• Neighbours buy furniture for Sikh who removed turban to save boy hit by car

    "Is this… it’s the biggest surprise of my life.”

    This story of a Sikh man who removed his turban to save a boy’s life quickly went viral.This story of a Sikh man who removed his turban to save a boy’s life quickly went viral.

    Earlier this week, we shared the viral story of a Sikh man who removed his turban to save the life of Daejon Pahia, 6, who had been hit by a car.

    According to TVNZ, in the days since 22-year-old Harman Singh’s story made headlines, “karma has come back” to reward him for his good deed.

    Singh, from India, is currently living in Auckland, New Zealand, taking a business course. When a news channel visited his home in the days following his significant gesture, viewers were upset to see that his home was sparsely furnished.

    Singh’s flatmate, Ravi, and a local furniture outlet decided to do something about it: they surprised him with a van filled with furniture, rendering Singh temporarily speechless.

    “We got you some furniture!” Ravi yelled. “A lounge suite, a bed and a coffee table, for all the good that you’ve done.”

    Harman Singh, 22, has been praised for helping an injured child. Harman Singh, 22, has been praised for helping an injured child. “Thank you, thanks a lot. I’m very happy,” Singh said, moved by the unexpected generosity. "Is this… it’s the biggest surprise of my life.”

    Earlier this week, Singh was

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  • 'My wish to see the world': BC canoeists find ashes with message in a bottle

    “And on the other side is a photo of a man and it says 'Celebration of Life.’"

    A canoe team member holds up a bottle containing ashes and a message. (Facebook/Canoe to Ketchikan)A canoe team member holds up a bottle containing ashes and a message. (Facebook/Canoe to Ketchikan)

    The ‘Soggy Beavers,’ a competitive canoe team, recently found a bottle bobbing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

    Inside, they found a message and what appeared to be human ashes.

    “It says something along the lines of, ‘If you find this, please throw it back in the ocean. My last wish was to see the world,’ Russell Henry, a member of the team, told CBC News. “And on the other side is a photo of a man and it says 'Celebration of Life.’”

    The team nicknamed the remains “Ash” — and decided to honour the request.

    Next month, the Soggy Beavers will bring the bottle with them on their weeklong 1,200-kilometre race from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska.

    “There’s really no way he’s going to see much of the world (in the harbour),” Henry told CTVNews.ca.

    “We don’t know who this man was, or exactly what his wishes were, but a tour up the entire BC coast and a jump start on this final journey of his seems like one small way to pay our respects,” the team posted on Facebook. 

    The team

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  • Two day hikers in the Whistler Mountain alpine with Fitzsimmons, Overloard and Fissile mountains behind are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Paul MorrisonTwo day hikers in the Whistler Mountain alpine with Fitzsimmons, Overloard and Fissile mountains behind are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Paul Morrison
    It’s one of the most popular ski destinations in the world and, after this month, Whistler-Blackcomb will be smoke-free.

    As of May 31, tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes and vaporizers will be prohibited anywhere on the mountain, including chairlifts, ski runs, hiking and biking trails and parking lots.

    It’s a move resort president Dave Brownlie says fits with Whistler-Blackcomb’s healthy, family-oriented philosophy.

    It’s also a move spurring debate over the new wave in tobacco control – prohibition in outdoor spaces or even city-wide bans.

    “A lot of these restrictions on outdoor areas are simply driven by the community,” Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “As people become accustomed to smoke-free areas, they’re not accustomed to being exposed to a smoky place so they don’t like it – even just as a nuisance.”

    Since smoking was reluctantly banned in hospitals and retail stores in 1976, Canada has seen some of the toughest

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  • Ducklings try to cross race course during a 2013 IndyCar practice. (Screengrab/YouTube)Ducklings try to cross race course during a 2013 IndyCar practice. (Screengrab/YouTube)

    The urge to protect and rescue the helpless is ingrained in most human beings, so you can understand the reflex some motorists have to stop when they see some confused waterfowl on a busy roadway.

    But should they? The answer experts give is no in most instances.

    Toronto police actually closed a section of the busy Don Valley Parkway, the main artery into downtown, last Sunday to allow a Canada goose and her goslings to cross the expressway. The incident produced a couple of humorous tweets from the department.

    Police spokeswoman Const. Caroline de Kloet said the the decision to act as wildlife crossing guards for the little critters likely stemmed from concern for their safety and the potential mayhem of drivers moving at freeway speeds trying to dodge the gaggle of birds. Or, god forbid, someone stops.

    The consequences of that were demonstrated in Quebec five years ago when a woman stopped her car in the left-hand lane of a provincial highway to try to corral some motherless

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  • Detroit gym teacher donates kidney to high school senior

    On Tuesday, 18-year-old A’Ja Booth returned to her Detroit high school with a new kidney.

    Students celebrated Booth’s return by throwing confetti in her direction as she walked down a red carpet in West Side Academy’s gym. She was arm-in-arm with her kidney donor: gym teacher Nadirah Muhammad.

    Muhammad, 39, gave Booth a kidney in December.

    “I’m really thankful and blessed for receiving a kidney from Ms. Muhammad. I cannot thank her anymore than anything she has done for me. I look at her as my second mother,” Booth told her schoolmates.

