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Teen allegedly sexually assaulted at K-Days due to her own 'negligence,' Northlands says

A 13-year-old girl who reported being sexually assaulted and left in a ditch at K-Days "ought to have known" she was putting herself at risk when she …

Semi Truck

The dangers of not vaccinating are horrifying and graphic. Government warnings must show that

Back in April, the Canadian government announced a national awareness campaign and earmarked almost $3.4 million in additional funding to increase …

Whooping Cough

Forget Canada's dairy producers: U.S. 'sugar cartel' has secured an even sweeter deal from its government

Sugar is one of the most fiercely protected agricultural sectors south of the border

Canada

‘Hunt for the Skinwalker’ Is the First Video Released From UFO-Obsessed Billionaire’s Haunted Ranch

The latest film in Jeremy Corbell’s ‘Extraordinary Beliefs’ series digs into the history of Skinwalker Ranch, an alleged hotbed of UFO activity formerly owned by Robert Bigelow.<p><i>This article is part of the</i> <b>Motherboard Guide to Cinema</b><i>, a semi-regular column exploring foreign and obscure speculative</i> …

Paranormal

Scientists Confirm That Cats a) Are Pretty Smart, b) Don’t Really Care What You Want

Yes, your cat is very special, and your dog is very cute. Millions of years of evolution, however—tens of thousands in the company of humans—have …

Cognition

A Maryland man was prosecuted for praying. The case should be shelved for good.

VIJAY SINGH has lived for more than 20 years on Brooklawn Terrace in Chevy Chase. Born in Nepal, he is a practicing Hindu. Twice a day he prays on his backyard porch with incense. Actually, make that past tense. Mr. Singh says he and his family have been afraid to pray ever since he was cited by …

Human Rights

James Baldwin’s Advice on Writing

“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”<p>In 1989, <i>Paris Review</i> founding editor and trailblazing interviewer George Plimpton edited a wonderful collection titled <b>The Writer’s Chapbook: A</b> …

‘A little spooky’: Bridge in rural Saskatchewan gives way hours after opening

The reeve of the RM of Clayton is thankful he wasn't still on the Dyck Memorial Bridge when the centre span fell into the Swan River, north of …

Saskatoon

Magic mushrooms

Replacing plastic<p>Fungi could not just help rid the planet of plastic by degrading it, but by making it obsolete it, too. Research in the Kew report suggests that naturally made materials using fungal mycelia are being used increasingly often instead of more harmful materials such as polystyrene and …

Magic Mushrooms

Apple tech explains why the iPhone won't let you ducking swear

Unless you've never uttered a dirty word, you've likely had an impassioned text using profanity autocorrected on your iPhone — and judging from the …

Emerging Technology

'Religion helps us understand the world': Season of Creation celebrated in Saskatoon

If God had given an 11th commandment, Dr. Lesya Sabada believes it would be: Love the trees.<p>Sabada teaches at St. Thomas More College and also works …

Saskatoon

Renter prohibited from practising First Nations ceremony files human rights complaint

An Indigenous renter in B.C. who was prohibited from practising a First Nations cultural ceremony in her home has filed a human rights complaint …

Human Rights

Too expensive to save? Why the best way to protect endangered species could mean letting some go

For the record, Tara Martin has nothing against the burrowing owl.<p>She knows what it’s like, first hand, to witness the unlikely sight of a bird of prey emerging from a hole in the ground, or to watch it wheel across the sky and then come down to feed its young against the sweeping backdrop of …

Canada

Japan's attempt to overturn commercial whaling ban fails

An attempt to overturn the decades-old global ban on commercial whaling has failed, to the relief of conservationists.<p>Anti-whaling nations defeated by a decisive margin proposals from the Japanese government that would have allowed for the return of whale hunts.<p>The vote, on the last day of this …

Whaling

Hundreds of century-old photos of Inuit travelling the North

When George Qulaut saw a photo of his late grandmother at Calgary's Glenbow museum last year, it was a powerful moment.<p>"It was quite emotional for me …

Archives

Climber Tim Auger became an expert in mountain rescues

Tim Auger and five climbers were just 1,500 feet from the summit of Mount Pumori, a satellite peak of Mount Everest, when a howling wind began punishing them.<p>Blowing at 65 kilometres an hour, the stinging wind “just picked up the snow and drove it into our faces,” Mr. Auger said later. He knew the …

Climbing

Canada says B.C. Indigenous basket making an event of historic significance

VICTORIA -- Matilda Borden liked to pour a cup of tea to display her basket making expertise, proving her cups made from material gathered in British …

Pacific Northwest

Eagle Lake First Nation wants area where artifacts found to be off limits to loggers

<i>Willow Fiddler</i> <i><br>APTN News</i><br>Patrick Kavanaugh holds up a small, white arrowhead about the size of his thumb.<p>“This could save Farabout Peninsula. This …

Thunder Bay

Nine year old attacked after refusing to stand for Australian anthem because it's for 'white people'

A nine-year-old schoolgirl sparked intense debate in Australia on Wednesday after refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest alleged institutional racism.<p>Student Harper Nielsen was given detention last week for not joining classmates in a rendition of <i>Advance Australia Fair</i>, a song she …

U.S. Dept. of Education

Vietnam's Capital Hanoi Urges Residents to Stop Eating Dog and Cat Meat

Vietnamese authorities are urging residents of its capital city Hanoi to stop eating dog meat, in an effort to protect its image as a “civilized and …

Hanoi

Rejected Calgary man raped unconscious victim and beat her to death, court hears

After being rejected by a young women he'd just met on a C-Train, Curtis Healy became so enraged he beat the 31-year-old unconscious, dragged her to …

Crime

Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms

From around 420 to 350 million years ago, when land plants were still the relatively new kids on the evolutionary block and “the tallest trees stood …

University of Chicago

10 reasons Finland's school system is better than America's

Time and time again, American students continually rank near the middle or bottom among industrialized nations when it comes to performance in math …

Standardized Testing

’It’s pretty embarrassing:’ Winnipeg aims to put less poop in river

WINNIPEG — Canoeist David Danyluk doesn’t live far from Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River but he tends to spend more time paddling further afield.<p>That’s …

Canoeing

Chilliwack pastor tells congregation vaccines interfere with God’s care

Print<p>Related<p>The pastor for the community at the centre of the Fraser Valley measles outbreak says he sees vaccines as an interference with God’s …

Public Health

Tories blame previous Liberal government for poor job numbers

TORONTO — The Progressive Conservatives are blaming the previous Liberal government for the job losses recorded in Ontario last month.<p>Economic …

Canada

Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Amsterdam may have the answer.

World<p>AMSTERDAM — An unkempt stretch of tall grass, wildflowers and weeds in front of a train station doesn't look like much — but it may be crucial to solving one of the world's biggest environmental puzzles.<p>While scientists around the globe have been sounding alarm bells over the decline of bees …

Wildflowers

Scientists reveal technique to make 'unlimited renewable energy' by boosting photosynthesis using a 'dormant' chemical found in algae

Scientists have developed a way to transform sunlight into fuel that could lead to an 'unlimited source of renewable energy'.<p>Researchers from the …

University of Cambridge

Nail Salon Traps Live Ants Inside New ‘Trendy’ Manicure

Who thought this was cute? 😞<p>This unusual manicure has gone viral — but for the creepiest reason.<p>Last week, a Russian nail salon popular on Instagram …

Insects

Winnipeg dog slashed in face with knife, police investigating

A Winnipeg dog needed several stitches after he was slashed in the face with a knife. Now the dog’s owner is hoping surveillance camera footage will …