The National Security Agency has been busy quietly collecting information ranging from how often Americans call their grandparents to the nasty emails they write about colleagues. And Canadians aren't exempt from Big Brother's watch. Though it's tempting to feel like characters in Nineteen Eighty-Four, there's one important difference between the Orwellian world and our society: in 2013, the citizens spy too. Though the authorities may be watching us, we're staring right back at them through the lens of our cellphone cameras. Welcome to citizen surveillance.
08/14/2013 08:23 EDT
Our blog rail often feels like an eclectic dinner party where celebrities, politicians, students and any Canadian with an intelligent opinion gather around the same table. Almost every day this year we have read about how different people view government, public figures, other cultures and their own lives. Taken on their own, each blog might seem underwhelming. After all, it is just one person's opinion, and your crazy Aunt Edna has no shortage of those. But when we publish these insights, arguments and confessions on our platform, often something special happens. Often these blogs become fire crackers, igniting a national conversation.
12/17/2012 10:46 EST
A court ruling booted Rob Ford from his job as Toronto Mayor, declaring he violated the Municipal Conflict-of-Interest Act. In just another example of Ford putting football before politics, the charge arose because of a council vote to recommend Ford repay donations he solicited for his private football foundation using official city letterhead. Many Toronto citizens (and a particular media outlet) have a contentious relationship with Ford, whether it be over his decision to repeatedly ditch the city's gay pride parade, his questionable driving habits, or his explosive temper. While some may be mourning, many more are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Here are some reactions.
11/26/2012 12:32 EST
We Canadians care about the U.S. election -- we just can't help it. Yes, it's partly because of our inferiority complex (token
11/06/2012 02:13 EST
I am an introvert, and thankfully, so is the woman who cuts my hair. It took me a while to find her. For years, questions about my job and love life over the hum of a blowdryer made me feel like I was on an unsolicited first date. With Leslie, it's different. Which is why the following test might be the best way to identify whether you're an introvert or extrovert.
09/12/2012 08:00 EDT
The fact that Senator Patrick Brazeau used Twitter to insult Canadian Press journalist Jennifer Ditchburn because of an article she wrote -- suggesting she change the "D" to a "B" in her last name -- says something about the level of discourse on the social media platform. Who better to speak to this than Charlie Angus, the MP who famously left Twitter because of the mostly asinine comments ("I hate you asshole - and you sing terribly") clogging up his feed?
06/26/2012 06:55 EDT
George looks across the street at the cafe where a cup of java costs $2.75. For that price, he could buy three days’ worth
05/14/2012 12:44 EDT
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/angelina-chapin/niqab-photo_b_1422026.html?ref=canada"><img alt="2012-04-13-Screenshot20120413at8.33.52AM.png" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-04-13-Screenshot20120413at8.33.52AM.png" width="300" height="76" /></a>I know bras can get people stirred up, but I think we all need to calm down a little over the recent photo of a Muslim woman in a niqab and abaya holding one up.
04/12/2012 06:05 EDT
Budget news came down the Parliamentary stairway with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Stephen Harper sharing in a laugh while reporters furiously thumbed their blackberries, shoved mics in politcians' faces, or yelled, "Tweet that!" in newsrooms (as we did at HuffPostCanada). Feeling a little bombarded with info? We thought you might be.
03/29/2012 06:35 EDT
Glass was absolutely right to devote an entire episode of <em>This American Life</em> to apologizing for fabricated material that aired on his show. Why? Think of your own relationships. When you find out someone important to you lied, what happens? You start to question other things.
03/18/2012 09:08 EDT
When I saw the pictures of a makeup-less Faith Hill going viral this week, that high school girl in me cringed. Making fun of somebody's natural face is as sinister as making fun of the kid with acne. That is to say, it is a mean, childish, bully tactic.
03/15/2012 07:52 EDT
The little girl at the convenience store told me that her parents had to stay open for Christmas. I asked about presents and whether they took the morning off to open some. "Presents," she told me, sitting in her small plastic pink chair in front of her desk, "we don't really do."
12/23/2011 12:29 EST
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