• A supercut shows 13 Tory MPs sticking to an eerily similar message ahead of the federal election.A supercut shows 13 Tory MPs sticking to an eerily similar message ahead of the federal election.

    Political observers aren’t surprised by a supercut featuring YouTube videos of 13 Conservative MPs reading line for line the same script that emphasizes the party’s accomplishments.  

    Press Progress, a Broadbent Institute media project, edited together the video after watching a series of the MPs clips, which were posted to each of the politicians’ personal YouTube accounts.

    It intersperses the identical clips with footage of robots like Johnny Five and R2-D2, implying that the MPs are actually robots. The end of the video features the MPs reciting a line about balancing the budget, which is then edited alongside a recent news story about the Parliamentary Budget Officer stating that the country is headed for a fiscal 2015 budget deficit.

    “These ‘personalized’ videos by Conservative MPs seem like a bad attempt by the Prime Minister’s Office to communicate a central message to local constituents,” Luke LeBrun, the website’s editor, tells Yahoo Canada News. “Instead it comes across like

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  • Donald Trump's  unapologetic zaniness – much like his hair – has been a staple since the billionaire first edged his way into the public eye. But while that ostentatiousness earned him attention as a T.V. personality and real estate developer, it’s proving a bit too much to handle for some of his Republican peers as he makes his bid for presidency.

    They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
    Donald Trump, 2015

    It started in mid-June with anti-immigration comments that “when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”

    “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,”  Trump said.

    The comments prompted other GOP candidates and members, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney to distance themselves

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    If you’re seeking a mate, you may want to dig out your skis, dust off that passport, or join a gym. A new survey of 47,000 Canadian singles reveals that both men and women find winter sports, travel, and health and fitness as some of the hottest hobbies out there.

    EliteSingles, a Berlin-based company with operations in more than 20 countries, found that Canadian men and women valued travel the most. On the list of top 10 preferred pastimes of their ideal partner, the women surveyed favoured fine dining over movies and music, while men ranked movies and music over fancy restaurants. Both also had health and fitness as the fifth sexiest hobby.

    From there, men said gardening—yes, gardening—was the next most appealing pursuit, followed by adventure sports, hiking/climbing, photography, and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.

    Women, meanwhile, are apparently attracted to men who take up reading, theatre or opera, photography, gardening, and art.

    Team sports like hockey didn’t

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  • The American hunter who killed Cecil the lion has become the hunted and the death of the iconic animal has renewed calls to ban trophy hunting in Africa. But what about Canada’s own sport hunting for exotic animals?

    Canada is the only Arctic country that allows trophy hunting of polar bears.

    More than 76,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org pressing the federal government to put an end the sport hunt.

    “Polar bears are some of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world,” it says.

    Pollution and global warming both threaten the future of these animals, it says, “but the most immediate threat is hunting.”

    The petition claims more than 1,000 polar bears are killed annually. Federal statistics, however, paint a different picture. They estimate that about 300 bears are killed annually.

    Nunavut government statistics show that 33 of 319 bears harvested in 2012-2013 (the most recent year available) were killed by sport hunters. The rest were subsistence hunts by Inuit.

    The

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    Robert Poëti to decide on mandatory bike helmet law in QuebecRobert Poëti to decide on mandatory bike helmet law in Quebec

    Robert Poëti, Quebec's Minister of Transportation has pledged to make the province's roads safer for cyclists when he makes changes to the province's Highway Safety Code this fall. Some hope one of those changes is a law making bike helmets mandatory.

    One of them is Louis Garneau – a professional road racing and track cyclist who owns a Quebec-based biking apparel manufacturer that bears his name. As part of his safety code revamp, Poëti sought Garneau's council and those discussions had Garneau speculating on the eventual passage of mandatory helmet laws across the province.

    “Me, I think it's coming. Maybe the minister wants to go in stages ... It could be that one way to change the law in one year, two years, three years. Will we start with children? I do not know ... I'm suggesting he decides,” he told the Journal de Montréal.

    Currently, Quebec is one of five provinces or territories with no legislation whatsoever around wearing bike helmets. The others include Saskatchewan,

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  • Taxi drivers protest against Uber in Sacramento, California, June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Max WhittakerTaxi drivers protest against Uber in Sacramento, California, June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

    There’s been an inevitability about the spread of Uber, the app-based ride-sharing service, as it’s implanted itself into more cities around the world, including major Canadian ones such as Toronto and Montreal.

