• Try to put yourself in the shoes of Crystal and Bruce Dunahee this week as they await results of a DNA test on a young man said to resemble a grownup version of their son, Michael, who disappeared more than two decades ago.

    The Victoria couple have been clinging to hope Michael is alive, 22 years after he vanished from a school playground where the family was taking in a touch football game.

    Crystal Dunahee speaks to media to mark the 20th anniversary of Michael's disappearance at a press conference in Victoria on March 23, 2011Now, according to the Globe and Mail, police are testing the DNA of a Vancouver-area man after receiving tips he bears a "remarkable" resemblance to Michael Dunahee, who disappeared without a trace March 24, 1991.

    Victoria police confirmed the move in a news release Wednesday.

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    The man, who lives in suburban Surrey, reportedly posted a message on non-hockey form on canucks.com, the NHL club's fan web site.

    “I was contacted by Victoria police at my old work … and obviously I didn’t believe them at

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  • Margaret Atwood's face would look great on the two-dollar coin. Photo courtesy CBC.It may have been missed under all the attention paid to the birth of Prince George, but another major change was recently announced in England. Beginning in 2017, the image of Jane Austen will appear on 10-pound notes.

    The Bank of England officially announced the change on Wednesday, confirming that the image of Charles Darwin, who currently appears on the bill, will be replaced by the author of Pride and Prejudice.

    It got me to thinking. Why doesn’t Canada follow suit? Sure, we’ve recently introduced a new line of banknotes, which feature Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Canadarm and a scientist who certainly doesn’t appear to be Asian.

    But in 10 or 15 years from now, when a new circulation is announced, why not feature some artists on the bills? Why wouldn't we consider this? Is it that we don’t have authors as celebrated as Austen? Who does?

    [ Related: Jane Austen to be honoured on British banknotes ]

    "Austen is undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely read

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  • When William and Kate announced their newly born child would be named Prince George on Wednesday, those interested in fawning over the baby heir for another day rejoiced.

    The tyke's full name is George Alexander Louis, but his friends will call him George, Prince George or His Royal Highness of Cambridge.

    But George is such a common royal name, one wise woman mused to me, that the little child wouldn't have anything named after him. His predecessors have already had everything named in their honour.

    Prince George, B.C., is not shying away from comparisons to the newborn Prince George, celebrating the royal connection. Photo from Tourism Prince George via Twitter.It's a good point. The Commonwealth is wrought with George-isms, Canada notwithstanding. Prince George streets, statues, plaques are everywhere. Even cities, such as the British Columbia community of 80,000 that now shares its name with the tiny, diapered heir.

    The name is expected to do wonders for the city of Prince George, B.C. Boost tourism? Perhaps. After the baby's name was unveiled, WestJet announced a seat sale to Prince George, B.C. (and the rest of the continent, but that came

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  • A Canadian being held in Mauritian jail on charges related to plotting terrorism has been released and could be heading back to Canada, but what comes next for London, Ont., native Aaron Yoon is still unclear.

    He was imprisoned for having ties to a terrorist group, but the claims have been largely discredited. He was best friends with two London, Ont., men who died in a recent terror attack, but Yoon was in jail long before the plot was executed. He is a riddle, an enigma wrapped in shadowy context and a clean slate all at once.

    Yoon, 24, who has been held in a West African jail since December 2011, was released earlier this week and immediately taken into custody by Mauritanian security forces. CBC News reports he has been issued a temporary Canadian passport and will likely be returned to the country in the next couple of days.

    Yoon's incarceration was kept a secret from even his family until earlier this year, when two friends, former high school classmates and travel companions were

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  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is investigating possible poaching after CBC News obtained images of slaughtered porbeagle sharks and other marine species at a weir in Grand Manan, N.B.

    According to CBC News, a series of photos and video show fishermen posing on top and alongside of what look like piles of dead porbeagle sharks. The photos also show harbour porpoise and basking shark carcasses.

    In one of the videos, a fisherman is seen straddling a dead porbeagle shark and, holding it by the nose, jerking the head and pretending it's laughing while he announces "Bradford's Cove weir" to the camera.

    In one shot, a fisherman appears to be slicing a dead shark's fins.

    "Shark finning is illegal in Atlantic Canada," DFO conservation officer Ralph MacInnon told CBC News, adding the photo appears to show an illegal activity. "If that is a shark and the fins are being taken off of it in that fashion and it hasn't been landed, it's illegal."

