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  • Marriage of 96 and 95-year-old in Virginia may be illegal, judge says

    09/09/2014 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 36 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | September 9, 2014 | Reuters
    Reuters) - The secret marriage this year of a 96-year-old Virginia woman and a 95-year-old man has drawn the scrutiny of a judge, who has ruled the marriage may be illegal, a lawyer said on Tuesday. Judge James Clark of the Alexandria Circuit Court ruled this month that the marriage between Eddie Harrison and Edith Hill may not be legally binding and ordered Hill's attorney, Jessica Niesen, to investigate it. The legality of the marriage surfaced during a custodial dispute over who should care for Hill, who was ruled legally incapacitated in 2011. Hill's granddaughter, Rebecca Wright, and daughter Patricia...
  • Woman charged with sexual assault on man in downtown Toronto, police believe there are more victims

    09/09/2014 4:20:05 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | September 9, 2014 | Josh Visser
    A woman has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a man after an alleged break-in of a home in downtown Toronto early Saturday morning. Police say the woman entered a home in the Dundas Street West-McCaul Street area through an unlocked door at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning and then confronted the tenants of the home with pepper spray. The woman then sexually assaulted a man, police said in a brief statement. The woman was arrested later Saturday.
  • Vicious beaver attacks Halifax snorkeler off Nova Scotia’s coast

    09/06/2014 6:44:42 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 29 replies
    National Post ^ | September 5, 2014 | Hayden Kenez
    Jeremy McNaughton won’t quickly forget his encounter with a rogue beaver that attacked him off the shores of Nova Scotia. The 23-year-old Halifax man was snorkelling in Spanish Ship Bay, near Sherbrooke, with a couple of friends, when one of them looked down and noticed an animal of generous proportions with reddish-brown fur following them. “I thought it must be a seal,” said Paul Skerry, who was in the water with McNaughton, due to the sheer size of the creature, which he estimates weighed nearly 50 pounds. Never suspecting its true identity, considering beavers live exclusively in freshwater, Skerry couldn’t...
  • York police warn of pricey hazards of Frosh Week

    09/04/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 5 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | September 4, 2014 | Katelyn Verstraten
    Frosh week is well underway for post-secondary students in Ontario — and things could get expensive for some of the more mischievous young adults. York Regional Police issued a frosh week expense list on Wednesday, naming “a few activities considered to be college rituals” alongside the penalty for being caught partaking in each. “Frosh week is extremely fun. It can also be extremely expensive. And we’re not talking about the cost of your textbooks and varsity sweater,” the expense list states. Activities include starting a bonfire with your dorm room sofa (up to $5,000, jail, or both), forcing a pet...
  • Former Quebec teacher gets 20 months in jail for two-year sexual relationship with student

    08/29/2014 6:07:14 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 36 replies
    National Post ^ | August 29, 2014 | Michael Woods
    GATINEAU — A former physical education teacher from Quebec has been sentenced to 20 months in jail for carrying on a two-year sexual relationship with a high school student. Despite her pleas in Gatineau court Friday to serve her sentence in the community, Tania Pontbriand received an 18-month sentence for two counts of sexual exploitation and a 20-month sentence for one count of sexual assault. She will serve the sentences concurrently. She was also sentenced to two years’ probation following her jail term. Pontbriand was convicted of the three offences in January for having a sexual relationship with her student...
  • Moose Sex Project aims to promote animal husbandry

    08/22/2014 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 22 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Francis Campbell
    A Nova Scotia mainland moose checks out the surroundings. An additional 198 hectares of land is being added to protected holdings in the region connecting New Brunswick to Nova Scotia with the goal of making it easier for the mammals to migrate and find mates. (CONTRIBUTED) AMHERST — The mighty moose. Large, gangly, antlered, awkward-looking twig eater. Amorous and sexy, not so much. But the so-called Moose Sex Project and the land conservancy that makes it possible were at the forefront of a land protection announcement at the YMCA in Amherst on Thursday. “In terms of capturing people’s imaginations...
  • Fairview meat mix-up upsets Muslim community

