• Canadian passport. (Canadian Press)Canadian passport. (Canadian Press)

    The fate of Neil Bantleman should be a cautionary tale for Canadians venturing abroad, whether as tourists, on business or to start a new life.

    Things we take for granted in Canada, such as a fair and impartial justice system, can’t be counted on in much of the world. Just ask Bantleman, a teacher originally from Burlington, Ont., now facing 10 years in an Indonesian prison for child sexual assaults he insists he didn’t commit.

    Foreigners, even if they’ve lived in a country for some time, can be at a huge disadvantage when they don’t understand its legal system and the culture underpinning it, says Lorne Waldman, a prominent Toronto lawyer who represented Canadian torture victim Maher Arar. 

    “So when they get engaged in a legal system, especially if it’s in a dispute involving other individuals who are from the country, they’re at a huge disadvantage,” Waldman told Yahoo Canada News.

    When that happens, the Canadian government won’t be riding to your rescue. The Department of Foreign

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  • Photo from Michael Galinsky's Malls of America series, circa the 1980s.Photo from Michael Galinsky's Malls of America series, circa the 1980s.

    In the classic 1995 film Clueless, Cher and her bestie Dionne spend a disproportionate amount of time shopping at the mall. Like the soda shop before it the mall has long been the quintessential destination in pop culture, and IRL (texting speak for “in real life”), for teens to waste away the day.

    But in the two decades since Clueless premiered many malls across North America have been dying a slow, undignified death. Most malls were built decades ago to cater to Canadians who had migrated to the suburbs. For years, shopping castles surrounded by parking-lot moats ruled the retail kingdom, until they were hit by a triple-whammy in the ‘90s: power centers, e-commerce and aging infrastructure.

    Things have only gotten worse as of late. Over the past 12 months the list of retailers found in your average Canadian mall who have been forced to close their doors is staggering. Among them are clothing stores like Smart Set and Boutique Jacob Inc., home decor destinations like Bombay & Co,

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  • TSO row with Ukranian pianist escalates

    <span class=irc_su style=text-align: left; dir=ltr>Valentina Lisitsa performs in an undated photo. Andy Sheppard/Getty</span>

    The president of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra says he’s been threatened since cancelling the performance of pianist Valentina Lisitsa over her controversial online comments about the conflict in Ukraine.

    But Jeff Melanson says he stands by his decision.

    “In light of what we’ve seen in the past few days, it’s very clear that we made the right decision,” Melanson tells Yahoo Canada News.

    Lisitsa was scheduled to perform Wednesday and Thursday this week but her appearance was scratched, the orchestra citing “deeply offensive language” and provocative comments on her Twitter feed.

    A pianist who has successfully harnessed social media, Lisitsa made a plea to her substantial online fan base to pressure the orchestra to let her play.

    The response has been hateful and distorted, Melanson says. 

    “There have been a couple of threats that we’ve received – tell us where I live, we know who he is, that kind of thing. A lot of very hateful things said,” he says.

    He admits he is concerned about

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  • Comedian Russell Peters promotes his &quot;Notorious&quot; World tour in Toronto on Wednesday June 13, 2012. Peters is accusing incoming &quot;Daily Show&quot; host Trevor Noah of stealing his material. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungComedian Russell Peters promotes his "Notorious" World tour in Toronto on Wednesday June 13, 2012. Peters is accusing incoming "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah of stealing his material. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

    It was either a really bad April Fool’s Day joke, or a comedy slap-fight that somebody lost very quickly.

    Canadian comedian Russell Peters accused incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah of stealing his material during a press junket interview on the weekend in Singapore, where he’s scheduled to perform on Thursday.

    Peters, asked if he wanted the coveted comedy slot, tells an interviewer for Channel NewsAsia that Noah has copied his jokes.

    “He’s stolen material from David Kau, he’s stolen material from myself but whatever. That’s his gig now and congratulations. That’s all I can say,” Peters, the Ontario comic, tells Lin Xueling of Channel NewsAsia’s “Conservation With” after she prods him about whether he wanted the high-profile job.

    Asked by the host if Noah has simply “borrowed” the material, Peters was emphatic.

    “You don’t borrow in this business. If you’re a comedian, that’s like stealing somebody’s underwear and putting them on,” he says.

    “That doesn’t make any sense. Why would you

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    RCMP say a British Columbia woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for a bizarre assault on a baby with super glue.

    Const. Dennis Huang says officers were called in February 2013.

    A seven-week-old infant had been rushed to hospital, where the doctor noticed a chemical smell and mysterious residue on his ears.

    Upon examination, the doctor found hardened plastic in the infant’s ear canals.

    The baby boy needed surgery to remove the substance later identified as super glue. Officers realized the appearance of the substance was not an accident.

    The case, detailed Tuesday as part of the detachment’s Closed Case series, turned into a lengthy investigation.

