• Danika PaquinDanika Paquin

    A Quebec hospital orderly’s resignation letter has sparked a widespread discussion about the state of health care in the province.

    Danika Paquin wrote an open letter to management at the Centre hopsitalier régional de Trois-Rivières, the government of Quebec, and “any other person who has the power to make a difference” explaining why she abandoned her career after five years serving patients. In the letter, Paquin described a system based on overwork, inefficent hierarchy, and the impossibility of accomplishing all of an orderly’s tasks in a shift without cutting corners and sacrificing patients’ comfort and well-being.

    Excerpt from Paquin's resignation letterExcerpt from Paquin's resignation letter

    Paquin said she quit because the job was “destroying” her, physically and psychologically.

    "I'm not looking for pity, I ask only a little empathy, listening and recognition, understanding, support, but especially the desire to make you realize ... I'm trying to save my colleagues and patients in hospitals."

    She described the challenge of serving between 12-16

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  • A white-coloured bear was caught on a trail cam near Calgary and sparked interest on social media. TWITTER/Annalise KlingbeilA white-coloured bear was caught on a trail cam near Calgary and sparked interest on social media. TWITTER/Annalise Klingbeil

    A white-coloured bear caught on a trail cam near Calgary has sparked debate on social media.

    Pictures of the light-coloured bruin crossing the camera’s path were posted on Twitter and Facebook, raising questions about so-called spirit bears making an appearance east of the Rockies.

    But it is not a spirit bear, the white bears that inhabit a set of islands in British Columbia’s coastal Great Bear Rainforest.

    It’s a rather uncommon white-phase black bear.

    Black bears - named for the most common colouring encountered by those who gave them their name – come in a range of colours from black to white and all shades in between, according to WildsafeBC.

    Only about one in 10 spirit bears are actually white and the proportion is far less in other subspecies, but they do occur. The white fur is caused by a recessive

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  • New MMIW report won't help families heal, Manitoba adviser saysNew MMIW report won't help families heal, Manitoba adviser says

    Lorna Martin’s mother went missing in October 1987.

    She hasn’t read the RCMP’s updated report on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. She doesn’t know what the statistics released this week have to say about the thousands of Indigenous women who have been killed or disappeared.

    What she does know is that when her mother, Mary Jane Kreiser, was reported missing in Edmonton by her sister, the police officer didn’t seem very concerned.

    “They asked if my mother drank,” she says.

    “The police comment on that day, he said: ‘There you go. They go off for a week, or so, and then they come back.’”

    She never came back.

    Police have told the family that foul play is suspected but the first search took place more than a decade after she was reported missing and none since.

    “In 28 years, there’s been very little done to find her,” Martin, 53, tells Yahoo Canada News from her home in Ottawa.

    She and her sisters and brother would still like answers. It seems like those answers will never come.

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  • (Photo via Thinkstock)(Photo via Thinkstock)

    For the second time in a month, United Airlines has made the news and is apologizing to passengers.

    On June 3, it released a statement expressing its regret over the behaviour of a flight attendant on a United-operated flight who refused to give a Muslim passenger an unopened can of Diet Coke, believing the woman could use it as a weapon. After an investigation and public outcry, that attendant lost her job.

    Then, a few days ago, the airline acknowledged that last Friday’s unexpected diversion to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nfld.—where 176 passengers had to sleep in chilly military barracks short on blankets while the crew checked into a hotel—was “a considerable inconvenience.” In this case, however, some of the public outrage was instead directed toward “entitled” passengers.

    Flight 958 had been travelling from Chicago to London on June 12 when the pilot announced it would be landing in Newfoundland for a maintenance check. Thanks to social media, friends and family of the passengers

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  • A girl takes pictures of a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C., Dec. 27, 2014. (CP)A girl takes pictures of a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C., Dec. 27, 2014. (CP)

    The debate over whales in captivity is heating up following the introduction of a bill to ban the creatures in marine parks—and the Vancouver Aquarium’s ensuing opposition to the proposed legislation.

    Liberal Sen. Wilfred Moore recently introduced an act that would prohibit captive breeding, imports, exports and live captures of all whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada, while allowing for the rescue of these marine mammals, which fall into an order of animals called cetaceans, if injured.

    Vancouver Aquarium CEO John Nightingale says that the law would hamper the organization’s research, conservation, and public- education efforts. Within the scientific community itself, meanwhile, opinion is sharply divided.

