• Donald Sutherland, if you’re reading this, Elections Canada wants to hear from you.

    The Canadian-born actor is on the list of Genie Award winners, Order of Canada recipients and Canada’s Walk of Fame honorees, but there’s one list he’s not on: Canada’s list of voters.

    “I’m an expatriate and the Harper government won’t let expatriates participate in Canadian elections,” the actor wrote in a letter published Tuesday in the Globe and Mail.

    “I’m not dual anything. I’m Canadian,” the Governor General’s Award winner continued.

    His comments come on the heels of an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling last week that Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years can be barred from voting in federal elections. In a split decision, the judges said the Elections Canada rule is a “reasonable” infringement on expats’ constitutional rights.

    “Permitting all non-resident citizens to vote would allow them to participate in making laws that affect Canadian residents on a daily basis but have little

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  • Alysha Mohamed, who goes by the stage name Alysha Brilla, and her two sisters were stopped by police for riding their bikes topless last Friday in Kitchener, Ont.Alysha Mohamed, who goes by the stage name Alysha Brilla, and her two sisters were stopped by police for riding their bikes topless last Friday in Kitchener, Ont.

    One of three Ontario sisters stopped by Kitchener police last week for riding their bikes topless says that she, her siblings and their mother exercise their right to go topless whenever they can.

    That’s what got Tameera Mohamed and her sisters, Nadia and Alysha, a Juno-nominated musician, pulled over by police during their bike ride from Waterloo to Kitchener on a hot Friday evening. That’s also why they’re organizing a protest to raise awareness about women’s rights in Ontario.

    It’s the latest incident of bare-chested females. In June, an eight-year-old girl who was playing at a Guelph wading pool without a bikini top was told by a lifeguard to cover up, citing city policy that prohibits girls over the age of four from going topless at public water parks. A change.org petition was soon launched in an effort to change the policy.

    In the Kitchener incident, Mohamed tells Yahoo Canada News, “He told us to put our shirts back on and that it was illegal to have shirts off.” 

    The sister

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  • Beers may soon be poured again for those with celiac disease as a new pill is under development. (Reuters)Beers may soon be poured again for those with celiac disease as a new pill is under development. (Reuters)

    Some people will go out of their way to get their buddy a beer.

    More than a decade ago, Edmonton researcher Hoon Sunwoo learned that one of his colleagues couldn’t drink ale because it contains gluten, which exacerbates symptoms of celiac disease. So the researcher dedicated the next 10 years of his career to find a way for his gluten-intolerant pal to enjoy the occasional brew.

    The result is a pill that acts as an antibody against gluten. The natural supplement could drastically change the lives of people living with celiac disease and those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity by diminishing symptoms like bloating, cramps, and chronic diarrhea.

    “I didn’t know much about celiac disease, but I remember one of my friends I was working with at the university couldn’t join us for beer after work because he couldn’t tolerate the gluten,” Sunwoo, a University of Alberta associate professor in the faculty of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, tells Yahoo Canada. “Gluten is everywhere;

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  • Canada’s top court welcomes Alberta judge

    A pedestrian walks past the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, July 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickA pedestrian walks past the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, July 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    The appointment of Alberta Judge Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada this week makes seven of the nine judges on the country’s highest court appointees of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    But if the perception is that the Conservative government is stacking Canada’s top court in its favour, its record before the court would beg to differ.

    Though only two of the high court judges predate the current government — Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin was appointed by Jean Chrétien and Rosalie Silberman Abella by Paul Martin — the court has struck down Conservative government policies time and again in recent years.

    Most recently, the court ruled in June that the government’s ban on medical marijuana products was unconstitutional.

    From Senate reform to native claims, mandatory minimum sentencing to immigration, the high court has culled Conservative policy that strayed away from Charter rights and the Canadian Constitution.

    The Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy named the

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  • A recent surge in shares of this picture on Facebook has got people talking about dying elephant tusks.A recent surge in shares of this picture on Facebook has got people talking about dying elephant tusks.

    This pink elephant can’t be blamed on a drunken hallucination, though wildlife conservationists might suggest a certain level of intoxication to those who think their pink tusks could be real.

    Reports abound online regarding elephant tusks being painted pink in an effort to devalue the ivory for poachers. A Facebook post, Stain Tusks to Stop Elephant Poaching, includes a photo of an elephant with pink tusks, but goes on to explain that the photo has been altered. The author then suggests that even though the photo is a fake, the notion of staining tusks should be explored in an effort to stop the killing of innocent elephants in Africa.

    But wildlife conservationists say painting elephant tusks is hardly feasible for animals in the wild.

