• Here’s another ‘biggest fear’ that you may not have known you had.

    A 92-year-old woman who was declared dead by a doctor in Germany suddenly awoke screaming inside of a freezing mortuary, reports the Associated Press.

    The doctor has since been charged with negligent body harm for the fairly large oopsy-daisy and if convicted, the doctor could face anything between a fine and a prison sentence.

    After the 92-year-old was found without a pulse and not breathing, the doctor, whose name has not been released, declared the woman to be dead.

    But when she was taken to a funeral home that evening, a worker heard screams coming from the refrigeration room, where the woman was discovered alive.

    Two days later the woman died from heart disease, unrelated to the mishap.

    And as if this story isn’t already the stuff of nightmares, it’s not necessarily the first time something like this has happened.

    Last year it was a 91-year-old woman from Poland who had to suffer 11 hours in cold storage. It

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    If you’re seeking a mate, you may want to dig out your skis, dust off that passport, or join a gym. A new survey of 47,000 Canadian singles reveals that both men and women find winter sports, travel, and health and fitness as some of the hottest hobbies out there.

    EliteSingles, a Berlin-based company with operations in more than 20 countries, found that Canadian men and women valued travel the most. On the list of top 10 preferred pastimes of their ideal partner, the women surveyed favoured fine dining over movies and music, while men ranked movies and music over fancy restaurants. Both also had health and fitness as the fifth sexiest hobby.

    From there, men said gardening—yes, gardening—was the next most appealing pursuit, followed by adventure sports, hiking/climbing, photography, and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.

    Women, meanwhile, are apparently attracted to men who take up reading, theatre or opera, photography, gardening, and art.

    Team sports like hockey didn’t

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  • Nova Scotia community renovates backyard for boy fighting leukemia

    “We have limited time and we need to enjoy it. So it is nice, it is very nice."

    A community turned a waterlogged backyard into the perfect place to play for little boy with leukemia.

    Bryan Carroll spends most of his time at home in Darmouth, Nova Scotia, because of his illness. 

    Last year, the seven-year-old boy was diagnosed with leukemia. At one point it had gone into remission but unfortunately, it came back.

    So family friend, Leanne Christie, made a few phone calls and gathered volunteers to transform the family’s yard, reported CTV News.

    “Bryan’s dad and I were standing in the backyard (and) he mentioned what his thoughts were on the backyard, but that time was just not on his side,” Christie told the news outlet.

    Christie then went online to setup a GoFundMe page to raise money for the backyard makeover.

    Four days later, approximately 50 people showed up to lend a hand, mostly students and teachers from Carroll’s school. They laid sod, set up furniture, installed a swing set and even filled a trunk full of toys for the little boy.

    “Everybody here just

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  • Five-year-old saves the day, flags down help after mom knocked out in car crash

    “He said, ‘Your little girl, she hiked up this embankment and flagged us down.'"

    Five-year-old flags down help after Mom knocked out in car wreck. (CBC)Five-year-old flags down help after Mom knocked out in car wreck. (CBC)

    When her mom fell asleep at the wheel, five-year-old Lexi jumped into action.

    On the way back home from a vacation in Calgary, Angela Shymanski had a lullaby CD playing in hopes of relaxing her two children, reports the Prince George Citizen.

    Unfortunately for her, the CD worked a little better than planned.

    Shymanski felt herself become victim to the soft music that had already captured her five-year-old daughter, Lexi, and her 10-week-old son, Peter. So she decided that once she gets to Jasper, Alta., they’d take a break before they got home to Prince George.

    But the restful pull of sleep was too strong, causing Shymanski to nod off behind the wheel.

    As a result, her SUV swerved down a 12-metre embankment only to come to a crashing halt when it hit a tree – knocking Shymanski unconscious.

    The sudden thud caused her 10-week-old to burst into tears, and luckily for everyone, Lexi had also woken up. But her mom didn’t – or couldn’t – wake up. So Lexi jumped into action.

    “She woke up

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  • The American hunter who killed Cecil the lion has become the hunted and the death of the iconic animal has renewed calls to ban trophy hunting in Africa. But what about Canada’s own sport hunting for exotic animals?

    Canada is the only Arctic country that allows trophy hunting of polar bears.

    More than 76,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org pressing the federal government to put an end the sport hunt.

    “Polar bears are some of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world,” it says.

    Pollution and global warming both threaten the future of these animals, it says, “but the most immediate threat is hunting.”

    The petition claims more than 1,000 polar bears are killed annually. Federal statistics, however, paint a different picture. They estimate that about 300 bears are killed annually.

