• A dentist's chair is removed from a house as part of an investigation into an alleged illegal practice.A dentist's chair is removed from a house as part of an investigation into an alleged illegal practice.

    An unlicensed dentist garnered international attention last year after fleeing from British Columbia to Toronto, temporarily avoiding a Canada-wide arrest warrant after performing oral services for more than 450 patients.

    Tung Sheng Wu, known as the bedroom dentist, was later arrested. But he became the face of an illegal shadow industry that preys on recent immigrants and Canadians without dental coverage. Bedroom dentistry, unlicenced practices often operating out of one’s home, became a headline concern in Canada. On Monday, two new investigations were announced against people accused of illegally offering dental services.

    The College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. confirmed that two East Vancouver homes have been searched as part of an investigation into illegal dental practices in the city. Illegal dentistry is particularly high among immigrant communities and puts patients at risk of blood-borne illnesses, among other issues.

    "The College conducted surveillance on the residences,

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  • Olivia Chow and Rob Ford ahead of the Toronto Mayoral Candidate's debate on March 26, 2014. (Reuters)Olivia Chow and Rob Ford ahead of the Toronto Mayoral Candidate's debate on March 26, 2014. (Reuters)

    Everyone within a 1,000-kilometre radius of Toronto knows that troubled Mayor Rob Ford will return to the city at the end of June, officially ending a stint in rehab and returning to his re-election campaign.

    And pretty much everyone inside and outside of that radius knows about Ford's trouble with drugs and alcohol, and his history of offensive, racist and sexist comments. And we all know to brace for more distractions once he is back in town.

    So why pretend otherwise?

    Leading mayoral candidate Olivia Chow launched an ad blitz on Tuesday, releasing two radio commercials preparing the city for the chaos of Ford's return.

    The first radio commercial consists of several residents preparing for Ford's return: A mother covers her child's ears, a man anticipates mocking phone calls from overseas relatives.

    The second commercial sounds like an ad for a monster truck rally, addressing Ford's errors in judgement and calling him "the most distracting show on earth."

    The ads will run through

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  • Toronto mayoral candidate Karen Stintz appears ready to take on any challenge, whether it is defending her position on the campaign trail, knocking on doors to rally support or baking cookies on a busy weekday morning.

    Stintz joined Yahoo Canada News recently to make a batch of cookies. She handled the appointed task like a professional. The result was a collection of bakery-grade cookies, properly proportioned and baked to perfection.

    "No half-baked cookies, no half-baked policies, no half-baked ideas," Stintz says, beaming with satisfaction at the impromptu wordplay.

    Stintz is the fourth Toronto mayoral candidate to join Yahoo Canada in the kitchen and share her thoughts on the ongoing campaign. The veteran city councillor has experience running for political office, but this is her first bid for mayor.

    "Running a campaign is a lot like running a small business. You've got to get your product out there, your communication, your marketing. You've got stakeholders, your board of

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  • A crack-pipe vending machine at the Drug User Resource Centre in Vancouver. (Reuters)A crack-pipe vending machine at the Drug User Resource Centre in Vancouver. (Reuters)

    The controversial strategy of offering drug addicts free, clean crack smoking supplies has reached another Canadian city, and it may be just the latest step for the increasingly common harm-reduction tactic.

    The "safer smoking supplies" strategy was recently supported by the Middlesex-London Board of Health, allowing health groups to pass out safe crack kits to drug users  a segment of the population harder hit by HIV and hepatitis C as a result of sharing dirty drug paraphernalia.

    "While rates of crack- and cocaine-related emergency department visits, hospital admissions and admission to substance misuse and addictions programs are lower in Middlesex-London than Ontario rates, they cannot be ignored," reads a report submitted to London city council. "By providing safer smoking supplies, we will reduce the disparity in harm reduction efforts between those who inject drugs and those who smoke crack cocaine. We will be better positioned to reduce the harms associated with smoking crack

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  • Employment Minister Jason Kenney speaks at a news conference in Ottawa.Employment Minister Jason Kenney speaks at a news conference in Ottawa.

    A massive overhaul by the Government of Canada to tighten and control access to its embattled Temporary Foreign Worker program is designed to make the program an “option of last resort” for Canadian companies, but immediate response to the sweeping changes claimed it too severely punished those putting it to legitimate use.

    Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced on Friday the introduction of several significantly tougher policies surrounding the hiring of foreign workers, and introduced stronger oversight for companies that apply for assistance through the program.

    Under the new system the names of companies that hire foreign workers through the program will be made publicly available, and companies that abuse the program will be more harshly punished.

    “We are overhauling the program today to ensure we put Canadians first, that the Temporary Foreign Worker program is only used as a last and limited resort, that Canadians always come first, that employers redouble their efforts to

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  • Prosecutors are seeking a direct indictment against Dellen Millard, charged with first-degree murder in Tim Bosma's death.Prosecutors are seeking a direct indictment against Dellen Millard, charged with first-degree murder in Tim Bosma's death.

