Google, Facebook and Twitter are calling for tighter controls on internet snooping. The companies, among several others, issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama saying that recent revelations have ‘highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide.’ The letter follows revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Old dog, new tricks: A Toronto pooch is gaining worldwide fame for his incredible balancing skills. It all started when a friend of the owner suggested putting a roll of toilet paper on the dog’s head as a gag. But when the animal froze and kept the roll perfectly level, the owner decided to experiment with other objects including board games, pancakes and even cocktails. Check it out below:
A B.C. man rented a truck and allegedly went on a vehicle-destroying rampage. Burnaby RCMP said the man was arrested after he crashed both a Jeep Cherokee and a large rental truck into six parked vehicles, including several police cruisers. Once in custody, the man was taken to Burnaby General Hospital, where he yanked the sprinkler above his hospital bed and flooded the floor.
Keep away from the sweets: Several chocolate products are being recalled due to milk not declared on labels. Organic Traditions brand Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate Almonds were sold all across Canada while Edelweiss brand Fine Dark Chocolate was only sold in Ontario. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people with milk allergies not to consume the products.
Doctors might be using an ineffective method to treat Deep Vein Thrombosis. Current guidelines recommend that patients suffering from the condition wear elastic compression stockings for two years to prevent Post Thrombotic Syndrome. But a new study suggests that patients who used the stockings were no less likely to experience painful complications than patients who didn’t.
We’re settling this once and for all: Is a real Christmas tree better than a fake? We’re setting aside the over-sentimentalized nostalgia and looking at the hard facts: Which is safer, easier to set up, is more eco-friendly and creates the best overall experience? You might be surprised by which tree ends up being best for you.
Eleven more whales were found dead in Florida. U.S. wildlife officials say the whales were believed to be part of a pod that was stranded in the Florida Everglades, which brings its death toll to 22. The pod of 51 short-finned whales was spotted last Tuesday, but officials do not know the status of the remaining ones.