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Man and dog save two lives

A Hero is defined as a person who has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act. On this day, a dog and its owner are praised as true heroes. 
 
Two girls were tobogganing in a riverside park when they found themselves on a sheet of ice extending from the riverbank.  Adam Shaw was walking on a bridge with his dog when he heard the screams from the girls.  One girl had fallen in the water and the other was trying to help her up.  When Shaw finally arrived on the scene, both girls were in the water. 
 
Shaw was able to pull one girl out, but the other had drifted out of reach.  He acted quickly by tying the leash to the dog, and the the dog jumped in the water.  The girl managed to get both hands on the dog "Rocky", and Shaw called for him.  Rocky swam to Shaw with the girl holding on tight. 
 
Rocky and Shaw were both honored at a local fire station, and we are glad to say that the girls are both home safe.  Thank you Rocky and Shaw for your heroic acts!
 
 
Have a great day, and may the Good News be yours,
 
Jeremy
Published in Random Good News

A random act of kindness went on for hours at a Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

It was a few days before Christmas and one happy customer decided to pay for the person behind them in the drive-through.  This became contagious!  The next person paid for the next, and so on and so on.  Then customers inside the shop started catching on and they started paying for the customer behind them.  This went on for three hours!!

“[The staff members]were calling out the numbers, ‘We’re at 162,’ and they made a really big deal of it,” the manager, Troy Thompson stated. “I think that’s what helped keep it going because nobody wanted to be the one who broke that streak.”

How awesome is that?!!  Way to pay it forward!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Published in Business

"What we do in life echoes in eternity" Russell Crowe firmly stated as Maximus in his Oscar winning performance in Gladiator.  Crowe's good deed for a Jewish school in Montreal will certainly be remembered for generations to come.

In 2004, Russel Crowe was filming Cinderella Man in Toronto when United Talmud Torahs elementary school was fire-bombed as a hate crime.  Anti-Semitic comments were found on the outside if the bombed library.


Crowe was very upset that someone would do such a horrific crime to a place of learning.  He immediately offered to help rebuild the library.  In addition to Crowe's wonderful donation and attention, many more donations poured in from across the country.

There are wonderful people in the world.  When we all work together, we can accomplish anything.

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Random Good News

Sometimes you only have seconds to make a decision that could save lives.  Darrell Krushelnicki didn't hesitate or freeze when he saw a driver chatting on his cellphone, not paying attention to the road, and speeding towards kids who were walking over a crosswalk.  Darrell saw the inevitable and decided to take action.

Darrell was waiting to make a left turn at an intersection in Edmonton, Canada when he saw the motorist going over 50 mph in 20 mph zone.  He inched his car forward in the intersection to see if the speeding motorist would see either him or the kids.  The 23 year old speeding motorist did not show any signs of slowing down so Krushelnicki immediately drove his 2006 Hummer H3 into the vehicle and saved the kids from the collision.  Darrell stated, "It was just a reaction".  Darrell jumped out of the car after the crash to confirm that the kids were safe and were not hit by any of the debris.  Neither driver was seriously injured.

Police officer Scott Pattison told the press, “He did a very valiant thing. Obviously police don’t recommend people do those sorts of things that put their own lives in jeopardy, but certainly, we could have been talking about a very different story today that involved, potentially, the serious injury or death of four children between the ages of three and 16,". 

The reckless driver faces one count of dangerous driving.  Krushelnicki received praises from the police instead of charges.  He's happy things worked out, but he was not expecting praise. “The best thing that could have happened, happened. Twisted metal can always be fixed.” Darrell Krushelnicki said.

With a last name that starts with "Krush", maybe he has fulfilled part of his destiny :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Random Good News

A Vancouver couple has anonymously donated $30 million to help reopen heritage home Taylor Manor as a housing facility for the homeless in the city.

The donation will completely underwrite the $900,000 annual cost of operating Taylor Manor, which was built in 1915 to serve as a care home for low-income seniors.

The City of Vancouver also plans to spend $10 million of public money renovating the mansion, which will house 56 people with mental illness.

Judy Graves, coordinator of the City's Tenant Assistance Program, says philanthropy is a wonderful thing.

"It sees the pain and it sees the suffering and is able to give what is really needed. It gives out of love, passionate love. People who have had nothing for many years will be getting great nutrition and great medical care," she said.

The building on Boundary Road was renamed Taylor Manor in 1946 to honour eight-term Vancouver mayor Louis D. Taylor, who died in poverty at age 89.

