• Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the Knesset on Monday.

    If you think former Canadian prime minister Alexander Mackenzie’s wispy beard is hotter than current Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s icy glare, you have just been proven wrong.

    According to a new hotness ranking of Canada’s 22 prime ministers, none of Canada’s former leaders are worse looking than Mackenzie. Nation building aside, the guy was a dog.

    A list titled “The 22 Hottest Canadian Prime Ministers (Ranked),” posted to the popular U.S. site Buzzfeed on Thursday has already garnered a great deal of attention, what with the proudly shallow tone it takes with Canada's historical leaders.

    There are enough think pieces about the pros and cons of their policies, the post suggests, let's get to what we are all thinking: Are they hot or not?

    Hey, if reporters can ask female tennis star Eugenie Bouchard who she would most like to date after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, one supposes the "wow factor" of various Canadian prime ministers is also fair game.

    Before we get too

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  • Great news, Toronto. Mayor Rob Ford and his crack-smoking scandal are bringing more attention to the city, this time by being featured on Jeopardy!

    The clue was featured on Thursday in the first round, as the $80 clue in the category of "Scandal."

    The answer: "In 2013 Rob Ford, mayor of this 4th-largest city in N.America, first said he smoked weed, not crack...then yes, OK, crack, too"

    The question, of course, is, "What is Toronto?"

    While a game show is a new venue for Ford/Toronto mockery, the scandal has long been a topic of laughs and debate on U.S. news programs and late-night talk shows.

    Earlier this week, David Letterman made a recent video of a drunk, slurring Ford the topic of his Top 10 list... "Things Rob Ford might be saying in this video."

    Jimmy Kimmel has also made laughing at Ford a daily occurrence.

    On Thursday evening, Ford being caught in an elevator for 45 minutes was featured in a segment in which the show censors random words to make news stories seem more offensive than

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  • Five people have been confirmed dead but the final count could be much higher after a devastating midnight fire burned an Eastern Quebec seniors' home to the ground, leaving the fate of 30 aged residents in doubt.

    Fire crews and emergency officials continue to search through the wreckage in L'Isle-Verte, a small community about 200 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

    Quebec police have confirmed that three people were killed and as many as 30 others are missing and unaccounted for. Reports suggest 16 others have been rescued from the building and moved to a nearby school. The injured have been taken to a local hospital.

    The building is home to approximately 50 seniors, many of whom remain missing from the scene. Acting Mayor Ginette Caron told reporters on Thursday that only five of the building’s aged residents were fully mobile. Others needed assistance moving around and several suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Members of the McMaster Redsuits march in the Hamilton Santa Claus Parade last November. The engineering student group has been banned from campus activities. (CBC/Facebook)
    Apparently McMaster University's engineering students didn't get the memo about sexist pep chants.

    Or maybe they did and they just decided to thumb their noses at the powers that be in the most extreme manner possible, and at a time when the Hamilton, Ont., school is trying to attract more women.

    Whatever they're thinking, an engineering students' group called the Redsuits (they apparently wear bright red jumpsuits) has been suspended for using a songbook filled with what university officials call "sexist, violent and degrading material," CBC News reports.

    “The material is highly repugnant,” McMaster provost and academic vice-president David Wilkinson said in a news release Thursday.

    “The university has clear expectations that everyone on campus show respect for each other. The engineering songbook that we have learned about is highly disturbing and is the exact opposite to everything for which the university stands.

    "We and many engineering schools across the country have worked hard

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  • Today's news that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber had been arrested for allegedly drag racing his yellow Lamborghini while reportedly high on drugs, pills and alcohol, marked the lowest depths of a public implosion for which the young celebrity had long seemed destined.

    Nothing in Bieber's meteoric rise to international stardom could compare to the moment that his grinning, glass-eyed mug shot was released by the Miami Beach Police Department and immediately beamed across the globe.

    Surely, Bieber had suffered missteps in the past, and they had started compounding in frequency and seriousness in recent months. Incidents of the young star spitting on crowds of his fans, urinating in mop buckets and attacking photographers signaled an impending meltdown. And a recent investigation into the reported egging of Bieber's neighbour, which left a member of his entourage charged with drug possession, marked its arrival.

