• Canada's mining sector is a heavyweight worldwide, but apparently with that clout comes a growing negative image as an environmental miscreant.

    Yukon-based Gabriel Resources is at the centre of a controversy over plans to develop Europe's biggest open-pit gold mine in Romania, which includes leveling four mountains and creating a lake of cyanide, which is used to extract gold and silver from the ore.

    But The Associated Press reports a Romanian parliamentary commission will reject legislation that would have cleared the way for the Rosia Montana project.

    The development has been subject to years of protest and debate over whether its economic benefits outweigh the potential environmental damage, AP said.

    The last few weeks have featured widespread protests in Romanian cities, prompting Prime Minister Victor Ponta to pull back from plans to get the project approved.

    "The ruling coalition intends to reject the project," Ponta said Monday, but added the government supports foreign investment in

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  • Ashley Madison is striking back against a bizarre $20 million lawsuit from a former employee who says her wrists were damaged on the job, by releasing images of the woman apparently leading a normal life.

    Ashley Madison, a Canadian-based dating website for married men and women, says it rejects Doriana Silva's claim that she was left physically disabled by creating 1,000 fake online profiles and alleges it has evidence that she has continued to live a normal life.

    "Throughout this lawsuit, Ms. Silva has continued to lead an active life and has shown no side effects from her so called injury, as evidenced by her photo postings, depicting multiple vacations around the world, on social media sites," reads a statement provided to Yahoo Canada News. "In fact, in several postings Ms. Silva can be seen clearly enjoying herself on a jet ski – an unlikely activity for someone who has allegedly suffered serious injury."

    The company also provided several images of a woman it said was Silva riding a

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  • The tradition of battle honours goes back centuries, when soldiers fought and displayed regimental colours earned in past battles.We know the Conservative government is keen on Canada's military history, even if critics attack its policies towards veterans, so it's probably not surprising Prime Minister Stephen Harper is mulling ways to mark the armed forces' exploits in Afghanistan.

    The Canadian Press reports Harper is considering bestowing battle honours on combat units that fought in the decade-long Afghan mission.

    What might surprise you is that the initiative potentially could be provoke controversy, especially since the war's not over and Canadian troops are still there, if no longer on the front line.

    CP obtained a memo under access-to-information legislation detailing options for recognizing individual regiments for specific battles and participation in the war itself.

    "Battle honours are awarded to provide public recognition to combatant military units for active participation in battle against a formed and armed enemy," says the May 13 note from Wayne Wouters, clerk of the Privy Council.

    "The awarding of

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  • As the Philippines strives to recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed an estimated 10,000 people and decimated a stretch of land home to some nine million people, Canada has joined the efforts to help in any way possible.

    President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of calamity as the military and volunteers work tireless to recover the missing and ensure food and shelter for those left in the wake.

    Outside the country, the reaction has been similarly passionate. Canada's Filipino community is begging for the country to offer aid, pleas that have quickly picked up by the government and local aid agencies – and the United Nations has been urged to consider the role climate change had in the disaster.

    Naderev Sano, the U.N. envoy from the Philippines, broke down in tears on Monday as he addressed a conference focused on addressing climate change. The Canadian Press reported that Sano vowed to fast until a "meaningful outcome" to climate change was in sight.

    The

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  • Snow falls as a veteran waits for the start of the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.Remembrance Day is supposed to be a solemn occasion to mark the sacrifices of Canadians in a century of warfare.

    But it can't escape trouble and controversy, whether it's the intrusion of politics or base criminality, such as poppy donation-can thefts.

    When members of Branch 291 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Richmond, B.C., paraded Monday for Remembrance Day, they did it with donated flags.

    Just days before the sombre ceremony, someone broke into a locked storage container on the suburban Vancouver legion branch's property and stole its 10 flags.

    When news of the theft broke over the weekend, offers to replace the flags poured in from other legion branches, community organizations and even scout troops, CTV News reported. So many that the legion had to turn some away.

    Members were "kind of shocked," said John Kane, vice chairman of the branch's Remembrance Day committee.

