The New Democrats have toppled the 44-year-long Progressive Conservative dynasty and will form the next Alberta government.

The NDP, under leader Rachel Notley, was on its way to taking every seat in the capital of Edmonton.

The party was also making significant gains in the traditional Tory stronghold of Calgary.

Notley, the daughter of popular former NDP leader Grant Notley, will be the province’s 17th premier.

The Tories and the Wildrose were left to fight over who would finish second and form the official Opposition.

Hahahahahahaha holy fuck I can’t believe Alberta just turfed the Conservatives and elected a majority NDP government. With the Wildrose Party as opposition. The biggest goddamn Conservative stronghold in Canada just threw up its hands and said, “fuck it, we’re NDP now.”

This is glorious and was entirely worth staying up for.

I still can’t believe that Alberta elected a MAJORITY NDP government. If I wasn’t paying attention and someone told me this I would have called them a liar.

I guess I’ll have to stop making fun of Alberta for its backwards politics now. :P

I’m very excited about the changes Alberta will make in the future, and what effect if any this has on the Federal Election this fall.

We live in very exciting times. 

Vancouver Marijuana Dispensaries Differ on Rules for Who Can Buy Pot

(CBC) Don Briere stands behind the counter at Weeds Glass and Gifts in downtown Vancouver, surrounded by shelves of multicoloured pipes and clear boxes overflowing with fragrant B.C. bud.

The affable 63-year-old owns 10 stores, making him the owner of the city’s largest marijuana business chain, even though selling pot over the counter remains illegal in Canada.

When asked how a customer would buy cannabis, Briere says all one needs is photo ID and proof of a medical condition that might be alleviated by pot — for example, a prescription for pain medication or a bottle of antidepressants.

“We’re making it easy for people to get ahold of a real medication that is natural and safe for you,” he says proudly. “Every day we sign people up. Every day.”

While Briere insists a person needs a prescription medication to get marijuana, the same is not true at all dispensaries. Some will set customers up with a naturopath via Skype to make a diagnosis. Others insist on a note from a doctor. There are concerns that some don’t ask for any proof at all.

Toronto police officers equipped with body cameras as part of a pilot project rolling out this month won’t be recording when they “card” citizens not under arrest or investigation, a police spokesperson said Monday.

It’s a restriction one activist dubs “absolutely laughable,” and one that hints at the tough choices the force may face as it seeks to balance policing and privacy with calls for greater transparency.

The one-year trial, prompted in part by the shooting death of teenager Sammy Yatim, will see 100 officers from four units wearing the cameras on shift, starting May 18. The body-mounted devices won’t be on at all times, though.

Officers will turn on the cameras “prior to arriving at a call for service or when they start investigating an individual,” according to the police. They’ll turn them off “when the call for service or investigation is complete” or when the officer determines the recording is no longer serving its intended purpose.

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4 Vancouver-Based Brands You Need To Wear This Summer

Oh, Canada! 

Welcome to Wantering’s #WellTravelled style series, where we’re featuring the hottest brands in countries across the globe. Find out which brands and stores you need to know about in 2015 by following Wantering on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

Next up, we’re heading to the West Coast of Canada, to the most liveable city in the world and not-so-secretly our hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. Famous in the fashion world for athleisure darling Lululemon, you may not have realized that these 4 global brands are also from the same, laid-back city. Check it out! 

VANCOUVER, CANADA

1. Aritzia (womens)

Cabrini Blouse

Carolyn Tote Bag

2. Kit and Ace (womens/mens)

Knicker Bra

Folsom Cardigan

3. Native Shoes (womens/mens)

Venice

Jefferson

4. Wings + Horns (mens)

Wings + Horns Indigo Slub Stripe Henley

Leather High Top Sneakers

Double Knit Heather T-Shirt

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This news release is available in French.

If the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a bit like a hermetically sealed tin can no one has yet been able to break open, the good news is that researchers at the CHUM Research Centre, affiliated with the University of Montreal, have identified a way to use a “can opener” to force the virus to open up and to expose its vulnerable parts, allowing the immune system cells to then kill the infected cells.

This breakthrough, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens a new path in the fight against HIV and could ultimately lead to the design of a vaccine to prevent transmission of the virus. This innovative approach could also be part of the solution for one day eradicating the virus. Despite recent advances, 35 million people are infected with HIV-1 worldwide.

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