• When Celebs Put Their Jobs Before Victims Of Sexual Assault

    I've heard these women's testimonies. These women — some were only children when Rozon allegedly slid his hand into their pants.I've also read the stories of the men and women who were allegedly harassed by Quebec media star Eric Salvail.Girls, guys: you are strong.I have heard Martin Cloutier, one half of the comedy duo Dominic et Martin, say that Rozon won't earn another penny off him. He'll never again participate in anything to do with Just For Laughs.I heard my boyfriend say the same
  • The 10 Best Milestones In Parenting That No One Tells You About

    As soon as you become a parent, you start talking about milestones. Crawling for the first time, sitting up, first steps, first words. These are things that you might talk about at play dates, during school drop-off and even in the grocery store check-out line. But what about the milestones that don't get any accolades? They can be total game-changers but for some reason, mostly go unmentioned. Here are some of the unsung milestones in parenting. Believe me, when they happen in your family, you
  • Black People Waited Longer In Ontario Jails For Trial Than White Prisoners: New Data

    TORONTO (Reuters) - Black people in Canada's most populous province spent longer behind bars awaiting trial than white people charged with many of the same categories of crimes in each of the past five years, according to data obtained by Reuters.Between April 2015 and April 2016, the most recent period in which data is available, black people awaiting trial in Ontario jails were there longer, on average, than white people charged with the same crime in 11 of 16 offense categories Reuters examin
  • Trudeau Says It's Not Up To His Government To Challenge Quebec's Bill 62

    ROBERVAL, Que. — It's not Ottawa's role to challenge a new Quebec law that forbids people from receiving government services with their faces covered, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday during a visit to the province.Trudeau added, however, he believes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to everyone and that he will defend that principle."It's not up to the federal government to challenge this," he said about Bill 62, which is seen by many as targeting Muslim women who wear
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  • Windsor, Ont. Police Chief, Mayor Criticized For Soldiers Of Odin Photo

    The mayor and police chief in Windsor, Ont. are under fire for posing for a photo with the local president of Soldiers of Odin, a group that pushes anti-Muslim and anti-immigration views.The creator of the blog Anti-Racist Canada told HuffPost Canada that the picture sends the wrong message to minorities and people from marginalized communities, who often have reasons for fearing police.Really @WindsorPolice and @drewdilkens? You thought taking a photo with a member of the Soldiers of Odin was a
  • Women Are Tweeting Scarf Selfies To Condemn Quebec's Bill 62

    As a new Quebec law that will force Muslim women to uncover their faces before they can ride the bus is being denounced by human rights groups and politicians, a handful of Canadian women are posting pointed selfies to show their own condemnation.The Quebec government passed Bill 62 Wednesday, which bans Muslim women who wear a niqab or burqa from obtaining government services — including public transportation — without showing their faces. The bill infringes on the religious freedom
  • We Should Be Especially Horrified By Horses' Slaughter

    Horses are different.Recently CTV News published a piece on horses being sent to slaughter and shipped to Japan for meat.The story spoke about how they make sure the horses are treated and handled ethically on their way to slaughter, as if to make it seem "OK."The fact that horses and slaughter are together in one sentence is tragic. That any animal and the word slaughter go together is horrific, and yet there is a way that I think horses are different.We have domesticated horses from the wild;
  • Trudeau Leads Canada's Pitch For Amazon Headquarters

    TORONTO — As Canadian cities compete with each other — and dozens of jurisdictions south of the border — for Amazon's new $50-billion headquarters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pitched Canada to the company's founder.In a letter addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Trudeau makes a general case why any prospective Canadian suitors could prove attractive as the retail behemoth's next corporate home.Trudeau's letter, which starts with "Dear Jeff," does not single out any of th
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  • Wireless Competition At Last? Freedom Mobile Launches ‘Game Changer’ Data Plans

