• Incidents like the one Monday in southeast Calgary have continued to give merit to banning pit bulls.The death of a family dog in Alberta, after being mauled by three pit bulls, underscores the importance of responsible dog ownership, if not an outright ban on the breed.

    The Calgary Herald reports that the attack occurred in an off-leash dog park in southeast Calgary, when Scott McDowell and his two children took their Pomeranian and Great Pyrenees for a stroll.

    Another man was walking three pit bull terriers on leashes, when they attacked. The Pomeranian suffered injuries to the chest and had to be put down. The Great Pyrenees received 16 stitches for its injuries.

    McDowell's 13-year-old daughter was also injured trying to stop the fight.

    What follows are the customary accusations, but with a twist.

    [ Related: Three pit bulls seized after dog killed in southeast Calgary ]

    Stephen Jaquish owns one of the pit bulls and was dog-sitting the other two. He says the dogs were provoked into attacking. He says his pit bull, now in the custody of animal services, is not aggressive.

    McDowell,

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  • Police say John Hollar, 29, died in hospital late Sunday night after a savage beating on an LRT train Friday afternoon.A fatal beating on an Edmonton LRT train that continued as the driver proceeded to the next stop is equal parts saddening and infuriating. As with most public attacks that end in death, we are left with questions about what could have been done to stop it.

    In this case, answers appear to be plentiful.

    CBC News reports that John Hollar was viciously beaten in front of a dozen passengers while riding inside an Edmonton LRT train car on Friday.

    The attack spanned over several minutes. It started en route to one station, where other passengers exited the train, and continued until the train arrived at the next station.

    [ Related: Man dies after beating on Edmonton transit train ]

    At least one passenger alerted the driver, who announced on the intercom that police had been contacted. Still, the beating continued.

    Edmonton transit officials said the decision to continue travelling to the next station was made because police and medical resources were more available at that location.

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  • Immigration Minister Jason Kenney plans to set up a matchmaker service for would-be migrants to Canada.Welcome to Matchmaker Canada, the game show where skilled international workers are paired with Canadian employers in a wacky contest of hope, change and immigration que jumping. Our host today is Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

    In a year-end interview with the Globe and Mail, Kenney outlined his government's plan to set up a matchmaker service for would-be migrants.

    Via the Globe:

    They’ll go into this pool, and then employers or my department and or provinces will be able to fish out of that pool... It’s like a dating site.

    This would be the latest update to Canada’s immigration system. As Andy Radia explains on the Yahoo! Canada News Political Points blog, Kenny has been streamlining the system to favour skilled, younger immigrants and those who speak English or French.

    [ Related: Kenney says foreign engineers, doctors no longer need ‘to drive cabs’ ]

    Under the new matchmaker service, skilled workers who want to move to Canada would post their details, and employers in need of

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  • Michael Fox, Ring of Fire Senior Director for Webequie First Nation (tbnewswatch)A mineral deposit in Ontario's far north is a source of excitement and controversy for the province's mining industry. Named the Ring of Fire — after the Johnny Cash song — the area contains a Nickel deposit and the largest deposit of chromite ever discovered in North America. Chromite is a key ingredient in stainless steel. Two companies, Cliffs Natural Resources and Noront, are in talks to mine the region.

    Dalton McGuinty has suggested the Ring of Fire could rival Alberta's oil sands, creating thousands of jobs near reserves that are plagued by unemployment. But its economic potential is matched only by its hurdles and risks. Environmental damage, sustainable infrastructure, and the well-being of nearby aboriginal communities are at stake.

    Michael Fox is the Ring of Fire senior director for Webequie First Nation, a fly-in community 540 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. He's a liaison between the community and those seeking to exploit its resources. Fox spoke with Yahoo! Canada News

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  • In the mad rush to pile that present mountain under the tree in shiniest bows and ribbons, how many of us think about the waste we’re generating in the process?

    Because once the gifts have been unwrapped, the shiny bows and ribbons discarded into a green bag, even the most conscientious recyclers may inadvertently be creating a headache for the folks at the local waste management plant.

    As CBC reports, our collective recycling skills still need some refinement, particularly after the holidays. Many Canadians still haven’t mastered the difference between what gets recycled, what gets thrown in the trash and what gets sorted into compost – and this applies doubly to the discarded remains of our Christmas loot.

    [ Related: Manitoba millionaires' gift spree ]

    The news network spoke to Heather Myers, disposal manager at P.E.I.’s Island Waste Management Corporation, who said her employees tend to find themselves up to their ears in extra sorting at this time of year.

