• Artist's rendition of the proposed American Dream Mall in Miami, Florida. (American Dream)Artist's rendition of the proposed American Dream Mall in Miami, Florida. (American Dream)

    The billionaire Edmonton family behind the West Edmonton Mall and the Mall of America have announced a massive new project in Florida.

    Debbie Patire, spokeswoman for Triple Five Group U.S., said the company is in the initial development stages for American Dream Miami.

    “We are in the very, very early stages of development for this project but it’s building on the success of what we started 30 years ago at West Edmonton Mall,” Patire told Yahoo Canada News.

    Triple Five is the multibillion-dollar economic offspring of the Ghermezian family.

    Patire declined a request for an interview with any of the notoriously publicity-shy family members.

    The company was founded by Jacob Ghermezian, a rug exporter in Iran who built his first successful retail multiplex in Tehran before emigrating to Montreal in the 1950s, according to his January 2000 obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

    In Canada, Ghermezian resumed his carpet export business and quickly built it into a chain of stores.

    In the early

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  • Homeopathy's no better than placebos, says an Australian study (Michael O'Brien/The West Australian)Homeopathy's no better than placebos, says an Australian study (Michael O'Brien/The West Australian)

    Homeopathy was dealt another blow when Australia’s leading body for medical research came out swinging against the practice.

    After reviewing 225 studies, that country’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said in a statement that there is “no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy iseffective in treating health conditions.”

    The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines homeopathy as: “a system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce in healthy persons symptoms similar to those of the disease.”

    “NHMRC’s review shows that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy works better than a placebo,” said the group’s CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, in the statement.

    He added: “People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness.

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  • Julia Ratcliffe works at the MediJean medical marijuana facility in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl DyckJulia Ratcliffe works at the MediJean medical marijuana facility in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    It’s worth noting, right off the bat, that no one in this suburban Ontario city, west of Toronto, is looking to rebrand their town as Marijuana Mississauga (tempting as it may be to start a new Twitter trend).

    The purpose of a new city bylaw aimed at regulating commercial marijuana grow-ops is far more practical:  

    “For us, it is really all about safety for our community and for our families,” said Jim Tovey, a Mississauga municipal councillor in an interview with Yahoo Canada News.

    The bylaw was approved earlier this month, making Mississauga the first city in Canada to licence legal medical marijuana growers who set up shop within the city boundaries.

    It’s not intended as an open invitation for pot growers to come to town. Tovey said city leaders were prompted to take local action following new federal regulations restricting who has the authority to produce medical marijuana.

    [ Related: N.S. medical marijuana user arrested, would rather be jailed than stop growing ]

    Hundreds of

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  • Left, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau; Right, Chiheb Esseghaier. (CP)Left, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau; Right, Chiheb Esseghaier. (CP)

    Terrorism-related crimes in Canada seem to be in the headlines every day now – but is terrorism on the rise, or are we just more interested in the subject? Yahoo Canada News posed those questions to a number of leading Canadian academics and terror experts.

    In recent months, there have been a number of cases before the courts, including plans to bomb the B.C. legislature, thwarted plans to derail a VIA passenger train and arrests in Halifax over a plot to open fire at shopping mall. And of course, there were the two killings of armed forces personnel last October as part of a jihadist movement.

    Canadians have also heard more stories of individuals going overseas to join ISIS to fight for the “Islamic State” in Syria or elsewhere.

    Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam has studied the radicalization question and estimates about 60 Canadians are fighting in Syria and Iraq, while the government stated last year that as many as 135 individuals “with Canadian connections who were abroad and who were

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  • The strange case of Jahanzeb Malik does nothing to allay the Canadian public’s fears about a potential attack on our soil.

    Malik is accused of plotting to use remote-controlled bombs to attack the U.S. Consulate in Toronto and bomb buildings in the financial district. Authorities allege Malik presented a very real threat, although the landed immigrant from Pakistan so far is facing only deportation, not criminal charges.

    An investigation by Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP that began last fall turned up evidence Malik allegedly wanted to bomb the U.S. consulate in Toronto, as well as other buildings in the city’s financial district.

    Malik, 33, who came to Canada a decade ago as a student, is being held while deportation proceedings take place. Officials won’t say why he hasn’t been charged criminally, even though they claim he had received weapons training overseas and tried to radicalize an RCMP undercover officer.

    It’s likely the evidence fell short or sustaining a criminal

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  • Green beer (Thinkstock)Green beer (Thinkstock)

    Perhaps this St. Patrick’s Day weekend you plan on having one bourbon, one scotch and one beer … and that’s before you head to the pub to drink more with your friends.