    08/19/2014 9:06:11 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 18 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | August 19, 2014 | Brett Bundale
    Confusion about what constitutes halal meat sparked a blunder at a community barbecue in Fairview on Saturday. After failing to provide halal meat, event organizers tried to remedy the oversight by having a local politician bless regular hotdogs. Patricia Arab, Liberal MLA for Fairview-Clayton Park, said a prayer over the hotdogs, mistakenly thinking this would make the meat halal. Meat that is halal, which means “permissible” in Arabic, is prepared following precise instructions detailed in the Qur’an. A halal animal must be healthy and fed a natural diet that does not contain animal byproducts. When it’s slaughtered, it is blessed...
  • ... Why shouldn't we see Jumanji?': Bizarre Twitter outburst by ISIS fighters....

    08/12/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2014 | John Hall
    Islamist militants turn to Twitter to debate the merits of late actor's films Several singled out Williams' 1995 fantasy adventure film Jumanji for praise Later condemned him after YouTube clip showed Williams mocking jihadists Debate changed to films in general revealing Western past of ISIS fighters 19-year-old British-born fighter named Lion King as one of his favourite films 'Abdullah', who uses the Twitter handle @Mujahid4Life, went on to praise Star Wars and Schindler's List but attacked Game of Thrones for 'nudity' ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria have greeted the death of Hollywood actor Robin Williams with bizarre Twitter...
  • One law student has a radical proposal for fixing marriage: Cut it off after four years

    08/09/2014 6:25:03 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 42 replies
    National Post ^ | August 9, 2014 | Sarah Boesveld and Tristan Hopper
    Like many couples in their first months of courtship, Véronique Laliberté and Francys-Roch Bisson agreed to take things step by step. For this Gatineau, Que., couple, this also meant line by line — in the form of a relationship contract. The agreement, they say, sets clear expectations around resources and fidelity, guarantees they not take their partnership for granted, and gives them an easy out should they wish to take it. “We renewed after three months, we renewed after six months and now we have a contract for one year,” Ms. Laliberté told the National Post this week. “It’s working...
  • Halifax's first gay-friendly mosque opening this summer

    08/08/2014 11:30:29 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 44 replies
    CBC News Nova Scotia ^ | July 25, 2014 | CBC News
    Nova Scotia’s first gay-friendly mosque is set to open in the next few weeks. The Halifax Unity Mosque is an expansion of the Toronto Unity Mosque, also called el-Tawhid Juma Circle. The mosque is a “gender-equal, LGBTI/queer-affirming” place for Muslims to worship, according to its Facebook page. Syed Adnan Hussein has been building support for the Halifax Unity Mosque for a while. He found a space this week and hopes to start worship by next month. He hopes it will welcome people with a range of sexual identities. Many Muslims live in countries where being gay is a crime. Often,...
  • Argentina’s Javier Mascherano says he tore his anus playing against the Netherlands

    07/11/2014 9:08:00 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 74 replies
    O Canada.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Ishmael N. Daro
    Javier Mascherano’s game-saving slide tackle in Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal match came at a heavy price. The Argentine player, who likely suffered a concussion earlier in the game, says he later tore his anus when he stopped Netherlands forward Arjen Robben’s attack late in extra time. He shared the unfortunate news in a post-match press conference. A rough translation of his remarks: “I do not want to be rude … I tore the anus that play. That’s why I felt so much pain”” It’s not clear whether Mascherano can (or should) play in Sunday’s final against Germany, but his stellar...
  • Advocate Harbour teen OK with being sole grad

    06/21/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 9 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | June 21, 2014 | Francis Campbell
    Kerstyn MacLellan will omit a common introductory phrase from her graduation speech Friday at Advocate District School — fellow graduates. MacLellan, 18, is the lone graduate at the Advocate Harbour school, which has 56 students in grades primary to 12. She’s probably heard all the cliches: a class of her own, one of a kind, the one and only. But it doesn’t seem to bother her. “At graduation, the graduates usually sit on the stage,” MacLellan said. “I’ll be the only one this year, so I’ll be doing the valedictory speech. “I don’t think there is any problem. I feel...
  • Advocate Harbour teen OK with being sole grad

