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Beefy Shirtless Jogger Stops Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Takes Him To Task: VIDEO

Joe Killoran Canada Day

Laughing stock of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford perhaps thought his celebration of Canada Day would be an innocuous affair as he marched alongside the East York parade. Alas, it was not to be as Ford was accosted and verbally mauled by an angry jogging bear.

The jogger, a high school teacher named Joe Killoran (who, incidentally, is very LGBT-friendly), got into a shouting match with Ford, taking him to task for his lies, corruption, bigotry, homophobia, and continual evasion of questioning by the public and the media. Ford's handlers tried to shunt Killoran to the side, and one accused him of being with another campaign and having anger management issues.

While Ford's crew were unimpressed with Killoran, the Twitterverse had a decidedly different reaction, exploding with support and formenting the new hashtag #shirtlessjogger.

You can watch the encounter between Ford and Killoran, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Black Bear Stalks Two Joggers in Canada for Several Terrifying Minutes: VIDEO

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Bruce Allan was running with a friend in Matcheetawin Trails, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada when they came upon a Black Bear that proceeded to come after them for several intense, riveting minutes.

Though the general advice given to those who encounter a bear is to stand one's ground and to NEVER run or exhibit weak behavior, that advice (whether it was known to Allan or not) appeared to go out the window here. Of course, it's also much easier to judge someone else's reaction from the safety of a computer screen.

Thankfully, Allan was able to "resume workout" and return to his car. Next time (if there is one) we're assuming he'll remember to bring the Bear Spray.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via reddit)

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British Columbia Premier Shuts Vancouver Hospital Ward That Once Served Those Dying from AIDS: VIDEO

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Premier Christy Clark along with UN under-secretary and executive director for UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, and Dr. Julio Montaner, director for the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and Health Minister Terry Lake closed the AIDS ward at St. Paul's hospital in Vancouver yesterday at a major press conference:

“This is a proud day for British Columbians as we mark another milestone in our leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Premier Clark. “Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the community, those at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and health professionals across the province, a ward that once served those dying from AIDS, now supports those living with HIV.”

Ward 10C at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver was originally opened as an AIDS ward in February 1997 during the peak of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the city, when approximately one person was dying of AIDS every day. Earlier diagnosis of HIV, along with advances in treatment and care, has resulted in a significant decrease of AIDS. Patients living with HIV will continue to receive world-leading treatment and care. The focus of the ward will include treatment related to addictions such as various bacterial and viral infections like chronic hepatitis.

“British Columbia’s dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS has meant that we have reduced AIDS cases in Vancouver by over 80% since 1996,” said Lake. “With continued focus on providing care, treatment and support for those living with HIV and related diseases, more British Columbians will live longer, healthier lives.”

Watch Clark make the announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mama Bear Saves Cub Stranded On Canadian Highway: VIDEO

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As a kid your mother probably warned you not to play in the street and to look both ways before you cross the street. This is sound advice for humans and for bears, as it turns out. Last weekend, a baby bear cub got caught on the side of a highway in British Columbia's Kootenay National Park. Thankfully, mama bear was not far behind and, after looking both ways, came to the rescue of her cub. 

Check out the amazing and adorable footage captured by storm chaser Ricky Forbes, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Canada Denies Visas for 10 Ugandan Gay Activists Invited to Toronto's World Pride Conference

Concerned that they would seek asylum upon arrival, Canada has denied visas for 10 Ugandan gay activists hoping to attend the World Pride human rights conference in June, the Star reports:

MugishaGay rights advocates say the decisions by the Canadian visa posts in Nairobi and London speak to the hypocrisy of the Stephen Harper government, which, in February, joined other Western nations in condemning Uganda for passing one of the world’s harshest anti-homosexuality laws.

“We are shocked and appalled. These individuals from Uganda are some of the most courageous heroes,” said Andrea Houston of #ENDhatelaws, a coalition founded in response to homophobia/transphobia across the globe, amid the controversy over anti-gay laws passed in Russia prior to the Winter Olympics.

“They are here to share their stories and have every intention to go home after the conference, because they all have work to do in Uganda. The assumption is they are here to claim asylum. The question is: Why can’t they, coming from the most hostile place in the world to LGBTQ people?”

The visa denials began in April.

Well-known Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha is the only one who will come to the conference, and has a multi-entry visa according to the paper.

A review of the visa decisions showed the Ugandan’s applications were rejected for a combination of reasons: lack of travel history, family ties in Canada and in Uganda, and insufficient funds for the trip.

In eight of the applications, officials concluded they did not believe the applicants had a legitimate business purpose in Canada. In six, the officers said the applicants did not have the money to “carry out your stated purpose in going to Canada or to maintain yourself while in Canada and to effect your departure.”


10th Grade Canadian Student Discovers Better Test For HIV

Nicole Ticea

Nicole Ticea of Vancouver took part of a collaboration program with Simon Fraser University, and while there developed a new test for HIV using Isothermic Nucleic Acid Amplification. A drop of blood is placed on a microchip, which then scans for a specific protein in the viral envelope. The result is a near-instantaneous result from a test that actually scans for the presence of the virus itself, not just antibodies created by the immune system. The best part is that the technology required for this test is already in use and would simply require modifications to scan for HIV. The test still needs to undergo more stringent review to ensure its effectiveness, but a rapid test that would get infected patients analyze and on treatment quicker than ever may be right around the corner.


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