• Canadian conservation officers receive 14,000 to 25,000 reports on bears each year.Canadian conservation officers receive 14,000 to 25,000 reports on bears each year.
    The possibility that a bear may have killed a man in northern B.C. sets Lloyd to thinking it could have been him.

    The 56-year-old taxidermist is still recovering from a grizzly attack near Fernie, B.C. last October. If he’d been alone, if his son-in-law hadn’t kept his wits about him, if he hadn’t had two loaded guns at the ready, Lloyd has no doubt the outcome would have been different.

    “Without my son-in-law, I would have been that guy… that bear would have killed me,” he tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The B.C. Conservation Officer Service, RCMP and the coroner are investigating the death on the weekend near Mackenzie, in northern B.C., as a possible black bear attack.

    A black bear and a wolf found near the body were shot and killed. The cause of death has not been determined and the man’s identity was not released, but reports say officials suspect a bear.

    In his case, Lloyd and his son-in-law, Skeet Podrasky, were heading back to their truck after – unsuccessfully – hunting elk. Lloyd

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  • As measles continues its comeback from near-eradication, new research suggests the ailment can affect children for far longer than it infects them.

    A new study conducted at Princeton University says children who contract the disease may have their immune systems weakened and compromised for three years – or even longer.

    “It is very likely the measles cases that are happening now are putting children at risk for all other infectious diseases,” warns Princeton researcher Michael Mina, a co-author of the report.

    “Measles has a tremendous ability to get into the body and kill off the memory of the immune cells, which protect us from diseases that we have already seen,” he explained. “By destroying that memory, you are essentially putting children at risk for infections they should already be immune to.”

    That flu your little one had a year ago, before catching the measles? The protective immunity that was naturally forged to fight it may be gone.

    Mina calls this “immune amnesia,” and says

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  • Jenn Woodall at Fight! launch party (Amanda Jerome)Jenn Woodall at Fight! launch party (Amanda Jerome)

    Jenn Woodall grew up playing video games, but even as a child she noticed a distinct lack of female characters she could relate to. This is part of the inspiration behind Fight!, a new zine to hit the Toronto art scene this weekend at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).

    Illustration from fightzine.tumblr.comIllustration from fightzine.tumblr.comCurated by Woodall, a Toronto artist, the female fighter zine is a collaboration of 36 international artists who submitted original characters to fill the pages of this colourful book. Each character holds a left or right facing fighting stance, so that they appear to be squaring off with their opponent on the facing page. Each artist submitted a background story for their character on Tumblr as the book came together, making this a unique and creative initiative.

    “I originally did a zine that was a fan zine of Sailor Moon art and I decided that for my next project I didn’t want to do an already established property,” says Woodall about Fight!, which she started creating in 2013.

    “I wanted to do something new and

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  • Omar Khadr speaks to media after being released on bail in Edmonton, Alta., on May 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason FransonOmar Khadr speaks to media after being released on bail in Edmonton, Alta., on May 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Seen in the eyes of the Canadian government as an enemy combatant, Omar Khadr wants to figure out how to live outside of a jail cell for the first time since he was a child.

    Unlike most teens, he’s never taken a bus by himself or done lots of things most teens take for granted. Khadr is a 28-year-old man, but he was a child the last time he was free, 13 years ago.

    “I want to start fresh,” he told reporters after his release. “There are too many good things in life that I want to experience.“

    Back when he was 15, the teen was under the control of his parents and family – a family to which he now has very controlled exposure. It was a time when Khadr’s life was being steered for him by a family that saw honour in being an enemy fighter that could be killed in battle to become a martyr.

    Now, his court-ordered guardians are his lawyer Dennis Edney and his wife Patricia – the closest thing Khadr seems to have to caring family.

    Like a mother ready to welcome home a child from university, Mrs

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  • Next to softwood lumber and the vexing question of who’s responsible for Justin Bieber, it’s probably one the most contentious issue in Canadian-American relations: tipping. Search “Canadians tipping” and you get a list of articles filled with either American service industry workers complaining about tight-fisted Canucks, or Canadian op-ed writers defending themselves from such unfounded accusations.

    The most recent article in this never-ending dialogue was published in the Buffalo News last week. An hour-and-a-half away from Toronto, Canadian dollars play a huge role in certain parts of the city’s economy. Still, it seems like the city’s servers were unimpressed, with stories of flat five dollar tips and people leaving pennies on the dollar abounding.

    "“If you get 10 percent out of a Canadian, you’re floored,” said a waitress at a downtown restaurant, opening her mouth, widening her eyes and throwing her hands upward to mimic shock," the story said.

