• Supposedly I’m a natural born leader, a budding CEO, an ENTJ – Extravert, intuitive, Thinking, Judging – according to the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality test designed by mother-daughter duo Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in 1942.

    You may not have taken the test, but you’ve surely heard about it… and may soon hear much more when interviewing for your next job. “Personality tests are becoming increasingly common – and increasingly sophisticated,” says Peter Harris, chief editor at Workopolis.

    The granddaddy of them all, the 73-year-old MBTI – which features 72 true or false statements like “You know how to put every minute of your time to good purpose” or “You feel at ease in a crowd” – continues to dominate the landscape. According to CPP, the publishers of the MBTI, 89 of the Fortune 100 companies use the test, which has been translated into 24 languages.

    But there are myriad tests just like it.

    International recruitment behemoth Hays Canada – which

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a news conference Winnipeg April 23 2015. (Reuters)Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a news conference Winnipeg April 23 2015. (Reuters)

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper has an existential problem.

    Upwards of 60 per cent of the Canadian electorate doesn’t support him. This lack of support ranges from glum tolerance of the consequences of the democratic process that has made him prime minister since 2006 to active distain, even hatred regarding his very existence in Canadian politics by some Canadians. It is difficult to determine why an intelligent, honest, family values-espousing, moral man generates such animus, but he does, and this attitude is a basic element of current Canadian politics.

    Such circumstances put it between difficult and very difficult for Harper to win the forthcoming October election. But hardly impossible.

    To emerge victorious for a fourth consecutive—minority or majority—government, Harper must rally all Tory supporters, assure they vote, hold as many of his existing ridings as possible, and maximize his opportunities in the 30 new seats added to the National Assembly.  

    He has strong cards: An

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  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau talks to reporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 21, 2015. (Reuters)Liberal leader Justin Trudeau talks to reporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 21, 2015. (Reuters)

    New and important issues can arise or change in the months before any election, but as of today, most Canadians appear from opinion surveys to be focussed primarily on the economy. There is also concern about national security in a period of Vladimir Putin, the Islamic State and other threats to regional and world peace. Features of this week’s budget, such as TFSA and RRIF benefits for seniors and universal child care benefits, will also be a factor in attracting or losing votes in October.

    Based on almost 27 years in Parliament, I’d recommend that voters support the candidate in their constituency they identify with most closely regardless of party affiliation. Not all candidates are equally committed to representing every constituent without fear or favour in the House of Commons and with personal government problems.

    This can be difficult to assess before an election since every candidate and party leader puts their best face forward during an election campaign. There is

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  • Family freaked out after baby monitor hacker delivers creepy message to child

    “Wake up, little boy. Daddy’s looking for you."

    This is not the first time we’ve heard a story like this, but it still creeps us out.

    A Washington couple’s three-year-old son recently complained of a strange voice in his room.

    “For months, my son was telling his family that the ‘telephone’ was telling him to stay in bed,” the mother wrote to KIRO 7.

    And then the parents heard it themselves.

    “Wake up, little boy. Daddy’s looking for you,” a man’s voice said over the baby monitor.

    Later, the boy’s parents heard the voice talking about them — and saw the camera moving around on its own.

    “My wife walked in and I heard the exact words, ‘Look someone’s coming, or someone’s coming into view,'” the father told CBS New York.

    The terrified parents, who have asked to remain anonymous for fear that their privacy will be compromised even more, believe the device — which includes a camera, connects to the Internet and includes a smartphone app for remote checking-in — was hacked by a total stranger who figured out how to watch their son and spy

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  • Results of a very large study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found no association between autism spectrum disease and children who received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

    The study, which analyzed health records of more than 95,000 children, should finally put to rest claims of a causal link between autism and vaccination.

    But it won’t.

    This is World Immunization Week (April 24-30), with the World Health Organization (WHO) hoping to close the immunization gap that sees one in five children (about 29 million) going unvaccinated, which the WHO says could potentially avert 1.5 million deaths of children from preventable illness.

    Opponents of vaccination, whether it’s MMR or influenza, seem surprisingly resilient to scientific evidence refuting their claim that ingredients in the vaccines cause anything from autism to bowel disease, auto-immune disease and narcolepsy.

    The phenomenon, especially prevalent in Europe and North

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  • Therapist who has couples build furniture in sessions dubs IKEA a 'relationship nightmare’

    One particular piece is so difficult to build it's been dubbed the "divorce maker"

    Some have joked that IKEA's labyrinthine stores and hard-to-assemble furniture can ruin relationships.Some have joked that IKEA's labyrinthine stores and hard-to-assemble furniture can ruin relationships.