The complex then served as a long-term care facility until 2000, when the residents moved to the neighbouring Adanac Park Lodge operated by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Once renovations are complete, the home is expected to reopen in 2014 and will be operated by the Kettle Friendship Society.

Other contributors to the project include VanCity Credit Union and the Streetohome Foundation.

 

 

"Couple Donates $30 Million For Vancouver Homeless". Huffington Post. 29 June 2012. Web. 

View original good news article at huffingtonpost.ca:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/29/vancouver-couple-anonymous-donation_n_1639255.html

Published in Random Good News


It took months to find the right tree to build on, and when he did the spot was on public land looking down on a row of multi-million dollar homes.

But that didn't stop Joel Allen - he just built this incredible egg-shaped treehouse in Canada anyway, without telling anyone.

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design to test its strength and durability, before beginning the months-long quest to find the perfect tree.


Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

 
Joel took years to construct the treehouse. At this point he was working on the base

Joel took years to construct the treehouse. At this point he was working on the base

Without the money to buy property, he decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler.

'Finding that perfect spot on Crown land wasn't so easy,' he said. 'I had an informal checklist of requirements, the most important ones being that it within a reasonable distance to a road, yet out of sight and out of earshot of human traffic.

 

 
 

 

'The other requirement was hard to qualify, but was of prime importance: the shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

Mr Allen found it in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar homes, then began secretly constructing it. The process took years, thousands of dollars, and many free items found on Craigslist.

Finally, he created the HemLoft.

 
Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

 
 
 

Mr Allen found the perfect spot in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar home

 

 
Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

 

 
Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

 

Asked by a friend why he did it, Mr Allen said: 'I found myself grasping for some sort of rationalisation that would make me seem less crazy.

'She said "no, why did you really build it?" For the first time in my life, I was forced to face the truth about it. I said "I guess… I just wanted to build something cool".'

'Since the treehouse was built on crown land, I don't technically own it, and so its fate is uncertain.

 
Joel said: 'The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

Joel said: 'The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

 
The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

 

 
It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

 

 
The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

For three years I kept the HemLoft secret, but now that I'm finished, I've found myself wanting to share it…Coming out of the bush about the HemLoft is fun, however it poses a few problems; if people know about it, they might try to find it. And if the wrong people find it, they may make me take it down.

'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet. So I've been thinking of ways to expose the HemLoft, while somehow making it legal.

'To the best of my knowledge, Squatting on Whistler Mountain, beneath some of Western Canada's most luxurious mega-homes would not be looked favourably upon.'

 
 
Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'
Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'
 

Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'

 

 
Joel Allen's construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public

Joel Allen's construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public

 

 

 

 

Watson, Leon. "'Squatter' secretly builds incredible (but thoroughly illegal) treehouse hidden in Canada's Whistler forest just yards from multi-million homes". DailyMail.co.uk. 23 April 2012. Web. 

View original article at dailymail.co.uk:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133977/Carpenter-builds-incredible-egg-shaped-treehouse-hidden-view-Crown-land-just-yards-multi-million-homes.html

Published in Random Good News

Steve Nash to become Canada GM

Steve Nash has made his first big basketball decision of the summer, agreeing to become general manager of the senior men's national team for Canada Basketball.

Nash, who will be a highly coveted NBA free agent this summer, will be introduced in his new role at a news conference Tuesday in Toronto. The arrangement will be similar to the one Wayne Gretzky had with Hockey Canada in advance of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

 

NashMaybe the timing of this will seem a little bit odd because I'm still playing, but this is about trying to impact a bunch of kids, trying to be a good resource and a source of some good.

-- Steve Nash

 

 

"Obviously I love the program," Nash told ESPN.com. "It was a huge part of my development as a player. Going to the Olympics (in 2000) was the best experience of my career.

"So if I can help other Canadians experience that, it would be pretty amazing. I want to try to lend my hand to help develop our system and change the image and reputation of this country internationally and be a resource for as many of our good, young kids as possible."

Long known back home as "Captain Canada" after leading a team of unknowns to within one win of the medal round at the 2000 Sydney Games, Nash hasn't played for his country since the qualifying rounds for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

As part of his new job, Nash will have a strong say in the hiring of Canada's next coach. Former Toronto Raptors coach Jay Triano, who was in charge for the Sydney Olympics, is regarded as an overwhelming favorite for the post after he completes his summer stint as an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski with Team USA at the London Olympics.

