• There are few things as defeating as rounding the home stretch on the last leg of a trip and finding out your flight has been cancelled or you checked in a few minutes too late and now you’re bumped from the flight.

    But don’t despair; you’re protected says the National Airlines Council of Canada – an industry organization representing carriers like Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation and WestJet.

    “NACC member airlines recognize the importance of consumer protection and have adopted the responsibilities and obligations outlined in Flight Rights Canada, the Government of Canada’s air travel consumer protection initiative,” Marc-André O'Rourke, executive director of the NACC told Yahoo Canada via an emailed statement.

    O’Rourke is referring to the passenger-geared initiative launched in 2008, which requires carriers to address concerns including denied boarding as a result of overbooking, delays, cancellations, passenger re-routing, and lost and damaged baggage. “(Except for)

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  • A new report identifies at least seven species of bumble bees found in Canada are at risk.A new report identifies at least seven species of bumble bees found in Canada are at risk.
    Friday is international Endangered Species Day and there was some small bit of good news this week for Canada’s species at risk.

    The Committee on the Status of Endangered Species says the outlook has improved for a precious few.

    The committee met earlier this month to review the status of 20 species and their latest report says the Spiked Saxifrage, a wildflower found only in Yukon and Alaska, has gone from threatened to special concern.

    And the Winter skate population found along Georges Bank on the Western Scotian shelf says the fish has improved from special concern to not at risk.

    “This good news was due to better survey data where we found more individuals (the plant) and findings of relatively large population size and no signs of decline (the fish),” Eric Taylor, a professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia and chairman of COSEWIC, tells Yahoo Canada News.

    But seven species were assessed as endangered, including the warmouth, a freshwater fish found only in the

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  • The fallout from a CityNews reporter’s willingness to take a stand against an Internet prank proves that in the age of social media, it’s almost impossible to get away with anything.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Hydro One issued as statement saying it was taking steps to fire an employee who it said was one of the Toronto FC fans caught on video bothering reporter Shauna Hunt on Sunday afternoon. Within 48 hours of the man claiming his antics were "hilarious and his mom would "die laughing – eventually,” his employer said he would be fired for violating the company’s code of conduct.

    HydroOne later confirmed the firing with the Toronto Star.

    “Regarding the incident at the Toronto FC game between a (CityNews) reporter and fans, Hydro One is taking steps to terminate the employee involved for violating our Code of

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  • Can your phone or tablet gi\ve you cancer? A large group of international scientists thinks so.

    Almost 200 scientists and academics from over three dozen countries have issued a letter calling for the United Nations, World Health Organization and governments around the world to tighten regulations around electro-magnetic field (EMF) exposure coming from handheld devices.

    Anthony Miller, University of Toronto Professor Emeritus at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is one of 190 signatories, including eight Canadians, to the letter. He noted that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has already flagged EMF as a possible human carcinogen.

    The letter’s signatories also say much of the research saying EMF is safe is commissioned and paid for by telecom companies. Miller expresses concern that this practice is prevalent in Canada.

    “I think part of the problem here is that the reassurances we keep getting from the manufacturers and distributors of WiFi – Rogers, Bell

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  • TV viewers are questioninong similarities between a sketch from '22 Minutes' (left) and 'SNL' (right).TV viewers are questioninong similarities between a sketch from '22 Minutes' (left) and 'SNL' (right).
    The Prophet Muhammad isn’t exactly a subject for comedy standards, but two nearly identical sketches are raising questions over a segment from last weekend’s Saturday Night Live.

    The NBC TV show, run by Canadian producer Lorne Michaels, is accused by some of copying a comedy skit that appeared months ago on CBC’s This Hour has 22 Minutes.

    The subject even made news headlines in the National Post, which echoed the question making the buzz on social media: Did SNL steal a sketch about the Prophet Muhammad from This Hour Has 22 Minutes?

    One blogger wrote an item featuring the video clips from both under the title Saturday Night Live’s Draw Muhammad Sketch Virtually Identical to Bit from Canadian Comedy show.

    People commented on social media sites Saturday night that the skit was a carbon copy of the Canadian piece that aired in January.

    One person who isn't laughing is Michael Donovan, Executive Chairman of DHX Media and Executive Producer of 22 Minutes.

    “While imitation may be the

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  • Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) help to evacuate Canadians from Nepal following last the devastating earthquake in Nepal, May 4. Global NewsCanada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) help to evacuate Canadians from Nepal following last the devastating earthquake in Nepal, May 4. Global News

    When a devastating earthquake struck Nepal last month there were at least 388 Canadians registered as being in the country, though there were likely many more than that.

