• Bad weather is currently keeping rescue crews on the ground as they hope for a clearing to search for three missing Canadians in Antarctica.

    An emergency beacon was activated around 10 p.m. Tuesday, giving rescuers a good idea of where the three are, but because the beacon battery only lasts for 24 hours, it has likely gone flat.

    Dr. Heather Ross, who just returned from an expedition to the South Pole and wrote for Yahoo! Canada News during her adventure said as long as the plane was able to land safely, the crew should have everything they need to survive for a short while.

    "Each plane is equipped with survival gear," she said to Yahoo! Canada News. "They have gear on board the plane to stay warm and eat."

    The main challenge for the crew, presuming they are in good health will be finding shelter. Hopefully they are able to use the plane, but if not they will likely be building an igloo.

    It's believed that there were just the three crew members on the plane and no passengers

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  • Would you trust your marijuana needs to former Olympic athlete and notorious pot smoker Ross Rebagliati?

    CBC News reports that the former snowboarding bad boy is trying to use his celebrity status to open a medical marijuana dispensary in, where else, Whistler, B.C.

    Consider it a high-minded concept from someone who knows the business. Or at least the product.

    The company, Ross' Gold, could be open by March and aims to capitalize on changes to Canada's marijuana laws.

    Ross Rebagliati getting into pot bizThe Olympic gold medalist snowboarder is aiming to open a medical marijuana dispensary

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    A website for Ross' Gold suggests the main concern of the business is not finding a market, but awaiting the legalization of marijuana.

    The company’s business model reads:

    The Canadian Government is only now privatizing the medical marijuana industry, and the company intends to build traction and revenues through the sale of legal

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  • Casinos create a kind of devil's bargain for the the communities that host them: In return for an often lucrative revenue stream and source of employment, they accept the possibility that crime related to gaming may rise, traffic will increase and that it may claim some gambling addicts as social victims.

    Apparently the people of Surrey, B.C., the sprawling suburb east of Vancouver, wasn't prepared to sign on to a deal like that.

    The chief executive officer of the Crown-owned B.C. Lottery Corp., Michael Graydon, says he was "dumbfounded" Surrey's mayor and city council rejected an application to license a casino as part of a new luxury hotel and convention centre complex, the Globe and Mail reports.

    "Something transpired in the last few days and I don’t know what,” Graydon told the Globe.

    Graydon's surprise seems rooted in his sense that Surrey's civic leaders favoured the Gateway Casinos proposal, to be located on Highway 99 just north of the Canada-U.S. border.

    But council voted 5-4

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  • The former captain of the Conservative ship says his near-decade as leader of Canada led to late nights, odd eating habits and intense pressure that likely contributed to the affliction.Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has opened up about a private struggle in his otherwise public life, describing how things changed after he was diagnosed with diabetes just over two years ago.

    The always verbose, and usually authoritative, former captain of the Conservative ship says his near-decade as leader of Canada led to late nights, odd eating habits and intense pressure that likely contributed to the affliction.

    In an exclusive interview with CTV News’ medical specialist Avis Favaro, Mulroney described the battle of adjusting to life with diabetes, with which he was diagnosed in 2010.

    Mulroney told Favaro:

    I was devastated, because I was 70 and I had made it that long living the life that I did... Life as a prime minister is not always easy. There are ups and downs, and there is lots of pressure and tension.

    Mulroney goes on to describe his desire to foster public awareness of disease. And while the timing of the interview is likely innocent, it is also awfully good.

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    University campuses have always contained fault lines where conflicting political and ideological views rub together, occasionally provoking a tremor that rattles the metaphorical china.

    There's been fresh tectonic activity at Ottawa's Carleton University (my alma mater), where a so-called "free-speech wall" was destroyed by a campus activist who, according to the National Post, objected to it as an anti-gay "act of violence."

    Arun Smith, who's apparently in the seventh year of study towards a degree in human rights and political science, posted a 600-word rant on his Facebook page on Monday claiming responsibility for tearing down the wall — essentially a 4x8 panel wrapped in paper and supplied with markers for writing.

