• After meeting the parents of Rehtaeh Parsons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair agree that more needs to be done to prevent cyberbullying, and policing isn't keeping up with Internet crimes.
    The death of Rehtaeh Parsons is still surrounded by dark clouds of anger, blame, accusations and uncertainty. More than a month after she died following a suicide attempt, no one has been charged in connection to her assault or held accountable for the circumstances that made her feel desperate and isolated.

    Her family still wants justice against a group of boys who, they say, sexually assaulted the 17-year-old girl while she was drunk at a party, photographed the incident and spread the photos throughout the school.

    A new report detailed on Monday won't lay blame for Parsons' death, but it will give that school a better chance at stopping the next case of cyberbullying.

    Parsons hung herself on April 4, and was pulled from life support on April 7, sending her family on a grief-fueled quest for justice in a case many in Canada have come to view as death by cyberbullying. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has vowed changes ans the Nova Scotia launched a specialized investigative unit.

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  • Peter Worthington seemed to me like a character out of The Front Page, the classic Broadway play (later a movie) about the cutthroat world of newspapering in the 1920s.

    I know plenty of smart, courageous journalists but I don't think they make they quite like him anymore.

    Worthington, who died Sunday at age 86 from an infection but had been ailing for some time, accomplished enough to fill a couple of normal lifetimes. He was a war veteran (Second World War and Korea), war correspondent (Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan), founding editor of the Toronto Sun and winner of multiple National Newspaper Awards.

    "Peter Worthington was Old School," Sun columnist Mark Bonoskoski wrote Monday. "From the very first day I entered the Toronto Sun newspaper, way back in 1974, Peter Worthington was the template for my career, a career that has admittedly fallen drastically short of his."

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  • Timothy Bosma, 32, disappeared after giving two men a test drive last week. Handout photoOne week after Ontario man Timothy Bosma disappeared on a test drive with two men who said they wanted to buy his truck, police are poised to recover the vehicle – although Bosma remains missing.

    Hamilton police announced that a tip had led them to a large covered trailer in Kleinberg, Ont., which belongs to a suspect arrested in connection to Bosma’s disappearance. According to police, officers entered the trailer to search for the missing father. He was not found, but a truck was located inside.

    Officials said a search warrant is being obtained so police can re-enter the trailer and confirm whether it is the truck at the centre of the missing person case.Another search warrant has been obtained to search an area in the nearby Kitchener Waterloo Region.

    It seems like the days-old investigation is going well in all ways but one. Leads have led to witnesses, who have led to more leads, search warrants and an arrest. But for all that success, Bosma remains missing.

    Investigators said last

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  • Alvin Cote in a photograph that ran with his obituary.A local legend passed away in Saskatoon late last month, prompting an extended period of mourning — especially among local police officers who had warmed to the man's gruff exterior and personal faults.

    He was not a hero, not a slick-suited politician or a celebrity. He was a drunk, and by most accounts a terrible one at that.

    He was quirky, he stunk of booze and he hated Anne Murray. But he was a significant thread in the local fabric and was cherished by officers who patrolled the downtown — where he had been arrested more than 800 times, usually for public drunkenness.

    Here is the obituary of Alvin Cote. It will tell you very little about who he was:

    Alvin Leslie Cote
    Passed away on April 19, 2013 at the age of 59 years in Saskatoon, SK.
    A wake was held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.
    A Traditional Funeral Service was held on Monday, April 22, 2013 also from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.
    Interment followed at the Cote First Nation Cemetery.

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  • Dove's new campaign, Girls Unstoppable, encourages moms to talk to girls about body image issues. Phil Cheung/Girls Unstoppable photo
    According to new Dove research, participation in sports and activities can play a crucial role in young girls' development. This follows the 2010 findings that six in 10 girls have quit sports because of poor body image.

    To help young girls feel more encouraged and empowered in the activities they love, Dove approached Canada's trampoline superstar, Rosie MacLennan, and asked her to share her story.

    "I guess they thought that because I'd gotten to the peak of where I can get in my career, they wanted to hear my story: how I did it and why I did it," MacLennan says.

    MacLennan, 24, Canada's only gold medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, recently spoke to Yahoo! Canada News about the new Dove "Girls Unstoppable" campaign and the role moms, mentors and athletics can play in building young girls' self-esteem.

    Y! Canada: What is your "unstoppable" story?