    06/21/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 4 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | June 21, 2014 | Francis Campbell
    Kerstyn MacLellan will omit a common introductory phrase from her graduation speech Friday at Advocate District School — fellow graduates. MacLellan, 18, is the lone graduate at the Advocate Harbour school, which has 56 students in grades primary to 12. She’s probably heard all the cliches: a class of her own, one of a kind, the one and only. But it doesn’t seem to bother her. “At graduation, the graduates usually sit on the stage,” MacLellan said. “I’ll be the only one this year, so I’ll be doing the valedictory speech. “I don’t think there is any problem. I feel...
  • Facebook Page of Alleged Mountie Killer Justin Bourque

    06/05/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    Before this gets taken down, take a look.It is practically a parody of the liberal stereotype of the right-wing, anti-government, anti-police gun nut, right down to the picture of Sarah Palin and some anti-Semitic ramblings about the Rothschilds. This is the profile they so desperately wanted Jared Loughner and others to fit, and now they may have the real thing. They will make all the political hay they can with this, never mind that three Mounties died to help them make it.
  • Indian court asked to decide whether revered Hindu guru is dead or just meditating

    05/29/2014 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 21 replies
    National Post ^ | May 29, 2014 | Dean Nelson, The Telegraph
    New Delhi — The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation. His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order, with a property estate worth an estimated US$167-million, died in January, according to his wife and son. However, his disciples at his ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive. According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar,...
  • SkyTrain 'quacking' sexual assault: victim, witnesses sought

    05/16/2014 6:43:20 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 15 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 15, 2014
    Metro Vancouver transit police are asking an unidentified woman to come forward, after a known sex offender making duck noises allegedly sexually assaulted her on the SkyTrain in April. Police identified the alleged attacker after a fellow passenger called police around 11:00 a.m. PT on April 20 to say she had witnessed a man assaulting a woman after they boarded at Commercial-Broadway station. According to the passenger, the suspect allegedly sat next to the woman and began touching and groping her, despite being asked to stop several times, and made loud quacking sounds at her and other passengers. In a...
  • First Wesley United Church celebrates Holy Humour Sunday

    05/05/2014 2:10:09 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 16 replies
    CBC ^ | May 5, 2014
    Members of First Wesley United Church in Thunder Bay spent most of their Sunday service laughing out loud. The church celebrated 'Holy Humour Sunday', where church members were encouraged to laugh during the service and tell jokes. Some wore wigs, hockey jerseys and clown costumes. Even the sermon was spent practising laughing yoga. Reverend Scott Gale said the day shows members of his congregation that religion is not all serious. "That laughter and humour should be part of worship, and should be part of our faith as well." Colleen Dolce delivered the sermon to parishioners, using the techniques of laughing...
  • Ottawa man named ‘Popadick’ arrested for indecent exposure

    04/30/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 55 replies
    National Post ^ | April 29, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    An alleged flasher with the ill-fated name of “Popadick” was arrested Tuesday at a riverside Ottawa park. Since April 14th, Ottawa Police had been receiving reports of a balding white male exposing himself at Mooney’s Bay Park, a Rideau River park just north of the Ottawa International Airport. On Tuesday at around 9 a.m., police were again alerted by reports of the man exposing his genitalia to strangers along a park pathway. Officers in the area were dispatched to the park, where they arrested Donald Popadick, 62. Charged with Indecent Act and Mischief, he is due for a Wednesday court...
  • British pensioners to be told how long they have to live so they can manage savings

