• Justin Wong playing during Stunfest 2014. (Flickr/Edouard Hue)Justin Wong playing during Stunfest 2014. (Flickr/Edouard Hue)

    For most people, playing video games is nothing more than a hobby, and the adage of “do what you love” just doesn’t seem to apply to gaming for a living.

    Unless you’re someone like Justin Wong.

    Wong has spent the last 15 years traveling the world playing Street Fighter and other fighting video games professionally, competing in tournaments and becoming one of the most well-known figures in the fighting game community.

    Wong will be in Canada this weekend for the Enthusiast Gaming Live event in Toronto, where competitive gamers from across the country and the world will be competing for prize money. Tournaments range from games like League of Legends and Counter Strike, to fighting games (Wong’s specialty) like the latest Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat games,. There are a dozen different fighting games to pick from in total.

    While the prize money will certainly draw some, for a lot of players, the real appeal is playing in front of the crowds and showcasing your gaming prowess to the

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  • Calgary Stampede advertisement slammed for sexism and lacking diversity

    “It is utterly beyond me what on earth Stampede thinks they’re selling with this ad"

    Screengrab from the Calgary Stampede ad that has irked many. Screengrab from the Calgary Stampede ad that has irked many.

    In the 2015 Calgary Stampede’s new ad, a 46-second clip titled “Champions Buckle Up,” eight people get ready for the city’s annual Stampede.

    The problem? A serious lack of diversity, critics claim. And sexism. (As part of getting ready for the Stampede, the women featured in the ad don “Daisy Duke” shorts and put on mascara.)

    “It is utterly beyond me what on earth Stampede thinks they’re selling with this ad,” Rebecca Sullivan, a social sciences professor at the University of Calgary who specializes in cultural studies told the Calgary Herald, criticizing the ad for focuses on white, able-bodied males at the expense of women, minorities and the disabled.

    “The purpose of the ad is to reflect Stampede’s values,” she added. “The ad reflects some pretty awful values that I don’t think Stampede stands for.”

    Sullivan said that last year’s ad depicted both male and female rodeo competitors and featured a better variety of Stampede participants and visitors.

    “There was total diversity,”

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  • Some Liberal party members are posting photos of destroyed membership cards on social media sites.Some Liberal party members are posting photos of destroyed membership cards on social media sites.
    The Liberal Party’s voting record on Bill C-51 may be rearing its head as sentiments shift among progressive voters in Canada.

    Bill C-51 passed in the House of Commons with a Conservative majority as well as votes in favour from the Liberal caucus, and is now being studied by the Senate. And although the bill is poised to pass and become legislation before the next federal election, pressure continues to mount in opposition.

    Former Liberal supporters are posting photos of their cut up LPC membership cards on social media, in protest of the party’s support of the government’s controversial anti-terror legislation.

    One quick glance at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s Facebook page shows some of the hostility over the party’s stance on the bill. Almost every post on Trudeau’s wall contains comments denouncing the leader’s position.

    The story doesn’t quite end there. According to Sun News’ David Akin, some former Liberal Party members have switched allegiances — and are running for the NDP

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  • A tugboat pulling a transport truck on a barge crosses the harbour beside the container port in Vancouver, British Columbia June 8, 2012.   REUTERS/Andy ClarkA tugboat pulling a transport truck on a barge crosses the harbour beside the container port in Vancouver, British Columbia June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Andy Clark
    There are many questions and no answers forthcoming following an explosive series on criminal activity at Metro Vancouver ports.

    The four-part series from the Vancouver Sun outlines how criminal organizations have infiltrated the ports of Metro Vancouver, and delves into how groups like the Hells Angels gain access.

    The newspaper’s investigation found at least 27 members of the Hells Angels, club affiliates, convicted criminals and other known gangsters work at Metro Vancouver ports.

    “The infiltration of gangsters and criminals into the port workforce is perpetuated by a longtime employment practice that allows existing union members to nominate friends, relatives and associates when new jobs become available,” the newspaper reports in the first part of the series.

    Bill Tieleman, a communications consultant to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of Canada, which represents dock workers, tells Yahoo Canada the organization has no comment on the series at this time.

    Vancouver

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  • Here’s why this photo of a professor holding his student’s baby is going viral.Here’s why this photo of a professor holding his student’s baby is going viral.

    Because she didn’t have anyone to watch her baby for her, an Israeli college student was faced with an awkward decision: miss class or bring her young son to a lecture with her.

    She opted for the latter, and all appeared to be well until the little one started fussing a bit too much.

    The embarrassed student stood up to leave, hoping to sneak out before further disturbing her classmates, but was stopped by her professor.

    The professor offered to hold her crying child for her.

    The child quieted down in the lecturer’s arms as the man continued to teach at the front of the classroom.

