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    The dogs were kept in a long cement corridor divided into side-by-side barred compartments; Finn Bannerman knew instantly that this was not where they wanted to leave Bruce, their one-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd, border collie mix.

    "My clearest memory is just the noise,” Bannerman says. “There was a lot of barking. There did seem to be a lot of dogs in one room. They each had their own space but it was quite small."

    Having travelled with Bruce from Toronto to Virginia to attend a friend's wedding, Bannerman was not able to visit the kennel prior to leaving him there and because of the hotel's no-dog policy they had no choice but to board him.

    "I found a kennel [online] and it said that they let the dogs play outside quite a bit and it sounded like an okay place. We hadn't left him anywhere prior to this and upon getting to the kennel, we didn't really get to see much of the space."

    They cringe when they recall picking him up the next day. "A concerning outcome after picking

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  • Norman the one-eyed racehorse, who inspired people and children's books, was euthanized Friday after breaking a leg.Norman the one-eyed racehorse, who inspired people and children's books, was euthanized Friday after breaking a leg.

    A one-eyed horse from Ottawa, who inspired several children’s books, is being remembered this week as a gentle giant that leaves behind a legacy of strength and perseverance.

    Norman the one-eyed horse, who died Friday, was once known as Alydeed’s Leader, bred to race like his ancestors.

    The brown beauty came from Canadian racing royalty: his grandfather, Northern Dancer, is considered to be one of the most successful sires of the 20th century, having won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. His father, Alydeed, won the Canadian Queen’s Plate in 1992.

    In his professional career, which took him from Calgary to Fort Erie, Ont., Norman won two races and placed either second or third in 15.

    “He wasn’t very fast but he was a very big racehorse,” his owner Heather Young tells Yahoo Canada News. “He was just this massive animal with the biggest heart and chose to be gentle even though he’d been through a lot.”

    Young first met her beloved companion in 2010. She was visiting the Heaven

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  • Not everyone can be the next Jack White, but playing the guitar – or piano, or violin – can make students smarter in lots of other areas, according to science.

    New research from Northwestern University in Chicago suggests learning and playing music sharpens other cognitive skills in young minds – including listening and language.

    “Results showed that students who were the most actively engaged in making music – those who attended class more frequently, those who were judged by their teachers as more engaged, and those who played an instrument rather than taking a music appreciation class – showed greater neural improvement,” Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, told Yahoo News.

    She noted that best improvement was shown in students who studied music consistently for at least two years.

    “Music, then, can’t be thought of as a quick fix.”

    Kraus and her team found intriguing structural similarities between sound waves and brain waves.

    “If you take a

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  • Baby’s first words shock his parents

    "My baby boy Ben said 'I love you' for the first time"

    A child’s first words are always a heart-warming moment for any parent.

    And thankfully, the camera was rolling to capture this baby’s adorable first complete sentence and his dad’s shocked reaction.

    YouTubeuser Ted Moskalenko from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, posted a video on his channel of his three-month-old baby boy saying “I love you.”

    Moskalenko is seen in the short clip holding the infant, named Ben, on his lap and making baby sounds. The two go back and forth babbling, and then the dad tells his three-month-old that he loves him.

    At first there’s complete silence and then Ben looks up at his dad and says “I love you” back. 

    Moskalenko appears to be shocked as he smiles and looks up at his wife, who is filming the unexpected special moment. 

    Although Ben’s first words are a little garbled, both his parents think it counts. 

    Posting alongside the video, Moskalenko wrote: “My baby boy Ben said 'I love you' for the first time.” 

    Ted’s wife, Michelle, commented on the video saying

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  • It's not uncommon for a rapper to drop the microphone before leaving the stage, but then again, Kanye West is far from your typical performer. 

    After weeks or vitriol and petitions aimed at preventing Kanye from performing at the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, it appears the Internet still has plenty to say about the outspoken rapper. But in the Twittersphere’s defence, Kanye pretty much teed this one up for us. 

    Last night, the rapper took the stage during the closing ceremonies at the Roger Centre in Toronto and his performance, even though it was cut short, left the internet buzzing. 

    His set was filled with classics like “Stronger,”  “Power,” “Gold Digger,” and “All Of The Lights.” 

    West began the performance with a small spotlight on him, but eventually the house lights came on, revealing the lone rapper with his blue shirt and ripped jeans on the stage with no backup singers and no visual effects. 

    A fairly modest backdrop for the one who calls himself a "genius," but it was the

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  • If Toronto is looking for a follow-up party to the Pan Am Games, the city should look at hosting the Commonwealth Games. That’s the advice from a business expert who has studied the economics of the Olympic Games.

