Environmental groups are hailing Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline as a turning point in the fight against climate change.

    Clinton’s pronouncement as she campaigns for the nomination is a reversal of her previous stance on the project that would link the Alberta oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

    “It’s a tribute to grassroots activism that she has now said ‘I’m against this project and I’m against this project on climate grounds,’” says Keith Stewart, a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Canada. “That’s a huge shift.”

    Tanking oil prices have helped, Stewart says, “but this is primarily a victory of the climate movement.”

    In 2010, as secretary of state, Clinton said she was inclined to approve the pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp.

    “We’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada,” she said at the time.

    But Keystone has galvanized environmental groups, indigenous groups,

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  • The Canadian music icon, 74, wins the $50K annual music prizeThe Canadian music icon, 74, wins the $50K annual music prize

    Using words like “journalistic” and “like a photographer,” Buffy Sainte-Marie explains her songwriting and music in terms that one doesn’t expect.  At 74, the creator of more than 20 albums and hit singles such as “Starwalker" and “Up Where We Belong” still expresses astonishment at capturing the $50,000 Polaris Prize earlier this week.

    “I didn’t think I was going to win,” said Sainte-Marie, whose “Power in the Blood” album beat out the likes of Drake, The New Pornographers, Ghostface Killah and former winner Caribou. 

    An 11-member jury made the announcement in Toronto on Monday night — unveiling the Canadian album of the year, based on artistic merit rather than sales. Last year’s winner was throat singer Tanya Tagaq for “Animism.”

    “I listened to all the other artists [and] I came up with my own shortlist. I couldn’t come up with a winner,” divulged Sainte-Marie, who wouldn’t go further to reveal her list.

    Born on the Piapot Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu'Appelle Valley,

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  • A woman in Australia has found the perfect job for her 21-year-old daughter. 

    When Jo Lynam realizes the crushing reality that her daughter Emma would never learn to read and write due to her disability, she was concerned what the future would be like.

    Emma has Down syndrome and a mild form of autism. She also suffers from hearing deficiency and is unable to speak due to a cleft pallet, which makes communication by speech difficult for her.

    “I kept coming back to this thought that I’d always had that ‘if Emmy could read or write, everything would be all right’, but she can’t,” Jo explained to ABC Open News.

    But as a professional shredder, Emma’s inability to read and write is actually something her clients value. As more and more leaked documents are being released to the public from government agencies to multi-national corporations, confidentiality is a huge concern for many businesses.

    Emma borrowed a name from the Ninja Turtle’s nemesis and she was ready to work as ‘Master

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  • Footage captured on dashcam video shows the exact moment an amateur driver hits a guardrail, which then propels his car skywards before tumbling to a halt. 

    The accident happened on amateur day at the Nurburgring in Germany on Sunday, where drivers can pay a fee to ride the world-class circuit.


    Luckily for this paying costumer, after crashing at nearly 190 kmh, he can be seen exiting the wreckage, and reportedly walked away relatively unscathed, according to New Zealand blog stuff.

    The Renault Megane, as seen below, did not fare as well.

    The original post shared on Facebook says the driver is well considering the circumstances.

    Here’s another angle of this spectacular crash.

    Let’s hope the driver is just as lucky when they have to deal with this insurance headache.

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  • A Scottish bagpiper took to the street in an attempt to drown out hatred being spewed by a preacher.

    In the video, a man is seen screaming on the street, which is reported to be Market Street in St. Andrews. 

    Although what he’s saying is hard to understand, the man who posted the video told the Joe My God blog that it was hate speech about how gay marriage is ruining the economy.

    As the irate man carries on, bagpipes can be heard in the background. 

    Soon, a young man in a blue shirt carrying the pipes is seen circling the man, who continues screaming into a microphone, which is projected through an amp. 

    People around them cheer on the piper’s efforts to drown out the hate speech. A police van pulls up to them moments later.

    The young piper is undoubtedly following in the footsteps of a sousaphone player who provided a hilarious soundtrack to a South Carolina KKK rally back in July.

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  • Peter Taptuna to federal party leaders: what is your vision for Nunavut?Peter Taptuna to federal party leaders: what is your vision for Nunavut?

    The premier of Nunavut wants to know what the federal party leaders have in store for Canada’s Arctic.

    “We’re halfway through the election campaign, and no federal party has offered a clear plan on how they will work with Canada’s territories to build healthy communities and a prosperous economy in the North,” Peter Taptuna wrote in an open letter to the four main party leaders on Tuesday.

    “Nunavut is an integral part of Canada and Canada’s identity as an Arctic nation. It is also a unique part of Canada, with specific concerns and challenges that my government will continue to address post election in partnership with the federal government,” Taptuna wrote to Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May.

