Joshua Ostroff

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Trudeau Budget Continues Illegal Discrimination Against Indigenous Children: Cindy Blackstock

(74) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 5:59 PM

Child's rights activist Cindy Blackstock said it was a "sad day" after the Trudeau government announced $3.4 billion in funding for indigenous critical needs — none of which will be used to address the country's child welfare crisis.

The federal government tabled its second budget on Wednesday. The $3.4 billion...

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Indigenous Women Shouldn't Have To Live In Fear. But They Do

(113) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 9:49 AM

"Indigenous women of all ages [don't] want to walk home alone from work or school."

When Tasha Hubbard, an award-wining documentary filmmaker from the Peepeekisis First Nation and an assistant professor in the English department at the University of Saskatchewan, moved back to Saskatoon after years away, it was this...

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Nelly Furtado On Growing Up As A Child Of Immigrants And Being Told To 'Go Back To Portugal'

(112) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 10:05 AM

born and raised

Everyone loves Nelly Furtado, right? Well, that sure wasn't the case when the pride of Victoria, B.C., sang the national anthem at last year's NBA All-Star game and afterward faced a wave of online hate.

Performing alongside indigenous flute player...

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Nunavut Protects Transgender Rights In Unanimous Vote

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 3:12 PM

While transgender rights are being taken away in the United States, even from students, the Nunavut government has showed it will stand up for its trans citizens of all ages by voting unanimously to protect their rights.

On Monday, every Nunavut MLA voted in favour of

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Nelly Furtado Has Message For Women: We're Not Done Yet

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 6:04 AM

Nelly Furtado was proudly raised in a feminist household and has been outspoken about women's rights and gender equality throughout her career as a pop star and philanthropist.

The Canadian singer came by the Huffington Post Canada studio on International Women's Day. Stay tuned for our discussion on her comeback...

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Lego Is (Finally) Helping Build Girls Into Badass Career Women

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 9:14 AM

Lego was named the most powerful brand in the world last month, knocking Disney off its pedestal and even outranking Google. But as Spider-Man would say, with great power comes great responsibility. And after years of being criticized for sexist marketing, the toy brickmaker has been building empowering...

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Hate Has Consequences. Like Bomb Threats To A Jewish Elementary School

(7) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 4:26 PM

Once upon a time, anti-Semitism was theoretical for me. I did once see neo-Nazi skinheads in Berlin and occasionally heard kids complain about being "Jewed out of money" when I was young, but mostly I learned about it by studying the past.

Nowadays there are bomb threats against Jewish...

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'Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard On The Nintendo Switch, The 1980s And Milking Virtual Cows

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 8:06 PM

Finn Wolfhard may have been born in, sigh, 2002 but the "Stranger Things" star spends most of his time pretending it's the 1980s.

So of course he's a Nintendo fan.

Though Wolfhard collects Nintendo consoles dating all the way back to the original NES from 1985, he...

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Oz Books Can Teach Your Kids About Woke Politics And Colonial Crimes

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 12:14 PM

Since the day it became the best-selling book of 1900, the world has never been without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum's story about a Kansas girl who ascends via twister to a witch-plagued but otherwise perfect fairyland became a kid-lit classic long before the 1939 film, the...

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Can The Nintendo Switch Save The House That Mario Built?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2017 | 12:59 PM

Nintendo has become a bipolar brand; a pop cultural pendulum swinging between extreme highs and intense lows.

Now in the wake of their failed Wii U console -- which sold 13 million units, a fraction of its 101 million-selling Wii predecessor -- they're launching the innovative console-meets-handheld Nintendo Switch...

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There Is A Solution To Canada's Fentanyl Overdose Crisis: End Drug Prohibition

(46) Comments | Posted February 28, 2017 | 9:40 AM

Imagine you lived in a world where the alcohol content of your drink varied dramatically, and might be laced with poison. You could die and, in fact, you might have if you were around during the Prohibition Era when there was no regulation to keep alcohol safe.

In the...

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If You Hate Pineapple On Pizza, You Hate Canada (Sorry, Not Sorry)

(111) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 3:37 PM

A world leader's divisive statement during a Q&A and subsequent social media post has created an international incident that's been tearing people apart ever since.

No, not Trump. (Though admittedly I haven't checked his Twitter feed for a few minutes.)

Earlier this week, Iceland's President Guðni Th....

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Feist Has A Mission To Collect 6,000 Backpacks For HIV+ Kids In Malawi And You Can Help

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 10:19 AM

Leslie Feist was in rural Malawi when a lightbulb went off in her head — an idea as simple and effective as, well, her famous song "1234." She would need backpacks.

Lots and lots of backpacks.

The Canadian singer had gone to the Zomba District of the...

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

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 12:31 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

(116) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 1:24 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 | 11:41 AM

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 | 1:06 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

(53) Comments | Posted February 2, 2017 | 4:01 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 | 1:19 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?

(50) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 4:04 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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