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  • Must-see videos of the week: March 6-12

    What do volcanic eruptions, wing-suited base jumpers, and the adorable meerkat have in common? They're all featured in this week's edition of our Must-See Videos. We begin in the far east of Russia, site of the Shiveluch and Kliuchevskoi volcanoes.

    British volcanic photographer Dr. Richard Roscoe travelled from Munich, Germany, in order to capture these volatile yet stunning volcanic eruptions. He stayed awake for as many as 20 hours straight in a bid capture this incredible footage. Due to the danger of the active volcano, Dr. Roscoe had to set up 3.5 miles away from Shiveluch in an area that had previously been decimated by earlier volcanic activity. Klichevskoi presented even more danger, forcing the doctor to set up some 12.5 miles away.

    Emailing has long been a standard form of communication, but we're willing to bet that you've never pondered the environmental affects of transmitting and housing email. It's easy to assume that this paperless communication would be nothing but

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  • Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty dead at 64

    Jim Flaherty, former finance minister, has passed away at the age of 64.

    Sources indicate Flaherty passed away due to a massive heart attack.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper said "today is a sad day," calling the late finance minister both his friend and partner.

    Stephen Harper addresses Flaherty's death with wife Laureen at his side.“I learned a short time ago our colleague and friend Jim Flaherty died very suddenly today,” Harper said; his wife, Laureen, wiping tears from her cheek. "This comes as an unexpected and a terrible shock to Jim's family, to our caucus and to Laureen and me."

    Emergency crews were called to Flaherty's home in Ottawa Thursday afternoon, and reports that Flaherty was in "grave condition" quickly began to emerge. Police ordered reporters to step aside from the door to Flaherty's condo building "out of respect," CBC reports.

    The Toronto Star has released a statement from Flaherty's family:

    "Christine Elliott and her triplet sons, John, Galen and Quinn would like to make Canadians aware that her beloved husband and father passed away
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  • Must-see videos of the week: March 16-22

    Before we delve into the typical videos that you'd find in this list, we begin this week's edition with a joyful celebration of life. We don't often require our Must-See Video viewers to have a box of tissues nearby, but in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, we couldn't help but share this wonderful video from an Italian organisation called Coordown.

    Mark this March 21, World Down Syndrome Day, by watching the story of a future mom who has learned that her baby has Down syndrome. Worried about the life that her baby will live, this mom-to-be contacted the experts, and the response she received was sure to put a smile on her face and a tear in her eye. I couldn't stop smiling after watching this video. In fact, I had to spring for the "I've got something in my eye" excuse when I was caught watching this video in the office.

    [ Last week's Must-See Videos: See sauce bring cooked squid back to life ]

    If you were watching the Toronto Maple Leafs game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning

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  • (Image from Gawker)
    As you can see, Peter Clatworthy has had better days.

    The 19-year-old father from Bilborough, England, is understandably ticked off after spending a whopping $750 on a photo — yes, a photo — on an Xbox One gaming console. And it's not even a high-res image; just a simple print-out.

    Clatworthy was attempting to purchase an XBox One Day One edition console for his four-year-old son from what he thought was a legitimate seller on eBay. The Xbox One was released in the UK on Nov. 22, so many eager gamers had to resort to eBay in order to procure a Day One console. And with the new console in extremely high demand, eBay quickly became flooded with scammers attempting to sell empty boxes to hapless gamers.

    [ Right Click: Drones active in Canadian skies long before Amazon's idea ]

    Clatworthy acknowledges that the item was explicitly listed as a "photo," but since he was shopping in the video games and consoles category, he apparently thought very little of the photo mention.

    "I looked at the

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  • Before boarding a Toronto streetcar on that fateful night in July, 2013, Sammy Yatim had not previously shown any signs of violence or mental illness. His family was quick to support that claim, but when Yatim was gunned down in a crazed state at the hands of Toronto police, mental illness quickly became a popular theory.

    On the surface, Yatim's death appeared to be a case of excessive and fatal force when an attempt to de-escalate the situation seemed more appropriate. But the prospect of mental illness was enough to reignite a national debate on how police officers deal with people who at the very least appear to be mentally ill.

