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To Police Unions: Stop Protecting Rotten Cops

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2016 | 5:39 PM

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Police in riot gear look on as demonstrators pass by during an organized march in Toronto. (Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

People like to excuse police violence by claiming that it's just a few bad apples. Perhaps that's true, but then who is electing...

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Second Harvest Turns Food Waste Into 22,000 Free Meals A Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2016 | 11:24 AM

Reducing food waste has become an increasingly pressing concern in recent years but it's by no means a new one. Neither is the concept of saving said food waste from the landfill and redistributing to those in need.

Food rescue organization Second Harvest has been around since...

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Jesse Lipscombe Turns Ugly Racism Into 'Make It Awkward' Movement

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 1:05 PM

Jesse Lipscombe wasn't just minding his own business when he was the victim of drive-by racism a few weeks ago. The Edmonton actor, athlete and entrepreneur was in the midst of making a PSA for the city about how great its downtown is and...

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These Seniors Can't Travel, So This Mobile Mall Brings Clothes To Them (And Reduces Waste Along The Way)

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2016 | 12:00 PM

Canadian seniors might live on fixed budgets and face mobility issues, but that doesn't mean they don't still want to be fashionable. But not only can clothing be inaccessible, the clothing industry is also among the world's most wasteful, polluting and deadly.

Garment workers in developing world sweatshops face...

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Being An Invisible Minority Makes It Hard To Pass On My Jewish Heritage

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 12:44 PM

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It's not easy to raise a Jewish kid when he's half and you're only Jewish, especially when you live in downtown Toronto, far from the Hebrew-heavy neighbourhoods up north.

Of course, it wasn't much easier to raise me despite...

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Male Suicide Survivors Tell Us How To Save Lives: 'Let's Talk When Things Get Tough'

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2016 | 5:58 PM

The Movember Foundation may be best known for convincing men to grow moustaches to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, but this September they're trying to get men to uncover their mouths and talk to prevent male suicide.

The video, which has already been watched over...

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Paul Martin's Model School Project Sent Indigenous Reading Rates Skyrocketing

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2016 | 5:27 PM

Canadian kids have headed back to school, but not all of our children will be educated equally.

As Manitoba MLA and activist Wab Kinew told The Huffington Post Canada earlier this year, "The government of Canada gives $4,000 less per student per year to First Nation schools."...

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1 In 5 Canadian Teens Consider Suicide (And How You Can Help Them)

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 12:48 PM

Suicide is an issue that isn't talked about enough.

This is partly because it's a tough conversation, especially when discussing children and teens, and partly because the media doesn't want to unintentionally inspire copycat suicide attempts.

But ignorance is not bliss when it comes to suicide, because not talking...

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Marvel Comics Icon Stan Lee Talks Superhero Diversity And Creating Black Panther

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2016 | 4:13 PM

Stan Lee is not just the elderly mustachioed man who cameos in every Marvel movie. The spry 93-year-old also co-created most of the comic book company's stable of superheroes — from Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers to Spider-Man, Iron Man and even Guardians of the Galaxy's...

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What Kanye West Can Teach Us About Fame

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2016 | 5:05 PM

Kanye West is flying. Or rather, he's leashed to a platform that is slowly soaring through Toronto's Air Canada Centre above a massive arena-sized mosh pit.

It is a spectacular and intimate piece of staging for West's Saint Pablo tour, one that simultaneously positions Kanye above the masses while also...

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Award-Winning Chef Dan Barber Makes Gourmet Meals From Garbage

(6) Comments | Posted August 30, 2016 | 3:08 PM

Award-winning chef Dan Barber has been a longtime proponent of sustainable farming, beginning with his championing of the farm-to-table movement. But as his environmental focus turned toward food waste, he began experimenting with what GQ dubbed "trash-to-table."

Concerned that 40 per cent of all the food produced in...

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Far From The Celeb Spotlight, Free The Children's WE Villages Is Changing Lives

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 4:48 PM

"We're not future leaders. We are current leaders."

Rebecca Sanaipei Shunkur, a tall 16-year-old student in a school uniform and a shaved head like all her Kenyan classmates, is explaining the "leadership pillar" of Kisaruni, her all-girls high school, to our group of voluntourists.

It’s one of several concepts...

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CNE Installs The Best All-Gender Bathroom Signs: 'We Don't Care'

(151) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 11:24 AM

While ducking into the Canadian National Exhibition's Northern Comfort Saloon on Sunday to use the facilities, I came across their new bathrooms. It's always nice to use new bathrooms at public places like The Ex, but the doors of these portable toilets also offered a perfect response to...

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Who's Afraid Of Ugly Fruits And Veggies? (Spoiler: Not Your Planet Or Pocketbook)

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2016 | 4:35 PM

One of the biggest causes of food waste is also the most avoidable — "ugly" fruits and vegetables.

This isn't unsold food that retailers toss, or that you throw out after forgetting what was in the back of your fridge. This imperfect food doesn't even make it to the grocery...

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Gourmet Chef Feeding Rio Homeless With Garbage-Bound Olympic Food Waste

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2016 | 2:59 PM

Food waste is a problem everywhere from your own kitchen to the Rio Olympics' cafeteria. But while you deal with the former, famed Italian chef Massimo Bottura is in Brazil, trying to turn the Games' garbage-bound "surplus" food into gourmet meals for Rio de Janeiro's poorest residents.

The

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Tragically Hip's Gord Downie Sings Goodbye With Grace (Too)

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2016 | 5:10 PM

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From left, Paul Langlois, Johnny Fay, Gord Downie, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker of The Tragically Hip perform on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Toronto. (Photo: Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

The great joke built into The Tragically Hip's misnomer of a name is that while Kingston's...

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Help Us End Food Waste In Canada Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 12:50 PM

Would you cash your paycheque and then set a third of it on fire? Or fill up your tank and burn off a third of your car's carbon-emitting gasoline while idling? What about going to your bookshelf and tossing every third novel into the fireplace?

No?

Of course not...

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It's Possible To Stop The Olympics From Screwing Over Host Countries

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2016 | 3:08 PM

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Anti-government demonstrators burn a Brazilian flag during a protest on the Rio de Janeiro state economic crisis and against 2016 Rio Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 6, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

Twelve summers ago, the Olympic torch was lit...

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Toronto Neighbourhood Parkdale Brings Free Wi-Fi To Those Who Can't Afford It

(21) Comments | Posted August 3, 2016 | 12:39 PM

This deep into the information age, it's hard to imagine living without Internet access. But what if you had no choice?

Many people in Canada and around the world simply can't afford access, creating a "digital divide" that is preventing low-income Canadians and their children from escaping...

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The Night Drake's Success Made OVO Fest Obsolete

(8) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 12:35 PM

"And this is what I'ma do 'til it's over / 'Til it's over / But it's far from over."

Drake first made this boast on his major label debut's lead single "Over" back in the spring of 2010 and he wasn't kidding. The song resurfaced during a dominance-asserting medley of...

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