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Santa Gives Child An AR-15 Rifle In Latest Ad From Canada's Gun Lobby

(913) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 6:29 PM

Canada's answer to the NRA is celebrating Christmas this year with an ad that features Santa giving a child the same weapon used in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The image has been shared this week from the National Firearms Association's Facebook page and by its executive vice...

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These 99 Photos Define Canada's 21st Century So Far

(22) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 10:03 PM

These are the pictures that will end up in the history books.

After this article was published, a number of readers reached out with photo suggestions. Two stuck out:

Amanda Todd tells her story (2012)

amanda todd

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers holds...

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Video Of Skating On A Crystal-Clear Lake Is Stupid Awesome

(11) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:31 AM

At first it looks like a terrible idea, but it doesn't take long to realize that this is pure joy captured on video.

The clip was filmed in late November by Jonas Landmark and Karin Bäckborns on Lake Blanktjärn in central Sweden. Their dogs Trissa and Vilma tagged...

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Wolves Attack Down Bison Herd In Surreal Video From Canada's North

(12) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Imagine you're riding in a taxi when you look out the window and notice three wolves trying to take down some bison. Well, that's exactly the sort of thing that happens when you're in the Northwest Territories.

This video was captured by nurse Kerry Mercer while travelling in a...

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Australians Offer To Ride Transit With Muslims In Mass Rejection Of Bigotry

(29) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:08 AM

"Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear."

Those words may belong to a Canadian, but it was Australians who lived them on Monday.

Amid a hostage crisis in Sydney, people offered to ride transit with muslim Australians who wear religious clothing in a...

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Nova Scotia Doctor Shuts Down Company That Requires Sick Day Notes

(25) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Going to the doctor's office to prove to your boss that you're really sick has always felt like one of life's small-but-great injustices. And it seems at least one doctor strongly agrees.

Dr. Ethel Cooper-Rosen of Nova Scotia sends this note to employers whenever someone comes to...

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Andrea Horwath Tight-Lipped On Ex-NDP Candidate Accused Of Sexual Assault

(12) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath stonewalled reporters Thursday when asked whether a former candidate accused of sexually assaulting a young staffer will be able to run again for the party.

Horwath refused to answer questions about the candidate, only saying that the party has followed...

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Ask An American: Explaining Ferguson, Eric Garner And Tamir Rice To Canadians

(16) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:47 PM

As a wave of protests against police brutality toward African Americans sweeps across America, many Canadians are once again questioning what exactly goes on in the minds of our southern neighbours.

How was it possible for the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner to escape trials?...

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Maple Leafs Goalie Jonathan Bernier Has No Idea Who Nelson Mandela Was

(155) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Well, this is awkward.

Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Jonathan Bernier attended a Toronto Raptors event celebrating Nelson Mandela's life and legacy on Friday. Sadly, it seems Bernier had no idea who Mandela was. You can watch the cringe-inducing clip above.

Bernier has since apologized for his embarrassing...

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There's Going To Be A Gated Man-Made Private Island For Calgary's Rich People

(79) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Calgary developers have received the green light to build a gated community of 22 mansions on a man-made island in a fake lake.

Hopewell Residential's plan to add a gate to the pending development on its Mahogany Manor Island has been controversial. In 2001, Calgary's city council...

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Elizabeth May Presents 9/11 Truther Petition In House Of Commons

(111) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Elizabeth May presented a petition in the House of Commons on Wednesday calling for a review of the September 11 attacks.

The Green Party leader later said that she does not agree with the petition and that she was required by the rules of Parliament to submit it on behalf...

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Government Under Fire Over Trade In Endangered Whale Meat

(24) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 5:07 PM

The Conservative government is facing tough questions about why it is allowing meat from endangered whales to be shipped across Canada.

In February, it emerged that the federal government allowed an Icelandic company to transport meat from endangered fin whales across Canada on its way to market in...

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Environment Canada's Winter Weather Forecast Is Reason To Rejoice

(28) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:26 PM

This year's winter will be better than the last, according to Canada's official forecast.

Environment Canada released its winter outlook for 2014-2015 on Sunday and the news is good. Canadians can expect a milder and shorter winter than last year. Say goodbye to the reign of the polar...

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Ezra Levant Loses Libel Case, Owes Khurrum Awan $80,000

(311) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 7:48 PM

Ezra Levant makes his living saying things most people would never say. Now he's going to have to pay for it.

On Thursday, Ontario Superior Court Judge Wendy Matheson ruled that Levant libelled former law student Khurrum Awan and must pay him $80,000 in damages, according to National...

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Toronto Has Never Looked Cooler Than In This Drone Video

(7) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Drones. Time-lapse. A killer soundtrack. This visual journey through Toronto has it all.

The video was put together by cinematographer and time-lapse photography pro Ryan Emonds. He's the man behind city porn classics like Discovering Vancouver and Toronto Tempo, as well as lots of the...

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Rick Mercer: Tories Are Cheating With Economic Action Plan Ads

(63) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 5:29 PM

"The final circle [of Hell] is basically sitting in a room watching Canada Action Plan ads over and over again on a loop."

Yeah, Rick Mercer really does not like the new ad campaign from Canada's Conservative government. His latest rant targets commercials promoting the government's new slate...

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Jian Ghomeshi Press Conference: Lawyer Says Ex Host Will Plead Not Guilty

(112) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer said Wednesday that the former CBC radio host will plead not guilty after being arrested and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of "overcome resistance - choking."

Marie Henein, the lawyer who will represent Ghomeshi, made the announcement during a...

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Powerful Reactions To Jian Ghomeshi Arrest From Twitter

(35) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Jian Ghomeshi turned himself in to police on Wednesday and was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance.

The arrest comes after at least 14 people alleged that Ghomeshi assaulted or harassed them.

The case has stirred up a...

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Ontario First Province To Crack Down On Pesticides Linked To Mass Die-Off Of Bees

(24) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Ontario has become the first province or state in North America to severely restrict a class of pesticides linked to collapses in bee populations.

The province said on Tuesday it plans to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on corn and soybeans by 80 per cent by 2017...

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Jian Ghomeshi Withdraws Lawsuit Against CBC

(47) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Jian Ghomeshi's lawsuit against the CBC has been withdrawn.

Ghomeshi launched the $55 million suit for defamation, breach of confidence and punitive damages last month after alleging in a Facebook post that the CBC fired him over his private sex life. At least 14 people have since alleged...

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