• Last Thursday, in Olivette, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., a 76-year-old woman met her daughter for the first time.

    “There’s nothing greater. There’s nothing greater than this. Nothing,” Zella Jackson-Price, a gospel singer, said of meeting her daughter, Melanie Diane Gilmore, at her home.

    Their reunion was a bittersweet one, filled with unanswered questions.

    Just hours after Jackson-Price gave birth to a premature Gilmore on November 25, 1965, the new mom was told her baby girl had died.

    But she hadn’t.

    Gilmore was very much alive — and was adopted by another family.

    Years passed. And while Jackson-Price believed that her daughter was dead, Gilmore longed to meet her biological mother.

    Gilmore, who lost her hearing in childhood due to an illness, eventually told her children that she wanted to meet her

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  • Canada's wealthiest shape the nation, says report

    Don’t hate the one per cent.

    While much has been made of the growing gap between rich and poor, a new report says the contributions of Canada’s wealthiest families shouldn’t be ignored.

    The study by Toronto-based consultant group Creaghan McConnell Group (which, not incidentally, does estate planning for family businesses) says companies controlled by Canada’s 500 richest families account for $313 billion in revenue in Canada.

    Firms held by business families contributed $6 billion in federal corporate taxes, about 20 per cent of the total in 2012-2013, it says.

    “In recent years, wealth disparity has become a prominent topic in popular media. Conversely, the economic and cultural contributions of business leaders are commonly overlooked,” says the report.

    “Abroad, much fanfare was paid to the Occupy Wall Street movement and associated protests decrying the wealthiest ‘one percent.’

    “We believe the other side of the story needed to be told.”

    In 2010, the top one per cent paid over 20 per

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  • This letter was received by a resident of Toronto's Cabbagetown neighbourhood (Twitter / CityNews)This letter was received by a resident of Toronto's Cabbagetown neighbourhood (Twitter / CityNews)

    Toronto's historic Cabbagetown is, for the most part, a lovely, tree-lined neighbourhood of pristine 19th-century homes with well-sculpted gardens, a relaxed oasis on the eastern edge of the city's bustling downtown core. It also boasts a tightly-knit community of residents proud  and defensive of its Old World charms.

    As a result, the neighbourhood hosts walking tours, street festivals and even a garden tour. And for one resident, that evidently means nothing ought to disrupt Cabbagetown's heritage aesthetic. Not bicycles, and certainly not a basketball net.

    This note was submitted to CityNews by a resident whose home is apparently not up to the standards of one frustrated yet well-mannered neighbour.

    "It would be appreciated if your home could look a little more like it did in the 1800s," the letter

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  • PO Conley poses for a photo with Charnee (top) and Israel Merritt. (Twitter)PO Conley poses for a photo with Charnee (top) and Israel Merritt. (Twitter)

    Charnee Merritt’s 8-year-old son, Israel, has Neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.

    The Ohio mom is staying with her son at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City while he undergoes treatment.

    On March 26, Merritt unknowingly parked her rental car too close to a fire hydrant. It got towed. In a panic, the out-of-town mom called the 19th Precinct. 

    NYPD officer P.J. Conley took her call.

    “She tells me her car got towed and her son was here getting treated, it broke my heart so I tried to make some calls to pier 76 to see if they would help us out a little to no avail,” Conley told PIX 11.

    So Conley decided to help her out. He drove to the Ronald McDonald House and gave Merritt the money she needed to get her car out of towing. He then paid for an Uber car to take Merritt to get her car back.

    Merritt shared the story on Facebook:

    “My rental car had got towed on March 26 on the street of the Ronald McDonald House. I called the tow company and they were very rude. I then called the

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  • Canada should look at reducing or banning the shipment of heavy oils in the Arctic, says a report prepared for the federal government.

    The report, released late Wednesday, focuses heavily on the lack of resources for emergency response on Canada’s northern coast, including a reduction in Coast Guard services.

    “Responding to spills in the Arctic is extremely challenging due to the unique features of this region, such as the presence and extent of ice, the lack of infrastructure and the potentially remote location of the spill,” says the report, the second from an expert panel on tanker safety appointed at the height of debate over the Northern Gateway pipeline.

    The risk of a ship-source oil spill is currently very low due to reduced traffic, but that is expected to change with an increase in mining, oil and gas exploration and the disappearance of sea ice in the Northwest Passage.

