• Edmonton International Airport is testing a new sensor track system that tracks passengers from the check-in to the gate to help reduce lineups.Edmonton International Airport is testing a new sensor track system that tracks passengers from the check-in to the gate to help reduce lineups.

     

    By Elianna Lev

    The least favourite part of every traveller’s journey — waiting in lineups at the airport — may soon be a long-forgotten memory, thanks to a pilot project that’s being tested at Edmonton International Airport.

    The new technology called QMS (queue management system) tracks passengers through a series of sensor-equipped, ceiling-mounted machines, as they make their way through the airport.

    The machines, which are about the size of a modem, registers passengers as dots on a computer, tracking the time it takes for them to move from the check-in to the gate. If the dots are slow moving, airport staff will send out more screeners or open additional lanes to keep things in motion.

    “These sensors are there to better plan and give us better data,” says Mathieu Larocque, spokesman for Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the federal agency responsible for screening passengers and luggages. “They’re helping with our management and movement of our operations. It

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  • Regardless of which side one stands on in a teacher-administration dispute, it’s almost universally recognized that if at all possible, the kids should be left out of it. But this week, one adult decided to use students at a public school in Toronto to send a message to the teachers inside, by giving them all t-shirts to wear that attacked the teachers’ personal behaviour during the ongoing job action affecting the Toronto District School Board.

    T-shirts reportedly handed out to students at Kew Beach Public School in Toronto. Bev Craig/FacebookT-shirts reportedly handed out to students at Kew Beach Public School in Toronto. Bev Craig/Facebook

    At Kew Beach Junior Public School in Toronto’s affluent Beaches neighborhood on Wednesday, a woman was handing out anti-teacher t-shirts to the students as they entered the school, according to Bev Craig, who has children attending the school. Kew Beach serves students from junior kindergarten through grade six.

    Craig told Yahoo Canada that a grade six student and his mother were handing out the shirts and “encouraging kids to wear them as they walked in the door.” Craig said her 8 year-old son and 10 year-old daughter were both given shirts;

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  • A feisty cat scares away a black bear.A feisty cat scares away a black bear.

    Darlis Elliott is used to the occasional moose or bear sighting from her back porch in Eagle River, Alaska, so she wasn’t surprised when a black bear sauntered up her driveway on Sunday. 

    But her two-year-old cat, Nani, usually a “fraidy-cat”, acted a bit differently, Elliott told Alaska news channel KTUU.

    “We were all kind of watching [the bear] as he came up the back porch and that’s when Nani saw him,” said Elliott.  "She was watching him until he turned his face to the door, and that’s when she pounced.”

    Elliot told KTUU she was surprised her normally-shy cat scared the bear enough to make him fall off the porch.

    Nani did her job well – Elliott said the bear has not been seen since.

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  • Looking into the oddities of the Canada-U.S. border.Looking into the oddities of the Canada-U.S. border.

    Geography may not have been your favourite class growing up but there is a whole lot more to the space that divides Canada and the United States than a mundane bunch of trees. There are so many interesting oddities, in fact, that YouTube educational channel CGP Grey has decided to fill us in.

    In a five minute video, the narrator highlights the wacky, bizarre, and just plain silly aspects of the world’s longest undefended border. The video has been watched over six million times since its release a few years ago.

    Made up of a vast “no touching zone,” the border is made up of over 8,000 markers and follows a vague, zigzagging line through the two countries. The “no touching zone” is six metres wide and almost 9,000 kilometres long, making up one of the most deforested areas in the world.

    What’s more, the video also highlights the historical oddities as well. While that sentence alone may sound yawn-inducing, it is a bit more interesting than it seems. Land disputes, border crossings

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  • Dramatic rescue to free humpback whale off B.C. coast captured on video

    “It was one of the worst entanglements I’ve ever seen. The animal would have died.”

    A still image from the dramatic rescue of a humpback whale caught in fishing netting. (YouTube)A still image from the dramatic rescue of a humpback whale caught in fishing netting. (YouTube)

    A group of recreational boaters spotted the whale tangled in the fishing line and weighed down by prawn traps near Powell River, off the B.C. coast. They caught sight of the whale struggling to breathe and acted fast, reporting the issue to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) late Sunday evening.

    Paul Cottrell from the DFO, told CTV News: “They [the recreational boat crew] saw this humpback, which they thought was really neat, but then quickly realized this animal was in distress and it wasn’t moving.”

    Early the next day, the rescue team set out to locate the whale and set it free. They used their GoPro Camera to capture the hours-long task.

    “It was basically hog-tied. [The rope] was around the tail, all the way up, and through the mouth,” Cottrell told CTV News.

