• Solemn Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country will be marked this year by higher levels of security, but none more notably than the massive annual gathering in Ottawa, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and an estimated 80,000 others will gather near where a Canadian soldier was shot dead in recent weeks.

    The Ottawa ceremony at the base of the National War Memorial is Canada’s largest Remembrance Day every Nov. 11, and is expected to draw an even larger crowd on Tuesday.

    But with Canada still reeling from two fatal attacks against military personnel in recent weeks, those heading out to ceremonies large and small should expect to see a few extra precautions in place. Military museums are being temporarily closed, local police forces are getting help from larger agencies and, in Ontario, off-duty officers are being asked to come armed and ready to assist in the event of an emergency.

    Insp. Murray Knowles, Emergency Operations Directorate of the Ottawa Police Service, says that

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  • Suspected potato tampering prompts recall in Atlantic Canada. (CBC)Suspected potato tampering prompts recall in Atlantic Canada. (CBC)

    Ottawa police investigating a potato-tampering case do not believe it is linked to a larger investigation ongoing in Prince Edward Island, Canada’s potato heartland.

    The similarities, however, between the Ottawa incident in which a needle was found stuck inside the spud, were enough to prompt investigators to reach out to their Atlantic Canada counterparts.

    Police say an Ottawa resident reported finding a needle stuck into a potato they had purchased at a local store in the past week. Det. Peter Van Der Zander told Yahoo Canada News that the complainant spotted the needle while peeling potatoes.

    He declined to detail the potato or its origins.

    "I think that to release the name of the store it was purchased at or the brand name of the potato would only serve to give the public a false sense of security," he said.

    "We all know that potatoes can come from one farm and be sold under many different names. We want the public to be cautious regardless of what store it was purchased at and

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  • Ret. Sergeant Tom Hoppe wears a poppy on his suit jacket in Kingston, Ont., on Nov. 8, 2012. (CP)Ret. Sergeant Tom Hoppe wears a poppy on his suit jacket in Kingston, Ont., on Nov. 8, 2012. (CP)

    Leading up to Remembrance Day, Canadians can rest easy knowing that while there is considerable conversation about the right and wrong way to wear a poppy, there is little debate that they should be worn.

    The poppy is so engrained in our traditional commemoration of Remembrance Day that wearing the memento is almost taken for granted. It is not a matter of whether we will wear the poppy, it is a matter of exactly how, and when, to wear the poppy.

    According to the Royal Canadian Legion, which distributes the poppy to raise money for veteran’s services, there is no wrong way to wear a poppy. Though some ways are more correct than others.

    “The poppy stands out. We use it for remembrance,” Tom Eagles, Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion, said this week. “It is a solemn symbol of remembrance of the men and women who paid the supreme sacrifice, but also those men and women who still wear the uniform.”

    The poppy is used as a symbol in other countries as well, though not to the

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  • Workers scrape a wall which had a photo of former CBC radio host Jian GhomeshiWorkers scrape a wall which had a photo of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi

    Much of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal seems like a classic workplace harassment case, albeit one writ very large.

    It may end up being more than that, though allegations of criminal assault against the former CBC Radio host by women he dated remain unproven.

    But when you strip away Ghomeshi’s celebrity status and his admitted sexual proclivities, this looks a lot like the kind of abuse many women face in every workplace from men in powerful positions, abuse which many feel reluctant to report. As we’re learning, there are systemic problems that can often to leads to these situations.

    Ghomeshi, for those who’ve been somewhere without a decent Internet connection the last couple of weeks, was fired from his high-profile job as host of Q, CBC Radio’s flagship arts program. He claimed he was let go because the public broadcaster determined his sexual activities weren’t compatible with its standards.

    Ghomeshi responded with a $55-million lawsuit and a lengthy defence on Facebook of his sex

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  • Comedian/actor Norm Macdonald performs in Las Vegas on July 9, 2011. (Getty Images)Comedian/actor Norm Macdonald performs in Las Vegas on July 9, 2011. (Getty Images)

    The idea of Norm Macdonald making a triumphant return to Canadian airwaves as the next host of Q has received a groundswell of support in recent days, though the radio show at the centre of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal has yet to tip its hand and show the public its plans.

    CBC’s premier arts and culture radio show is in the midst of a rebranding effort after host and co-creator Ghomeshi was shown the door two weeks ago.

    And while their request for public consultation has shown that the former Saturday Night Live star is a popular choice for host, there is also a growing sense that the campaign is destined for failure.

    Users of the social media site Reddit have been debating potential hosts, with an entire conversation chain dedicated to claims that Q is ignoring Macdonald’s overwhelming support.