    Canada has work to do

    An oil spill could cause significant damage to wildlife, the marine environment and

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  • Technically, that photo you just Instagrammed of your delicious cocktail at that swank hipster bar opens you up to legal action. And that “lazy Sunday with Starbucks mug” pose. And that sweet mid-jump photo your friend got of you in front of the alleyway full of graffiti.

    As it turns out social media is making us a bunch of criminals. Well, kind of.

    It all depends on what you do with the photos after you’ve snapped them says Kevin Sartorio, an ‎intellectual property litigator and partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson law firm.

    “There are two categories of to keep in mind an exploitation for commercial purposes versus a purely private purpose,” Sartorio told Yahoo Canada.

    You’re protected under Canadian copyright law if you want to shoot photos of buildings in a public setting. Unless, of course, those buildings have independent artistic work on them, like Toronto’s oft-photographed Flatiron-esque Gooderham building which is adorned with artwork on one side or in a situation where a

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  • Canadian passport. (Canadian Press)Canadian passport. (Canadian Press)

    The fate of Neil Bantleman should be a cautionary tale for Canadians venturing abroad, whether as tourists, on business or to start a new life.

    Things we take for granted in Canada, such as a fair and impartial justice system, can’t be counted on in much of the world. Just ask Bantleman, a teacher originally from Burlington, Ont., now facing 10 years in an Indonesian prison for child sexual assaults he insists he didn’t commit.

    Foreigners, even if they’ve lived in a country for some time, can be at a huge disadvantage when they don’t understand its legal system and the culture underpinning it, says Lorne Waldman, a prominent Toronto lawyer who represented Canadian torture victim Maher Arar. 

    “So when they get engaged in a legal system, especially if it’s in a dispute involving other individuals who are from the country, they’re at a huge disadvantage,” Waldman told Yahoo Canada News.

    When that happens, the Canadian government won’t be riding to your rescue. The Department of Foreign

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  • Canadians got their flag emoji, but is that enough? The Canadian emojis we want to see

    For years, Canadian iPhone users have been complaining about the lack of Canadian emojis. Now, Apple's latest iOS 8.3 update has finally come up with something that will satisfy all the disgruntled Canucks: a Canadian flag.

    The update also includes an extremely improved choice of skin tones, as well as families that now come with the option of two moms and two dads.

    While we're happy we now have our own flag emoji, we want more. We think it's about time Canada had its own set of Canadian emojis.

    Could you imagine how fun conversations would be if we were able to include items that are distinctly Canadian - zambonis, poutines, Rob Fords?

    Here's what the next emoji release

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  • Attention barf cleaner.Attention barf cleaner.

    In late March, a young teen named Jack threw up at Powell’s Books, an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon.

    He felt so badly about the incident that he wrote store staff a touching apology letter — and a Ben & Jerry’s gift card.

    The letter read:

    “Attention Barf Cleaners, this Ben and Jerry’s card is for the people who cleaned up the throw up of a kid on Friday the 28th. I don’t know their names but I thank them a lot and I’m sorry again for throwing up and hope you enjoy your ice cream.”

    “From Jack, aka the kid that puked right next to the bathroom.”

    Store manager Michal Drannon told TODAY.com that Jennifer Wicka, the manager who performed “barf cleaner” duty that day, was “taken aback” by the sweet note.

    “It was completely unexpected,“ Drannen said. "She wasn’t thinking something like that would follow.”

    “I opened it up and read it and it totally made my day. I’m pretty grumpy about people and humanity,” Wicka told BuzzFeed News. “Oh man, some people are good.”

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  • On Tuesday, three-year-old Kaitlin Nguyen underwent a lengthy surgery to remove a large lymphatic malformation that had left a bulge in one side of her face.

    Feel pretty” were Kaitlin’s words of anticipation in the hours leading up to the surgery.

    “We’re going to do our best, but you’re already pretty aren’t you?” Kaitlin’s surgeon, Dr. Gregory Levitin, director of the Vascular Birthmark Center at Mount Sinai Roosevelt in New York, told her.

    “She’s not shy,” Levitin said of his young patient. “She’s walking around here charming all the nurses and pushing the wheelchairs.”

    While the growth under the skin on Kaitlin’s face wasn’t cancerous or life-threatening, Kaitlin’s mother, Thuy Nguyen, wanted it removed before her daughter went to school, in the hopes of avoiding bullying.

    The operation was funded by an anonymous donor.


    “Just by the pictures he fell in love with this girl. He’s happy to do this.”  

    She first approached surgeons when Kaitlin was just a year old, but the

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