• Workers scrape a wall which had a photo of former CBC radio host Jian GhomeshiWorkers scrape a wall which had a photo of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi

    Much of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal seems like a classic workplace harassment case, albeit one writ very large.

    It may end up being more than that, though allegations of criminal assault against the former CBC Radio host by women he dated remain unproven.

    But when you strip away Ghomeshi’s celebrity status and his admitted sexual proclivities, this looks a lot like the kind of abuse many women face in every workplace from men in powerful positions, abuse which many feel reluctant to report. As we’re learning, there are systemic problems that can often to leads to these situations.

    Ghomeshi, for those who’ve been somewhere without a decent Internet connection the last couple of weeks, was fired from his high-profile job as host of Q, CBC Radio’s flagship arts program. He claimed he was let go because the public broadcaster determined his sexual activities weren’t compatible with its standards.

    Ghomeshi responded with a $55-million lawsuit and a lengthy defence on Facebook of his sex

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  • Comedian/actor Norm Macdonald performs in Las Vegas on July 9, 2011. (Getty Images)Comedian/actor Norm Macdonald performs in Las Vegas on July 9, 2011. (Getty Images)

    The idea of Norm Macdonald making a triumphant return to Canadian airwaves as the next host of Q has received a groundswell of support in recent days, though the radio show at the centre of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal has yet to tip its hand and show the public its plans.

    CBC’s premier arts and culture radio show is in the midst of a rebranding effort after host and co-creator Ghomeshi was shown the door two weeks ago.

    And while their request for public consultation has shown that the former Saturday Night Live star is a popular choice for host, there is also a growing sense that the campaign is destined for failure.

    Users of the social media site Reddit have been debating potential hosts, with an entire conversation chain dedicated to claims that Q is ignoring Macdonald’s overwhelming support.

    "If you look up this hashtag on twitter the vast majority are recommending Norm Macdonald to be the new host. But when Q read some of the tweets today not a single one mentioned Norm. Instead

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  • Atsumi Yoshikubo, a Japanese tourist, is shown in a handout photo issued with the RCMP. (CP)Atsumi Yoshikubo, a Japanese tourist, is shown in a handout photo issued with the RCMP. (CP)

    A decision by investigators in Yellowknife, N.W.T., to call of the search for a missing Japanese tourist and declare her disappearance had brought intentional attention to the region’s “quiet epidemic.”

    While the disappearance and suspected death of Atsumi Yoshikubo is not connected to the state of Canada’s North, with new reports suggesting she may have been considering suicide before leaving Japan on vacation last month, it is a reminder that our Northern territories suffer Canada’s highest suicide rates.

    Yoshikubo was last seen on Oct. 22 and reported missing five days later after she failed to check out of her hotel room.

    After a thorough search that was monitored by the Japanese consulate and Yoshikubo’s family back home, the RCMP announced that they have come to suspect her disappearance was not an accident.

    The latest update from RCMP in Northwest Territories states:

    A thorough Police investigation has determined that Yoshikubo is now considered to be a missing person,

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  • Photo of the four students who won the BUSU costume contest (Twitter)Photo of the four students who won the BUSU costume contest (Twitter)

    A week after a costume contest at Brock University saw four students in blackface take home first prize, there’s still dissent over how the school has reacted to the incident.

    The campus in St. Catharines, Ont., has been in an uproar over a group of students who dressed up as the Jamaican bobsled team of Cool Runnings fame for a Halloween costume contest at the Brock University Students’ Union’s pub last week.

    The foursome won the $500 prize based on audience applause. But a few days later both the students’ union and the university administration found themselves in damage control over the incident.

    While the president of the university tells Yahoo Canada News this is a teachable moment, members of the black community say they’d like to see the students apologize and perhaps be punished.

    The students apparently had no malicious intent in dressing up like the beloved characters of the 1993 movie, based loosely on the unlikely entry of Jamaica in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics

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  • Canadians who want to live or travel in the United Kingdom could be granted the ability to do so without the current shackles of visa requirements and limitations, should the UK parliament heed the call of a British think-tank.

    That call involves urging for the creation of a vast “bilateral mobility zone” that would give citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada the ability to travel freely between those Commonwealth nations without the need for work or travel visas.

    "We want to add distinct value to Commonwealth citizenship for those who wish to visit, work or study in the U.K.," reads the report released by the Commonwealth Exchange. "The Commonwealth matters to the U.K. because it represents not just the nation’s past but also its legacy in the present, and its expanded potential in the U.K.’s future."

