The year's only saving grace.
<p>Joshua Ostroff is a former senior editor at HuffPost Canada. Raised on the West Coast and based in Toronto, he covers politics and pop culture and has contributed to Vice, Maclean's, The Walrus, CTV and other newspapers, magazines and broadcasters. </p>
"I was overwhelmed by the presence of the prime minister next to me."
12/28/2016 03:14 EST
"We talk about the police but we don't talk about the judge, we don't talk about the [store] clerk. This is a comprehensive experience."
12/21/2016 12:03 EST
2016 VR technology is the real deal.
12/20/2016 11:30 EST
The so-called alt-right may soon have their Emperor in the White House, but before they got political to help force Donald Trump into the presidency, the movement was largely focused on fomenting culture wars. So it's hardly a "Luke, I am your father" surprise twist that the alt-right is now targeting "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (which, by the way, is really, really good.)
12/16/2016 04:41 EST
Review: Rest assured, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits its target like the filmmakers were Luke Skywalker bullseyeing womp rats in his T-16 back home on Tatooine. That's not just a too-clever comparison, either. Many have preemptively called this new Stars Wars film superfluous. Admittedly, this darker-hued, smaller-scale tale of bravery during wartime is arguably not a necessary addition to the canon for casual fans who don't care about filling in plot points. But the movie is far more than its functional linkage between the two completed trilogies.
12/13/2016 12:46 EST
A decade-in-the-making masterpiece about a tattooed boy, a mythical beast and their bond.
12/06/2016 12:04 EST
The weather outside is about to get frightful, which makes playing video games on the couch quite delightful.
11/30/2016 01:27 EST
Many Trump supporters on both sides of the border are trying to diminish these hate crimes, dismiss the alt-right and excuse the president-elect. The goal is normalization. But this is more than not normal. It is familiar. And it is contagious. First Brexit, then Trump, and next it could be Front National's racist leader Marine Le Pen in France. Call it alt-right, white supremacy, white nationalism, ethno-nationalism or whatever else you want. It's just Nazi by another name and we must stand up to it because we've seen how this story ends.
11/22/2016 04:04 EST
Much like climate change, the effects of Donald Trump's election will not stay on the southern side of the border.
11/21/2016 07:08 EST
A powerful new documentary delves into the conflict between the Inuit hunt and animal rights and environmental groups.
11/19/2016 08:45 EST
There have been many calls to better understand the white working class voter and placing blame on "political correctness" for what Van Jones dubbed on election night "a whitelash." In other words, that the real problem was that we weren't paying enough attention to straight, white people and shouldn't have been calling for diversity, equality and respect. But arguing that if you just didn't challenge straight white male supremacy then they wouldn't have elected a straight white male supremacist is no different than blaming a rape victim for what she wore, or a gay-bashing victim for kissing his boyfriend, or a Jew for wearing a Star of David necklace.
11/14/2016 05:10 EST
"F*ck these guys. We don't have to stand for this here."
11/14/2016 02:58 EST
As a cultural presence that combined the sacred and profane, romance and cynicism, humanity and hopelessness for over five decades of towering songs, we all have our own Leonard Cohen entry point. Like fellow Canadian Neil Young, Cohen became a patron saint of the 90s alternative nation. There was the tribute album "I'm Your Fan" and placement of "Closing Time and, especially, "The Future" in the film "Natural Born Killers."
11/11/2016 07:18 EST
In Hillary Clinton's final speech of this slow-motion car crash of a campaign, she declared that "love trumps hate." Turns out she was wrong. Instead, hate trumped love and so they picked Donald Trump, a vengeful demagogue running on a fear-fueled platform of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and Islamophobia alongside a running-mate known primarily for his anti-LGBTQ radicalism. Donald Trump is the President Elect of the United States of America.
11/09/2016 03:21 EST
"Donald Trump is horrible in so many ways but [Pence] is incredibly homophobic and I don't think that’s been highlighted a lot during this election."
11/07/2016 07:33 EST
"I would say to Cleveland, join us! It feels really good to make this decision and to see all the support that came to us."
11/02/2016 02:15 EDT
Just don't do it.
10/31/2016 05:00 EDT
Award-winning philosopher Charles Taylor on Trump, Brexit and how to convince your parents that diversity is good for Canada.
10/28/2016 12:35 EDT
A new film reminds us that colonization is still with us.
10/23/2016 01:41 EDT
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