• A dog outside a coffee shop in downtown Toronto.A dog outside a coffee shop in downtown Toronto.

    The expression “gone to the dogs” no longer applies to Vancouver patios — and one pet owner wants to change that.

    When Danielle Bauer recently visited one of the patios she frequents with her dog Beans, she was stunned to be told the Chihuahua mix was no longer welcome.

    The health inspector had visited the restaurant and several others in the area to issue warnings forbidding dogs from the premises.

    “Not every patio catered to dogs but some of them did and it was nice to have that option,” she told Yahoo Canada News. “It’s nice to take your dog with you, and not have them cooped up in a hot condo.

    Bauer did some digging and found that restaurant health regulations are mandated by the province, and Vancouver Coastal Health is the local authority that enforces the regulations.

    “Clearly they hadn’t been enforcing these regulations and then within a three-week period, all these restaurants, without exception, had been canvassed and given these warnings not to have dogs on the patio,” she

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  • If you’ve walked into a bookstore lately, you can’t help but see the shelves stocked full of self-help guides. Feeling lonely and overwhelmed? There’s a self-help book for that. Want to boost your self-esteem so you can land that dream job? There’s one for that, too. But a book doesn’t have to be a step-by-step guide to help us get over a slump. In fact, researchers are now discovering what the ancient Greeks knew centuries ago—reading good literature works just as well. Sure, fiction may not change your habits in a few easy steps as many guides today promise but it can teach and motivate you at the same time—all in an engaging way. “Books are ‘silent therapists,’” says Natalia Tukhareli, author of Healing Through Books: The Evolution and Diversification of Bibliotherapy. “Countries worldwide have already fully embraced it while Canada is taking first steps.”

    Bibliotherapy is a broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic purposes. It encompasses

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  • Calgary police arrested an armed man who allegedly robbed a liquor store on Tuesday, and their takedown included a lullaby.Calgary police arrested an armed man who allegedly robbed a liquor store on Tuesday, and their takedown included a lullaby.

    By Aviva West

    Early on Tuesday morning, Brad Dowse of Calgary awoke to what may have been the world’s mellowest-ever police takedown of an armed and drunk suspect.

    Just before 2 a.m., Dowse heard a commotion outside his apartment on 17th Avenue. Peering out the window, he saw at least four armed officers from the Calgary Police Service (CPS) surrounding the liquor store that occupied the space below him.

    Using his cellphone, he posted an image to Facebook with the caption, “Liquor store downstairs being robbed by knife right now. Holy %$#*.”

    In the comments he elaborated: “Great job by CPS. Talked the guy down til he passed out from chugging two bottles of Absolut in the 45 minutes and no one got hurt. No gun shots, no phazer, nor force used what so ever. I even got to hear the negotiator sing rock a bye baby to the guy. If today continues as such this could be the most entertaining birthday ever.”

    Dowse also recorded video of the incident, which clearly shows the officers calmly

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  • Have you already blown through your usual go-to events this summer? Is the “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do” whine from the kids getting tedious already?

    Here are 10 great reasons to turn off the television, put down the gadgets and get out of the house. Grab your cooler, lawn chair, bathing suit, and camera and enjoy the season while it lasts.

    Newfoundland

    Jellybean Row - Newfoundland and Labrador TourismJellybean Row - Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

    Jellybean Row

    Do you set your camera to black and white to appear artsy and unique? Don’t do that in St. John’s, where you’ll want to capture all the colour of Jellybean Row, the affectionate name of the brightly-painted row houses in the downtown core.

    You’ll want to stop often for photos, so wear comfortable shoes and walk around the provincial capital to explore the steep hills and hidden alleyways. After you’ve had a good workout, treat yourself to a refreshment on lively George Street. You’ll find even more live entertainment and fun than usual during the George Street Festival, July 30-August 4, 2015. While it isn’t free,

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  • Raytown police are offering up advice for Craigslist shoppers after multiple armed robberies in the last month have prompted concern from the department.Raytown police are offering up advice for Craigslist shoppers after multiple armed robberies in the last month have prompted concern from the department.

     

    By Sherry Noik

    More than two years after a classifieds website was used to lure a Hamilton man to his death, very few Canadian police forces have set up online transaction “safe zones” on their premises like the ones found in many U.S. cities.

    One large Ontario force will announce its version of a safe zone on Friday, Yahoo Canada News has learned.

    Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), which covers 12 jurisdictions, will roll out a pilot project at its detachment in the City of Welland, where there is a well-lit space for the public to park, 24-hour video surveillance and a constant police presence. No appointment necessary.

    “Our role would be to maintain the peace if there’s a dispute of some kind or if someone came in and said there is overt criminal action,” Const. Phil Gavin told Yahoo Canada News on Wednesday.

    Officers won’t be mitigating issues between buyers and sellers, only providing a safe place for them to do business.

    But the NRPS is stopping short of calling it a

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    A gopher is shown in this 1988. (CP PHOTO)A gopher is shown in this 1988. (CP PHOTO)

    As cities expand and forests shrink, experts say urban dwellers are just going to have to get used to living alongside wild animals.

