• Halifax bus driver helps wandering husky find her way home

    “Keiko was as good as gold. She just has a beautiful temperament"

    Keiko's adorable photo from the Halifax bus. (Facebook)Keiko's adorable photo from the Halifax bus. (Facebook)

    On Tuesday afternoon, Gerry O’Donnell welcomed an unlikely passenger onto her Halifax Transit No. 10 bus.

    At a bus stop, the bus driver saw a passenger holding onto a 2-year-old husky which, moments earlier, had been dodging cars on a busy road. The passenger told O’Donnell that animal control was on its way.

    “The passenger told me that the dog almost got hit by two cars and of course my heart sank,” O’Donnell, who owns two dogs, told the Chronicle Herald. “Huskies are runners and I knew she had probably made it out of her yard.”

    The passenger needed to get to Halifax — and O’Donnell was certain animal control wouldn’t be there for a while — so O’Donnell “broke the golden rules” and allowed the husky, named Keiko, onto her bus.

    “Keiko was as good as gold,” she said. “She just has a beautiful temperament.”

    “I knew she was well taken care of and well loved and I just wanted her to get back home.”

    At the end of her run, O’Donnell took a photo of the dog and shared it with the Nova Scotia

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  • Friends and family launch online fundraiser for dying Toronto man’s wedding

    Solomon Chau eternally thankful as crowdfunding campaign tops $40K

    Solomon Chau and his fiancée Jennifer Carter. (GoFundMe)Solomon Chau and his fiancée Jennifer Carter. (GoFundMe)

    As Solomon Chau gazes into his fiancée's eyes, you can hardly tell that he has just months to live.

    Late last month, the 26-year-old chef from Toronto learned that tumours had regrown on his liver — he had emergency surgery over Christmas after a tumour ruptured — and had spread throughout his body.

    He likely wouldn’t live until his August nuptials with fiancée Jennifer Carter.

    So Chau’s friends and family stepped in, determined to make a wedding happen as soon as possible — including an “unforgettable trip” for the couple.

    “On behalf of Solomon, and in reaching out to the GoFundMe community, Solomon’s family and friends wish to give this beautiful couple the chance to have their wedding as soon as possible in a time of Solomon’s good health, and to give Solomon a chance to take part in as many of life’s joys and experiences as possible,” they wrote.

    “We’re just trying to keep (Chau’s) spirits high, and do as much as we can for him and Jenn,” close friend and fundraiser Samantha Eek

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  • TSB investigators and airport firefighters work at the crash site of Air Canada AC624. (Canadian Press)TSB investigators and airport firefighters work at the crash site of Air Canada AC624. (Canadian Press)

    There’s been predictable speculation about why an Air Canada jet touched down short of the runway during a snow storm at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport early last Sunday morning, much of it focusing on the pilots’ actions.

    The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) wrapped up its investigation of the crash site Tuesday and now begins its analysis of the Airbus A320’s voice and flight-data recorders, as well as other evidence including weather conditions, condition of the plane’s flight systems and airport services.

    Barring an interim report or recommendations, it could be a year before the TSB issues its final verdict on what caused Air Canada flight 624, with 133 passengers and five crew aboard, to radically miss its approach to Runway 5.

    The jet collided with the runway’s instrument-landing system (ILS) array and touched down more than a thousand feet short of the runway threshold before briefly rising back into the air. It bounced onto the runway, losing its landing gear and

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  • The federal government imposed a moratorium on the use of temporary foreign workers in the fast-food industry.The federal government imposed a moratorium on the use of temporary foreign workers in the fast-food industry.


    Groups who offer services to refugees are bracing for an influx of “underground” migrants following the April 1 deadline for thousands of temporary foreign workers to leave the country.

    Many of those workers don’t want to leave, says Loly Rico, president of the Canadian Council for Refugees.

    Already, agencies that serve refugees and undocumented migrants have seen an influx, she says.

    “We see cases of people coming and looking for options,” says Rico, who works at FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto.

    There are few and some, if not many, of those people will stay without , she says.

    “It is a concern for us,” Rico tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “Not everybody will have access to services because most services are provided through the provinces and not all provinces provide services to people without status. It’s also a concern because some of them are here with family … They’re in a very vulnerable situation because they can be exploited.”

    Under a 2011 change to the temporary foreign worker program,

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    Last summer, Brandon Heyman, 9, vowed to save 17-year-old thoroughbred mare Karazan after learning that the former racehorse had been purchased by a meat buyer and was destined for the slaughterhouse.

    The young redhead spotted the horse on a rescue website and immediately wanted to help her.

    "I was looking at the NYNE (Need You Now Equine) website one night and Brandon asked about this one cute red horse on the screen,” Brandon’s mother, MJ Allen, told the Whig. “I told him the horse didn’t have any place to go and what will probably happen to it.”

    “[That’s] when he said, ‘Mummy, my birthday’s coming up. Just give my birthday money to them. I don’t want the horse to die,’” Allen told Off Track Thoroughbreds.

    “I did it because nobody else was going to buy her,” Brandon said of asking that his birthday money be spent on the horse. “And I saw her hair was the same, exact colour as my hair. And I wanted to save her because I love horses.”

