Offbeat

Move over therapy dogs, this chill capybara will soothe away your stress

We’ve all heard about pet therapy — bringing a gentle Labrador or friendly golden retriever into a school, hospital or nursing home to provide relaxation to people who are stressed out or lonely. But what if you replaced that dog with a 100-pound giant rodent? It’s called “exotic pet therapy.” Instead of a friendly cat or canine, you can spend ...

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This hairdresser’s ‘next level’ salon is atop an N.W.T. mountain

For the past year, hairdresser William Chicksi has been making regular stops in the community of Norman Wells, N.W.T., serving the town’s residents after their lack of a hairdresser garnered international attention. But last week, Chicksi decided he was going to take it up a notch — offering two of his regular clients the chance to get  their hair cut atop a summit near ...

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Meet Gus the Asparagus Man, whose church appearance has some folks really steamed

Thursday April 27, 2017 more stories from this episode When you travel around Britain every year dressed as a spear of asparagus, you get used to being the centre of attention. But Gus The Asparagus Man has gotten a little more publicity than usual this week. He participated in the Worcester Cathedral’s St. George’s Day procession in full costume to mark the start ...

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Students moved after sinkhole develops under elementary school in Valcartier, Que.

A Quebec City-area elementary school is closed after a sinkhole was detected underneath the building last week. The hole, which is described as four meters wide and almost five meters deep, was found last Thursday under Valcartier Elementary School in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, located 30 kilometres north of Quebec City. Officials closed the school Friday and classes have now been moved to a community ...

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Socks for soldiers project keeps WWI tradition going, one foot at a time

Women in Corner Brook are knitting their way back in time with an archival sock pattern used by the Women’s Patriotic Association during the First World War.   Rickie Murley’s grandmother was one of the women who sent 62,000 pairs of socks to troops fighting oversees between 1914 and 1916. Now she’s continuing the tradition. “If my grandmother did it, then I can ...

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Animal services rescues chubby beaver trapped in fence

A beaver that may have packed on a little too much weight for its winter hibernation was saved by an animal services officer yesterday, after it was found stuck between the bars of a wrought-iron fence at a residence in Stoney Creek. Animal services officer Sarah Mombourquette showed up at the home on Grays road around noon yesterday to find ...

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Buoy, that’s a long trip: Lost beacon travels to Ireland from Nova Scotia

A lost buoy from Cape Breton has been found off the coast of Ireland. The drifting beacon, known as the Orpheus Rock buoy, was originally moored near the Green Island lighthouse off the coast of Arichat. After bobbing aimlessly across the Atlantic Ocean, the missing marker ended up in County Clare, Ireland, hauling 60 metres of chains it carried from ...

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Meet Steve, the curious ribbon of purplish light discovered in Alberta skies

Alberta sky watchers chasing the northern lights have partnered with scientists on the discovery of a curious ribbon of purplish light that everyone is calling “Steve.” The feature is attracting attention for its unexpected name, as well as the way it was discovered, said Eric Donovan, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Calgary.   “It looks a ...

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Heat or housing? Twitter battle erupts between Manitoba, Vancouver police vying for recruits

Police forces in Vancouver and Manitoba are having a tongue-in-cheek battle on Twitter for recruits. It started with the Vancouver Police Department posting photos of officers on horses on a beach, aerial images of a lush green landscape and boats docked in a marina, and the police marine unit in patrol boats. Under the photos, the VPD tweeted their condolences ...

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Prison guard smuggled drugs in Kinder Eggs

A guard who admitted to smuggling drugs hidden in chocolate eggs into an RCMP detachment in Saskatchewan has been sentenced to three years in prison. Bonny Maddaford, 45, pleaded guilty last month to trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana and breach of trust. Maddaford worked at the RCMP rural detachment in Yorkton and used Kinder Eggs to pass marijuana, cocaine, tobacco and money ...

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