• Gale, an unemployed former restaurant worker, works as a prostitute on Las Vegas Boulevard. (Getty)Gale, an unemployed former restaurant worker, works as a prostitute on Las Vegas Boulevard. (Getty)

    Amnesty International has reached a verdict today on the controversial draft supporting the global decriminalization of sex work. The five-day council meeting held in Dublin, Ireland comes to a close today, but with a “Yes” vote on this important draft, it seems the work is just getting started.

    According to the press release on amnesty.org, “The resolution recommends that Amnesty International develop a policy that supports the full decriminalisation of all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.”

    This policy is yet to be written. The vote today has solidified Amnesty’s stance on the subject of sex work, adopting a preliminary policy, requesting that the International Board “adopt a policy that seeks attainment of the highest possible protection of the human rights of sex workers, through measures that include the decriminalisation of sex work.”

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  • Fifteen families are homeless after a suspected arson spree in Owen Sound, Ont., on Monday. A teenage suspect was taken into custody, police said Tuesday.

    The crimes have thrown the city into disarray: streets are closed, gas lines are shut off and public buses are being rerouted while crews clean up and officials investigate.

    A total of 23 people were forced from their homes, according to the United Way of Bruce Grey.

    Executive director Francesca Dobbyn said temporary shelter has been found for them in motels or with friends or family members while her agency and others work to secure more long-term housing.

    Six families lost everything, and they don’t have insurance, Dobbyn said.

    While the province’s 211 help line service is keeping a running inventory of items needed and items donated, cash is

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    Canadians are an accommodating people, generally, but sometimes you can just get fed up.

    That’s what happened to Christine Flynn, a Toronto chef, after she found herself the object of a game of musical chairs aboard a Porter Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Toronto.

    According to the Toronto Star, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who was assigned the seat beside her started asking other passengers to change with him because Flynn was a woman who was not a relative and sitting beside her went against his religious beliefs.

    What allegedly followed was an embarrassing attempt by the Porter flight attendant to find someone who would change seats with the man. Flynn told the Star it wasn’t so much that the man deigned not to sit beside her but that he and the flight attendant viewed her as the problem.

    That, in a nutshell, was the real problem, says Brent Bowen, dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. It was not a religious-accommodation issue;

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  • 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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