    The mom was able to finish the class, the child was happy, and a photo of the prof holding the tyke went viral on Imgur, quickly racking up more than 1 million views. 

    Comments on the “notoriously snarky” site revealed a softer side of the Internet, with most of them praising the professor’s sweet gesture. 

    “I can’t even begin to imagine how much that probably meant to her - knowing that someone valued her

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  • Do you feel healthier in the summer than the winter? Are you stronger, fitter and less likely to get ill in the warmer months?

    It’s not just your imagination. A new study from Cambridge University suggests the reason may be genetic.

    The study, recently published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that over 5,000 human genes – almost a quarter of the more than 22,000 we all carry – show some form of differing seasonal performance level. Many that are crucial to keeping us healthy do their best work come summer.

    “In some ways, it's obvious,” Cambridge professor John Todd, director of the JDRF/Wellcome Trust Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory, told ScienceDaily.com.

    “It helps explain why so many diseases – from heart disease to mental illness – are much worse in the winter months. No one had appreciated the extent to which this actually occurred.”

    "Given that our immune systems appear to put us at greater risk of disease related to excessive inflammation in colder, darker

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  • On the outside, it looks like a typical CUV... (Courtesy Hyundai)On the outside, it looks like a typical CUV... (Courtesy Hyundai)

    The story of the hydrogen fuel-cell car has a frustrating chicken-and-egg quality.

    The FCEV, short for fuel-cell electric vehicle, has been touted as the future of personal zero-emission motoring for the last 20 years.

    And why not? It takes the most plentiful element on Earth, hydrogen, combines it with air and passes them through chemically-activated membranes in the the fuel-cell stack to produce electricity to power the car. The only byproducts when pure hydrogen is used are water and heat.

    The hype around fuel-cells led many to believe we would all be able to buy an FCEV by now. Technological and cost hurdles proved more formidable than expected and public attention shifted to hybrids and battery-powered EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf and the luxury Tesla.

    But the major automakers have stuck with it. They believe FCEVs will offer the range and flexibility of a conventional automobile, something battery EVs can’t do, even with the fastest recharging setups.

    Players such as Honda,

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  • Ridge Quarles didn’t hesitate to help a customer in need. And his good deed is now going viral.

    A few weeks ago, Quarles, then an employee at a Louisville, Kentucky, Qdoba Mexican Grill, helped a regular customer get her order.

    The woman, unnamed in the press, had been dropped off at the fast-food restaurant by a Transit Authority of River City (TARC) bus that helps people with disabilities. Dr. David Jones, a fellow customer, helped her get into the restaurant where Quarles greeted her and helped her through the line.

    “Sadly enough she has to sit outside the restaurant until someone notices her or another customer that’s coming in has to let her into the building,” Quarles told WAVE 3 News, the local NBC station. “By now, she’s actually been in so many times that we know what she likes to eat.”

    Quarles recalled their recent exchange:

    “I had helped her through (the) line and sat her out in the lobby, got her a drink, got her utensils and napkin and kind of started to walk off and I

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  • There are few things as defeating as rounding the home stretch on the last leg of a trip and finding out your flight has been cancelled or you checked in a few minutes too late and now you’re bumped from the flight.

    But don’t despair; you’re protected says the National Airlines Council of Canada – an industry organization representing carriers like Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation and WestJet.

    “NACC member airlines recognize the importance of consumer protection and have adopted the responsibilities and obligations outlined in Flight Rights Canada, the Government of Canada’s air travel consumer protection initiative,” Marc-André O'Rourke, executive director of the NACC told Yahoo Canada via an emailed statement.

    O’Rourke is referring to the passenger-geared initiative launched in 2008, which requires carriers to address concerns including denied boarding as a result of overbooking, delays, cancellations, passenger re-routing, and lost and damaged baggage. “(Except for)

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  • A new report identifies at least seven species of bumble bees found in Canada are at risk.A new report identifies at least seven species of bumble bees found in Canada are at risk.
    Friday is international Endangered Species Day and there was some small bit of good news this week for Canada’s species at risk.

    The Committee on the Status of Endangered Species says the outlook has improved for a precious few.

    The committee met earlier this month to review the status of 20 species and their latest report says the Spiked Saxifrage, a wildflower found only in Yukon and Alaska, has gone from threatened to special concern.

    And the Winter skate population found along Georges Bank on the Western Scotian shelf says the fish has improved from special concern to not at risk.

    “This good news was due to better survey data where we found more individuals (the plant) and findings of relatively large population size and no signs of decline (the fish),” Eric Taylor, a professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia and chairman of COSEWIC, tells Yahoo Canada News.

    But seven species were assessed as endangered, including the warmouth, a freshwater fish found only in the

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