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An Air Canada pilot put a dog's life above profit. It's exceptional and how the world should be.

He didn't care that it cost $10,000 extra in fuel to save the dog. He just did what was right.

A lot of times, we hear bad stories about airlines. Terrible wait times while stuck on the plane, bad customer service. But this time, the story (originally reported by CityNews) is sweet.

A dog's first flying adventure almost goes horribly wrong.

Simba, a 7-year-old French bulldog, was taking the first flight of his life, from Tel Aviv to Toronto. He was hanging out in the cargo hold in his carrier, as over 2 million pets per year do on airlines. Minutes before heading out over the Atlantic Ocean (where temperatures can really freeze things up on a plane) the pilot noticed a problem with the heating system in the cargo hold.


Going out over the Atlantic could prove fatal to animals in the cargo hold without heat.

So the pilot decided to reroute and land in Frankfurt, Germany. The decision likely saved the dog's life.

His owner, German Kontorovich, is so grateful.

"It's my dog, it's like my child. It's everything to me." — Simba's dad

This is Simba and his owner reuniting in Toronto. GIF via CityNews.

And, of course, many of the 260 passengers really didn't mind the 75-minute delay, either, given the very important reason it had to happen.

"While we recognize this was an inconvenience for our customers, the overall reaction was positive, particularly once people understood the dog was in potential danger but safe as a result of the diversion." — Peter Fitzpatrick, spokesperson for Air Canada

GIF via CityNews.

"I'd probably have been upset, but if it saved the dog..." — airline passenger

Phyl Durdy, an aviation expert, told CityNews that it probably cost around $10,000 in fuel and other costs for the diversion, but it was the right thing to do.

Crisis was averted, and Air Canada is probably going to curry favor with animal lovers and pet owners everywhere. Somebody needs to give that pilot a raise!

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A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

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It's an unspoken rule that children of politicians should be off limits when it comes to public figure status. Kids deserve the ability to simply be kids without the media picking them apart. We saw this during Obama's presidency when people from both ends of the political spectrum come out to defend Malia and Sasha Obama's privacy and again when a reporter made a remark about Barron Trump.

This is even more important when we are talking about a child's mental health, so seeing detailed reports about Ted Cruz's 14-year-old child's private mental health crisis was offputting, to say it kindly. It feels icky for me to even put the senator's name in this article because it feels like adding to this child's exposure.

When a child is struggling with mental health concerns, the instinct should be to cocoon them in safety, not to highlight the details or speculate on the cause. Ever since the news broke about this child's mental health, social media has been abuzz, mostly attacking the parents and speculating if the child is a member of the LGBTQ community.

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Famous writers shared their book signing woes with a disheartened new author.

Putting creative work out into the world to be evaluated and judged is nerve-wracking enough as it is. Having to market your work, especially if you're not particularly extroverted or sales-minded, is even worse.

So when you're a newly published author holding a book signing and only two of the dozens of people who RSVP'd show up, it's disheartening if not devastating. No matter how much you tell yourself "people are just busy," it feels like a rejection of you and your work.

Debut novelist Chelsea Banning recently experienced this scenario firsthand, and her sharing it led to an amazing deluge of support and solidarity—not only from other aspiring authors, but from some of the top names in the writing business.

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This article originally appeared on 04.15.19


On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

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This article originally appeared on 01.22.19


The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn't have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women's rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

Then there are those of us in the messy middle. Those who believe that life begins at conception, that abortion isn't something we'd choose—and we'd hope others wouldn't choose—under most circumstances, yet who choose to vote to keep abortion legal.

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