    “If you want to have a party, try hosting the Commonwealth Games. It’s a cheaper party,” says Tsur Somerville, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Affordability is all relative, he tells Yahoo Canada News.

    Toronto and Ontario could, no doubt, find the resources to host the largest athletic competition in the world given the speculation last week about a possible 2024 Olympic bid.

    “The question is whether that’s the best use of resources,” he says. “My advice to Toronto would be Toronto and Ontario have a whole bunch of things that they’re in debt on, that they need to spend money on that strike me as more important. I think I’d get my electrical and transport situation worked out first and then worry about the Olympics.”


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  • Lieutenant delivers epic message to culprit who burglarized his favourite lunch spot

    “If you’re the man that committed this felony, look at me son – I’m talking to you."

    Lieutenant Higgins wasn’t happy to hear that someone burglarized his favourite lunch eatery.

    Higgins, who works for the St. Landry Perish Sherriff’s Department in Louisiana, took to the city’s Crime Stoppers to share a few choice words for the culprit.

    “If you’re the man that committed this felony, look at me son – I’m talking to you,” Higgins says with his hands firmly on his belt.

    “We’re going to identify you, arrest you and put you in a small cell.”

    And after all of the day’s work has been done and justice has been served, Higgins vows to wind down with a cheeseburger, fries and Coke at the very supermarket (Shelly’s) that the culprit burglarized.

    “Meanwhile, your next meal will be served through a small hole in a cell door,” he says matter-of-factly.

    And although the police have found DNA on the rock the offender used to smash the window and have a “perfect boot print,” Higgins realizes the popularity of his coverage, and hopes to use it to catch the criminal.


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  • Teen’s poem about ‘bad day’ goes viral after London man finds it in a bar

    “Words from the heart enter the heart. I think Chanie’s sincerity was felt through her words.”

    Chanie Gorkin's poem has quickly taken the Internet by storm. (Photo: Twitter/@ronniejoiceChanie Gorkin's poem has quickly taken the Internet by storm. (Photo: Twitter/@ronniejoice

    Depending on which way you read this poem, it quite literally has two very different messages, and it is this kind of creativity that has caused Chanie Gorkin’s work to go viral. 

    Gorkin, 16, is from Beth Rivkah High School in the Crown Heights area in Brooklyn, New York. 

    Last year, she wrote the poem for a high school assignment about a bad day. Thanks to social media this week, a snapshot of the poem has gone viral after a stranger found it in bar.

    It was first posted on PoetryNation by Gorkin and it somehow made its way across the Atlantic Ocean to a bar in London, England, where Ronnie Joice saw it pinned onto the wall. He decided to share the inspirational poem with his followers on Twitter and it quickly took off from there.

    When reading the poem from top to bottom it casts a dark message, which starts with “today was the absolute worst day ever.” It gets more and more depressing as each line is read.

    But a

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  • Reports this past week of car hacking in Missouri and of camera hacking in southwestern Ontario illustrate just how vulnerable users of wirelessly connected devices can be.

    “Anything that goes out over the airwaves can be hacked,” said Chris Menary, a security expert and president of Toronto-based Menary Group Inc. 

    In the car hacking, attackers took control of a Jeep Cherokee on a busy highway killing the engine and bringing it to a sudden halt.

    It was actually an exercise for Wired magazine by two security experts using a laptop and Wi-Fi to send code through a backdoor in the vehicle’s entertainment system forcing the moving Jeep Cherokee to a halt.

    Last year, the same security experts, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, revealed 20 of the “most hackable” vehicles — putting the auto industry on notice.

    The automaker announced Friday a recall of 1.4 million vehicles to ensure owners have updated security. 

    While hackers hijacking our cars is scary — there’s little that frightens

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  • Festival goers enjoy the sunshine at Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2015 in England. (Getty Images)Festival goers enjoy the sunshine at Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2015 in England. (Getty Images)

    Party animals were acting more like litterbugs at a recent music festival in B.C.

    Dealing with litterbugs and the vast quantities of garbage created at summer events, from music fests to running races, is an ongoing challenge, acknowledge several music festival organizers from around the country.

    A photo posted to Facebook by Keith Harasymiw of the aftermath at the Pemberton Music Festival in late July hit a nerve with Canadians after it was picked up by several media outlets.

    Many festivalgoers had the gall not only to leave their litter scattered around the stunning B.C. Coast Mountain camping area, but also left behind air mattresses, coolers and a red-and-white Canada camping chair. Oh, Canada, indeed.


    The atrocious mess inspired Harasymiw to post the photo with this scarcastic comment:

    “Great job on picking up after yourselves at Pembyfest. Glad to see how much you all love your gorgeous BC. #Pembyfest #disgracefulmess”

    He later posted another photo of the

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