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  • It is one of the most famous Canadian photos of the Second World War and now it will be immortalized in bronze.

    "Wait for Me, Daddy" doesn't show a bloody battle scene or the devastation wrought by conflict. In some ways it's quintessentially Canadian, displaying an epic sweep and touching intimacy at the same time.

    [ Related video: Wartime photo to be recreated in B.C. ]

    The day is Oct. 1, 1940, and Private Jack Bernard of Vancouver is marching off to war with his regiment through the streets of New Westminster, B.C., to board a ship that would take them for training on Vancouver Island. Later they would sail to Europe and take part in the Normandy Invasion.

    Bernard's wife, Bernice and their five-year-old son Warren came along to see him off. But as the long line of troops marched through downtown New Westminster, the boy whose shock of white-blond hair earned him the lifelong nickname "Whitey," slipped his mothers grasp and ran after his dad, hand outstretched.

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  • Lac-Megantic mayor Colette Roy-Laroche, flanked by security officials, speaks at a news conference in Lac-Megantic, Que., July 13, 2013.
    The town of Lac-Megantic was left devastated by the now-infamous train derailment that left some 50 people dead and the downtown in ashes earlier this month, and efforts to clean up the mess are now causing further heartache.

    Lawyers representing the city have threatened to take legal action against the rail company at the heart of the catastrophe after crews it hired to cleanup five million litres of crude oil spilled in the mess went unpaid and nearly walked off the job.

    When it comes to assigning blame and issuing culpability, the time has not come to be definitive. Provincial police and the Transportation Safety Board continue their investigations into the incident and will announce their findings at some point.

    But in the realm of public opinion, it seems Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railways is working overtime to play the heel.

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    Let's quickly go over the series of events following the catastrophic derailment that occurred

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  • Steve Simonar has been driving for 28 years despite having no arms.An armless Saskatchewan driver who was issued a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt has won a court challenge against that ticket after the province granted him an exemption to the safety rule.

    But that doesn't seem to be enough for Steve Simonar, who says he will file a complaint against a Saskatoon police officer who issued him the infraction for not wearing a seatbelt, even though he totally wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Simonar alleges he heard the officer say he shouldn't be driving if he couldn’t wear a seatbelt.

    The Canadian Press reports that Saskatoon prosecutors withdrew a $175 ticket issued to Simonar in May because of the 55-year-old businessman's new legal exemption.

    Simonar lost both arms in a boating accident almost 30 years ago and drives his truck by using special equipment that allows him to steer with his feet. But putting on a seatbelt is still beyond his abilities and, while he used to carry a doctor's note, he mostly relies on the kindness of police officers to give him

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  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son (Reuters)Any takers for a Prince Moose Jaw? Prince Jasper? Prince Toronto?

    While Canadians in those cities probably aren't counting on their names being the name of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's newborn son and future heir to the British throne, other cities are getting ready to celebrate. The yet-to-be-named royal baby could become marketing gold for Canadian cities and national parks named after princes.

    (Moose Jaw is not one of them.)

    As the Great Kate Wait came to a close on July 22 with the arrival of the new prince, attention turned full-force to getting the first glimpse of the newborn as well as betting on what his first name might be. According to CNN, bookies across the UK have taken in more than $1.8 million in bets, and Ladbrokes names George as the current favourite (odds 2/1), The National Post reports, with James following closely behind at 4/1.

    The mayor of Prince George, B.C., Shari Green, told the Vancouver Sun she wouldn’t be afraid to take advantage of the famous

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  • A Canadian who left his valuable collection of rare coins to a U.S. neo-Nazi group may not get his bequest fulfilled after all.

    Chemist Robert McCorkill's sister, Isabelle, has won a New Brunswick temporary court injunction preventing the transfer of the collection to the National Alliance — a Mill Point, West Virginia, white-supremacist organization.

    According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group was founded in 1970 by William Pierce, whose dystopian novel The Turner Diaries, served as an inspiration to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

    McCorkill, who also spelled his name McCorkell, apparently joined the National Alliance in the 1990s. When he died in 2004 in St. John, N.B., his will bequeathed his collection of ancient coins to the organization but the estate has remained unsettled.

    In May, a New Brunswick judge gave his executor, who is also tied to the alliance, the power to deliver McCorkill's assets to the group.

    The collection has an estimated value of $250,000,

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