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A ‘drug-induced orgy’: Calgary home in ruins after Airbnb nightmare

A Calgary family’s home is in ruins after it was rented out last weekend through an online accommodation rental company.<p>Brightcove player<p>Mark and Star King listed their Sage Hill home for rent on Airbnb to help build up their equity and were contacted by a someone who said they wanted the home from …

Toronto Raccoon Climbs Up Crane, Takes A Crap

Take a bow, Toronto Mayor John Tory, your war against raccoons has taken to the skies.<p>Toronto tower crane operator Rob Mac — he posts the most …

Raccoons

Alberta man, while in his underwear, fights cougar to save girlfriend’s dog: ‘I can’t believe I did that’

Elvis Xerri is nursing a few bruises after fighting off a cougar that attacked his girlfriend’s dog on his acreage southwest of Calgary early Monday …

Hamilton police send mental health pros to the front lines with cops

Beginning Sunday, whenever a 9-1-1 call might involve a mental health situation, Hamilton police will be able to send a special cruiser with more …

Biblical Hospitality

Craig Smith on December 14, 2011 - 3:54 pm in Biblical Studies, Christian Living, Christmas, Craig Smith, Faith & Culture, Featured, God's Will, …

The truth about race, the police and Ferguson

Why changing the racial make-up of police forces won’t solve the dangers facing young black men in America<p>Darren Wilson is a white, 28-year-old male, …

Images: Cartoonist’s sketches found fun amid the horror of the First World War

Bruce Bairnsfather was a British soldier and cartoonist who drew a series of morale-boosting cartoons that made light of the hardship, tedium and …

Inside Canada's new war

A USEFUL PLACE to begin trying to understand the nature of the jihadist group calling itself Islamic State is here, in a dust-covered tent in the …

World's tallest and shortest men meet on World Records Day

(LONDON-AFP) - The world's tallest and shortest men came face to face -- well, face to shin -- on Thursday to celebrate the 10th annual Guinness …

Five nighttime routines of successful entrepreneurs

The fascination with entrepreneurial productivity is endless – just look at the waves of books published each year to the ongoing obsession with finding ways to wake up earlier each day. But it's not just optimizing your morning routine or the approach to structuring your work day that's important. …

Moviegoer sprayed with Mace in dispute over cellphone

A moviegoer got a face full of eye-burning Mace Monday night after asking a fellow patron to turn off her cellphone in California.<p>According to …

S. Donald Stookey, scientist behind CorningWare, dies at 99

S. Donald Stookey was a young scientist researching the properties of glass when in 1952 he put a glass plate into an oven to heat it. But the oven malfunctioned.<p>Instead of heating to about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven shot up to more than 1,600 degrees. Stookey expected to find a molten …

Twenty-one ways to achieve wealth and success

In his book, <i>Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals</i>, Tom Corley outlines several habits that distinguish the wealthy from the nonwealthy.<p>It got me to think, How many people operate on autopilot and don't stop to monitor their everyday patterns? Below I've summarized 19 of his …

Self-improvement

America dumbs down: a rising tide of anti-intellectual thinking

The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking. Has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind?<p>South Carolina’s …

WestJet CEO sets his sights on international skies

During his 28 years in the airline business, Gregg Saretsky has lived through a crisis or two – or three.<p>Fortunately, the chief executive officer of WestJet Airlines Ltd., has learned from them, notably the near-bankruptcy in the early 1990s of the perpetually troubled Canadian Airlines during …

Parents: You’re saving for college all wrong

While American families have more money saved for college than they did last year, it’s still not nearly enough — and they’re saving incorrectly, …

Five ways to kill your small business

For quite some time now, I've had an internal debate about whether I should write this column. I worried that some readers would feel as if I was disrespecting those that I have the utmost respect for in this world – business owners.<p>But after several conversations with entrepreneurs and CEOs, I …

Small Business

Even billionaires can’t halt deadly ‘mutant capitalism’

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — “I’ve been reflecting on how Bill and Melinda Gates resemble a pair of monkeys.” So begins Robert Sapolsky’s …

How to break free from your 9-to-5 cubicle life

<b>1. Get an online presence now.</b> Setting up a presence online will help your brand – even before you start your new business. As an extension of your business, managing and honing your personal brand online as soon as you can – via a static site, a blog or an LinkedIn profile – is a MUST. It'll help …

Supporters love a cause – just don’t ask them for money

<i>The Globe's roundup of research from business schools.</i><p>From Movember mustaches to Facebook groups to proud displays of colourful ribbons and wristbands, more and more charities are turning to social media and other highly visible campaigns to raise funds for their causes. But do these campaigns work …

TD falls short of forecasts, RBC sees profits climb, CIBC slips

Three of Canada's big banks reported earnings Thursday. Here's a summary of how they stand.<p><b>TD profit climbs but falls short of forecasts</b><p>Toronto-Dominion Bank's fourth quarter earnings climbed higher, but fell short of analyst estimates and signalled a warning about future growth potential.<p>Profit …