• Toronto dining chain Bier Markt was vying for attention when it told waitresses to ditch the black golf shirt and black pants, leggings or a skirt uniform in exchange for skimpy blue dresses. Unfortunately, it got a little more attention than it had hoped for.

    The story blew up across the media, with two Bier Markt employees, Becky Lockert and Danielle Barbeau, quitting their jobs and filing complaints with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  

    Another employee, Tierney Angus, said more than 40 women from four different locations complained to the human resources department at Cara Foods, the company that owns Bier Markt.

    “One of the girls I work with mentioned you could see her underwear and the suggestion by my general manager was that she wear a thong if she didn’t want her underwear to show, which is totally inappropriate. It’s an extra requirement of the female staff that the men don’t have to comply with. No one is asking them to wear a thong,” she told CBC.

    Cara told the CBC

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  • Photos via e-architect The second-largest monument in Canada's capital, Ottawa, might soon be a large and very literal memorial to victims of communism. But as the project's many critics point out: Canada has never been a communist country. The...Photos via e-architect The second-largest monument in Canada's capital, Ottawa, might soon be a large and very literal memorial to victims of communism. But as the project's many critics point out: Canada has never been a communist country. The...

    Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said last week that she wants more consultations before making a decision on the Memorial to the Victims of Communism on Parliament Hill, and that was music to Ottawa architect Barry Padolsky’s ears.

    The monument, whose main proponent is the non-profit group Tribute to Liberty, was a lightning rod for criticism under the last government since the first public support for the project was announced in 2012.

    Padolsky was an early opponent, and he said he believes the review will result in a smaller, redesigned memorial located somewhere else in the city.

    “Joly sent a signal that the new Liberal government wants to demonstrate a shared commitment to a fine capital,” he said.

    The Liberal’s unexpected majority win dealt a blow to the project, which two Liberal Ottawa-area MPs has questioned. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said on the campaign trail that the memorial was in an unsuitable location, and MP Anita Vandenbeld said that the

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    A Toronto couple has posted a sign outside their home asking if Muslims are sorry for the Paris attacks.

    CityNews reporter Avery Hanes happened to be taking her son to hockey in the neighbourhood near Keele and Finch when she spotted the sign. Affixed to a tree with a French flag at its side and a “Suggestion Box” below, the sign reads:

    “Paris, France. I have 1 question Members of the Muslim Community. Are you sorry for the slaughter of innocent people by whom represent your religious beliefs?”

    Hanes decided to stop and chat with the couple who made it. She recorded the interactions and then posted them to Twitter.

    “I’m open to someone saying how dare you write that,” a woman

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  • With 145 deaths tied to fentanyl overdose in the first half of this year, Alberta is facing a public health crisis. And critics have charged that an inadequate response so far from the provincial government has allowed the province to reach crisis levels. 

    “From what I have seen they have done nothing,” Alberta Progressive Conservative MLA Mike Ellis tells Yahoo Canada News. “They have no plan for at least helping the police services to deal with the fentanyl crisis, which has been deemed a public health crisis by the Calgary Police Service.“ 

    Fentanyl, an opioid painkiller prescribed to relieve chronic, intense pain—like that experienced with cancer—is increasingly being used illegally. Both the prescribed and illegally-manufactured form of the drug are being sold, and sometimes cut with other narcotics like heroin and cocaine. 

    And fentanyl is killing users, at increasingly high rates. The 145 deaths in Alberta in the first six months of 2015 represent a significant increase from

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  • Rob Wells stands with his Steven Harper sign he put in his vehicle's rear window in Edmonton Alta, on Wednesday Aug 19, 2015. Wells has been fined $543 by police for having the sign in his car. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason FransonRob Wells stands with his Steven Harper sign he put in his vehicle's rear window in Edmonton Alta, on Wednesday Aug 19, 2015. Wells has been fined $543 by police for having the sign in his car. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

    An Edmonton man who says he will launch a constitutional challenge after he was ticketed for having a “F— Harper” sign in the back window of his car has “a great case,” one legal expert says.

    “It’s not harmful, it doesn’t target a minority group, it’s not hate speech,” David Schneiderman, a law professor at the University of Toronto and an expert on the Canadian Constitution, said in an interview with Yahoo Canada News.

    “I think he has a great case.”

    In August, Rob Wells was fined $543 under the Highway Traffic Act for distracting other drivers after he put a bright pink sign that read “F— Harper” in the back window of his vehicle.

    Alberta RCMP subsequently pulled him over after receiving two complaints which they said was for ‘erratic driving’. Wells said they forced him to remove the sign.

