• A search and rescue helicopter leaving Cathedral Provincial Park. COURTESY: Randall St. GermainA search and rescue helicopter leaving Cathedral Provincial Park. COURTESY: Randall St. Germain

    After five days of combing British Columbia’s rugged back country on the ground and in the air, searchers were beginning to think the worst.

    Lynne Carmody and Rick Moynan, from Ontario, went out for a day hike in Cathedral provincial park near Keremeos on June 22 and didn’t return.

    Up to 50 trained search volunteers fanned out along the route they’d planned, to no avail.

    “There is some really bad terrain there. We’ve seen people with multiple fatalities in that type of terrain and we were strongly thinking that might have been the case,” says Alan Hobler, a search manager from Kamloops Search and Rescue and one of the search managers involved in the rescue effort.

    Then, on Sunday, the pair emerged on their own, hiking six hours through the timber in the direction they’d seen the helicopters fly.

    “They had lots of mosquito bites and scratches and they’re dehydrated and hungry, but aside from that it sound like they’re doing well,” Hobler tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The pair were very

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  • An RCMP demo of a takedown at a Sunset Ceremony in Ottawa over the weekend has drawn criticism online. An RCMP demo of a takedown at a Sunset Ceremony in Ottawa over the weekend has drawn criticism online. 

    There was face painting, a petting zoo, the RCMP’s world-renowned Musical Ride and an armed takedown complete with flash bangs and assault rifles.

    The national police agency’s Sunset Ceremonies performed over the weekend in Ottawa is raising a few eyebrows for a short performance by the force’s emergency response team (ERT).

    The four-minute spot in the evening show featured police officers in combat fatigues, weapons at the ready, pulling a suspect out of a vehicle window. Another team then arrives, guns drawn, to arrest a second suspect.

    “The RCMP offers a career like no other,” says the announcer. “If you want to make a difference in your community and your country, this can be the career for you.”

    The four-day ceremonies — Sunday's was cancelled due to weather — are an annual event in Ottawa.

    Supt. Leslie Cook, the officer in charge of the ride, describes it in a statement as a “family friendly event.”

    Not everyone saw it that way.

    A video of the Saturday performance drew some

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    With Canada Day approaching, people across the country will be loading up on flag capes, maple leaf ball caps and fireworks… armloads and armloads of fireworks.

    It’s curious that in a modern society where it’s illegal to walk a dog off-leash or transport a 7-year-old without a booster seat, we’re okay with Joe Six-pack carrying an evening’s worth of explosives home to enjoy in the back yard with a few drinks and the neighbours.

    But before you fill the bucket of sand and set up the lawn chairs, you might want to make sure it’s actually legal for you to do so. While federal rules govern the use and distribution of fireworks, it’s up to municipalities to decide when they’re allowed. And while some cities are okay with a small pyrotechnic display on a random summer night, others have instituted outright bans. So it may be okay on a certain day to fire off a spinner in Vancouver, but if you step into Richmond, you’ll be running afoul of the law.

    Your best bet is to check your local bylaws

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  • Constance Backhouse, a professor at the University of Ottawa who led an investigation into the Dalhousie Dentistry School scandal, sexism, homophobia and misogyny, appears at a news conference in Halifax on Monday, June 29, 2015. The task force says that the university should overhaul its culture and the way it handles complaints of sexism in the aftermath of misogynistic comments posted on Facebook by some male dentistry students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John MorrisConstance Backhouse, a professor at the University of Ottawa who led an investigation into the Dalhousie Dentistry School scandal, sexism, homophobia and misogyny, appears at a news conference in Halifax on Monday, June 29, 2015. The task force says that the university should overhaul its culture and the way it handles complaints of sexism in the aftermath of misogynistic comments posted on Facebook by some male dentistry students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Morris

    A task force called to examine how Dalhousie University dealt with sexually violent Facebook posts by a group of dentistry students uncovered a much deeper culture of bigotry and harassment on the Halifax campus.

    “The report acknowledges what students have been saying for years — that misogyny, racism and other forms of bigotry are prevalent on our campuses,” said Michaela Sam, Nova Scotia chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students.

    Dalhousie was thrown into the spotlight last year when it was revealed that 13 male members of the school’s dentistry faculty had posted sexually violent comments about their female classmates on a private Facebook group.

    A task force into how the school handled the situation released its report Monday, calling on Dalhousie to overhaul how it deals with complaints of sexual harassment and inequality.

    But the report also found the problem goes deeper than the Facebook scandal.

    "The culture within the Faculty of Dentistry permits incidents of

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  • We’ve spent a lot of time talking about dress codes lately, but this story may be the most absurd of all.

