• Ashley MacLean ready for prom after home-invasion shooting. (CBC)Ashley MacLean ready for prom after home-invasion shooting. (CBC)

    For Ashley MacLean-Kearse, the journey to her high school prom has been far from easy, but she was determined to put up a fight.

    Back in November, the 19-year-old was left a quadriplegic after a home-invasion shooting in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She survived the incident but was left fighting to press ahead with her life completely changed. 

    The bullet struck MacLean-Kearse in the spine and left her paralyzed from the chest down. Four people were later arrested on charges including attempted murder.

    “I pretty much had my life ripped away from me,” MacLean-Kearse told the news outlet.

    While in the hospital recovering, MacLean-Kearse continued to complete her school work and fought back to gain some of her old life back. Her goal was to attend her high school prom in June, reports the CBC.

    Yesterday, MacLean-Kearse joined her fellow high school graduates on their special night.

    “She can’t do what she wants to do – get up and dance with her friends, which is how it should’ve been,” her

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  • Deaf teen deemed ‘medically inadmissible’ finally permitted to join mother in Canada

    This is my biggest achievement as a mother, to give my daughter a better life.”

    Karen Talosig's has waited a long time to bring her daughter to Canada. (CBC)Karen Talosig's has waited a long time to bring her daughter to Canada. (CBC)

    Many people immigrate to Canada every year with dreams of building a better life for their families. For one single Filipino mother, this is exactly what she had always dreamed of.

    Karen Talosig was a registered nurse in the Philippines and decided to move to Canada to become a caregiver, with the hope of providing a good life for her 14-year-old daughter, Jazmine. Talosig moved to Canada under the live-in caregiver program in 2007 and applied for permanent status five years ago.

    However, to Talosig’s dismay, Immigration officials had deemed Jazmine, who is completely deaf, inadmissible in Canada. They speculated it could cost Canadians up to $91,500 for health-related services over the span of five years. 

    After hearing this, Canadians were outraged. B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender weighed in on the federal government’s controversial decision, vouching that Jazmine would not create extra costs to taxpayers as she has no additional learning requirements or physical needs.

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  • Santa OnoSanta Ono

    Talk about putting others first: University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono has refused to accept his annual bonus for the third year in a row. Instead, he has selflessly asked the university to take his $200,000 bonus and donate it to 14 scholarships and local charities. 

    His bonus will be divided up fairly amongst scholarships for soon-to-be and current students, other student and faculty programs at the University of Cincinnati, as well as to local high schools and charities.

    He also asked that $10,000 be donated to the family of Sonny Kim, a fallen police officer in Cincinnati, who was shot and killed last week in the line of duty. 

    CNN reports that the donations were disclosed at the university’s board of trustees meeting, held on Tuesday.

    Said Tom Humes, board president: “This may sound crazy, but it’s hard for us when someone turns down a raise. We’ve learned that the way to satisfy President Ono is to give him the ability to help others. It’s not to help him. We heartily

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  • Flamingo receives prosthetic legFlamingo receives prosthetic leg

     About a month ago, zookeepers in Sorocaba, Brazil, found the flamingo with a fractured leg. This week, they performed surgery and the bird is now strutting around with a new seven-inch carbon limb. 

    “To prevent an infection from setting in and spreading to the rest of his body, which would have killed him, we decided to amputate the leg and give him the prosthesis,” Andre Costa, who performed the surgery on the bird, told The Huffington Post.

    According to the zookeepers, this may be the first time a flamingo has ever used a prosthetic leg to walk. 

    The veterinarians at the zoo said they are struggling to pinpoint how the flamingo injured its leg. Working theories include: it being attacked by a pelican that shares the same enclosure, or he may have been attacked by a crane.

    Regardless, the flamingo must now be reintroduced to its cohort. That’s where the second challenge comes in to play: zookeepers are worried that the other 28 flamingos will see the prosthetic leg as a physical

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  • (Stock photo)(Stock photo)

    A Pennsylvania homeless man is being recognized and rewarded for his kindness and honesty after returning a wallet containing $400 and some important personal items to a single mother fighting brain cancer. 

    The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, found the wallet on a park bench on the way to his AA meeting, Today Parents reports. Like any curious individual, he looked inside and found $400 cash, as well as an electronic welfare card which is used for collecting food stamps.

    The man, who is in his late 30′s, struggled with what to do with his discovery and was torn between keeping it or doing the right thing.

    The man decided to text Ashton Munoz, an assistant director at Hearts for Homeless shelter.  The shelter provides its clients with prepaid phones just in case they need to get in touch with staff.

    “I found this purse. There’s money in it,” read the text, according to Today’s Parents.

    Munoz drove into the city to meet the man and together they were able to identify and track

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  • (Twitter/@TheLakeHealth)(Twitter/@TheLakeHealth)

    If there was any remaining doubt in your mind that Chris Pratt was a real-life superhero, this is sure to change your mind.

