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Girl Power: Unschooled Afghan Refugee Is Now One Of Canada's Brightest Lights

(30) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 3:47 PM

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Somaya Amiri is currently wandering the rising green hills and preserved concrete trenches of Vimy Ridge. The teen is one of 20 Canadian students sent to France to learn more about the First World War battle that saw the Canadian army...

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Mr. Pink: How Jeremy Dias Is Beating Bullies And Saving LGBTQ Kids

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:40 PM

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Jeremy Dias realized he was gay in grade five when he kissed a boy he had a crush on. Thing is, he was attending a northern Alberta Catholic school.

"In Catholic school, gays were people who did...

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Manitoba First Nation's Solution To Foster Care Crisis: Remove Parents, Not Kids

(57) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Foster care has become a crisis on Manitoba's aboriginal reserves, where many children removed from their homes are also removed from their communities, winding up in urban centres like Winnipeg. But the northern Misipawistik Cree Nation is trying a radical new solution — let the kids stay and make the...

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Food Banks Need Tampons, Pads In P.E.I. (Also Everywhere Else)

(9) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:19 PM

After reading about a homeless woman who felt she "lost her last bit of her dignity" when she couldn't afford tampons or pads during her menstrual cycle — in the Huffington Post, as it turns out — Tracey Comeau launched the "Taking Care of Women's Business....

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This Sweater Actually Is So Gay

(10) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Ever heard someone try to disparage something by calling it gay? Well, the Gay Sweater Initiative is demonstrating the absolute absurdity of the insult by making "the world's first and only gay object."

Timed to Toronto Fashion Week, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity...

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This Canadian Video Game Could Cure Lazy Eye. Yes, Really

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Playing video games has long been demonized for all the screentime that could be ruining our eyesight. But what if it actually helped it?

Montreal-based video game publisher Ubisoft's upcoming release, "Dig Rush," is setting out to treat Amblyopia, a disorder commonly known as "lazy eye" that affects...

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Five Amazing Things Happening In Canada. Tell Us Some More

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 9:54 AM

The rise of the Internet has dramatically increased our news intake. But it often feels like it has dramatically increased our bad news intake.

It's time to move beyond the old "if it bleeds, it leads" approach to journalism, and The Huffington Post is responding to that challenge with...

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How Bryan Adams Helps Fans Relive The Best Days Of Their Lives

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:42 AM

Now 55, Bryan Adams was all of ten years old in the summer of 69, so it's unlikely that he played his first real six-string until his fingers bled, much less had bandmates who quit and got married.

So even when he was 25 in 1984, the year his 12-million-selling...

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End Vaccine Exemptions Now (Even In Your Precious Alternative School)

(71) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:28 AM

I got a measles vaccine booster shot this week because I needed to be sure I couldn't bring harm to my community. And I mean that literally, as measles has now arrived in my Toronto neighbourhood.

An infected parent dropped their kid off at a nearby YMCA daycare in...

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Max Martin Just Won His First Grammy After 54 Top 10 Songs (20 More Than The Beatles)

(19) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:57 PM

"My first one," said reclusive producer and songwriter Max Martin as he collected his gold gramophone for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical at the 2015 Grammys pre-telecast ceremony. A fact that's, well, kind of shocking.

We say this because just as John Lennon once proffered that, popularity-wise, his band...

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Bieber Video Apology: 'I'm Not Who I Was Pretending To Be"

(17) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:46 AM

With a seemingly endless list of antics, court cases and lawsuits in recent years leaving many shaking their heads, Justin Bieber might be finally turning a corner if a new video he posted is any indication.

TMZ reports Bieber posted the roughly 100-second video after an...

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Junos 2015: Leonard Cohen, Deadmau5, Kiesza And Magic! Among Juno Awards Nominees

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:35 AM

The 2015 Juno nominees were announced this morning with a mix of legends, stalwarts and newcomers that once again represent the vast diversity and quality of Canada's music scene.

This is perhaps best symbolized by the Juno Awards Artist of the Year category, which mixed together the likes of Leonard...

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Oscars 2015: Best Song Nominees Include 'Awesome' Lego Theme And 'Selma' Civil Rights Anthem 'Glory'

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 8:09 AM

After being snubbed by the Golden Globes but recognized by the Grammys, the "Lego Movie" earworm "Everything Is Awesome!!!" can now claim an Oscar nomination.

The much-loved theme song by Canadian sisters Tegan & Sara with Andy Samberg's comedy-rap trio The Lonely Island and Devo's Mark...

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Taylor Swift Helps Fan Pay Off Student Loan With $1,989 Cheque (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:31 PM

Taylor Swift has been sending her fans care packages for some time now, but this latest Swiftmas gift really takes the cake. That is, if you mean "cake" in the hip-hop slang sense, which is money.

Rebekah Bortnicker received a package,

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This David Bowie GIF Illustrates 50 Years Of Stylistic Ch-Ch-Changes

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 1:07 PM

David Bowie turned 68 last week, and he's probably had nearly as many stylistic reinventions over his 50-year career. I say probably because this amazing GIF here, by illustrator Helen Green, moves too fast to count. But its speed makes the sheer number of transformations even more impressive.

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Macklemore Opens 'Thrift Shop' On Sesame Street, Raps In Trashcan With Oscar The Grouch

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 10:50 AM


"I'm gonna pop some trash. Only got seven bags in my trash can. I-I-I'm shopping, looking for some rubbish, this is gross and awesome."

Macklemore is that latest music star to find out how to get, how to get to Sesame Street. The Grammy-winning Seattle...

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Chris Brown Concert Shooting Injures Five, Gunfire Caught On Video, Singer Unharmed

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Chaos erupted at another Chris Brown event as shots rang out at a weekend concert during the singer's performance of "Loyal," injuring five people.

As seen in the video, Brown saw some commotion in the crowd of the San Jose, California nightclub when gunfire is suddenly heard at about 1:20...

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Common's Glorious Best Song Speech Brings Civil Rights To The Golden Globes

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 8:31 PM

"Glory" won the Golden Globe for best original song and it really couldn't have gone any other way, not after the turmoil of the past year.

The collaboration between R&B crooner John Legend and hip-hop icon Common was written for the '60s civil rights film "Selma", but the rap song's...

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Brits Bothered By Rita Ora's Boobs On BBC, Hundreds Of Cleavage Complaints

(20) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 3:57 PM

British pop star Rita Ora, best known on this side of the pond for "Black Widow" with Iggy Azalea, touring with Drake and dating the likes of Bruno Mars and Calvin Harris, has upset a nation known for topless girls in their tabloid newspapers.

Rita Ora's recent...

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Golden Globes: Why 2015's Best Original Song Winner Won't Be Awesome

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 11:22 AM

The Golden Globes are beloved more because celebs get adorably drunk than the award show's propensity for picking deserving winners. To wit, last year they overlooked the eventual Oscar-winner (and pop cultural behemoth) "Let It Go" to dole the Golden Globe to U2 for their sadly ordinary Mandela tune "Ordinary...

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