JD Halperin is a writer and guitar teacher from Toronto. His writing has appeared on the Walrus laughs, Toronto Standard, and he is a regular contributor of JDHalperin.com.
Can Canadians watch Olympic hockey in clear conscience? There's much to be disgusted with at this Olympics, but here's why I'll still watch. Men's hockey is the most coveted, most prestigious gold medal. Every sick Canadian dangle, every tape to tape pass, every shelfer top cheese will be a dagger in Putin's black heart.
If you loved hockey before, there's no reason why you won't love watching the same sport again. But taking the lockout personally is the result of viewing your relationship to the game in unhealthy terms. Those who claim to take revenge on beloved hockey by ignoring it are in effect prolonging the lockout out of spite, and I suspect this crowd will tune in soon, their misplaced pride notwithstanding.
01/07/2013 12:19 EST
Dinners and drinks with family and friends, gifts and well-wishing is my idea of Christmas, a lovely time of year, but some people can't get into the holiday spirit without gay-bashing. The Pope is such a man. He believes gay people are actually heterosexuals who choose to be gay. However unwarranted, the pope still holds influence over some people. That Canadians are increasingly rejecting this stuff is a credit to our intelligence and basic decency. It's time we stop being guided by these dusty mirages.
12/26/2012 08:44 EST
Recently, Márton Gyöngyösi, the foreign policy critic of Hungary's ultra-far-right Jobbik party said publicly that he wants to catalogue Hungary's Jews in a database simply for being Jewish. Of course, he claims he was misquoted, but his backpedaling cleared up nothing. Disturbingly, the Hungarian government failed to immediately condemn this statement.
12/02/2012 11:37 EST
We're lucky to have the time to worry about the self-esteem of our children or the discrepancy between the size of our childhood fantasy home and our current urban shanty. While of course we calibrate our problems and react to them according to the world we actually occupy there's something to be said for perspective.
11/23/2012 12:27 EST
There is indeed change in America's winds, and it smells like the chronic. Recreational weed will not just be legal in Colorado and Washington, but will be be produced, packaged, and sold in retail stores. Personally, I've never partaken in smoking weed myself because it's illegal in Canada and I am an upstanding, law abiding citizen.
11/09/2012 10:21 EST
The other day I bought a TV and was surprised to see on the bill a $25 eco charge. Fantastic! It's a small price to pay for the safe disposal of all the hazardous material found in television sets. But here's the thing. You have my $25 now and I don't plan to dispose of my TV for many years. What is this money doing in the mean time?
11/06/2012 12:25 EST
The effortless look is so in right now, but what can a hard-working fashion guru tell you about an effortless look? When it comes to the effortless look, I'm a style icon. My credentials are superb, as I haven't gone shopping for clothes in three years and I hate fashion. So guys, if you want to look hot this fall, just read on.
10/23/2012 12:18 EDT
Before Bach, there was no music. This seriously hampered the soundtracks of movies. Then black slaves sang while being exploited in fields, paving the way for blues, jazz, and rock & roll. Now autotune could give a goat a honeyed voice in perfect pitch. Meanwhile computers liberated musicians from those old historical obstacles like money, instruments, and talent. The Internet allowed everyone everywhere to hear everything, and we haven't seen a distinct style of music since.
09/21/2012 05:18 EDT
Until very recently it was thought that universities were virtually a prerequisite to becoming an adult. A generation of students and graduates are financially crippled with student debt, remain under or unemployed, and they literally have mental issues. And the so-called responsible people keep applauding! University is not for everyone, and society should come to terms with that. Hopefully soon, the university delusion and the corny prestige it bestows will wear off for good.
09/16/2012 12:08 EDT
Boorish foodies are in the news! Without trying to, the casual food blogger can be flippant and cause a lot of harm to restaurants, whereas professional critics write their reviews after going to the restaurant twice. In other words, they bring nothing to the table, they just eat from it. Anybody can do that. But it must be remembered that bloggers can crush a restaurant.
08/20/2012 07:51 EDT
The new Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is out this week, and they have added a few words that make me doubt the seriousness of these lexicographers. These drudges may not be harmless. While I admit that sexting and F-bomb have a place in the dictionary, I can't help but feel like these lexicographers are pandering. I know that not all new entries are "fun" like these two, but I also suspect that there's a mandatory minimum of words like these to be included every year in order to generate Internet chatter.
08/15/2012 05:00 EDT
The Olympics should feature unsuspecting citizens plucked from their normal jobs and forced to compete against similarly amateur athletes from around the world. It's simple to implement, and the benefits are practical for countries and entertaining for viewers.
08/09/2012 05:27 EDT
Incredibly, there are no statistics on this. And yet women hear about this topic all the time -- and not just from their mothers. It's an anthem playing throughout our modern culture, along with all those girl empowerment, Beyonce-style pop songs. So HuffPost put the topic to two young single men, active on the dating frontier. In our latest "Change My Mind" debate, you the reader get to decide on the loser. Just be kind. Reject him nicely.
07/24/2012 01:52 EDT
Summer babes aren't interested in dudes who dress like everybody else. Yet in order to look hot, guys pour hours into researching the same blogs and the same fashion writers -- in the end, they all look the same! That's why I'm the perfect source for giving you the sexy, unique look you won't find anywhere else. Read on to learn the proper way to look casual and smart this summer.
06/05/2012 05:12 EDT
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