    Taptuna hit on many of the divisive issues that have come between federal governments and Canada’s indigenous people for decades: natural resource development, Crown land control, housing and preservation of culture.

    He said the Feds have to step up investment in the

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  • A man identified as Tim Dutaud is shown in a screengrab from a YouTube video. Social media accounts give election candidates unparalleled visibility - and as all the major parties know, that isn't always a good thing.On Labour Day weekend, the Conservatives were forced to drop Toronto-Danforth candidate Tim Dutaud after he was found to have posted videos of himself making crank calls on YouTube - in one, he posed as a mentally disabled man; in another, he feigned an orgasm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HOA man identified as Tim Dutaud is shown in a screengrab from a YouTube video. Social media accounts give election candidates unparalleled visibility - and as all the major parties know, that isn't always a good thing.On Labour Day weekend, the Conservatives were forced to drop Toronto-Danforth candidate Tim Dutaud after he was found to have posted videos of himself making crank calls on YouTube - in one, he posed as a mentally disabled man; in another, he feigned an orgasm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

    One political satire blog is promising “nine candidate scandals in nine days.” Another has already taken out two Tory hopefuls whose social media manners fell short of expectations for would-be MPs.

    With more than a thousand candidates in 338 ridings across the country and an ever-shrinking cadre of professional media, bloggers are breaking news this federal election.

    The True North Times, a satirical website styled after The Daily Show in the United States, kicked off its “nine scandals” series on Tuesday with a seven-year-old Facebook comment by Alex Johnstone, the NDP candidate for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

    It cited a now-deleted comment on another user’s photo album from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, in which Johnstone makes a comment about the “phallic” fence post at the camp.

    “NDP Candidate Alex Johnstone Made a Dick Joke About Auschwitz,” screams the headline. The story goes on to ridicule Johnstone’s past online comments likening capitalism to

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  • Hammerhead shark stalks kayak fisherman

    “I’m pretty sure I just kicked a hammerhead’s ass.”

    A fisherman kayaking off the shores of Santa Barbara, California, ended up attracting some unwanted attention from a hammerhead shark.

    In Mark McCracken's video, he tries to ram the shark with his paddle as it repeatedly charges at the kayak.

    As the exchange continues, McCracken’s breathing can be heard getting quicker.

    Although he has a fishing line in the water, no bait or fish is attached, which likely means the shark just wanted to toy with the 33-year-old.

    “I’m pretty sure I just kicked a hammerhead’s ass,” he tells the camera at one point. “I just beat up a shark. How was your day?”

    After paddling back to shore for a few seconds, McCracken sees his new rival following him.

    “He’s not done, he’s right there,” he says. “He must of heard me. What are you doing bro? Get out of here!”

    The hammerhead continues to push McCracken until he’s in water about three feet deep. The entire incident lasted 15 minutes.

    “Even after I got out of my kayak and made it to the beach, he was sitting

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  • Tofino areaTofino area

    The El Nino weather system is expected to hit the West Coast this winter, with experts predicting it will be more extreme than other years.

    But that isn’t phasing businesses along Vancouver Island’s coast, with many of them saying the stormy weather is a boost to business.

    Ian Walker, a professor of geography at the University of Victoria, is part of a group of researchers across the Pacific examining El Nino and La Nina weather systems. He says the data they’ve collected,which was published this week in Nature Geoscience, suggests that the West Coast can expect the extreme weather based on elevated water levels.

    “We can have an average coastal storm, which are typical in our winters, superimposed on tens of extra centimetres of water and maybe closer to a higher tide, causing much more damage than that storm would have in the year before,” he told Yahoo Canada News.

    El Nino and La Nina are related to what happens to the tropical Pacific in terms of ocean currents. During an El Nino

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  • Monday’s rescue of nine fishermen from the Atlantic Charger near Iqaluit is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s good news stories of marine distress. But the province has had its share of maritime tragedies and near-misses going back hundreds of years.

    Though less tragic than losses, the near-misses can also be harrowing. About 12 hours passed between the first contact the nine-man crew of the Atlantic Charger made with marine rescue on Monday and when they were safely aboard the Paamiut, a Danish fishing vessel, Rear-Admiral John Newton, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “The seas were rolling high and the wind was blowing strong,” Newton says of Monday’s conditions near Frobisher Bay, where the crew — who couldn’t be reached at press time — disembarked onto a life boat and the Atlantic Charger later sunk.“It shows how dangerous the sea is.”

    Newfoundland and Labrador’s history of sea disasters is as long as its

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