• A woman smokes marijuana outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on 4/20 (CBC)A woman smokes marijuana outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on 4/20 (CBC)
    An anonymous trickster running an online scavenger hunt for marijuana in Vancouver says he'll keep playing until he gets bored or busted, the latter of which could actually turn out to be his fate.

    The Twitter handle "HiddenWeedYVR" has been posting clues to the whereabouts of small vials of marijuana that have been hidden around town, giving his nearly 2,500 followers a chance to seek out and secure free pot.

    The game is inspired by a recent spate of "Hidden Cash" scavenger hunts that began in San Francisco, in which anonymous donors hide envelopes of money and send hints to their whereabouts.

    [ Related: Millionaire hiding envelopes of cash around San Francisco ]

    Similar games have popped up in Canada, including Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. But unlike cash, the idea of someone gifting out free marijuana does not seem to sit

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  • A turf war has broken out over a Calgary billboard that unequivocally claims humans do not play a significant role in climate change, raising questions about the veracity of the statement and the decision-making process behind which environmental messages are approved in oil-rich Alberta.

    The billboard, sponsored by the "Friends of Science" organization, claims that humans are not responsible for climate change, which is a stance not shared by the vast majority of North America's scientific community.

    "The sun is the main driver of climate change. Not you. Not CO2," the billboard states.

    The uniquely-named Friends of Science group is a non-profit group that vocally opposes the idea that mankind plays a role in climate change. In a recent statement, it said its Calgary billboard has generated a great deal of international attention for the organization.

    “First of all, our message is backed up by peer-reviewed science. Secondly, we’re getting an excellent response from around the world,”

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  • Opposition to childhood vaccination continues despite the long-debunked theory that vaccines can trigger autism, plus the very real evidence recently of what happens when kids aren't immunized.

    Now there's a new study that concludes a combination vaccine commonly used in Canada presents a slightly increased risk of febrile seizures in children.

    You can just hear some anti-vaccination advocates: "See, we told you so!"

    The study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found children receiving the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine in widest use in Canada, known as Priorix-Tetra, had twice the risk of seizures in the following week to 10 days than those who got two separate injections – one for measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), and the other for varicella (chicken pox).

    [ Related: B.C. measles outbreak underscores continuing battle over holdouts ]

    However, the absolute risk was still very low and was far outweighed by the potential

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  • The picture of anti-homeless spikes caused outrage on social media. (Andrew Horton/Twitter)The picture of anti-homeless spikes caused outrage on social media. (Andrew Horton/Twitter)

    Canada may not do enough to help its homeless community, but at least we've never lumped them in with pests and vermin the way a London, England apartment complex did when it installed metal spikes on the ground near its entrance.

    Except, apparently we have. According to a Canadian homeless advocacy group, anti-homeless spikes are relatively common and have even made occasional appearances in Canada.

    "I've seen them around, I've seen them here in Calgary and I've seen them in other cities around Canada," Tim Richter, head of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, told Yahoo Canada News.

    "Typically outside high-rise buildings. It is the same kind of thing that lots of places do to deter skate boarding. The last time I saw them was right outside a C-train station in Calgary. They are unfortunately fairly common."

    A volcano of outrage erupted over the weekend after an image of metal spikes located outside a London apartment complex was posted online.

    The photo, posted to Twitter by

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  • Rob Ford is expected to leave rehab and rejoin the Toronto mayoral race at the end of the month, but he'll be returning to a very different campaign than the one he left – one where he has dropped to also-ran status and holds an all-time low levels of support.

    A new poll suggests that Ford now sits a distant third to candidates Olivia Chow and John Tory, with his numbers plummeting since he announced he had a drinking problem and went to rehab, as fresh allegations of crack cocaine use were made public.

    A Forum Research poll released on Monday suggests Ford would pull in 20 per cent of the vote in a five-way race between himself, Chow, Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki.

    Ford's number has decreased in each of the past four monthly Forum polls.

    Chow leads with 38 per cent support, a number that has increased in each of the past four polls.

    John Tory now sits in second place with 28 per cent support, which has also increased in each of the past four polls. Soknacki and Stintz sit at

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  • “Am I having too much fun?” Toronto mayoral hopeful David Soknacki asked an aide during a recent conversation with Yahoo Canada News.

