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Homeless Selfies Are As Horrible As You Might Imagine

(42) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 11:05 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 | 11:58 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 | 5:14 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 | 5:42 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

(203) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:12 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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Lisa Ann, Porn Star, Twitter Roasts Hockey Player Michael Del Zotto

(123) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:44 AM

Porn actress Lisa Ann has taken to Twitter to call out defenceman Michael Del Zotto.

The Toronto-born player's alleged text messages to the screen veteran apparently sparked her social media onslaught on Sunday.

She claims the 24-year-old pestered her for hookups with her friends two years after they...

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Jian Ghomeshi Statement Issued On Facebook

(107) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Embattled ex-radio host Jian Ghomeshi made a brief statement on his Facebook account Thursday morning.

"I want to thank you for your support and assure you that I intend to meet these allegations directly," he wrote. "I don’t intend to discuss this matter any further with the media."

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Omar Albach Video 'Canadians React To Ottawa Shooting' Ends With Punch In Face

(165) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 7:19 AM

Things may have gotten a little too real for these YouTube filmmakers.

When York University student Omar Albach assembled his cast — a young man dressed in Muslim garb and another pretending to be a Muslim-hater — the idea was simple: to gauge how average Canadians felt about Islam in...

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The Reaction to Rob Ford's Cancer Proves We Don't Take Addiction Seriously

(323) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 12:18 PM

The jokes all died a week ago.

That's when Rob Ford 's grim medical diagnosis broke -- a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Chemotherapy would begin right away; his bid for re-election as Toronto's mayor shattered.

The fat jokes packed their bags. The sneers about 'fake rehab'...

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Rabbit Island Visitor Smothered By Bunnies (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 6:30 AM

Well, everybody has a dream.

Being covered in soft, fluffy bunnies just might be a lifelong for fantasy for this visitor to Japan's famed Rabbit Island.

In any case, as this video -- which has racked up nearly 300,000 views since being posted on YouTube earlier this year...

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Tim Hortons Ad In Wake Of Burger King Deal Looks To Reassure Customers

(8) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Tim Hortons won't let a $12.5-billion union with Burger King go to its head.

And certainly not to its coffee.

Indeed, the nation's largest restaurant chain has taken out a double-double newspaper ad in the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen and several other dailies to remind Canadians it's...

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Saskatoon Berry Or Juneberry? A Super-Food War Is Brewing Between Canada And The U.S.

(103) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 2:34 PM

What's in a name?

Well, if it's the name of an ascendant super-berry proclaimed as the next goji açaí big deal then it could be around $10 billion.

That's how much some predict the next super-berry industry will be worth by 2017.

Trouble is Canada and the U.S....

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Richard Branson, Jeff Skoll Among Business Leaders Looking To Meet Putin

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:37 PM

Some of the world's wealthiest people are seeking an audience with Russian president Vladimir Putin, hoping perhaps that business can succeed where politics has failed.

In a statement released Thursday, British billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson calls for an end to ongoing unrest in Ukraine, suggesting it has...

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Starvation Stays In The Genes For Three Generations: Study

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:42 PM

The body doesn't forget starvation easily.

In fact, it may haunt your genes for three generations, according to a new study published in the journal Cell.

What's more, the hardships our ancestors endured may determine our physical behaviour today.

For the Israeli and American researchers, the breakthrough...

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Mercury Content In Oceans Has Tripled Since The Industrial Revolution: Study

(34) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Humans have been busy since the Industrial Revolution.

Hailed as 'the most important event in the history of humanity since the domestication of animals and plants,' the 'revolution' is shaping up to be downright murder on those aforementioned plants and animals.

And, in the long term,...

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AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' On Bluegrass: Finnish Band Steve'n'Seagulls Pays Gorgeous Tribute (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:34 AM

A Finnish band steeped in a southern U.S. musical tradition covers an Australian rock anthem.

Yeah, five-man outfit Steve ‘n’ Seagulls took it there.

And there's no way this 1990 anthem should be propelled by anything but the helicopter-fingered guitar work of Angus Young. Or the...

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Baby Tortoise Lit On Fire, Stomped To Death (VIDEO)

(16) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 3:23 PM

A pair of teen girls in Florida face animal cruelty charges after a video of a baby tortoise being tortured to death surfaced online.

In the disturbing clip, girls are seen brutalizing the small gopher tortoise— classified as an endangered species in Florida — with seeming gleeful abandon.

"Burn baby,...

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RCMP Officer Suicide: Ken Barker, Mountie At Greyhound Beheading, Takes Own Life

(18) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:02 AM

An RCMP officer, who was among the first officers to respond to a horrific scene aboard a Greyhound bus, has reportedly taken his own life.

The family of 51-year-old Ken Barker says the recently retired colonel had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder — after two decades on the front...

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Great White At Australia Beach, Chokes On Sea Lion, Draws Admiring Crowd (VIDEO)

(56) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Dinner proved fatal for this great white.

A couple of days before a four-metre shark turned up dead on a west Australian shore, beach-goers may have mistaken its death throes for the wonderful spectacle of nature, The Australian reports.

A video, uploaded to YouTube on July...

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Mutant Worm Doesn't Get Drunk, Could Lead To Alcohol-Proof Humans

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:20 AM

This is the kind of worm you want to have your back at the bar.

If only scientists could teach it how to drive.

In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers proclaim the dawn of a mutant worm that can't get drunk.

And it...

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