Joshua Ostroff
Joshua Ostroff is a senior editor at HuffPost Canada. Raised on the West Coast and based in Toronto, he has covered pop culture for over a decade and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star and numerous and sundry magazines. He is also a sweet husband, devoted dad and flash dancer.

Entries by Joshua Ostroff

Chris Cornell's Suicide Is Sadly Familiar To Gen-Xers

(14) Comments | Posted May 18, 2017 | 4:54 PM

The first time I saw Soundgarden perform was Lollapalooza '92 at Vancouver's outdoor Thunderbird Stadium -- and in a moment that meant everything to grade-11 me but sounds painfully peak-90s 25 years later, Chris Cornell crowdsurfed over me while I was in the throes of my first real...

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Emerging Indigenous Voices Literary Award Is The Perfect Response To 'Appropriation Prize' Controversy

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2017 | 12:11 PM

Twitter may taketh away but it can also be used to giveth back.

The cultural appropriation controversy that's been roiling across Canada over the past week or so has taken down two white magazine editors, sparked Twitter apologies from the white media bosses at CBC, National Post, Rogers...

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Dear White People, Cultural Appropriation Exists Even If You Don't Believe In It

(87) Comments | Posted May 12, 2017 | 4:34 PM

Cultural appropriation has become one of those Trump-era terms that gets people literally all a-twitter. But there's one thing you may notice when the topic hits your feeds and timelines -- the people who are dismissing it as a joke are, well, white folks.

Like late at night on May...

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She's Singing To Save The Language Her Residential School Tried To Destroy

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2017 | 2:21 PM

"You had to go outside and pretend to be doing some chores so you could talk to other students that were there at residential school. We would be speaking our language but we didn't dare do it in front of them."

Rosa Violet Pitawanakwat-Burke is a 76-year-old Odawa from...

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Anti-Vaccination Arguments Haven't Changed In A Century

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2017 | 12:28 PM

As any modern parent knows, once-routine childhood vaccinations have become a hot-button topic as the anti-vax movement continues surging.

Many peg this opposition to the fake news precursor that was now-disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield's discredited 1998 study linking vaccinations with autism.

Of course, nearly 20 years later, we...

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Trudeau's Hypocrisy On Pot Pardons Is Ruining Lives

(73) Comments | Posted April 25, 2017 | 4:34 PM

"That's not an item that's on the agenda at the moment" sounds like an innocuous statement, a typical governmental non-answer. In actuality, this particular use is incredibly cruel and kinda racist.

The item that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was recently referring to as not being "on...

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Community Food Centres Canada Are Next-Gen Food Banks

(9) Comments | Posted April 13, 2017 | 4:55 PM

Food insecurity in Canada is bad, and getting worse.

Defined as "the inadequate or insecure access to food because of financial constraints," it currently affects four million Canadians according to PROOF, a food insecurity research group at the University of Toronto. That includes one in six children...

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Restaurants Should Ban Bad Parents, Not Punish Good Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2017 | 7:50 AM

emileOur son, age seven, at Momofuku Daishō.

Long before we had Trump to fight each other about, the Internet went to war over children -- specifically the banning of children from public spaces like restaurants.

The most recent example is Caruso's, an upscale Italian eatery...

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American Democracy Didn't Just Get Blown Up. It's Always Been A Sham

(36) Comments | Posted April 7, 2017 | 2:42 PM

Just hours before Trump fired conventional missiles into Syria, the Republican-led U.S. Senate this week invoked the "nuclear option" to push Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch past a filibuster.

This historic procedural move -- so evocatively named because killing the filibuster is an irrevocable change that means...

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Second Harvest's New Food Rescue Tool Will Fight Food Waste Responsively

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2017 | 4:15 PM

Food waste is serious business to Second Harvest.

The organization, which is already Canada's biggest food rescuer, saved 9.5 million pounds of food from being thrown out last year by delivering it to over 225 social agencies. But thanks to the digital revolution, the Toronto charity is now building an...

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Anti-Semitism Is A Resurging Reality I Have To Explain To My Son

(12) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 11:04 AM

For Joshua Ostroff, anti-Semitism was once theoretical, something that happened to his grandparents. Now it's become a reality he has to explain to his son. There are people saying that we deserve a right to attack people not because of anything they've done but because of their religion. It's time...

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Russell Peters' Junos Rape Joke Was Even Worse Than You Think

(136) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 1:56 PM

"Look at all the young girls, this is a felony waiting to happen."

That was the "joke" that Russell Peters used to open up the 2017 Junos on Sunday, an award show that had already been marred by a second consecutive year of the #JunosSoMale debate over gender-imbalanced...

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The Juno Awards Proved Diversity *Is* How You Achieve Peak Canada

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2017 | 10:40 PM

"Welcome to unceded Algonquin territory."

That was how Canadian Cree icon Buffy Sainte-Marie opened the 2017 Juno Awards in Ottawa before introducing three-time nominees, and Producers of the Year winners, A Tribe Called Red.

The local indigenous DJ trio's incredible opening performance began with a traditional drum circle before...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie On The 'North American Holocaust' And Why Canada Needs To Decolonize

(132) Comments | Posted March 30, 2017 | 12:19 PM

Buffy Sainte-Marie first burst onto the international music scene in the 1960s, and since then the iconic Cree folk singer has worked tirelessly to spotlight, protect and inspire indigenous people.

"Medicine Songs," the 76-year-old's upcoming album, features familiar protest tunes alongside new works like her Tanya Tagaq collaboration "War...

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How Nelly Furtado Fell Back In Love With Music After Finding Inspiration In Unexpected Places

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 1:24 PM

Nelly Furtado may have disembarked from pop stardom "to experience life" for a few years before making her new album "The Ride," but the "Promiscuous" singer kept herself plenty busy. From moonlighting at a record store and training for a 10km run to raising her now-13-year-old daughter and visiting the...

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15 Fantastic Feminist Comic Books For Your Kids

(6) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 1:37 PM

The first feminist superhero arrived way back in 1940 when Wonder Woman left her all-female island to join future super friends Batman and Superman to complete DC Comics' holy trinity.

The Amazonian princess will soon be flying her invisible plane into another glass ceiling as she lands the

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Trudeau Budget Continues Illegal Discrimination Against Indigenous Children: Cindy Blackstock

(63) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 5:59 PM

Child's rights activist Cindy Blackstock said it was a "sad day" after the Trudeau government announced $3.4 billion in funding for indigenous critical needs — none of which will be used to address the country's child welfare crisis.

The federal government tabled its second budget on Wednesday. The $3.4 billion...

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Indigenous Women Shouldn't Have To Live In Fear. But They Do

(72) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 9:49 AM

"Indigenous women of all ages [don't] want to walk home alone from work or school."

When Tasha Hubbard, an award-wining documentary filmmaker from the Peepeekisis First Nation and an assistant professor in the English department at the University of Saskatchewan, moved back to Saskatoon after years away, it was this...

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Nelly Furtado On Growing Up As A Child Of Immigrants And Being Told To 'Go Back To Portugal'

(113) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 10:05 AM

born and raised

Everyone loves Nelly Furtado, right? Well, that sure wasn't the case when the pride of Victoria, B.C., sang the national anthem at last year's NBA All-Star game and afterward faced a wave of online hate.

Performing alongside indigenous flute player...

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Nunavut Protects Transgender Rights In Unanimous Vote

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 3:12 PM

While transgender rights are being taken away in the United States, even from students, the Nunavut government has showed it will stand up for its trans citizens of all ages by voting unanimously to protect their rights.

On Monday, every Nunavut MLA voted in favour of

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