    Nightingale says the aquarium is taking a firm stance against the proposed legislation for several reasons, among them the role the creatures play in enhancing public and scientific knowledge. He said that the aquarium, a not-for-profit organization, is home for the Marine

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  • The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California October 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike BlakeThe Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

    If there’s one universal truth for Canadians, it’s that we don’t like to feel second tier to our neighbours to the south. And that extends to our Netflix-binging habits.

    Maybe that’s why Bell Media’s new president Mary Ann Turcke faced quite a backlash when she shared her thoughts on Canadians using virtual private networks (VPNs) to trick streaming services into thinking they were stateside.

    “It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix, like throwing garbage out your car window — you just don’t do it,” Turcke told a Toronto telecom conference last week. “We have to get engaged and tell people they are stealing. When we were young and made the error of swiping candy bars at the checkout of the grocery store, what did our parents do? They marched us back in, humiliated us, told us to apologize to the nice lady and likely scolded us on the way home.”

    Unfortunately, many Canadians seem to disagree or at least ignore the

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  • Imagine you've just snagged yourself a brand new 128GB iPad Air 2 for $700 at the Apple Store. You couldn't be happier. What a deal! Now imagine you find out that Apple charges only $350 for the exact same model in the province next to yours. Suddenly your great deal doesn't seem so great anymore. Why should you pay twice as much just because of where you live?

    Of course, Apple would never do anything that silly or vexing. A pricing policy that discriminates in that way would be completely untenable and a public relations nightmare.

    Yet that is exactly what Canada's top telcos have been doing — charging some Canadians between 30 per cent and 100 per cent more for wireless service just because they live in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta or the Maritimes - and not in Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Quebec.

    The fact of this carefully obscured price discrimination has only become more evident since Canada's CRTC-mandated Wireless Code came into full effect on June 3, 2015.

    That's when

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  • (Photo via Airing funding page)(Photo via Airing funding page)

    For many Canadians that live with sleep apnea, it becomes a common scene: A machine that sits beside the bed with hoses, face masks and a multitude of buttons and blinking lights. It can at times feel like you’ve moved from the comforts of your own home into a hospital room.

    But there are thousands of Canadians that are told each year that they suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea and are advised that only way to manage it is with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, more commonly known as a CPAP.

    Users immediately started to envision themselves hooked up to an intimidating and terrifying machine that has more bells and whistles than their morning coffee maker. And while many users see the machine as just an intimidating and expensive resolution to their dry mouth and snoring problems its use does have many long term health benefits as well.

    Whatever the reason, CPAP users may now have it a little bit easier, as a new product is awaiting approval and funding in Boston,

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  • Jeremy Cook, 18, of London, Ont., is dead. Police search for three suspects in connection with slayingJeremy Cook, 18, of London, Ont., is dead. Police search for three suspects in connection with slaying

    Just a few days ago, Brampton, Ontario native Jeremy Cook did something we can all relate to - he misplaced his smartphone. Unfortunately, that mistake ultimately cost him his life.

    According to reports, Cook, 18, left his phone in a taxi over the weekend and traced it electronically to an address on Highbury Avenue in London, Ontario. When Cook and a relative showed up to the address, an altercation ensued over the device and the three men started to drive off. Cook jumped on the hood of the car and was shot multiple times.

    While this case of lost property is on the extreme end of the spectrum, Sgt. Peter Leon of the Ontario Provincial Police mentioned situations like this do not have to be faced alone, "I cannot stress enough that no one should go about this by themselves. The police are there and are always willing to do what can be done to help out all members of the public, no matter what the matter may be."

    Sgt. Leon also added that even users who have proactively taken steps to

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  • (Courtesy Canadian Cancer Society)(Courtesy Canadian Cancer Society)

    Last August, Natasha Crosier vowed to face her fear of heights and ride the Leviathan ride at Canada’s Wonderland.

    There were some ups and downs to finally get there, but last Saturday she did just that.

    (Courtesy Canadian Cancer Society)(Courtesy Canadian Cancer Society)The Canadian Cancer Society’s Fearless Challenge has officially re-launched this month, capitalizing of the success of the same campaign first launched in 2014. More than 500 people took part last year, raising about $150,000. This time around, the challenge, with the tagline “Be fearless and help others do the same,” has an added a ‘fear selector’ to help fundraisers narrow down what fear they’d like to tackle and has partnered up with sponsors, like Canada’s Wonderland, where participants can conquer their fears and raise money for a good cause.

    Crosier first heard about the challenge on the radio when she was in Toronto visiting her cousin, Chris Taylor, last summer. Since Taylor was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2012, Crosier had seen him face his fears and she was

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