• On Sunday, off-duty Vancouver bus driver Surjit Singh Virk witnessed a "soul-touching" interaction on the No. 341 route.

    A passenger took off his socks and shoes and gave them to a fellow rider who was wearing plastic bags on his feet.

    "It made my heart melt," Virk told QMI Agency. "He just took his shoes and socks off and said, 'You can take these, don't worry about me — I live close by and can walk.'"

    "People usually don't care or even look at other people on the bus, they didn't even want to sit beside this guy because of how he was dressed."

    Virk, who captured the exchange on camera, added that the recipient of the shoes appeared shocked by the stranger's generosity.

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    The 27-year-old Surrey, B.C., man who gifted his shoes asked to not be identified, as, according to his Muslim faith, charitable acts should be anonymous ones.

    "I felt bad for the guy," the Good Samaritan said. "He was wearing plastic hairnets on his

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  • "I love when my French fries get doused in that watery liquid that squirts from the unshaken ketchup bottle" ... said no one, ever.

    You’ve been there. We all have.

    Ketchup is calling to be united with your hot tasty French fries, but instead you end up spraying them with that watery, runny goop that builds up in the bottle if you forget to shake. Result? The soggiest of fries. Ew.

    But your soggy fry nightmare may very well be over.

    Two students from Liberty North High School in Missouri, US, may have found the solution to our ketchup dilemma.

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    “Wet bread is gross,” the boys agreed while discussing how annoying it is to squirt ketchup onto your hotdog and it’s ruined by that watery ketchup abomination.

    So they have created a ketchup bottle cap that is brilliantly designed to get your thick, smooth ketchup paste out, and keep that gross liquid stuff in.

    As part of the Project Lead the Way program at their school,

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  • Flood waters surround this cottage in Waterford, N.B. on April 16, 2014.Residents of New Brunswick desperately need a break from the flooding that has struck the province over the past week, but it appears that any relief will have to be delayed as heavy rains drenching the province today and tomorrow add even more water to already-overloaded streams and rivers.

    It's been a rough week across parts of Eastern Canada, as a rapid spring thaw combined with heavy rains filled waterways through eastern Ontario, southern Quebec and New Brunswick until they overflowed their banks. Evacuations were ordered in many regions as the waters rose, and states of emergency have been called to allow emergency workers to help those in need. While the spring thaw has continued into this week, adding even more melted snow to streams and rivers and raising the risk of ice jams across all these areas, a weather system pushing through the Maritimes is adding to the flood risk in New Brunswick as it dumps up to 30-40 mm of rain on the province over the next day or so.

    Water levels

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  • Heart surgery didn't stop this music legend from bringing a little good luck to her hometown team.

    Quebec superstar Ginette Reno, 67, suffered a heart attack in January, then underwent emergency bypass surgery.

    This week, with the blessing of her doctors, the chanteuse performed for the first time since surgery. She sang the national anthem for the Montreal Canadiens.

    On Sunday, Reno's stirring rendition of O Canada brought the crowd to its feet. Some fans believe it also inspired the Canadiens' first goal just 11 seconds in.

    "I felt like the crowd said, 'We love you and we're going to sing with you tonight.' And the reaction was so big," Reno said of having more than 21,000 voices join her in singing the anthem that night.

    Fans pleaded with the team on Facebook and Twitter to bring Reno back for the following game. Even Rene Bourque, the player who scored the quick goal, joked that she should return.

    It wasn't long before Reno was being compared to Kate Smith, the Philadelphia

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  • Nothing says, “I didn’t do it” like a tattoo that says 'murder' scrolled across your neck.

    Jeffrey Chapman of Barton County, Kansas, is charged with first-degree murder and is worried that his tattoo that says “murder” in across his neck might sway a jury against him at his trial.

    For his upcoming trial for a killing in 2011, he is asking that a professional tattoo artist removes the tattoo, or at least cover it up.

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    The tattoo that spans across the surface of Chapman’s neck says ‘murder’ in giant mirrored letters. We’ve seen some bad tattoos, but this guy takes the cake.

    Even though prosecutors aren’t against Chapman covering his tattoo, Barton County’s sheriff is against transporting him to a licensed tattoo facility where, under Kansas law, is the only place that tattoo artists are allowed to practice their trade.