    MacLennan: Generally speaking, at a young age, you start to get compared to other people. You start comparing yourself to other people,

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  • Getty Images/File/Joe Raedle photoI guess it's not surprising that there's a push on in Ontario to retrofit older nursing homes with automatic fire sprinklers as the leading edge of the Baby Boom is contemplating the prospect of long-term care.

    To be fair, though, the issue has been front-and-centre for years in a province that has one of the worst records in North America for institutional fire deaths.

    An inquest into the 2009 nursing-home fire in Orillia, Ont., that killed four seniors and injured six others last year recommended all retirement homes and assisted-living centres be retrofitted, the Toronto Star reported at the time. New facilities have required sprinklers since 1998.

    But the same day the coroner's jury made its recommendations, a fire at an older seniors' residence in Hawksbury, Ont., claimed two more lives, Christie Blatchford noted in the National Post.

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    Blatchford also observed that three previous inquests had resulted in the

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  • Secrets of Dragons’ Den: Behind the scenes

    Outside the studio during Dragons' Den auditionsOutside the studio during Dragons' Den auditions

    Darien and Jordan nervously walk down the stairs and enter the den. They are in Toronto for the popular CBC reality show Dragons' Den to ask for a large amount of money to mine gold in the Yukon.

    They claim to have found a new method of profit-sharing and say they could make the dragons a lot of money. They go through their plan for about 30 minutes and enter a lively debate with the dragons about their knowledge of the area and the value of their company.

    If this makes it to one of the 20 episodes, it will air sometime between September 2013 and March 2014. If it makes it to air, the viewing audience will see a pitch and debate that is only about five minutes long. But a lot goes into that five minutes of TV.

    It starts with trying to coordinate a schedule between the panel of investors and the CBC studio, which is done a year in advance. Long before taping commences, a team of producers travels the country hunting for budding entrepreneurs. This year they visited 45 cities over a little

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  • Children of some of the victims have filed suit against the RCMP, VPD and City of Vancouver, the B.C. Justice Ministry and Crown prosecutors.The horrific saga of Canada's most prolific serial killer is headed back to the courts in a lawsuit filed by his victims' relatives against, police, the B.C. government and two of the murderer's siblings.

    Robert (Willie) Pickton was convicted in 2007 of six counts of second-degree murder in the killing of women, mostly prostitutes, he picked up on Vancouver's drug-ridden Downtown Eastside. But he's thought to have killed dozens more, having confessed to a jail-cell plant to 49 murders. The remains or DNA traces of 33 victims were found on his suburban Vancouver pig farm.

    Now children of victims Dianne Rock, Sarah de Vries, Cynthia Feliks and Yvonne Boen, have filed suit against the RCMP, Vancouver Police Department and City of Vancouver, the B.C. Justice Ministry and Crown prosecutors, alleging negligence in the way the investigation was handled, according to The Tyee.

    The suit also names older brother David Pickton and sister Linda Wright, who co-owned the sprawling Port Coquitlam

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  • I buy the occasional lottery ticket, but I never expect to win because I used up almost all my luck avoiding death doing stupid stuff between the ages of 18 and, say, 30.

    Most often it involved alcohol, but even blotto, I wouldn't dream of teetering on a high-rise balcony because I've always been afraid of heights. Makes my stomach jump just thinking about it.

    Which brings me to Sydney Taylor, the Nova Scotia university student who died this week during a graduation trip to Mexico with some of her Acadia University classmates.

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    Police say the 21-year-old honours political science student tumbled off a third-floor balcony of the resort in Cancun at 4:30 in the morning, CBC News reported. Alcohol, as they say, was involved.

    Such deaths aren't unusual among tourists in Mexico, it turns out.

    In March, a University of Southern California student on a spring-break trip fell six floors while trying to climb onto an outside

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  • An artist's sketch shows Chiheb Esseghaier making his first court appearance, in Montreal, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/AtalanteTwo of three suspects charged in connection to a terror plot to derail a passenger train outside of Toronto had previously considered contaminating air or water supplies to kill "up to 100,000 people," according to allegations coming to light.

    The allegation was made in court documents in the case of Ahmed Abassi, the third suspect tied to the VIA Rail terror plot, whose arrest in New York was confirmed on Thursday.

    Abassi has previously lived in Canada, and is alleged to be responsible for radicalizing one of two suspects arrested in Canada. But he had more recently been turned away at the border, according to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

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    The Globe and Mail reports that Abassi, a Tunisian national, was refused a visa to return to Canada from Tunisia shortly before he was arrested in the U.S. on April 22. He has been charged with fraudulently applying for a U.S. work visa in order to remain in the country to

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