• It’s not called the politics of division for nothing.

    A war of words has broken out between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Conservative candidate Jason Kenney over the Tories’ take on the niqab issue.

    Nenshi sparked the verbal spar during an interview Wednesday on the radio show “Everything is Political.”

    “This is unbelievably dangerous stuff,” Nenshi said. “I spoke with a group of mayors and councillors from all over Alberta last week, and in my speech with all of these people from small town Alberta, I stood up and said this is disgusting and it is time for us to say stop it — to say this is enough.”

    The Calgary mayor decried the “dog whistle politics” being played out on the federal hustings, noting that millions of dollars of taxpayer money is being spent on a federal appeal to try and hold up the ban.

    The comments did not go unnoticed by Kenney, who was the citizenship and immigration minister that brought in the ban on women wearing a niqab while taking their oath of

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  • After years of struggles, father-to-be weeps when he finds out wife is pregnant

    “I’ve never been that excited before in my life and I mean not mainly for myself, for her"

    A mother-to-be surprised her husband with news that she’s pregnant, and his reaction is sure to give you all the feels. 

    Dana Griffin-Graves and Arkell Graves from Dinwiddie County, Virginia, have been trying to have a baby for 17 years. After four miscarriages and one stillborn birth, they had all but officially given up, Dana explains in the video description on YouTube.

    The couple had begun to slowly come to grips with their struggles. As her heart began to heal, Dana channelled her energy towards her weight loss efforts, Fox40 News reports. 

    Dana started walking with friends on a regular basis, but she seemed to be the only one of the bunch that was not losing any weight. She decided to visit her doctor, and that’s when she received the shocking news. Dana is five months pregnant. 

    When it came time to share the news with her husband, Dana decided to plant a few clever clues in their kitchen. She placed literal buns in the oven, along with the baby’s ultrasound pictures next to the

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  • Russian scientist injects himself with ‘eternal life’ bacteria

    "I’ve never had a flu for the last two years."

    Does the secret to living longer lay deep in the far-reaching areas of Siberia? A Russian scientist seems to think so – and he’s not afraid to find out.

    Anatoli Brouchkov, the head of the Geocryology department at Moscow State University, has admitted to injecting himself with 3.5-million-year-old bacteria to see if it has any effect on him.

    Brouchkov told The Siberian Times that since injecting himself with the Bacillus F bacteria, his health and energy have prospered. 

    “I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years.  After successful experiments on mice and fruit flies, I thought it would be interesting to try the inactivated bacterial culture,” he said.

    As the permafrost thaws, the bacteria “get into the environment, into the water,” Brouchkov told The Siberian Times.

    “The local population, the Yakut people … are getting these cells with water, and even seem to live longer than some other nations. So there was no danger for me,” he said.

    Found in 2009, in

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    Whoever runs the Facebook page for Aussie supermarket Woolworths must be feeling like a rap master right about now.

    All it took was one post for people to start swearing their allegiance to the store over social media.

    It all started when Jamie McGloin wrote a post on the company’s page about a package of spaghetti he’d bought playing with the lyrics from ‘Eminem’s Lose Yourself,’ reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

    A simple Facebook like and it all could have ended right there, but Woolworths had different plans.

    Dear Woolworths,

    Yesterday I was searching for food to make mums spaghetti. I was nervous, my knees were weak, my palms were sweaty and to top it off, I had a vomit on my sweater already.
    To be honest, I was ready to drop bombs, but I kept on spaghetti what I wrote down. I feel I had one shot, one opportunity and I let it slip. I could have seized everything and I left with nothing but a brown onion and tomato paste. I lost myself in the spaghetti because I had spaghetti on my

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  • For the second time in two years Margaret Nyajur finds herself homeless in her own homeland. South Sudan's seasonal rains have left sticky red mud on the floor of the lightweight emergency tent that she and her four daughters live in. The 18’ x 10’ x 7’ shelter is inhabitable.

    Nyajur and her family have the distinction of being the first registered members of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Twic in Warrap state in South Sudan. The camp holds approximately 500 IDPs; mostly widowed mothers with young families, and some elderly. IDPs are defined as those who have fled their homes but not crossed an international border. They become refugees once in a foreign country.

    There is an abundance of misery in the IDP camp. Barefoot children with dust-covered feet and legs walk aimlessly and play in the dirt. A few have scaly, oozing rashes. All are thin; many have rust-coloured hair, a sign of malnourishment. There are no schools, no books, no playgrounds, and no sounds of

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  • A mom decided to pull a prank after her daughter told her she wasn’t afraid of anything, but not everyone online finds it funny.