    “The only reason he pulled me over was because it was offensive. My question is, offensive to who[m]? [It’s] not illegal. You can’t just pull someone over because you don’t like something,” Wells

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  • Whistler ski resortWhistler ski resort

    Some western Canadian ski resorts are worried about snow conditions this winter, but there is reason to hope for a good season that improves upon last year’s tough one.

    “At this juncture I would be cautiously optimistic,” David Lynn, president and CEO of Canada West Ski Areas Association, tells Yahoo Canada News. “When we do get warmer-than-average temperatures, there’s a lot of variation as you move across western Canada because of microclimate systems and dramatic changes in elevations, slope orientation and latitude.”

    Early reports indicated that temperatures would be warmer than expected due to an El Nino weather system, Lynn says. But recent updates from the University of British Columbia indicate that temperatures should be just a degree or two above average this year, he says.

    “That certainly would be a lot cooler than what we experienced last year,” Lynn says. “It’s more of an issue for a low-elevation ski resort, specifically some on the coast.”

    B.C. resorts had a tough year

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  • Convicted serial killer Paul Bernardo is back in the news, following reports that he has released an e-book on Amazon. 

    “A MAD World Order” is a 631-page thriller, which can be downloaded onto a Kindle for $7.77. 

    On Friday morning, the majority of the book’s 262 reviews expressed outrage that the online retailer would allow the work to be sold, with many vowing to boycott the company.

    Bernardo is serving a life sentence for raping and killing teenagers Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French in St. Catharines, Ont. He has no chance of parole for 25 years.

    In 2002, Ontario passed the Prohibiting Profiting from Recounting Crimes Act, which makes it illegal for killers to earn revenue from books about their crimes. It does not forbid them from writing works of fiction, though.

    The 50-year-old is not the first convicted criminal to write or release a book while behind bars, an outlet that’s proven to be lucrative for some offenders.

    Name: Jack Abbott
    Crime: Forgery, manslaughter and bank robbery

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  • The federal government’s refusal to accommodate a breastfeeding employee does not constitute discrimination, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.

    In the decision released this week, the court upheld a previous decision by the Public Service Labour Relations Board and dismissed Laura Marie Flatt’s application for judicial review.

    Flatt, who worked for Industry Canada, wanted to work from home for another year after her year-long maternity leave ended so that she could continue to nurse her third child. After discussions with her employer reached an impasse, Flatt filed a grievance on grounds of discrimination on the basis of sex or family status.

    Flatt had been able to make arrangements to “telework” following her first and second maternity leaves, Sept. 2007-2008 and Sept. 2009-2010, respectively, according to court documents.

    She had argued that both her productivity and morale would improve once she eliminated her two-hour commute to the Burlington, Ont., office, and there would be

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  • A homeless woman rests while panhandling along Eighth Avenue in New York May 18, 2015 . (Getty)A homeless woman rests while panhandling along Eighth Avenue in New York May 18, 2015 . (Getty)

    Homelessness has been an issue that major cities across Canada have been struggling with for decades, and it's led to some creative solutions to try and combat the homelessness problem. The city of Victoria, B.C. is looking into the possibility of giving homeless people odd jobs around the city as a way to help people earn a living and get back on their feet.

    City counsellor Charlayne Thornton-Joe proposed the idea at a meeting recently, a program that would act as a stepping stone towards full-time employment. A chance to gain some work experience, earn a reference and make a little bit of money on a casual basis. Exact duties that prograpm participants may be asked to do would include assisting with the delivery of interdepartmental mail, photocopying or washing vehicles, among other things.

    "For that [homeless] person who’s a carpenter or a mechanic or whatever, even just getting dignified work from the city, whether it’s raking leaves or whatever it is, that is a fundamentally

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  • A Montreal spa owner says she plans to fight a human rights commission decision that she pay damages to a former employee after he alleged she would not let him work on the Sabbath.

    Hairstylist Richard Zilberg says Spa Orazen owner Iris Gressy told him he could not work Saturday, the busiest day of the weekend, because he is Jewish. Saturday is Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. The salon, however, remained open and non-Jewish employees worked that day.

    Last month, the Quebec Human Rights Commission informed the two of its recommendation that Gressy pay Zilberg $20,000 for lost wages, moral damages and punitive damages for violating Zilberg’s civil rights.

    Gressy did not comply before the Oct. 23 deadline. Now the case will move on to the tribunal.

    Gressy, who is also Jewish, told Yahoo Canada News on Thursday she intends to fight the allegations because Zilberg’s claims are “completely fabricated.”

    She said Zilberg worked for her for about 10 months in 2011 and 2012, but he did not get

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