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France's 'Wattway' Solar Road Set To Power Millions Of Homes

(11) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 3:25 PM

France may be on the verge of an environmental revolution with the country's planned 1,000-kilometre solar panel road, the Wattway.

French infrastructure firm Colas recently won a "Climate Solutions Award" at the COP21 UN Climate Change conference for their Wattway project, developed in partnership with the French National Institute of...

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Beyoncé And Why Celebrity Activists Matter

(44) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 8:09 AM

From the moment Beyoncé walked off the Super Bowl stage, halftime show sticking out of her back pocket after broadcasting black power imagery and black pride lyrics to an audience of 112 million people, the backlash began.

Actually, it took off on Twitter even beforehand with a #BoycottBeyonce hashtag response...

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Colgate Super Bowl Ad About Saving Water, Not Selling Toothpaste

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 1:35 PM

The Super Bowl is as famed for its ads as for the game itself, but not every advertiser is using this pricey time slot to sell a product — at least not directly.

Colgate is running an ad on the both the Canadian and U.S. Super Bowl broadcasts for...

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Here's The Problem With Political Correctness

(85) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:42 PM

Nope, it's not that the so-called "PC police" are quashing freedom of speech. And it's certainly not that "political correctness is killing people," which is an actual thing said by actual presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Ironically, given that this broad social justice movement initially began as a...

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Ontario To Cut Hospital Parking Fees, Assisting Nearly A Million Patients And Visitors

(9) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 2:26 PM

Anyone who has ever driven to Emergency, or visited loved ones in hospital, is familiar with the often exorbitant parking rates found near healthcare facilities. Now, there may be a cure.

The Ontario government has just announced a new policy they say will lower expenses for 900,000...

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Every Generation Had Its David Bowie Moment

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 5:04 PM

David Bowie may have died in 2016, but he lived outside of time.

Just three years ago Bowie dropped a surprise single -- "Where Are We Now?" -- that broke the Internet a year before Beyonce pulled the same stunt. Following a decade of relative silence after a...

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It's Time To Excommunicate Public Catholic Schools

(405) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 1:12 PM

The kids are back in class and the new year is upon us. In light of the shocking honesty from Catholic school trustees in Edmonton and Toronto just before the break, it's perfect timing to make a resolution to achieve equality (and fiscal responsibility) by finally ending our publicly funded...

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Coding Toys From Lego And Fisher-Price Can Turn Your Kids Into Tiny Programmers

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 12:35 PM

We may live in the future, technologically speaking, but the diversity deficit in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields demonstrates that lot of us are being left behind by a growing digital divide.

And maybe the solution is toys.

At this week's 2016 CES, the annual consumer electronics trade...

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The 15 Best Video Games Of 2015

(21) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 1:10 PM

2015 was a literal game-changer for the video game industry.

The transition to PS4, Xbox One and Wii U had resulted in a bumpy few years in the gaming sphere. The launch titles were weak, as they always are, and even after that window many of the best-reviewed "new"...

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Lies, Damned Lies And Christmas

(36) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 10:44 AM

"God knows I'm not kidding. Santa knows I'm not kidding. Everyone who is magic knows I actually did brush my teeth." - Emile, 6

All year long I tell my son that lying is bad. Not just bad but the worst. And then every December my wife and I lie...

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This 3D-Printed Adidas Running Shoe Is Made Out Of Ocean Plastic

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Climate change isn't the only threat to our environment. There's also the ongoing issue of trash — which is not a threat that's restricted to our overflowing landfills.

A study earlier this year found about eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year, much...

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The Canadian Invasion: CanCon Conquered The Music World In 2015

(6) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 6:15 PM

A long time ago, in a Canadian music industry far, far away, the federal government had to step in with CanCon quotas to save our singers and musicians from being buried by radio hits from our southern neighbours.

Now I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. built...

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The 25 Best Songs Of 2015

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 1:37 PM

2015 was the year that Canada took over the music world and pop became the new alternative.

The year that one-named lady from London, Adele, returned to save the CD business by breaking seemingly unbreakable sales records and The Weeknd turned his dark, drug-fuelled opuses into singalong pop smashes.

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Tomson Highway Has A Surprisingly Positive Take On Residential Schools

(106) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 3:59 PM

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Tomson Highway is a Cree storyteller, so it's fitting that the playwright, novelist, classical pianist and Order of Canada recipient's bio begins like the opening line of a tale: "Tomson Highway was born in a snowbank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic...

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The Best Video Games From 2015 To Buy For Grown-Up Gamers

(6) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 1:50 PM

It had been a rough few years for gamers, as people slowly upgraded to the new-gen consoles and developers finally got a handle on what's under the hood of these new machines. Now that we're entering our third holiday season with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U, all...

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New Video Games 2015: Best Gifts For Your Girls And Boys (And You, Too)

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Most video games are released during the holiday period, and there's a good reason for that. Getting a new video game for Christmas or Chanukkah is great for parent and child alike.

If you're like me (a dad raised on the original Nintendo who never stopped gaming after becoming...

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Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Talks Christmas, Celine Dion, Pee-Wee, And His Holiday Musical

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 9:55 AM

You probably know Dee Snider is the singer of '80s hair-metal icons Twisted Sister and occasional contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice". But did you know the "We're Not Going To Take It" singer is a classically-trained countertenor? How about the fact that one of his most profitable tunes is an original...

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How Women Will Save Gaming

(120) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 6:13 PM



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The Level Up student gaming showcase in Toronto. (Photo: Joshua Ostroff/HuffPost Canada)

INTRO CUT-SCENE: Level Playing Field

"The vast majority of people just don't even realize they're making games for men because they are men."...

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Kiesza On Saving Wild Animals: 'We're Becoming Their Apocalypse'

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Kiesza may owe her success to the hit song "Hideaway," but when it comes to animal rights, her concern is there is no longer a place for them to hide away in.

"I’m a big supporter of [Dian Fossey's] Gorilla Fund, which recently has helped to...

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Hozier Compares Syrian Refugees (Now) To Irish Immigrants (Then)

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Thanks to his smash hit "Take Me To Church," Irish singer Hozier has been welcomed all around the world. But the current plight of Syrian refugees reminds him this was not always the case for his countrymen.

"When you look at the treatment of people in desperate need like...

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