• Nepal Earthquake: How you can help and donate to relief efforts

    The death toll following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hitting scant miles from Nepal's capital of Kathmandu has soared past 3,700, and is expected to grow, as rescue workers are still trying to reach remote mountain villages in the region.

    Saturday's quake was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in more than 80 years. It was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China's region of Tibet and Pakistan.

    As people continue to search for their loved ones and belongings, thoughts are turning to how to help those who have been affected by the disaster, as shelter, fuel, food, medicine and workers are all in short supply in the region now.

    Several Canadian charities have taken action to help support the recovery effort.

    Here are Canadian charities where you can donate to help support the relief effort:

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  • Supposedly I’m a natural born leader, a budding CEO, an ENTJ – Extravert, intuitive, Thinking, Judging – according to the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality test designed by mother-daughter duo Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in 1942.

    You may not have taken the test, but you’ve surely heard about it… and may soon hear much more when interviewing for your next job. “Personality tests are becoming increasingly common – and increasingly sophisticated,” says Peter Harris, chief editor at Workopolis.

    The granddaddy of them all, the 73-year-old MBTI – which features 72 true or false statements like “You know how to put every minute of your time to good purpose” or “You feel at ease in a crowd” – continues to dominate the landscape. According to CPP, the publishers of the MBTI, 89 of the Fortune 100 companies use the test, which has been translated into 24 languages.

    But there are myriad tests just like it.

    International recruitment behemoth Hays Canada – which

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  • Results of a very large study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found no association between autism spectrum disease and children who received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

    The study, which analyzed health records of more than 95,000 children, should finally put to rest claims of a causal link between autism and vaccination.

    But it won’t.

    This is World Immunization Week (April 24-30), with the World Health Organization (WHO) hoping to close the immunization gap that sees one in five children (about 29 million) going unvaccinated, which the WHO says could potentially avert 1.5 million deaths of children from preventable illness.

    Opponents of vaccination, whether it’s MMR or influenza, seem surprisingly resilient to scientific evidence refuting their claim that ingredients in the vaccines cause anything from autism to bowel disease, auto-immune disease and narcolepsy.

    The phenomenon, especially prevalent in Europe and North

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  • Canada moves to tighten border controls

    An Air Canada airplane is prepared at dawn for boarding at Pearson International Airport in Toronto March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Chris HelgrenAn Air Canada airplane is prepared at dawn for boarding at Pearson International Airport in Toronto March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

    The federal government has moved to meet requirements of a major border security deal with the U.S., by implementing pre-screening of travellers from countries that don’t require a visa to visit Canada.

    Beginning next year, visitors from countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, France and Chile will have to apply in advance for an electronic travel authorization before they board a flight to Canada. However, enrollment for the program begins as early as August of this year.

    “It’s a hassle, to some extent, but it can be done electronically and the fee is $7. It’s not onerous,” says David Cohen, a Montreal-based immigration lawyer and managing editor of the Canadian Immigration Newsletter blog.

    “The benefit for the traveller is that the traveller now knows before they get to a Canadian port of entry whether or not they will be admissible.”

    In February 2011 Canada and the U.S. signed the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which has three significant changes affecting travellers

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  • Toronto Police investigate the area where Elijah Marsh, the missing 3-year-old boy, was found without vital signs on February 19, 2015.Toronto Police investigate the area where Elijah Marsh, the missing 3-year-old boy, was found without vital signs on February 19, 2015.
    When 20-month-old Toronto toddler Elijah was reported missing in frigid weather earlier this year, a frantic and widespread search began immediately. He was in obvious danger; tragically, he later died.

    When a child is suddenly gone, response by family members and authorities is swift. But what happens when a teenager or young adult goes missing, as happened this week when Asmaa Bana, 20, a graphic design student in Toronto, seemingly disappeared from her family for two days.

    Is it time to hit the panic button or is it just a case of a young person needing some space?

    There are protocols in place for these types of situations—which police deal with all the time.

    The Vancouver Police Department handles between 3,000 and 4,000 missing persons reports every year, according to Const. Brian Montague, VPD’s media-relations officer.

    “We average about 10 a day,” Montague says. “It’s a lot.”

    Reports of missing persons are also frequent in Toronto.

    “We get them daily,” says Const.

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  • Jannis practices yoga in her home in Barrie, Ont. (Amanda Jerome)Jannis practices yoga in her home in Barrie, Ont. (Amanda Jerome)

    Nicole Jannis could be the poster child for breast cancer advocacy, and sometimes she feels like that role has been placed upon her. You’d never know from her boundless optimism, pixie-like smile, and engaging blue eyes that the 29-year-old from Barrie, Ont. has spent a difficult year fighting the disease.

