Six dogs once believed to have been stolen from a dog walker, and possibly even held for ransom, are now confirmed to be dead, killed after being left in the back of an overheated vehicle belonging to that same dog walker, police say, who once claimed the dogs had vanished.

    The case of six missing canines has captured the attention of the Langley, B.C. residents after the dogs were reportedly stolen while in the care of their walker last Tuesday. The disappearance of Mia the pit bull, Teemo the poodle, Buddy the Boston terrier, Oscar the Rottweiler mix, Salty the border collie and Molly the blue heeler, prompted a massive rescue effort.

    At one point during the search, publicity had reached such a state that one owner was targeted by a fake ransom demand. It is a heartbreaking scenario first believed to be the case of a set of stolen dogs, but it has since been confirmed that the six dogs died.

    [ Related: Bodies of six dogs initially reported stolen dumped in ditch: SPCA ]

    According to

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  • Naheed Nenshi is one politician who has made social media a big part of his job.

    How many politicians have you 'friended' on Facebook or 'followed' on Twitter?

    I'm going to guess its fewer than the number of celebs or music stars.

    But if you can afford to ignore politicians on social media, they can't afford to ignore you. Almost every office-holder has a social media presence and while it's not yet the dominant communications channel with voters, it's become more and more important, especially in the lead-up to an election.

    "Politicians will always shake hands and kiss babies," said Mark Blevis, an Ottawa-based digital public affairs strategist, told The Canadian Press. "But now they have to shake hands and kiss babies and tweet. It's part of the mix."

    Politicians flocked to the web in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's successful use of social media to raise money and mobilize

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  • Who comes off looking worse in the bizarre case of Denise Harvey?

    Is it the Canadian government, which has granted the convicted U.S. sex offender protected-person status after a lengthy review by the Immigration Refugee Board and the Federal Court?

    Or is it the Florida justice system, which sentenced the Vero Beach mortgage broker to 30 years in prison for having consensual sex with a 16-year-old boy who played on her son's baseball team?

    There's no doubt the tough-on-crime Conservative government is choking on the recent ruling of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) that the 47-year-old Harvey deserved protected-persons status, based on her claim the prison sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

    The government last year won a Federal Court ruling that ordered the IRB to rehear the case, but the board upheld its original decision to the consternation of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.

    “Our Conservative government reformed Canada’s asylum system in order

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  • Happy Victoria Day, Canada!

    It's a pretty low-key holiday. There are fireworks in some places, sure. But a lot of us mark it with that first chilly long-weekend camping trip or getting the garden ready for summer.

    Canada is the only Commonwealth country, including Britain, to make the birthday of the queen who gave her name to an era and presided over the creation of this country a national holiday. It is a public holiday in some parts of Scotland.

    The popular image of Queen Victoria is that of a fat, dour old lady ("We are not amused"), due largely to the fact she spent the last 50 years of her life mourning the death of her husband, the beloved Prince Albert. Historians tell us that in her youth she was vivacious and inquisitive and though she showed a stolid public face in later life, she still enjoyed a good joke as long as it wasn't rude.

    Victoria, born May 24, 1819, ascended the throne in 1837 at age 18. She died Jan. 22, 1901 and her 63-year reign is still the longest in

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  • The concept of tradition can mean different things to different people. For some, tradition signifies a link to the past and a celebration of those roots and bonds. For others, it can stir images of dusty ceremonies and dull social contracts, and even a glorification of antiquated concepts from a bygone time.

    A person's position on the idea of tradition likely plays a large part in their opinion of Canada's link to the Royal Family generally, and specifically of the latest visit by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

    Charles and Camilla arrive in Canada on Sunday to celebrate a Victoria Day long weekend touring Atlantic Canada and Manitoba. This isn't a visit meant to pave new roads or elicit new excitement and interest for that the Royals tend to send Will and Kate. No, this is about tradition, revisiting old times and old relationships. Specifically, it is a return to the historic 1939 visit of King George VI the first visit to Canada by a reigning monarch.

    Charles and

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  • Bonus fact: Rob Ford is actually a pretty terrible dancer.

