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A Senseless Soccer Turban Ban

Mukhbir Singh | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada
Mukhbir Singh

After missing an entire season of soccer, I am worried about the large scale effect this could have on a whole generation of Sikhs living in Quebec if they are not allowed to play a sport due to their religious beliefs. Sports is a great way for children to socialize and make new friends, and it has been a great tool for integration.

"Drafted" Recap: Auditions for The Score's Next Sports Broadcaster

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada
Bianca Teixeira

Well, that's all folks. In-person auditions for Gillette's Drafted, the search for Canada's next sports broadcaster, are over! Done! Of course, you ...

Martha Schabas: My Blank Page

Luminato Festival | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada
Luminato Festival

2013-05-10-blog_the_first_word_01_A.jpg We both know that if an expert looked over these lines, she would not be fooled for a moment. She would see all of my work and she would ask me where my voice went. And I would wave my hands like an air-traffic controller and say: Hey! Hello! I'm right over here!

If We Can Help, Why Wouldn't We?

Rumeet Billan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Rumeet Billan

It's easy to say that you would help, but actually doing something becomes a bit more challenging. After a discussion with my family, I filled out th...

Challenging "Blackface" Is Not Quebec-Bashing

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

If the whites in Quebec who are donning blackface are claiming to have no prior knowledge of the practice, how and why exactly are they coming to partake so frequently in its disturbing revival? Are some commentators then claiming that some white people are born with an inherent desire to spontaneously paint their faces black to stereotype, dehumanize, and ridicule the physical characteristics of their fellow citizens? Most people are intelligent enough to deduce that blackface is a popular form that you no longer tend to see on TV or in film anymore for a reason.

"Drafted" Recap: Auditions for The Score's Next Sports Broadcaster

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada
Bianca Teixeira

Hey Drafted fans! I hope you enjoyed your weekend off from my snarking on people who are just innocent auditioners, standing in front of a camera, ask...

Cannes Diary: Know Your Voice and Nurture It

Kyle Thomas | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
Kyle Thomas

I walked away from Cannes this year with an affirming sense that I am indeed on the right path, and that I must stay focused on developing my craft as a filmmaker. I believe that developing a strong cinematic voice is essential to building a meaningful and sustainable career in this industry.

Mathew Henderson: It's Ok To Be An Awful Writer

Luminato Festival | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
Luminato Festival

2013-05-10-blog_the_first_word_01_A.jpg I suspect most great writers are also terrible writers. It all depends what you show people. I think this is the key to beating the empty screen. Because it's the pressure that kills, right? The urge to write the next great novel, or make a boatload of money with scandalous, (un)literary smut, or prove what a deep, deep thinker you are. The pressure is too consistent to ever get anything done. So, yield to mediocrity, accept that the next word you write is likely going to be the wrong word and keep going anyway. The real worst case scenario isn't that you might write something bad. The worst case scenario is that you might write nothing at all.

How Rob Ford Could Have Saved His Career (UPDATED)

Jeff Chatterton | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Chatterton

Rob Ford has chosen to imitate an ostrich when it comes to questions regarding "the video." He has buried his head in the sand. It's a lousy strategy, highlighting only his ability to run away from trouble. It's not leadership - it's panic. And it's especially sad when he had so many options open to him. Instead, he ran away and hid like a scared, petulant child. And it's this complete and total lack of leadership that has doomed him. At this point, it doesn't matter whether the video is real or not - the electorate has seen their Mayor as someone who clearly cannot handle dealing with a rough situation when the chips are down.

Cannes Diary: Glitz, Glamour, and a Shortage of Toilets

Moira Sauer | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada
Moira Sauer

Cannes is a mega-soup of getting physically, and at times emotionally, lost. Sitting areas exist, but you cannot sit in them unless you are having a meeting, which leads to folks perching on stairs to dig through the program to find another movie to see since the one they just stood in line for for an hour for ended up being full.

Second Suspect's Father Shocked At Arrest

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada

Mark Smich, the second suspect in the Tim Bosma murder, made a brief appearance at a Hamilton courthouse on Thursday morning. He faces a first-degree ...

Evan Munday: Blank Pages, The Pinstriped Fedoras of Writing

Luminato Festival | Posted 07.18.2013 | Canada
Luminato Festival

2013-05-10-blog_the_first_word_01_A.jpg The best way to deal with a blank page (or blank screen) is to simply not have one. Asking how one deals with a blank page is a bit like asking how one deals with an Ed Hardy thumb ring or a pinstriped fedora. Just avoid that whole landmine by not ever having one. It helps to have a backlog of ideas -- more ideas that you could ever possibly need or turn into finished stories. I keep a text file of half-baked ideas to develop should I ever get some spare time -- and some of them aren't half-bad. Be riddled with ideas. Sodden with them. So many ideas that you start to gag just in describing how many ideas you have.

"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.