    Nunavut government statistics show that 33 of 319 bears harvested in 2012-2013 (the most recent year available) were killed by sport hunters. The rest were subsistence hunts by Inuit.

    The

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  • MP David Wilks represents the <span class=constituency>Kootenay-Columbia riding for the Conservative party. (Handout)<br /></span>

    It’s an election year, so voters might be able to expect more than the usual number of political gaffes.

    The latest comes from Conservative MP David Wilks, who admitted a $32.6-million oops in a funding announcement he made earlier this month.

    The British Columbia MP for Kootenay-Columbia said the federal government was investing $156 million in capital improvements in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks — projects like bridge repairs, Trans-Canada Highway paving, avalanche mitigation and other improvements.

    But eagle-eyed readers of the Revelstoke Mountaineer tipped the newspaper off that many of the “new” projects on the list had been covered in the 2014 budget.

    Wilks admitted to the Mountaineer on Sunday that he had overstated the number by $32.6.

    “I made a mistake,” he said, listing several projects that were indeed from last year’s budget. “So the 2015 announcement should have been $123.4 million.”

    Ahead of the election call expected any day now, ministers across the

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    Robert Poëti to decide on mandatory bike helmet law in QuebecRobert Poëti to decide on mandatory bike helmet law in Quebec

    Robert Poëti, Quebec's Minister of Transportation has pledged to make the province's roads safer for cyclists when he makes changes to the province's Highway Safety Code this fall. Some hope one of those changes is a law making bike helmets mandatory.

    One of them is Louis Garneau – a professional road racing and track cyclist who owns a Quebec-based biking apparel manufacturer that bears his name. As part of his safety code revamp, Poëti sought Garneau's council and those discussions had Garneau speculating on the eventual passage of mandatory helmet laws across the province.

    “Me, I think it's coming. Maybe the minister wants to go in stages ... It could be that one way to change the law in one year, two years, three years. Will we start with children? I do not know ... I'm suggesting he decides,” he told the Journal de Montréal.

    Currently, Quebec is one of five provinces or territories with no legislation whatsoever around wearing bike helmets. The others include Saskatchewan,

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  • Taxi drivers protest against Uber in Sacramento, California, June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Max WhittakerTaxi drivers protest against Uber in Sacramento, California, June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

    There’s been an inevitability about the spread of Uber, the app-based ride-sharing service, as it’s implanted itself into more cities around the world, including major Canadian ones such as Toronto and Montreal.

    Despite its popularity with riders, Uber has met opposition almost everywhere. Taxi operators see it as unfair competition and municipal governments resent Uber thumbing its nose at attempts to regulate the service.

    But it keeps expanding. Like the Borg in TV’s ‘Star Trek,’ it seems resistance is futile.

    Which raises this question: what chance does a lawsuit filed on behalf of Ontario cabbies have of succeeding where regulators and protesting cabbies almost everywhere have failed?

    A law firm has filed a class action worth more than $400 million, alleging the tech company conspired with its UberX drivers to pick up passengers for compensation, breaching Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act.

    Section 39.1 of the provincial law bans the practice of giving rides for money without proper

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  • Adult colouring books and parties are all the rage right now.Adult colouring books and parties are all the rage right now.

    When author and poet Wendy McGrath pitched the idea of a free, all ages colouring party to Audreys Books in Edmonton, neither she nor the manager had any idea it’d be so popular.

    “We thought maybe 30 or 40 people would come,” manager Kelly Dyer told the Edmonton Journal.

    The bookstore is hosting a second “colouring party” on Wednesday evening after too many people responded to the first invitation. Currently more than 100 people have RSVP’ed yes to Wednesday’s party.

    All the rage right now, adult colouring books occupy four of the top 20 spots on Amazon.ca’s best-selling books list for this week. Unlike children’s colouring books, the ones created for adults feature intricate designs of varying complexity and subject matter.

    They’ve been compared to therapy and meditation because they force the user to sit down, unplug and focus intently and narrowly on a creative act.

    “I think it’s a response to the need for tactile experiences in a world where so much of what we do is online, in

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  • Sexual assault charges against a decorated Canadian Forces officer have thrust the military’s scandalous record on sexual assault and sexual misconduct back into the spotlight.

    Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker, the commanding officer of the Edmonton-based 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual interference, one count of invitation to sexual touching and one count of breach of trust by a public officer.

    All of the charges are related to a male teen who was involved in the army cadets when Stalker was a volunteer mentor.

    “It’s in the news again,” says Dr. Stefanie von Hlatky, an expert in gender in the military and director of the Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy.

    “Obviously these incidents are tragedies but the fact that they’re coming out in the news more and more and keeping this issue on the radar of the public but also the people in

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