• Joel Thomas Hynes, left, with his uncle, Ron Hynes.Joel Thomas Hynes, left, with his uncle, Ron Hynes.

    The nephew of Newfoundland musician Ron Hynes says that addiction issues plagued his famous uncle until his death from cancer last week.

    “Ron was a fiercely ambitious, prolific artist, a wondrous man with a brilliant gift, no contest,” wrote Joel Thomas Hynes, a writer and actor, in a public Facebook post. “But while his passing is still fresh in everyone’s hearts and minds, I’m feeling a sense of duty to offer up a hard truth that’s being downplayed or overlooked in all this — the reality of what his battle has been these past years.”

    Hynes says that his uncle, a folk musician who was the first Newfoundlander to release a full album of original music, battled addictions until his passing from cancer in St. John’s at the age of 64 on Thursday.

    “Despite what you may have heard, or thought, or hoped, he remained a hardcore addict right to his final days,” Hynes wrote. “And it killed him. That’s what killed him.”

    In writing about his uncle’s ongoing battle with his demons — which the

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  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gestures as he speaks during a news conference after attending the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila November 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Erik De CastroCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gestures as he speaks during a news conference after attending the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

    Following a rock-star reception at the G20 and APEC meetings already this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make his debut at the Commonwealth group of countries later this week.

    But Canada’s fellow former colonies may be looking for more than the new prime minister’s million-watt smile when heads of government gather in Malta on Friday for the three-day meeting.

    Canada’s relations with the Commonwealth are in disarray.

    The former Conservative government suspended voluntary contributions to one of the group’s funds to protest the decision to allow Sri Lanka to host the last meeting of heads of government and hold the chairmanship, despite the country’s dodgy human rights record. The suspension announced last year was retroactive to 2013 and funding has not been restored.

    There has been no special envoy to the Commonwealth since former senator Hugh Segal’s term ended in 2013.

    “Canada’s voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation was suspended in

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  • Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the First Ministers' meeting in Ottawa, Canada November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris WattieCanada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the First Ministers' meeting in Ottawa, Canada November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

    The government hasn’t yet decided whether it will rescind dozens of political appointments Stephen Harper made in advance of the federal election that some argue should now be cancelled.

    “We are currently assessing the situation,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office told Yahoo Canada News on Tuesday.

    “It is regrettable that, particularly over the last decade, government appointments have become synonymous with cynical backroom politics. This is not a reflection of individual appointees, but rather of the opaque nature of the process surrounding their selection,” Olivier Duchesneau said in an emailed statement.

    Duchesneau said one thing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does plan to do is change the system.

    “We’ve committed to restoring Canadians’ faith in their government — in part by adopting a new government-wide appointment process that is open and based on merit,” he said.

    At least one former Conservative MP thinks Trudeau should, indeed, cancel them.

    Inky Mark wrote Monday on

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    Megalodon tooth found in 1837. (Flickr/Géry Parent)Megalodon tooth found in 1837. (Flickr/Géry Parent)

    Over the last few weeks, giant shark teeth of enormous proportions have been washing up on shores of North Carolina. The teeth measure up to an unbelievable six inches long – about the size of an human adult’s hand.

    What makes these finds a bit unnerving is that these teeth we know belong to a monster that dwarfs even supersized versions of the Great White Shark. Called Carcharodon Megalodon, they are the largest ocean predator to have ever lived. Luckily for us, scientists say this nightmarish creature has been long extinct.

    Megalodon ruled the world’s oceans starting 16 million years ago. With a body the size of a city bus and a gaping mouth large enough to swallow a Volkswagen

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    Provinces and territories need to do more to stop sexual violence on college and university campuses, including enacting legislation that would force the hands of school administrators, one expert says.

    Hilla Kerner, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, says often universities and colleges do not see how they factor into the problem when their female students are attacked.

    “Most of the time, when the institutions are doing something, it’s because there’s pressure to do so,” Kerner told Yahoo Canada News.

    By standing back and not having policies in place, they are “enabling men to sexually assault women” and “the men know they will get away.”

    The issue of sexual violence on Canadian campuses is once again in the news this week following a report on the CBC TV program, the fifth estate. In the report, six women said they complained of sexual harassment by a graduate student to administration at the University of British Columbia (UBC), but it took more than

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  • This turkey would much rather be in Canada this weekend, that's for sure. (Getty Images)This turkey would much rather be in Canada this weekend, that's for sure. (Getty Images)

    For envious Canadians or Americans stuck up here in the frozen North, the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday can seem, from the outside looking in, like a bit of a dream come true. To get the same four-day long weekend many Americans enjoy you’d have to use up a vacation day (or two). Even Canadian Thanksgiving isn’t an official holiday in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and Newfoundland & Labrador.