    04/18/2014 6:55:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 14 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 18 April 2014 | Peter Dominiczak, The Telegraph
    Pensioners will be given estimates of how long they have left to live to help them manage their savings, a minister has disclosed. Steve Webb said that the Government wants to provide pensioners with a rough life expectancy when they reach retirement to allow them to make better financial decisions. Experts will take into account factors including gender, where a pensioner lives or whether they smoke, the pensions minister said. Life expectancy should be part of “guidance” given to help people decide how much to save. In last month’s Budget, George Osborne announced the scrapping of rules that force most...
  • Star Trek actress Kate Mulgrew denies willing involvement in geocentrism documentary

    04/09/2014 8:46:49 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 146 replies
    National Post ^ | April 9, 2014 | Staff
    As Star Trek: Voyager Captain Kathryn Janeway, Kate Mulgrew knew her way around a solar system or two. So there was a certain irony to the actress’ voiceover work in the upcoming documentary The Principle, which focuses on the notion of geocentrism: the idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. But Mulgrew has dispelled the notion that she buys into the documentary’s central premise, writing in a post on her Facebook page that she is “not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism.” “I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at...
  • Vancouver man goes berserk in downtown Tim Hortons

    04/09/2014 8:39:32 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 33 replies
    National Post ^ | April 8, 2014 | Gordon McIntyre, Postmedia News
    A man went berserk inside a downtown Vancouver Tim Horton’s on Monday morning — smashing windows, throwing chairs and ripping equipment off the counter. The man entered the Tims at 756 Davie St., near Howe, and asked for a coffee at 11:45 a.m. When told to line up, he pulled the fire alarm, then threw two chairs at the windows, shattering them and landing on the sidewalk outside. He proceeding to rip a debit machine and cash register from their moorings and smash them on the ground, before picking up several more chairs and shattering more windows. Those chairs also...
  • Toronto rapper Murda Marz dead after bullet-riddled Chevy Malibu found in Cabbagetown in ‘brazen...'

    04/05/2014 2:05:50 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 42 replies
    National Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Canadian Press
    A Toronto rapper is dead after being shot numerous times in his car in what police are calling a “brazen attack” in downtown Toronto. Det. Sgt. Steve Ryan says the victim — identified as Shmar Parris, 25, who social media messages of condolence said also went by the name Murda Marz, a rapper who several videos posted on YouTube — was known to police and the overnight shooting is believed to be a targeted attack. Ryan says a light-coloured SUV was seen driving erratically away from the scene but there are no details on any suspects or how many may...
  • MH370 passengers cleared, as investigation turns to ground crew, caterers and mangosteen farmers

    04/04/2014 12:12:13 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 65 replies
    National Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonathan Pearlman/The Telegraph
    Malaysian police have expanded an investigation into the missing plane to include ground crew, caterers and the farmers who picked four tons of mangosteens, a tropical fruit, that were in the hold. Despite failing to find any suspicious evidence about the passengers or crew, Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s police chief, said he was confident that the case would be solved. He said police traced the mangosteens, a tangy Asian fruit with leathery skin around juicy white flesh, to an orchard in the city of Muar and examined both the farmers and the Chinese importers. “Imagine how many people we must...
  • Ottawa monument to commemorate ‘victims of communism’

    04/04/2014 6:44:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 9 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | April 4, 2014 | Ishmael N. Daro
    The Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism is one step closer to completion, with the federal government this week soliciting design ideas for the monument to be built near Parliament perhaps as soon as late 2014. Memorials for the victims of communist regimes exist elsewhere in the world, such as the ones in Prague and Washington, D.C., and since 2008 the non-profit group Tribute to Liberty has been gathering support for a similar project in Ottawa. The group says its board of directors represents “key ethno-cultural comunities in Canada affected by communism” and now has backing from the leaders...
  • Angelina Jolie, UK’s Hague praise Bosnia for rape prevention in military training

    03/28/2014 10:58:51 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 2 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | March 28, 2014 | Sabina Niksic
    Bosnia’s decision to include preventing sexual violence in military training is “groundbreaking” and should become the standard for U.N. peacekeeping missions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie said Friday. “Warzone rape has been a taboo subject in all countries. You are helping to break down those taboos and redefining soldiering in the 21st century,” Jolie said as the two addressed a conference on sexual violence in war organized in Sarajevo by Bosnia’s Defence Ministry.
  • Mom of transgender child wants ID rules changed