    Ever get into a fight with your significant other at IKEA? Or maybe bicker back and forth when you begin building that TV stand you just purchased?

    (It’s ok, we’ve all been there. Even Liz Lemon did it.)

    According to Hilary Potkewitz at the Wall Street Journal, IKEA stress among couples is so common that the assemble-yourself furniture is now a topic of discussion — and even used as an exercise — in some therapy sessions.

    “I’ve had couples go to the mat over a couch that neither of them even liked,” said New York-based marriage counsellor Dr. Jane Greer. “Underneath, every discussion is really about how important am I to you? How important is my comfort and happiness to you? If I want this couch, and it’s important to me, then why isn’t it important enough to you?”

    One San Diego therapist even requires couples to assemble an entertainment centre together.

    The divorce maker.The divorce maker.Ramani Durvasula called the complicated Liatorp system, which requires two patient, cooperating individuals to assemble, the

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  • Jacob's hella wicked poster asking his best friend Anthony to prom. (Tumblr)Jacob's hella wicked poster asking his best friend Anthony to prom. (Tumblr)

    Jacob Lescenski is straight. His best friend, Anthony Martinez, is gay.

    Anthony made no secret of wanting a date to the school formal. As a member of student council, he is often responsible to organizing school dances, but is never asked to go.

    Fortunately, his best friend had his back.

    “I decided on going to prom alone because my original date idea didn’t work out so well,” Jacob told New Now Next. “Then one night I saw Anthony, who is my best friend, tweeting about wanting a date.”

    Jacob quickly went to work to create a special promposal for his friend.

    “So, I came up with the poster idea, asked my friend Mia to make it and asked him that next day,” he recalled. “No one knew about it except for me, my friend Jamie, and Mia, who made the poster. It was a giant surprise to everyone, especially Anthony!”

    Jacob pulled off an

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  • Anyone looking at reaction to the face off between Alberta party leaders would be hard pressed to find a negative word about NDP leader Rachel Notley, who according to many came out as the clear winner of Thursday night’s leaders debate.

    Notley was the main target of Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, suggesting she and her party pose the biggest threat to the longstanding Progressive Conservative reign in the province.

    A poll from Mainstreet Technologies, conducted immediately after the debate and released one day later, has Notley on top. Most watchers of the debate — at 44 per cent — said Notley won the night.

    “Notley went toe to toe with the Premier time and time again and more than stood her ground,” said Mainstreet Technologies president Quito Maggi in a press release.

    The poll surveyed 2,322 people and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points, 19 times out of 20. 

    According to Mainstreet Technologies, 36 per cent of debate watchers said Notley would make the best

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  • Canada’s privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says the government’s proposed anti-terror bill C-51 will stretch the resources of his office and limit its ability fulfill the entire scope of its duties.

    “Given the breadth of information-sharing contemplated by this bill, and my other responsibilities under the privacy act, and PIPEDA, the private sector privacy legislation, my office’s review may not be fully effective with its current level of resources,” Therrien told the Senate committee on national defence Thursday afternoon.

    “We will try to adjust our work priorities as much as possible, but directing my review powers towards activities related to Bill C-51 will come at the expense of reviewing other important programs and initiatives, both in the public and private sector.”

    Among many provisions, Bill C-51 allows for information-sharing across 17 federal institutions, with the intention of detecting and identifying terrorist threats to national security. Privacy advocates have

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  • Canada moves to tighten border controls

    An Air Canada airplane is prepared at dawn for boarding at Pearson International Airport in Toronto March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Chris HelgrenAn Air Canada airplane is prepared at dawn for boarding at Pearson International Airport in Toronto March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

    The federal government has moved to meet requirements of a major border security deal with the U.S., by implementing pre-screening of travellers from countries that don’t require a visa to visit Canada.

    Beginning next year, visitors from countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, France and Chile will have to apply in advance for an electronic travel authorization before they board a flight to Canada. However, enrollment for the program begins as early as August of this year.

    “It’s a hassle, to some extent, but it can be done electronically and the fee is $7. It’s not onerous,” says David Cohen, a Montreal-based immigration lawyer and managing editor of the Canadian Immigration Newsletter blog.

    “The benefit for the traveller is that the traveller now knows before they get to a Canadian port of entry whether or not they will be admissible.”

    In February 2011 Canada and the U.S. signed the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which has three significant changes affecting travellers

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