• (Marin Humane Society/Facebook)(Marin Humane Society/Facebook)

    On Tuesday night, a good Samaritan brought nine abandoned puppies to the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California.

    (Marin Humane Society/Facebook)(Marin Humane Society/Facebook)The individual had spotted the pups, Rottweiler/Lab mixes all in good condition, beside a dumpster in San Rafael.

    The shelter believes the puppies are about 8 to 9 weeks old.

    It wasn’t clear why the cute canines were abandoned, but they will soon be eligible for new homes.

    According to CBS San Francisco, the puppies will be spayed and neutered, and will be up for adoption about a week later.

    “It’s heartbreaking to think of someone dumping these adorable puppies like so much trash but we know they’ll soon find good homes!” the Marin Humane Society wrote on Facebook.

    The humane society posted four photos of the adorable rescued pups on Facebook, which prompted Facebook users to post their own photos of their beloved rescued pets — and to thank the good Samaritan for doing the right thing.

    “Thank goodness someone thought to bring them to MHS. Such adorable puppies,

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  • Rogers Stadium, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the CN Tower. (Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports)Rogers Stadium, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the CN Tower. (Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports)

    If the first-class lounges at Pearson are looking more crowded these days, it’s not just the flow of recently-traded Leafs’ players making their way out of town. In its annual Wealth Report, real estate consultancy Knight Frank ranks Toronto among the most appealing cities for the world’s mega-rich.

    The report puts Toronto at No. 12, behind predictable leaders London and New York, but ahead of major capitals such as Berlin and Washington D.C.

    “’Follow the money’” was the sage advice from the Watergate mole, and it holds true at the top of our rankings,” says the report, which tracks numbers of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWI) that choose to live in each city.

    The UHNWI (and yes, this is a real term) are folks with net worth of at least US$30 million, says Knight Frank. These are the people who wander through a 14-room mansion in Rosedale shaking their heads at the lack of space and shabby surroundings.

    Evidently 1,216 of these folks are parking their limos in Toronto right

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  • Kevin Hines is one of only 33 people to survive jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. (Tribune)Kevin Hines is one of only 33 people to survive jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. (Tribune)
    In 2000, a then-19-year-old Kevin Hines jumped off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

    He survived.

    Hines, 33, is now a mental health worker who shares his story of mental illness and depression at events around the world, hoping to prevent other suicide attempts.

    “I’m one of less than one per cent to have survived that fall,” he said.

    “I’ve been given the gift of a second chance of life so many times.”

    Rescued California sea lion pups rest in their holding pen at Sea World San Diego (Reuters, 2015)Rescued California sea lion pups rest in their holding pen at Sea World San Diego (Reuters, 2015)At a recent conference in Australia, Hines shared his incredible survival story, which included a very unlikely hero.

    After hitting the water — the impact broke his back and shattered his vertebrae — he thought he spotted a shark circling beneath him.

    "I was freaking out in those waters. And I was thinking I didn’t die there and now I am going to die here in the water because of a creature of some sort," he told AFP.

    "I really thought it was a shark and I thought it was going to take off a leg and I was panicking.”

    "And then it just didn’t, it just kept circling beneath me. I remember

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  • Split image of Elton McDonald (via Facebook) and the tunnel in Toronto (Toronto Police Services).Split image of Elton McDonald (via Facebook) and the tunnel in Toronto (Toronto Police Services).

    It really was just the coolest fort ever.

    The architect of a mystery underground tunnel found near the Rexall Centre at York University in Toronto says it was just a fun project for him and some friends.

    Elton McDonald, a 22-year-old construction worker, has come forward to say he meant no harm by building the bunker discovered near the venue for the upcoming Pan-Am Games.

    “It was not meant as a bad thing,” McDonald told the Toronto Sun in an interview.

    “It was just something I always wanted to do,” he said. “When you went down there it was like you don’t even exist. I wanted to make it a place that no one knew about it.”


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    The tunnel – 10 metres long, almost two metres high and less than a metre wide – sparked a great deal of speculation after it was discovered Jan. 14 by a Toronto Region and Conservation

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  • The Sport version of the Apple Watch features a durable band and lighter body.The Sport version of the Apple Watch features a durable band and lighter body.

    The Apple Watch Sport is certainly fashionable, but what about function?

    The gorgeous gadget is currently part of a 12-page ad in the fashion bible, Vogue, and starts at $349 (US). And while it’s not yet clear when the watch will be available north of the border, many fitness-conscious Canadians are already considering splurging on one.

    Apple Inc. is expected to unveil more details on Mar. 9. We already know the sport version comes with a bevy of functions, including Wi-Fi, GPS, a heart-rate sensor and an accelerometer. There will also likely be a boatload of apps allowing you to track your activity and boast about it online.