    In the short clip, the little girl is standing in front of the TV screen, watching a DVD her mom just put in. At first it appears to be showing green fields with melodic music playing and the girls seems unsuspicious. 

    All of sudden, a screeching zombie-like figure pops up on the screen.

    The girl jumps backwards and falls over onto the carpet, then quickly gets up and runs off camera towards her mom, who is laughing and filming.

    The original video was posted by the mother, Milian Lee, and received more than 200,000 views in just nine hours on the Kyle and Jackie O Facebook page, Mirror reports.

    “I must be a terrible mother because I thought that was hilarious,” one user commented.

    But not everyone saw the humorous side.

    “Why would you want to instill fear into your child. Idiot!!” one user wrote.

    Another commented. “Dreadful! Not funny at all. Contact the

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  • WOW Air will start the £99 transatlantic flights in April 2015. [WOW Air]WOW Air will start the £99 transatlantic flights in April 2015. [WOW Air]

    A new discount carrier has entered the Canadian airline market, adding a low-cost option for travellers looking to get to Europe and willing to have an Icelandic stopover along the way — a move one expert says should keep fares competitive.

    Iceland-based Wow Air announced Thursday that it’ll begin running four weekly flights between Toronto or Montreal and Europe, with refuelling stopovers in Reykjavik, starting in next May.

    Wow’s fares will start at $99 one way to Reykjavik, and another $149 from Iceland to 16 other European destinations including Berlin and London. Wow is already flying out of Washington, D.C., and Boston in the United States.

    The entry of an international discount carrier into the Canadian market could be good news for consumers, Ambarish Chandra, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto who researches airline markets, tells Yahoo Canada News. 

    “I’ve long believed that there’s insufficient competition for travel both within Canada and in between Canada

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  • A tattoo enthusiast displays his head tattoos during the International London Tattoo Convention in east London, Britain September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Neil HallA tattoo enthusiast displays his head tattoos during the International London Tattoo Convention in east London, Britain September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
    As creepy as it may sound, there’s now a new service that will remove tattoos from your body after you have died and will send it back to your loved ones.

    The National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA) is a non-profit organization that launched in September with the aim at preserving tattoos with chemicals after it’s removed by the funeral home.

    “I personally founded NAPSA because I wanted to save my ink for my loved ones and to allow my tattoos to declare who I truly am so others cannot define who I was,” said the Chairman of NAPSA, Charles Hamm, on the organization’s website. 

    All it takes to become a member of NAPSA is an activation payment of $115 and an annual renewal fee of $60, which will only cover the preservation of one tattoo, Refinery29 reports

    Tattoos are pictured on an attendee's hands during the International London Tattoo Convention in east London, Britain September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Neil HallTattoos are pictured on an attendee's hands during the International London Tattoo Convention in east London, Britain September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
    Upon signing up, there’s a “Final Wish Fulfillment Benefit” that needs to be filled out and NAPSA encourages all of its members to notify loved ones about their plans on preserving their ink, according to the 

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  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) logo. (Canada Border Services Agency)Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) logo. (Canada Border Services Agency)

    RCMP say they haven’t noticed any influx of Syrian or Iraqi refugees into Quebec, contrary to a media report that residents along the Canada-U.S. border have seen such a spike.

    Cpl. Camille Habel, spokeswoman for the Mounties in Quebec, confirms that RCMP officers were called to intercept a group of migrants Wednesday morning that had crossed from the United States in the Montérégie region.

    But Habel says migrants and refugee claimants do cross the border.

    “It’s routine,” she tells Yahoo Canada News. “It’s not daily.. It’s not weekly but it happens.”

    A report in La Presse says there has been a growing number of migrants crossing the border from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Citing local residents, the media outlet says at least 15 Syrian and Iraqi migrants have entered Canada illegally in the past month near the town of Dundee, along the border with New York state, including the six migrants that arrived Wednesday morning.

    “This is the third time in a few days,” a farmer, who wished to

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  • The saying ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ just might be true. On the other hand, it could be canine sabotage?

    In a very adorable video shared by Neatorama, you see a very obedient dog balancing a treat on his nose, waiting patiently for his owner’s cue to eat the tasty reward.

    As if on cue, however, another dog sneaks up and snatches the treat right off his nose. Talk about tough luck!

    The poor dog looks at his owner and back at his sneaky friend, completely blindsided at what just happened.  

    We can only hope that the dog’s owner offered him a condolence prize for his loss.

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