    Well, you may want to rethink those plans.

    Just last week, several college students in California celebrating “St. Fratty’s Day” were injured when the roof caved in due to many revelers standing on it. The partiers were reportedly “brewfing,” a term meaning drinking beer while on a roof.

    Here in Canada, alcohol was responsible for a sobering 8.22 per cent of all deaths under the age of 70 and 7.23 per cent of all days spent in hospital, according to a report by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. And 15 to 20 per cent of Canadians meet the criteria for alcohol disorders, according to two doctors, who conducted a review of alcohol misuse published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    Kids and young adults are starting to misuse alcohol at startlingly young ages. Binge drinking is generally

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  • A woman holds a ticket purchased for the U.S.  Powerball lottery on February 9, 2015. (Reuters)A woman holds a ticket purchased for the U.S. Powerball lottery on February 9, 2015. (Reuters)

    If you play the lottery regularly, you probably love that interval between the time you buy the ticket and when the numbers are drawn.

    You get to dream a little about what you’ll do with all those millions if you win. You conjure fantasies about quitting your job, lying on a beach, paying cash for your dream house and studding the driveway with toys or playing lady bountiful to your family. That’s what the lottery ads suggest, anyway.

    The dream almost always evaporates after you check your numbers. But for the rare few, that moment makes the dream real. And that can be a daunting prospect.

    Suddenly, you’re confronted with the challenge of actually making decisions about the equivalent of several lifetimes’ earnings for the average person. No one could blame you for being intimidated.

    In B.C., for instance, someone came forward Monday to claim a $50-million Lotto Max price just days before the March 14, 2014, ticket was set to expire.

    It’s the longest anyone has ever waited to bring

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  • You think we had lots of snow and cold weather in Canada this winter? You're absolutely right. (CBC)You think we had lots of snow and cold weather in Canada this winter? You're absolutely right. (CBC)

    We are Canadian. Winter does not scare us.

    We invented snowmobiles, the snow blower, Polar fleece and Plexi-glass. There may be some debate about whether we invented hockey but, let’s be honest, we own it now.

    But enough already.

    Environment Canada statistics confirm what Canucks felt in their frozen bones — this winter has been a brutal beating from Mother Nature.

    There are reports that the snow banks in Moncton, N.B. are three storeys high.

    Three. Storeys.

    NASA kindly pointed out on Jan. 8 that it was warmer in the Gale Crater on Mars than it was throughout much of Canada, and there was one day in January that Ottawa was the coldest capital city on Earth — colder than Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, and Moscow, Russia.

    Niagara Falls froze. Okay, that happens a lot… when it’s incredibly cold.

    Ontario and
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  • Students walk through the campus of Cape Breton University (Facebook)Students walk through the campus of Cape Breton University (Facebook)

    It’s been three years since Canadians had a rousing national debate around the rising costs of a university education.

    The last big dust up was in 2012, when students in Quebec took to the streets by the tens of thousands to loudly – and, ultimately, successfully – protest a plan to hike post-secondary fees across the province.

    Now, it’s Nova Scotia’s turn to speak out, albeit in a much quieter voice (and, so far, no banging pots).

    Earlier this month, officials at Cape Breton University (CBU) joined academics and students at the school in issuing an “urgent” call to eliminate tuition fees at all Canadian universities, similar to the zero-tuition model in Germany.

    Proponents argue that high costs of university unfairly squeeze out thousands of qualified students who can’t afford the upfront costs and fear the financially crippling student-debt levels they’ll face post-graduation.

    It’s a dire situation that, without a coordinated national education policy to guide us, poses “serious

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  • A sign welcomes visitors to Taber, Alta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)A sign welcomes visitors to Taber, Alta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

    Teenagers in the small town of Taber, Alta., will have to think twice before their next act of public mischief thanks to a new bylaw that outlaws what city council deems to be bad behaviour.

    The new "Community Standards Bylaw" was drafted in partnership with local police and has effectively outlawed swearing and yelling, given police the power to break up public meetings between adults in groups of three or more, and enforced an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for minors.

    Those under the age of 18 cannot be in public without a parent or guardian during the curfew and those who are caught doing so will be handing over a $100 fine after being brought home by police. Exceptions will only be given to those travelling by "motor vehicle from one point to another without detour" and to those acting in the interests of an employer or voluntary organization.

    Other fines include $75 for a first offence of spitting on property that you don't own and $150 for being caught yelling or swearing. The

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