    Jodi Robinson, a registered dietitian and fitness professional based in Grimsby, Ont., says many of her clients like to use activity trackers.

    “They can help with accountability and motivation,” said Robinson in an interview with Yahoo Canada News.

    She warns people shouldn’t focus too much on the stats as they might not be accurate. Dr. Gareth Jones, an assistant

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  • Cities like New York, where this Zombie Walk was held, would be vulnerable to a zombie outbreak. (Getty)Cities like New York, where this Zombie Walk was held, would be vulnerable to a zombie outbreak. (Getty)

    In the event of a zombie outbreak, the more isolated you are, the less likely it is you’ll end up snack food for the undead, according to a new study.

    A team of researchers at Cornell University is using an outbreak of the fictional disease to hone their statistical modelling for the spread of disease.

    They ran thousands of simulations of a zombie outbreak and they found highly populated areas are at the greatest risk.

    “It took a while for zombies to make their way out to remote, rural areas,” said Alex Alemi, a graduate student in theoretical physics at Cornell University and the lead author.

    “I can’t speak in specifics to Canada, but the general point is that you want to be as far away from as many people as possible.”

    Which makes most of Canada pretty ideal during an outbreak.

    The undead are going through quite a revival in popular culture, thanks in part to the hit show The Walking Dead. The U.S. Center for Disease Control even uses a zombie apocalypse to promote emergency

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  • Margot Bentley (CBC)Margot Bentley (CBC)
    The lawyer for a family that claims their Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother is being fed against her will in a nursing home says there are grounds to take a B.C. Court of Appeal decision on the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

    Vancouver lawyer Kieran Bridge says 83-year-old Margo Bentley, who lives in an Abbotsford, B.C., care home, left written instructions that if she became terminally incapacitated she did not want to be kept alive by artificial means, including receiving “nourishment or liquids.”

    Bentley is in the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease first diagnosed in 1999. She does not recognize anyone, is unresponsive and requires someone to perform all basic needs.

    As a retired nurse who used to take care of dementia patients, Bentley anticipated this, said Bridge. She told her family verbally and in writing she did not want to be kept alive.

    But her caregivers have been feeding her with a spoon, which her husband and daughter, her legal guardians, argued first in B.C. Supreme

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  • The Harper government’s new no-parole legislation, announced Wednesday afternoon and to be introduced next week when MPs return from some time back in their ridings, is, as it turns out, an opportunity to fall down the rabbit hole of ancient Crown prerogatives.

    The legislation will include a provision allowing cabinet to decide on the release of some killers, which caused a bit of a tizzy on Twitter after the prime minister announced the pending bill. Could the Conservative cabinet use this power to its advantage, for political gain, somehow? Is it not troubling for ideological politicians to be given this kind of legal power? Yes, possibly, but to be sure this isn’t anything new.

    Basics on the bill

    The government is planning to table legislation in the House of Commons that, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, would ensure Canada’s “most heinous criminals” stay in jail for life, without chance of parole.

    "Next week, our government will introduce legislation to ensure that for the most

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  • The skyline of Vancouver, British Columbia (Getty Images)The skyline of Vancouver, British Columbia (Getty Images)

    When it comes to quality of life, it seems the West Coast is the best coast.

    Vancouver is the most livable city in North America, according to a new global survey.

    The list by British-based consulting firm Mercer ranks Vancouver No. 5 in the world when it comes to quality of life, after Vienna, Zurich, Auckland and Munich, in that order.

    “This is true for most of the major Canadian cities – they rank highly because of Canada’s favourable political and social environment, as well as medical and health considerations,” Eleana Rodriguez of Mercer Canada told Yahoo Canada News.

    “Vancouver tends to score a little bit higher than some of the other Canadian cities because, of course, of the weather. The weather is a bit more favourable in Vancouver than it is in Toronto… or Ottawa, for example.”

    Vancouver is the only city in North America to break the top 10. Toronto makes the list at 15, Ottawa at 16 and Montreal at 24.


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  • Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is shown in a Twitter photo posted by @ArmedResearch. (CP)Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is shown in a Twitter photo posted by @ArmedResearch. (CP)

    With the controversial release of a killer’s video, Canadians may finally get some answers Friday from the mouth of Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on his motives for his attacks and whether he had an alternate plan or connections to terrorists.

    News of the video comes at a time that Canadians are feeling particularly vulnerable to more terroristattacks, according to a poll released by CBC News.

    Terrorist attacks on home soil became a reality last October when two soldiers were killed in unrelated attacks.

    On Oct. 20, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was run down in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. by Martin Couture-Rouleau, who was shot dead by police,. Couture-Rouleau’s passport had been seized in July to prevent him from travelling to Syria to fight with the Islamic State, a terrorist group also known as ISIS.

    Just two days later, Zehaf-Bibeau attacked and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the War Memorial and then stormed Parliament where he died in a hail of gunfire.

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