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A Football-Hater's Guide to Getting Through the Super Bowl

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Ah, the Super Bowl. For some, it's a glorious time of celebration, for others (me) it's an exhausting day of screaming, confusion, and Doritos dust all over the place. Here's my guide to watching the Super Bowl when your partner is a fan and you're really, really not.

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Why I Won't Tell You You're Pretty

(14) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 7:51 AM

 


After reading Lisa Bloom's "How to Talk to Little Girls" in 2011, I put a lot of effort into steering my comments away from children's looks. I bit my tongue when meeting three-year-old girls who were just SO CUTE with their tiny little...

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Love Actually Is Actually The Least Romantic Film Of All Time? (VIDEO)

(26) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:41 AM

While nobody was watching, "Love Actually" seems to have become a holiday classic. But not everyone is happy about it.

Earlier this month, The Atlantic's Christopher Orr called the film the "least romantic of all time." Is he right?

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I'm Putting R. Kelly's Music Back in the Closet, Forever

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Two years ago, I biked down to the Dog Bowl in Toronto's Trinity-Bellwoods park to watch an outdoor screening of R. Kelly's magnum opus, Trapped in the Closet. Just a few weeks ago, I was considering a New Year's Eve trip to Detroit to ring in the new year with...

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Hey Chip, Stop Selling Us Sex and Calling it Health

(47) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:59 AM

If Lululemon founder Chip Wilson truly believed that "Friends are more important than money" -- one of the many points of the athletic-wear brand's "manifesto" -- he probably wouldn't have alienated so many of his customers with his recent comments.

While attempting to defend his product against...

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Since When Do Plagiarists Deserve Praise?

(11) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 12:27 PM

When someone steals, it's not often they get called "a strong person," or told that they have guts (well, maybe these guys). It's rarer still for the thief to be called "courageous" by the person supposedly holding him accountable.

That's why it's so shocking to see to...

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Oh, Canada: Are They Laughing At Us, or With Us?

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:41 PM

Canada has a long and storied history of great comedy.

From Kids in the Hall to French Canadian YouTube star Jon Lajoie, Canadian comedy is one of our prime exports. Everyone (at least everyone North of the border) knows that SNL would be nothing without our guys...

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Trying to Enjoy a Smartphone-Based Festival With My Sad, Old Phone

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 8:11 AM

#JFL42 (Just for Laughs for the Toronto crowd) is a digitally-focused comedy festival -- and really, it's very cool. Very Gen Y. It kicked off last Friday, September 20, and ends this Saturday, September 28.

The festival has three headliners (this year they're Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and the cast...

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Drawn From a Hat TIFF Reviews: 'Siddharth' Is Every Parent's Nightmare

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:41 PM

What if your child went missing and you had no photograph of him to share, no money, no Internet to search, and no one who could help you? You would probably do everything you could the hard way. Save up so you could travel in person to the last place...

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Ricky Gervais On Netflix's 'Derek': Like You've Never Seen Him Before

(13) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:07 PM

If you told me before I sat down to watch Ricky Gervais’ new show "Derek" that I would end up crying in front of my computer, I would've never believed you. Crying with laughter like I did during "Extras"? Sure. Cringing with second-hand embarrassment, "Office"-style? Pretty...

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Pedophiles Need Help More Than Handcuffs

(310) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Do you ever wish you could get inside the head of someone like a serial killer, or a sociopath and just see what's going on in his brain? Of course you do -- we all do, because the thought process of a person some might call a "monster" is a...

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I'd Rather Be Thirsty Than Pay For Bottled Water

(92) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 5:37 PM

I'm in line, and the two people ahead of me are getting patted down. My palms begin to sweat. My mind is focused firmly on the item sitting heavy in my backpack. I wonder what I was even thinking bringing it to begin with. I consider ditching my backpack in...

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Feminist Movement's Future In Question After The Third Wave

(170) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:58 AM

"I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are?"
- Beyoncé

Something about the word “feminism” seems to have Generation Y running for the hills. But are Millennials throwing out the baby with the bathwater? Or is feminism just plain...

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Every Canadian Woman Owes Something to Henry Morgentaler

(34) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 4:13 PM

It may be disputed, some may fight it tooth and nail, but every Canadian woman owes something to Henry Morgentaler. The notorious abortion rights activist died Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 90, and one indication of the massive change he helped to bring about...

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CHANGE MY MIND: Should Marijuana Be Legalized in Canada?

(233) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Canada and marijuana have a very special relationship. Hey, you can't just go to any country's parliament on a certain April day and partake in...er...wait, what was I just saying?

The majority of Canadians are in favour of decriminalized or legal weed, while some think...

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Blogs 2012: A Year in Review

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 7:33 AM

Our blog rail often feels like an eclectic dinner party where celebrities, politicians, students and any Canadian with an intelligent opinion gather around the same table.

Almost every day this year we have read about how different people view government, public figures, other cultures and their own lives.

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Rob Ford Gets the Boot and a City Reacts

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 11:11 AM



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Tavi Gevinson Rookie: Scenes And Styles From The Blogger's Toronto Book Reading

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:05 AM

Taking style advice from a 16-year-old is not generally advisable when you're a grown woman. There is, of course, always an exception. In this case, that would be Tavi Gevinson, teen founder of Rookie Mag and the new book Rookie Yearbook One.

Gevinson was in...

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Amanda Todd: Bullied to Death

(9) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 12:02 PM

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Christie Pits Rally: Hundreds Gather In Toronto To Protest Sexual Assaults

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 2:52 PM

TORONTO -- Last night at Christie Pits, hundreds of people gathered with one clear focus – stopping rape culture in their community. The event, organized by social activists Farrah Khan, Anni Spadafora and Liz Brockest was a call to action based on the recent...

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