Joshua Ostroff

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It's Time To Rip The Band-Aid Off Canada's Daycare Crisis

(35) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 5:44 PM

A petition to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to extend maternity/parental leave for Canadians to 18 months is currently making the social media rounds, earning praise from parents and complaints from the childless along with 40,000 signatures.

It addresses a specific offshoot of Canada's national daycare crisis, which...

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Prince Songs That Meant Everything

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 6:49 PM

Prince has left us for the after world, a place he described in "Let's Go Crazy" as a world of never ending happiness where U can always see the sun, day or night. But there's something else he left us, his music, which will be around forever, and...

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Attawapiskat's Suicides Need More Than Superficial Solutions

(65) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 5:17 PM

"The current system, as it is now, it's not working. It's unable to meet the needs of our families and communities. We have 10-year-old kids taking their lives. Something is terribly wrong."

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario, a confederation including the Attawapiskat...

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Anti-Pop Superstar: How Rihanna Became A Legacy Act At 28

(43) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 7:33 PM

Rihanna was once the world's preeminent pop star. And yes, I use past tense.

Despite having her hit "Work" firmly ensconced at number one for the past two months, a stat that ties her with the Beatles as second only to Mariah Carey for most weeks atop...

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This Tiny School Paved The Way For Canada's All-Gender Bathrooms

(67) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 2:27 PM

"Some people fit into girl and boy, and some people don't. And that's OK, because they're still people." — Odessa Hewitt-Bernhard, 13

City View Alternative is comprised of four classes of Grade 7s and 8s. Just 64 students occupying half a hallway on the third floor of another, barely bigger...

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Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT 'Bathroom Law' HB2

(22) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 4:35 PM

Bruce Springsteen is the latest public figure to strike back at North Carolina's new anti-LGBT "bathroom law" HB2.

Recently, former basketball player Charles Barkley has called for the 2017 NBA All-Star game to be moved from Charlotte while PayPal has decided against an expansion there. Google...

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Police Deny Racism And Demand Data (That They Won't Collect)

(45) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 5:30 PM

Want to know what's more offensive than a months-old tweet by a Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder?

How about something even more outrageous than attempts to use that tweet, however ill-advised it was, to discredit an entire social justice movement fighting anti-black racism and police violence?


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Dating Sim: 'LongStory' Uses Romance To Tackle Gender Issues. It's Super Effective!

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 5:04 PM

The rights of LGBTQ students are still being fought for across the country, whether it's push back against Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in Ontario and Saskatchewan or a Catholic Bishop in Calgary calling a transgender student rights bill "totalitarian."

But these...

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A Jewish Response To Trump Being Called Hitler

(197) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 4:42 PM

I've been hearing a lot about Hitler lately, and nothing makes you feel more Jewish than hearing about Hitler.

There's the photo of a Donald Trump rally crowd with right hands raised and videos of his Brownshirt-adjacent followers attacking black protesters. That "Saturday Night Live" episode with the

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Teen Consent Activists Tessa Hill And Lia Valente Win Toronto Women Of Distinction Award

(5) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 4:22 PM

Tessa Hill and Lia Valente, two teens who convinced Ontario premier Kathleen Wynn to put consent into the updated sex-ed curriculum last year, have been named the youngest-ever winners of YWCA Toronto's Women of Distinction award.

Now 15 and 14 respectively, Hill and Valente set out to make...

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Rocket Scientist Natalie Panek Wants To Go To Space. And Take More Women With Her.

(8) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 8:20 AM

Natalie Panek wants to be an astronaut.

"Going to be," she clarifies with a bright, but firm, smile. "It's funny, people say they always meet lots of eight-year-olds who want to be astronauts, but not 30-year-olds."

A mere nine Canadians have ever flown in space, only two of whom...

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Ontario Summer Camp Welcoming Syrian Refugee Girls For Free

(11) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 12:55 PM

First they enjoyed their introductory taste of Canadian winter fun by tobogganing and skating. Now young Syrian refugee girls safely settled in Ontario have a chance to attend their first Canadian summer camp thanks to the free program Glen Bernard for Syria.

Glen Bernard Camp, located...

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Toronto Star Column Defends Racist Logos By Being Weirdly Racist

(163) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 10:46 AM

The Toronto Jews crest is the most gorgeous team logo in sports, vibrant and proud. Only the bullies and bureaucrats of grievance could possibly find stereotyping offence in the noble profile of a Jewish Hassid.

Would you agree?

I can't imagine Rosie DiManno would, even though I only...

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Danish Supermarket WeFood Is Selling Food Waste And It's About Time

(16) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 1:00 PM

Food waste is one of the great tragedies of our time.

Even as 800 million people went to bed hungry in 2015, the global food industry wasted a trillion U.S. dollars worth of food. A full 30 per cent was uneaten.

Now one supermarket...

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Rooftop Solar On Big Box Stores Could Power Millions Of Homes: Report

(28) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 10:59 AM

Could big box stores actually be good for the environment?

That's the counter-intuitive argument being made by Environment America in a new study — thought the federation is really zeroing in on the potential in their rooftops.

The sheer size of these sprawling superstores has spurred

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The Next-Gen Canadarm Could Save Our Smartphones From Space Junk And Help Prevent WWIII

(13) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 10:17 AM

space junk

You know that opening shot in Gravity, the mind-blowing continuous one when George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are repairing the Hubble telescope when suddenly tiny bits of a smashed Russian satellite start wreaking havoc?

All that...

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Child Suicide Is A Crisis In Canada. Here's How We Can Prevent It

(26) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 9:14 AM


"It happened during the holidays, just a few days before Christmas."

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario is recounting a recent tragedy, a type of story he's had far too much experience retelling.


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

(26) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 2:25 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

(65) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 7:09 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 | 12:35 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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