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.

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For My Money, We'll Never See That Rob Ford Video

(28) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Let's forget whether or not the truth matters at this point in the Saga of Rob Ford. In my opinion it doesn't. But there are 6,000 people who have given their money to the Crackstarter campaign who believe it does.

Well, they're not likely to get it.


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You Have to Be on Crack to Donate to the Rob Ford Video Fund

(153) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 7:33 PM

Frankly, I don't give a damn about Rob Ford. What I do give a damn about is this trigger-happy, irrational thought process amongst his detractors (the supposed Vanguards of Truth) that is allowing their hatred -- justified or not -- to willingly give $200,000 to a drug gang.

I am...

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Trudeau Turns Cargo Shorts Into Political Leverage

(42) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Admiral Ackbar says: "It's a trap."

And a beautifully put-together one at that. Of course, I am speaking of the ad everyone is talking about in Canada: Justin Trudeau's quickly thrown-together web clip in which he thanks donors who have gathered a million dollars for the Liberal Party.

In the...

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Not All Abortions Are Born Equal

(82) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Last week, a House of Commons sub-committee decided not to discuss or debate Motion 408 put forth by MP Mark Warawa.

The member of parliament called on the House to condemn sex-selective abortions in Canada. That is, abortions which are performed because the parents did not like...

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With Garneau Gone, the Liberal Party Is Truly Lost

(84) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 8:06 AM

My congratulations to Justin Trudeau. My condolences to the Liberal Party of Canada. With Marc Garneau's recent withdrawal from the race for the party leadership, the "battle" is all but won for the Terrible Thing from Papineau.

Yes, there is still Martha Hall Findlay, and Joyce Murray...

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Justin Trudeau: the "Terrible Thing" From Papineau

(25) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:12 PM

I used to have this friend in high school who once said to me "You know why I act so dumb all the time? So when I do something well, I get double the praise." I had a hard time believing someone could put up this facade of idiocy for...

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Don't Be Fooled By Chief Spence's Circus

(130) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Yan Roberts may very well say that "opinion is an emotion thing only," but thankfully, the majority of us observing the Chief Spence Circus actually give these developments some thought.

Yet when looking to Victoria Island (for that is where eyes are turned to now, not places like...

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No Time for Emotions, Let's Talk About Gun Control

(127) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 4:22 PM

"Mindless," "senseless," "national tragedy," etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

These are the words that seem permanently affixed to any incident relating to shootings in the United States. Another keyword is "unthinkable."

But what exactly is so "unthinkable" about Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, when it almost seems to happen...

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Prank Calling DJs Don't Deserve Death Threats

(6) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 11:40 AM

This has gone on long enough. Nearly a week after Jacintha Saldanha -- household name of the week -- committed suicide, it is now being reported that the two kangaroo DJs who played the prank that allegedly led to her death have been moved to safehouses this Thursday due to...

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Gen Y Politically Engaged? #GiveMeABreak

(29) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 7:09 AM

Alright, everyone, pull back on the reins: Generation Y has formed a circlejer...nevermind.

This generation is politically engaged, argues Supriya Dwivedi, characterizing this by the claim: that we are "Constantly connected to Twitter and updating our newsfeeds."

Wait a minute, that's what it means to be politically...

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Do These Anti-Abortion Activists Deserve Recognition?

(39) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 12:14 AM

There are many reasons to be against abortion. In fact, I believe that we are all against abortion. So maybe I ought to say there are many reasons to be pro-life. But I don't buy any of them.

Furthermore, there are many ways to argue for the pro-life movement. But...

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Censorship Is For Cowards, No Matter the Subject

(9) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 4:06 PM

Let's get one thing straight: Abubakar Kasim is not advocating for "tolerance, respect and harmony" in his latest piece for the Huffington Post. He's advocating for the banning and censorship of "Innocence of Muslims." Not in so many words, of course, but he's prancing so close to the...

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Nakoula: With Friends Like These, You Make Enemies

(12) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 4:50 PM

It's no coincidence that the man once known as Sam Bacile not only described himself as a Jew, but as an Israeli Jew.

It has been reported that he is neither, nor is that his real name. The man who "wrote" and "directed" and duped Craigslist actors to act in...

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Libyan Ambassador's Death: Tragic End to a Bad Movie

(36) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:54 PM

There is no justification for the murder of U.S. Ambassor Chris Stevens and three other U.S. diplomats in Benghazi last night. Taking religious offense to a message in a movie in not grounds for violence, having one's feelings hurt is no excuse for barbaric behaviour, in Libya, or...

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Why Should We Be at the Mercy of Anonymous' "Lulz"?

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 12:54 PM

Anonymous sub-group Anti-Sec supposedly holds in its hands 12-million Apple user IDs it acquired from hacking into an FBI agent's laptop. These IDs consist of of usernames, passwords, addresses, phone numbers -- in short, a bevy of personal information of iPhone and iPad users that has everyone asking...

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If You Think Orwell is Too "Left Wing," I Think You're Too Daft

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 1:44 AM

By claiming that erecting a statue of George Orwell in front of the building of the BBC in Oxford Circus in central London is "too left-wing" an idea, Mark Thompson, general-director of the British Broadcasting Corporation, is effectively saying that the fight against censorship, the fight for honesty...

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You've Been Raped? Well, We'll See About That

(12) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 4:42 PM

So a left-wing nut British MP and Republican Representative from Missouri walk into a bar...

Rep. Todd Akin and the garrulous George Galloway would certainly do well to have a drink together one of these nights. Regardless of the fact they both exist on opposite ends of the political...

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Change My Mind: Is the Modern Woman Too Picky?

(199) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Not gonna lie about how this topic came up. It was a late summer afternoon in the HuffPost Toronto offices, and a blog had just come in that immediately became the subject of an all-out newsroom debate.

The blog was titled: I Rejected a Good Date Because...

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Safe Drugs -- But Not Safe Sex?

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:21 PM

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that the federal government would no longer offer work visas to immigrants applying for positions in the sex trade. While this is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of moderating the oldest profession in the world, it is not...

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Did You Really Expect Us Not To Be an Entitled Generation?

(169) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 4:49 PM

David McCullough Jr. recently gave a widely reported and commented upon commencement speech for Wellesley High. Why the interest? Because McCullough told the students the cold, hard reality that "none of you is special."

While this might very well be true, who else is to blame for...

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