• A Toronto mother is furious that her disabled son was taken off the waiting list for a city-subsidized accessible apartment because he does not meet the requirement that tenants be practising Muslims.

    Austin Lewis, 21, who has used a wheelchair since he was eight years old, told the Toronto Star that he has applied to more than 100 accessible buildings in the city and was shocked to learn that he was no longer on the waiting list at the Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace building in North York.

    The Muslim-only apartment building is one of eight social housing projects funded by the city and permitted to restrict tenancy on religious or ethnic lines.

    Neither Lewis nor his mother Laura Whiteway was immediately available for comment on Thursday.

    But Whiteway contacted Global News after she received the notice at her Brampton home. Sent by Housing Connections, the form letter explains that the community’s vision for the building “includes providing housing for households in which at least one

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    The homes around Vancouver’s W. 19th Avenue and Valley Drive are mostly comfortable one- and two-storey detached houses with tidy, compact lawns. The view from the sidewalk offers nothing unusual.

    Yet a map created by a Vancouver mathematician using Statistics Canada figures suggests that almost half of the households in this unassuming West Coast neighbourhood pay more for their shelter than they earn.

    In fact, about 45 per cent of residents in this neighbourhood report that their mortgage, taxes, utilities and fees or their rent exceeds their annual income. With statistics like that, you’d expect falling-down hovels inhabited by people living beyond their means or mansions inhabited by the fabulously wealthy. But the area’s not much different from nearby Trutch Street and W. 15th Avenue, where not a single household has shelter costs so out of sync with earnings.

    The math doesn’t work. You can’t pay more than you’re making. The money has to come from somewhere.”
    Jens von
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  • When I say Jared, you think Subway, right? Well, these days Subway would rather you not.

    While Jared Fogle has become a household name over the past fifteen years as he’s submarine-sandwiched his way down 245 lbs via an all-Subway diet, the spokesperson that has amassed $15 million as the face of the fast-food chain made the wrong kind of headlines this week.

    The 37 year-old pled guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography. In addition to the allegations of pedophilia, his charity – the Jared Fogle Healthy Lifestyle Nationwide School Grant Program – was found to have spent an average of just $73,000 annually between 2009 and 2013 and never issued a grant despite his publicized intentions to give away $2 million.

    The sandwich brand’s response in light of the compounding scandals was swift.

    “We have already ended our relationship with Jared and have no further comment,” they said in a statement via social media.

    But it was little too late,

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  • Edmonton orders sheep farmer to get the flock outta thereEdmonton orders sheep farmer to get the flock outta there

    Edmonton city councillors may be feeling a tad sheepish after receiving an unusual visitor at city hall.

    In a bid to be allowed to keep a flock of 50 sheep on his hobby farm in southeast Edmonton, computer programmer David Koch brought Bambi, a week-old orphaned lamb, to receive admirers and participate in a meet-and-greet outside of 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square on Wednesday.

    Koch, who wasn’t immediately available for comment, got a recent warning from a city animal bylaw officer that his sheep — which he’s had on his 1.4 hectare, semi-rural property for more than 20 years — are illegal.

    The bylaw official warned Koch that he would have to get rid of the sheep by late September or pay $500 per sheep, up to a maximum fine of $10,000.

    According to an Edmonton bylaw, livestock cannot be kept within city limits unless the land is zoned for

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  • Canada Post agrees to move community mailbox on St. Vital streetCanada Post agrees to move community mailbox on St. Vital street

    Canada Post has had a rough year.

    In addition to allegations of union busting, an impending Charter challenge and the charge that it is withholding public information about delivery complaints, letter carriers have refused to deliver material they deemed offensive twice in the past three months. 

    In June, six mail carriers in Saskatoon refused to deliver a graphic pro-life flyer featuring images of aborted fetuses and a statement indicating Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau supports abortion until birth. The flyers, which have been hand-delivered in other areas, were distributed in unsealed white envelopes and printed by the Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform, a Calgary-based advocacy group.

    In early August, Canada Post reached a deal with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in Saskatoon that would allow the six concerned employees to not have to deliver the pro-life flyers. Instead, three other carriers volunteered to do those deliveries for them, a development Julee

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  • www.shutterstock.com Ventura/Shutterstock The US Department of Justice on Wednesday … Continued The post Everything you need to know about the takedown of ‘Darkode,’ the world’s most dangerous cybercrime forum appeared first on Business Insider.www.shutterstock.com Ventura/Shutterstock The US Department of Justice on Wednesday … Continued The post Everything you need to know about the takedown of ‘Darkode,’ the world’s most dangerous cybercrime forum appeared first on Business Insider.

