• Vancouver cop goes undercover and finds kindness

    "The generosity, the caring was inspiring.”

    A Vancouver policeman went undercover in a rough part of the city in hopes of catching thieves, but things didn’t go quite as he expected.

    Staff Sgt. Mark Horsley masqueraded as a wheelchair user with a brain injury in an attempt to catch those who have been attacking people in wheelchairs since early 2014, reports Metro News.

    “I was ready to be victimized,” Horsley admitted at a news conference. “Our plan was just to take whatever the assault or robbery was.”

    The veteran cop, who’s been at it since 1986, spent five days in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside posing as a man who was left disabled following a motorcycle accident.

    He expected to be robbed. He ended up with $24 more than he came with, according to Metro News.

    In more than 300 interactions, no one took advantage of him. Two men who had talked to him earlier even came back with pizza. One man closed the zipper of his fanny pack and warned him to be careful. And another man even asked him for his permission to pray for him to

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  • 5-year-old Batman saves toddler trapped inside hot car

    "Of all days for him to dress up and that happens.”

    (SWNS via The Daily Mail)(SWNS via The Daily Mail)

    Looks like Batman’s protecting more than Gotham these days.

    After a five-year-old dressed as Batman caught wind that a toddler was stuck inside a car on a burning hot afternoon, he did what any other superhero would do: saved the day.

    One-year-old Iris Adamski was sitting inside the car while her grandparents loaded their shopping into the trunk, when all of the doors suddenly locked – with the keys inside, reports the Mirror.

    “I had just put the pram away when the door locked; I don’t know what happened, but we couldn’t get her out,” Iris’ grandmother Caroline Penny told the Daily Mail.

    She and Iris’ grandfather John immediately called the local police, who smashed the rear window in an effort to save the tot. There was only one problem: they couldn’t fit through the window. 

    That’s when Zavi Ahmed and his mom Emma – who he had begged to let him dress up as the Caped Crusader earlier that day – came to the rescue.

    (SWNS via The Mirror)(SWNS via The Mirror)

    The little superhero crawled through the rear window of the

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  • We may not all recall the first time we saw the colour purple, but chances are it probably wasn’t as memorable as this man’s experience.

    Ethan Scott, was born with red/green colourblindness and explains it doesn’t mean he sees the world in black and white, but that tones appear “a little bit more dull.”

    “I can see some pink and some green,” he said, “it’s just sometimes green looks brown or yellow, and pink looks silver or blue.”

    A company called EnChroma has developed glasses that virtually cure the user’s colourblindness, and Scott’s fiancé decided that this year for his birthday, he wants to give him the power of colour. 

    But instead of telling him what the glasses were or what they did, he just put them on his face and waited for magic to happen.

    And recorded it all.

    At first Scott thinks that they are just regular glasses, and remarks that they’re “very nice,” before nonchalantly looking around the office.

    But after a few more moments of looking through the colour-correcting

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  • Michael Tabrizi plans to serve the Baltimore's homeless people during the city's restaurant week. <span class=Apple-converted-space><br /></span></span>

    Baltimore’s ‘restaurant week’ is a perfect time for businesses to draw in new customers and for locals to try delicious meals on the cheap.

    One restaurant owner hopes to serve anywhere from 900 to 1000 guests during the week-long event. But they won’t be paying patrons: they’re all going to be members of the city’s homeless population.

    Michael Tabrizi, the owner of ‘Tabrizi’s’ doesn’t think this is time to “promote business.” Instead, considering all that’s happened in Baltimore this year, he thinks “it would be better to do something for the city to unite the people.”

    “It isn’t about money right now. We’ve done restaurant week before and we know the numbers, but right now it’s more important to promote the welfare of the city and its residents,” Tabrizi told Baltimore Magazine.

    He asked local residents to volunteer and help him organize what he calls a “Homeless Restaurant Week,” reports the Baltimore Sun. And now, he’s got more help than he needs.

    So much so, in fact, that he

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  • Christian Hudson, who won Calgary&rsquo;s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings to city&rsquo;s homeless.Christian Hudson, who won Calgary’s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings to city’s homeless.

    When you’re a teenager, winning $10,000 is like winning the $10 million jackpot. But what did this this jobless teen do with his winnings?

    He donated it all to the homeless.

    Christian Hudson, who was the lucky recipient of $10,000 for beating 11 competitors at the last day of Calgary’s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings after spending a few nights with the city’s homeless, reports Calgary Herald.

    After leaving his hometown of Airdrie, Alta., the teen took up couch surfing to participate in the competition at the Stampede. At one point, however, he couldn’t find a host.

    In true rock-star fashion, the teen slept on the streets for a few nights  – and that’s where he met his inspiration.

    “They gave me a bit of a tour of downtown and they told me [some] of their backstories,” Hudson told CTV News. “I had a little bit of an epiphany where a lot of them are just normal guys who fell under really unfortunate circumstances [and] tragic scenarios beyond their control.”


