Davide Mastracci
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Davide Mastracci is a Master of Journalism student at Ryerson University. Davide graduated from McGill University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction. This degree was at the Joint Honours level in Political Science and History, with a Minor in Philosophy. Davide has written for numerous publications including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and the Montreal Gazette. He has also had his work republished by Pearson Canada, and appeared on CBC Radio multiple times. Davide currently works as Featured Education Contributor for the Globe and Mail. He has also worked as a columnist and copy editor for the McGill Daily.

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Trump Isn't Solely To Blame For The Quebec Mosque Shooting

(89) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 3:15 PM

Trump has undoubtedly emboldened Islamophobes across North America, but Canada has its own history with Islamophobia that we need to talk about. From 2012 to 2014, we saw hate crimes against Muslims in Canada double - and this is all while most of us knew Donald Trump as...

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Stop Asking All Muslims To Condemn Terror

(54) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 5:14 PM

A Muslim woman was picking up her children from a Flemingdon Park school in Toronto when, according to reports, she was approached by two white men. The men called the woman a terrorist, and told her to go back to her country as they advanced on her. One...

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Harper's Stance on Niqabs Shows He Doesn't Really Care About Women

(130) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:41 AM

Stephen Harper suddenly seems to really care about women's rights.

On February 12, Harper vowed to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow Muslim women to wear a niqab during citizenship ceremonies. Speaking to the press about the matter, Harper said, "That is not the way we do...

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Hey Harper, Mosques Don't Create Terrorists

(38) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 9:41 AM

I've prayed in downtown Toronto mosques, on multiple occasions, in the last week. According to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, that means I may be a frequent visitor to a terrorist breeding ground.

On January 30, a reporter asked Harper how newly-introduced anti-terror legislation will differentiate between somebody...

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Would the Media Freak Out if 50-Somethings Didn't Know Who Kanye Was?

(14) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 12:54 PM

On New Year's Day Kanye West released a new song featuring Paul McCartney. The discussion regarding the song quickly became about the idea that some Kanye fans had no idea who McCartney is, thanks to stories posted by an avalanche of publications....

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Stop Telling "Moderate Muslims" What To Do

(40) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Ali A. Rizvi recently wrote an open letter to "moderate Muslims." I'm not sure if Rizvi's letter was directed toward me, as I don't measure my faith in chicken wing flavours, but I'm going to respond anyway.

Rizvi begins by telling Muslims he won't accuse us of "staying...

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Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 11:54 PM

Watching another prolonged massacre unfold in Gaza over the last couple of weeks has been extremely difficult. As a human, it has been heartbreaking to see Palestinian children have their lives cut short en masse. As a Canadian citizen, it has been enraging to see the government cheering...

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Men Must Learn From the California Mass Murder

(153) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 7:55 PM

A man killed six people in a drive by shooting on Friday night in California (and ultimately ended up dead himself). On Thursday night the apparent shooter made a video explaining why he was going to embark on the murderous rampage. In this video the man...

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Why I'm Happy About the Government Crackdown on Unpaid Internships

(7) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 2:51 PM

The last couple months have been stressful as I've been trying to decide my plans for the summer. Up until about a week ago, my two options were working as an unpaid intern for a magazine in Toronto, or making money back at home in a job unrelated to my...

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A Tale of Two Russia Today Anchors

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:14 PM

There are two sorts of people who call themselves anti-imperialists: those who oppose imperialism, and those who oppose imperialism in specific instances because it is not wrapped in their preferred flag or ideology. Although Vladimir Putin's recent decisions regarding Crimea have received much deserved criticism over the last few days,...

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Why I Do Not Wear A Poppy

(39) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:31 PM

The poppy as we know it was introduced to Canada in 1921 as a way to commemorate the soldiers who participated in World War One. Since then, The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) has been responsible for distributing the poppy (on which they've had a trademark since...

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Rob Ford's Story Is Really About the Drug War

(16) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 12:53 PM

On Thursday, a story regarding Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford, broke on Gawker. The story began with the following:

"Rob Ford, Toronto's conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars. One reason for this is that he smokes...
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Hypocritical Liberals Attack Hudak & Leone

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 1:29 PM

Just over a month ago, Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC), released a 27-page plan outlining his vision for post-secondary education in Ontario. Buried within this policy package, Hudak indicates that if elected, the Conservatives will attempt to scrap the 30 per cent tuition...

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A Drop in Rankings Is What McGill Needs

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 12:21 AM

The 2013 Times High Education World Reputation Rankings (WRR) were recently released. The WRR measures the best universities in the world based upon the opinions of over 16 000 academics. In the most recent results McGill University, which has held the 16th spot since the creation of the...

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Mental Illness Is Not a First World Problem

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Recently a video titled "First World Problems Anthem" has been all over my Facebook and Twitter timelines. The video features impoverished Africans reading out "First World Problems," such as "I hate when my phone charger won't reach my bed," with the intent of getting viewers to donate to...

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This Catholic School Kid Thinks Public Funding Needs to Stop

(129) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:44 PM

On February 3, the Toronto Star published an article which details a Brampton father's attempts to have his son exempted from his Catholic high school's religious courses and activities. The article has sparked a debate revolving around one central question: should students at Catholic schools who are not...

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Why Do Men Still Pay for Dates?

(72) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 7:06 AM

On January 11, the New York Times published an article by Alex Williams entitled "The end of courtship." The article attempts to examine the new "hookup culture" which Williams claims has replaced traditional dates. According to Williams, men now take women along to less traditional activities like concerts...

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Some Dropouts Find Success, But School Still Matters

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 7:42 AM

On December 2, poet Suli Breaks posted a spoken word video titled "Why I Hate School But Love Education." As Breaks indicates in the description section of the YouTube video, his work of art pays homage to Jefferson Bethke's viral video "Why I Hate Religion but...

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Is Weed a Gateway to Other Legal Drugs in Canada?

(53) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 12:24 PM

A day before the voting for the U.S. Presidential election took place, Bill Maher tweeted the following, "I know everyone's feeling stressed about the election -- I suggest some deep breathing exercises -- breathe in...hold the smoke..breathe out." A day after the election, millions of citizens in the...

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Why I'm Keeping the Name You Can't Pronounce

(31) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 5:42 PM

My Italian name, Davide, is impossible to pronounce for 95 per cent of the people I meet. The difference a single vowel can make is incredible, because I know that if you take away that "e", life would become a lot easier for me.

My name usually draws some sort...

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