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Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

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Daniel Alexandre Portoraro is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. He has written for FrumForum, University of Toronto Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He has appeared on CTV News, Sun News, CBC Radio, and other news stations.

You can follow Daniel on Twitter @dportoraro

Protestors, Stop Your Engines

The Canadian Grand Prix is a point of pride for this country, an event watched by millions from around the world. Little wonder then why the Quebec protestors, in dire need of a landmark event after their 100th day anniversary, would threaten to disrupt the highly anticipated race set to begin this weekend.
06/06/2012 05:13 EDT

Keep Your Protests in Quebec

Whatever happens in Quebec happens in Quebec; it is beyond our control here in Ontario. What is alarming however, is that, as of this past weekend, Ontario students have begun to petition to bring the movement to their province. And all in the name of that often-used, deflated word "solidarity." This would be disastrous.
05/23/2012 12:52 EDT

Why Learn, When You Can Protest?

The sorry fact of the matter is that with only one third of students in Quebec left on strike, we should hope these vandals would stay out of university. After all, that would increase the likelihood of actual students finding employment after graduation. Students who instead of donning cowardly, immature masks, actually want to be working.
05/16/2012 05:42 EDT
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Night of the Living Dead -- Do Digital Corpses go Too Far?

In the drug-induced haze of the Coachella Music Festival, long-dead rapper Tupac Shakur made a surprise appearance, thanks to the good folks at Digital Domain and AV Concepts, who projected the man onto a transparent screen. From a marketing perspective, this is ingenious; but it opens the floodgates to something far more disturbing than a mere concert performance.
04/18/2012 12:07 EDT

The Most Widely Read Resume in the World

Clearly, Greg Smith is the very product of the environment he is so quick to criticize. Under the guise of a now viral op-ed piece in the New York Times, Smith -- once a Goldman Sachs executive -- has successfully guaranteed that every employer, every corporation, every Jack, and Jill around the world, including the Hill, will be aware of his accomplishments.
03/15/2012 03:55 EDT

A Brave New Blindness

@Vikileaks30 isn't only smear -- it's insulting to the very Canadians its creator supposedly intended to protect. Thanks to this person, Toews' mistress and their love-child have been subjected to a level of embarrassment to which no Canadian should be subjected. Does it demonstrate the level of privacy Bill C-30 might violate? Possibly -- but it came at the cost of people who had nothing to do with it.
02/23/2012 09:49 EST

Up in Smoke Day 3: Why I Hate "Social" Smokers

The bane of every smoker is the social smoker. Yet, social smokers, when refusing the coffin nail, often say they've quit. To quit tobacco is a struggle. But if I am ever to say I've quit, it's because I've quit, stopped, let go of the disgusting habit. Oh, and for the record, I've had three cigarettes today.
01/20/2012 05:44 EST

Up in Smoke: Day 2--Success! (Sort of)

There's a gnawing in my stomach, as if a string of spikes is gently lodged against my gut. It's this that prevents me from eating; the stomach pains. In fact, a Big Mac Meal is the first thing eaten since waking up yesterday morning. I'm at six cigarettes. Usually by this point, I'd have smoked about 15.
01/19/2012 12:19 EST

Up In Smoke: Day One (Hint: I Cave)

Quitting smoking is like breaking up with a lousy girlfriend who you've been dating for a long, long time. Sure she hurts you at times, she puts you in a bad mood, she's not always at hand when she ought to be. But it doesn't matter, because like with everything, once enough time elapses, a dependency is formed.
01/18/2012 12:03 EST

Up in Smoke! Saying Adios to Cigarettes

In recognition of National Quitting Smoking week, two of Huffpost's young contributors, Miranda Frum and Daniel Alexandre Portoraro, have volunteered to quit smoking and keep a daily journal about it. Readers: Support them! And please share your own struggles about trying to kick an addiction, whether it was cigarettes or anything else.
01/17/2012 10:01 EST

God Blast Our Queen!

The monarchy has no business having any business in a democratic country such as Canada. We are an independent nation of Canadians first and foremost, and should not be subjugated to professing our love, let alone allegiance to some woman (for that is what she is, some woman) across the Atlantic, living in a palace.
01/16/2012 11:07 EST

Go Ahead and Argue With Me, but Seriously...

Look at the impact protests in the Middle East have had on the world. Now take a look at Occupy. What does the latter have to show but incessant claims of police "brutality" (remember, perspective here --Time's throwing them in with people who rebelled and ousted Gaddafi), and evictions from parks which now look like barren wastelands?
12/21/2011 09:08 EST

Time's "Person of the Year" Devalues Real Heroes

So you, who went to Columbia to study film, are Man of the Year because you're upset you can't find a job during a recession to cover your student loans? Face it, Time Warner only put you on the cover so you would buy the issue, then years down the line point to it with a false sense of accomplishment.
12/16/2011 05:07 EST

Occupy, in the End, Was a Reactionary Movement

The Occupy Movement seems to rise in popularity and attendance not when they decide to do something but rather when an external force lashes out at them. Once the threat passes, numbers dwindle down again. The support for Occupy is entirely reactionary. Is this any true way to incite global change?
11/25/2011 03:01 EST

Live Blogging Occupy Eviction: UPDATED

More protesters began arriving just before noon. A police officer put the number at 1,200, but to me it seemed more like 400. The tents had already begun folding like houses of cards, mostly at the hands of city workers.
11/23/2011 10:36 EST

OWS's Squalid and Squandered Opportunities

The movement has now passed through the hype machine. While at first, it began slowly, it's grown in size, and now many read of the protests in the same way they read of the falling stock market, or the weather that's get colder everyday.
11/12/2011 08:21 EST

A Minimum Donation for Their Ultimate Sacrifice

Military families, while never overlooked by the Canadian Forces themselves, are something that must be remembered. How do families work without an additional parent? What happens when a parent dies while serving his country?
11/11/2011 07:08 EST