• B.C. Mountie under investigation for questionable traffic stop caught on video

    "You want to potshot me by saying I’m a distracted driver when I’m doing my job?"

    Among a recent slew of investigations into police activity comes a case out of Kelowna, B.C., where a Mountie is being investigated for his questionable behaviour.

    Shawn Michaelz of Edmonton, Alberta, was driving in Kelowna with his girlfriend when a Mountie pulled them over.

    As he explained on his Facebook profile, Michaelz and his girlfriend were waiting to turn left at an intersection and even though they had time to turn, they waited for the slowly oncoming police officer to make his turn, as he had the right of way.

    “I throw my hands up in the air in the passenger seat of the vehicle and the cop gets mad and pulls a U-turn in the intersection to pull us over,” wrote Michaelz on Facebook.

    When asked why they were pulled over, the unidentified Mountie was recorded saying, “I’m doing my job. I’m looking for a licence plate and I looked down at my screen and I may have lost track of where I was on the road. Fair enough, but that’s my job as a police officer.“

    When Michaelz brought

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  •  Photo by L’Erin Dobra Photo by L’Erin Dobra

    It’s perfectly natural for a 2-year-old boy to want to be like the cartoons and superheroes he sees on television. There are too many of these memorable characters to name: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, Batman and of course Mickey Mouse are just some of the classics. And while young Grayson Dobra of Prairieville, Louisiana is certainly a big fan of Mickey, there’s a rather unique character that takes his fandom cake. None other than New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart.

      

    You heard that right. Grayson can’t seem to stop watching Bart’s ads, which don’t exactly feature any web spinning, bat signals or quirky mouse ears. How much does Grayson like Bart you ask? So much so that for his second birthday this past January, his mom L’erin brought him a cake with the attorney’s edible photo printed on it to go along with a life-size cardboard cut-out of the man himself.

    Ms. Dobra swears that her boy is indeed a big fan of Mickey, but that he’d watch Bart’s personal injury

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    Progressive Conservative political pioneer Flora MacDonald will be laid to rest this weekend but Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be there.

    The Prime Minister’s Office says Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch will attend MacDonald’s funeral Sunday as a representative of the government.

    Harper’s absence and his bare mention of the passing of the country’s first female foreign minister could be viewed as further proof of a growing divide in the Conservative camp between the so-called Red Tories and the Harperite offspring of the Reform Party.

    “I’m not an expert in the Conservative Party family but I think there seems to be a rift between some of the folks who might traditionally consider themselves Red Tories, or Progressive Conservatives, and Mr. Harper’s preferred ilk of Conservative, which is perhaps more Reform-minded,” says Ian Capstick, managing partner of MediaStyle and a regular political commentator on CBC’s Power & Politics program.

    “It’s not a lot of time out of

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  • Sometimes a city bylaw ends up looking reelingly ridiculous. Such is the case now in the St. Lawrence River city of Cornwall, Ontario.

    Seems there’s three young kids – Kristopher, Kristina and Clayton Cadieux – who earn their pocket money selling worms ($2.50 a dozen) on the lawn of their parents’ Cornwall home.

    Dad’s a signmaker, and they have a nice red sign advertising their business.

    Strictly speaking, that’s illegal. (Commercial venture, residential neighbourhood.) But they’re kids, they’re cute, and the city’s bylaw enforcement officers were apparently happy to look the other way.

    Until someone down the street complained.

    In a fine case of rooting out dandelions with a destroyer, the worm stand – however adorable – has been shut down.

    “The bylaw I'm sure was well intended, but it's gone too

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  • A supercut shows 13 Tory MPs sticking to an eerily similar message ahead of the federal election.A supercut shows 13 Tory MPs sticking to an eerily similar message ahead of the federal election.

    Political observers aren’t surprised by a supercut featuring YouTube videos of 13 Conservative MPs reading line for line the same script that emphasizes the party’s accomplishments.  

    Press Progress, a Broadbent Institute media project, edited together the video after watching a series of the MPs clips, which were posted to each of the politicians’ personal YouTube accounts.

    It intersperses the identical clips with footage of robots like Johnny Five and R2-D2, implying that the MPs are actually robots. The end of the video features the MPs reciting a line about balancing the budget, which is then edited alongside a recent news story about the Parliamentary Budget Officer stating that the country is headed for a fiscal 2015 budget deficit.

