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Fight Back Against Poor Parkers With This Photo-Shaming App

TowIt lets you call out crappy parking jobs and the terrible drivers behind them.

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Poor parkers afflict every city, both small and major. Whether it’s a minivan crashing through a Starbucks window, or something more benign like plopping down a foot away from the curb, the onslaught of terrible drivers can seem overwhelming. In fact, it can even make you feel downright powerless. Now, however, you can publicly shame these crappy drivers on social media with TowIt, which allows you to snap a photo of perps and upload for maximum shaming capabilities. The app, available via Google and Apple, “allows civilians to report selfish or illegal parking and dangerous driving in real time.” According to its creators, “TowIt works with municipal governments, local law enforcement, and towing companies to remove the barriers required to make cities effectively fight and deter bad parking and dangerous driving habits.”

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Canada Lets Youngest Guantánamo Bay Inmate Out on Bail

Omar Khadr, detained at 15-years-old, is released more than 12 years later into the supervision of his lawyer.

More than twelve years after he was first admitted into Guantánamo Bay as the prison’s youngest detainee, Omar Khadr was released yesterday on a $5,000 bail. He was only 15-years-old when he was first jailed. Today, at 28, he walked out of a Canadian courthouse a free man.

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Canadian University Will Raise Women’s Salaries to Equal Men’s

The McMaster University administration is being proactive about gender equality.

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Administrators at McMaster University recently discovered in a report that women on their faculty were recieving salaries that were on average $3,515 lower than those of the men on the faculty—even after factoring differences in tenure and age. So they’re giving all the women raises. Starting July 1, female faculty members at McMaster will be getting a salary adjustment to match that of their male counterparts.

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Canadian Judge Says Muslim Woman Isn’t #SuitablyDressed for Court

The judge postponed her case because she wouldn’t remove her hijab.

Rania Al-Alloul. Screencap of CBC News video.

A Canadian judge revealed herself to be a racist, bigoted jerk when she refused to hear the case of a Muslim who wears the hijab. Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania Al-Alloul that she wasn’t “suitably dressed” for the court and that she would have to remove the headscarf if she wanted to present her case. Al-Alloul, who was in court to get her car back after it was impounded by the police, refused to do so. Judge Marengo then adjourned court.

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What Should Canada Be Doing to Protect Indigenous Women?

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights blasts the government for the high number of murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada.

Demonstrators at the 2010 Women's Memorial March for missing aboriginal women. Via flickr user Yaokcool.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has released a damning new report on Canada's missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, thought to number more than 1,000. After studying the rash of cases in British Columbia for two years, the organization is demanding that Canada enact a nation-wide inquiry.

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Billboards to Advertise the Awesomeness of Science Pop Up in Vancouver

A partnership between Vancouver's Science World Museum and Canadian advertising agency Rethink shares catchy science facts.


No matter how powerful your web broswer's ad blocker may be, there's no escaping the influence of Madison Avenue. We live in a world plastered with advertising, and, thanks to budget cuts, in recent years some school districts have even agreed to allow ads on school buses and report cards. But what if instead of promoting the latest movies or reality television shows, those advertisements educated people about science?

That's the goal of a 10-year partnership between Vancouver's Science World Museum and Canadian advertising agency Rethink. They've created a series of billboard and commercial advertisements like the one above—which was actually covered in 2 ounces of real gold hammered so thin that it covered 200 square feet. The advertisement even required round-the-clock security and sparked the curiosity of city residents.

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