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"If You Are Reading This, I Am Dead": Peter Worthington's Self-Penned Obituary

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada
Peter Worthington

If you are reading this, I am dead. How's that for a lead? Guarantees you read on, at least for a bit. After attending George Gross's funeral in 2008 I half-facetiously remarked to the Toronto Sun's deputy managing editor, Al Parker, that I had been around so long that no one was left who knew me back then, and I had better write my own obituary. "Good idea!" said Parker with more enthusiasm than I appreciated. So here it is, not exactly an obit but a reflection back on a life and a career that I had never planned, but which unfolded in a way that I've never regretted.

NHL Playoffs 2013: My Recap and Predictions for Round 2

Anson Carter | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Sports
Anson Carter

There is no way a team should ever blow a three-goal lead in the third period, as the Maple Leafs managed to do in just under 11 minutes Monday night in Boston. But Boston deserves the credit for stepping up their game when lesser teams would have accepted impending loss.

The Week In Review: Will Loblaw Let Thoughts of Bangladesh Fade Away?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

In the aftermath of the deadly Bangladesh factory collapse, Loblaw has been admirably vocal about its plans to compensate victims' families and to make checking the structural integrity of factory buildings part of its future audits of suppliers. But the interesting part of this story will come in a few months, once the news cycle has moved on from the disaster in Dakha. Will Loblaw have the fortitude to get out there and remind us all of the disturbing incident in order to update us on the details of its follow-through? Or will it be content to let its customers' thoughts of the collapse quietly fade away, as they are bound to do?

Don't Let Quebec Get Away With This

Tony Kondaks | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Tony Kondaks

The government of Quebec is attempting yet again to further its agenda of imposing the supremacy of one language group above human rights. We are getting perilously close to losing this country if we continue to appease Quebec by giving in to these violations.

Why Auditing Bangladeshi Factories Is Not Enough

Kevin Thomas | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Kevin Thomas

This may be the first time that Joe Fresh has been caught up in a disaster of this scale, but if they don't change the way they do business in Bangladesh, it won't be the last. The brand has to explain what they're doing to ensure that the workers making their clothes aren't walking into a potential deathtrap each morning.

The Boston Bombing: I Like My News Right, Not Fast

Angelina Chapin | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada
Angelina Chapin

In the mad dash for readers' eyeballs, the media often chooses fast over factual. But who are publications serving by being the first to cross an invisible finish line? What the media often forget is the stands are packed with other members of the media, not readers. Our readers, those we supposedly exist to serve, are often left wondering why no one is running in the race they truly care about: being right. The strongest tie any media outlet should have with its readers is trust. And the fact that maintaining this trust sometimes takes time is something all outlets should remember today.

How Long Until Kevin Lowe Fires Himself?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

---------------------------------------- Think of that much-overused (and sometimes incorrect) line, "It's not personal. It's business." Well, the...

At The Boston Marathon, The Sweetest Finish Soured

Kenny Yum | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada
Kenny Yum

It's been called the sweetest left turn in the world, the corner of Hereford that leads to the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street. For a few hours, once a year, Boylston becomes the hallowed ground for thousands of runners. Boston on this day doesn't become the name of the city. It's the name of the race, run on Patriot's Day, also known by those who line the 26.2 mile route as "Marathon Monday." Citizens and runners alike love the event. No question. So when I heard about bombs and Boston, it was a shock to the system. I know more than several runners down there and I've literally been in their shoes, struggling down that final straightaway. The finish of the Boston Marathon is the happiest place for a runner, where dreams are fulfilled.

How Many Canadian Teams Will Make It To The NHL Playoffs?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada

Well that was a quick season. The NHL playoffs are just a little more than two weeks away and will start on April 30, 2013. Unlike last year, whic...

The Week in Review: Don't Stop Asking Why Rehtaeh Parsons Died

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 06.13.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

This week, it seemed the entire country was focused on the suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons. The alleged conscienceless cruelties that now seem inextricably linked to her death have disgusted and sickened so many that Rehtaeh may one day be remembered as the young woman who made us confront our shameful moral and legal deficits -- and do better. Blogger Anne Therriault wrote that when she read Rehtaeh Parsons' story, she couldn't help but wonder, "Where the f**k were all the grownups?" It's a very good question. One that we should keep asking loudly and often.

Q&A: Inside Anonymous' Operation to Out Rehtaeh Parsons' Alleged Rapists

VICE | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada
VICE

In the days following the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons -- the teenage girl from Halifax who committed suicide after being gang raped, photographed, and harassed -- the hacktivist group Anonymous is playing a game of chicken with the authorities in Nova Scotia.I spoke with a member of Anonymous who is directly involved with the operation to bring Rehtaeh's rapists to justice, in order to get a better handle on their motivations.