    Ever since Shaw Communications bought struggling Wind Mobile in 2016, and rebranded it as Freedom Mobile, some analysts have been predicting the rise of a fourth major wireless carrier in Canada.Freedom Mobile may have taken its first real move toward that status on Thursday, as it launched "Big Gig," a new set of wireless plans that it calls "unprecedented" in the Canadian market.The plans include 10 GB of data for $50 — and in a first for Canada, there are no overage fees. The cost is le
  • 5 Ways I Learned To Thrive As An Adult Living With ADHD

    Welcome to my second post that invites you into my world with ADHD — from diagnosis to transitioning into adulthood and finding my way to grad school. You can read more about how I found out I had ADHD in my first post here. I decided to share my story because there is a lot of stigma and misunderstanding associated with ADHD.Can someone living with ADHD thrive and achieve great things? As an adult with ADHD who recently completed a PhD, I confidently reply: "certainly." I want to show peo
  • Alarming RCMP Guide Unfairly Targets Muslim Migrants

    In the event of Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, Canadians have seen some changes here at home. One of them happens to be an influx of immigrants from our neighbours down south.Since the start of this year, more than 12,000 men, women and children have crossed into our country, entering at Roxham Road, near the town of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, from the state of New York.The RCMP have been monitoring this informal border crossing for quite some time. This is, of course, in the interest
  • Bobcaygeon, Ont. Remembers Gord Downie, Who Put It On The Map

    BOBCAYGEON, Ont. — When Dave Bailey first heard last year that Gord Downie had terminal brain cancer, he knew he needed to head to Bobcaygeon, Ont., after the Tragically Hip frontman died.The Pickering, Ont., native wasn't sure if anyone would be gathered, but he figured he would head straight to the source of one of band's hit singles."I thought, 'What can I do?"' Bailey said. "I could donate to cancer society, and I have, but I got to do something to memorialize him so I figured drive to
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  • 5 Art Pieces That Beautifully Capture Gord Downie's Lyrics

    Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie's music is part of Canada's tapestry.His lyrics evoke scenes from Algonquin Park, Kawartha Lakes, the prairies, and iconic moments in Canada's history, such as the 1972 Canada-Soviet Hockey Series.Downie, 53, died Tuesday night of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Tributes poured in as Canadians — including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau— reeled from the loss. But Downie's famous lyrics will continue to live on in many ways, including art.He
  • The Royal Family Still Has To Follow These 8 Customs

    In September, royal watchers got a good look at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry together in public for the first time as they took in the Invictus Games in Toronto.Not long before that, Markle, an actress who stars the TV show "Suits," discussed her beau more openly than ever before in the Vanity Fair Oct. 2017 cover story."We're a couple. We're in love," Markle, 36, told the mag. "I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but
  • Less Human Than Human: Blade Runner 2049 Fails Women

    I'd been excited for Blade Runner 2049 for a long time. It's a safe bet that a sequel to a classic is going to be a cataclysmic disappointment, but I went into 2049 with my heart wide open. Even if it was a disaster, I was prepared to love it. I adored the world (not to mention the director and cinematographer) too much.But 2049 had a fatal issue that I couldn't get past: it spent three hours demonstrating that a number of its characters were less than human, ruining the entire movie for me.No,
  • Kids Are Embarrassed By Parents Who Drink: Study

    Talk about sober second thought.A new U.K. study reveals that children notice a change in their parents' behaviour if they've been drinking even a moderate amount, and can become worried, anxious, and embarrassed as a result.The study, released this week by the Institute of Alcohol Studies in partnership with the Alcohol and Families Alliance and Alcohol Focus Scotland, is the first to show that even low-level parental drinking impacts families.Even moderate drinking can affect parents' judgment
  • Sears Canada Liquidation Sales Leave Some Unimpressed