    03/25/2014 3:44:18 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 49 replies
    CBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | Bonnie Allen
    The mother of a transgender child wants the Saskatchewan government to remove any record of a person's sex on birth certificates. Fran Forsberg has filed a complaint to Saskatchewan's Human Rights Commission on behalf of her six-year-old child, Renn, after the province's Vital Statistics Agency refused to change Renn's sex designation from "Male" to "Female" on the youngster's birth records. Renn was born with male genitalia but has identified as a girl since the age of three. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children establish their gender identity between 18 to 30 months. When Forsberg sought to change Renn's birth...
  • Justin Trudeau to publish ‘candid’ memoir charting journey .... this fall

    03/25/2014 9:22:50 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | March 25, 2014 | Mark Kennedy
    Justin Trudeau will tell his “life’s story” in a memoir to be published this fall — one year before he goes to the polls asking Canadian voters to make him prime minister. The Liberal leader’s book will be published by HarperCollins Canada, the publisher announced Tuesday. The “personal memoir” will appear in both English and French. “Mr. Trudeau’s candid memoir will reveal to its readers the experiences that have shaped him over the course of his life and show how his passion for Canada and its people took root,” the publisher said in a news release. “Covering the years from...
  • Russia ‘naked and alone’ in front of the world....U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden says

    03/19/2014 5:24:33 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | March 19, 2014 | Josh Lederman, Associated Press
    WARSAW, Poland — Denouncing Russia’s actions in Crimea as “nothing more than a land grab,” Vice-President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that the U.S. and Europe will impose further sanctions as Moscow moved to annex part of Ukraine. With limited options, the United States was seeking ways to show it won’t stand idly by as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty for the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea to join Russia. So far, Putin has been undeterred by sanctions and visa bans levied by the U.S. and the European Union, and there’s no U.S. appetite for military intervention. “Russia...
  • Your porn is not Canadian enough, CRTC warns erotica channels

    03/06/2014 6:57:25 AM PST · by Loyalist · 71 replies
    National Post ^ | March 5, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of Toronto-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission. Wednesday, the CRTC issued a broadcast notice saying AOV Adult Movie Channel, XXX Action Clips and the gay-oriented Maleflixxx were all failing to reach the required 35% threshold for Canadian content. Based on a 24-hour broadcast schedule, that translates to about 8.5 hours of Canadian erotica a day. The notice was issued as a result of Channel Zero’s efforts to renew licences for all three...
  • ...middle-aged men, drinking more than two pints of beer a day speeds up memory decline...

    01/17/2014 12:34:00 PM PST · by Loyalist · 46 replies
    National Post ^ | January 17, 2014 | Sarah Knapton, The Daily Telegraph/National Post Wire Services
    Middle-aged men who drink the equivalent of two and a half pints a day risk speeding up memory loss and mental decline by six years, researchers have warned. A 10-year study of more than 7,000 male and female civil servants found men who regularly drank significant amounts of alcohol suffered notable mental decline. The study was reported in the journal Neurology. In contrast men who drank less than one and a half pints a day, or a glass and a half of wine suffered no impact on mental ability. The heaviest drinkers were found to have the equivalent memory of...
  • ..professor who refused student’s request to be separated from female classmates broke 'obligation..

