• KTZ fashion under fire for using Inuit design without family's consentKTZ fashion under fire for using Inuit design without family's consent

    A British fashion label has pulled a sweater from its collection after a Canadian woman said it featured a sacred Inuit design created by her family.

    “Over the last 20 years KTZ has always been inspired by and paid homage to indigenous cultures and tribes around the world,” reads a letter sent to Nunavut resident Salome Awa from Kokon To Zai (KTZ) on Friday, the CBC reports.

    But KTZ, which did not respond to a request for comment, did not apologize for actually using the image, which Awa, a CBC producer, said was created by her great-grandfather.

    It said in an email to Awa, “We sincerely apologize to you and anyone who felt offended by our work as it certainly wasn’t our intention.”

    The label also said it “has always been inspired by and paid homage to indigenous cultures and tribes around the world.”

    Awa could not be reached for comment. Earlier this week, she told the CBC program As It Happens her great-grandfather, who was a shaman, came up with the image in the 1920s. The hands and the

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  • Tue, Nov 17: Simon Fraser University researchers are part of an international team looking for ways to fight a blood-sucking insect known as the kissing bug. Linda Aylesworth reports.  Today's News Hour on Global BC Health Matters brought to you by Pharmasave.Tue, Nov 17: Simon Fraser University researchers are part of an international team looking for ways to fight a blood-sucking insect known as the kissing bug. Linda Aylesworth reports. Today's News Hour on Global BC Health Matters brought to you by Pharmasave.

    The kissing bug sounds like something cute, but it’s anything but. Instead, this triatomine insect gets its nickname from its habit of biting sleeping people around the lips or face.

    While it has made its way into the United States, it shouldn’t be a concern to most Canadians hoping to head south during the winter.

    “In the U.S. I wouldn’t worry at all,” Carl Lowenberger, a professor of biology at Simon Fraser University who has studied the bug, tells Yahoo Canada News. “Where they are found is not usually in people's houses or hotels.”

    The triatomine bug is responsible for spreading Chagas disease — not through its bites but through the feces it leaves behind, often close to the bites themselves. If those feces are infected with a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi or T. cruzi and the bug’s bite is then infected with fecal matter, Chagas disease can be the result. The triatomine bug is most active at night, when it comes out to feed on human blood.

    The average person visiting the

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    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is expressing his disdain over remarks made by environmental heavyweight David Suzuki, who likened the country’s oilsands to slavery.

    Suzuki’s comment were made Monday on Evan Solomon’s SiriusXM program, "Everything is Political." It came as a reaction to a clip of Wall that was played, in which he advises political leaders to consider the number of jobs created by the energy sector when assessing climate change goals.

    “You know what I say to that clip? It sounds very much to me like the Southern states argued in the 19th century — that to eliminate slavery would destroy their economy. It did. It transformed their economy. They took a big hit. But who would say today that the economy should’ve come before slavery?” Suzuki responded.

    When pressed about his remarks, he remained defiant, saying that while those working in the energy sector might take offence, “they’re destroying the very atmosphere that we depend on.”

    Wall says Suzuki’s remarks, which

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  • Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway has been controversial nearly as long as the elevated highway has been a feature of the city’s waterfront.

    But Project: Under Gardiner, a new public works project funded by local philanthropists Judy and Wil Matthews, aims to turn the Gardiner into a point of civic pride — much the way the High Line project in New York transformed an unused rail line into an internationally celebrated park.

    The couple is contributing $25 million, to be managed by Waterfront Toronto, to help create a linear public park running underneath the western end of the Gardiner. (That’s in addition to approximately $150 million the city has allocated to revamp the Gardiner itself.) The catch, if you could call it that: it has to be done expediently, with a goal of completion of the initial phase by Canada’s 150th birthday in July 2017. To that end, the couple plans to be highly involved along the way, and the hope the 70,000 Torontonians living the seven downtown neighbourhoods they

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  • Police officers conduct an anti-terrorism drill in Zhengzhou in this May 7, 2014 file picture. (Reuters)Police officers conduct an anti-terrorism drill in Zhengzhou in this May 7, 2014 file picture. (Reuters)

    When gunmen entered The Bataclan Theatre in Paris, France and the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, many hostages didn't realize what was going on at first.

    “I didn't see the people, I just heard these consistent gun shots and they just kept going...I said to my friend, 'What the hell is that?' and she said, 'I don't know.' We didn't take it seriously, but then everyone started panicking and that's when we realized this was serious,” eyewitness Ginnie Watson told ABC's 20/20 on the night of the attack at The Bataclan.

    Your chances of being taken hostage by armed gunmen are so rare and so beyond daily experience that many people don't actually know what real automatic gunfire sounds like. Experts say your chances of being caught in active shooter situations, like the ones in France and Mali, are akin to your chances of being struck by lightning.

