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    Two Canadians are taking the internet by storm after posing with an unlikely selfie participant last week.

    The men, brothers from Sudbury, Ont., were out on a hunting trip when they spotted several ravens circling the skies above them, according to the CBC.

    After moving towards where they were circling, Neil and Michael Fletcher spotted the king of the Canadian skies, a bald eagle, with its foot stuck in a trap.

    “It was relieving to see that it was still alive," Neil told the public broadcaster. "I knew we had to do something right away.”

    “The bird was pretty calm,” his brother Michael told BuzzFeed Canada. “It was probably tired from trying to fight the trap.”

    Despite the relative calm, Michael said he took off his jacket to drape it over the eagle’s head in hopes of keeping it that way as they tried to free it from the trap.

    After a few tries, success – now time for a selfie.

    “I knew this would never happen again, so before we let it go, I told my brother

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  • Nude painting of Stephen Harper for sale on KijijiNude painting of Stephen Harper for sale on Kijiji

    Just as its famous political subject did after the recent federal election, “Emperor Haute Couture” will soon be moving west.

    The controversial painting by Margaret Sutherland — which depicts former Prime Minister Stephen Harper lounging naked on a chaise — was sold by its previous owner Danielle Potvin of Gatineau, Que., to Frederick Ghahramani of Vancouver on the weekend.

    "Every time I look at it I burst out in laughter," Ghahramani tells Yahoo Canada News of his decision to purchase the painting. "But at the same time I know it doesn't come from a funny place."

    He admires the work as a piece of "biting satire" that captures a unique and important period in Canadian political history, he says.

    "It really effectively captures the mood of a whole group of people in Canada for the last 10 years," Ghahramani says of the painting. "I think it's going to be a Canadian artifact."

    Ghahramani is an Iranian-born tech entrepreneur who co-founded the mobile app maker airG Inc. Earlier this fall

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    Stories broke across the Internet recently that researchers in France had discovered an entirely new microbial life form, living in the human digestive system.

    Is this the movie “Alien” coming to life? Are we doomed?

    No. It turns out the headlines like “Scientists think a whole new type of life form could be living in our guts” were running well ahead of the facts.

    There is, as of now, no new observed and captured living thing swimming around in your stomach.

    But there is some odd, unidentified DNA. And that alone is a really cool story.

    “What we’re trying to do is to identify a very strange gene in the environment – strange with respect to genes that we understand are related to known organisms,” says Eric Bapteste, an evolutionary biologist at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.

    “The research is in a very preliminary first step. The conclusion is not yet reached.”

    Read more:

    Your DNA can show up at crime scenes you were never at, study finds

    DIY biology: How amateur

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  • Birmingham, England hospital conducts kidney Transplant on June 9, 2006. (Getty)Birmingham, England hospital conducts kidney Transplant on June 9, 2006. (Getty)

    Ontario businessman Mark Selkirk was diagnosed with acute alcoholic hepatitis in late 2010. To be eligible for a liver transplant he had to stay sober for six months. At the time of his diagnosis, he’d abstained for six weeks. He died two weeks later.

    Earlier this fall, Selkirk’s widow, Debra, filed a constitutional challenge in court against the provincial waiting policy. Her argument is that the six-month abstinence period discriminates against alcohol addicts and violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    In early November, during an interview on CTV’s Canada AM she discussed her husband’s death: “You leave the hospital thinking he’s at peace and there was no future for him. The most difficult part is finding out some two or three years later that the most likely thing is, he wouldn’t have drank again and that his prognosis would have been really good.” She added, “As Canadians we have the right to healthcare regardless of the providence of our disease.” She said she’d

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  • Justin Trudeau shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)Justin Trudeau shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been getting attention all around the word since his election last month. It’s not innovative foreign policy that’s making international headlines, but rather his good looks and youthful energy.

    The day after his election, NBC News posted a story entitled “Meet Justin Trudeau: Canada’s Liberal, Boxing, Strip-Teasing New PM” that featured a shirtless picture of Canada’s new leader. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah had a segment called “Canada’s Hot New Prime Minister,” but ironically the YouTube clip can’t be viewed from Canada. The UK Daily Mirror asked, “Is Justin Trudeau the sexiest politician in the world?”

    Not everyone is a fan, however. On Wednesday the Daily Mail, a British tabloid known for its celebrity-obsessed coverage, suggested Trudeau had greets UK Prime Minister David Cameron with a “patronising” handshake when the two met for a bilateral discussion at 10 Downing St.