    And now this. Arrested, charged with drag racing through the streets of

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  • I thought there were only two camps when it came to Marmite: Either you enjoy the British yeast-extract spread as a savoury treat on toast or you think it's a vile-smelling disgusting black goo in a jar.

    I'm on Team Marmite, having spent my early years in London. But most of my friends wrinkle their faces at it, as if they'd stepped in something nasty.

    Now it turns out there's a third view: It's illegal.

    Marmite, a byproduct of beer brewing that's been around for more than a century, has joined a list of popular British products the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says should not be sold in Canadian stores, according to The Canadian Press.

    The list apparently includes Ovaltine, a caffinated Scottish soda pop called Irn-Bru and Bovril, a beef concentrate used to make a hot drink or in recipes since the days of the Empire.

    The news came as a surprise to Tony Badger, who runs Saskatoon-bsased Brit Foods, a small chain of stores specializing in popular British goodies.

    Badger got a letter

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  • Fire billows from railway cars in downtown Lac Megantic.

    The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has made recommendations to increase safety in the movement of volatile crude oil but when, how or even if they'll be implemented depends on the federal government, the rail industry and shipping companies.

    Regulators on both sides of the border were catalyzed into action because of a series of spectacular derailments and explosions involving thin-walled tank cars carrying explosive crude from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

    The worst, at Lac-Megantic, Que., killed 47 people and razed the town's business district last July.

    In what they called an unprecedented move, the TSB and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) jointly issued three "strong recommendations" to deal with the soaring volume of crude moving by rail.

    "The greater risk of shipping increasingly more crude oil by rail across North America demands co-ordinated solutions," the TSB said in its announcement.

    The TSB's U.S. counterpart noted crude shipments by rail have

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was more than an hour late to a speaking engagement with some of Canada’s top economic minds on Thursday after he said he was trapped in an elevator without cell service.

    And, for perhaps the first time since he publicly confessed last year to smoking crack cocaine in one of his “drunken stupors” and then lying about it, an outside source is backing up his elaborate claim.

    Ford was supposed to appear before an Economic Club of Canada luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, but did not take the podium until after 1:15 p.m. By then, handfuls of those in attendance had left, including one entire table near the front of the dining hall.

    Economic Club of Canada CEO Rhiannon Traill introduced the mayor by apologizing to the crowd and saying she was stuck in an elevator with Ford for about 40 minutes.

    The speaking engagement comes days after Ford was videotaped drunk, slurring and speaking in a Jamaican accent during a late-night appearance at a Rexdale restaurant called Steak

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  • Franz Prokop wants the lottery winnings he claims are rightfully his, but you could argue Prokop has already won the lottery of life after surviving a bullet in the head from a murder attempt last year.

    A civil trial is underway in B.C. Supreme Court as Prokop, a real estate agent and former municipal councillor in the Vancouver suburb of Maple Ridge, tries to wrest $3.6 million in lottery winnings from his former common-law wife's son, Peter Dushop.

    Prokop alleges Dushop stole the Lotto 6/49 ticket from the home Prokop shared with Angelika Dushop and hid it for almost a year before it was cashed in, the Vancouver Province reported. He filed suit initially in 2008 but last year claimed his former spouse had actually discovered the ticket was a winner and hatched a plot with her son to keep it and claim the money.

    Prokop told the court he never amended his suit to include Angelika Dushop because her son had actually collected the prize, the Province said.

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford grabs a photographer's lens as he charges through a media scrum at City Hall in Toronto on Wednesday January 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dismissed his latest public drunken incident as a "minor setback," but otherwise refused to address the elephant in the executive committee chambers, Wednesday afternoon.

    “Monday was unfortunate. I had a minor setback,” Ford said after a day-long budget debate punctuated by strained interactions with the media.

    "I am telling the Toronto residents that I am still working hard every day to improve my health and my well being."

    Ford, who last year admitted to smoking crack, drinking to excess and lying about his history with drugs and alcohol, has vowed to go sober and had claimed he hadn't touched a drop of alcohol since November.

    That changed on Monday, when he was videotaped in the Steak Queen restaurant in Rexdale, visibly intoxicated and going on a vulgar, offensive rant in a Jamaican accent.

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