism) problem that it has been unable to shed despite growing into our era's dominant form of pop culture. This subcultural sexism has been a roadblock for female geeks over the years. But times are changing, and movies like Wonder Woman are speeding up that process.
05/29/2017 04:14 EDT
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Chris Cornell's Suicide Is Sadly Familiar To Gen-Xers

Death was an omnipresent part of the alt-era, something we just took for granted at the time. It was something to live through at the time, but which we never questioned. It just was. And yet in hindsight so many deaths of so many young people seems unfathomable. And they didn't stop. And now Chris Cornell of suicide by hanging. It is an unimaginable tragedy for those who loved him personally -- his wife and his three children most of all -- and for all of those who loved the music he gave to the world and the operatic multi-octave howl he sang it to us with.
05/18/2017 04:54 EDT
CP

Cultural Appropriation Exists Even If You Don't Believe In It

Cultural appropriation has become one of those Trump-era terms that gets people literally all a-twitter. But there's one thing you may notice when the topic hits your feeds and timelines - the people who are dismissing it as a joke are, well, white folks.
05/12/2017 04:34 EDT
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Trudeau's Hypocrisy On Pot Pardons Is Ruining Lives

If Trudeau says something shouldn't be criminal in a year, then people shouldn't be getting criminal records for it now - especially when most of those people are folks who don't enjoy his family's privileges of being white and wealthy. A criminal record traps people in the country and traps them in poverty. Almost every job does background checks, even volunteer organizations. It deeply impacts lives and when that record is due to nonviolent pot possession, it amounts to cruel and usual punishment.
04/25/2017 04:34 EDT
Joshua Ostroff

Restaurants Should Ban Bad Parents, Not Punish Good Kids

Long before we had Trump to fight each other about, the Internet went to war over children - specifically the banning of children from public spaces like restaurants. But here's the thing - this issue isn't really about bad kids, it's about bad parents. And that's not a good enough reason to ban good kids and good parents.
04/13/2017 07:50 EDT
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American Democracy Didn't Just Get Blown Up. It's Always Been A Sham

Even if the GOP hadn't gerrymandered the House, even if Trump had won the popular vote, even if there weren't all these new voter restriction laws in place, the Senate still gives voters in smaller, whiter states more power than those in big diverse ones. This democratic defect was built in since day one.
04/07/2017 02:41 EDT
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Russell Peters' Junos Rape Joke Was Even Worse Than You Think

"Look at all the young girls, this is a felony waiting to happen." That was the "joke" that Russell Peters used to open up the 2017 Junos on Sunday, an award show that had already been marred by a second consecutive year of the #JunosSoMale debate over gender-imbalanced nominees. Peters then proceeded to reduce Canada's heritage minister, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, to being "hot." The show went on, but anger over Peters has continued to build as have the usual defenders crying about how it was just a joke. So let's unpack that.
04/04/2017 01:56 EDT