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Saskatchewan Man's Explicit Rant Voices A Nation's Winter Pain (NSFW)

(35) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:53 PM

A CBC radio host thought the weekend weather was going to be nice. One listener was really not amused.

But obviously he still says "thank you" at the end. He is Canadian after all.

Close this story now if you don't want to hear some pretty explicit...

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Mercer: Tories Don't Even Understand The Science They Silence (VIDEO)

(267) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:23 PM

"In Canada, the only time you hear about scientists now is when they’re being told to shut up or they're being shut down by a government who can't even begin to understand what the scientists are talking about."

Rick Mercer devoted his rant Tuesday to both celebrating the European scientists...

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D'incroyables photos de la ville de Buffalo ensevelie sous la neige

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Oui, il est tombé de la neige à Buffalo. Beaucoup de neige.

Si Montréal a eu sa part de flocons, Buffalo a plutôt fait face à une tempète, avec plus de 150 centimètres de neige selon les estimations de mercredi, alors que le vents froids balaient les États-Unis.

La tempête...

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Otherworldly Photos Of Buffalo Buried In Snow

(122) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 1:32 PM

The photos are hard to believe.

Upstate New York was hit with a massive storm Tuesday. More than 150 cm of snow was on the ground in some parts of Buffalo by Wednesday morning as an unseasonable November cold front saw temperatures plunge below zero in every...

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A Message To People Complaining About The Weather In Toronto

(45) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Yes, it's cold. No, it's not that bad.

Toronto has been hit with unseasonably frigid temperatures this week, leading many in the city to ceaselessly lament the early onset of winter.

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New Commercial Promoting Tory Tax Cuts Paid For By Taxpayers (VIDEO)

(77) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:41 PM

An ad touting the Conservative government's new tax cuts has hit the airwaves and it's being paid for by Canadian taxpayers.

The ad, set in suburbia, promotes four tax measures that have not yet been approved by Parliament and which are aimed at families with young children. The tax cuts...

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Trudeau Treats Protesters Very Differently Than Harper. He Talks To Them (VIDEO)

(188) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took a novel approach to dealing with climate protesters who interrupted an event over the weekend. He encouraged them to speak and listened to what they said.

The clip captured at a Toronto library stands in stark contrast with Stephen Harper's reaction to a similar climate protest during an event in British Columbia early this year. When protesters Sean Devlin and Shireen Soofi stormed the stage to call for "climate justice now", the PM stayed silent and allowed his security detail to put a stop to the disturbance.

After they had been removed Harper joked: "It wouldn't be B.C. without it. "

And Harper certainly has skirted protesters in B.C. before, such as during prorogation demonstrations in 2010 when the PM entered the legislature in Victoria in his car via an underground entrance. He later exited by a different door in order to avoid protesters.

Which door the PM uses to enter and exit an event is clearly a matter left to Harper's security detail. And protecting the most powerful person in Canada is important. But it's impossible to fully insulate a prominent politician from protesters (setting aside whether it would be desirable to do so in the first place).

So the question then is how to best deal with protesters once they're in your midst. And it's a question with political implications.

Writing in the Globe and Mail this week, pollster and pundit Bruce Anderson pointed out that having security whisk away dissenters can come off as "arrogant."

"The pictures can be ugly and it can chew up valuable time," he wrote.

Anderson lauded Trudeau for taking a "civilized" approach to the protest, one which left him looking "in control." He contrasted Trudeau's handling of the situation to the way "many Conservatives have sealed themselves off from real, genuine encounters", hoping to "minimize trouble and control the message."

How open Canadian politicians of all stripes are to interacting with the public is likely to be an important issue in the wake of a month that saw two Canadian soldier murdered and gunfire in the halls of Parliament. Security will be top of mind for all the federal leaders.

But as Harper, Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair head into an election campaign, they will need to find a balance between security and openness, between protecting themselves and protecting the freedom to protest.

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Victim Impact Statement From [REDACTED]'s Father

(122) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:33 PM

[REDACTED]'s father [REDACTED] delivered a heartbreaking victim impact statement in a Halifax court Thursday before learning that the young man who pleaded guilty in the prominent child pornography case involving his daughter will not receive jail time.

