• Two of Yahoo! Canada's editorial cartoonists, Wes Tyrell and Terry Mosher (also known as Aislin) discuss the importance of editorial cartoons, and the impact they can have on Canada's political landscape.

    Visit Yahoo! Canada News for a new cartoon every day. Check it out on our homepage, or go through all our comics in our gallery.

  • Raw: Meteorite Falls in Russian UralsA meteor streaked across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (Feb. 15)

    A massive meteor came streaming through Earth’s orbit early Friday morning, blazing across Russia and shattering above a central city, leaving hundreds of people injured in its wake.

    Scientists estimate the flaming projectile weighed as much as 10 tons when it entered Earth’s atmosphere. The impact comes on the day that astronomers will be watching space for a massive asteroid passing near Earth.

    Reuters reports that more than 500 people were injured when the meteorite exploded over central Russia.

    The meteorite flew directly above the city of Chelyabinsk, where several citizens captured the streaming fireball on video.

    "I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day," Viktor Prokofiev told the news

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  • B.C. residents and tourists are sometimes fortunate to see killer whales and even grey whales surfacing in West Coast waters but John Buchanan saw something even more rare last week: a working Canadian navy submarine.

    Buchanan, caretaker with the Squamish Environmental Society, was driving down the the Sea-to-Sky Highway that runs along Howe Sound north of Vancouver when he spotted the sub.

    "It was just the freakiest thing. I’ve never seen a submarine before in my life," Buchanan told the Vancouver Province. "I looked over at Anvil Island and there’s this bloody submarine. This thing is huge, eh?"

    Buchanan pulled over to take some photographs and video, which shows crew members moving on the vessel's sail (aka conning tower), as well as its radar rotating and the periscope retracting.

    The sub has been identified as HMCS Victoria, one of four diesel-electric Upholder-class boats (yes, it's big enough to be a ship but subs by tradition are referred to as boats) that Canada purchased

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob FordToronto Mayor Rob Ford

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologized for disparaging remarks he made about the city’s chief medical officer last year, ending another of the controversies that marred his first two years in office.

    It is a nice gesture, and Dr. Dave McKeown has already accepted the apology, according to a report from the integrity commissioner.

    But the past nine months suggest Ford’s apology may ring hollow. That, or he really has turned over a new leaf since surviving a conflict of interest lawsuit that nearly had him removed from office.

    Ford attacked McKeown on his radio program last April, after the city’s public health department released a report on the health benefits of walking and cycling.

    [ Related: Ford apologizes for criticizing city's medical officer of health ]

    The report, which cost $60,000 to complete, recommended lowering speed limits as part of a plan to promote cycling and walking in Toronto. Other recommendations were made, but that’s the one that captured the most attention.

    An

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  • Health Canada statistics show the number of medical marijuana possession and production licences went from 9,097 in 2011 to 24,963 in 2012.
    The number of people licensed to either possess or grow medical marijuana tripled in British Columbia last year, with the home of B.C. Bud now accounting for more than half of all licences in Canada, the Vancouver Sun reports.

    The Sun says Health Canada statistics show the number of medical marijuana possession and production licences went from 9,097 in 2011 to 24,963 in 2012.

    Licences to legally possess cannabis totaled 13,362 at the end of last year, while the number of residents licensed to grow their own pot rose to 9,369 from 2,987 just 11 months earlier, with the number of licensees allowed to grow pot for others almost doubling, the Sun reports.

    Health Canada, oversees the licensing of medical marijuana growth and possession, announced proposed new regulations to tighten the licensing system, effective next year.

    [ Related: Health Canada plan to treat marijuana like other medicines ]

    "We have heard real concerns from law enforcement, fire officials, and municipalities about

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  • Is it just me, or is it starting to seem like the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is a bit of a farce? At least two Ottawa-area mayors appear to agree.

    CBC News reports that Raye-Anne Briscoe of Admaston/Bromley and Peter Emon of Greater Madawaska Township felt they received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals for no other reason than they happened to be mayor, which they felt diminished the accomplishments of other recipients.

    The two were among 1,500 mayors to receive medals after being nominated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, presumably as a way to recognize their communities as a whole.

