• Mulcair shakes hands with aerospace workers as he makes a campaign stop in Montreal Sept. 8, 2015. (CP)Mulcair shakes hands with aerospace workers as he makes a campaign stop in Montreal Sept. 8, 2015. (CP)

    Industrial policy has taken a back seat so far in an election campaign dominated by news of the Duffy expenses scandal, ‘peegate’, the refugee crisis and the Conservatives’ overall handling of the economy.

    So NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s announcement Tuesday that a New Democrat government would expand support for the aerospace sector puts a key industry in the spotlight. It is likely the first of a number of industry-specific announcements from the party.

    The party’s promises include a $160-million fund to help small- and medium-sized companies and the earmarking of some existing federal money to foster the aerospace supply chain’s development.

    The NDP is also promising a $40-million injection into the Canadian Space Agency technology development program to help companies commercialize new technologies and reforms to military procurement aimed at benefiting Canadian firms. 

    Mulcair also pledged to personally lead trade delegations to trade events like the Paris Air Show to promote the

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  • You gonna eat that? (Thinkstock)You gonna eat that? (Thinkstock)
    Maybe your kindergarten teacher was right all along: we should all learn to share.

    One of the biggest and most well-known examples of the sharing economy trend is Airbnb, and its a big deal. More than 40 million people have used the site to book rooms, condos and even castles in 34,000 cities in 190 countries. Similarly, Uber is shaking up the taxi industry, allowing users to summon a private car via an app on their smartphones.

    Looking to cash in on the peer-to-peer market bandwagon, other startups aim to connect renters with parking spaces, bikes and tools, bypassing the traditional marketplace.

    If you like the idea of a peer-to-peer economy for environmental reasons, or think you can make a buck sharing your stuff, here are a few to try:


    Bike rental services such as Bixi Montreal, a network of 5,200 bikes at docking stations around the city, make sense because you can grab one whenever you need it.

    Private bike rentals sound like a bit of a logistical nightmare. Spinlister

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  • There's a new push to allow parents to be allowed to choose the gender of their children. Angie Asimus has more.There's a new push to allow parents to be allowed to choose the gender of their children. Angie Asimus has more.

    Brianna, a 27-year-old from Cobourg, Ont., wants to help a gay couple experience the joy that she has every day waking up to her boys.

    Cathy, a 46-year-old from Dieppe, N.B., would like to help parents have a child they are obviously willing to go above and beyond to have.

    Both have listed themselves as potential surrogate mothers on a website that attempts to pair those looking for fertility help with those offering.

    “I am a great mom and I would love to give the gift that I have every day to someone less fortunate,” writes Brianna on surrogatefinder.com.

    They are among a growing number of Canadian women who are willing to offer their wombs to those who cannot conceive or carry their own children but who wish a genetic link.

    “There are more women joining… but there still isn’t enough to meet the need,” says Sally Rhoads-Heinrich, owner of Surrogacy in Canada Online, a website dedicated to connecting would-be surrogates to parents seeking their help.

    She has seen her client load at

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  • A student walks past the bell tower at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., on Monday August 24, 2015.  A student walks past the bell tower at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., on Monday August 24, 2015.

    Earl Phillips is facing a conundrum.

    At the moment, the B.C. Supreme Court is deliberating over whether or not to allow future graduates of Trinity Western University’s proposed school of law, which Phillips is the executive director of, to practice law in the province.

    The point of contention is the Christian school’s community covenant or rather, the portion of the covenant that says community members agree to voluntarily abstain “from the sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”

    It was precisely that wording that prompted the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) to block accreditation of future grads, which resulted in the matter being brought before the courts last week.

    “The TWU covenant is discriminatory because it effectively excludes those in the LGBTQ community and those in common-law relationships,” David Jordan, communications officer for the LSBC told Yahoo Canada via email.

    But the province isn’t the first to have a law

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  • Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and his wife LaureenConservative Leader Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen

    Who says Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t answer to anyone?

    Harper, who is notorious for refusing questions from the media, took part Tuesday in a Facebook question and answer session live from Facebook’s Toronto office. (His political rivals NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took part in Facebook Q&As last month.)

    It was a change of course for the Conservative leader, who notably has posted the sum total of zero replies on his social media accounts.

    Most of the questions and comments read largely like a Top 10 list of Tory hits: reducing the federal debt, abolishing the Senate, the threat of the Islamic State and economic growth.

    Harper, who is seeking a fourth term, responded to questions ranging from medicare funding to veteran’s affairs. Whether he answered them in his carefully crafted responses is a matter of interpretation.