    01/09/2014 6:37:07 AM PST · by Loyalist · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | January 9, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    After refusing to honour a male student’s request to be separated from his female classmates for religious reasons, a York University professor has found himself at odds with administrators who assert he broke their “obligation to accommodate.” “It represents a great leap backwards,” said sociology professor J. Paul Grayson. “When I was a student, you couldn’t have gotten away with that — it wouldn’t even have been considered.” The issue arose last September in the opening days of SOCI 2030, an online course taught by Mr. Grayson. A student, who remains nameless due to privacy reasons, asked to be counted...
  • National Defence spent $14,000 on poll about superheroes’ abilities

    12/28/2013 7:27:58 AM PST · by Loyalist · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | December 27, 2013 | Canadian Press
    OTTAWA - Defence researchers spent almost $14,000 on a survey that asked whether superheroes can leap over skyscrapers. The study for the research arm of National Defence also asked 150 people online whether superheroes can fly through the air; see through walls; hear whispers from miles away; become invisible; and walk through walls. The oddball questions were part of a short study completed in October to help the Canadian Forces "win the hearts and minds" of the local populations it faces when deployed overseas, such as recently in Afghanistan. Some of the questions were designed to probe people's expectations about...
  • Royal Canadian Navy seeking 180,000 pairs of underwear with ‘good moisture management’

    12/24/2013 5:15:37 AM PST · by Loyalist · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | December 24, 2013 | Andrea Hill, Postmedia News
    The Royal Canadian Navy is looking to buy 180,000 pairs of grey, lightweight underwear with “good moisture management.”In an online notice published Friday on the government’s public works website, the Navy outlined its undergarment needs and asked for industry input on how it can develop and buy “temperate drawers” that comply with its rigorous standards.
  • Rob Ford launches legal action over prostitution and crack claims in profane media scrum

    11/14/2013 7:45:10 AM PST · by Loyalist · 16 replies
    National Post ^ | November 14, 2013 | Josh Visser & Natalie Alcoba
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he is taking legal action against the former staffers who made stunning allegations about the mayor in a police document, saying he consorted with escorts and used sexually explicit language to a woman working for him. In a profane media scrum aired live on television that left journalists gasping, Ford, wearing a Toronto Argos jersey, denied many of the allegations laid forth in the court documents, although he admitted to occasionally drinking and driving. He was particularly angry about his staffers telling police that they thought a young friend of his was a prostitute. “I...
  • The great offside: How Canadian hockey is becoming a game strictly for the rich

    11/09/2013 5:10:17 AM PST · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | November 9, 2013 | James Mirtle
    Karl Subban knows the cost of being a hockey parent in Canada. The patriarch of one of Canada’s most successful hockey families – his boys P.K., Malcolm and Jordan have all been drafted by NHL teams – he and his wife paid $5,000 each in one year just to register them in minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). “And that’s not including equipment and what not,” Mr. Subban says. “It was very expensive. But you make sacrifices. That’s what we did.” It’s widely known that Canada’s national winter sport is expensive to play. But various factors have...
  • When push comes to shove in landing a mate, women get nasty: study

    11/02/2013 11:59:30 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 64 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 2, 2013 | Robert Sibley
    OTTAWA — Women are bitchy by nature. No, that’s not a sexist remark. That’s science. Or at least that’s what University of Ottawa psychologist Tracy Vaillancourt more or less concludes in her latest research on “intrasexual competition” among women. Derisive comments on another woman’s appearance, spreading rumours about her sex life, giving her the silent treatment — all this and more reflects the kind of “indirect aggression” women deploy against each other in the competition for a mate, she says in a report published this week in a Royal Society journal. “Human females have a particular proclivity for using indirect...
  • Parents send American teenage girl to live in Novosibirsk as punishment

    10/27/2013 6:36:14 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 50 replies
    sib.fm ^ | October 24, 2013
    An immigrant living in America sent her daughter home to Novosbirsk in 2011 because she allegedly misbehaved. She tried to commit suicide in Siberia, according to reports from American television company WUSA 9 and publication USA Today that Sib.fm’s correspondent examined. 17-year-old Sofia Roberts was born in Russia, but left to live in America when she was two years old with mother Natalia. According to the broadcaster, in 2011 the mother sent her daughter, then 15, from the town of Chantilly, Virginia to Novosibirsk to meet her biological father. But after Sofia arrived in Russia, her mother changed her plans...
  • ‘Degrading’ virginity tests on women must stop, Quebec doctors’ group urges