    But fear not: you can still enjoy yourself celebrating a second Thanksgiving this year. In fact, I dare you to go out and have even more fun enjoying American Thanksgiving in Canada than at your own traditional family get-together.

    Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Getty)Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Getty)

    Watch all the football! (Or Thanksgiving movies! Yes, that’s a thing!)

    Not only do you get your weekend of CFL games in October, now you get a blast of three games back to back (plus the Grey Cup is this weekend in Winnipeg, if you need a fourth game to watch). Set up the DVR if you don’t have the day off and you can spend two whole regular weekend days sitting on the couch

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  • It’s not every dog that can make the New York Times Best Seller list, earn millions of YouTube hits and announce plans for both Presidential and Prime Ministerial runs all in the same year, but then, Ottawa-based dachshund Crusoe is not every dog.

    The adorable six-year-old pooch has seen his popularity skyrocket in the five years since Crusoe’s owner and manager Ryan Beauchesne began blogging about everyone’s favourite wiener dog. 

    (Photo: Facebook / Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund)(Photo: Facebook / Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund)
    It all started with a simple blog written for family and friends by Beauchesne and his girlfriend, Lauren Dionne. The blog features Crusoe in a variety of adorable doggy costumes, and photos are accompanied by humorous posts written from the dog’s point of view.

    As it turns out, dog’s-eye-view blog posts – and now videos – are what the world wants, because Crusoe’s fame has exploded. Crusoe has pulled a number of stunts, including promises to run for office, and even a stint as “Bat Dog.” The blog has become a book, Crusoe, The Celebrity Dachshund, and that

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  • CBC's James Murray  takes us through the facilitiesCBC's James Murray takes us through the facilities

    Canadian officials are already on the ground in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan screening potential Syrian refugees for entrance into Canada, although the final details of the Canadian response have yet to be released.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has pledged to bring 25,000 people fleeing the Syrian civil war to Canada by year’s end.

    The debate over accepting refugees has raged across the world as the conflict, which began in 2011 between the government of Bashar al-Assad and opposition forces and has since devolved into an internecine bloodbath, has sent millions into exile in the surrounding countries.

    One of the attackers who blew himself up outside a Paris soccer stadium on Nov. 13 was apparently carrying the passport of a Syrian immigrant, which the French government later said was a fake.

    Last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall sent a letter to Trudeau expressing concerns that the screening process may be rushed and could allow terrorists to enter the country and

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  • Emperior Haute Couture painting of Stephen Harper is for sale on Kijiji.Emperior Haute Couture painting of Stephen Harper is for sale on Kijiji.

    Now that Stephen Harper has moved out of 24 Sussex Drive, a controversial painting of the former prime minister is also looking for a new home.

    Emperor Haute Couture, a painting by Margaret Sutherland depicting Harper lounging naked on a chaise, has been listed for sale on Kijiji by owner Danielle Potvin of Gatineau, Que. 

    “I don’t really see it anymore because I’m used to it,” Potvin tells Yahoo Canada News about the large political painting, which measures about three feet by four and sits above the couch in her living room. “I wish it was in a public place so people could come and see it instead of my living room, really.”

    The painting is listed on the online classifieds site for $8,800, and the listing says it comes along with a signature book and press clippings binder.

    Potvin purchased the painting for $5,000 plus taxes in June 2012 from a Toronto gallery. She kept her identity as the buyer hidden until now because she was worried that her ownership of the artwork could cause her

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  • (Facebook/HSAR-Howard's Search and Rescue)(Facebook/HSAR-Howard's Search and Rescue)

    A veteran will soon be reunited with the bomb sniffing dog he trained and served with, after a drawn-out custody battle that may have cost a North Carolina Deputy Sheriff his job.

    Howard is a retired bomb sniffing dog that served overseas with Alex Reimer, a US soldier who trained and cared for Howard. 

    Reimer finished his tour of duty in 2013, and upon returning home to Colorado, began to look for Howard, reports Life With Dogs.

    That search led to the discovery this October that Howard had also retired – and had been adopted by Sheriff’s Deputy Deon Fuller in Hoke County, North Carolina.

    Reimer, retired and suffering from PTSD, desperately wanted Howard back. Fuller refused, claiming he had adopted the dog fair and square.

    But Reimer wasn’t going to give up without a fight. After discovering that the dog was living in Fayetteville North Carolina, he had a friend go and check up on Howard. That friend reported that he had found Howard tethered to a tree in the backyard. 

    “It’s just

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