Fifty-five per cent of respondents viewed Canada’s influence in the world as “mainly positive” – second only to Germany.
The fewest amount of respondents – only 13 per cent – thought it was “mainly negative.”
Despite negative international press relating to the oilsands and seal hunt, the poll suggests Canada’s reputation only seems to be improving: Canada has gone up two percentage points in the positive category since 2012.
Germany topped the list as the most favourably-viewed country, bumping down Japan, which dropped to the fourth spot in the rankings.
The U.K. rose to the third position, propelled by favourable views in the wake of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
“With ratings of most countries declining this year, it appears that frustration with governments in general is growing, as nearly five years on from the financial crisis they seem incapable of pulling their economies out of the slump,” Sam Mountford, director of GlobeScan, one of the group’s that conducted the poll, wrote in the report.
“But the ‘Olympics effect’ looks to have allowed the U.K. to buck this negative global trend.”
On the other end of the spectrum, countries like Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel were overwhelmingly viewed as “mainly negative.”
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With peak vacation season set to kick off, a U.S.-based economic policy think tank has sobering news for Canadians.
Among the 21 affluent nations studied by the Center for Economic Policy and Research, Canada ranked third-worst in terms of legally mandated time off from work, with vacation and statutory holidays combining to give Canadian workers a minimum of 19 paid days off each year.
Austria and Portugal both require employers to grant 35 paid days off — 22 in vacation and 13 in holidays — while workers in Germany and Spain are entitled to a minimum of 34 days.
The study, titled “No Vacation Nation,” is the sequel to a similar survey conducted six years ago, and lead author John Schmitt says the results haven’t changed much.
He points out that the Eurozone economic crisis hasn’t prompted cutbacks on paid vacation time in places such as Spain (34 days) and Greece (26), where hobbled economies prompted austerity measures from federal governments.
“It’s quite surprising how little change there’s been in vacation policy given the big movement towards austerity,” Schmitt says. “It speaks to how important this is to so many people in so many different countries.”
But he also emphasizes that the last six years haven’t prompted governments in low-ranking countries to increase access to paid days off.
Canada still outranks Japan, where workers are guaranteed only 10 vacation days annually, and the U.S., where employees aren’t assured any paid days off.
BIRCHY BAY, N.L. – A 48-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly tried to flee from Newfoundland RCMP on an all-terrain vehicle.
The Mounties say officers were on a routine patrol in Birchy Bay when they saw a man speeding down Main Street on an ATV.
Police tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused and fled into a field, where the ATV became stuck in a bog.
The driver then fled on foot into the woods, but was eventually caught by police.
He’s facing charges including impaired driving and flight from police.

All in favour of only using two-way mirrors for criminal prosecutions or scientific study, say "aye".
All in favour of using two-way mirrors for creepy and adolescent-like behaviour, say "aye". Anybody? Anybody?
A recently-opened Scottish nightclub, The Shimmy Club, is under police investigation for installing two-way mirrors in the women's bathroom and charging male customers £ 800 (CDN $1,250) for a private booth to view the women on the other side, reports Scottish Sunday Express.
Yes, western society is regressing, folks. You read it here.
By Terry Davidson, QMI Agency
TORONTO – It hasn’t been a great start to the summer for a young Oshawa man, having had his nose chewed off by a vicious dog while protecting his girlfriend.
It was last Saturday night, while kicking back on the front porch of the rooming house he lives in at 140 Brock St., that Jimmy Rogers, a 23-year-old unemployed construction worker, was doing what he usually does on weekends: hanging with his buddies and girlfriend, Sjaana Farrant, 23.
One friend had his older brother’s un- muzzled 3-year-old dog there – one that Rogers insists is a cross between a pit bull and an American bulldog.
It was when a neighbour approached the porch, Rogers said Friday, that the dog, Polo, took a wild and vicious turn and chomped down on Fraarant’s head.
Rogers snapped into action, grabbing the dog, only to have it turn and tear into his nose.
It was a few days later that he was thrown out of his apartment for allowing the dog to be on the property!
By Dana Feldman, Reuters
America’s master chef of bug cooking and author of the Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, David G. Gordon, displays a plate with a tarantula on display at Bugfest 2013 at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Hollywood, California on May 24, 2013, where ‘The Bug Chef’ cooked up a sampling of crunchy critters while bringing awareness to the protein-rich benefits of bugs. (AFP PHOTO/Federic J. BROWN)
dynamic_resizeLOS ANGELES – Hungry? How about tempura-battered fried Tarantula for an appetizer? They’re frozen then defrosted before bug chef David George Gordon cuts off the abdomen, singes off hairs with a lighter and dunks the remaining spider body into batter.
“You just have to brown it up for a couple of minutes. Then I add my secret ingredient, a pinch of smoked paprika for flavour. The best part are the legs,” said Gordon, speaking at an insect cooking demonstration in Hollywood aimed at showcasing insects as a sustainable food.
Other treats being served up at the third annual Bug-A-Thon at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood on Friday include Scorpion Scaloppine and dishes consisting of the chef’s choice bugs: grasshoppers, cockroaches and other savory surprises.
Considered the planet’s most sustainable source of eco-friendly and inexpensive animal protein, the practice of eating insects is practiced globally by two-thirds of the world’s population, said Andrea Silverman, the manager of Ripley’s Hollywood, who said the demonstration aimed to spread the word about the nutritional value of bugs.
“The tarantula was great. It tasted like shrimp tempura. I also tried the grasshoppers. I ate the whole thing starting with the head! It tasted like pepper!” she said.
She added that nutrient-rich crickets provide three times the calcium and iron as beef, require hundreds of times less water to generate the same amount of protein as a cow, and reportedly taste like “nutty shrimp.”
“In America we’re the weird ones because we don’t eat bugs. We’re a nation of bug-bashers,” said Gordon, who has authored a bug cookbook and lives in Seattle with his wife and pet tarantula.
Other bugs deemed good enough to eat at the fest, which continues on Saturday, include ants, worms and termites as well as caterpillars, dung beetles and wasps.
“I bought these from Oaxaca, Mexico,” Gordon explained of his favored Chapulines, or grasshoppers, that 10-year-old visitor Dylan Vaughan was brave enough to try and deemed them “good and spicy.”
Qatar has withdrawn its bid to relocate the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to the Middle East from its current location in Montreal, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed Friday. Qatar was leading the lobbying efforts to move the United Nations body from Montreal, with reports suggesting it was a bid by some Middle Eastern countries to express their displeasure with the Canadian government’s pro-Israel stance.
Canada and the ICAO had previously struck a deal in principle to keep the agency in Montreal for 20 years beginning in 2016, but the UN agency hadn’t ratified the agreement at the time Qatar made its offer.