    “I voted for you last election my only concern being a Canadian veteran I receive a PTSD pension. I’m a Harper supporter but I

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  • Gregor Robertson, John Tory want 'flexible' private sector role in transit fundGregor Robertson, John Tory want 'flexible' private sector role in transit fund

    Big city mayors are working together to bring more Syrian refugees to their cities, amid new poll results that show nearly one in two Canadians want the country to accept more Syrians than previously promised by the federal government.

    Efforts from Canadian mayors includes a personal promise from Toronto Mayor John Tory to co-sponsor a refugee family and a motion Tuesday from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson asking the federal government to increase its commitment to accept refugees.

    "The discussion has been very positive," Tory told Yahoo Canada News about his talks with mayors across the country. "People are looking for a role they can play."

    Monday’s poll by Mainstreet Research suggests that Canadians feel strongly about resettling more Syrian refugees. Forty-eight per cent of the 2,506 respondents indicated the country should accept at least 30,000 Syrian refugees, and 13 per cent said the number should be between 20,000 and 30,000. 

    Additionally, 48 per cent of respondents felt

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  • In a world of hybrids and mashups, where editors mix songs with other songs, and movies with other movies, video mashups are becoming quite popular online. But one video editor has proven that his skills are sharper than the rest, with his latest video mashup titled “Hell’s Club.”

    Antonio Maria Da Silva of AMDS Films has just released his latest video and it is by far his best yet, already receiving more than 2 million views on YouTube in under a week.

    The young filmmaker has diligently fused together iconic characters into one flawless dance club fight scene, joining together characters from “Saturday Night Fever,” “Robocop,” “The Mask,” “Blade,” “Scarface,” “The Terminator” and the list goes on and on. 

    The video’s introduction reads, “There is a place where all fictional characters meet. Outside of time, outside of all logic. This place is known as Hell’s Club. But this club is not safe.” But with the film’s dark and mysterious setting, and impressive guest list, it definitely seems

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  • STAPLES Center gets ready for LA Kings season

    "We use approximately 10,000 gallons of water within a three-day period."

    With hockey season just around corner, ice preparations have begun.

    And turning a blank concrete slab into an ice rink appears to include some old-school methods, such as markers, paint, rulers and stencils.

    Early Monday morning, operation staff at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles were busy getting the ice rink ready for the upcoming 2015-16 LA Kings season.

    Footage from the STAPLES Center was posted on YouTube, giving us a glimpse into the process of building an official ice hockey rink.

    “To make ice for the NHL [National Hockey League] season, we use approximately 10,000 gallons of water within a three-day period,” operation manager, George Rios, told LAKings.com.

    From the white-layered base to the hand-made logos, it takes several days to complete.

    “We spray clear water for two days, just building the thickness of the ice. It has to come up to one-inch to one-inches-and-a-half to reach NHL regulations,” Rios told LAKings.com. “We only make ice once a year and that same ice stays

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  • If you gotta go, sometimes you just have to go… 

    That seemed to be the case for a Conservative candidate running in Scarborough, when he was caught on a hidden camera urinating in a coffee mug.

    The footage is of Jerry Bance, who is caught urinating in a customer’s mug, when he was working as a service technician.  The footage originally aired on CBC’s Marketplace in 2012 and resurfaced Sunday night.

    Bance was filmed during an episode of CBC’s investigative series Marketplace, which was trying to catch bad contractors. Bance is seen peeing into a coffee cup before dumping its contents into the sink he was supposed to be fixing.  

    “I deeply regret my actions on that day. I take great pride in my work and the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person,” Bance told CBC News.

    After the story broke Sunday night, it didn’t take long for a steady stream of urine-inspired jokes to surface under the hashtag #peegate.

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  • Store owner seeks alleged thieves of Run for the Cure donation box

    “The fact is they stole it from people who really do need it.”

    (Facebook/Mom's Country Market)(Facebook/Mom's Country Market)

    An unidentified man and woman appear to have stolen a donation box for the CIBC Run for the Cure in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

    The store’s owner has turned to social media for help in catching the two thieves.

    Rebecca Lambe posted a video on The Mom’s Country Market Facebook page on Monday, showing a man in a hat and sunglasses standing near the store’s counter with a woman.

    The man appears to take the pink donation jar and passes it behind his back to the woman, who puts it inside her bag. The two then walk away from the counter.

    “These two came into the store, and with no regret, took what we have raised so far,” Lambe wrote on Facebook.

    Lambe says the incident occurred around 2:38 p.m on Sunday.

    An employee messaged her at home asking her about the missing donation jar and whether she took it with her, The Chronicle Herald reports.

    Lambe then watched the surveillance video, which allegedly revealed the two thieves taking the donation box. 

    “I know how fast something can grow. I’m

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