    Toronto continues to wage war on racoons. Ground squirrels are wreaking havoc in Calgary. B.C. campuses are beset by bunnies.

    And those are just the usual suspects. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to come across a lynx outside a nail salon, a black bear in your backyard or a deer in your swimming pool.

    “These days, there’s not too many (wild animals) that aren’t somewhat urban, or at least entering the urban environment," Brad Gates, owner of AAA Gates’ Wildlife Control in Toronto, told Yahoo Canada News.

    “When I started my business 31 years ago, that wasn’t the case. We would rarely get a call for a coyote or rarely got a call for a fox, but now we take anywhere from half a dozen to a dozen calls a week for those types of animals.”

    While it can seem like critters are intruding onto our space, another expert says it’s the other way around.

    “We do see the

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  • Wai Young, Conservative MP for Vancouver South, rises following Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday May 17, 2012. Young says Canada's spy agency knew there was a bomb on the Air India plane that later exploded in midair, killing 329 people in 1985.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldWai Young, Conservative MP for Vancouver South, rises following Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday May 17, 2012. Young says Canada's spy agency knew there was a bomb on the Air India plane that later exploded in midair, killing 329 people in 1985.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    The frightening thing about election time, if you’re in power, is that all the people you’ve managed to muzzle and park on the backbenches where they can do no harm are also seeking re-election.

    This means they have to go out and meet with constituents. They have to speak to people in public.

    That went horribly wrong for the Conservatives this week when a speech by MP Wai Young surfaced, in which she compares her government to Jesus.

    Yes. To Jesus.

    “Jesus served, he saved, but he acted, as well,” Wai Young told a church congregation in her Vancouver South riding last month.

    “I want to share with you what I think about what our government is doing in the same vein — Jesus served and acted to always do the right thing, not the most popular thing….”

    In a recording of the speech obtained and first reported by PressProgress.ca, Young is heard saying the Conservatives will always act and do the right thing.

    “We’ve done that recently by protecting Canadians, I mentioned the Victim’s Bill of

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  • A Canadian flag is passed along fans during the B.C Lions game July 10, 2015. (Reuters)A Canadian flag is passed along fans during the B.C Lions game July 10, 2015. (Reuters)

    A new study on the world’s most reputable countries has placed Canada in the top spot.

    The Reputation Institute, a global research and advisory firm for reputation, studied the reputation of 55 countries by interviewing 80,000 people around the world on their quality of life, quality of institutions like government, and the level of development as it related to the economy.

    Here are the top 20 countries:

    1. Canada
    2. Norway
    3. Sweden
    4. Switzerland
    5. Australia
    6. Finland
    7. New Zealand
    8. Denmark
    9. Netherlands
    10. Belgium
    11. Ireland
    12. Austria
    13. UK
    14. Italy
    15. Germany
    16. Japan
    17. Spain
    18. Portugal
    19. France
    20. Singapore

    This isn’t the first time Canada has made it to the top of the list, either. In 2011, Canada beat out the other nations in reputation, and stayed there in 2012 and 2013. It dipped to second in 2014 before moving back to top spot this year.

    Notably absent from the top 20 is the United States; the U.S. ranked 22nd in the listing. The Reputation Institute

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  • Melanie Wolfe holds a memento staff at St. Joseph's Healthcentre in Hamilton gave her after her father died in April.Melanie Wolfe holds a memento staff at St. Joseph's Healthcentre in Hamilton gave her after her father died in April.

    When Melanie Wolfe’s mother died nine years ago, she says the hospital didn't even call.

    But when her father died in April, the whole family was at his bedside, thanks in part to a one-of-a-kind palliative-care program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.

    "With my dad, it was just a completely different experience, and it’s something that we can walk away from feeling fulfilled that we took part in the Three Wishes Project," says the mother of three from Haldimand County, Ont.

    The only program of its kind in Canada, the idea is to grant three simple wishes to dying patients, their families or their health-care providers.

    Sometimes, the wishes are small acts of kindness meant to make a patient’s final moments more peaceful, like bringing their pet in for a visit or playing their favourite music in the ICU.

    “One gentlemen was dying in the ICU. We arranged for his partner to come in and for them to have food together and to hold hands in bed and watch their favourite TV show that they

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  • Prairie farmers say it may be too late for crops

    Dry weather to cut crop yields by 15%, says farmerDry weather to cut crop yields by 15%, says farmer
    There have been just five days of noticeable rain in Parkland Country since the beginning of April.

    The farming region just west of Edmonton is among the hardest hit of parched Prairie communities.

    Crops have withered on the ground. Grass for grazing cattle is scarce. Bales of hay that fetched $45 last year are selling for $250.

    “They’re talking this is the worst drought we’ve seen in five decades,” says James Leskiw, supervisor of agriculture and agronomics for the county.

    Council members in Parkland declared a state of agricultural emergency on Tuesday. The region has seen just 53 millimetres of rain since April. Normally, they would get 150-220 millimetres.

    “There’s concerns now about not having enough feed to feed livestock through winter. They haven’t produced as much as they normally would in this point in the season,” Leskiw tells Yahoo Canada News.

    Even if the heavens open up today, “they’re at the stage that things are not going to get better.”

    In Parkland, grasshoppers are

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