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Chanah Rubenstein

Digital Journalist based in Toronto, ON, Canada. Joined on Apr 27, 2010

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Scientists discover 2178 'irreplaceable' ecosystems

A study has found more than 2,000 exclusive habitats around the world that are fundamental to the survival of threatened wildlife. The researchers are hoping that better management could help the susceptible ecosystems.

J.R.R. Tolkien biopic in the works

With mere weeks until 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is set to hit theatres, it is being reported that a biopic on the father of Middle Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien, is currently being composed.

Op-Ed: Top 5 snow-flavoured films

Winter is coming. For many of us, that means snow. Here in Canada, it’s inevitable. This time of year, Christmas-themed films are taking over television, but what about the films that allows us to embrace winter, without the yuletide?

Review: Masters of Sex entices with sex but captivates with great writing

The title is enough to arouse interest, but Showtime’s Masters of Sex is a period drama which captivates viewers with its quality writing and wonderful portrayal of a pioneering time in the field of sexual research.

Micro-plastics from body scrubs found polluting the Great Lakes

Many of us scrutinize over the labels when we buy our food, but do many of us think about what’s in our cosmetics and personal hygiene products? A study has found a worrisome amount of plastic beads in the Great Lakes that originate from body scrubs.

The impact of tracking devices on marine animals

Seen as low-impact, much of the data that scientists gather about wild animals is obtained through tracking devices. However, according to a new study, tracking devices may be disruptive for some animals, perhaps even deadly.

Op-Ed: Bullying isn't going anywhere because it's cyclical

When people talk about bullying, they think about kids in school, but it never really ends; it just changes. It's a cyclical issue that needs to end somewhere.

Remaking classic book covers is causing controversy

Do you judge a book by its cover? Should you? Recently there has been some controversy over the remaking of classic book covers and their portrayal of women.

Will Ferguson is the winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize

The winner of Canada's most prestigious literary prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was announced this evening at a gala in Toronto. The winner of the award will be given $50,000 and sales for their book is expected to increase dramatically.

Review: Kim Thúy's 'Ru' is poetic and moving Special

Kim Thúy’s debut novel, ‘Ru’, is a beautifully poetic and moving book, which brings readers from Vietnam, to Malaysia, and onto Quebec. Inspirational, wise and powerful, Thúy flourishes and captivates readers absolutely.

Review: Russell Wangersky's 'Whirl Away' is chaotic and addictive Special

Russell Wangersky’s ‘Whirl Away’ is a short story collection centred on chaos and how people react when life spirals out from under them. Comprised of twelve traumatic, unrelenting, and often witty stories, ‘Whirl Away’ refuses reservation.

Review: Will Ferguson's '419' will have readers heavily invested Special

Crossing continents, cultures and cant, Will Ferguson aptly captures the lives of many involved in the online scamming phenomenon known as 419.

Review: Alix Ohlin's 'Inside' is masterfully written Special

Alix Ohlin’s ‘Inside’, is a masterfully written novel that spans more than a decade and travels to Montreal, Nunavut, New York, Hollywood, and Africa.

Review: Nancy Richler's 'The Imposter Bride' is rare and memorable Special

Nancy Richler’s fictional novel, ‘The Imposter Bride’, is a rich and rare story which looks into a family impacted by the aftershock of WWII and the deep secrets one can carry in order to survive.

Review: Mumford and Sons — 'Babel'

Mumford and Sons, the quartet folk/rock band from England, have released their second album, 'Babel.' Their first album, 'Sigh No More,' was released in 2009 and has sold more than 2 million copies in the US alone.

New trailer for The Hobbit released

It’s Tolkien Week and as such, Warner Bros. has just released the latest trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The new trailer shows us more of the characters, the journey and some of the humour that was prominent in Lord of the Rings.

In time for Roald Dahl Day, new e-books released

In celebration of what would have been Roald Dahl’s 96th birthday, eight of his classic stories are being released as e-books for the first time today.

The Short list for the 2012 Man Booker Prize announced

The Man Booker Prize is the largest, most prestigious award for fictional novel writing in the English language. Today, the shortlist for the 2012 award was announced, including two first time writers and 2009’s Man Booker Prize winner.

Big Hollywood names added to the casting line up of Red 2

Red, which starred Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Merrin and John Malkovich, became a blockbuster hit in 2010. Following its success, a sequel was announced and is slated for an August 2013 release.

Promotional poster and trailers for The Walking Dead released

With the fall television season just about under way, AMC has recently released the poster for season three of The Walking Dead, which airs in October. The image is dark, looming and captioned with the ominous tag line, ‘Fight the dead. Fear the living'
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