    He was working on a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and the topic of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had just been raised. Ford, currently in rehab battling an addiction to alcohol and famous for his other vices, is set to return to the campaign train next month. Meantime, his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, had been rumoured set to take his spot.

    "Bring them both on, I think it would be so entertaining, don't you?” Soknacki asked with a wide smile. “And I understand there are a couple other family members in the background. Maybe we could bring them in. You know what, we could have the entire lingerie football team on, maybe they could all register."

    This is the politics of celebrity, he says, where candidates rely on name recognition and flash rather than policy and good ideas. That is not Soknacki’s campaign. In many ways, Soknacki is the antithesis of

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  • Bernard Jordan, then and now, courtesy of Gracewell HealthcareBernard Jordan, then and now, courtesy of Gracewell Healthcare
    At 90 years old, Bernard Jordan escaped from his British nursing home, boarded a train to France and won the respect and admiration of police officers tasked with tracking him down.

    But that's nothing for the British war veteran – he survived D-Day.

    A local search for the missing senior became an international celebration of the indomitable spirit on Friday, after Bernard launched a cross-border adventure to participate in the 70th anniversary of the Allies landing in Normandy in WWII.

    Gracewell Healthcare says Jordan disappeared suddenly from the Pines Care Home in Hove, England, on Thursday evening.

    According to ITV, East Sussex police were contacted by the nursing home after he went out for a walk and didn't return.

    It was later confirmed Jordan had caught a train to Normandy to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Cleverly, the veteran had snuck out of the nursing home in a grey raincoat that concealed a jacket containing his war medals.

    Brighton and Hove Police

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  • When the sun sets in Toronto tonight, the tallest tower in the country will become a 457-metre memorial for three RCMP officers shot and killed in Moncton, New Brunswick.

    The lights of the CN Tower will blaze a multi-coloured tribute to Constables David Ross, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Douglas James Larche, as well as two other officers wounded on Wednesday when a heavily-armed gunman opened fire on police in the eastern Canadian community.

    In a note, CN Tower officials advised that, "The CN Tower is lit tonight in red, blue and gold, the colours of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police guidon in honour of fallen RCMP Constables David Ross, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Douglas James Larche, and wounded Constables Éric Stéphane Dubois and Marie Darlene Goguen as a tribute to the courage and dedication to public service of these and all RCMP officers."

    The CN Tower’s LED lighting system is often light for special occasions, holidays and tributes. Most often, those light shows are scheduled

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  • Caroline (R) and Lily Connors leave flowers on the steps of the RCMP headquarters in Moncton, N.B. (Reuters)Caroline (R) and Lily Connors leave flowers on the steps of the RCMP headquarters in Moncton, N.B. (Reuters)

    Three Mounties killed by a gunman in Moncton, N.B., who were fathers, brothers and heroic public defenders, were remembered and memorialized on Friday in New Brunswick, their home towns and across the country.

    The fallen officers were identified for the first time on Friday, two days after a suspect opened fire in the streets of Moncton, killing three and injuring two others.

    Earlier in the day, the suspect was arrested without incident. He simply walked into the open, unarmed, and surrendered himself to authorities. According to eyewitnesses, he said, "I'm done," as he turned himself in.

    "Now that we have the suspect in custody we have to focus on the future and moving forward to restore a sense of normalcy to our community," Supt. Marlene Snowman said, thanking the public for its cooperation during the manhunt.

    "It will take some time to heal but together we will get there. None of us can ever be prepared for this type of situation."

    [ Full Coverage: Moncton, N.B. gunman kills 3

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  • To all those Canadians for whom this Friday, the sixth of June, is just another TGIF, here's a reason to pay attention to the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.

    There's a direct line from that long-ago battle on the shores of France to the Canada you live in today.

    Much of the news coverage of the anniversary this week justifiably has focused on the valour of the 14,000 Canadian soldiers who waded ashore on Juno Beach that morning or the 450 Canadian paratroopers who were part of the airborne landing hours before. More than 350 died in the initial landing, and some 5,000 were killed in the subsequent Normandy battle, some of the hardest fighting of the Second World War outside of the Russian front.

    The event is being marked Friday with ceremonies in Normandy attended by leaders from the Second World War allied nations, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Russian President Vladimir Putin, currently not on speaking terms.

    We've been hearing this week from the dwindling

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