    “The idea is impractical to impossible on a field-level scale because of the sheer logistics and cost to implement,” says Anne Lambert of the International Conservation Fund of Canada, a charity that focuses on global conservation work. “Darting and

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  • Students perform Haka dance at their teacher’s funeral

    “This was a very emotional and powerful performance."

    Hundreds of students from a New Zealand school honoured their late teacher with an “emotional and powerful” dance.

    Dawson Tahana Tamatea was a teacher at Palmerston North Boy’s High School in the North Island who passed away in his sleep last week, reports the Manawatu Standard.

    Staff and students performed the Haka, a traditional Maori war dance, at his funeral. The dance was posted by the school on YouTube, where it already has been watched more than 500,000 times. 

    The footage begins with silence as their teacher’s hearse arrives onto the school ground.

    It’s soon broken by the rhythmic chanting, stomping feet and beating chests, which are customary moves of the Haka dance.

    Following the fierce and powerful display, the students stand aside with their heads bowed as the hearse drives by. 

    The traditionally war dance is used to honour special guests at ceremonies, reported the Huffington Post

    According to the school’s Facebook page, the long-time teacher taught physical education

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  • A man from Glen Ellen, Illinois, was detained recently after taking to Facebook and allegedly threatening to point a gun at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, among other people, in a series of hate-filled rants. In one of them, 29-year-old Mohammad Waqas Khan wrote “I want a high net worth individual to shoot. I want this to be a real human tragedy,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Earlier this summer, a case involving threatening messages on the social-media site made it to the United States Supreme Court, where Anthony Elonis was acquitted of threatening his estranged wife via numerous graphic and vile posts. In one of his more timid ones, he asked if his restraining order was “thick enough to stop a bullet”. (Elonis spent more nearly four years in jail before his conviction was overturned in June.)

    These two cases may be extreme, but they’re examples of how social media can be used to harass, bully, and threaten others. For those on the receiving end of noxious posts, messages, and tweets,

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  • There was the $30,000 towards the “poodle on a pole” public art installation. There was the $4.5-million park-and-ride where almost nobody parks and rides.

    And then there was the $170-million fare card system that is $24 million over budget, two years behind schedule and still not up and running.

    Now the agency that runs Metro Vancouver’s public transit system has spurred a whole new round of TransLink trashing with an online ad for a new CEO.

    The ad posted last week outlines a base salary of $319,244, plus an annual bonus that could bring the total to just over $415,000. The position includes a $2,500 wellness allowance, a $14,400 transportation allowance and $1,200 for parking.

    “I think it shows the complete disregard the TransLink board has for the taxpayer,” says Jordan Bateman, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the agency’s most ardent critic.

    “We’ve been searching for a transit system boss somewhere in North America who makes more [in total compensation]… .

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  • Florida man banned from Starbucks for calling out illegal handicap parking

    Starbucks was serving something, but unfortunately it wasn’t justice


    Starbucks was serving something, but unfortunately it wasn’t justice.

    After asking people who were illegally parking in handicap-only spots to move their vehicles, Rob Rowen was banned from a Starbucks in Tampa, Florida, reports WTSP.

    Rowen later received a letter from the massive corporation, which he suspected would be an apology. WTSP reports that it was actually an expulsion from all Starbucks in the country (which has since been reversed) because he was “disrupting business and threatening customers.”

    The letter “shocked” the Florida man, whose son-in-law has muscular dystrophy and is in a wheelchair.  

    When seeing parking injustices, Rowen took it upon himself to urge people to abide the law.

    “I saw someone park, and it was obvious they weren’t handicapped,” Rowen told Bay News 9. “There was no handicapped parking sticker. It wasn’t a handicapped plate. And so I said to him, ‘You’re parked in the one handicapped space, and you need to move your car.’”

    Rowen would snap a photo of

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  • Cyclists vs. drivers, the unofficial war of the roads. 

    We’ve all heard the complaints. Bikers often convict drivers of having no regard for those on two wheels, and drivers often complain that they don’t have the entire road to themselves.

    More often than not it is merely a war of words, but when this man came across a car parked in the middle of the bike lane, he had action in mind. Like, World’s Strongest Man Competition-type action.

    A video showing a man with Hulk-like stature lifting up and physically removing a car from the bike path has quickly gone viral with a little more than one-million views in less than two days.

    At one point another man can be seen rushing to help as he attempts to lift the front of the car, but by the time he arrives, the job had already been done.

    The cyclists’ new personal hero gained a modest audience of people cheering and clapping through his efforts.

    And now that the path has been cleared, the man hops back onto his bike and continues along the

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