    The disappearance and death of Ontario father Timothy Bosma that left two men charged and one family grieving became the first in a series of extraordinary dominoes to fall over the past year, with two stagnant cases re-opened and resulting in murder charges, more loved ones swept up in the maelstrom and now, Crown lawyers making the rare pitch for an expedited trial.

    The Hamilton Spectator reported on Friday that prosecutors are seeking a direct indictment against Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, both charged with first-degree murder in Bosma's death, meaning the case would skip a weeks-long preliminary hearing and proceed directly to trial.

    Though no one involved in the case was able to discuss the request with the Spectator, direct indictments are rare in Canada and their use is quite notable.

    The Ontario Attorney General calls the power "an extraordinary one" which is infrequently used.

    "Generally, counsel may make a request for the Attorney General’s consent to a direct indictment

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  • Master Grower Ryan Douglas smells a marijuana plant in Smith's Falls, Ont. (Reuters)Master Grower Ryan Douglas smells a marijuana plant in Smith's Falls, Ont. (Reuters)

    While governments and authorities do everything they can to turn their noses up at the medicinal use of marijuana, the announcement that a Quebec hospital will allow patients to smoke pot is a sign that some in the country's medical community, at least, are willing to embrace it.

    Officials at the Sherbrooke University Hospital Centre voted on Thursday to allow the use of cannabis vaporizers in patients' rooms, if the attending doctor feels the patient is "sick enough" to warrant the use of medicinal marijuana.

    Not only did the hospital approve the measure, CBC News reports that the facility's 650 doctors, dentists and pharmacists voted unanimously in favour.

    Charles Bury (CBC)Charles Bury (CBC)The Sherbrooke, Que., hospital made headlines earlier this year when a doctor allowed a terminal patient, Charles Bury, to use marijuana from his hospital room.

    Bury, the outspoken long-time editor of the Sherbrooke Record, died of terminal cancer a short time later.

    "It's a remedy that helps you to relax and you can't help but

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  • Passengers wait after their flight to Brazil was turned back early Thursday. (CBC/supplied photo)Passengers wait after their flight to Brazil was turned back early Thursday. (CBC/supplied photo)

    When someone manages to stroll through security at Canada's largest airport without being checked, apparently board a flight bound for Brazil and force a full-on terminal shutdown, you expect there to be one heck of a story.

    You can also expect that, whatever that story is, airport officials and security agents won't be quick to share it.

    That seems to be the case in Toronto on Thursday, one day after a man reportedly walked through a security checkpoint shortly before 11 p.m. without being checked.

    The breach led to a police investigation, the temporary grounding of all flights out of Terminal 1, and a Brazil-bound Air Canada flight being forced to return to Pearson Airport.

    Passengers on the rerouted flight told CBC News that, once the flight returned to Toronto, armed officers boarded the plane and arrested a passenger.

    Peel Regional Police confirmed via Twitter that they assisted with a security breach at the airport but, not surprisingly, officials with Toronto Pearson

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  • The City of Vancouver has a sterling national reputation for eco-consciousness, environmental awareness and supporting green initiatives.

    It has been rated among the greenest cities in North America, has a transit strategy based strongly on getting people out of cars and onto bikes, and continues to implement cutting-edge composting and recycling programs.

    But there is a dark side to that green focus, and that dark side apparently comes with beady eyes, wiry hair and stringy tails.

    Rats, that is. Pesky, potentially disease-carrying rodents that have been calling the coastal city home for some time.

    Vancouver's rat population most recently made headlines this week by invading a downtown community garden, or more specifically its compost bins.

    According to CBC News, the rat problem grew so large that a neighbouring YMCA daycare has been forced to keep children indoors until the rodent dens have been cleared out.

    "Rats are not something that are a particularly clean rodent, so we

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  • A dairy cow with a nose ring is shown at the Kooyman family dairy farm in Chilliwack, B.C. (Canadian Press)A dairy cow with a nose ring is shown at the Kooyman family dairy farm in Chilliwack, B.C. (Canadian Press)

    The fallout from an undercover investigation that revealed animal cruelty inside a Chilliwack, B.C. dairy farm has come quickly, intensely and surely left the farm itself reeling as a result.

    But as part of an "unprecedented" response to the controversy surrounding Chilliwack Cattle Sales, an unknown amount of milk will be destroyed as collateral damage.

    Major milk labels are refusing to accept milk products from the farm and, in a decision considered extraordinary and unprecedented in B.C., if not all of Canada, the B.C. Milk Marketing Board has announced it will not put dairy from the farm into circulation.

    "The Board has received requests from processors that milk orders do not include milk deliveries from Chilliwack Cattle Sales until the additional independent audits have been completed," the board said in a statement. "The Board will act in accordance with processor requests and due to lack of market, the milk will be destroyed."

    Vicki Crites, manager of policy and

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