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The Greatest Canadians You (Probably) Don't Know About

(13) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 4:13 PM

New lists of greatest Canadians roll out pretty regularly but almost always with the same old names — more specifically, the same old straight, white, male names.

Folks like Tommy Douglas, Lester Pearson, and John A. MacDonald were undeniably pivotal to the development of Canada, but our country is...

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NASA Scientist: Artificial Intelligence 'Could Solve All The World's Problems' (If It Doesn't Terminate Us)

(32) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Artificial Intelligence has been in the news a lot lately with Google revealing its experimental AI can dream and Facebook announcing its own is entering "the next frontier" because it can understandThe Lord of the Rings.

Meanwhile, Newsweek's current cover story is headlined "

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The Best Part of Being a Dad Is Finding a Friend in My Five-Year-Old

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:28 PM

This will be the fifth Father's Day since the annual occasion became less about my dad and more about my son, Emile.

It almost perfectly coincides with E's senior kindergarten graduation ceremony -- a thing I would have never otherwise known existed since, back in my day, I just moved...

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Make A New Muslim Friend This Ramadan (And Break The Fast With Them)

(8) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:59 AM

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches on June 18, 2015, Muslim families across the country will be gathering together in the evenings for iftar, the traditional breaking of the daily fast. And they want you to join them.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada is launching a national campaign...

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#IWorryAbout: Tell Us The Concerns Keeping You Up At Night

(19) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:47 PM

With the country ramping up for a federal election in the fall, it's high time to talk about what is most important to Canadians as we go forward as a nation.

Whether well-trod or rarely broached, we'd like to hear from you about the worries that keep you up...

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Ditching Tips And Raising Server Pay Tripled Restaurant's Profits

(6) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:12 PM

As anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant industry knows, it's all about the tips because the so-called wage doesn't exactly pay the bills.

In Canada, the minimum wage is between $10 and $11, except in the Northwest Territories which just boosted theirs to $12.50 on...

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I, Robot Leg: These U Of T Students Are Walking People With Disabilities Into A New Age

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 4:41 PM

"I've always known that there wouldn't be a cure for cerebral palsy because it’s something you're born with. I knew there wasn't going to be a pill, and I'd gotten over that pretty early. I understood that was the reality," says Tom Garside, 25.

"But I'd always seen things...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie On Idle No More, Stephen Harper And Residential Schools

(81) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Buffy Sainte-Marie, adorned in feathers, beads and a bad-ass black leather jacket, is smiling brightly in a sky-scraping hotel suite facing the CN Tower. The charismatic, how-could-she-be-74-years-old Cree singer-songwriter and political activist is a far ways from Saskatchewan’s Qu'Appelle Valley where she was raised. And far from the Kauai goat...

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CimaVax EGF, Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine, Is Coming To America (And That's Just The Beginning)

(26) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 5:26 PM

This article is part of What's Working, a global HuffPost editorial initiative to go beyond "If it bleeds, it leads" and double-down on our coverage of people coming up with solutions to the very real challenges we face.

The thawing of the 50-year chill in Cuba-U.S. relations may...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie's Ingenious Plan To Help Our First Nations Housing Crisis

(104) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 1:19 PM

This article is part of What's Working, a global HuffPost editorial initiative to go beyond "If it bleeds, it leads" and double-down on our coverage of people coming up with solutions to the very real challenges we face.

Cree singer-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie has been an indigenous...

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France's Grocery Stores Banned From Wasting Food Under New Law

(13) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 1:30 PM

The global fight against hunger is less about food and more about waste with one-third of the world's food going uneaten every year. Now France has a new weapon with a law forcing grocery stores to give away — rather than throw away — their unsold food.

"It's...

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Tessa Hill And Lia Valente, Grade 8 Activists, Say No To Sex-Ed Protests By Ontario Parents

(132) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:11 PM

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This article is part of What's Working, a global HuffPost editorial initiative to go beyond "If it bleeds, it leads" and double-down on our coverage of people coming up with solutions to the very real challenges we face.

At first glance, Tessa...

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How Canada Got Its First Catholic Elementary School Gay-Straight Alliance

(41) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:15 PM

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Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton are 12, live in Ottawa and are BFFs. They're also two of the country's youngest gay rights activists, and for the past six months have been trying to establish Canada's first gay-straight alliance club at a Catholic elementary...

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Canadian Inventor Eden Full's Low-Tech Fix Solves Solar Power's Biggest Problem

(50) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 9:31 AM

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This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, looking at some of the people and issues that will shape the world in the next decade.

Eden Full holds as much promise and...

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Measles Vaccine Patch Could Eliminate Needles, Save Thousands Of Kids Annually

(35) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 2:12 PM

While antivaxxer-related outbreaks keep happening in places like North America once deemed measles-free, the disease was never eradicated in developing countries where it still kills 400 children every single day. But a "game-changer" solution is coming that could save their lives.

Unlike parents here who...

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How To Change A Racist Sports Team Name Near You

(91) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 10:05 AM

To say Ian Campeau has had an epic month is putting it mildly. The founding member of indigenous DJ crew A Tribe Called Red has spun records from the frozen tundra of Iqaluit to the steaming desert of Coachella. But back in his hometown of Ottawa,...

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These Eco-Inventions Are Canada's Earth Day Gifts To the World

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 11:39 AM

What do you get the world for Earth Day? Well, you can plant a tree, drive a hybrid or teach your kids about energy conservation. I'm sure the Earth would appreciate it. But if you really want to go all out, you could always come up with an invention that...

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Girl Power: Unschooled Afghan Refugee Is Now One Of Canada's Brightest Lights

(30) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 3:47 PM

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Somaya Amiri is currently wandering the rising green hills and preserved concrete trenches of Vimy Ridge. The teen is one of 20 Canadian students sent to France to learn more about the First World War battle that saw the Canadian army...

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Mr. Pink: How Jeremy Dias Is Beating Bullies And Saving LGBTQ Kids

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:40 PM

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Jeremy Dias realized he was gay in grade five when he kissed a boy he had a crush on. Thing is, he was attending a northern Alberta Catholic school.

"In Catholic school, gays were people who did...

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Manitoba First Nation's Solution To Foster Care Crisis: Remove Parents, Not Kids

(58) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Foster care has become a crisis on Manitoba's aboriginal reserves, where many children removed from their homes are also removed from their communities, winding up in urban centres like Winnipeg. But the northern Misipawistik Cree Nation is trying a radical new solution — let the kids stay and make the...

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