    However, we seem to hear about tragic incidents like these with increasing regularity, so much so that some of us are bound to wonder what

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  • Four films that perfectly capture the ‘devil genius’ Charles SobhrajFour films that perfectly capture the ‘devil genius’ Charles Sobhraj

    A 70-year-old alleged serial killer will likely spend the rest of his days behind bars for the 1975 murder of Canadian Laurent Carrière after a Nepalese court rejected his appeal.

    Charles Sobhraj was already serving a life sentence for murdering Carrière’s American friend, Connie Jo Bronzich.

    Sobhraj, a French national born in Saigon to a Vietnamese mother and Indian father, is an infamous international criminal who has been in and out of prison for decades and is still wanted in several countries for alleged offences and prison escapes. He is thought to have killed between 12 and 24 people in the 1970s and 1980s, his targets mostly young, Western backpackers and other tourists to Southeast Asia.

    He was at one time nicknamed “the bikini killer” because two of his alleged victims were clad in bikinis when they were found.

    Both charismatic and sadistic, Sobhraj was the subject of a GQ Magazine profile in 2014 in which he was described as “handsome, charming and utterly without scruple,” like

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  • Some residents in an Ontario city who know each other only by their Twitter handles are preparing to buy each other holiday presents in a citywide secret Santa gift exchange.

    Using the hashtag #secretsantaguelph, the participants are tweeting out gift ideas, encouraging others to sign up and talking about how the event — now in its fifth year — raises money for breakfast and food programs at a public school and its neighbourhood group in one of the poorer areas of the city. Guelph is located approximately 100 kilometres west of Toronto.

    Last year, the event raised $13,435, which helped Brant Avenue Public School provide breakfast five days a week for students.

    The exchange was started by Bang Ly and in the first year, just 25 people took part and was “more as a quick get together to meet Guelph Twitter users that had been conversing online for a while but never in real life.”

    “We had a quick response and I thought it'd be good if we added a component that gave back to the community,”

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  • Q&A with Garth Fletcher, co-inventor of GMO salmon

    FDA's approval of AquaBounty GMO salmon decried by environmental groupsFDA's approval of AquaBounty GMO salmon decried by environmental groups

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved what is believed to be the first genetically modified animal for food consumption in the world — an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow about twice as fast as conventional fish.

    The approval of the AquAdvantage salmon for American dinner plates is a major and controversial milestone in GMO products but it began as a purely academic exercise for a couple of Canadian scientists more than three decades ago.

    Yahoo Canada News spoke to Garth Fletcher, now professor emeritus and head of Memorial University’s department of Ocean Sciences, about how he and fellow scientist Choy Hew co-invented the technology that is making headlines around the world.

    Q: How did the idea surface?

    A: In 1982, Nature magazine printed an article about a growth hormone gene that had been introduced to mice that made them twice the size as regular mice.

    “That triggered the idea that, well, if they can do that in a mouse maybe we can do that in a fish,”

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    Edmonton Eskimos fans are doing their best to get to Winnipeg to see their team compete in the Grey Cup — including chartering planes.

    The Canadian Football League’s 103rd Grey Cup will be held at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday. The Edmonton Eskimos will be playing the Ottawa Redblacks.

    Airco Aircraft Charters is one of the airlines offering charter flights from Edmonton to Winnipeg for Grey Cup fans. It costs $1,100 each for 18 people to fly in a Beachcraft 1900D from Edmonton to Winnipeg, according to Airco’s website. The flexibility of flying a charter means that passengers can leave and arrive when they choose — even arriving right before the game if they want, Airco managing director Mary Ann Stanway told the Edmonton Journal.

    Other airlines are getting in on the charter action to take advantage of the Grey Cup boom — a welcome boost in business at a time when Alberta’s economic slump has led to a drop in corporate charter clients.


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  • Joel Thomas Hynes, left, with his uncle, Ron Hynes.Joel Thomas Hynes, left, with his uncle, Ron Hynes.

    The nephew of Newfoundland musician Ron Hynes says that addiction issues plagued his famous uncle until his death from cancer last week.

    “Ron was a fiercely ambitious, prolific artist, a wondrous man with a brilliant gift, no contest,” wrote Joel Thomas Hynes, a writer and actor, in a public Facebook post. “But while his passing is still fresh in everyone’s hearts and minds, I’m feeling a sense of duty to offer up a hard truth that’s being downplayed or overlooked in all this — the reality of what his battle has been these past years.”

    Hynes says that his uncle, a folk musician who was the first Newfoundlander to release a full album of original music, battled addictions until his passing from cancer in St. John’s at the age of 64 on Thursday.

    “Despite what you may have heard, or thought, or hoped, he remained a hardcore addict right to his final days,” Hynes wrote. “And it killed him. That’s what killed him.”

    In writing about his uncle’s ongoing battle with his demons — which the

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