• With parking spots this pricey, you'd really want to make it clear that it's not for sharing. (Thinkstock)With parking spots this pricey, you'd really want to make it clear that it's not for sharing. (Thinkstock)

    On Toronto’s Mink Mile, the high fashion-huddled stretch of Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Yonge Street, ritzy retail space leases for around $310 USD per square foot, on average.

    Earlier this month, a P1 parking spot in Vancouver’s Yaletown listed for the same. At $45,000 for the title, maintenance fee and taxes on the 145-square-foot parking space, on paper, the cost looks absurd.

    But in a city where spots regularly sell for anywhere from $20,000 to $120,000 – if you want a space with two stalls and a gate – paying $45,000 for a parking space is hardly worth the buzz.

    To put it in perspective, four years ago a parking spot at the Four Seasons in Toronto’s Yorkville (unsurprisingly also on the Mink Mile) went for $100,000. At the time the average price for condo parking spots in Toronto hovered between $25,000 and $40,000.

    Last year, it was Calgary, with a survey of surface and underground parking lots in the city’s core by commercial real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield,

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  • N.L. students will have a little less debt to worry about, but what about the rest of Canada? (Thinkstock)N.L. students will have a little less debt to worry about, but what about the rest of Canada? (Thinkstock)

    The debt burden post-secondary students graduate with continues to grow, so a surge of hope went through leaders of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) when Newfoundland and Labrador announced it was eliminating student loans entirely in favour of non-repayable grants and bursaries.

    Federation national deputy chairperson Anne-Marie Roy called it great news for students on The Rock.

    “They have the lowest tuition fees and now a very important amount of grants that definitely will make education more affordable for students in that province,” Roy said in an interview with Yahoo Canada.

    But the federation, which represents more than 500,000 university and college students, wants more.

    While it’s unlikely other provinces will follow suit, Roy said the federation hopes they and Ottawa, which accounts for the lion’s share of student-loan funding, get N.L.’s message.

    “Budgets are actually about priorities,” she said. “So it’s about the government making it a priority to invest in

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  • A strawberry is prepared on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. (Getty)A strawberry is prepared on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. (Getty)

    Quebec may be known for maple syrup and poutine, but perhaps soon strawberries can be added to the list. A varietal known as the Authentic Orleans strawberry appears to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

    Grown on the Île d’Orléans—an island on the St. Lawrence River not far from downtown Québec City—the juicy, red berry contains a greater concentration of certain antioxidants than traditional varieties, its producers claim.

    The strawberry was recently the focus of a clinical trial headed by scientists from Laval University and the Centre hospitalier de l'Université Laval. Sixty people participated, consuming either an extract rich in polyphenols derived from cranberries and Authentic Orleans strawberries or a placebo over a six-week period.

    The results showed that consuming the Orleans-strawberry extract reduced insulin resistance by about 20 per cent and improved glucose management in obese people and those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

    “The clinical

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  • This week’s narrowly-avoided collision between a drone and a seaplane in Vancouver was not a one-of-a-kind incident.

    In fact, it is one of many close encounters airplanes have had with drones in Canada in recent years.

    As the popularity of drones, also known as unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) grows, so too does the risk of serious collision.

    Transport Canada launched 69 investigations across the country into incidents involving drones in 2014, spokeswoman Roxane Marchand told Yahoo Canada News in an emailed statement. 

    Incidents involving drones recorded in Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS) have increased dramatically over the last two years. 

    Before 2014, there were three or fewer CADORS reports about drone activity per year going back to 2002, according to a Global News investigation.

    So far this year, there have been 30.

    Among those was a Cessna 177 that had to take evasive action to avoid a drone on a flight from Boundary Bay, B.C., in

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  • A screenshot of Kim Kardashian's Instagram post.A screenshot of Kim Kardashian's Instagram post.

    Kim Kardashian’s latest advertising deal not only made a splash among her nearly 42 million Instagram followers, it may also have contravened Canada’s direct-to-consumer drug advertising laws.

