Where are the best and worst places to live in Canada, if you're a woman? According to a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study, the best is Québec City and the worst is Edmonton.

Vancouver ranks 13th on the list of Canada's 20 largest cities. Victoria placed fifth, and Toronto ranked sixth.

Fun fact: Women in Vancouver have the longest life expectancy, compared to their counterparts in other Canadian cities.

From the report, titled The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada, here's a few reasons for Vancouver's low ranking:

In other news of how Canada beats America, a survey of 40 countries by Pew Research revealed which nations are the most accepting of homosexuality.

Attitudes towards homosexuality did not necessarily reflect or correspond with national legalization of same-sex marriage.

European countries were the most likely to be accepting.

They came, they bought, they toked. So goes another 420 in Vancouver.

420 began as a couple hundred people in 1995. The 20th year of the annual marijuana market/smoke-in attracted what appeared to be a record number of vendors and participants on Sunday (April 20), despite somewhat dreary weather. 

While I'm not a professional guesser of crowd sizes, I have been attending Vancouver's annual 420 rally for at least a few years now and can safely say this year's gathering was the largest in memory. Robson Street between Howe and Hornby was closed due to the overwhelming crowds by 2:30 p.m., and by 3:15 p.m., the same stretch of West Georgia Street was cordoned off, the earliest I've ever seen that happen.

Vancouver residents will cast their ballots for mayor, council, park board, and school board on November 15. But, for bird lovers, the real election is going on right now.

Until May 10, you can vote for Vancouver's city bird of 2015. There are six worthy contenders, including the Anna’s hummingbird, black-capped chickadee, Pacific wren, pileated woodpecker, and varied thrush.

A landmark ruling in India’s Supreme Court today (April 15) recognizes transgender people as a third gender and transgender rights as human rights.

Two judges read out a verdict that directed federal and state governments to include transgender people in welfare programs and fill quotas in jobs and education. Official documents will also now be marked with a third gender option, according to BBC News.

“The spirit of the [Indian] Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender," the court stated. “Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights.”

Earlier this year, Mercy for Animals Canada sent an undercover investigator to work at Horizon Poultry, a Maple Leaf Foods-owned hatchery in Hanover, Ontario.

The nonprofit organization's hidden camera footage, released on Monday (April 14), shows adorable chicks being roughly handled, thrown, tumble-dried, ripped out of their shells, ground up alive, and drowned. The video's narrator says:

The cruelty you have witnessed is inherent and widespread within the industrial chicken meat industry. Please remember these chicks the next time you're in the poultry section of your grocery store.

A controversial American anti-gay activist, who was detained at the Regina airport upon entering Canada on April 10 but released, has been arrested for trespassing.

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), was at the University of Regina on April 14, where he was with Bill Whatcott, a Saskatchewan Christian anti-gay and anti-abortion activist.

The two men were distributing pamphlets against homosexuality and abortion, along with displaying placards featuring pictures of aborted fetuses.

Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the social insurance numbers of around 900 Canadians were stolen from its online systems due to the Heartbleed bug.

The tax agency reported the data breach to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on Friday (April 11), but waited until today (April 14)—three days—to inform the public.

In a statement posted on the agency's website, CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch said:

This video was posted to YouTube on Sunday (April 13) and already has more than 90,000 views.

It shows "fricken'" longboarders being forced to take spills after a police SUV pulls into the middle of the road and stops. The cop then tells the longboarders, who criticize his actions, that he's "sick and tired" of dealing with them.

Today (April 14), the West Vancouver Police Department issued a statement on the matter:

More than two weeks ago, the B.C. Liberal government announced plans to split the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones.

The proposal to create Zone 1 (Island, South Coast, and Okanagan) and Zone 2 (Interior, Kootenay, and North) has generated much opposition among farmers, scientists, and local governments.

According to the B.C. Food Systems Network, the government's Bill 24 would "weaken protection for 90 per cent of lands currently in the ALR"—those in Zone 2.