    Girls from a public school in Elmira, Ont.. say they were told to cover up because they were wearing two-piece bathing suits on a school trip - to a water park.

    Park Manor Public School said it would be revisiting its dress code policy after a girl complained that she and others were told to cover up their tops while on a class trip to Bingemans Big Splash in Kitchener, Ont., according to the Waterloo Region Record.

    The school sets its own dress code, but a spokesperson for the school board said covering up was standard practice.

    "The practice of requesting that tank tops be worn over two-pieced bathing suits has been in place for many years at the school," (Waterloo Region School Board) spokesperson Lynsey Meikle said in an email.

    Not only is that counter-intuitive for a water park, it may be unsafe. Mark Bingeman, president of Bingemans, told the Record that wearing shirts over

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  • As we know, Ottawa will soon boast another memorial, a Monument to the Victims of Communism - Canada a Land of Refuge, on Confederation Boulevard.

    The memorial will take up a block next to the Supreme Court, but changes to the project announced June 25, 2015 show that the scale of the project has been revised “in keeping with design guidelines established for the site.” It will now occupy 37 per cent of the site, down from 60 per cent, and the overall height has been lowered by half. The changes also improve the accessibility of the site and ensure it is compatible surrounding buildings. There will be another round of changes before the design is finalized.

    The site was allocated to Tribute to Liberty, the group spearheading the project, by Public Works and Government Services.

    The Tribute To Liberty group claims that eight million Canadians or their descendants fled or were forced to leave Communist regimes for various reasons. Ludwik Klimkowski, chair of the non-profit organization

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  • It's hard to believe that those tiny goggle-eyed goldies could pose a serious threat to Canada's ecology. But whether they began as a stall prize at the county fair or some child's first purchase from a pet store, the moment they get into the wild they become a bonafide public enemy - bullying the local fauna and nabbing more than their fair share of nature's spoils.

    Reports have the ornamental fish popping up in rivers and lakes from the U.S. to Fort McMurray, and in numbers that show they are not just surviving in the wild but actually thriving.

    "We had a pretty shocking find last year when we discovered four different age classes of goldfish living in a Fort McMurray storm water pond," said Kate Wilson, the Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist for Alberta Environment & Parks.

    "That means they're breeding in the wild. Which is remarkable considering how cold the winters are there. The biggest ones were the size of dinner plates."

    It's too soon to know what sort of impact the

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    Earlier this week, a UK man reported that he was being kicked out of Canada for helping his girlfriend with a DIY job in her apartment.

    Tom Rolfe, 24, told the Mirror that he and his girlfriend had driven to Montana from Edmonton so that he could return through the border and have an application for residency processed. (He had been in Canada on a visitor’s visa.)

    Coming back into Alberta, however, his case was closely scrutinized. A Canadian Border Service Agency official went through Rolfe’s camera (which, perhaps surprisingly, is within their rights) and found photos of him in girlfriend’s home filling holes in the walls where paintings had hung.

    Apparently, the border officer decided Rolfe was not just voluntarily pitching in around his girlfriend’s Edmonton residence but actually interfering in the local job market, potentially stealing work from a Canadian citizen. His application was denied; he was told he had eight days to get out of the country and barred from returning

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  • Earlier this week, new orange-and-blue signage for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games began showing up across the roadways of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

    More than 5000 will be set up for the duration of the July 10 to August 15 competition and judging from initial reactions you'd think they were the warning signs of an oncoming brainteaser apocalypse.

    Organized to relay information and directions to the Games' participants and spectators, the signs feature a three-letter venue code and herein lies the cause of the bewilderment. You see, much like those used by airports, the codes represent a truncated version of a venue's proper name but — just like YYZ (You make no sense Pearson!) — they're not all super intuitive.

    The three-letter codes correspond to information on the game tickets, to the spectator guide and to the trip planner app. Some are pretty straightforward, CTC is the Canadian Tennis Centre at York University and that makes total sense and so does ABL, which stands for

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  • Naheed Nenshi: mayor, pet detective and inexhaustible cheerleader for his city.

    The Calgary mayor, named the world’s best earlier this year by the international City Mayors Foundation, owes no small amount of his success to his nimble navigation of social media.

    The Calgary Herald recently covered Nenshi’s propensity for trying to reunite people with their lost pets. In the 38 days ending on June 15, Nenshi retweeted 38 times about lost or found dogs, cats and birds.

    But it’s not just pets. In the past week, Calgary’s mayor has alerted his substantial Twitterverse following (247,000 at last count, for leader of a city of 1.1 million) to found car keys, a pop-up shop featuring a fiddle concert, a multicultural celebration in the park, a lost iPhone, Scouts registration and a high school reunion.

    And he tried to help Kevin find his sweater.

    In a

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