    "I've kind of had this image slapped on me, this whole pink ribbon idea of I'm this poster child for fighting back and breast cancer," she says. "This whole idea that I have cancer, but cancer doesn't have me. It's very much become a huge part of my life, but it's not my life.”  

    Jannis was 27 when she found out she was BRCA positive, an inherited genetic mutation that can result in breast cancer, and 28 when she found a lump in her breast. With a family history of the disease and a positive diagnosis, the team at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie moved quickly and Jannis was undergoing treatment within a week of her diagnosis. 

    I remember throwing up right away ... It was
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  • First Nations give federal budget a fail

    Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde is shown in Ottawa after an interview on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin TangAssembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde is shown in Ottawa after an interview on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

    A federal budget any year, but especially in an election year, is a sermon for the party faithful.

    Believe, it says. We are with you, it says. Toss a few coins in the collection plate, it says.

    And so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to rattlers of the Conservative cage that the 2015-16 spending plan focuses on jobs, business and families.

    But it is still a disappointment, says Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

    “It’s a status quo budget when it comes to First Nations and the status quo is not going to do anything to close the socio-economic gap that exists between First Nations and non-First Nations people in Canada,” Bellegarde tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “Maybe the Conservatives have discounted the First Nations vote,” Bellegarde says.

    The federal budget tabled Monday highlighted $500 million previously announced last fall for the construction and renovation of schools on reserves.

    It does include $200 million in funding over five years to improve First

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  • In this March 15, 2013 photo, workers assemble cars at the new Toyota plant in Indonesia (AP)In this March 15, 2013 photo, workers assemble cars at the new Toyota plant in Indonesia (AP)

    Canada’s automobile industry may be on a long, slow slide to oblivion.

    The federal budget Tuesday included a $100-million fund aimed at innovation in the auto-parts industry over five years, but no substantive strategy to keep Canada’s biggest single manufacturing sector from long-term decline.

    Automakers have warned that without a coherent strategy, Canada will continue to lose new production capacity to Mexico and southern U.S., where wages are lower and governments offer fat financial incentives and streamlined bureaucracy for new investments.

    There is a lot at stake. According to Ottawa’s figures, the industry, centred in Ontario, was worth almost $85 billion in annual revenue in 2013 and employed 117,000 people, roughly a third of them directly in building passenger and commercial vehicles.

    It isn’t going to disappear tomorrow but there’s increasing evidence it faces shrinkage.

    General Motors of Canada announced earlier this year it was closing one of its two Oshawa, Ont.,

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  • Click to a pharmacy online, the internet has a host of medicines and pills for sale but many of them are fake.  Click to a pharmacy online, the internet has a host of medicines and pills for sale but many of them are fake.

    Counterfeit medications are a growing global pandemic killing hundreds of thousands of people a year, warn health scientists.

    A series of 17 new studies found that as much as 41 per cent of some of the 17,000 drug samples tested from all over the world failed to meet quality standards.

    The repercussions are all too real.

    Substandard malaria drugs are believed to have killed an estimated 122,350 children in African in 2013, the research says.

    And while fakes are found largely in low- and middle-income countries, western patients are not immune.

    “Although previously thought to be limited to low-income countries with weak pharmaceutical regulatory systems and problems with anti-malarials, increasing reports of a large variety of poor-quality medicines and medicinal products, such as vitamin supplements, in high- and middle-income economies are illustrative of the pandemic nature of this problem,” says the summary article of the special report published this week in the American Journal

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  • This file photo shows Vancouver skyline, pictured in 2009. (AFP Photo/Don Emmert)This file photo shows Vancouver skyline, pictured in 2009. (AFP Photo/Don Emmert)

    Whenever these lists of the best cities to live, or worst cities to retire in come out, there's always the caveat that they should be taken with a grain of salt; after all, no survey is going to take into account every single resident's experience, and no one city in Canada could possibly be bursting with joy or completely miserable all the time.

    However there is something to be said for consistency.

    Yet again, Vancouver has ranked poorly on a city happiness survey. Despite being the object of envy for many Canadians (mountains at your back door, the ocean a quick jaunt away, and temperate weather all year long), it looks like when it comes to overall quality of life, Vancouverites just don't seem to be finding much to smile about.


    Related stories:

    Vancouver is unhappiest city in Canada: study

    Edmonton: the saddest Canadian city on Twitter?

    Column: Why Scandinavian women make the rest of the world jealous


    In another survey, conducted last year and which identified Kingston as the

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