    The strife seemed to begin with the death of Paul Boyd, a Vancouver man with bipolar disorder who was gunned down following a standoff with police in 2007. Brandishing a hammer and a bike chain, Boyd was considered armed and dangerous. Boyd's final moments were captured on video and although he appeared to be unarmed, kneeling down at the time of the fatal

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has finally come clean, admitting to a throng of reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he has indeed smoked crack cocaine. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Ford shared, though he maintains that he is not an addict.

    And just as you would expect, the Rob Ford memes are quickly making the rounds online. Here are a few of our favourites:

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  • Hundreds of new species discovered in Amazon rainforest

    An adorable monkey that purrs like a cat is just one of many new species recently discovered in a remote section of the Amazon rainforest.

    A group of scientists, with the help of World Wildlife Fund, have spent more than four years in what's considered an under-explored rainforest, discovering as many as 441 new species of plants and animals during their studies.

    The study yielded discoveries of 258 new species of plants, 84 fish, 22 reptiles, and 18 birds. Have a look at a few of the species discovered below, or click here to peruse the complete list.

    Photos and captions from WWF.

    Callicebus caquetensis – Colombia | This new species, Callicebus caquetensis, is one of about 20 species of titi monkey, which all live in the Amazon basin. The babies have an endearing trait, “When they feel very content they purr towards each other,” explained scientist Thomas Defler. Photo credit: Thomas Defler.

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  • Must-see videos of the week: Oct. 18

    From a dragon terrorizing the skies of London to an incredible family reunion facilitated by Google Maps, we've seen some great videos this week. And without further adieu, on with the dragons!

    1. Dragon flying over England?

    No, this is not a scene from Reign of Fire, the post-apocalyptic Hollywood flop starring Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. This is, well, I'm not really sure. The video's description reads, "For anyone who doesn't believe dragons exist, think again! Spotted in Truro, England. Credit: AudioColorWorld." The mystery has yet to be solved.

    [ Last week's must-see videos: Banksy stuffs meat truck with cuddly toys ]

    2. After 26 years, Google Maps reunites a family

    I hope you've got the tissues handy. This incredible video tells the story of Saroo Brierley, who fell asleep on a train when he was five years old only to wake up some 1,500 kilometres away from his home in Calcutta. Removed from his family, Brierley was lost. He was eventually picked up and adopted by a

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  • Must-see videos of the week: September 20

    This week's must-see videos range from hilariously gross to aesthetically beautiful, but without further adieu, let's get started with the gross. This comedic tale of woe was captured at a wedding, where the bride learned that a little bit of wine isn't the only thing you should worry about getting on your dress.

    1. Bride Gets Terrible Wedding Surprise

    Who brought the new guy, huh? Huh? All jokes aside, this video raises so many questions, not the least of which is, who brought the penguin? Seriously! In fact, it looks like this video was shot in a veterinarian's office, so dare I ask why you would throw your wedding party at Sea World? It's all very strange, but it's certainly good for a laugh. Well, at least the groom is laughing.

    [ Last week's must-see videos: Soldier in Spider-Man costume surprises son ]

    2. Flying eagle POV

    Moving on from the gross. This video capturing an eagle's point-of-view as it majestically navigates the mountains of France is quite remarkable. I'm not sure how

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  • Must-see videos of the week: Sept. 13

    This week’s must-see videos show a man use his bare hands as a hammer and an ingenious way to unload your beer kegs. And is it too early to hand out the award for Father of the Year? Because this Superdad who returned from a recent tour of duty to surprise his son in a Spider-Man costume is a lock! The little boy's adorable response is, well, I'll let you see for yourself.

    1. Soldier in Spider-Man costume surprises son

    You've got to love the way the little boy skips the hand shake and goes right in for the hug. And the "huh? Who's there?" reaction to seeing Spider-Man scaling the backyard fence is almost as adorable as the part when the father removes the mask. Too many wonderful things to say about this video.

    [ Last week's must-see videos: Wedding band fail ]

    2. Spectacular lava flow into water

    I'm sure many people — myself included would have steered the boat far away from the molten lava cascading over a cliff and into the water, but we're sure glad these sightseers stuck around to

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