    But what do Canadians in the

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  • Coral reefs are beautiful to behold, and essential for maintaining the natural balance of life in the world’s oceans.

    And all over the world, they are slowly starving to death.

    Under stress from climate change and rising levels of carbon dioxide, coral in nature is continually struggling to find nutrition.

    It's a common problem for humans too; it's one of the reasons why the dietary supplement market is booming.

    So – why not develop special nutritional supplements, and feed them to the coral?

    Researchers from the University of Miami are doing exactly that, and the results are encouraging.

    “For many years we have known the some types of symbiotic algae can convey climate change resilience to corals,” Chris Langdon, UM Rosenstiel School professor and chair of marine biology and ecology, told ScienceDaily.com.

    Staghorn coral, a species once common around Florida and throughout the Caribbean, is now critically endangered. The research suggests that two supplemental feedings of dried

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  • This week a Bowmanville, Ont. couple found out the hard way that just having a valid passport isn’t enough to get you out of the country. Dallas Hill and Evan Bouckley were prevented from boarding a flight to Italy because Hill's passport was set to expire in July; Canadians who are travelling to the Shengen area of European states need passports that will be valid for at least three months after they leave the region they're visiting. Some countries have even stricter passport authentication requirements.

    Validity requirements aren’t the only things some Canadians don't know about their passports. Here are five more.

    Royal prerogative


    Technically, your passport is granted by the Queen of Canada (which is different from the Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, even though they’re the same person). A passport application can be denied simply by "royal prerogative," which was invoked famously when Omar Khadr applied for a passport in 2006. Fortunately, Charter rights mean such a

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  • There's no lemon law in Canada, meaning dealers don't have to take back dud cars. (Thinkstock)There's no lemon law in Canada, meaning dealers don't have to take back dud cars. (Thinkstock)

    You have to feel for Danielle Champagne, who’s living every car owner’s nightmare.

    The Winnipeg mother paid top dollar for a new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze sedan but told CBC News it’s been nothing but trouble, apparently subject to 15 manufacturer’s safety recalls and another 15 warranty-related problems.

    Canada has no U.S.-style lemon laws, which give owners the right to demand a refund or replacement vehicle if it’s suffering from chronic mechanical problems. Customers here have to go through an auto industry-sanctioned arbitration process to deal with complaints.

    It’s not clear whether Champagne is involved in that process. She could not be reached and calls by Yahoo Canada News to the service manager at Vickar Community Chevrolet, which sold her the car for $34,000 (current base asking price for a Cruze is about $17,000), were not returned.

    Champagne’s problems highlight the fact Canadian consumers are largely on their own when it comes to dealing with defective vehicles. Even if you

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  • A man looks at his cellphone, which, if he is Canadian, doesn't have access to MVNO service. (Thinkstock)A man looks at his cellphone, which, if he is Canadian, doesn't have access to MVNO service. (Thinkstock)

    Looking for an affordable, yet comprehensive, smartphone plan in Canada can be quite the exercise in futility. A look at the packages offered by the major Canadian wireless providers, namely Rogers, Bell and Telus, basic plans with a few hundred megabytes of data and 100-200 minutes start at an average cost of $50. Compare that to the plans our neighbours down south have access to and it's no wonder Canadians continue to push for cheaper plans, innovative alternatives and, ultimately, more competition.

    Therein lies the problem: Canadians don't have options.

    In the United States, consumers have the choice between brand names like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile but can also opt for a no-contract route with a smaller Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that provides a cheaper alternative without sacrificing call and data quality. Because MVNOs don't have or can't afford their own cell towers, they piggyback off established infrastructure from the big boys. So what's stopping

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  • Ontario sex ed supporters turn to social media

    Demonstrators gather in front of Queen's Park to protest against Ontario's new sex education curriculum in Toronto on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren CalabreseDemonstrators gather in front of Queen's Park to protest against Ontario's new sex education curriculum in Toronto on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese


    Ontario parents who support the province’s new sex education program are taking to social media to counter curriculum objectors.

    A petition urging Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to stick to her guns on the plan has garned more than 23,000 signatures in little more than 48 hours.

    The Facebook page People for Ontario’s Sex Ed Curriculum has nearly 10,000 followers and another, Muslims for Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum, nearly 400.

    “There was so much negative stuff out there,” says Sam Mansour, who posted the petition on Change.org.

    Earlier this week, tens of thousands of students were absent from school to protest the new program. That prompted the 27-year-old to act.

    “These protests really pushed a lot of people to be negative: ‘What’s wrong with these parents?’ Zenophobic comments, sometimes. I thought, whoa, this is not true of the entire community,” Mansour tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “I think it’s a misrepresentation of Ontarians. I think it’s a misrepresentation

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