    While wrapping paper

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  • U.S. Transportation Security Administration supervisor Nick Fox and another TSA employee demonstrate an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner.When your body passes through the TSA’s backscatter X-ray at the airport, dangly bits and all, it’s hard not to imagine that somewhere in the backroom, a team of agents is sitting around with a bowl of popcorn and openly critiquing your physique.

    “Could use a little more leg work at the gym,” one agent cracks to another. “Definitely. And time to lay off the carbs,” the other agent retorts as he stuffs a handful of popcorn in his mouth. And not just your body either. Everyone’s shape is up for debate in that moving assembly line of radiated boobs and butts.

    Of course, the truth is that TSA agents are trained to look for weapons, drugs and other things that should not be boarding a plane, and that’s likely where their eyes are focused. After a while they probably stop noticing the bodies that may or may not be attached to these items in the first place.

    In most cases anyway. Because as ABC News reports, an anonymous blogger claiming to be a former TSA screener says that while agents in

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  • Yahoo! Canada News talks to 20-year veteran Adam Rees about what his days were like after superstorm Sandy

    Two months after superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast, we still see images of houses half knocked down, trees uprooted, cars on their sides and furniture piled high on the curbs.

    But the good news for most people who still have a home standing is they have power. Once the storm blew through and the weather started to calm down, the first item many mayors and governors started reporting is the number of people without power. Getting it restored to homes is a priority and something that couldn't have been done as quickly without utility workers from all over the continent including about 65 from Toronto Hydro.

    "I never even hesitate, especially when they say stuff like we are going to go help out another utility...let's go, let's help out," said Adam Rees, a 20-year veteran of Toronto Hydro, to Yahoo! Canada News.

    65 Toronto Hydro crew members are in New York & New Jersey to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Toronto Hydro Facebook photo)

    He and others from Toronto left a week after Sandy hit. They

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  • For the past six years a group of Canadian doctors and transplant recipients have challenged and conquered some of the world’s most dangerous terrain, climbing mountains in Nepal and braving the treacherous wastelands of the Arctic to raise awareness for cardiovascular health.

    Dr. Heather Ross is the director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital and the head of the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Heart Failure Program. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo! Canada News, she discussed the group’s next mission: to reach the South Pole.

    Dr. Ross, The Only Woman on the South Pole ExpeditionDr. Heather Ross chats with Yahoo! Canada about being the only woman on the Test Your Limits expedition to the South Pole.

    Yahoo! Canada News When you first entered medical school, did you see your career leading you to the South Pole?

    Dr. Heather Ross Well, no. But I have always been a bit of an adventure seeker and adventure admirer. I grew up with two older brothers. My first big

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  • The Supreme Court of Canada, REUTERS/Chris Wattie
    Personal injuries, paralysis and the mental health issues that arise from such ailments are sad and terrible, and society should do everything it can to help people heal from, and adapt to, such problems.

    That disclaimer seems important when discussing the plight of Shannon and Erica Deering, two Ontario sisters left wheelchair-bound by a single-vehicle accident nearly a decade ago.

    Both Deerings suffered partial paralysis after a 2004 crash, when Shannon drove her car into a ditch between Oshawa and the municipality of Scugog. The communities were later found two-thirds responsible for the crash because of the quality of the road.

    The Toronto Star reports that the Supreme Court of Canada upheld that ruling this week, creating a possible precedent for holding municipalities at fault for accidents that happen on their roadways.

    [ Related: Top court won't hear appeal from municipalities found liable ]

    Roger Oatley, the Deerings’ lawyer, told the newspaper that the ruling states that

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  • It is hard to believe that another attack on a public school could come so soon after the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, where 26 teachers and students were gunned down last week.

    But that could have been the case, had it not been for a Toronto blogger who spotted a threat posted online and took action that led to the arrest of a 16-year-old girl in Mesa, Arizona.

    Shooting plot thwartedAuthorities in Arizona, with the help of Toronto police, have arrested a 16-year-old high school girl who they say was plotting to gun down her classmates and then kill herself.

    CBC reports that Ryerson University student Alex Haney noticed the comment posted on a YouTube channel where he runs an online diary about his experience as a transgender person.

    [ Related: Arizona cops foil school shooting plot with help from Toronto police ]

    "It could have been a hoax, it could have just been meaningless," Haney told the network, but said decided to alert Toronto police just in case.

    It could have been a hoax, but all

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