    “As investigators dug deeper, a bizarre tale unfolded of deceit, jealously, and the cultural pressures to conceive male offspring,” Huang says.

    Reports from the time say Wei Wang was the mother of two girls and was overcome with jealousy when her husband’s sister gave birth to a boy.

    Based on information in the application to

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  • <span class=irc_su style=text-align: left; dir=ltr>Valentina Lisitsa performs in an undated photo. Andy Sheppard/Getty</span>

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s decision to cancel a pianist’s performance over her stance on the conflict in Ukraine is controversial, it may be questionable – but it’s not a violation of freedom of expression, says one advocate.

    Marni Soupcoff, executive director of the Canadian Constitution and ardent free speech advocate, says the orchestra was well within its rights to cancel the performance by Valentina Lisitsa over her online comments about the conflict in Ukraine.

    “I think it’s important to remember that what we’ve got here is still very different from a situation where you have a law saying you can’t say something, or you have the government,” Soupcoff tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “I think that they should have every opportunity to do that. Whether they made the right choice is a different question and, for the record, I’m not sure that they did.”

    Lisitsa was scheduled to perform Wednesday and Thursday this week.

    The orchestra declined a request for an interview but in a

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  • Suspended Senator Mike Duffy
    faces a maximum of 212 years in potential prison sentences in addition to possible fines if convicted on all 31 charges.

    However, as sentences are not strung out back-to-back in Canada, incarceration usually doesn’t exceed the maximum of the most severe charges, which in Duffy’s case could be as much as 14 years for bribery or 14 years for fraud against government. 

    The government moved in 2011 to allow consecutive sentences in Canada – but only in multiple murder cases.

    As for Duffy, a conviction on even one of the 31 charges could potentially send him to federal prison with a two-year sentence. Sentences under two years are served in provincial jails. However, none of the allegations have been proven in court.

    Yahoo Canada News has broken down the charges and potential sentences in sections – as the charges were laid out by the RCMP last July. RCMP divided the charges into four sections:

    • expenses related to his residence
    • expenses unrelated to Senate work
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  • Rest assured travellers, that shifty-eyed look you’re getting from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority isn’t due to your excessive yawns  for the time being.

    While U.S.-based airport authority the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is facing public backlash for a leaked 92-point checklist used for identifying terrorists  which includes common behaviours such as handwringing or excessive yawning  the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) insists it doesn’t have a passenger behaviour observation program.

    “The information circulating in the media does not reflect our screening operations in Canada,” Mathieu Larocque, spokesperson for the CATSA told Yahoo Canada in an email.

    Larocque wouldn’t elaborate further on CATSA’s techniques but says the organization relies “on a layered approach that combines technologies and procedures.”

    However, making snap judgments on passenger behaviour has been employed in Canada as a risk assessment tool in the past.

    "I think
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  • Jeff Goodrich, senior avalanche officer in Glacier National Park walks along the snow banks at Roger Pass, B.C. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff BassettJeff Goodrich, senior avalanche officer in Glacier National Park walks along the snow banks at Roger Pass, B.C. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett
    Western Canada has more glacial ice cover than the Himalayas and almost as much as South America. For now.

    Those ice reserves help to regulate the temperature of British Columbia and Alberta and, in B.C., feed the hydroelectric dams that generate most of the region’s power.

    But a new study predicts 70 per cent of that ice cover will disappear by the end of this century, affecting everything from fish to farmers.

    “Potential implications include impacts on aquatic ecosystems, agriculture, forestry, alpine tourism and water quality,” says the joint study by the universities of British Columbia, Victoria and Iceland, and the University of Northern British Columbia.

    There are 200,000 glaciers on Earth and 17,000 of them are in British Columbia. Alberta has 800. An estimated 26,700 square kilometres of B.C. and Alberta are covered in glacial ice.

    Based on projections of climate change from the most recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the team of researchers predicts the melt

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  • Family members embrace one another as protesters rally outside Edmonton&#39;s City Hall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher SeguinFamily members embrace one another as protesters rally outside Edmonton's City Hall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    There is some relief that the Alberta Crown is appealing the acquittal of a man accused of killing Cindy Gladue, but the Edmonton woman’s death remains a rallying point for those frustrated with the lack of official action on missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

    At least 23 rallies were held across the country on Thursday to demand justice.

    Perry Bellegarde, chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was among the crowd in Saskatoon.

    Bellegarde welcomed the appeal but says the fundamental problem remains.

    “I am outraged by the original decision," Bellegarde says in a statement. "First Nations people from across Canada are outraged by the original decision.

    “This stands as one too many examples of systemic discrimination towards First Nations people.”

    Gladue, 36, bled to death in an Edmonton motel bathtub from an 11-centimetre wound in the wall of her vagina.

    Bradley Barton, a 46-year-old long-haul trucker from Ontario, was acquitted by a jury last month of first-degree murder

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