    When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, there were more than 4,000 Canadians registered and estimates that more than 11,000 were actually on the ground.

    So, what happens when disaster strikes? Who is responsible for getting them home?

    A new poll says more than half of Canadians believe the federal government has all or most of the responsibility for getting citizens out of a disaster zone.

    But 38 per cent – almost one in five – felt the rescued should have to pay a portion of the cost, says a report by the Angus Reid Institute.

    And only 16 per cent of survey respondents felt government is responsible for helping Canadians who have travelled to countries considered high-risk.

    There is no set protocol for the evacuation of Canadian citizens from a disaster zone. It is a last resort, once personal and

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  • Canadian conservation officers receive 14,000 to 25,000 reports on bears each year.Canadian conservation officers receive 14,000 to 25,000 reports on bears each year.
    The possibility that a bear may have killed a man in northern B.C. sets Lloyd to thinking it could have been him.

    The 56-year-old taxidermist is still recovering from a grizzly attack near Fernie, B.C. last October. If he’d been alone, if his son-in-law hadn’t kept his wits about him, if he hadn’t had two loaded guns at the ready, Lloyd has no doubt the outcome would have been different.

    “Without my son-in-law, I would have been that guy… that bear would have killed me,” he tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The B.C. Conservation Officer Service, RCMP and the coroner are investigating the death on the weekend near Mackenzie, in northern B.C., as a possible black bear attack.

    A black bear and a wolf found near the body were shot and killed. The cause of death has not been determined and the man’s identity was not released, but reports say officials suspect a bear.

    In his case, Lloyd and his son-in-law, Skeet Podrasky, were heading back to their truck after – unsuccessfully – hunting elk. Lloyd

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  • As measles continues its comeback from near-eradication, new research suggests the ailment can affect children for far longer than it infects them.

    A new study conducted at Princeton University says children who contract the disease may have their immune systems weakened and compromised for three years – or even longer.

    “It is very likely the measles cases that are happening now are putting children at risk for all other infectious diseases,” warns Princeton researcher Michael Mina, a co-author of the report.

    “Measles has a tremendous ability to get into the body and kill off the memory of the immune cells, which protect us from diseases that we have already seen,” he explained. “By destroying that memory, you are essentially putting children at risk for infections they should already be immune to.”

    That flu your little one had a year ago, before catching the measles? The protective immunity that was naturally forged to fight it may be gone.

    Mina calls this “immune amnesia,” and says

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  • Jenn Woodall at Fight! launch party (Amanda Jerome)Jenn Woodall at Fight! launch party (Amanda Jerome)

    Jenn Woodall grew up playing video games, but even as a child she noticed a distinct lack of female characters she could relate to. This is part of the inspiration behind Fight!, a new zine to hit the Toronto art scene this weekend at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).

    Illustration from fightzine.tumblr.comIllustration from fightzine.tumblr.comCurated by Woodall, a Toronto artist, the female fighter zine is a collaboration of 36 international artists who submitted original characters to fill the pages of this colourful book. Each character holds a left or right facing fighting stance, so that they appear to be squaring off with their opponent on the facing page. Each artist submitted a background story for their character on Tumblr as the book came together, making this a unique and creative initiative.

    “I originally did a zine that was a fan zine of Sailor Moon art and I decided that for my next project I didn’t want to do an already established property,” says Woodall about Fight!, which she started creating in 2013.

    “I wanted to do something new and

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  • Omar Khadr speaks to media after being released on bail in Edmonton, Alta., on May 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason FransonOmar Khadr speaks to media after being released on bail in Edmonton, Alta., on May 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Seen in the eyes of the Canadian government as an enemy combatant, Omar Khadr wants to figure out how to live outside of a jail cell for the first time since he was a child.

    Unlike most teens, he’s never taken a bus by himself or done lots of things most teens take for granted. Khadr is a 28-year-old man, but he was a child the last time he was free, 13 years ago.

    “I want to start fresh,” he told reporters after his release. “There are too many good things in life that I want to experience.“

    Back when he was 15, the teen was under the control of his parents and family – a family to which he now has very controlled exposure. It was a time when Khadr’s life was being steered for him by a family that saw honour in being an enemy fighter that could be killed in battle to become a martyr.

    Now, his court-ordered guardians are his lawyer Dennis Edney and his wife Patricia – the closest thing Khadr seems to have to caring family.

    Like a mother ready to welcome home a child from university, Mrs

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