Joshua Ostroff

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Amy Lehman, Aid Worker, Warns Against 'Magic Bullet' Solutions Like Anti-Malaria Bed Nets

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 10:48 AM

This weekend the Googleplex in Silicon Valley will be hosting the Effective Altruism Global conference, a gathering of science tech philanthropists and entrepreneurs who want to use their business and book smarts to optimize the world. This year's speakers include the likes of Tesla and SpaceX...

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Clear Garbage Bags Bring Shaming To Halifax's Non-Recycling Residents

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 2:42 PM

In Vancouver they shame "grassholes," people who break lawn-watering restrictions despite the ongoing drought. Now over on the east coast, Halifax is about to bring the same sort of peer pressure to their recycling program.

Beginning on August 1, residents are only allowed to use

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Lego That Lets Kids Build Their Own Prosthetic Arms (And Hack Them, Too)

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 2:15 PM

If there's one toy that crosses all countries, cultures, age groups and genders, it's Lego. That's why it's so perfect that the Danish bricks will soon be able to be built onto children's prosthetic limbs – and build up their self-confidence at the same time.

Carlos Arturo Torres, a Colombian...

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Can Hip Hop Help Young People Handle Their Stress And Anger? (Spoiler: Yes, Yes Y'all)

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:59 PM

michael prosserman

Ever since hip hop started out in the parks of New York's South Bronx four decades ago, the culture has been seen by some as a corrupter of youth. This, despite the fact that the music developed as a means of bringing together a community...

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Let's Talk About Kanye And Kim

(80) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 1:55 PM

The internet, or rather the older, whiter portion of the internet, erupted in anger this week when it was revealed that the world's biggest music star, Kanye West, would be performing at the Pan Am Games closing ceremonies in Toronto.

This outsize fury was perhaps best encapsulated in a...

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The Dutch City of Utrecht Is Doling Out Free Money For A 'Basic Income' Experiment

(10) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Modern social assistance, in which governments provide financial support to the unemployed, has been around since the Great Depression, and it's been controversial for just as long.

The primary complaint by opponents is that it removes the incentive to work, resulting in efforts to make welfare as unpleasant as...

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Jack Andraka Invented A Cancer Breakthrough. Now He's Building Nanobots. He's 18.

(55) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Jack Andraka just graduated high school. It was a big deal, of course, but it was also a moment of normalcy for a kid whose life so far has been anything but ordinary.

Andraka overcame homophobic bullying to become a world-famous science prodigy at the age of...

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The Greatest Canadians You (Probably) Don't Know About

(15) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 4:13 PM

New lists of greatest Canadians roll out pretty regularly but almost always with the same old names — more specifically, the same old straight, white, male names.

Folks like Tommy Douglas, Lester Pearson, and John A. MacDonald were undeniably pivotal to the development of Canada, but our country is...

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NASA Scientist: Artificial Intelligence 'Could Solve All The World's Problems' (If It Doesn't Terminate Us)

(32) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Artificial Intelligence has been in the news a lot lately with Google revealing its experimental AI can dream and Facebook announcing its own is entering "the next frontier" because it can understandThe Lord of the Rings.

Meanwhile, Newsweek's current cover story is headlined "

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The Best Part of Being a Dad Is Finding a Friend in My Five-Year-Old

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:28 PM

This will be the fifth Father's Day since the annual occasion became less about my dad and more about my son, Emile.

It almost perfectly coincides with E's senior kindergarten graduation ceremony -- a thing I would have never otherwise known existed since, back in my day, I just moved...

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Make A New Muslim Friend This Ramadan (And Break The Fast With Them)

(8) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:59 AM

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches on June 18, 2015, Muslim families across the country will be gathering together in the evenings for iftar, the traditional breaking of the daily fast. And they want you to join them.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada is launching a national campaign...

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#IWorryAbout: Tell Us The Concerns Keeping You Up At Night

(19) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:47 PM

With the country ramping up for a federal election in the fall, it's high time to talk about what is most important to Canadians as we go forward as a nation.

Whether well-trod or rarely broached, we'd like to hear from you about the worries that keep you up...

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Ditching Tips And Raising Server Pay Tripled Restaurant's Profits

(6) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:12 PM

As anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant industry knows, it's all about the tips because the so-called wage doesn't exactly pay the bills.

In Canada, the minimum wage is between $10 and $11, except in the Northwest Territories which just boosted theirs to $12.50 on...

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I, Robot Leg: These U Of T Students Are Walking People With Disabilities Into A New Age

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 4:41 PM

"I've always known that there wouldn't be a cure for cerebral palsy because it’s something you're born with. I knew there wasn't going to be a pill, and I'd gotten over that pretty early. I understood that was the reality," says Tom Garside, 25.

"But I'd always seen things...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie On Idle No More, Stephen Harper And Residential Schools

(81) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Buffy Sainte-Marie, adorned in feathers, beads and a bad-ass black leather jacket, is smiling brightly in a sky-scraping hotel suite facing the CN Tower. The charismatic, how-could-she-be-74-years-old Cree singer-songwriter and political activist is a far ways from Saskatchewan’s Qu'Appelle Valley where she was raised. And far from the Kauai goat...

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CimaVax EGF, Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine, Is Coming To America (And That's Just The Beginning)

(26) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 5:26 PM

This article is part of What's Working, a global HuffPost editorial initiative to go beyond "If it bleeds, it leads" and double-down on our coverage of people coming up with solutions to the very real challenges we face.

The thawing of the 50-year chill in Cuba-U.S. relations may...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie's Ingenious Plan To Help Our First Nations Housing Crisis

(104) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 1:19 PM

This article is part of What's Working, a global HuffPost editorial initiative to go beyond "If it bleeds, it leads" and double-down on our coverage of people coming up with solutions to the very real challenges we face.

Cree singer-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie has been an indigenous...

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France's Grocery Stores Banned From Wasting Food Under New Law

(14) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 1:30 PM

The global fight against hunger is less about food and more about waste with one-third of the world's food going uneaten every year. Now France has a new weapon with a law forcing grocery stores to give away — rather than throw away — their unsold food.


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Tessa Hill And Lia Valente, Grade 8 Activists, Say No To Sex-Ed Protests By Ontario Parents

(136) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:11 PM

tessa and lia

This article is part of What's Working, a global HuffPost editorial initiative to go beyond "If it bleeds, it leads" and double-down on our coverage of people coming up with solutions to the very real challenges we face.

At first glance, Tessa...

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How Canada Got Its First Catholic Elementary School Gay-Straight Alliance

(41) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:15 PM

polly quinn

Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton are 12, live in Ottawa and are BFFs. They're also two of the country's youngest gay rights activists, and for the past six months have been trying to establish Canada's first gay-straight alliance club at a Catholic elementary...

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