• A technician strips back an ethernet cable at a Utah home as part of Google Fiber services. (Reuters)A technician strips back an ethernet cable at a Utah home as part of Google Fiber services. (Reuters)

    If you're tired of waiting for your TV shows or movies to finish downloading, you can now take advantage of Canada's fastest internet.

    Released last week, Bell has started to roll out its premium Gigabit Fibe internet service which promises up to 940 megabits per second now and up to 1000 megabits per second or faster in 2016. To put that into perspective, you'll be able to download a 3 GB high-definition movie in about 25 seconds, your favourite music album in half a second or a 500 MB TV show in less than 5 seconds.

    “Gigabit Fibe is tomorrow’s technology, offering consumers the Internet access speeds that will enable them to take full advantage of online advancements into the future,” wrote Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential Services, in a press release.

    In short, it's four times faster than its closest competition but it's also a service that could burn a hole in your wallet. As of now, existing Bell Fibe customers in Ontario and Quebec can upgrade to the newer speed for

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  • Kenyan President pays travel costs for girl with rare condition to have surgery in Canada

    The good news comes after thousands of dollars were stolen from a previous fundraising effort

    Fidelis Muthoni (L) is getting some much needed help from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.Fidelis Muthoni (L) is getting some much needed help from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    A Kenyan baby who’s receiving treatment in Canada for a rare condition is getting help from a powerful player. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is donating Sh500,000 (approximately C$6,300) to the family of baby Fidelis Muthoni, who’s in Canada to get surgery for frontal encephalocele.

    The condition is a rare disorder where the bones of the skull do not fully close, leading it to create a gap through which cerebral spinal fluid, brain tissue and the meninges – the membrane that covers the brain – can protrude into a sac-like formation.

    The president announced he was going to help the family after hearing that Sh2.8 million (approximately C$35,672) in funds raised for travel and lodging had been stolen by a conman. Kenyan news also reports that the governor of Murang’a, Mwangi Wairia, donated Sh300,000 (approximately C$3,816) to the family to help facilitate their stay in Canada.

    Canadian doctors offered the baby girl free medical care as long as her family was able to arrive in the

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  • Couple married 60 years celebrates every anniversary by eating wedding cake from 1955

    "It doesn’t have an objectionable taste, but it’s a little dry.”

    (Photo: ThinkStock)(Photo: ThinkStock)

    Every Aug. 19, Ann and Ken Fredericks from Satellite Beach, Florida, crack open a metal Maxwell House Coffee tin to share a bite from the top layer of their original wedding cake.

    “Everybody just looks at us with these amazed looks when they hear about it,” Ann told Florida Today.

    On their wedding day in 1955, Ann’s grandmother made a three-layer fruit cake and had it iced by a baker. They ate most of the cake at their reception but saved the top layer.

    Now, 60 years after they got married, they keep it fresh by pouring brandy over it.

    The Fredericks told ABC News that each year they cover the cake in Saran wrap and put it in the tin, storing it in a closet at room temperature for their next anniversary.

    “Our children are appalled that we would be eating something that’s 60 years old,” she told Florida Today. “But believe me, it’s quite tasty, as long as it’s got enough brandy on it. And it’s never made us sick.”

    But after so many years it’s bound to have affected the cake. 

    “It’s a

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  • (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)(Photo courtesy Thinkstock)

    The public health care system is a source of pride for a majority of Canadians, but a new study from the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute has found that individuals and families aren’t fully appreciating the cost they pay out of their own pockets to access that system.

    In a research bulletin released Thursday, the conservative think tank said Canadians need to better understand how much health care actually costs them personally so they can determine whether they are receiving good value for their tax dollars.

    The research found that in 2015, for six common Canadian family types, the estimate average payment ranges from $3,789 to $12,055.

    Graphic from Fraser Institute report on 'The Price of Public Health Care Insurance' (Fraser Institute)Graphic from Fraser Institute report on 'The Price of Public Health Care Insurance' (Fraser Institute)

    For the average Canadian family over the ten years starting in 2005, the cost of public health care insurance increased 1.6 times faster than average income, 1.3 times as fast as the cost of shelter and 2.7 times as fast as the price they were paying for food.

    Nearly three quarters of Canadians polled in a recent Ipsos Reid survey says that the

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  • Peel police officer facing child pornography charges released on bailPeel police officer facing child pornography charges released on bail

    Craig Wattier, a 30-year veteran of Peel Regional Police and a supervisor in the Technological Crime Unit, was charged this week with fraud and child pornography. The officer has been suspended but he will continue to draw a paycheque as required under current provincial legislation, Peel police chief Jennifer Evans said in a statement.

    Just how long Wattier will remain on suspension — and how many months of salary he’ll accumulate while he does so — remain unknown. The news has brought the controversial issue of officers suspended with pay once again to the fore.

    Several high-profile cases of cops suspended for serious offences who then continued to receive their salary and benefits for months – and sometimes years – have angered the public and police chiefs alike.