    10/13/2013 5:22:15 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 40 replies
    National Post ^ | October 12, 2013 | Postmedia News
    Montreal — The Quebec college of physicians has issued a warning to doctors to stop performing virginity tests, a practice linked to bridal purity and family honour. Gynecological exams for virginity certificates contravene the profession’s code of ethics on several grounds, including breaching patient confidentiality, said Charles Bernard, president of the Collège des médecins, in an interview. The practise is outrageous, repugnant, irrelevant and unacceptable, he said. “Imagine a doctor who does a gynecological examination with the sole purpose of … it goes beyond the imagination. And it’s degrading to women,” Dr. Bernard said. The College was responding to a...
  • Consent at Kings Orientation Week (Celebrating Consent)

    09/08/2013 9:02:41 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | September 8, 2013 | Anna Dubinski
    Celebrating consent? Whatever happened to celebrating keeping it in your pants?
  • Mandela, 95, discharged from hospital 'to see out his final days' at home

    09/01/2013 6:47:19 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 20 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | September 1, 2013 | Geoffrey York
    With his house now transformed into an intensive-card ward, Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital and moved by ambulance to his home in a Johannesburg suburb where he remains in critical condition. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero is still sometimes slipping into “unstable” condition, needing medical intervention to revive him, but his entire medical team will now continue to care for him at his home, an official South African statement said. A report in a South African newspaper on Sunday said the Mandela family and its doctors had decided that “it is now time for Mandela to be moved home...
  • Scout leader sentenced to 8 years for assaulting boys

    04/15/2013 8:09:20 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | April 15, 2013 | Aldo Santin
    A former local Scout leader was sentenced to eight years in prison this afternoon for sexually assaulting three scouts. Provincial court Judge Ray Wyant said Stuart Garret Young’s actions were "reprehensible, degrading and disgusting and abhorrent." Court was told that Young, 40, was trusted and admired by the boys, and that he singled them out, grooming them to become his victims. Young had been a volunteer with a Southdale Scout troop. The boys were subjected to a program Young had developed that they were told was to build up their self-confidence but instead the boys were "brainwashed" while Young subjected...
  • New moms eating their placentas in attempt to beat post-partum depression

    04/12/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 70 replies
    National Post ^ | April 12, 2013 | Jen Gerson
    Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Comments More . Susan Stewart collects fresh human placentas, takes them home and steams them with lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Once cooked, she puts the organs in a dehydrator overnight then grinds them and measures the powder out into gel capsules. The service – the Calgary single mother makes a living at this – costs about $200. Within a day, she presents new moms with their placentas in pill form – an average human placenta yields about 150 capsules – with promises of renewed energy, better lactation and no post-partum depression. They keep indefinitely. Placenta-eating...
  • How Margaret Thatcher Helped Invent Soft-Serve Ice Cream

    04/08/2013 11:28:51 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 31 replies
    Grub Street New York ^ | April 8, 2013
    This morning, Margaret Thatcher died at age 87 owing to complications from a stroke. One of the lesser-known accomplishments of Britain's first female prime minister is her role in the creation of soft-serve. Thatcher, an Oxford chemistry grad, supported herself financially in the fifties by working at food manufacturer J. Lyons and Co. There, she became part of a team of chemists that developed key emulsifiers for ice cream. By increasing the amount of air and making it possible to churn soft-serve out of a machine, Thatcher paved the way for Britain's Mr. Whippy trucks. Her work also had financial...
  • Student who got kicked out of college over ‘Hot for Teacher’ essay sues for $2.2 million

    03/17/2013 6:27:20 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 58 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | March 17, 2013 | The Daily Caller
    A former student at Oakland University in the suburbs of Detroit is suing the school for over $2.2 million after he was kicked out in September 2011 for penning a salacious essay entitled “Hot for Teacher.” Joseph Corlett, 57, a builder who now resides in Florida, filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, reports the Detroit Free Press. He claims the public university violated his First Amendment right to freedom of expression. He says he also suffered mental anguish and humiliation when he was forced to leave the school. The suit names the school’s board of trustees...
  • Shooter of subway fare collector may have been male or female: police