    It was one year ago today that the world learned about Rob Ford's most famous indiscretion during his time as Toronto's mayor: On May 16, 2013, Gawker published the now-infamous story about the crack video.

    But there's so much more to Ford than his alleged use of crack cocaine (for which he is reportedly in rehab now). Over the last year, we've had plenty of revelations about the world's most famous mayor that had nothing to do with his drug use (at least, as far as we know).

    [ Related: Rob Ford reportedly spotted in cottage country ]

    To mark the 1-year anniversary of first learning about the crack-smoking video, here are five things we've learned about Ford that go beyond his alleged drug habits:

    1. He hardly uses the Internet

    In reply to an freedom-of-information request made by the Toronto Sun, it was revealed that if Ford does have an addiction problem, it's not to the Internet, at least not at work. The report from Toronto City Hall showed no Internet activity attributed to his

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  • It's official: Americans love Toronto. At least, they love it more than Rome.

    According to a prestigious new tourism report, Toronto passed the Eternal City on the list of America's favourite tourism destinations.

    The 2013 Hotel Price Index, released by Hotels.com, reports that more U.S. tourists visited Toronto in 2013 than anywhere else in the world, except for London and Paris.

    "Toronto surpassed Rome as the third most popular international destination for the first time since 2010," the report notes. “With the Canadian exchange at a three-year low, now is an opportune time for U.S. travelers to cross the border and explore the country’s cultural and entertainment capital."

    Indeed, Canadian cities dotted the list. London and Paris ranked first and second, followed by Toronto, but three other Canadian cities placed in the top 10.

    Vancouver placed fifth, while Montreal placed eighth and Niagara Falls, Ont., placed 10th. Sure, Canada is an obvious place for Americans to visit

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  • Image from the Uber blog showing how the new UberBOATS service would work.

    Cottage-goers celebrating in Ontario’s Muskoka region this long weekend will have an alternative to boating home after a night of fireworks and revelry.

    The ride-share company Uber announced on Thursday that it will offer taxi service on two Ontario lakes, though there are questions about whether the contentious program will cause more problems than it solves.

    Uber is an international service that allows users to request and pay for taxi service through a program on their smart phones. The company has expanded into dozens of cities around the world since it launched in 2009, including the Canadian locations of Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. Until now, the company has focused on offering service in cars, though they once dabbled in helicopter service.

    Now, however, Uber says it will offer boat service on Ontario lakes during busy weekends. For now, the program will only run during summer long weekends, starting with the upcoming Victoria Day holiday weekend.

    The company expects to add

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  • You can say one thing about Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory – he’s a man who’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty.

    That became evident when he joined Yahoo Canada to make a batch of cookies – oatmeal raisin – and willingly dove in to mix raisins and cranberries into the batter by hand.

    There was John Tory, businessman, lawyer and mayoral candidate: His crisp, white shirt rolled up to his forearms, dough stuck to everything below.

    “If you said these are the best cookies you have ever eaten, I would say, ‘That’s good, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with my ability to run this city,’” he said with a grin. A short time later, he would offer me a doughy handshake, laughing again.

    This was the second Toronto mayoral candidate to join Yahoo Canada in a downtown kitchen to test their culinary skills. As luck would have it, both Tory and Olivia Chow were first-time cookie makers. For Tory, it was by design.

    “I have developed the art form of showing up

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  • There's a feud brewing between Canada's public broadcaster and a group of Senators, as a Senate committee tries to find the answer to the CBC's financial troubles.

    The ongoing showdown between CBC and the Senate committee tasked with digging into the way it operates reached a head this week when members of the committee sniffed at a submitted document that they claimed whitewashed the amount being paid to its employees.

    The Senate committee on transport and communications voted to officially receive a document on Tuesday that detailed the salaries of employees of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which was neither organized in any manageable fashion nor, according to some senators, entirely fulsome in its details.

    "Those of us who have had a quick look at (the salary list) would really question its authenticity, its accuracy rather," Liberal Sen. Terry Mercer noted during the meeting on Tuesday.

    "Some of this stuff looks like fiction. If you go and look at it compared to who is

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