Forget the poop scooping: who will pay the bills for your pet?

The scene is so common, it’s cliché: Your adorable child looks longingly into your eyes, begging for a pet. You somehow navigate the emotionally fraught minefield of cat vs. dog. Then it’s time to talk chores. Who will walk that dog? Who will clean that litter? Promises are adamantly made, of course. But you may not have considered talking with the family about the bills ...

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Fentanyl spiral: How the guilt and shame of addiction stole a B.C.’s man’s life

All it took was a single beer for Murray’s Shaw life to unravel. The moment came on a bike holiday in January 2016 in San Diego while he was with some friends from the Vancouver area. After almost 20 years sober, the community college instructor from New Westminster, B.C., cracked open a cold one at the end of a long ride. ...

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SECOND OPINION | Scary cancer statistic is not personal

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s our roundup of the week’s interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. There’s a way to cut cancer rates by 50%.  Why wasn’t that the Canadian Cancer Society headline? It’s a question we asked this week with the release of the 2017 ...

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‘Eventually, many will run out’: How an LCBO strike could impact restaurants and bars

A long drawn-out strike by liquor store workers could have a significant impact on Ontario’s restaurants, wine importers, bars and consumers — but it may offer a boon to some local wineries. “Eventually, many [restaurants and bars] will run out, if not all, if it goes into a month, two months,” said Tony Elenis, president and CEO of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association.  The ...

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Tom Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. National Defence said the sniper is a member of the ultra-secret Joint Task Force 2 unit deployed as part of Canada’s mission against ISIS, and that his target was more 3.5 kilometres ...

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Queens of the ring: Netflix’s Glow puts spotlight on women’s wrestling, then and now

In the first episode of Netflix’s Glow, Ruth Wilder, an aspiring, down-on-her-luck actor (played by Alison Brie), is training inside a wrestling ring. She’s one of a dozen or so prospects for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a women’s wrestling show headed by Sam Silvia (Marc Maron), an ornery director whose B-movie credits include titles such as Blood Disco. Things go awry ...

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It’s worth the drive to totality: perspectives from an eclipse chaser: Bob McDonald

August 21st is going to be an insane day across the United States as millions of people gather along a thin line that stretches from coast to coast to watch the moon pass directly in front of the sun in a total solar eclipse.  Only those along that line will see totality — when the moon blocks the sun perfectly — ...

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More than meets the why? The cinematic slurry that is Transformers: The Last Knight

In the world of modern day blockbusters there is a phrase you hear a lot. “Trailer Moments.” Every action film has to have a few. A trailer moment is something larger-than-life. The hero escaping just as the explosion blooms behind her. The car careering off the cliff.  The quest for trailer-worthy moments is now so critical it begins in the screenplay stage.   But ...

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Ron Howard hopes to honour ‘great work’ done on Han Solo film

Howard chosen to direct film after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the project The Associated Press Posted: Jun 23, 2017 2:11 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017 2:11 PM ET Ron Howard says he hopes to honour the great work that’s already been done on the Han Solo film and help to deliver on its promise. The Oscar-winner ...

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Former Calgary Zoo gorilla breakdances his way to more video fame

The Dallas Zoo is sharing video of a gorilla that zoo officials say has a passion for splashing. Zola is a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla who was first seen in a viral video years ago while he lived at the Calgary Zoo. He’s the youngest of four gorillas in the zoo’s bachelor troupe. In the latest video, recorded by zookeeper ...

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