• Stompin' Tom ConnorsStomp on.

    Those two words are found among the thousands that have already been written about the death of Stompin' Tom Connors, the Canadian musical icon who passed away Wednesday night.

    Stomp on. Canadian icon. Your legacy. Thank you.

    Connors, who passed away of natural causes at the age of 77, was born Thomas Charles Connors in Saint John, New Brunswick on February 9th, 1936. Over a decades-long musical career, he captured the hearts of everyone from Canadian politicians to Canadian construction workers and loggers. And athletes, especially hockey players.

    His hits included "The Hockey Song," "Sudbury Saturday Night," "Bud The Spud," "Tillsonburg" and "Moon-Man Newfie." He was given every honour Canada had to offer, and he turned some of them away.

    He was a folk-singing superhero who, for years, stood as the proud icon of Canadian music. No, not music. Of Canada as a whole. Proudly nationalistic, fiercely loyal and beloved from coast to coast to coast.

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  • Stompin’ Tom Connors dies of natural causes at 77

    Canadian music icon Stompin' Tom Connors has passed away Wednesday evening of natural causes at his home at the age of 77.

    The music legend is probably best known for his song "The Hockey Song," but also recorded hits such as "Sudbury Saturday Night," "Bud The Spud", "Tillsonburg," "Big Joe Mufferaw" and many more.

    "He is synonymous with the word Canada," said Brian Edwards, President of Rocklands Entertainment, to Yahoo! Canada News. "He was so popular it was beyond belief."

    Rocklands Entertainment notified people through a statement on the website Stompintom.com.

    To give people an idea of how popular Stompin' Tom was, Edwards talked about a poll which showed 97.6 per cent of Canadians knew who he was and only 58 per cent knew who the Prime Minister was.

    "Everyone can relate to it (his songs)," said Edwards. "From a governor general to a steelworker in Hamilton, it's such a rarity."

    His family gave the staff at stompintom.com a message he wanted passed along upon his death:

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  • I am a car guy (I write about cars elsewhere) and so I sympathize with Gary Smith's hunt to find the 1957 Chevrolet he let go more than four decades ago.

    I wish I still had the '72 Datsun 240Z I owned in the late 1970s, though by now probably it's been recycled into kitchenware or something. I'd settle for another clean example of the marque but Smith is adamant. The Edmonton man doesn't want any '57 Chevy; he wants his '57 Chevy.

    According to The Canadian Press, Smith bought the two-door sedan as a young man in the 1960s, planning to drag-race it. But needing money, he sold it in 1970 for $1,750 to a fellow from Red Deer, Alta., apparently with the understanding he could eventually buy it back.

    He never did, though, and eventually lost track of the car's owner. Now Smith has placed an classified ad in the Red Deer Advocate.

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    Smith said he sold the car, sans engine, to a man in his 20s. He estimates the owner now would be in

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  • An ongoing inquiry into the fatal collapse of a northern Ontario shopping centre is proceeding according to schedule, but questions linger over various documents yet to be presented by the mall’s owner.

    Owner Bob Nazarian has reportedly failed to turn over various emails requested by Commissioner Paul Belanger ahead of the start of the inquiry.

    Collapsed mall owner facing possible court battleThe commission examining last summer's mall collapse in Elliot Lake, Ontario is poised to take the owner to court in a fight over documents. Commission counsel Peter Doody says they're set on collecting all the evidence.

    The Canadian Press reports the commission is preparing to take Nazarian to court for failing to turn over thousands of documents.

    Nazarain was the owner of the Algo Centre Mall when a rooftop parking lot partially collapsed in June 2012, killing two women. He has rejected responsibility for the fatal collapse and denies that he failed to properly maintain the structure.

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  • Weser has successfully fended off deportation back to his homeland in Switzerland after an IRB tribunal rejected evidence that his membership the Wagos Motorcycle Club back home puts him in the thick of biker criminal activity.Aging biker Uwe Weser apparently just wants to live the quiet life in Canada and, despite the protestations of the police, he's going to get his wish.

    Weser has successfully fended off deportation back to his homeland in Switzerland after an Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) tribunal rejected evidence that his membership the Wagos Motorcycle Club back home puts him in the thick of biker criminal activity.

    In its decision last November, not made public until now, the IRB said the Immigration Department failed to establish that Weser, who has no criminal record, had engaged in illegal activity or that Wagos was anything more than a group of Euro motorcycle enthusiasts.

