Joshua Ostroff

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Nina Arsenault, Trans Icon, Says Trudeau Should Legalize Sex Work To Save Lives

(8) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 9:05 AM

Trans rights have become the new civil rights movement of our time.

Though still facing alarmingly high suicide and homicide rates, progress is being made in the political sphere. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will add gender identity to the Canadian Human...

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Hindu Heroes Of 'Sanjay's Super Team' Finally Add Colour To Pixar's Palette

(7) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Pixar's new film "The Good Dinosaur," set in a world where an asteroid didn't hit the earth and kill the creatures off, lives up to its soft-sell title. But "Sanjay's Super Team," the Indian-American short that precedes it, is flat-out great as well as groundbreaking.

Diversity has seen a...

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Never Again: A Jewish Take On Anti-Syrian Refugee Sentiment

(322) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 2:16 PM

The phrase "never again" has a special meaning to Jews: it's about remembering the Holocaust and using that memory to try and prevent history from being repeated with new, if smaller, genocides.

Well, we should be shouting it again when it comes to ethnic refugees desperately fleeing a new,...

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Shawn Mendes On Bullying: 'I've Felt The Wrath Of People Over A Computer'

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Shawn Mendes is a massively successful pop star, currently ensconced in the U.S. top 10 chart beside his countrymen Bieber, Drake and The Weeknd. His breakthrough song "Stitches" is number one on pop radio, and he spent his summer on tour with Taylor Swift

But Mendes is also 17, and...

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Is Bieber Still The Worst?

(10) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:51 PM

"My life is a movie / that everyone's watching / so let's get to the good part / and past all the nonsense." - "I'll Show You," Justin Bieber (2015)

No, he's not still the worst. Let's get that out of the way. But here's the low bar for that....

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Hedley Discusses Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women, And Child Labour (Yes, That Hedley)

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Hedley released its newest studio album 'Hello' Nov. 6th. Listen or download it now

Canadian pop-rockers Hedley, and especially lead singer Jacob Hoggard, are devout goofballs. Take their silly red carpet arrivals at the MMVAs, ranging from rolling in on bikes to bringing...

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Canada Now Has A Minister Of Climate Change

(183) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Words matter, and nowhere is that clearer than with Wednesday's unveiling of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change during the swearing-in of Canada's new cabinet.

Catherine McKenna, a lawyer with a background in international trade and social justice, is in charge of the renamed portfolio.


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Giggling Inuit Throat Singers Delight At Trudeau Swearing In Ceremony

(51) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 11:33 AM

This was already a historic election for indigenous Canadians with 10 newly elected MPs entering Parliament. And then 12-year-old First Nations drummer Theland Kicknosway led Justin Trudeau, his family and his incoming cabinet into Rideau Hall to be sworn in.

But the best — or at least most...

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Why Cabinet Quotas Are Good For Canada

(16) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 12:52 PM

The past couple days have seen plenty of pundits declaring the merits of "meritocracy" in the face of Justin Trudeau's dastardly plan for "politically correct" cabinet quotas that call for gender parity and more minority inclusion.

These meritocrats have,...

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A Cooler Replacement For The Blackhawks Controversial Logo Goes Viral

(51) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Halloween provides an annual opportunity to remind folks that their "Sexy Squaw" costume is racist. But this year's #NotYourCostume campaign was joined by the year-round #NotYourMascot movement, when a years-old Blackhawks logo replacement by Toronto-based Ojibway graphic designer Mike Ivall went viral.

Late in the evening...

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Gamergate Loses As SXSW Admits 'Mistake' And Adds Online Harassment Summit

(9) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 9:15 PM

A director of the SXSW Interactive festival has apologized for cancelling a panel on online harassment — due to online harassment.

"Earlier this week we made a mistake," said director Hugh Forrest in a statement Friday. "By cancelling two sessions we sent an unintended message that SXSW...

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Halloween Songs: No Trick, Here's A Spooky Playlist!

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Anyone who's ever watched a horror movie knows that music enhances the thrills and chills. So what would Halloween be without a scary soundtrack to spook your night up?

But nobody wants to hear the "Monster Mash" again, at least not unless it's the Misfits version. So we've put together...

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'Sex Isn't Something You Should Be Punished For': Tavi Gevinson On Planned Parenthood, Sex-Ed

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 11:14 AM

"We're taught that sex is evil and that women should be punished for partaking in ways that men aren't, and that some of the health issues that can come out of sex are some sort of punishment. I just really disagree with that and it makes me really angry. I...

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The Left Always Loses by Running Right

(49) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 8:01 PM

When the 2015 federal election kicked off a couple millennia ago, the NDP was in an unprecedented lead. And yet not only did they lose their official opposition status, returning to third-party rump status, but they lost my parents, aging hippies who have been voting NDP since the late 1960s...

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Canada's New Parliament... In Lego Candy (And Party Leaders As Minifigs)

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:43 AM

As polls closed across the country, and the election night returns came in, we took our lead from our former leader Stephen Harper's minifigure hair and represented all 338 yummy, yummy Canadian ridings in Lego candy.

Beginning with the cherry red tide that swept over the Atlantic provinces...

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Moses Znaimer On The Power Of Older Voters, Doctor-Assisted Suicide, Pot And Saving Health Care From Aging Boomers

(9) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 4:12 PM

In Moses Znaimer's younger years, the broadcasting legend founded City TV and MuchMusic, providing an outlet for the voices and interests of...

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Kardinal Offishall On Carding, Black Lives Matter, And The Politics Of Racism

(39) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 3:50 PM

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UPDATE: Ontario minister of community safety and correctional services, Yasir Naqvi, announced during a Oct 22 debate that carding will be illegal in the province by this winter, though no specific details were released. "We as a government stand opposed, Speaker,...
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Joseph Boyden On Harper, First Nations, The Election, And Canadian Racism

(380) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 5:00 PM

The irony of this federal election campaign is that no matter who is elected on Oct. 19, many of the most pressing...

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How To Defuse The Baby Boomer 'Demographic Bomb' And Save Health Care

(64) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:53 PM

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(Photo by Frank Lennon/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

This campaign season, HuffPost Canada is going past the sales pitch, away from the attacks, and beyond the ballot.

Our Beyond the Ballot series is deep diving into three major...

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Blue Jays Playoff Run A Grandslam For Toronto City Pride: Kardinal Offishall

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 2:51 PM

Kardinal Offishall is an iconic rapper, social activist and Blue Jays super fan.

The Toronto MC is no newcomer either, having dubbed his record label and production squad "Black Jays" back in the early 2000s. But his love for the playoff-bound baseball team goes back further still.

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