    TORONTO — Sears Canada began its liquidation sales at its remaining stores across the country Thursday, but many shoppers found the deals to be underwhelming.While signs suggested discounts of 20 to 50 per cent off — with a note that exceptions apply — relatively few items at a Toronto store appeared to be offered at half off. Some big ticket items such as snowblowers and treadmills were only 10 per cent off."For a close-out deal, I would have thought the sale would be a bit hi
  • Sears Canada Liquidation Sales Launch As Retailer Fails To Find Buyer

    TORONTO — Sears Canada begins liquidation sales Thursday at its stores across the country as it prepared to shut its doors for good after 65 years.A Sears Canada spokesman says customers can expect deep discounts of up to 50 per cent off at its 74 department stores, and up to 30 per cent off at its eight Home stores.Liquidation sales at its 49 Sears Hometown stores are due to start today, or shortly, but discounts there will vary, the spokesman adds.Watch: A timeline of the rise and declin
  • Food Scraps Are The Humble Ingredient Behind The Zero-Waste Food Trend

    The figures are startling. Americans waste $165 billion worth of edible food every year, according to a report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council.That's about 40 per cent of the total amount produced. If we reduced food loses by as little as 15 per cent, the report says, we'd be able to feed more than 25 million Americans who now go hungry. Healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, account for the largest losses.The good news is that a war on waste has started to burgeon. "Ugl
  • Bill Morneau To Establish Blind Trust, Divest Assets In Family Company

    OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he will divest assets in his family company, Morneau Shepell, and establish a blind trust to avoid any perception of conflicts of interest."This is a way for me to assure Canadians, to the highest level of confidence, that there is no possibility of any conflicts of interest," he told reporters Thursday.The finance minister was pushed to make the changes, he said, after his personal finances became a "real distraction." The opposition has accused
  • Never Meet Your Heroes (Unless They're Gord Downie)

    I had the fortune of meeting Gord Downie, however briefly, in early 1990 at the age of 18. Although they were only one album and an EP into their storied careers, the band Downie fronted, the Tragically Hip, were fast becoming my favourite. They were certainly better than my band at the time, a somewhat generic five-piece pop-rock outfit I shared with my friend and lead guitar player, Paolo.So yeah, the Hip were playing a show at Toronto's generically-named Concert Hall, and Paolo and I lined up
  • Job Losses, Falling House Prices: Canada's New Mortgage Rules Will Sting

    Canada's banking regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), this week announced yet another tightening of Canada's mortgage rules.Starting January 1, borrowers of traditional mortgages (those with a 20-per-cent or more down payment) will be required to pass a "stress test" to ensure they can afford higher mortgage rates. They will now have to qualify at a mortgage that is two percentage points higher than the one they're being offered, or at the Bank of Canada'
  • Enjoy The Underside Of The Bus, Mexico!

    How desperate is Justin Trudeau to keep NAFTA?Ask the Mexicans, now peering out from under the proverbial bus — where, you know, Trudeau pushed them.Pretty desperate.As they welcomed the Canadian prime minister to Mexico City last Thursday — and as they gamely extracted the Canadian-made stainless steel that had slipped between their shoulder blades — the Mexicans likely marvelled about this once or twice. "¡Tan encantador! ¡Muy guapo! ¡Tan despiadado!" they m
  • Is It OK To Be A Sexy Hot Dog For Halloween If You’re A Feminist?

    If there's one type of Halloween costume you can expect to see every year, it's that of the sexy variety. Over the years, we've seen our fair share of sexy nurses, cheerleaders, and Disney princesses. Heck, we've even seen sexy pizzas!A post shared by Jill (@vaultdwellerjill) on Sep 25, 2014 at 5:21pm PDTAs Cady Heron from "Mean Girls" explained, "In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when girls c
  • How Nicolas Duvernois' Pur Vodka Became The World's Best

    If there's one thing Nicolas Duvernois wants entrepreneurs to know, it's that success is a marathon, not a sprint.It's a piece of advice the founder and CEO of Pur Vodka & Romeo's Gin knows very well. It took him four years to sell his first bottle but now the Quebec-based entrepreneur is expanding his business internationally.Duvernois started his company in his early 20s and without enough money to pay his rent. "I just had a great idea, an amazing product but no money to market it," he sa
  • Michelle Williams Reveals She Had Thoughts Of Suicide During Peak Destiny's Child Fame