    Two weeks ago, Kardashian posted a photo of herself to the social media site holding a small white bottle of pills. Diclegis — known as Diclectin in Canada — is made by Montreal-based Duchesnay Inc. and is the world’s most prescribed morning sickness drug used to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

    “OMG. Have you heard about this? As you guys know my #morningsickness has been pretty bad. I tried changing things about my lifestyle, like my diet, but nothing helped, so I talked to my doctor. He prescribed me #Diclegis, I felt a lot better and most importantly, it’s been studied and there was no increased risk to the baby…”

    Kardashian writes that she’s partnered with Duchesnay USA to help “raise awareness about treating morning sickness,” and urges her followers to ask their doctor about

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  • A YouTube screenshot of Daryush ValizadehA YouTube screenshot of Daryush Valizadeh

    The Canada Border Services Agency is under public pressure to deny entry to self-styled pickup artist Daryush Valizadeh this week, with an online petition against his arrival reaching more than 17,000 signatures on Friday afternoon.

    Roosh V, as he is known, is an American citizen who plans to hold two speeches in Montreal and Toronto on Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, respectively, to discuss his vision of the problems facing men in the modern world.

    Critics have charged that Roosh V, who has advocated for the legalization of rape on private property, is a hateful misogynist.

    The petition calls for him to be barred from the country under a section of the Criminal Code prohibiting gathering and organizing for the purpose of inciting hatred.

    Canadian border agents can turn back anyone without Canadian citizenship, including permanent residents, for a number of reasons, including criminal history, health problems or security factors.

    The agency, which couldn’t immediately be reached for comment,

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  • The U.S. Clean Power Plan leaves Canada a “rogue state” when it comes to tackling climate change, says Andrew Weaver, the sole Green Party member of the British Columbia legislature and a climate scientist who was a member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    “It’s yet another indication that the Canadian government’s singular focus on the fossil fuel industry is making us fall behind,” Weaver tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “We were leaders but government has sent a signal to the market that, really, if you want to do business in Canada, you better be involved in the oil industry or the natural gas industry.”

    On Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama finalized the country’s first-ever carbon limits, aimed at reining in emissions from the electricity sector.

    The plan drafted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets a target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

    The plan assigns each state a specific target for

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    Canadian police forces are undergoing a transformation dealing with changing service demands at a time when the national crime rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1969.

    But the head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) says while the stats seem to indicate a kinder, gentler society, they fail to tell the full picture of what’s happening on the streets.

    “The reality is that crime is coming down but the demand for our service has not decreased,” Clive Weighill, who is also Saskatoon’s police chief, told Yahoo Canada News.

    “We are seeing this right across Canada as about 25 per cent of our resources are dealing with crime issues. The rest is dealing with social issues.”

    Weighill, a 31-year veteran officer, explained those issues could be calls, such as checking out a suspicious person or vehicle and neighbourhood or custody disputes.

    “These are the things that are time consuming and tying us up.”

    Police forces are also under increasing pressure, but are

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  • Sled dogs rest on the frozen Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit in this file photo. (Reuters)Sled dogs rest on the frozen Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit in this file photo. (Reuters)

    For the fourth year in a row, Manitoba is the worst place in Canada for animal abusers to be.

    Last month, the Animal Legal Defence Fund – founded in 1979 by a group of attorneys eager to foster the legal protection of animals – rated all 13 Canadian provinces and territories on the strength of their animal protection laws.

    Manitoba – again – came out on top.

    “Manitoba is doing a variety of really good things,” Aileen White, director of communications for the Winnipeg Humane Society, tells Yahoo Canada.

    “They’ve reviewed the Animal Care Act a few years ago, and made changes which are fantastic. Every step that helps catch and prosecute animal abusers is a very, very good thing. And obviously the Humane Society applauds that.”

    She points to harsher sentencing in the courts as one of the reasons why. In 2010, a Manitoba couple were charged with animal hoarding in a horrendous case involving 61 neglected and abused dogs on one property. The judge imposed jail time, a fine and a ban on

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  • Chris Hyndman's death maybe attributed to sleepwalking and one expert says it's more common than you may think.

    In an interview with The Toronto Star, Glenda Hyndman, mother of the late “Steven & Chris” star, revealed that she thinks her son died sleepwalking off his apartment terrace and plunging to his death before landing in a laneway at 68 Broadview Avenue in Toronto on Monday night. Though no official cause of death has been disclosed, his mother said her son struggled with sleepwalking for years.

    “Christopher was a sleepwalker, and he did that a lot. He even ate in his sleep. He was caught by Steven many times eating in his sleep, absolutely … I don’t know if he ever got a restful, solid sleep.” she told the reporter.

    According to Dr. Raymond Gottschalk, the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic in Hamilton, Ont., it’s a cruel irony that the less sleep one gets, the deeper they sleepwalk, so it wouldn't have been uncommon for someone with the sleep habits of Hyndman to

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