    "We have been going through this for about a year now, but since I’ve had the kidney, it has been successful, doing what I have to do to take care of it,” she continued. “I can’t thank her enough, she is a blessing.”

    For the last four years, Booth had been leaving class early three days a week to undergo kidney

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  • BC Ferries is about to introduce three new Intermediate Class Ferries. To celebrate these additions to the fleet, BC Ferries and its CEO Mike Corrigan are asking the public to name them.

    “We think a ferry’s name is important because it is a reflection of who we are as a province and the culture we all share. Opening the naming of our ferries to the public and to our employees is an opportunity to engage everyone in this historic event,” Corrigan said in a statement.

    “So please think creatively. Consider the beauty of our coast and the important role our ferries play in reliably and safely transporting people and goods along our coastal waters,” he added.

    And “think creatively” the people did.

    On BC Ferries’ Facebook page, disgruntled customers — the struggling company has been cutting costs and increasing fares — used the contest to let off some steam.

    Needless to say, we don’t see a winner in the bunch.

    Some of the witty suggestions so far:

    • Queen of No Other Choice
    • The Spirit of
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  • NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is ready to face the prime minister wherever debates take place.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is ready to face the prime minister wherever debates take place.
    Canada isn’t quite in official election mode, but the topic of leaders’ debates is already at the centre of an exhausting debate.

    The Conservative Party said it’s opting out of the typical TV debate format run by the broadcast consortium — a group of Canada’s major TV networks — so this time around things promise to be different.

    The consortium, which includes CBC, Radio-Canada, CTV and Global, announced Thursday that there’s a tentative agreement for two televised debates with the leaders of the NDP, Liberal Party, Green Party and Bloc Quebecois (for one debate in French). No word on whether the Conservatives are at all interested.

    There’s a lot more up the air though, so here’s what you need to know before the writ drops and the election is, officially, in full swing.

    Last chance to see leaders in action

    Once the session in Ottawa wraps up on June 23, Parliament probably won’t reconve for several months with some observers predicting it won’t resume until January. That means once MPs

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  • The ‘elfie’: Elephant grabs BC man’s GoPro camera, snaps epic selfie

    "I couldn’t believe it when I saw how well the photo turned out”

    It's not hard to see why this photo quickly went viral. (Instagram/Christian Leblanc)It's not hard to see why this photo quickly went viral. (Instagram/Christian Leblanc)

    They're calling it the "elfie."

    UBC student Christian LeBlanc, 22, spent the last semester on an exchange program in Bangkok, Thailand.

    About two months ago, he and his girlfriend, Laura Reid, stopped at an elephant sanctuary on the side of the road on Koh Phangan Island, bought a basket of bananas and started feeding an elephant.

    When he ran out of the snack, however, the elephant turned its attention to LeBlanc’s GoPro camera.

    “I didn’t even have time to think. It all happened so fast,” LeBlanc told CBC News.

    “I was taking photos and feeding the elephant bananas until I ran out of bananas and the elephant grabbed my GoPro while the camera was set to ‘timelapse,’” LeBlanc wrote to Global News in an email. “This allowed the camera continuous shooting and enabled it to take the ‘elphie’! Couldn’t believe it when I saw how well the photo turned out.”

    In the well-framed photo, both LeBlanc and the elephant appear to be posing for the camera.

    When he posted the elephant’s self portrait

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  • Chloe Cross was fed up. Fed up with her school’s dress code, fed up with being harassed by boys, fed up with being punished for what she wore. But she didn’t run to the media or get her parents to complain; she found a sly, funny and much more effective way of getting her message across that she shouldn’t be shamed for her clothing.

    Cross posted a picture to Tumblr of her yearbook from San Mateo High School, about 20 miles south of San Francisco, with a senior quote that struck at the core of every young girl’s argument that dress codes are sexist and send the wrong message.


    It read, "I would just like to apologize to those who were unable to graduate with the class of 2015 because they were too distracted by my midriff and consequently failed all of their classes! xoxo"

    The Tumblr post might have gone unnoticed, but it was picked up by Amandla Steinberg, a young actor who starred as Rue in the "Hunger Games" films. Before she knew it, Cross’s post had gone viral.

    Yahoo Canada talked

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  • NDP on ‘charm offensive’ with young MPs

    The NDP is looking to build momentum ahead of what promises to be a tough federal election fight by touting the positives of some of the party’s rising stars.

    And their blitz has been focused on four individuals in particular: MPs Charmaine Borg, Matthew Dubé, Mylène Freeman and Laurin Liu, who made appearances on national TV programs in Toronto.

    Known as the “McGill Four” — all four Quebec MPs who were elected in 2011 while attending McGill  — have what York University professor Dennis Pilon says is an inspiring story.

    When Borg, Dubé, Freeman and Liu were elected, along with other first time MPs from Quebec, there were plenty of concerns about their lack of experience. But so far, the MPs have proven many of those concerns were unwarranted.   

    “Obviously the party wants to capitalize whatever positive associations they can with these MPs,” Pilon told Yahoo Canada News.

    “The public responds very positively to stories that focus on youth doing politics,” he added. “That’s obviously a

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