    Michelle Williams suffered from depression that peaked just as Destiny's Child was at the height of fame, the singer revealed this week.Williams, who starred in the famous R&B group with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, opened up about her experiences with mental illness and suicidal thoughts to CBS's "The Talk" on Wednesday."I got really, really bad... to the point I was suicidal...I wanted out," she said.Thank you @TheTalkCBS for being a safe place to talk about #depression#mentalhealthaw
  • 4 Stats Show Toronto Housing Hasn't Been Affected By Interest Hikes... Yet

    The Toronto housing market has hit a cooling point since the Ontario government introduced a 15-per-cent foreign buyers' tax back in April. More recently, interest hikes have added more concern that the GTA real estate market will continue to cool off.At the beginning of September, the Bank of Canada announced that interest rates will yet again increase, prompting a flurry of concerns about whether this change would affect the Toronto housing market negatively. Typically, higher interest rates a
  • Why Babies Have A Favourite Boob When Breastfeeding

    While favouritism is a normal part of child development, it's funny to think that this can start as early as infancy. But believe it or not, some babies actually have a preferred boob when breastfeeding, and there's a perfectly logical explanation for this: one is just better than the other.Midwife Cath Curtin, from Melbourne, Australia, explained this phenomenon on Mama Mia's Year One podcast. "A lot of women lactate better on one side," she said. "For some women, one [breast] is really big and
  • Meghan Markle Might Have Just Had Tea With The Queen

    If you're a fan of the royal coupledom known as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, then you're probably going to be ~very~ excited about this news.According to reports, the 36-year-old actress and her beau of more than one year spent time with the Queen over tea last week at Buckingham Palace.The Daily Mail notes that Markle and Harry arrived (via a Ford Galaxy with blacked-out windows) at Her Majesty's private entrance to the palace on Oct. 12 and that the meeting was "said to be extremely informa
  • If NAFTA Dies, Old Canada-U.S. Trade Deal Would Live On, Right? Not So Fast, Canada

    WASHINGTON — It's a refrain frequently heard in Canada: That ending NAFTA wouldn't change much in economic relations with the United States, because the countries could simply pull their older agreement off the shelf, dust it off, and persist in trade without tariffs.It's also wrong, some analysts say.A few people interviewed this week disputed the idea that the original Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1987 would automatically snap back into place if NAFTA disappears, an increasingly r
  • Chrystia Freeland's Dishes 'A Little Baloney' While Defending Canada's Sacred Cows

    OTTAWA — "We believe it's important to point out to our U.S. friends that dairy producers in the U.S. also receive subsidies from the government, very significant subsidies." — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington on Tuesday.———The United States took aim at one of Canada's sacred economic cows during the just completed fourth round of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement — it wants an end to the supply management sys
  • Ines Rau Is The First Transgender Playmate To Be Featured In Playboy

    She's making history.Ines Rau just became the first transgender playmate to be featured in the latest issue of Playboy, which, according to reports, is a first in the magazine's 64-year history.Meet your November 2017 Playmate, @supa_ines. "Nudity shouldn't be taboo. Nudity means a lot to me, since I went through a transition to get where I want to be. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess. It's not about sexuality but the beauty of the human body, whether male or fem
  • Ines Rau Is The 1st Transgender Playmate To Be Featured In Playboy

    She's making history.Ines Rau just became the first transgender playmate to be featured in the latest issue of Playboy, which, according to reports, is a first in the magazine's 64-year history.Meet your November 2017 Playmate, @supa_ines. "Nudity shouldn't be taboo. Nudity means a lot to me, since I went through a transition to get where I want to be. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess. It's not about sexuality but the beauty of the human body, whether male or fem
  • Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Congestion, But Mean More Sprawl: Study