    “These ‘personalized’ videos by Conservative MPs seem like a bad attempt by the Prime Minister’s Office to communicate a central message to local constituents,” Luke LeBrun, the website’s editor, tells Yahoo Canada News. “Instead it comes across like

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  • Donald Trump's  unapologetic zaniness – much like his hair – has been a staple since the billionaire first edged his way into the public eye. But while that ostentatiousness earned him attention as a T.V. personality and real estate developer, it’s proving a bit too much to handle for some of his Republican peers as he makes his bid for presidency.

    They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
    Donald Trump, 2015

    It started in mid-June with anti-immigration comments that “when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”

    “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,”  Trump said.

    The comments prompted other GOP candidates and members, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney to distance themselves

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  • Witches like Caroline Tully in Australia, don't fear persecution as women elsewhere do. (Getty Images)Witches like Caroline Tully in Australia, don't fear persecution as women elsewhere do. (Getty Images)

    Around the world witches are known by different names – mchawi in Swahili, sanguma in Pidgin, boksi in Nepalese – but they have one thing in common; women and children accused of sorcery are hunted, mutilated, exiled, and murdered. UN researchers and human rights agencies estimate the number to be in the thousands annually.

    Last week, 63-year-old Purni Orang was dragged from her home in Assam, India, stripped naked, and beheaded, because villagers thought her a witch and blamed her for a local illness. As if that’s not horrifying enough, some 2,000 people have been murdered nationwide after accusations of witchcraft between 2000 and 2012, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau in India.

    These modern-day witchcraft-related attacks are not unique to India, they occur in at least 41 countries around the globe including Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and multiple European nations.

    "This is becoming an

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  • An intern left a not so pleasant post-it note for his managers.An intern left a not so pleasant post-it note for his managers.

    Internships can be a great opportunity to land a full-time job. But for one intern, the chances of getting hired are not looking too good right now.

    Apparently, an intern left an angry note to his old boss at the bottom of some post-it notes. The boss found it in the workplace and later uploaded a photo of the message onto Reddit under the username Win_in_Roam.

    The Reddit user commented on the photo saying: “We sent out our intern to buy sticky note. He’s not a very bright kid.”

    The intern was absolutely fed up with his bosses and decided to take out his frustrations after he was instructed to buy post-it notes. He got his point across by leaving a nasty message in the stack of sticky notes. 

    On the last post-it note, the intern reveals that he’s been putting more than sugar and cream in the coffee that he delivered to his bosses everyday.

    It read: “By the time you read this, I’ll be long gone from this s***hole. I hope you enjoyed bossing me around. I bet you felt real good about

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  • While most sports enthusiasts out there may not equate those with physical disabilities as athletically gifted and elite, one boy from Worksop, England changed the minds of many and inspired them in the process last weekend.

    8-year-old Bailey Matthews is a budding young triathlete with a twist. He suffers from cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects muscle co-ordination and balance, making it much more difficult to perform some of life’s most routine daily tasks.

    Although Matthews struggles to dress himself without assistance, he completed the Castle Howard Triathlon on Saturday, a grueling event that included a 100-metre lake swim, a four kilometre bike ride and a 1,300 metre run. Bailey used an adapted bike and walker to complete the race in spite of distance, terrain and disability. On top of all that, Matthews left the walker behind, crossing the finish line unassisted, making his parents Jonathan and Julia proud, inspiring those in attendance and becoming a social

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  • Watch men react to their girlfriends as they’re catcalled on the street

    “It sucks. I’m glad that that people are making it an issue and not standing for it anymore."

    (Photo via YouTube screengrab)(Photo via YouTube screengrab)

    It’s something that your girlfriends probably deal with when you’re not around: catcalling.

    But unless you experience it firsthand — whether you’re a man who catcalls or a woman who gets catcalled — you probably don’t understand the severity of it. 

    So, in order to put things into perspective, Cosmopolitan.com had a camera follow around a few women in New York City and asked their boyfriends to watch what they had to endure.

    After watching multiple men make inappropriate comments towards his girlfriend Olivia, Seth remarked that he was “getting pissed off.”

    “I’m not happy with this,” he said.

    Some of the call-outs include comments about how “gorgeous” she is, her body and calling her a “prize” or “baby girl.”

    After Olivia passes a strip club, one man yells out, “We’re hiring!”

    “Real tasteful,” her boyfriend says sarcastically.

    Jon, after watching his girlfriend Tessa receive similar treatment, tells her “those people are scary.”

    “It sucks. I’m glad that that people are making it an

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