    The idea of easier mobility between Canada and some of its closest Commonwealth allies would be an exciting concept. There are currently 90,000 Canadian-born

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  • Photo of Million Mask March in Halifax on Nov. 5, 2014. (Pamela Cameron/Facebook)Photo of Million Mask March in Halifax on Nov. 5, 2014. (Pamela Cameron/Facebook)

    Remember, remember, that a young man was found dead, face down in a Nova Scotia creek nearly 25 years ago and, to this day, questions remain about what led him there and how he died.

    The family of Clayton Miller hasn’t forgotten, and have fought since 1990 to determine exactly what happened to their 17-year-old son. And now, the group of hacktivists known as Anonymous has questions of their own, and are using Guy Fawkes Day to pressure the government for answers.

    The Chronicle Herald reports that Anonymous publicly rallied for a new investigation into Miller’s death as part of Wednesday’s Million Mask March – a global protest in which participants are urged to wear the distinct, mustachioed mask embraced by the group, which opposes government oversight.

    In a series of YouTube videos, Anonymous members called for answers into Miller’s death 24 years ago, questioning the official version of events and pointing to accounts they say could suggest police knew more about the death than they

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  • Photos from Slut Walk in New York, Saturday, October 1, 2011 (<a href=https://flic.kr/p/as14kq target=_blank>David Shankbone/Flickr</a>)

    For over a week now, Twitter feeds and Facebook walls have been flooded with the latest in the ongoing saga of Jian Ghomeshi and the women he allegedly assaulted. Since the Toronto Star published a story on Oct. 26 with accusations from three women that Ghomeshi had assaulted them, several more, both named and anonymously, have stepped forwards with their own allegations. That in turn has been followed by a deluge of women who have shared their own, unrelated stories of assault.

    In the wake of the scandal, hashtags like #BeenRapedNeverReported have appeared online, with thousands of women sharing their own, often heartbreaking accounts of sexual assault that have never been taken to the police.

    But why now? Why did it take the firing and ostracizing of Jian Ghomeshi to prompt so many women to come forward with their own stories?

    The question is understandably a complex one, and in reality, the Ghomeshi scandal came at a time when the sexual assault of women is a particularly charged

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  • Marie Henein, leaves the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto on Monday October 19, 2009. (CP)Marie Henein, leaves the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto on Monday October 19, 2009. (CP)

    As yet another person comes forward with allegations of sexual impropriety against Jian Ghomeshi, this time a male, the former CBC radio host has hired a high-profile criminal defence attorney in anticipation of potential charges by police.

    But it appears even she has something to say about Ghomeshi’s sexual history.

    The Toronto Star reports that Ghomeshi has retained Marie Henein, a name partner at Henein Hutchison LLP, who notably represented former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant when he was charged in the death of a bicycle courier in 2009.

    Ghomeshi had previously retained the crisis management firm Navigator, which also represented Bryant in 2009, until it confirmed they had dropped Ghomeshi as a client last week.


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    An Edmonton clothing store has apologized for turning away a group of cadets looking to distribute poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, in what is being described by Royal Canadian Legion officials as a forgivable misunderstanding.

    And while the incident would seem destined to leave a mark on the Legion’s annual Poppy Fund campaign, it is but a blip in what could turn out to be the most successful campaign in recent memory.

    Legion officials told Yahoo Canada News that, just days into their annual poppy drive, they estimate they will distribute as many as 20 million poppies in just over a week – two million more than last year.

    “The early indication is that the poppies are being distributed like never before,” Tom Eagles, Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion, told Yahoo Canada News. “We are seeing more people coming to the poppy trays. We are seeing more people (than usual) this early. We are a week before November 11 and we are seeing a lot of people wearing the poppy, which

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  • If you’re a Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher, there may be an early Christmas present waiting for you.

    Thanks to the archaic policies of the airline industry that makes adjusting flight reservations either expensive or impossible, and his recent separation from a former girlfriend, Jordan Axani is searching for someone who can put several flights on a round-the-world trip to use, no strings attached.

    The only issue is that one set of airline tickets is reserved under the name of his ex-girlfriend, and it seems it has to stay that way.

    "My hope in the whole thing is to find somebody who maybe wasn’t able to travel to far-off places, or hasn’t had the opportunity yet, who can put it to good use," Axani told Yahoo Canada News in a telephone interview on Monday.

    "It’s a ticket around the world and if it goes to waste it would be a shame."           

    Axani launched his search for the fortuitously-named stranger on the social media site Reddit this weekend, saying the ticket will only

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