    A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.The report, released Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum, is a mostly optimistic take on how autonomous vehicles could change cities.Three companies are now testing self-driving cars in Boston's Seaport District. One of them, NuTonomy, has also partnered with ride-
  • CMHC Says It Can Withstand Severe Housing Shock

    OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says stress testing has confirmed its mortgage loan insurance and securitization businesses are able to withstand a severe shock.The housing agency tested the strength of its businesses against several extreme scenarios.It looked at the impact of an earthquake in a major urban centre, a steep drop in the price of oil and a U.S.-style housing correction where unemployment rises along with a fall in house prices of 30 per cent.Watch: Housing slowdow
  • Glibert Rozon Steps Down As Head Of Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

    The founder of Just For Laughs announced that he was stepping down from that post as well as several others — shortly before a story featuring allegations of sexual assault and harassment from nine women was published.Gilbert Rozon, 62, resigned from the comedy festival, as well as from positions as commissioner for the 375th Montreal anniversary celebrations and vice-president of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal."I withdraw out of respect for employees and families who work for
  • Gilbert Rozon Steps Down As Head Of Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

    The founder of Just For Laughs announced that he was stepping down from that post as well as several others — shortly before a story featuring allegations of sexual assault and harassment from nine women was published.Gilbert Rozon, 62, resigned from the comedy festival, as well as from positions as commissioner for the 375th Montreal anniversary celebrations and vice-president of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal."I withdraw out of respect for employees and families who work for
  • Donations Via Debit Offered At St. Mark's Anglican Church In St. John's

    Years from now, your kids could be asking you: "What the heck are collection plates?"The times are a-changin' and one church in Newfoundland is getting ahead of the curve by offering parishioners the option to make donations using a debit card terminal.On Monday, St. Mark's Anglican Church in St. John's announced on Facebook: "Find yourself in church without money for the offering?? We got you covered!! St. Mark's gratefully accepts one-time contributions via Visa, Mastercard and debit card."The
  • Quebec Radio Host Eric Salvail On Leave After Sexual Harassment Accusations

    MONTREAL — A popular Quebec media personality who is facing an array of sexual misconduct allegations took a leave from his professional activities Wednesday as employers and clients distanced themselves from him.Eric Salvail said in a Facebook post he'll take a few days to take stock after Montreal La Presse published a story with allegations from 11 people who said he either sexually harassed them or that they witnessed such behaviour in his presence.Ten of them came forward under the co
  • Gord Downie Memorial In Kingston, Ont. Swarmed By Tragically Hip Fans

    KINGSTON, Ont. — The unmistakable voice of Gord Downie echoed through the streets of his hometown of Kingston, Ont., on Wednesday as locals celebrated the Tragically Hip frontman's life and legacy.Whether it was inside local pubs or at the city's Springer Market Square, a steady rotation of the Hip's songs raged against the heavy sadness in the air. Downie, who was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, died Tuesday at 53."It was a moment we all knew was coming, we just didn't know when,''
  • 5 Ways To Tell If The News You're Reading Is Fake

    Putin issued an arrest warrant for George Soros. There's new proof that marijuana kills cancer cells. Oh, and Morgan Freeman is dead at 80.If this is all news to you, that's OK. Because none of it's true.Fake news is everywhere, masquerading as reliable reporting. What's interesting about these fictions is that most of them invariably make me gasp, question my understanding of current events, or utter, "WTF?" That's because fake news is almost always highly charged and political. It's about race
  • Canada's Biggest Guilty Pleasure Is Eating Out: Survey

    Canadians tend to go financially overboard when it comes to their guilty pleasures, at least according to a new survey.The study, from Capital One Canada and Credit Canada, asked 1,510 random Canadians about their spending habits and how they make room for guilty pleasure purchases in their budgets.The biggest guilty pleasure for the average person is eating out. Seventy-two per cent of people surveyed reported dining out and 71 per cent reported ordering takeout more than a few times per month.
  • Gord Downie Reminded Us Not To Save A Thing For Later

