• <div class=image_caption style=font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; width: 640.734375px; font-size: 0.9em; color: #666666; line-height: 1.5em; background: transparent;>An Air Canada Airlines airplane, taxis up the runway to prepare for takeoff at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois on OCTOBER 25, 2012. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)</div><div></div>

    What do you do when you’re careening 10 km above the earth in a metal tube with wings and someone inappropriately touches you?

    It’s a pertinent question given Air Canada faces a second complaint over its alleged handling of sexual assaults in just two days.  

     An Ontario woman claims she saw a man touch a sleeping female teenager on a flight from L.A. to Toronto in January. The news follows yesterday’s call out by a New Brunswick woman that Air Canada didn’t do enough when she complained about the man in the seat next to her touching her inappropriately.

    “They handled it very poorly,” the woman, who can’t be named because of a publication ban, told the CBC. “They basically blamed me for not causing enough of a scene. And said they didn’t understand the severity of it when I approached the stewardess.”

    Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick can’t comment on the woman’s case which is still before the courts, but he told Yahoo Canada “if situations arise where customers need assistance

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  • Canada's wealthiest shape the nation, says report

    Don’t hate the one per cent.

    While much has been made of the growing gap between rich and poor, a new report says the contributions of Canada’s wealthiest families shouldn’t be ignored.

    The study by Toronto-based consultant group Creaghan McConnell Group (which, not incidentally, does estate planning for family businesses) says companies controlled by Canada’s 500 richest families account for $313 billion in revenue in Canada.

    Firms held by business families contributed $6 billion in federal corporate taxes, about 20 per cent of the total in 2012-2013, it says.

    “In recent years, wealth disparity has become a prominent topic in popular media. Conversely, the economic and cultural contributions of business leaders are commonly overlooked,” says the report.

    “Abroad, much fanfare was paid to the Occupy Wall Street movement and associated protests decrying the wealthiest ‘one percent.’

    “We believe the other side of the story needed to be told.”

    In 2010, the top one per cent paid over 20 per

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  • Canada should look at reducing or banning the shipment of heavy oils in the Arctic, says a report prepared for the federal government.

    The report, released late Wednesday, focuses heavily on the lack of resources for emergency response on Canada’s northern coast, including a reduction in Coast Guard services.

    “Responding to spills in the Arctic is extremely challenging due to the unique features of this region, such as the presence and extent of ice, the lack of infrastructure and the potentially remote location of the spill,” says the report, the second from an expert panel on tanker safety appointed at the height of debate over the Northern Gateway pipeline.

    The risk of a ship-source oil spill is currently very low due to reduced traffic, but that is expected to change with an increase in mining, oil and gas exploration and the disappearance of sea ice in the Northwest Passage.

    Canada has work to do

    An oil spill could cause significant damage to wildlife, the marine environment and

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  • Technically, that photo you just Instagrammed of your delicious cocktail at that swank hipster bar opens you up to legal action. And that “lazy Sunday with Starbucks mug” pose. And that sweet mid-jump photo your friend got of you in front of the alleyway full of graffiti.

    As it turns out social media is making us a bunch of criminals. Well, kind of.

    It all depends on what you do with the photos after you’ve snapped them says Kevin Sartorio, an ‎intellectual property litigator and partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson law firm.

    “There are two categories of to keep in mind an exploitation for commercial purposes versus a purely private purpose,” Sartorio told Yahoo Canada.

    You’re protected under Canadian copyright law if you want to shoot photos of buildings in a public setting. Unless, of course, those buildings have independent artistic work on them, like Toronto’s oft-photographed Flatiron-esque Gooderham building which is adorned with artwork on one side or in a situation where a

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    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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    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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