    Brandon’s mother was so impressed with the request

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  • Justice Minister Peter MacKay (left), Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney, CSIS director Michel Coulombe and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson arrive at the Commons public safety committee hearing witnesses on Bill C-51, Anti-terrorism Act on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday March 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldJustice Minister Peter MacKay (left), Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney, CSIS director Michel Coulombe and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson arrive at the Commons public safety committee hearing witnesses on Bill C-51, Anti-terrorism Act on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday March 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld


    Not one of the more than 100 amendments submitted by opposition parties to try and change the government’s much-criticized anti-terror bill were adopted as a House of Commons committee wrapped up its study of the legislation

    During a clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-51 that ran late into Tuesday evening, the public safety and national security committee voted down all the amendments proposed by the NDP, Liberals and Green Party.

    The bill on the whole was passed in committee with Conservatives and Liberals voting in favour, and the NDP against.

    NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison said the Conservatives used their majority on the committee to block any changes.

    “I’m frustrated on behalf of Canadians because 45 out of 49 witnesses called for significant changes of the bill and we didn’t get any,” Garrison tells Yahoo Canada News on Wednesday.

    The committee began studying C-51 near the beginning of March and sat through, what may have seemed like to some, a lightning speed

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  • The following is not an April Fools’ joke. It’s just a sweet love story involving a crate of pineapple juice.

    In 1979, Gordon MacDonald, then 27, was stocking shelves at a Sydney, Nova Scotia, grocery store when he spotted a note placed inside a box of pineapple-juice cans.

    It was from Gilda Feliciano, 29, a woman who was working at a Del Monte factory in the Philippines.

    “I cut the case open…and I found this little piece of paper,” MacDonald told CTVNews.ca. “I opened it up and it had a note on it saying ‘pen pal wanted,’ and the date had been 11 months since the letter had been written.”

    The grocery clerk wrote Feliciano back, starting what was to become a long-distance friendship. For two-and-a-half years, MacDonald and Feliciano wrote letters — eventually every day — which led to exchanging audio tapes and making long-distance phone calls.

    Then, without having met Feliciano in person, MacDonald proposed.

    “MacDonald, 29, leaves for the Philippines this week to wed a woman he knows

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  • An actress performs during the 15 22 performance opposing violence against women in front of Chigi palace in Rome September 25, 2013. Italy's government imposed stricter measures in August to combat violence against women. No official statistics exist on the number of murders of women in Italy, but Telefono Rosa (15 22), a domestic violence support group, said that last year 124 women were killed by men because of their gender, most by current or former partners. REUTERS/Remo Casilli (ITALY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)An actress performs during the 15 22 performance opposing violence against women in front of Chigi palace in Rome September 25, 2013. Italy's government imposed stricter measures in August to combat violence against women. No official statistics exist on the number of murders of women in Italy, but Telefono Rosa (15 22), a domestic violence support group, said that last year 124 women were killed by men because of their gender, most by current or former partners. REUTERS/Remo Casilli (ITALY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)
    A study of more than a thousand mothers over a decade found that the women who suffered spousal abuse were twice as likely to develop depression and three times as likely to develop psychotic symptoms of mental illness as those where weren’t the victims of domestic violence.

    The joint study the University of Montreal and King’s College in the United Kingdom found four in 10 women were victims of domestic violence in that time.

    “In addition to the experience of physical injury, there is an increased risk for those women to experience mental illness,” Isabelle Ouellet-Morin, author of the study and a researcher at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The results are not surprising, says Ouellet-Morin.

    But while there has long been evidence that domestic violence increases the risk of depression and mental illness in women, she says this study pinpoints that link.

    The team has been tracking the mothers of twins in the United Kingdom for more

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  • John Oliver urges his 'Last Week Tonight' viewers to boycott April Fools' Day. John Oliver urges his 'Last Week Tonight' viewers to boycott April Fools' Day.

    Be careful out there, folks. Anything you read this morning could be a lie.

    For example: Grammy Award winner Sam Smith “is straight.” BMW is producing mouth guards. Simon Cowell is going to appear on bank notes. And the Fiat 500 is getting smaller, thanks to the Fiat 499.

    Here are some of the best April Fools' Day gags we’ve seen online so far.

    WestJet #SmartSeats

    WestJet has done it again. This time, the airline is announcing a new way to board its planes: SmartSeats.

    Your seats in the boarding lounge are also your seats on the plane.

    It might be a joke, but we actually like the idea.

    Google Maps’ Pac-Man

    April Fools’ often brings out the goofy side of a tech titan such as Google.

    This year, we can play Pac-Man on Google Maps. Simply go to Google Maps, find an urban area with plenty of roads, and click the Pac-Mac icon on the bottom left of the screen. You’ll never look at your neighbourhood the same way again. (Good luck getting any work done today.)

    Dominos' driverless delivery

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  • (via Entrepreneur)(via Entrepreneur)

    It’s funny how inured we’ve become to spam, the bane of our digital lives, in less than a generation.

    We’ve learned to be on guard not just for the equivalent of the junk that clogs our front-door snail-mailbox but also for cunningly disguised malware, akin to getting a envelope full of anthrax through the mail slot each day.

    It’s taken almost a decade for government to implement legislation designed to reduce it at least a little, but even the enforcers say it’s still up to us to police our own computers, smartphones and other vulnerable devices.

    Canadian anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into effect last July, two years after it passed Parliament, which was preceded by nine years of work. The two-year gap gave the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) time to prepare for its new role as an Internet cop and for businesses using the web to figure out how to comply.

    So far the CRTC has concluded only two investigations, both announced in March. Compu-Finder

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