    The 36-year-old Guardian of the Galaxy, whose movie ‘Jurassic World’ is breaking box office records around the globe, decided to take some time out of his busy schedule to have some fun with the patients at a children’s hospital.

    The actor stopped by at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to hang out with the youngsters and take photos with them.

    The hospital’s official website states that Pratt “took time out from filming his latest move to visit [the] amazing kids.”

    “Our patients were all smiles and we are so thankful to Chris for lifting their spirits by visiting.”

    The hospital shared photos on their Twitter of the actor channeling

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  • ‘Spider-Dad’ creates incredible video in memory of late son

    "I'll remember one little boy who inspired me to do great things."

    (Youtube/Mike Wilson 3RUN)(Youtube/Mike Wilson 3RUN)

    Professional free-runner and parkour athlete Mike Wilson set out on a mission fit for a superhero to keep the memory of his late son alive.

    32-year-old Wilson’s son Jayden was a huge Spider-Man fan, he owned Spidey bedding, toys, pictures and even his own miniature costume. Wilson, being the amazing father that he is, decided to become Spider-Dad.

    Just after his fourth birthday, Jayden was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumour, which was terminal. Determined to keep Jayden in high spirits, Spider-Dad came to visit him and all of his friends on his fifth birthday. 

    Jayden’s surprise visit from Spider-Dad was caught on video, and has since received over ten million views.

    Wilson decided that he wanted to create a Spider-Dad movie for Jayden to watch at home. Sadly, while the film was in the planning stages, Jayden passed away on December 24th, 2014.

    Wilson wrote in on his website, “Whatever life holds in store for us, I’ll remember one little boy who inspired me

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  • Glenn and Buzz enjoying a walk together. (Facebook/Cheryl)Glenn and Buzz enjoying a walk together. (Facebook/Cheryl)

    Talk about a special bond between two friends.

    Glenn and Buzz have been inseparable since the day they were abandoned but now they’re looking for a new home together.  

    Glenn, a Jack Russell, is permanently blind but gets around with the help of his guide dog Buzz, the Staffordshire bull terrier. 

    “Buzz acts as Glenn’s eyes and it’s as simple as that,” Sue Biebly from Stray Aid rescue centre told the BBC. “Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz, and if they were separated even for a few minutes they both bark and become distressed, so they would need to have a loving home together.”

    Three weeks ago, the abandoned pair was found in a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, England. They’re now being cared for and reside at the Stray Aid rescue centre, where the staff hope to find a loving home for the pair.

    Glenn and Buzz, best buds, just playing around. (Stray Aid rescue centre)Glenn and Buzz, best buds, just playing around. (Stray Aid rescue centre)

    The centre says the dogs, who are believed to be between nine and 10 years old, were dumped at the tunnel because of their age. Since becoming his guide dog, Buzz cannot stand to be separated from

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  • B.C. neighbours rally to support seven-year-old girl after she loses her mom

    “Frankie’s only seven years old and she needs [your] help."

    Local community is stepping up to help a little girl in her time of need. (GoFundMe)Local community is stepping up to help a little girl in her time of need. (GoFundMe)

    Phoenix and Frankie were more than just family, they were best friends. They shared a Gilmore girls-esque relationship, doing practically everything together.

    But due to unfortunate circumstances, seven-year-old Frankie is now on her own after her mother, Phoenix, suddenly passed away at a farmhouse in B.C., reports Saanich News.

    “They were best friends,” landlord Shawn McLaughlin, who had been renting a one-bedroom suite to the single mom, told the news outlet. “They felt like family to me. I miss having them around.”

    On the day of her death, a neighbour names Marianne Spalteholz was passing by the house to milk the cows. That’s when she heard Frankie’s unsettled cries from the house. 

    “It’s such an unfortunate thing,” said Souza. “Frankie was always outside playing; we saw her a lot.”

    The community had really taken to Phoenix and Frankie, and it didn’t take long for locals to show their support. 

    Just a few days after Phoenix had passed – due to what appeared to be asthma

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  • Cat who saved boy wins Hero Dog award

    "A cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog."

    Tara the cat wins Hero Dog award (Skynews)Tara the cat wins Hero Dog award (Skynews)

    The first cat to receive a dog award is definitely a hero. 

    Remember Tara? She was the cat who saved young Jeremy Triantafilo from a dog attack last year. She’s now been recognized for her heroic action.

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) presented its 33rd Annual National Hero Dog Award to Tara the cat last Friday. On their website, the organization describes the Hero Dog Award as a testament of how being kind to your animals can be rewarding.

    Breaking from its tradition, the organization was moved by Tara’s selfless actions.

    “We were so impressed by Tara’s bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog,” said spcaLA president Madeline Bernstein in a press release.

    It’s been a little over a year since the brave tabby cat was captured on video rescuing her owner. In May 2014, the video titled “My Cat Saved My Son” went viral, showing Tara fighting off a dog that attacked

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