There is quiet optimism that Canada's basketball fortunes could be on the rise after Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph were first-round picks in the 2011 NBA draft. Nash is optimistic the number of Canadians in the NBA could rise to double digits "in the next five years."

"Maybe the timing of this will seem a little bit odd because I'm still playing (in the NBA), but this is about trying to impact a bunch of kids, trying to be a good resource and a source of some good. We have a lot of developing talent in our country and I'm excited to help them," Nash said.

Nash will be assisted in the job by former Olympic teammate Rowan Barrett, who will run day-to-day operations as assistant GM. The next major competition for Canada's national team isn't until summer 2013, when it will try to qualify for the world championships, which FIBA is rebranding as the World Cup.

As for his forthcoming return to free agency in July for the first time since summer 2004, Nash said: "I've been so busy with this that I haven't had much of a chance to start thinking about it. In the coming weeks, I'll definitely start to think about what I'm going to do."

Nash, 38, told ESPN.com last month that he wants to play in the NBA for at least three more seasons. He's also said in recent weeks that he has not ruled out re-signing with thePhoenix Suns, but intends to test the open market.

Suns owner Robert Sarver, meanwhile, told Phoenix radio station KTAR-AM last week: "If the situation's right, both parties would like to continue working together."

 

Stein, Marc.  "Steve Nash to become Canada GM". ESPN. 8 May 2012. Web.

View original article at ESPN.com:

http://espn.go.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/7904743/steve-nash-phoenix-suns-become-gm-canada-basketball

 

Published in Sports

Anthony Popa Urria - Two Year Old Genius

CALGARY — He’s not quite out of diapers yet, but a Calgary toddler has become the youngest person in Canada to join the ranks of the international high IQ society, Mensa.

Meet Anthony Popa Urria. At two years and nine months, Anthony has a staggeringly high IQ score of 154, just a few points shy of the estimated IQs of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

While most of his peers are singing Itsy Bitsy Spider and drawing crayon scribbles, this bright toddler spends his time reciting the alphabet backward and forward, counting to 1,000, and listing the planets in the solar system, days in a week, months in a year and the seasons.

He also speaks three languages (English, Spanish and some Romanian), can read full sentences in books he has never seen before, can write his own name and many other words, and can solve complex 70-piece puzzles, among his vast skills.

‘He was very alert since he was about four months old. He was curious, looking around’

 

On a Friday afternoon in the Popa Urria household, the rambunctious youngster seems like any other two-year-old.

Sitting on his blue, yellow and red tricycle, Anthony helps himself to a spoonful of chocolate ice cream.

“Yummy!” he exclaims with a sweet smile after the first bite.

But as he peers over a gigantic illustrated atlas more than twice his size, points to and identifies the capital city of Madagascar (it’s Antananarivo, in case you didn’t know), it’s clear the youngster is no ordinary child.

His grandmother Felicia, who looks after Anthony during the day while his parents are at work, said she noticed early on that baby Anthony was an exceptionally quick learner.

“He was very alert since he was about four months old. He was curious, looking around,” said Felicia.

At the age of six months, Felicia realized he could identify letters of the alphabet.

Leah Hennel / Postmedia News

“He wasn’t even speaking yet, but my mom would have three flash cards up and she would say, ‘Pick the letter C,’ and he would point to it,” explained Anthony’s mother Laura, who herself holds four degrees, including a master of economics.

By 10 months, he was sounding out the alphabet phonetically.

At first, mother Laura said she was skeptical. She wondered if her son was simply memorizing the letters without comprehending them.

But then, one day, she saw him manipulating wooden blocks with painted letters, turning a ‘W’ upside down to resemble an M, or inverting the number 7 to look like an L.

“He actually recognized the relationships, and I thought, ‘Well, that’s impressive,’” she said.

In February, Laura took him to London, England to have his IQ tested.

“We wanted him to be tested to give him better opportunities,” explained Laura. “I knew he was smart, but he’s smart compared to the norm. I just wanted to see exactly how smart he is compared to other kids.”

Anthony met with esteemed British psychologist Dr. Joan Freeman, known for her research on gifted people, who confirmed their thoughts.

“Naming alone is a first step in learning, being able to describe the function and selection of items are more advanced skills, which Anthony did well above his age level,” Freeman wrote in his report.

Although she is proud of her son, Laura said she is worried about how he will cope once he starts school.