    "I take full and sole responsibility for this action, I understand that there will likely be consequences, and I am prepared for the imposition of those consequences, however unjust they might be," Smith said. "In fact, it is in response to injustice that I have found

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  • UPDATE (5:00 p.m. EST): CBC is reporting that Chief Theresa Spence will end her hunger strike tomorrow morning on Thursday, January 24.

    Spence will be making a public statement about the end of her hunger strike at 11:00 a.m. EST on Thursday.

    It has come to this; a conclusion to Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike is set to be reached not with a bang but a whimper. The end will come on Thursday, without her original demands being met.

    Several separate reports released on Wednesday outlined what appears to be the death knell for Spence’s six-week liquid diet. She began the stomach-grumbling journey on December 11, 2012 to protest the government’s treatment of First Nations communities and force Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General David Johnson into a meeting of her design.

    While Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and other First Nations leaders met with Harper, Spence was not satisfied with the tenor leading into the meeting and

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  • A video of two Calgary police cruisers seemingly racing to get the last chocolate glazed doughnut does not appear to show anything illegal, but it is being investigated nonetheless.

    The video, uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, captures two cruisers making what appears to be a dash for the iconic Canadian coffee shop. At the start of the video, the two cars are lined up in front of an unmarked police cruiser at a red light, and seem to be jockeying for position before the light turns green.

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    One of the drivers then jumps out in front of his counterpart and cuts in front of the other. The pair then takes separate entrances into the Tim Hortons parking lot in an alleged attempt to beat one another to the front of the line.

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    The Calgary Police Service is now investigating the incident, but told Sun News Network that it doesn’t appear the officers did

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  • The Arctic Home campaign is a partnership between Coca-Cola and WWF Canada that’s focusing on conserving polar bears in their habitat.The relationship between big business and environmentalists doesn’t have to be adversarial, says Martin von Mirbach, Ottawa-based Arctic program director for the World Wildlife Fund.

    The WWF has had a longstanding relationship with soft-drink behemoth Coca-Cola and is in the second-year of a five-year, $2-million program called Arctic Home. It works with communities in the high Arctic to research and plan the best way to preserve the polar bear and other ice-dependent species from the effects of climate change and shrinking sea ice. The so-called Last Ice Area of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland covers about 1.4 million square kilometres.

    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Yahoo! Canada News, von Mirbach describes the program and talks candidly about the WWF’s embrace of a corporate giant like Coca-Cola:

    Y! Canada News: Can you explain what the Arctic Home program is and Coca-Cola’s involvement?

    Martin von Mirbach: The Arctic Home campaign is a partnership between Coca-Cola and

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  • The CBC found expired and potentially harmful baby formula on Vancouver store shelves.If you use formula to feed your baby, CBC News is warning you to check the expiry date before you plop it into your shopping cart.

    CBC News checked about a half-dozen Vancouver-area supermarkets and found expired infant formula on the shelves of at least two of them.

    Some liquid President's Choice Soy Infant Formula that was more than two months past its expiry date was discovered at a North Vancouver Real Canadian Superstore, CBC News reported.

    A PriceSmart store in east Vancouver had stocks of Isomil Infant Formula powder that was seven months out of date.

    Human milk substitutes such as formula are required to have hard expiry dates (as opposed to "best before" or "use by") dates because expired products may not longer have the same nutrient value, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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    It's also not supposed to be sold, but CBC News noted that unlike the United States, Canada does not penalize retailers for

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  • Hostages are seen with their hands in the air at the In Amenas gas facility in this still image received January 19, 2013.

    Should we be shocked by allegations that Canadian jihadists might have been involved in the deadly hostage-taking attack on an Algerian natural gas plant?

    The Algerian government claims two Canadians of Arab descent were part of the assault on the Sahara desert facility, which ended with 38 workers dead along with more than two dozen of the hostage takers.

    “A Canadian was among the militants. He was co-ordinating the attack,” Algeria Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday, naming him only as Chedad, a surname common with Arabs in the region, the National Post reported.

    The Canadian government is trying to verify the claims, Foreign Minister John Baird told CTV News.

    "We can't confirm the accuracy of these reports," Baird said. "But what we are doing, our embassy in Algiers and our team in Ottawa are working to try to verify these informations and get the names of these alleged Canadians. But we can't report anything official at this time."

    “Canadian involvement in overseas

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