    "If you look up this hashtag on twitter the vast majority are recommending Norm Macdonald to be the new host. But when Q read some of the tweets today not a single one mentioned Norm. Instead

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  • Atsumi Yoshikubo, a Japanese tourist, is shown in a handout photo issued with the RCMP. (CP)Atsumi Yoshikubo, a Japanese tourist, is shown in a handout photo issued with the RCMP. (CP)

    A decision by investigators in Yellowknife, N.W.T., to call of the search for a missing Japanese tourist and declare her disappearance had brought intentional attention to the region’s “quiet epidemic.”

    While the disappearance and suspected death of Atsumi Yoshikubo is not connected to the state of Canada’s North, with new reports suggesting she may have been considering suicide before leaving Japan on vacation last month, it is a reminder that our Northern territories suffer Canada’s highest suicide rates.

    Yoshikubo was last seen on Oct. 22 and reported missing five days later after she failed to check out of her hotel room.

    After a thorough search that was monitored by the Japanese consulate and Yoshikubo’s family back home, the RCMP announced that they have come to suspect her disappearance was not an accident.

    The latest update from RCMP in Northwest Territories states:

    A thorough Police investigation has determined that Yoshikubo is now considered to be a missing person,

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  • Photo of the four students who won the BUSU costume contest (Twitter)Photo of the four students who won the BUSU costume contest (Twitter)

    A week after a costume contest at Brock University saw four students in blackface take home first prize, there’s still dissent over how the school has reacted to the incident.

    The campus in St. Catharines, Ont., has been in an uproar over a group of students who dressed up as the Jamaican bobsled team of Cool Runnings fame for a Halloween costume contest at the Brock University Students’ Union’s pub last week.

    The foursome won the $500 prize based on audience applause. But a few days later both the students’ union and the university administration found themselves in damage control over the incident.

    While the president of the university tells Yahoo Canada News this is a teachable moment, members of the black community say they’d like to see the students apologize and perhaps be punished.

    The students apparently had no malicious intent in dressing up like the beloved characters of the 1993 movie, based loosely on the unlikely entry of Jamaica in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics

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  • Canadians who want to live or travel in the United Kingdom could be granted the ability to do so without the current shackles of visa requirements and limitations, should the UK parliament heed the call of a British think-tank.

    That call involves urging for the creation of a vast “bilateral mobility zone” that would give citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada the ability to travel freely between those Commonwealth nations without the need for work or travel visas.

    "We want to add distinct value to Commonwealth citizenship for those who wish to visit, work or study in the U.K.," reads the report released by the Commonwealth Exchange. "The Commonwealth matters to the U.K. because it represents not just the nation’s past but also its legacy in the present, and its expanded potential in the U.K.’s future."

    The idea of easier mobility between Canada and some of its closest Commonwealth allies would be an exciting concept. There are currently 90,000 Canadian-born

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  • Photo of Million Mask March in Halifax on Nov. 5, 2014. (Pamela Cameron/Facebook)Photo of Million Mask March in Halifax on Nov. 5, 2014. (Pamela Cameron/Facebook)

    Remember, remember, that a young man was found dead, face down in a Nova Scotia creek nearly 25 years ago and, to this day, questions remain about what led him there and how he died.

    The family of Clayton Miller hasn’t forgotten, and have fought since 1990 to determine exactly what happened to their 17-year-old son. And now, the group of hacktivists known as Anonymous has questions of their own, and are using Guy Fawkes Day to pressure the government for answers.

    The Chronicle Herald reports that Anonymous publicly rallied for a new investigation into Miller’s death as part of Wednesday’s Million Mask March – a global protest in which participants are urged to wear the distinct, mustachioed mask embraced by the group, which opposes government oversight.

    In a series of YouTube videos, Anonymous members called for answers into Miller’s death 24 years ago, questioning the official version of events and pointing to accounts they say could suggest police knew more about the death than they

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  • Photos from Slut Walk in New York, Saturday, October 1, 2011 (<a href=https://flic.kr/p/as14kq target=_blank>David Shankbone/Flickr</a>)

    For over a week now, Twitter feeds and Facebook walls have been flooded with the latest in the ongoing saga of Jian Ghomeshi and the women he allegedly assaulted. Since the Toronto Star published a story on Oct. 26 with accusations from three women that Ghomeshi had assaulted them, several more, both named and anonymously, have stepped forwards with their own allegations. That in turn has been followed by a deluge of women who have shared their own, unrelated stories of assault.

    In the wake of the scandal, hashtags like #BeenRapedNeverReported have appeared online, with thousands of women sharing their own, often heartbreaking accounts of sexual assault that have never been taken to the police.

    But why now? Why did it take the firing and ostracizing of Jian Ghomeshi to prompt so many women to come forward with their own stories?

    The question is understandably a complex one, and in reality, the Ghomeshi scandal came at a time when the sexual assault of women is a particularly charged

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