    A shut-in with a Grade 6 education from northern Manitoba masterminded an extortion that nearly ruined the career of an NBA basketball star, as well as the lives of other victims.

    Investigators untangled the complex case of cybercrime that led to a rundown, moldy home in a remote Manitoba community of Easterville and Shelly Chartier, 30, a recluse who spent her waking hours in a bedroom on the computer.

    From February 2011 to August 2013, Chartier posed online as various individuals, including some media and sport celebrities. By impersonating her victims, she manipulated a 17-year-old California girl to have an affair with the pro athlete. The victims’ names are protected by a publication ban imposed last week. 

    Her efforts were lengthy and involved, lasting many months, and entailed thousands of texts, emails, Facebook posts and tweets. These communications were deceitful, mischievous and manipulative. The accused misrepresented material facts to deceive her victims and lied to them

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  • Whether you’re a smoker yourself or not, you can probably appreciate that many people just can’t handle the smoke. Some worry, and rightly so, about the effects that being exposed to smoke may have on their long-term health, others feel like they can’t breathe around it, and others still don’t like the smell it leaves behind.

    None of those are good reasons, though, to spray a smoker in the face with a can of air freshener.

    69-year-old Hamilton resident Ed Steel is alleged to have sprayed Glade air freshener at smokers outside of Dundurn Place Care Centre in Hamilton recently and found himself charged with two counts of assault with a weapon.

    While his approach is quite the wise crack in action, Steel actually had a strong reason for allegedly busting out the air freshener. His first wife died of a smoking-related illness, and because of that, he didn’t want to have to wheel his current common-law spouse through smoke at the front entrance, blighted by residents choosing to light up

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  • Danielle Chabassol and Mat Dubé in front of their van, and home. (Supplied)Danielle Chabassol and Mat Dubé in front of their van, and home. (Supplied)

    Danielle Chabassol and Mat Dubé aren’t off the grid. If you send them an email between the regular nine-to-five work hours, you’re apt to get a response. And like many freelancers, the coffee shop or library equates to home turf, a movable office space available on demand.

    But while the average Canadian nine-to-fiver take their place in the transit or rush hour queue and points their nose towards home when the work day is done, “home” to Chabassol, 31, a curator at online marketplace Vegan Cuts and her husband Dubé, 38, a mixed media artist, is more of a general term.

    “We have been exploring alternative lifestyles for the past few years and we’re always challenging ourselves to live with less and still try to do everything we love,” explains Chabassol. “Living in a van is something we always wanted to do and we love it because it allows us to travel but still sleep in our own bed, to work in a new city each week and then relax in a new place each weekend.”

    They’re minimalists – you

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  • Canada Post letter carriers union is on a cross-country tour to save home delivery service ahead of the federal election.Canada Post letter carriers union is on a cross-country tour to save home delivery service ahead of the federal election.

    The union head representing 54,000 Canadian postal workers is currently on a cross-Canada road trip in an RV that doubles as a billboard.

    The 32-foot mobile trailer has the message Stop the Cuts! Save Canada Post emblazoned across it, as it visits cities and towns across the country to protest the cuts to Canada’s mail service that were announced in December 2013. The cuts involve installing community mailboxes in lieu of door-to-door service in many communities.

    Mike Palecek, the national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) says the message behind the tour is to get people out to vote ahead of the federal election, and to make the changes to Canada Post an election issue. 

    “We want to make sure exactly who to blame for these cuts, and that’s Stephen Harper and the Conservative government,” he told Yahoo Canada News.

    Palecek says there’s been a “rising tide” of opposition to the cuts, mainly from senior citizens and people with mobility issues. He says the cuts

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  • When you think of a rainbow, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the natural beauty of having one appear among the clouds at the conclusion of a rainy day as the sun pierces through the clouds. Maybe it's those little marshmallows found in a box of Lucky Charms cereal. Or perhaps it's the diversity and strength it exhibits as the universally known symbol of gay pride and the freedom to express one’s sexual orientation.

    No matter which way you split it, most people view rainbows as something to embrace. Kelowna, B.C. resident Nancy Enns is not one of those people.

     Just over two weeks ago, rainbow-coloured crosswalks were spotted at the intersection of Pandosy Street and Lawrence Avenue in Kelowna after city workers completed a utilities upgrade at the intersection.

    The city of Kelowna put out a press release shortly thereafter

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