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Tapping into tiny house trend, more businesses offer tryouts

CROYDON, N.H. — Hilary and Shane Lentz were hooked on the idea of a tiny house, but they weren’t sure the reality would be so appealing.Their …

Housing

Brendan Kennedy might look like the world's most boring drug dealer but he's one of the biggest names in legal marijuana sales

Kennedy is hoping that it is precisely this normality, this whiff of corporateness, that will give him the edge in the burgeoning global cannabis business. Five years ago, the push for the legalisation of marijuana was led by "people who were well intentioned, but weren't interested in creating …

In a six-month period, 70% of detached homes sold in Vancouver’s west side went to Mainland China buyers

Wayne Leidenfrost / Postmedia News filesAndy Yan relaxes in False Creek in VancouverThe dominant influence of Chinese investors in Vancouver has …

You Can Use a CD to View the Color Spectrum of Your Light Sources

If you want to view the color spectrum of a light source in your studio, there’s actually a super cheap and easy way to do so: an ordinary CD or DVD …

Bands

‘Pizza Hunt’ Photo Project Documents the Fate of Old Pizza Hut Restaurants

Over the past two years, photographer Ho Hai Tran has traveled over 14,000 km (~8700 miles) to capture old and iconic Pizza Hut restaurants that have …

How to be invisible: Designers create anti-surveillance products to protect privacy

We've come a long way from the tinfoil hat, that traditional aluminum trademark of conspiracy theorists.<p>These days, the idea that average citizens need protection from Orwellian-style surveillance seems more practical than paranoid, because of Bill C-51, Canada's expansive "anti-terror" legislation …

Why it's time to put your smartphone down. Seriously

There was woefully little conversation inside Toronto's Terroni restaurant on a bright afternoon last month. The southern Italian trattoria is the kind of place you imagine filled with loud talk and family togetherness. Instead, a father thumbed his smartphone surreptitiously in his lap as the …

Photo Profit with Brent Mail and Varina Patel

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Vanishing Canada

Records deleted, burned, tossed in Dumpsters. A Maclean’s investigation on the crisis in government data<p>When told that his small Prairie town had, in …

How to Properly Clean Your Lenses, Filters, Mirror and Sensor

If you're like me, the thought of touching, let alone fully cleaning your precious glass or even worse, your sensor, strikes fear into your heart. …

Cameras

How What You Believe Affects What You're Like When You're High

For decades, connoisseurs of psychedelics have said that "set and setting"—your state of mind and your environment—influence how you experience drugs. And they're right.<p>Psychedelic connoisseurs are usually well versed in "set and setting," or the the idea that both your state of mind, beliefs, and …

How the Presidency Made Me a Better Father

When you're the President of the United States, you're surrounded at all times -- by aides, by press, by Secret Service, by crowds. It's a bubble that's hard to escape.<p>That's what makes the people with whom you surround yourself in those rare private moments all the more important.<p>It just so …

15 movies to watch with Dad this weekend

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Dad doesn't beat around the bush. For Father's Day, he's already told you exactly what he wants: to be with his family. He's more about …

Photographer Captures the Ruins of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program

Russian urban exploration photographer Ralph Mirebs recently paid a visit to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where inside a giant abandoned hangar are …

Space Exploration

Get Surreal With Oil and Water Photos

Have you ever tried to mix oil and water? Fortunately it just doesn’t work.<p>“Wait,” you say. “Why is this fortunate?”<p>Well because, otherwise you …

Elegant LED Lights by Buster + Punch

Upon walking into Buster + Punch's showroom, you'll notice motorcycles and whisky bars sitting alongside lighting fixtures, rose copper and steel candlesticks. The young London-based design studio channels a rock'n'roll atmosphere, drawing inspiration from the area's emerging music and fashion …

Trudeau says our racist past haunts our present. He's right.

On March 9, Justin Trudeau made a speech castigating Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his views on the niqab issue and civil liberties in …

Canada

Mayor Makes Inaugural Purchase at Country's First Government-Run Marijuana Shop

“Mayor Caught Buying Marijuana” would be a damaging headline in most cities. Not in North Bonneville, Washington, where the mayor wants the public to follow his lead on weed.<p>The small city, about 50 miles east of Portland, Oregon, is the first in the country to open a government-run recreational …

A Drug Kingpin, the CIA, and Prisoners: Freeway Rick Ross and America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

Marc Levin’s documentary Freeway: Crack in the System premieres tonight on Al-Jazeera America. Here, he writes about Freeway Rick Ross’s connection …

See How Photographers Would Photoshop Before Photoshop Existed

Don’t you just love the creative freedom and post-processing power that digital photography and Photoshop allow?<p>A couple of weeks ago a 12-year-old …

House of Cards and Netflix encourage our worst pop culture tendency: The gorge

The third season of <i>House of Cards</i> went live two weeks early before it was promptly removed from Netflix.<p>The company had a fun tweet that explained the mistake, but it took seconds for the media to report on the mishap, and many fans like myself were frantically canceling plans and ordering pizza in …

TV

How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this …

Trouble in Paradise: Inside Canadian banks’ billion-dollar Caribbean struggle

They arrived in droves starting at 5:30 a.m., desperate to secure a steady pay cheque. By midmorning, the anxious mob totalled 5,000 people.<p>Sandals, a Caribbean hotel chain, was hosting a job fair in Barbados to hire staff for a brand new resort. Because thousands of people showed up for 600 jobs …

Province approves controversial Fraser River gravel mining project

The B.C. government has just approved a "precedent-setting" gravel mining project along the Fraser River, which conservationists say will have a …

Cannabis Startups Raised $104M in 2014

I recently wrote about WeedHire’s Q4 cannabis jobs report for 2014, and it told a tale of a legal cannabis industry that’s slowly, but surely, …

Eager To Imprison Medical Marijuana Users, Prosecutors Hide The Truth From Jurors

Imagine you are a juror in the federal trial of five people charged with growing and distributing marijuana in northeastern Washington. The prosecution cannot present any direct evidence that the defendants sold marijuana to anyone, and the defendants say they were growing all 74 plants for their …

Malicious Regin malware created by NSA, researchers believe

Researchers have found new evidence that the Regin malware, a notorious, sophisticated malware that has been spying for years on businesses, governments and individuals, was created by American cyberspies at the National Security Agency.<p>The latest evidence comes from source code for a malicious …