    Let's start with how he kissed his bandmates smack on the lips as if to say there wasn't time for anything less.It was one more lesson, perhaps, for those of us in the nosebleeds who gathered those loving evenings to say goodbye, though we dared not say so."See you down the road somewheres, alright?" Gord Downie told us in words as piercing as they were plain.It was another gift to take home with us from someone who'd long felt like a friend, if only because his poetry always seemed to get to th
  • Trudeau Accuses Opposition Of 'Gutter Politics' With Morneau Attacks

    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refuses to say when he found out that Bill Morneau never put his substantial assets into a blind trust after being appointed finance minister two years ago.Trudeau accuses opposition parties, who've intensified their attacks on the finance minister, of playing gutter politics over the issue.And he says he has faith that both Morneau and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson followed all the requirements of the Conflict of Interest Act.Earlier on HuffPost:At
  • Lupus, The Autoimmune Disease That Often Affects Young Women

    .Written by Natalie Chung-Sayers, communications advisor for the Holland Musculoskeletal Program and the St. John's Rehab Program at SunnybrookSinger Selena Gomez continues to raise awareness about lupus since she publicly revealed her diagnosis in 2015. Recently, she announced on Instagram that she had a kidney transplant due to the disease.What is lupus? We spoke with a Sunnybrook expert about the disease, which disproportionately affects women in their 20s and 30s."Women are nine times more l
  • There’s Nothing Neutral About Quebec Public Service Ban On Face Coverings

    On Wednesday, Bill 62 became law in Quebec. The bill requires those giving or receiving public services to have their face uncovered. In practice, this means that, for example, it will be illegal for women who wear niqab to take the bus.The bill was passed by a vote of 66 to 51. The margin may seem somewhat close, but take this into consideration: all of the 66 who supported the bill were members of the Liberal Party, and many of the opposing votes wanted something that would place even harsher
  • Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès Wants Trudeau To Challenge Quebec's Bill 62 In Court

    OTTAWA — A Quebec Liberal MP called on her leader Wednesday to contest a provincial law that bans Muslim women who wear a niqab or burqa from obtaining government services without showing their faces.Alexandra Mendès, the MP from Brossard–Saint-Lambert, a riding on the south shore of Montreal, told reporters she expects that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government won't let the law the stand."I presume we will, because I know him. Well, I normally know his opinions on this
  • Alberta Firefighter Dies Battling Fierce Wildfire

    Wind-whipped wildfires that scorched parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Tuesday and forced the evacuation of several communities have taken a human toll.Officials with Cypress County in southeastern Alberta confirmed the death of a firefighter who was battling a fierce grass fire driven by gusting winds near Hilda. A release said James Hargrave of the Walsh fire station died in the line of duty Tuesday night."James was community-minded and joined the fire services to help and protect residents
  • Mother Charged With Murder After Allegedly Putting Young Sons In Oven

    A 24-year-old mother of four allegedly put her two youngest children in an oven and turned it on, according to Atlanta law enforcement.Lamora Williams has been charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of her one and two-year-old sons.Ja'Karter and Ke-Yaunte Penn were placed in the oven sometime between midnight last Thursday and 11 p.m. last Friday. A third child, three-year-old Jameel Penn Jr. was found unhurt.After putting the boys in the oven, Williams reportedly video-called the fath
  • Mother Charged With Murder After Allegedly Putting Sons In Oven

    A 24-year-old mother of four allegedly put her two youngest children in an oven and turned it on, according to Atlanta law enforcement.Lamora Williams has been charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of her one and two-year-old sons.Ja'Karter and Ke-Yaunte Penn were placed in the oven sometime between midnight last Thursday and 11 p.m. last Friday. A third child, three-year-old Jameel Penn Jr. was found unhurt.After putting the boys in the oven, Williams reportedly video-called the fath