• 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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    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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  • Rain soaks parts of a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn.

    Something in the collective conscience of North Americans snapped in mid-December, when a heavily-armed gunman shot his way into a sleepy Connecticut elementary school and murdered a classroom of 20 children, ages six and seven, as well as six school officials.

    The tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., just weeks before the holiday season highlights a particularly deadly year for mass shootings in North America. The Associated Press named mass shootings (plural) the story of the year, beating out a presidential election and a devastating superstorm.

    The stark details surrounding the attack — from the high number of child victims to the innocence their slight ages belied — made the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre somehow more gut-wrenching and horrific than those that had preceded it.

    “As a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. “An elementary school in Newtown.

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  • The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that niqabs will be allowed on the witness stand in some cases and not in others, leaving it up trial judges to decide on a case-by-case basis.A debate over whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear face-covering niqabs while testifying at trial has wheeled its way through to the Supreme Court of Canada, where a seven-judge panel weighed religious and “fair trial” rights and issued a 65-page conclusion.

    The result is a decision only negligibly clearer than those that preceded it. But what did we really expect?

    The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a split decision that niqabs will be allowed on the witness stand in some cases and not in others, leaving it up trial judges to decide on a case-by-case basis.

    [ Related: Canada's top court rejects blanket rule on niqabs in court ]

    Those who wanted a clear court decision should keep their eye on the Ikea Monkey ownership battle. This one is for lovers of specificity and detail.

    The question about whether niqabs should be allowed in court was raised in a criminal case against two Muslim men who had been accused of sexually assaulting a female relative.

    The men requested she

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  • That funky monkey found wearing a fancy shearling coat and gallivanting about a Toronto Ikea parking lot has indeed captivated an adoring public, some of whom gathered as his owner demanded his release from a primate sanctuary.

    'Free Darwin' rally for Ikea Monkey's releaseThe woman whose pet monkey was taken away after it was found wearing a shearling coat in a Toronto Ikea parking lot staged a small protest calling for Darwin's release. Yasmin Nakhuda alleges Darwin was taken from her illegally.

    Darwin, as he is known, has been declared by the Guardian as the most fashionable pet of the year, beating cats owned by fashion designers and Kim Kardashian. He has inspired tattoos, Internet memes and a few of my own half-written ballads.

    But now the circus is over and the legal wrangling has begun.

    CBC reports that Yasmin Nakhuda — self-described as Darwin’s “human mother” — appeared in court on Thursday to ask for her monkey back. She argued that the city’s animal services

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  • Port Mann Bridge in B.C. closed after falling ice smashes cars, injures at least one

    Falling ice from the new Port Mann Bridge in B.C. has been closed after several cars were damaged, The Province reports.

    On Wednesday afternoon, several people began posting pictures to Twitter of the damage done to their cars after they were hit by what some referred to as “ice bombs.” The images show smashed windshields, dented hoods and damaged mirrors. The bridge has been closed in both directions, and Drive BC estimates the bridge will reopen sometime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. PST.

    “The closure was necessary because falling ice from the bridge injured a motorist who required ambulance attendance and damaged vehicles,” said Sgt.

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