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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. <br> <br> You can follow Daniel on Twitter @dportoraro
Basic Training III: On the

Basic Training III: On the Assault

"A lot of people don't know what goes on in the woodwork of the Forces," the Corporal tells me. "In a sense, it's good that Afghanistan happened; it allowed us to show Canadians what we do, and what their taxes are paying for. And usually, if there's a sense of animosity against the army, it's because a lot of people don't know much about us."
10/26/2011 09:56 EDT
Basic Training II: Into

Basic Training II: Into Combat

My heart begins to pound as I see the green sign of the beach. I see other rafts ahead and can't be sure if the troops are fast-casting off them yet until I see their bodies make small, white explosions into the water. The driver yells "Go!" and the two men behind me somersault into the water with a crash.
10/25/2011 09:14 EDT
Welcome to Basic Training,

Welcome to Basic Training, Private

The captain leads me through the base to pick up my kevlar vest and helmet. The officer sitting at reception's eyes grow wide at seeing my camera dangling around my neck. Understandably, the Forces are sometimes wary of the press. Minutes later, I don not the uniform of the Canadian soldiers, but rather the one they use during exercises for "enemy" troops.
10/23/2011 11:38 EDT
Occupy Toronto: Who Are These

Occupy Toronto: Who Are These People?

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10/17/2011 06:14 EDT
Occupy Wall Street: Why They're Not Listening to

Occupy Wall Street: Why They're Not Listening to You

Wall Street's problems are far too important a matter to be left in the hands of those who act and think with anger, rather than with sense. Promote those with knowledge to act as your leaders, keep them on the forefront of OWS and keep the "angry mobs" away from the cameras.
10/12/2011 09:27 EDT
Thank You For Not Scaring

Thank You For Not Scaring Me

Credit is due to the Ottawa government for having picked Ms. Tarbox as their new poster child. But for every Barb Tarbox, there is a James Dean. For every death statistic, there is a hero, real or fictitious who has beaten the odds and has come out on top.
09/28/2011 08:03 EDT
Postal Service: Deader Than A Dead

Postal Service: Deader Than A Dead Parrot

The CUPW acts less as an institution trying to guarantee the well-being of its members, and more as a despicable greedy fat man at a party, grasping for every single morsel of free food he can find
09/07/2011 03:31 EDT