    02/26/2013 12:45:02 PM PST · by Loyalist · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 26, 2013 | Timothy Appleby
    One year after Toronto subway fare collector William Anderson was shot and badly wounded in a botched robbery at the downtown Dupont station, a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the masked gunman - or gunwoman - was renewed Tuesday, with a fresh appeal for tips. Now 53, Mr. Anderson remains off the job, still recovering from being shot in the neck and shoulder by his balaclava-clad assailant, who’s believed to have targeted that same station twice before. The description of that person, glimpsed on video, has been revised and the perpetrator may be male or female,...
  • Ottawa’s closure of Iranian embassy leaves international students in tough spot

    09/09/2012 5:43:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | September 9, 2012 | Teresa Smith
    The first people affected by the Canadian government’s decision to close the Iranian embassy in Ottawa were Iranian international students who had come to the capital to renew their visas. Canada announced it would close Iran’s embassy in Ottawa on Friday and asked all embassy staff to leave the country within five days citing, among other reasons, Iran’s “increasing military assistance to (Syria’s) Assad regime.” According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in 2010 (the most recent statistics available) 3,247 international students from Iran were studying at the university level in Canada. .... For international students, some of whom receive...
  • Adultery: Is it the grown-up way to love?

    09/02/2012 6:17:39 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 49 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | September 2, 2012 | Kate Spicer
    Catherine Hakim is a controversialist. She says prostitutes are role models, most women don’t want to work in career jobs and feminists are an elitist minority whose battles are irrelevant to all but a small group. In her latest book The New Rules: Internet Dating, Playfairs and Erotic Power, she argues in favour of adultery. In what is probably the first academic guide to what she calls “good infidelity,” Hakim, a social scientist at the Centre for Policy Studies, says a love affair “requires some skill and savoire faire. A successful affair while married is one that makes both parties...
  • Police probing Quebec maple syrup heist worth up to $30-million

    08/30/2012 6:14:39 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 51 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | August 30, 2012 | Rebecca Tromsness
    A large quantity of maple syrup in a Quebec warehouse has gone missing. Following a routine inventory check, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syup Producers found empty barrels at the St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse, where the syrup is temporarily being held, suggesting that their contents had been emptied into other containers before being taken away for illegal distribution. The warehouse held over 10 million pounds of maple syrup worth more than $30-million. .... The FQMSP is responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve and represents approximately 10,000 maple syrup producers from within Quebec.
  • Liberal leadership allowed ‘legally incompetent’ senator to vote months after dementia diagnosis

    08/29/2012 11:11:49 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 9 replies
    National Post ^ | August 27, 2012 | Glen MacGregor and Jordan Press
    OTTAWA — The Liberal leadership in the Senate allowed a veteran senator to vote on legislation and spend public dollars for four months after she was diagnosed with dementia and declared legally incompetent. Sen. Joyce Fairbairn regularly attended Senate sittings and voted along party lines before the Upper Chamber rose for the summer at the end of June. Fairbairn was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type by her geriatric psychiatrist in February, according to a letter sent to Senate officials by her niece, Patricia McCullagh. It is unclear when the Liberals knew about the diagnosis, but by April, the...
  • Quebec bride-to-be plunges to death into waterfall in her wedding dress

    08/25/2012 5:38:57 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 46 replies
    Windsor Star ^ | August 24, 2012 | Canadian Press
    RAWDON, Que. - A bride-to-be has plunged to her death, tumbling down from a cliff into a waterfall while wearing her wedding dress. The woman was being photographed Friday at Dorwin Falls in Rawdon, Que., which she had chosen as the backdrop for her wedding pictures. During the photo shoot, around 2 p.m., she slipped on some rocks and plummeted into the water. The falls, at their highest point, are just over 18 metres high. The immediate rescue team included firefighters and provincial police, and divers were soon on their way. The woman's body was found several hours later. A...