Mike Sholars
Editor, writer, and part of HuffPost Canada's Blog Team. Uses Twitter for bad jokes. Seriously, they're the worst.

Entries by Mike Sholars

Desmond Cole Will Be Fine; The Canadian Media? Not So Much

(5) Comments | Posted May 4, 2017 | 5:02 PM

The single most exhausting part of writing about non-white issues for a predominantly white audience (in a predominantly white industry) is that the burden of proof is always squarely on your shoulders.

Even when you're speaking to your own lived experiences, you need to convince your entire hypothetical audience...

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How Will It Look When It's Time For Me To Die On Camera?

(28) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 12:36 PM

terence crutcher
A still image captured from a video from Tulsa Police Department shows Terence Crutcher after being shot during a police shooting incident in Oklahoma on Sept. 16, 2016. (Photo: Handout via Reuters)

I've watched Terence Crutcher die eight times.

I've watched it with...

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My Mixed-Race Family Has No Set Culture, But We Have Each Other

(7) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 11:44 AM

born and raised

I was six years old when I had my first racial slur thrown at me.

An Afghani kid named Zohaib called me a "paki" during recess one day, and I kept the word in my brain until I got home and told my Mom....

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Hey, Big Spender (You're Kind Of A Douchebag)

(49) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 4:12 PM

Hoo boy. This guy, am I right?

A quick recap: Toronto Life published a think (?) piece from a pharmacist named "Tony" who earns $130,000, lives at home with his parents and unapologetically spends it on, in his words, "wild, rare, unforgettable experiences."

People are pissed. And this...

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Truth Is, People You Love Are Capable Of Shitty Things

(135) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 11:04 AM

I remember the first time I had to do the equation.

I was 14, and had just learned through proto-internet sources that one of my favourite wrestlers, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, had been charged with domestic abuse towards his then-wife, Debra.

Immediately, I started to process mental...

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'Hamilton' Stopped Me From Throwing Away My Shot

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 2:36 PM

With today's release of Hamilton: The Revolution, the story of Lin-Manuel Miranda's record-shattering, boundary-breaking and (assumedly) Tony-sweeping musical comes full circle -- from book, to mixtape, to play, to book.

In a story that's been told in interviews so many times it's practically a folk...

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Remotely Interesting: Faking Your Way Through A Football Match

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 11:47 AM

For an alternate version of this blog with every instance of the word "Football" changed to read "Soccer," please click HERE.

Two things are inescapable in South America (and around the world): EDM and Football. And, much like the metric system, it's an accessible and universally-beloved sport that Americans refuse...

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Remotely Interesting: Travel Changes You, But Home Changes Too

(3) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 3:44 PM

A real sign of maturity is being able to identify and embrace your true nature without fear or concern of outside judgement. Córdoba is a beautiful city, one that I'll be leaving at the end of next week. And so many of my friends have had amazing and life-changing culinary...

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Remotely Interesting: What If My Comfort Zone Is REALLY Comfortable?

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 10:39 AM

When you go on a vacation, your life can feel like a Greatest Hits video package of the country you're in. If you've only got five days to spend in Paris, then you'll obviously make it a point to visit the Louvre and climb the Eiffel Tower. If you're in...

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Remotely Interesting: Picking Up (And Dropping) The Local Culture

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 12:33 PM

In the months leading up to my trip around the world, I received a lot of well-meaning advice from friends who had experience in this sort of thing. The advice ranged from useful and personal ("I know you have weird stomach problems, so bring lots of antacids, some charcoal pills,...

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Remotely Interesting: How To Write About Travel When You Suck At Travel

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 4:17 PM

I suck at travel. I am objectively bad at it.

How bad? I arrived in Cordoba, Argentina less than a week ago. Since then, I have almost lit my hand on fire with a gas stove, was chased through the streets by a family of stray dogs and shot myself...

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Tracy Morgan Earns Standing Ovation After Surprise Emmys Appearance

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:16 AM

More than a year after the bus accident that put into an eight day coma in June 2014, Tracy Morgan made a triumphant (and unexpected) return to the spotlight at the end of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Introduced to the stage by host Andy Samberg, Morgan was greeted by...

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Viola Davis Wins Emmy Over 'Empire,' 'Orphan Black' Nominees

(8) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 11:50 PM

The huge and passionate fanbases of "Empire" and "Orphan Black" were waiting for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards with bated breath. Both Taraji P. Henson from "Empire" and Tatiana Maslany from "Orphan Black" were nominated for the same award: Lead Actress in a Drama. And tragically, only one of them...

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Baby George R.R. Martin Was At The First Emmys, And There's Photographic Proof

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 11:21 PM

We know you're dying to see a picture of baby George R.R. Martin, creator of the book series "A Song Of Ice and Fire" that "Game of Thrones" is based off of — who wouldn't be?

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Amy Poehler: 16 Nominations, 0 Wins, Queen Of Our Hearts

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 9:38 PM

Some may be tempted to pity Amy Poehler after she lost the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy to Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"). And to be fair, this year marked her 16th nomination without a single Emmy win to her name. And on top of that, this was the final...

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Emmys 2015: Potential Upsets That'll Have Everyone Talking

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 7:22 PM

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards happen Sunday evening, and they come at a time of change for the television industry. There's a huge shift in how people consume their content, and a game changing rise of non-network content creators – five years ago, would anyone have predicted Amazon and Netflix...

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Billy Dee Williams On Answering For Lando's Crimes 35 Years Later

(6) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 3:08 PM

Billy Dee Williams, the veteran actor/artist who is known for his work in films such as "Lady Sings The Blues," "Mahogany," and "Brian's Song," is also known to "Star Wars" fans around the world as Lando Calrissian.

During the FanExpo Canada weekend, he stopped by the HuffPost Canada studio...

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You Know Nothing: Faking Your Way Through Game Of Thrones

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 2:10 PM

The new season of Game of Thrones is in full swing, and your world is full of spoilers and watercooler conversations. You'd love to be involved, but there's just one problem: When it comes to Game of Thrones, you can't tell a Stark from a Lannister. Whether you're seasons behind,...

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Green Beer? Irish Sterotypes? Here's How To Fake Your Way Through St. Patrick's Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 3:46 PM

St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us, which means...wait, what does it mean, exactly? Besides green beer and a weird acceptance of ethnic stereotypes, of course. Depending on where you're at in life (and how much food colouring your want in your beverage), St. Paddy's Day can represent any number...

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Oscars 2015: Faking Your Way Through An Oscars Party

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:06 AM

It's almost time for the Academy Awards, which means you're probably swimming in office Oscar pools and anticipating your friend's Oscar-viewing party on Sunday night. But let's be honest; the last year has been pretty hectic for you, and you haven't seen some (or any) of the nominated films. It...

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