While Anthony is exceptionally intelligent, his emotional development is still on par with other children his age. That poses difficulties in his future education, she said.

When Vicki Herd, a national board member for Mensa Canada, first saw Anthony listed as a new member of the society, she was convinced there had been a typo.

“We thought, ‘Hey, they must have got the birth date wrong!’” she said with a laugh.

Across Canada, there are only seven other members of Mensa aged 10 and under. The next oldest member after Anthony is five.

The average IQ for adults is 100, while most Mensa members have IQ’s above 135, she estimated.

While any parent would be ecstatic to learn their child has higher than normal intelligence, Herd said it’s important for parents of gifted children to ensure they are still able to socialize with other children and to learn other important life skills.

“You don’t want them to end up like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory!” she joked.

Anthony is not the first kid genius to become a card-carrying Mensa member.

Earlier this month, a four-year-old British girl with an IQ of 159 became a Mensa member. In 2009, another British child reportedly became the youngest Mensa member ever at two years and four months old, according to the BBC.

 

 

Fletcher, Thandi. "Meet Anthony Popa Urria: Two years and nine months old with an IQ of 154" National Post. 21 April 2012. Web. 

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http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/21/anthony-popa-urria/

Published in Lifestyle

OTTAWA — For the third year in a row, Ottawa was named the best place to live in MoneySense magazine’s annual ranking of Canadian cities.


The magazine ranks 190 cities and towns based on 22 categories. Ottawa’s spot at the top of the list can be attributed to high scores in such categories as culture, household income, population growth, low crime rates, transit and doctors per capita.


“It doesn’t get super awesome scores in any single category, but what Ottawa does well is score better than average in every category,” said Sarah Efron, managing editor of MoneySense.


Efron said housing affordability, unemployment rates, population growth and household income are the factors that carry the most weight in the overall ranking, but no single category makes or breaks a city’s score.  One of the city’s weaknesses is the price of housing, where it ranked 139th in Canada. 

Seeing Ottawa at the top of the list for the third consecutive year didn’t surprise Mayor Jim Watson. “When I see the MoneySense report, it doesn’t come as a surprise because we know — those of us who have the honour and privilege of living right here in Ottawa — know basically for decades, that this is the best place to live or raise a family,” Watson said Tuesday.


Jo-Anne and Michel Gosset have lived in Ottawa all their lives and, to them, the ranking is well deserved. For the couple, the marriage between urban development and natural landscape is what makes Ottawa the best place to call home.
“You’ve got everything you need here,” said Jo-Anne, 48. “There are a lot of parks, you can go to the beach yet you’re still in the city.”
“You don’t get that in most places.”


The Gossets live near a bicycle path and they believe that kind of infrastructure is an essential part of the city.
“We bike all the time,” said Michel, 52. “There are paths all over the city. You can get anywhere.”

For Robert Rooney, 61, the city’s cultural diversity and relaxed atmosphere are what make it so livable.
“It’s a very laissez-faire city,” said Rooney, who has been living in the region for 17 years.

Ottawa’s size could be partially behind its high score as a livable city. Efron said medium-sized cities do best in these types of rankings because they generally have relatively high household incomes while boasting lower crime rates and housing prices compared with larger cities. “The biggest cities tend not to do too well.”
(Toronto ranked 47th. Montreal is in 149th place.)

The worst place to live, according to the magazine, is Hawkesbury, about an hour and a half east of Ottawa. Efron said the city’s negative population growth and its household income — the lowest in the country — made it the least livable city in Canada.  Efron also noted that another trend has emerged, as a number of cities in Alberta and Saskatchewan have gained momentum in the ranking.  “That’s mainly due to the fact that the economy is hot, unemployment is low and the prices are still much lower than in bigger centres.”


Western cities in the top 10 include Regina and Brandon (5th and 6th) and Red Deer and Winnipeg (9th and 10th).
The list ranks all cities with a population over 10,000 using numbers compiled by Statistics Canada, Real Estate Boards and other agencies providing census data. This year, the ranking added 10 new cities to the list and broke up larger metropolitan areas like Ottawa-Gatineau and the Greater Toronto Area into separate components. Gatineau came in at No. 28.


 
Ionova, Mariana. "‘Ottawa ranked best place to live in Canada, again" The Ottawa Citizen. 20 March 2012. Web.
View original article at ottawacitizen.com:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ottawa+ranked+best+place+live+Canada+again/6330543/story.html
 

 

Published in Lifestyle
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