    In reaching that conclusion, experts say the board ignored clear evidence to the contrary, according to the National Post.

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    That included the "1%" patch Weser wore on his club "colours," documented in photographs of the 67-year-old biker. Weser, who moved to Quebec

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  • Thieves boosted 1,202 cars in the Terminal City in 2012, compared with 1,146 the previous year, according to Vancouver Police Department data.Auto thefts edged up slightly in Vancouver last year but not enough for police to detect a change in the trend that's seen them decline by almost two thirds in the last decade.

    Thieves boosted 1,202 cars in the Terminal City in 2012, compared with 1,146 the previous year, according to Vancouver Police Department data. But 2003 saw 6,455 vehicles stolen, with the numbers declining every year except for last year, which hopefully is just a hiccup.

    "We average about three stolen cars reported in Vancouver every day," said Const. Brian Montague, according to CBC News. "That's down from 10 years ago, where we used to have almost 18 cars reported stolen each and every day."

    The stats were trotted out as police announced the arrest of three car thieves over a 24-hour period on the weekend.

    The numbers cover only Vancouver proper, not the metropolitan area, but the fact is car thefts have been declining steadily almost everywhere across the Lower Mainland.

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  • A customer pays for a Fosters beer at the Occidental Hotel in central Sydney June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Tim WimborneLet's all take a moment to acknowledge the incredibly stupid things people do that seem downright foolish at the time, and explicitly and terribly worse upon second thought.

    What's that, you say? Your conscience is clear on this one? So, you have never left home in winter without a coat because you'd "be back soon?" Or driven somewhere without a seat belt because you didn't want to wrinkle your outfit.

    Or, say, abandon your friend bleeding and injured in the middle of the street because the beer store was about to close.

    Toronto's 680 News reports that a 35-year-old man was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries after he was struck by a van on Tuesday night.

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    The man was hit while crossing in the middle of the street with two of his friends. The driver of the van called 911. His friends left.

    Police told the radio station that the pair rushed off to buy beer before the store closed. They reportedly returned

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  • The CN Tower is seen along the Toronto skyline from Centre Island.If anyone in Toronto woke up this morning feeling an added air of gravitas, perhaps it is due to the city’s growing status as a North American super city. A booming population has Canada’s largest city now bearer to the continent’s fourth-largest population.

    The Toronto Star reports that Toronto officially became North America's fourth largest city, passing Chicago in the latest census results. Toronto had been the continent’s fifth-largest city since it amalgamated with satellite cities in 1998.

    But as of the most recent official censuses, Toronto's official population of 2,791,140 moves them ahead of Chicago, at 2,707,120.

    North America’s largest city remains Mexico City (pop: 8,851,080), with New York (8,175,133) and Los Angeles (3,792,621) rounding out the top three.

    So, what is the big deal about moving up the chart? Here is the good, the bad and the other of Toronto's growing population.

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    The Good


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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickIs it any wonder Canada’s reputation is taking a shellacking when we are sending diplomats off to international conferences with the order that they should be seen and not heard?

    Postmedia News reports that Canadian diplomats who participated in a UN discussion on the illicit trade of small arms and ammunition were told the "play a low-key, minimal role" in the debate.

    There's leadership for you. Find a seat in the back and try to keep your head down.

    The newsgroup said the diplomats were told their main objective was to safeguard Canadian gun owners' rights on the international stage.

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    According to a briefing note sent to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, it was outlined that Canada's delegation would also endure "Canada does not enter into any new commitments that are inconsistent with its domestic laws and regulations on firearms."

    It went on to note that Canada's intention not to sign on to

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  • Debate over proposed Ontario casinos has health officials concerned about the risks of giving residents more opportunities to gamble away their money.

    MGM Resorts is presenting its joint vision for Toronto with Cadillac Fairview at a press conference on Wednesday and the company has launched a flashy new website for the proposal. Meanwhile, the medical officers of health in Hamilton and Toronto have released reports detailing sobering facts about how problem gambling can damage health and destroy families.

    Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s medical officer of health, told Yahoo! Canada News that Ontario’s casinos have hardly taken any measures to reduce problem gambling, probably because they rely on addicts for a large proportion of their profits.

    Yahoo! Canada News: How does gambling addiction affect a community as a health issue and in other ways?

    Dr. David McKeown: People who are problem gamblers report poorer health, they have more mental health problems, they're more likely to

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