    Trudeau had used both his hands to envelop Cameron’s right hand, which the

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  • Cardistry. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry, because it also seems Margaret Atwood has only recently learned of the world of card flourishing.

    A video posted to Twitter by a Swedish resident of he and his friend doing cardistry, a fluid motion of shuffling the cards, all over Stockholm captured the Canadian’s attention. She was so impressed by the video, she re-tweeted it!

    The owner of the vid is Swedish resident and artist Frank Sung, who got very excited about the promo from the literary giant.

    Some fans were surprised to find out Atwood would be interested in

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  • Baggage handlers caught on camera tossing luggageBaggage handlers caught on camera tossing luggage
    One passenger was left a little concerned after capturing a few airline workers on camera repeatedly tossing a suitcase.

    It turns out, however, the staff were just playing a game with a ‘dummy bag.’ 

    While Chase Platon waited for a flight at the San Jose Mineta International Airport in California, he saw what appeared to be baggage handlers throwing a bag, as they cheered each other on, KPIX 5 reports.

    “I would be pretty mad, obviously I was a little concerned because I had just checked in my bag just earlier so I was a little peeved,” Platon told KPIX 5.

    He then uploaded the video to his Facebook page with the message: “Ever wonder what #southwest does with your bags? They see who can toss the furthest…”

    Southwest came forward about the incident and denied the handlers in the video worked for them.

    In fact, Alaska Airlines confirmed that it was their staff who were caught, NBC Bay Area reports. 

    They also added that it wasn’t a customer’s suitcase being thrown around but instead, one

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  • (Anne McCaw)(Anne McCaw)
    Imagine you walk out to your garden and there’s a seal just hanging out. Now imagine it gets startled when it spots you and jumps onto the roof of a nearby shed to hide.

    Crazy, right? Well it turns out, not completely farfetched according to Ann McCaw, property manager at a heritage home museum in Kaikoura, New Zealand.

    “He was in the front garden. We both startled each other,” McCaw told the Sunday Star Times. “He took off along the side of the house, he took a left and jumped onto the roof.”

    In fairness, the distance from roof to ground on the side the seal is reported to have leapt from is only two feet.

    “I thought to myself, my goodness, I’ve got a seal on the roof, this is unreal,” McCaw told the paper. “He looked very happy. He was just looking out to sea, just doing a classic seal pose.”

    The seal reportedly spent 20 minutes on the metal roof before McCaw was able to shoo it away from the larger drop on the other side of the building and back off the roof to safety.

    It wasn’t

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    Everyone loves a great tea cozy, but if you are crafty with a set of knitting needles, you can provide an even more comforting gift for a young refugee by knitting them an Izzy Doll.

    The Izzy Doll has been a symbol of Canadian peacekeeping for the past 20 years, with the RCMP taking 800 to Haiti last year, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

    But this year, with the government taking in thousands of Syrian refugees, there is a great need for the dolls in Canada.

    Shirley O’Connell, grandmother of nine and RCMP window, is urging Canadians to pull out their knitting needles and get to work on making the comfort items for the weary families.

    “I’m hoping that the attention will cause a lot more knitters to be aware that these innocent children are coming into our country and they’ve been sort of bumped around from place to place, and these little dolls will bring them comfort,” O’Connell told the Citizen.

    “It always brings smiles on the faces of children and

    Read More »from For the first time, Izzy Dolls knit in Canada will stay in Canada
  • (Bartari Video Game Bar / Facebook)(Bartari Video Game Bar / Facebook)Gaming enthusiasts in the greater Saskatoon area who’ve always wanted to down a barrel of their favourite brew while dodging them in Donkey Kong now have their chance at David Mah’s new video game themed bar on 20th Street.

    “So we pretty much have every retro gaming system ever made,” Mah told CBC News, adding that the bar, called Bartari, does have some physical consoles available with software for true nostalgia, "If they want the real experience we can provide that as well.”


    (Batari Video Game Bar Facebook)

    Bartari also has a couple of pinball machines, individual televisions for for each table, and a gaming lounge set up at the back of the bar with more comfy seating arrangements to play Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and PlayStation. 

    Mah got the idea for the place after discovering many other video game bars during his time travelling internationally for martial arts tournaments, and has invested $60,000 into Batari with high hopes for its future.

    Patrons pay a flat $5 fee to get access

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