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  • Citylab.com map of Melbourne that lets residents email each of the city's trees.Citylab.com map of Melbourne that lets residents email each of the city's trees.
    You might not think it, but sometimes, there’s nothing more romantic than a love story between a person and their favourite tree.

    Melbourne had the interesting idea to give an email address to each tree in the city’s urban forest so that residents could report possible problems, like a dangerous-looking branch.

    It was all a part of a program created in 2013 in hopes of maintaining the city’s trees.

    But instead, what they received were confessions of love and admiration for the tall and majestic pieces of nature, reports City Lab.

    One, directed to a Golden Elm tree reads, “I’m so sorry you’re going to die soon. It makes me sad when trucks damage your low hanging branches.”

    And another, “Thank you for giving us oxygen. Thank you for being so pretty. You are the gift that keeps on giving.”

    The messages did not stop there, however; some people emailed their favourite trees solely to chat, and sometimes to discuss politics.

    “Hi tree,” an emailer named Troy wrote to a Red Cedar. “Are you

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  • Participants ponder a sensitive question.Participants ponder a sensitive question.
    It’s a tough and tricky question to answer: what is love? 

    But one creative agency took the plunge and made a video where they asked people aged 0 to 105 what love means to them. The result is a heartwarming video with incredibly honest answers that may leave you teary-eyed.

    Right at the beginning in the four-and-half minute video, a 14-year-old sums up perfectly what love means to many.

    “Love is a complicated thing,” he said.

    Others don’t quite know the answer and are left speechless, “you can’t describe it,” said one 31-year-old.

    Some people got serious with their answers, including an 11-year-old girl who said that “someone that loves you loves you because you’re you.”  

    A 56-year-old woman was almost brought to tears when asked the question. She said, “it makes you do the things you never thought you could do and I think it just makes life worth living.” 

    Some were rather a bit cynical with their answer. 

    “Love to me is the greatest marketing campaign ever invented,” said one

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  • Autumn Veatch had to hike through the Cascades and hitchhike to the nearest town after a plane carrying her and her grandparents went down. She was the sole survivor.Autumn Veatch had to hike through the Cascades and hitchhike to the nearest town after a plane carrying her and her grandparents went down. She was the sole survivor.

    Authorities are deeming a mostly fatal plane crash a miracle, after a teenage girl survived the crash and spent three days hiking down a remote mountainside, where she was then rescued by a motorist. 

    Concerned family members alerted authorities Saturday afternoon after a Beech A-35 plane failed to complete its flight from Kalispell, Montana, to Lynden, Washington, Fox News reports. Rescue teams began to search nearby areas based on cellphone data and the expected flight patterns, but there was initially no sign of the aircraft or the passengers onboard.

    On Monday, 16-year-old Autumn Veatch of Bellingham, Washington, was able to contact authorities. Veatch waited for help at the scene of the crash for a day, then left and hiked through the thick forest to a highway below. She was then picked up by a motorist and driven to a local store, where she called the police.

    CTV News reported that Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers spoke with Veatch. He told The Associated Press in a

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  • (YouCaring/Friends of Emma)(YouCaring/Friends of Emma)

    An adorable English bulldog named Bonsai was dealt a heavy hand in life, but things are looking up.

    The lovable puppy was born with only half a spine, no pelvis and tiny contracted hind legs.

    In addition to that, Bonsai was born “engorged in fluid,” which, when combined with the lack of mobility in his hind-end, caused him to get a condition known as “Swimmer’s Syndrome.”

    According to his YouCaring campaign page, the syndrome is a “condition in which the chest of the newborn pup becomes dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides – putting pressure on the internal organs.”

    The little guy has already undergone a surgery to remove both of his immobile hind legs, and is doing great – but there is no “cure” for his malformed spine and pelvis.

    “Bonsai is a precious boy and deserving of every opportunity of health, wellness and a bright future that we will be able to offer him,” the Friends of Emma Rescue Center wrote on the campaign page.

    (YouCaring/Friends of Emma)(YouCaring/Friends of Emma)

    But giving him the life he

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  • Spanish seniors try out a new playground designed just for them.Spanish seniors try out a new playground designed just for them.
    New playgrounds in Spain prove that we’re all young at heart.

    These “outdoor circuits” made especially for senior citizens provide an opportunity for exercise and prove that our bodies may get old, but our spirit never does. So when the weather’s warm and the days are long, the elderly aren’t sitting on the sidelines while their grandchildren hang out on jungle gyms – they’re getting in on the action too.

    A 63-year-old retiree named Manuel Francisco Martin told Public Radio International that the point is simply “to be able to keep going.”

    “To never stop – because once you stop moving, things go badly.”

    The outdoor exercise parks were designed in Finland, Public Radio International reports, but Spain has cornered the market with a whopping 600 already in place, and orders for hundreds more.

    But before the seniors get to swinging, spinning and stretching, they’re usually in need of a mini-walkthrough.

    “People’s first impression is always, ‘huh? What are we going to do here?’” physical

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