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Michael Bolen

HuffPost Canada News Editor

Michael Bolen is news editor at The Huffington Post Canada and previously worked as politics editor. Before moving to HuffPost, he edited and wrote on everything from quantum physics to reality TV to Parliamentary procedure for Yahoo! Canada and the National Post. He can be found on Twitter under @MichaelBolen.
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The Fair Elections Act Is Republican-Style Cheating

The CPC's push for its absurdly named Fair Elections Act would make infamous Republican strategist Karl Rove proud. At best, it has been a campaign to mislead the public, at worst, an attempt to rig the electoral system to favour the Tories in 2015. Conservative Senator Linda Frum says its a conflict of interest for Elections Canada to promote voter turnout. But the real conflict of interest lies with the Conservatives, who are pushing through a bill that radically reshapes our electoral process just one year before they'll seek to win a second majority government.
04/14/2014 10:51 EDT
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Republicans Ruin Healthcare By Ignoring Jesus (And Canada)

Republicans really want a Christian nation, they should start acting like it. Canadian Dr. Danielle Martin testified before the the U.S. Senate health subcommittee on Tuesday and learned just how uncharitable some GOP senators can be. When it comes to social welfare, Canadians are nicer than many Americans. We don't like hospital wait times either, but we're willing to accept some discomfort in order to ensure the less fortunate in our society receive the same care as everyone else. Millions of mostly-conservative Americans believe that if you're poor it's your own fault.
03/13/2014 05:33 EDT
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It's Time For Canada To Cut Off The Queen

I say, let the Queen go bankrupt. It can't happen soon enough. The last thing the Commonwealth or Canada needs is a costly reminder of a period when an aristocratic elite ruled supreme -- especially in an age in which a plutocratic elite rules supreme. The royals, after all, were the original 1 per cent.
01/31/2014 11:21 EST
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The $575 Teepee Proves That Capitalism Really Has Gone Insane

The $575 teepee symbolizes how insane capitalism has become. We're furiously mining every last resource on the planet, pumping pressurized liquid and gas into its darkest recesses, so we can fill our homes with more stuff we don't need. Whatever happened to building a fort out of blankets? Instead of worrying about whether your child will miss out on the teepee trend, shouldn't you be worrying about whether he or she will be able to see the sky in the future? In China, where most of the world's future-garbage is produced, they're already watching sunsets on giant LCD screens because the heavens are obscured by smog.
01/21/2014 05:28 EST
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Stop Pretending Marijuana Prohibition Protects Children

The Tories can't even mention Justin Trudeau and his plan to legalize pot without resorting to a plea to 'think of the children!' They'll tell you pot can fry a developing brain, spoil an academic career or even turn your son or daughter into an addict. But prohibition isn't keeping pot away from teens. It is ruining young lives across the continent. As it so often with misguided legislation, it's the disadvantaged who suffer most.
01/12/2014 11:14 EST
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TV Is So Amazing That I Cancelled My Cable

It seems like a paradox, but the much-ballyhooed small-screen "golden age" may actually be terrible for TV. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Homeland are all best watched in frantic orgies of immobility. And the best way to acquire these programs for "binge viewing" isn't cable.
11/26/2013 04:35 EST
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Rob Ford Is The Ugly Truth About The Suburbs

Rob Ford isn't a mistake. We like to think Canada is a tolerant nation, but the mayor's pride and prejudice is an accurate reflection of much of the city he leads. We like to imagine we're nothing like our neighbours to the south, but Toronto has its red states and its blue states; it has its Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain wrapped up in one neat 330-pound package.
11/05/2013 09:03 EST
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Immortality Is As Inevitable As Death

Not everyone thinks radically longer lives are a good idea. Many feel the endeavour is grossly unnatural and will somehow upset the very meaning of what it is to be human. How will we appreciate any one moment if the supply is inexhaustible? Immortality is coming, but it won't be a physical life courtesy of Google's new company. It will be in the form of a robotic afterlife, something that scares me just as much as dying.
10/08/2013 08:08 EDT
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The Men's Rights Movement Doesn't Have To Be Anti-Feminist

There is a healthy discourse among women about what feminism means for their lives, but men too often face taunts of "queer" from fellow men when they try to discuss redefining what it means to be a man in the modern world. When a man tries to discuss the particular challenges facing his gender today, he is often labelled sexist or misogynist by women who feel it's ridiculous for a privileged demographic to whine about its difficulties.
10/02/2013 08:49 EDT
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We Need Churches For Atheists

I never really believed in God. I went to church, to Sunday school, but I just never bought it. But now I want the community offered by churches without the sin -- and I'm not alone. A growing movement of those estranged from religion embrace its rituals. You can find them gathered in atheist churches.
08/27/2013 07:52 EDT
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Screw Terrorism, The Supervolcano Will Kill Us All

The greatest threat to American national security isn't a sleeper cell of terrorists or a homegrown militia. It doesn't have a scary face -- or any face at all. The single biggest danger to America has features that are buried underground, obscured by dense forest, only visible from the air.
08/15/2013 09:26 EDT
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'Survivor Canada'? Not Likely, Says Jeff Probst

Most people know Jeff Probst as the host of original reality TV phenomena "Survivor," but the man who made "The tribe has spoken" famous is also an author. Probst is set to release "Trial By Fire: Str...
06/18/2013 11:10 EDT
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Funniest Google Searches We Wish They Had Made

When Facebook recently introduced new search features, many users were alarmed to discover the website is already recording every search they make. Those searches remain private, but just imagine if t...
02/26/2013 05:59 EST
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WATCH: Senator's Wife Makes Her Acting Debut

Maygan Sensenberger's acting debut in the movie "First Ladies" has hit the web. Sensenberger, who shot to national prominence for causing a disturbance on an Air Canada flight with her husband Senator...
12/12/2012 09:15 EST