'I Never Expected to Leave Such a Long Trail of Resumes'

Arielle Brown | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada
Arielle Brown

2013-03-27-GenerationJobless.jpg With such high hopes, I never expected to leave such a long trail of resumes and feel so lost in a sea of interviews that have yet to produce significant results. I never thought finding a job would be easy, but I truly did not believe the job market would be as saturated as it is.

Change My Mind: Can Government Solve Toronto's Gun Violence Problem?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Marni Soupcoff

Barely a day goes by in Toronto, or any large city, without some reminder of the pain and damage caused by gun violence. While most agree it's a serious issue, the best way to address it remains a topic of considerable debate. Do we need more police? Better grass-roots community programs? Stricter gun control laws? In this latest installment of our popular series "Change My Mind," Huffpost asked two panelists from today's Direct Engagement Show "Putting the gunz down" town hall to debate the statement: Government can solve Toronto's gun violence problem.

Stop Coddling the Catholic Church

Ike Awgu | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada
Ike Awgu

I have no quarrel with individual members of the Catholic Church and I am personally a man of faith. But I do have a quarrel with the Vatican -- and the toady, obsequious manner in which the media has been reporting on the appointment of the new "his holiness."

Love Actually: The CBC and the Catholic Church

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

------------------------------------------------------------ I believe in discovery and technology and innovation and science. My profession -- wh...

It's Time the NHL Makes Visors Mandatory

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

We get it, hockey people (myself included). We know you like to act tough. But, please, please, please... Everybody in the NHL, for the love of whatever imaginary friend in the sky you believe in WEAR A VISOR! Fact is, visors don't save you from everything. They're not supposed to. But, they can still save your career. They can save you from something far worse.

The Bipolar Canucks vs The Heroic Blackhawks

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.03.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

It doesn't really matter what happens or how the standings change. For the foreseeable future, the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are semi-p...

The Woman Behind Good News Toronto [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Upon hearing some friends complain about Toronto after a local violent crime hit the news, Eva Karpati became determined to show the world that Toronto is a "wonderful place filled with amazing people." This gave her the inspiration to launch Good News Toronto, a publication that celebrates our local everyday heroes.

How God Shaped Lincoln's War on Slavery: An Excerpt from the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize Winner

Andrew Preston | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Andrew Preston

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg From this year's Charles Taylor Prize winner: When Abraham Lincoln embraced the end of slavery, he transformed a domestic civil war into a struggle for the soul of humanity. With this transformation, he now presided over America's first war of humanitarian intervention, with a crusading, explicitly religious moralism at its core.

Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: An Excerpt

Andrew Preston | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada
Andrew Preston

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg When Abraham Lincoln embraced the end of slavery, he transformed a domestic civil war into a struggle for the soul of humanity. With this transformation, he now presided over America's first war of humanitarian intervention, with a crusading, explicitly religious moralism at its core.

The Pursuit of Perfection: An Excerpt

Carol Bishop-Gwyn | Posted 04.25.2013 | Canada
Carol Bishop-Gwyn

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg Despite Celia's indefatigable energy, she could not have pulled off creating a ballet company from scratch without the total commitment of the dancers and the selfless help of many others. Throughout her life, Celia Franca had the ability to attract people prepared to dedicate themselves to her.

Straphanger: An Excerpt

Taras Grescoe | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada
Taras Grescoe

I visited 14 different cities, looking at some of the best and the worst in urban transportation. Moscow offered both: surface roads gridlocked by a nightmare of free-for-all congestion, and an awe-inspiring and efficient metro system, a legacy of the Soviet era, that kept working like clockwork beneath the streets.

Shadows of Liberty Peels Back The Corporate Layers of Mainstream Media

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

This isn't a newsflash when I publicly declare that we're constantly bombarded by the noise of politicos professing their strategic talking points, su...

Did Our Ignorance Kill a Toronto Coyote?

Shannon Kornelsen | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada
Shannon Kornelsen

On Monday night in Toronto, a coyote was was out roaming for food, which is scarcer in the winter months. That sometimes means traveling a little further from home. For this coyote, a little further from home meant the edge of Cabbagetown, which was likely full of appetizing smells after the big thaw. The coyote's punishment for following her nose? She was chased, shot at, and killed by police. We must ask ourselves what kind of communities we want to live in. Communities that respect wild animals, or that treat them with fear and disdain? Communities that live peacefully with wild animals, or that violently eradicate them?

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Says World Not Ready for Canadian Pope

Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada

While Quebec native Marc Ouellet is considered a leading contender for pope, Stephen Colbert isn't having any of it. The satirical newsman says Cardin...