    Despite its popularity with riders, Uber has met opposition almost everywhere. Taxi operators see it as unfair competition and municipal governments resent Uber thumbing its nose at attempts to regulate the service.

    But it keeps expanding. Like the Borg in TV’s ‘Star Trek,’ it seems resistance is futile.

    Which raises this question: what chance does a lawsuit filed on behalf of Ontario cabbies have of succeeding where regulators and protesting cabbies almost everywhere have failed?

    A law firm has filed a class action worth more than $400 million, alleging the tech company conspired with its UberX drivers to pick up passengers for compensation, breaching Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act.

    Section 39.1 of the provincial law bans the practice of giving rides for money without proper

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  • Adult colouring books and parties are all the rage right now.Adult colouring books and parties are all the rage right now.

    When author and poet Wendy McGrath pitched the idea of a free, all ages colouring party to Audreys Books in Edmonton, neither she nor the manager had any idea it’d be so popular.

    “We thought maybe 30 or 40 people would come,” manager Kelly Dyer told the Edmonton Journal.

    The bookstore is hosting a second “colouring party” on Wednesday evening after too many people responded to the first invitation. Currently more than 100 people have RSVP’ed yes to Wednesday’s party.

    All the rage right now, adult colouring books occupy four of the top 20 spots on Amazon.ca’s best-selling books list for this week. Unlike children’s colouring books, the ones created for adults feature intricate designs of varying complexity and subject matter.

    They’ve been compared to therapy and meditation because they force the user to sit down, unplug and focus intently and narrowly on a creative act.

    “I think it’s a response to the need for tactile experiences in a world where so much of what we do is online, in

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  • Sexual assault charges against a decorated Canadian Forces officer have thrust the military’s scandalous record on sexual assault and sexual misconduct back into the spotlight.

    Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker, the commanding officer of the Edmonton-based 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual interference, one count of invitation to sexual touching and one count of breach of trust by a public officer.

    All of the charges are related to a male teen who was involved in the army cadets when Stalker was a volunteer mentor.

    “It’s in the news again,” says Dr. Stefanie von Hlatky, an expert in gender in the military and director of the Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy.

    “Obviously these incidents are tragedies but the fact that they’re coming out in the news more and more and keeping this issue on the radar of the public but also the people in

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  • Alysha Mohamed, who goes by the stage name Alysha Brilla, and her two sisters were stopped by police for riding their bikes topless last Friday in Kitchener, Ont.Alysha Mohamed, who goes by the stage name Alysha Brilla, and her two sisters were stopped by police for riding their bikes topless last Friday in Kitchener, Ont.

    One of three Ontario sisters stopped by Kitchener police last week for riding their bikes topless says that she, her siblings and their mother exercise their right to go topless whenever they can.

    That’s what got Tameera Mohamed and her sisters, Nadia and Alysha, a Juno-nominated musician, pulled over by police during their bike ride from Waterloo to Kitchener on a hot Friday evening. That’s also why they’re organizing a protest to raise awareness about women’s rights in Ontario.

    It’s the latest incident of bare-chested females. In June, an eight-year-old girl who was playing at a Guelph wading pool without a bikini top was told by a lifeguard to cover up, citing city policy that prohibits girls over the age of four from going topless at public water parks. A change.org petition was soon launched in an effort to change the policy.

    In the Kitchener incident, Mohamed tells Yahoo Canada News, “He told us to put our shirts back on and that it was illegal to have shirts off.” 

    The sister

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  • Beers may soon be poured again for those with celiac disease as a new pill is under development. (Reuters)Beers may soon be poured again for those with celiac disease as a new pill is under development. (Reuters)

    Some people will go out of their way to get their buddy a beer.

    More than a decade ago, Edmonton researcher Hoon Sunwoo learned that one of his colleagues couldn’t drink ale because it contains gluten, which exacerbates symptoms of celiac disease. So the researcher dedicated the next 10 years of his career to find a way for his gluten-intolerant pal to enjoy the occasional brew.

    The result is a pill that acts as an antibody against gluten. The natural supplement could drastically change the lives of people living with celiac disease and those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity by diminishing symptoms like bloating, cramps, and chronic diarrhea.

    “I didn’t know much about celiac disease, but I remember one of my friends I was working with at the university couldn’t join us for beer after work because he couldn’t tolerate the gluten,” Sunwoo, a University of Alberta associate professor in the faculty of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, tells Yahoo Canada. “Gluten is everywhere;

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