    That’s not how Briscoe saw it. She told CBC:

    Somebody had all these medals left over and they said 'OK, here’s a way to get rid of the rest of them, let’s just (give) them out to the mayors across the country to get rid of a problem.’

    Briscoe and Emon are shining lights in the otherwise darkened saga of these medals.

    There are 60,000 some Diamond Jubilee medallions sprinkled across the

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  • The competition started earlier this month, with finals to be held at the Casino de Montreal, which is run by the government's gambling arm.When I was at university, no one that I knew played serious poker. We were poor students and saved our money for beer. I remember some fierce bridge marathons but poker, if there was any, was penny-ante.

    Students supposedly are still poor. The Parti Quebecois exploited that when it leveraged their outrage last year over the Liberal government's plan to raise tuition gradually over five years while still leaving them among the lowest in Canada. A promise to cancel the fee hikes helped propel the PQ past the corruption-tainted Liberals into a thin minority government in last September's election.

    The PQ government has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping tuition fees low, though it's balked at demands by some to move to tuition-free post-secondary education.

    [ Related: PQ youth wing demands free tuition as national council meets ]

    So how do you explain a decision by the government-run Loto-Quebec to co-sponsor the University Poker Championship? The competition started earlier this month,

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  • A jury room at the supreme court building in St. John's. Let’s talk about jury duty. That much-despised civic responsibility in which we are asked to play a role in one of the world’s best justice systems.

    Being summoned is viewed by many as an unwelcome interruption of their daily lives and, often, a punishing financial burden. It is ignored by hundreds, if not thousands, of Canadian every year.

    And why? Well, most suggest a mix of lost wages and low compensation plays a role in it. Not to mention the hassle of having to listen to people talk all day long. But is it really worth chasing and punishing those who refuse to serve? And if so, shouldn’t something be done to make serving less punishing?

    The Canadian Press reports that 15 people will be called to appear before a Supreme Court judge in Halifax after ignoring jury summonses. They face a possible $1,000 fine or even jail time. Other provinces threaten similar punishments.

    [ Related: Fifteen in Nova Scotia who skipped jury duty called before judge ]

    In 2011, an Ontario judge ordered an

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  • Justice Michelle Fuerst ordered a retrial for Sang Eun Lee after finding York Regional Police had been subject to an unreasonable search when she was ordered to remove her bra during a post-arrest search.An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered a retrial in an impaired driving case after finding police stripped a woman of her Charter rights by ordering she remove her underwire bra — said to be a 20-year-old unwritten search policy.

    If you are going to have a policy that leads to female suspects removing their underwear, one would think it best to write it down somewhere.

    The Toronto Star reports that Justice Michelle Fuerst ordered a retrial for Sang Eun Lee after finding York Regional Police had been subject to an unreasonable search when she was ordered to remove her bra during a post-arrest search.

    For the record, the bra was removed in a private room.

    [ Related: Closing arguments begin in cellblock sex assault trial ]

    A lower court had previously ruled the move was acceptable because the intent was to obtain the bra to be searched. The Star reports that the search was in accordance to a 20-year-old unwritten policy.

    According to the Star, Fuerst ruled:

    The trial judge also

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  • Metro Vancouver bus drivers don't have to pay fines for running red lights.As a sometime Vancouver transit user, I appreciate the work bus drivers do.

    They manhandle huge vehicles — sometimes those extra-long, bendy buses — through crowded city streets, dealing with surly, occasionally even violent riders, all while keeping to tight schedules.

    I've seen them sail through orange-turning-red lights with a tap on the horn to make sure they don't collect an unwary pedestrian or another vehicle anticipating the light change. They don't want to brake hard to stop, potentially sending the strap-hangers flying. Fair enough.

    But what I didn't know is that drivers get essentially a free pass if they are caught on camera blowing a red light.

    CTV News reports that automated red-light cameras generated about 230 tickets for TransLink buses in the last five years. Each is worth $167, which adds up to almost $40,000.

    But no driver has paid one of those tickets since 2002, when TransLink challenged one of the red-light infractions in court.

    [ Related: Should transit driver

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