    In 2009, David Doel, a high-ranking officer with the Hamilton Police Service, was suspended and soon after charged with having sex on duty, keeping pornography on his work computer, using police cameras to spy for personal

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  • Larry Horwitz will not seek Conservative nomination in Windsor WestLarry Horwitz will not seek Conservative nomination in Windsor West

    A group of street people in Windsor, Ont., are banding together to prove that what they do is valid. The Street Labourers Of Windsor, a.k.a. SLOW, is a union for panhandlers, vendors and street performers.

    Potential members are asked to sign membership cards for the Industrial Workers of the World. The 110-year-old union emphasizes grassroots democracy and doesn’t require its members to have a job.

    Andrew Nellis, a tarot reader who was once the spokesperson for the Ottawa Panhandlers’ Union, organized the group. He told the Windsor Star that the union doesn’t have a hierarchy and that its purpose is to protect each other.

    SLOW holds monthly meetings, in which they develop a code of conduct and address concerns like changing the public’s perspective of them. The union will also act as a liaison between businesses that have problems with particular street workers.

    The union currently has friction with the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (BIA), which paid to erect

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  • Stickers sold by StopHarperStickers.com (courtesy StopHarperStickers.com)Stickers sold by StopHarperStickers.com (courtesy StopHarperStickers.com)

    The message on the stickers couldn’t be clearer: Stop Harper, framed in the shape of the familiar red octagonal road sign. Or just the word Harper, designed to be slapped on a real stop sign, with the added benefit of being bilingual if you’re in Quebec.

    The Stop Harper sticker campaign has become a vandalism nuisance for several Canadian cities from coast to coast, forcing them to repair or replace defaced road signs.

    The stickers first began showing up last year, documented on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. It’s reasonable to think the lengthy federal election campaign could trigger another wave of them.

    While they might seem juvenile, one political scientist suggests they’re an interesting backlash to the slick, stage-managed political advertising we now take for granted.

    Officials in Prince Rupert, on B.C.’s northern coast, reported having to replace a half-dozen signs at more than $50 a throw. On the East Coast a spate of defacements of signs around the University of

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  • The co-owner of FBI Pizza in Toronto says he has retracted a job ad that triggered furious debate online and in the local media yesterday, because, in his words, “the wording could have been misconstrued, and I apologize for that.”

    In the ad, Sean Tanha had specified that applicants for a customer service representative—someone who would take pizza orders by phone—have “no audible accent.”

    On Reddit and Twitter, the owners of FBI Pizza (FBI stands for Full-blooded Italian) were immediately accused of being discriminatory, a label Tanha says he found offensive, even laughable because “it’s so not true.”

    His new job ad will list “strong English skills” as opposed to “no audible accent,” Tanha, tells Yahoo Canada.

    “Listen,” he adds. “I would absolutely consider you if you’re from the UK and you have a very thick British accent, as long as you’re able to take down street names correctly and there are no spelling mistakes or confusion.”

    He insists that his intention was (and still is) to

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  • Toy LIke Me made made these disabled Playmobil toys 'as an offering of friendship' [Facebook/Toy Like Me]Toy LIke Me made made these disabled Playmobil toys 'as an offering of friendship' [Facebook/Toy Like Me]

    Move over Barbie, there are some new dolls in town that strive to make children with disabilities feel included. 

    A range of 3D-printed dolls with walking sticks, hearing aid and birthmarks has been introduced by British toymaker, Makies, after the #ToyLikeMe campaign went viral on social media.

    Melissa Mostyn is behind the campaign run by a group of parents for children with disabilities. They are “calling on the toy industry for better disability representation in toys,” their Facebook profile reads.

    Mostyn is a mother of two from London, England, that knows all too well what it feels like to be different. She was born deaf and now is making sure her daughter, Isobel, who has cerebral palsy, feels like any other child her own age, Global News reports.

    Before the campaign, one of Mostyn’s first designs was a walker for her daughter’s doll, resembling the one Isobel uses. She used lollipop sticks to build the mini-walker.

    “Disabled people live full lives,” she told CBS. “They don’t

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  • Doctors say new research on Lou Gehrig's disease has made a big breakthrough, giving much of the credit to the ALS ice bucket challenge. It became an Internet phenomenon last summer, raising millions of dollars for research. Doctors say new research on Lou Gehrig's disease has made a big breakthrough, giving much of the credit to the ALS ice bucket challenge. It became an Internet phenomenon last summer, raising millions of dollars for research.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge that exploded on social media last summer to help raise money and awareness for ALS research has resulted in a major breakthrough, scientists at Johns Hopkins University say.

    The scientists have reported that they have made a serious break-through in research, which could lead to a cure much sooner. ALS is a rare condition affecting the nervous system.

    Last summer, more than 17 million people worldwide took to Instagram and Facebook to add videos of them dumping water on themselves and then encouraging friends to do the same. All totaled, there was more than $115 million dollars raised.

    Scientists used the funds to research a complex protein called TDP-43, which in more than 90 per cent of ALS cases, is dysfunctional.  In the past, researchers have struggled to understand the role this protein played in maintaining healthy cells.  

    According to a new study published by Johns Hopkins researchers in the journal Science, when protein clumps together within the

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