Joshua Ostroff

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Tyrone 'T-Rex' Edwards Talks White Privilege, Black Lives Matter And Mutual Respect

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 1:31 PM

"We're getting to a time where people are starting to accept that they have white privilege. That wasn't something people were speaking openly about five years ago," says Toronto-based TV host Tyrone "T-Rex" Edwards. "So now we have people say, 'I have white privilege. Man, I didn't even realize.'

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Toronto Police Still Don't Get Why They Were Banned From Pride Parade

(125) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 2:24 PM

Toronto police chief Mark Saunders just put out a "you can't fire me because I quit" press release announcing "I have decided the Toronto Police Service will not participate, this year, in the Pride Parade."

This "decision" comes in the wake of Pride Toronto's Annual General Meeting in January during...

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Vishal Vijay Is Changing The World (After He's Done His Homework)

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 12:41 PM

Vishal Vijay's life changed when he was 10. As a result, so did the lives of many other children.

On a trip to Rajasthan in northern India in 2012, this privileged young kid from Oakville, Ont. came face-to-face with extreme poverty for the first time.

"We were visiting...

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A Tribe Called Red Score A 2017 Juno Awards Nomination Hat Trick

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 2:06 PM

The 2017 Junos nominations press conference began with an announcement that hometown heroes A Tribe Called Red would be broadcast performers at the Canadian music awards in Ottawa on April 2.

Then the news got even better for the outspoken indigenous DJ trio.

The group has been...

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How Trudeau Should Respond To Trump's Muslim Refugee Ban. It Doesn't Involve Twitter

(54) Comments | Posted February 2, 2017 | 5:01 PM

Ehsan Abedi is a married, 33-year-old accountant who lives near High Park in Toronto's west end. He loves Canada so much he says he's proud to pay taxes.

He is also a refugee from Iran.

That means Abedi would fall under both parts of Donald Trump's border ban, which...

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Budweiser Goes Political With Pro-Immigration Super Bowl Ad

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2017 | 2:19 PM

In any other year, a beer ad depicting an immigrant sailing across the sea to find the American dream would not be controversial.

This is not any other year.

Budweiser's new Super Bowl ad portrays the 1857 journey of its co-founder Adolphus Busch from Germany to St Louis....

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What Makes An Attacker A Terrorist In Canada?

(62) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 5:04 PM

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, has been charged with six counts of murder for a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque — but so far, not any terrorism-related offences.

Six Muslim worshippers were killed and 19 others wounded.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did call it a "despicable act...

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The Park Ranger Rebellion And Other Not-Terrible Things Since Tump's Inauguration

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 3:35 PM

Well, that was quite the 'effin week.

The opening days of the Trump era have sent the world into a tailspin as we've been bombarded non-stop by bad news, "alternative facts" and executive orders threatening marginalized communities in the U.S. and abroad.

It's enough to give the...

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Let's Do More Than Talk. Let's Start Funding Mental Health

(60) Comments | Posted January 25, 2017 | 12:33 PM

Picture this, if you will. A big corporation holds an annual event to help break the stigma of physical health. You see, people are ashamed when they get sick so they don't go to the doctor. It's been bad, and it's getting worse. People's health is failing, many are becoming...

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Ontario Schools Told To Stop Using 'Offensive' Indigenous Team Mascots, Logos, Names

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2017 | 12:10 PM

Indigenous sports mascots, logos and names come up in the news and on social media every time a football team from Washington makes the Superbowl or a baseball club from Cleveland gets to the World Series. But the vast majority of these teams are not professional, they are in our...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie 'Concerned' About Trudeau, Says We Can 'Survive' Trump

(20) Comments | Posted January 24, 2017 | 11:21 AM

Buffy Sainte-Marie has been an activist as long as she's been a world famous folk singer, which is six (!) decades, and in both fields she's always used her smarts to help us see the world as it really is.

On the heels of news that she will receive...

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Progressives Need Their Own Tea Party

(31) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 5:00 PM

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Protests and supporters gather as Donald Trump takes the oath of office and becomes the 45th president of the United States, during the Jan. 20, 2016 inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It's midnight in America....

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Trudeau Can Still Protect Canada From Trump's Populist Storm

(9) Comments | Posted January 18, 2017 | 4:22 PM

Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister with a campaign fuelled by "sunny ways," but a few months back he ran out of solar power.

Now, as human tornado Donald Trump begins his apocalyptic presidency and Conservative leadership candidates Kellie Leitch and Kevin O'Leary try to emulate him here at...

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Turn Donald Trump Photos Into Cat Pics And Other Sanity-Saving Internet Apps

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2017 | 9:41 AM

We've all been dealing with Donald Trump's face filling our timelines and newsfeeds on the daily since he kicked off his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans rapists. And there's no end in sight for the next four years.

Thankfully, a bunch of programmers have been busy creating browser extensions...

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Canada's First Indigenous Business District Is Coming To Toronto

(31) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 5:36 PM

Toronto is planning to create the country's first indigenous business and cultural district.

"It's a timely initiative considering the reconciliation efforts that are underway across the country," said city Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam. She initiated the idea about six years ago because her ward has one of the city’s largest indigenous...

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The Best Video Games Of 2016

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2016 | 10:04 AM

2016 has been a transition year for gaming.

We're deep enough into the current generation of consoles that developers are focused more on building worlds than figuring out the tech, resulting in some great games. Developers have also started taking some of the racial and gender diversity talk to...

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16 Best Songs Of 2016: Music Was The Year's Only Saving Grace

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2016 | 4:36 PM

It's been an awful year in the music world just everywhere else. Bookended by the deaths of legends like David Bowie and George Michael, we also lost artists across the musical spectrum including Leonard Cohen, Phife Dawg, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Sharon Jones and Prince.

But as painful...

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A Gay Refugee's Journey From Syria To Proudly Marching Next To Justin Trudeau

(16) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 3:14 PM

Bassel Mcleash, a gay Syrian refugee, came to Canada on the Rainbow Railroad.

The 29-year-old HIV-positive man, who once had to keep his sexuality a secret to avoid prison, arrived in Toronto in May as part of the organization's refugee resettlement program. A few weeks later, he was...

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Thank God (And Seth Cohen) For Chrismukkah

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 3:56 PM

born and raised

Every kid, no matter their cultural background, loves games and treats. So when I stopped by my son's Grade 1 and 2 split class this week to explain Hanukkah traditions, I arrived bearing dreidels (a spinning top game), gelt (chocolate coins) and...

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CFL Legend Michael 'Pinball' Clemons Says Systemic Racism Is Bigger Than The Police

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 12:03 PM

Anti-black racism has been one of the defining issues of 2016 as police violence, racial profiling and trials (or lack thereof) prompted Black Lives Matter protests across the continent, including BLM-Toronto setting up camp at police headquarters and staging a sit-down during the Toronto's...

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