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Off-Leash Parks In Toronto: Scarcity Breeds Discontent

(45) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:12 AM

Fresh snowfall sanitizes a city, muting traffic, smoothing sidewalks and making parks pristine again.

But there's a tension stirring beneath that lunar landscape — as increasing numbers of humans and their canine companions share city spaces, that tension rises, often literally, to the surface.

As a city marches toward gentrification...

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Photo Of Dog Stranded On Ice In Quebec Sparks Cries For Help Online

(21) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Is anyone going to help this dog?

That's the desperate refrain arising from social media Tuesday, accompanying an image of what appears to be a dog curled up on a lone sheet of floating ice.

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Man Throws Cigarette Butt Out Window, Fined $15,000

(8) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:53 AM

A Singapore man is reportedly facing $15,000 in fines after flicking a cigarette from his apartment window.

That's a $600-ding per for each of the 33 butts hurled from his window. A 34th butt landed the man a community service stint. All of the transgressions, according to Reuters,...

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Dionne Warwick Hacked By Anonymous.. For Some Reason

(10) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 6:18 AM

Hacking collective and cyber-avenging force for good, evil and/or confusion has struck again.

This time, the target is... 50-year music industry veteran and soul legend Dionne Warwick?!

At least, it's very much looking that way for a major website devoted to the legend.

Hackers shut down on...

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David Wynn Dead: St. Albert, Alberta Mountie Dies From Injuries

(19) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 8:18 AM

A Mountie who was shot last Saturday has died from his injuries.

Const. David Wynn, 42, died in hospital. He was shot while responding to a call at a casino in St. Albert, Alta., just northwest of Edmonton.

Wynn was shot in the head and never regained...

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Paris Cartoonists Killed In Charlie Hebdo Attack Were Among Country's Most Renowned

(100) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 9:33 AM

The four editorial cartoonists killed in a brazen attack at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo ranked among the country's most revered -- and controversial.

Stéphane Charbonnier, the publication's editor-in-chief, (also known as as 'Charb') was killed on Wednesday by gunmen, along with fellow cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski...

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Canada Crime Stories 2014: These Stories Stirred Intrigue -- And Horror -- Across The Nation

(5) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 4:34 AM

While Canada's crime rate continues to tumble — the homicide rate, for example, hasn't been this low since 1966 — this year saw no dearth of stories that stirred intrigue, outrage and even horror. Here are five stories that captured the country's attention in 2014.


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Canada's Missing Aboriginal Women In 2014 Is 'Much More Than A Crime'

(139) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Scores of aboriginal women are still missing in Canada in 2014 — cases that are likely to haunt this nation for years and decades ahead.

Below are just a handful of the aboriginal women who are still missing. They are all-too-often on the short end of the media glare, despite...

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Sydney Hostages Run From Gunman (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:17 AM

Before Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe, at least five people managed to get out of the building.

In all, three woman and two men were seen running, terrified, from the building and into the arms of heavily armed tactical squad members.

These are the dramatic images and...

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London Airspace Closed Due To Computer Failure

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:17 AM

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting Britain's national air traffic body, NATS, has fixed the computer problem. The body is in the process or reopening its airspace.

The agency says "we apologize for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused."

Airspace over London has been effectively shut down...

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Toronto Children Charged In Kidnapping Attempt

(105) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Two children -- a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy -- face charges after a botched kidnapping attempt in Toronto's east end.

Police say a 29-year-old mother was assaulted Thursday evening, as the suspects tried to carry off her baby. She reportedly used her body to prevent the...

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Atlantic Ocean May Yield to Supercontinent: Report

(11) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Here comes the new supercontinent.

There goes the neighbourhood.

That neighbourhood being the Atlantic Ocean -- a 106,400,000-square-kilometre sprawl comprising nearly a third of the planet's surface.

An ascendant supercontinent, apparently, will do that, according to researchers at the University of Alberta.

The study, recently...

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Boy Gets Cutting Board, Then Tablet For Birthday -- and Teaches Us A Thing Or Two About Thankfulness (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 10:37 AM

All we want for the holidays is this kid's celestial smile.

The video's a little fuzzy. But the sentiment is clearer than a 1080P high-definition display with quadruple HDMI ports, 120Hz refresh rates, digital surr--- oh, whatever.

Take this cutting board, kid.

At least, that's what the boy's parents...

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Pat Quinn Dead: Veteran Coach Passes Away At 71

(19) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:56 AM

A fixture of the hockey universe has died.

Pat Quinn, a former player and legendary coach, succumbed Sunday at Vancouver General Hospital to a lengthy illness.

He was 71.

As a player, Quinn skated in more than 600 NHL games, but it was after hanging up his skates in 1967...

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Nuggets: Kiwi Video Paints Addiction In Simple Moving Terms

(12) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 8:32 AM

There's something extraordinarily gripping about this kiwi's struggle with addiction.

Perhaps, because there's something so devastatingly human between the stark black and white lines of German animator Andreas Hykade's five-minute creation.

Dubbed 'Nuggets,' the story revolves around the journey of a solitary kiwi and the occasional...

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Homeless Selfies Are As Horrible As You Might Imagine

(42) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Why not celebrate the yawning chasm between the haves and have-nots with a selfie?

Well, because it would make you a horrible human being.

But since when has that ever stopped the self-smothering hordes of youth from taking up a dubious trend with gleeful abandon?

Enter the homeless selfie.


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Heavy Marijuana Use Shrinks Brain, But Compensates With More Connections: Study

(18) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Don't be alarmed, but smoking a lot of pot for a long time may shrink your brain.

At least, that's the conclusion U.S. neuroscientists have reached from the first long-term probe into the brains of heavy marijuana smokers.

But they also suggest a silver lining: The heavy...

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Remembrance Day Jogger In Toronto Accused Of Kicking Flags, Giving Finger To Onlookers

(166) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:14 AM

It's been two years since a man allegedly jogged right through a Remembrance Day ceremony in Toronto, kicked over Canadian flags and shot the bird to dismayed onlookers.

Police are still looking for him. And they say he may strike again.

Yesterday, the Toronto Police Service issued a...

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Passenger Hit After Propeller Smashes Through Cabin On Air Canada Flight

(133) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:42 AM

A woman aboard an Air Canada Jazz flight from Calgary to Grande Prairie was rushed to hospital after one of the plane's propeller's reportedly snapped off and smashed into the passenger cabin.

Shockingly, Christina Kurylo suffered only minor injuries from the freak accident.

“I’m really lucky. It could...

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Fox Sinke, Former U.S. Marine, Guards National War Memorial In Ottawa

(206) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:12 AM

A former U.S. marine has taken it upon himself to guard the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Fox Sinke, who has dual citizenship, claimed to be standing guard for 'comrade in arms' Nathan Cirillo -- the reservist from Hamilton, Ontario who was shot and killed last month while...

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