Offbeat

Meet the only graduate at one rural Nova Scotia P-12 school

With approximately 60 students, the graduating classes at Advocate District School in Advocate Harbour, N.S., tend to be small, but this year it’s really small. On Thursday, the school’s only Grade 12 student will be graduating. “It does feel weird. It’s different knowing you’re the only one everyone is going to be looking at,” said Jordan Macgillivary, 18. “You’re all alone, so ...

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B.C. brothers’ glow-in-the-dark toonie enters circulation

Glow-in-the-dark coins are lighting up Canadians’ pocket change and making headlines internationally. The Royal Canadian Mint released the new toonie a few weeks ago and there are now three million of the coins circulating to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The two brothers behind the new design, both from Richmond, B.C., joined CBC’s guest host of On The Coast, Gloria Macarenko, to talk about the ...

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Former Calgary Zoo gorilla breakdances his way to more video fame

The Dallas Zoo is sharing video of a gorilla that zoo officials say has a passion for splashing. Zola is a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla who was first seen in a viral video years ago while he lived at the Calgary Zoo. He’s the youngest of four gorillas in the zoo’s bachelor troupe. In the latest video, recorded by zookeeper ...

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Boston is doing ‘horrific’ things to poutine, warns magazine writer

Friday June 23, 2017 more stories from this episode A Canadian expat has taken to the pages of Boston Magazine to decry what he sees as the city’s “poutine problem” “It seems like for some reason just as poutine is starting to catch on in Boston, instead of giving Bostonians a lot of really good quality traditional poutine … restaurants have gone in a ...

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Thief returns stolen human toe to Dawson City bar

A thief who made off with a human toe that is used in an notorious cocktail served by a Dawson City bar has mailed the toe back to its owners, Yukon RCMP say. Staff at the Downtown Hotel reported the theft last Sunday, saying someone had made off with one of the bar’s mummified toes. The bar, located in a small ...

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‘Sincerely, A Drunken Fool’: Thief mails apology, mummified toe to Dawson City bar

A thief who made off with a human toe used in a notorious cocktail served by a Dawson City bar has mailed the toe back to its owners, Yukon RCMP say. Staff at the Downtown Hotel reported the theft last Sunday, saying someone had made off with one of the bar’s mummified toes. The bar, located in a small community more ...

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A class of her own: Sask. high school graduate celebrates solo

High school graduations usually mean celebrating with classmates, but as small-town populations in Saskatchewan continue to shrink, some grad ceremonies are a getting a little more intimate. Chelsea Kennedy knows what that’s like. She had about 70 people attend her high school graduation. The only difference from a typical celebration: she was the only one donning a cap and gown. ...

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Freak snowstorm doesn’t stop 4 who complete Yukon-Alaska bike relay — by unicycle

It was supposed to be the 25th anniversary celebration of a favourite annual bike race. Instead, this year’s Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay — a 240-kilometre race from Haines Junction, Yukon, to Haines, Alaska — was cancelled due to a freak snowstorm. Word didn’t reach Ned Rozbicki. The race takes riders through a mountain pass from Yukon to Alaska. (Google) He woke ...

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New Hampshire joins longest lobster roll battle, P.E.I. vows to fight back

A restaurant in New Hampshire believes it’s wrestled away the world’s longest lobster roll title from P.E.I.  Last September, the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association created a 36.5-metre lobster roll at the Shellfish Festival. That shattered the 23-metre record set at the Shediac Lobster Festival just two months earlier. Now New Hampshire has joined the fray. News of the friendly rivalry between the ...

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Video shows eagle stealing filet o’ fish off B.C. boat

A family out fishing last week caught more than salmon. Ashton Phillips was on a fishing trip last Friday with his cousin and uncle in Kyuquot, B.C. on the northwest side of Vancouver Island when he captured a video of an eagle swooping down to grab a piece of salmon. His group had pulled into a bay around noon to strip up a fresh ...

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