    This incredible rescue effort to free a humpback whale after being trapped in nearly a kilometer of fishing rope was caught on camera.

    The team of volunteers and department staff began cutting through the ropes,

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  • Ikea’s maze-like store layout are as iconic as its meatballs or blue-and-yellow color scheme. But the confusing floor formation could be on the way out.

    Ikea is opening new stores in England to address a common complaint: the stores are too far away. With some shoppers facing a 2-hour commute just to get to the furniture emporium, Ikea is building what it calls “Order and Collection Points,” which would be one-tenth the size of a regular Ikea store, according to the Daily Record. The reduced size would mean it’s impractical to organize the floors with the same all-over-the-place design that we currently see in Ikeas around the world.

    Asked if it would have the maze-like layout, a spokeswoman said: “I can’t say for sure but it is unlikely.”

    The current layout seems haphazard, but a 2011 study by lan Penn, director of the Virtual Reality Centre for the Built Environment at University College London, found there’s actually a very good reason for the sway Ikea sets up its shops.

    “You’re

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  • Ashley MacLean ready for prom after home-invasion shooting. (CBC)Ashley MacLean ready for prom after home-invasion shooting. (CBC)

    For Ashley MacLean-Kearse, the journey to her high school prom has been far from easy, but she was determined to put up a fight.

    Back in November, the 19-year-old was left a quadriplegic after a home-invasion shooting in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She survived the incident but was left fighting to press ahead with her life completely changed. 

    The bullet struck MacLean-Kearse in the spine and left her paralyzed from the chest down. Four people were later arrested on charges including attempted murder.

    “I pretty much had my life ripped away from me,” MacLean-Kearse told the news outlet.

    While in the hospital recovering, MacLean-Kearse continued to complete her school work and fought back to gain some of her old life back. Her goal was to attend her high school prom in June, reports the CBC.

    Yesterday, MacLean-Kearse joined her fellow high school graduates on their special night.

    “She can’t do what she wants to do – get up and dance with her friends, which is how it should’ve been,” her

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  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left to right, NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau are shown in the House of Commons on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left to right, NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau are shown in the House of Commons on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    With a federal election campaign and its pesky spending limits just a few months away, stampede and strawberry festival organizers beware: you’re about to become very popular with politicians.

    With Parliament adjourned for the summer, the pre-campaign campaign is getting underway.

    But in these days of sterile news conferences and a prime minister’s own tightly controlled personal news channel, mixing with the unwashed masses can be a fraught endeavour.

    Do you kiss the babies? Wear the hat?

    “You’re going to see a lot of politicians flipping pancakes over the course of the 10 days of (Calgary) Stampede,” says William McBeath, Manning Centre for Building Democracy’s director of training and marketing. “It’s the time of the year when candidates and elected officials go out and don aprons and start flipping burgers and it can seem a little … clichéd but they do serve a few important purposes.”

    Summer is always a chance for elected representatives to get back to their ridings and talk with

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  • A shark approaches a man as he heads into shallow water.A shark approaches a man as he heads into shallow water.

    What should have been a relaxing time on the ocean quickly turned nerve-wracking for a surfer in Australia on Tuesday.

    Paddling on the water at Sydney’s Manly Beach, the surfer captured a Great White Shark circling him, as he made his way to shallow water. The surfer remained calm and quiet, which is likely what helped keep him safe.

    According to the video’s caption, there have been several shark sightings in Sydney’s northern waters this year, resulting in many beach closures. The last fatal attack in Manly was, however, in 1936, when 14-year old David Paton was killed.

    The video was shot just one week after two teenagers in North Carolina were seriously injured in two separate shark attacks.  On Wednesday, a third child was reported to have been bitten by a shark in Surf City, North Carolina.

    Despite the recent rise of incidents, the chance of being bitten or attacked by a shark are still rare, according to a study published in National Geographic.  

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  • By the time Toronto Pride Week rolls up the last of its rainbow flags and red carpets for another year, it could easily rank as the city's most attended event for 2015. That's a huge win in a city with a cultural calendar as packed and competitive as Toronto's.

    If the success of the last five years is anything to go by, Pride Toronto 2015 can expect to play host to well in excess of a million attendees during its ten-day-long run. Some estimates even put the attendance numbers closer to two million.

    To put that in context, that's two to four times the number of participants for events like the Toronto International Film Festival and the NXNE Music Festival.

    So what's the secret sauce in Pride Toronto's success? We can't know for sure but there's probably an argument to be made for it coming down to a magic mélange of willfulness, restless self-improvement and — frankly — a bloody fine instinct for showing folks a good time. It's been a long road from adversity to legitimacy for

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