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'Colonization Road' Is A Film. It's Also An Actual Road Because Canada

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2016 | 1:41 PM

Colonization is a word – much like, say, privilege – that makes some people tune out. That was a long time ago, they may think. Or maybe, like former Prime Minister Stephen Harper opining at a 2009 G20 summit, they might consider Canada as having "no history of...

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Blue Jays Must Crack Down On Fans Who Throw Racist Slurs, Not Just Beer Cans

(9) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 10:12 PM

Ken Pagan, the man charged with mischief for throwing a beer can at a Baltimore Orioles player Hyun Soo Kim during a high-stakes Toronto Blue Jays wild-card game, was back in the news this week.

Turns out the infamous sports copy editor is no longer employed at...

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Margaret Trudeau Analyzes Donald Trump's Mental Health

(206) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 4:13 PM

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declined to speak directly about Donald Trump, his mother shared some of her observations about the U.S. presidential candidate.

Margaret Trudeau, who has struggled with bipolar disorder, alluded to Trump's mental health in an interview on Wednesday.

"There are two things that define mental...

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Indigenous Activists, Artists And Politicians Speak Out On #NotYourMascot And Racist Team Names

(26) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 8:24 AM

The battle over indigenous team names and mascots has been heating up as Toronto faces off against Cleveland in the American League championship series, fueled by the #NotYourMascot online campaign and other social-justice movements pushing for diversity and representation across the cultural spectrum.

HuffPost Canada made an editorial decision...

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HuffPost Canada Will Not Be Using Racist Sports Team Names

(103) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 2:06 PM

All of us here at HuffPost Canada are very excited for the Blue Jays to play Cleveland's baseball team. But that's as far as we're going to go in describing Toronto's opponents in the American League Championship Series.

The team’s use of the name...

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It's 'Older White Canadians' Who Want Minorities To 'Fit In'

(181) Comments | Posted October 7, 2016 | 10:46 AM

So there was this CBC-Angus Reid poll. You may have heard about it, or at least seen it while scrolling through your social media feeds this week. It was called the "Canadian Values" poll and it found, according to the original CBC headline, that Canadians want...

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Third Of Canadians Can't Afford Food, 15 Per Cent OK With Wasting It: Survey

(10) Comments | Posted October 4, 2016 | 2:56 PM

The cost of food has been going up ever since Canada's dollar started going down. But a new survey has found that despite the dwindling dollar, an overwhelming majority of Canadians admit they waste food.

A Canadian Food Waste Poll released Tuesday, found that 93 per cent of Canadians say...

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HIV Cure Close After Experimental Treatment Makes Virus 'Undetectable' In U.K. Patient

(38) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 3:51 PM

British scientists have reportedly removed the HIV infection from a 44-year-old man with a potentially groundbreaking new cure treatment.

The Sunday Times reports "it is the first therapy created to track down and destroy HIV in every part of the body — including in the dormant cells that...

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Marvel's Luke Cage Is The Bulletproof Black Superhero We Need Right Now

(295) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 4:30 PM

"I can't imagine anything a black man would want to be more right now than bulletproof."

So says Mike Colter, the star of new Netflix series "Marvel's Luke Cage." It's not only the comic book company's first black-led onscreen property — the character, who first appeared as a love...

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Nestlé Isn't Alone, Every Damn Drink Maker Is Taking Our Water

(35) Comments | Posted September 26, 2016 | 5:00 PM

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Nestlé bottled water in store shelf. Ontario's premier wants to change rules on how companies get water after Nestlé outbid the town of Wellington Centre for a well the community needed for drinking water. (Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

If your...

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To Police Unions: Stop Protecting Rotten Cops

(46) 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

(13) 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

(6) 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)

(2) 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

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


born and raised

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'

(6) 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

(47) 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)

(15) 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

(14) 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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