The case captured national attention last year after [REDACTED]'s death...

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Fight Breaks Out In Stands At Leafs vs. Senators Game (NSFW VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:45 AM

It seems to have started as a war of words. But things really escalated when a Leafs fan poured beer over the head of a Senators supporter.

The fight broke out Sunday in Ottawa during a game between the Maple Leafs and the Senators. A video of the...

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A Moment Of Silence For Canada's Veterans

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:17 PM

HuffPost Canada is dedicating its front page this Remembrance Day to the men and women who have served Canada in uniform.

All day Tuesday the top of our page will display this image.

Top row, left to right

- Canadian WWII veteran Bud Hannam in...

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Powerful Personal Stories Of Remembrance Told By Canada's Families

(6) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:02 PM

A teen who changed his last name so he could enlist. A final goodbye between a father and son bridging the two world wars. A pilot who crashed in the Channel and lived to tell the King about it.

These are just some of the family stories

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Keith Olbermann Rips Apart Myth Of The 'Original 6'

(16) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Apparently, it's all just marketing.

That is, according to ESPN host Keith Olbermann, who recently dismantled the myth that the NHL was originally composed of just six teams: The Montreal Canadiens, The Boston Bruins, The Toronto Maple Leafs, The Detroit Red Wings, The Chicago Blackhawks and The...

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Watch This Man In A Wheelchair Get Harassed More Than 100 Times In Just 3 Hours (VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:02 PM

This is what it's like to wheel around Toronto when you're three feet tall.

"Hey, Mini Me!"

"Leprechaun!"

"He's so small!"

Those are just some of the taunts comedian and actor Andre H. Arruda heard while filming a video on the harassment faced by people who...

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How We Remember: Share Your Memories Of Family Who Served Canada

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 2:08 PM

They're hidden in dusty drawers or tucked away in attics: mementos by which we remember the service of our loved ones.

Maybe it's a photo of your grandfather in uniform, or your father's medal or a letter from your mother away overseas.

This Remembrance Day, The Huffington Post Canada is...

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Rick Mercer Slams Canada's Change To Permanent Campaigning (VIDEO)

(44) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Rick Mercer is not happy that Canada is taking a page from the U.S. and plunging into a year-long election campaign.

In the past, Mercer laments, Canada was "blessed" with short campaigns of between five and six weeks. But recent campaign-style, family-focused promises from Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

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Nathan Cirillo's Best Friend Branden Stevenson Issues Heartbreaking Statement

(4) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 1:29 PM

The man who stood guard beside Cpl. Nathan Cirillo when he was murdered has broken his silence about the death of his best friend.

Cpl. Branden Stevenson, who was standing beside Cirillo when he was shot and briefly chased his attacker, was in Hamilton last...

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Ask A Canadian: Explaining The Jian Ghomeshi Scandal To Americans

(86) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Over the past few days, many of you non-Canadian humans may have noticed the emerging -- and seemingly endlessly sordid --story centering on a man named Jian Ghomeshi flooding your social media feeds. What began as Ghomeshi, a Canadian musician and radio host, losing his job with the Canadian Broadcasting...

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Kevin Vickers Changes Stephen Colbert's Mind About Canada (VIDEO)

(109) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:26 AM

"To hell with Bruce Willis ... our neighbour to the North just put the 'Eh' in 'yippee ki-yay motherf*****'"

Stephen Colbert is in awe of Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the hero of the shooting in Ottawa last week.

"Look at that magnificent bastard. Stoic! Humble!" Colbert exclaims....

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Sheila Copps Under Fire For Defending Jian Ghomeshi

(128) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Amid further startling allegations about Jian Ghomeshi abusing women, former deputy prime minister Sheila Copps is under fire for questioning why the former CBC host no longer has a job.

Copps served as a Liberal MP from 1984 until 2004 and held a number of top cabinet posts. She...

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This Is What 'Q' Would Be Like If It Was Hosted By Stuart McLean

(8) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Welcome to a vision of an apocalyptic future, one in which the hockey rink in Gander, Newfoundland figures in every segment of 'Q'.

This nightmare is brought to you by comedian Simon King.

Sweet dreams Canada ... Canada ... Canada

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