    “This time of year most flags are being used by most branches,” Kane told CTV News. “It's pretty hard for them to give

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  • Silver Cross Mother Niki Psiharis places a wreath during a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on November 11, 2013.
    As Canadians mark Remembrance Day with solemn ceremonies and moments of reflection, the country’s leaders have reached out to share their thoughts on the day. Words of reflection and thoughtful calls for respect were shared from at National War Memorial in Ottawa to ceremonies in Regina, Winnipeg and Victoria.

    Here is a collection of comments and statements made by Canadian leaders:

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking at the National War Memorial in Ottawa:

    "The tremendous determination, courage and devotion of our service men and women in these far off places have generated substantive international respect for our country. They have also generated an immense national pride that has united Canadians, allowing us to reach new heights as a nation.

    “The same proud tradition, spirit and values that Canadians in uniform held dear decades ago are still very much alive today in those who continue to serve our great country on land, at sea and in the air through peace support and combat

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at last year's Remembrance Day ceremony.Remembrance Day has been marked with ceremonies and moments of reflection in towns and cities across Canada. But in the country's largest city, attention was momentarily diverted from our war veterans by a controversial mayor in the grips of an increasingly tempestuous situation.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford spoke at the city's Remembrance Day ceremony outside Old City Hall on Monday and was briefly booed by a select few in attendance.

    Reports from the ceremony note that Ford was briefly met with jeers as he rose to speak, before they gave way to light applause. According to an official program, Ford's addressed the public after the official moment of silence and shortly before the reading of In Flanders Fields.

    It has been tradition for the mayor to speak at the ceremony outside Old City Hall, but some feel that Ford should haved stepped away from the duties in light of his ongoing controversies.

    Ford has confessed to smoking crack cocaine, apologized for a string of public drunken binges and

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  • How to help donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

    With reports of between 2,000 and 10,000 estimated casualties, and an excess of 9 million people affected in the Philippines, “super typhoon” Haiyan is said to be one of the most devastating storms ever to hit landfall.

    The Red Cross and other agencies say they expect the number of casualties and total damage to soar as Haiyan is thought likely to return to category 5 status again.

    Here are Canadian charities where you can donate to help support the relief effort:

    • Donate to the Canadian Red Cross' Typhoon Haiyan fund.
    • CARE teams are on the ground in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines and CARE plans to provide emergency relief to thousands of families.
    • Save the Children is directing donations to help children in the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos.
    • UNICEF is accepting donations to directly assist the children affected by Haiyan.
    • Humanitarian Coalition is an umbrella group collecting funds for several Canadian aid groups including Oxfam, Care, Save the Children and Plan Canada.
    • Action
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  • Join the conversation: Twitter chat about Rob Ford on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses the media outside office on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    This comes on the heels of the release of search warrant information that said Ford received packages from a man now facing drug and extortion charges. Plus, more information could surface as requests make their way through the courts.

    On Friday, November 15, Toronto City Council voted to begin stripping Mayor Ford of his powers.

    But what does this mean for Toronto? Ford has vowed to get back to work, but what’s actually happening at city hall?

    Yahoo! Canada spoke on Friday in a live Twitter chat with Jonathan Goldsbie, a NOW Magazine staff news writer covering the municipal scene. He discussed the ups and downs of reporting from city hall and offer his take on the current conversations unfolding in Toronto.

     
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  • Alberta isn't known as a trail blazer when it comes to restricting personal behaviour, but a proposed ban on using non-tobacco hookahs in public places probably qualifies.

    The Progressive Conservative government is putting its weight behind a private member's bill that would outlaw the sale of flavoured tobacco products to minors.

    And it's introduced legislation of its own to ban the use of "tobacco-like products" as are used in water pipes in bars, restaurants and other public places that are already out of bounds to tobacco smokers, the Edmonton Journal reported.

    Bill 33 will also ban stores from selling cigarillos individually and ban smoking in vehicles carrying children, which some other provinces such as British Columbia already do.

    The legislature is already debating Bill 206, introduced last year, which addressed the sale of tobacco with a "characterizing flavour," such as candy-scented cigars and cigarillos, and fruity chewing tobacco, the Journal said.

    "We are here for the

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