    Chapman’s lawyer is looking into the possibility of having the state bring in a tattoo artist to

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  • Crest sign (Photo courtesy of Twitter)There's another language controversy, of sorts, brewing in Canada.

    No, this one is not happening in Quebec — it's taking place on the west coast, in Richmond, British Columbia.

    According to the Richmond Review newspaper, there are rumblings about the thrust of Chinese language signage in that city.

    The latest incident came this week when a Crest toothpaste ad was spotted on bus shelter on a busy highway. The sign included text was almost fully in Chinese.

    "Telecommunications companies, realtors and banks have used Chinese-only advertisements before—on bus shelters and in direct mail—but such targeted ads for consumer products aren’t as common.

    "Kerry Starchuk, a longtime resident who has advocated for English to be included on signs, plans to boycott Procter and Gamble’s products. because of the ad, which she said is also being used in Toronto. And some Twitter users this week wondered what the result would be if the advertisements were used in Quebec, where French language has

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  • 24 Sussex Drive, the residence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    An Ottawa ambulance rushed a young girl from the home of the prime minister over the weekend after the teenager reportedly suffered from severe intoxication while attending an event at the premises.

    The RCMP confirmed to Yahoo Canada News they were aware Ottawa EMS attended 24 Sussex Drive – the official residence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family – but said the incident would not be investigated by police.

    "The RCMP's role is to ensure the personal protection of the (prime minister) and his family. The RCMP is also responsible for security at their official residence," a spokesperson wrote in an email.

    "This was a medical call and not a police matter. It did not involve any of our protectees."

    The Ottawa Paramedic Service told the Globe and Mail that an 18-year-old girl was taken by ambulance from 24 Sussex Drive to hospital after suffering "possible alcohol intoxication" at an event.

    Legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. The Harpers have two children: 14-year-old Rachel

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  • A new reported released by a Canadian think tank on Wednesday has identified the best and worst cities for Canadian women. Spoiler alert: The study does not look paint a progressive picture of Alberta.

    Best cities in Canada to live if you're a woman:

    1. Quebec City
    2. Saskatoon
    3. St. John's
    4. Montreal
    5. Victoria
    6. Toronto
    7. Ottawa-Gatineau
    8. Sherbrooke
    9. Halifax
    10. Hamilton
    11. Regina
    12. Winnipeg
    13. Vancouver
    14. St. Catherines
    15. London
    16. Kitchener-Waterloo
    17. Calgary
    18. Windsor
    19. Oshawa
    20. Edmonton

    According to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Edmonton is the worst city to be a woman. Quebec City, meantime, was found to be the best place for women, with Saskatoon ranked second.

    Canada's three largest cities were mired in the middle of the pack. Montreal was ranked fourth, while Toronto placed sixth and Vancouver placed 13th. Calgary was also ranked near the bottom of the list, at 17 out of 20.

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  • Trying to locate one woman with dementia in the streets of New York City would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

    But after user Josh Goldberg posted a plea for help on reddit.com, someone actually spotted his lost mother in the city.

    According to Josh’s description on reddit, his mother May, who has severe dementia, was left alone in her apartment on Monday and wandered out onto W69 St. between Central Park West and Columbus.

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    “Her name is May Goldberg. She is 59 years old, Chinese, 5'6" 115 lbs. She has shoulder-length black hair and we believe she might be wearing a white, long-sleeve, zip-up fleece. She speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English. She walks with a slight limp due to hip-replacement surgery she had several years ago. She has severe dementia,” Goldberg posted, along with more information and pictures of his mom.

    The NYPD and several missing persons/Alzheimer’s associations were contacted to help

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  • Take a hike, farmers. The cows, it turns out, are perfectly capable of deciding when they need to be milked.

    A new trend in farm-based robotics has dramatically changed the way cows are cared for and milked at farms in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New York, according to a report from the New York Times.

    Robotic milking systems, like the one in the Times story, have been popular in Europe for years, but are only just gaining traction in the U.S.

    The benefits are many. The robots work around the clock, improving efficiency. Because the cows are able to be milked more often, they're in less pain. And the farmers get to sleep just a tiny bit more or concentrate on the millions of other things that have to be done.

    To a city slicker unfamiliar with this sort of thing, the machine looks a bit like a car wash, or something from "The Jetsons." The cow steps in. A laser scans a bar code on the cow. The cow gets milked. And voilà — next customer, step right up.

    The Times article profiles the

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