Offbeat

Have you seen Fluffy? Family looking for missing pet turtle in St. John’s

A St. John’s family is looking for Fluffy, its beloved pet turtle. Fluffy’s owner is Susan Flanagan’s youngest son, Declan. Flanagan told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show the turtle has been missing since Sunday.  “We have signs up everywhere and we are asking if anybody sees a [red-eared] slider turtle the size of a side plate, to give us a call ...

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Outhouse outlaw: squirrel turns toilet-paper bandit in mountain park

Christa Lawrence is still laughing after a mischievous little red squirrel raided her campsite’s toilet-paper supply. Lawrence and her family had just pulled into the Upper Shunda Creek Campground in Nordegg, Alta., last weekend when they realized they were being raided. A squirrel was going nutty for the supply of single-ply TP in the men’s outhouse. The critter had crawled inside and grabbed ...

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Be the tortoise, not the hare: Alberta man celebrates 80th birthday with 100th marathon

Marathon runner Roger Macmillan gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “over the hill.”  The Fort Saskatchewan man has conquered a few of them over the years, and will be celebrating his upcoming 80th birthday in October by running his 100th full marathon this month. Reaching the milestone has been a personal goal for Macmillan since he completed his first full race ...

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Are you missing a monkey?

A stuffed monkey that’s been sitting unclaimed at St. John’s International Airport is getting a lot of love from people online hoping to connect the toy with its owner.  Last Thursday a WestJet employee posted a photo of the monkey to Facebook. Kristen Sellars told CBC News the toy was found on a counter, in the boarding lounge at the airport.  ...

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Regina company designs grain elevator home as ode to Saskatchewan

A Regina-based home design company is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by designing 13 new small homes, reflecting the distinct character of each province and territory. John Robinson, architectural engineering technologist and partner with Robinson Residential Design, came up with the concept to create a small house for each region. His designs started in Nova Scotia with a small home reminiscent ...

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World-record holding water skier who honed his chops in cow pasture returns to Alberta for nationals

What’s it like to ski jump 76.2 metres on water skis? Ask world record holder Ryan Dodd, who did exactly that — despite growing up in the land-locked Alberta town and learning the sport in a cow pasture. Dodd, who grew up in Olds, is back in the province where he learned the sport, competing at the 2017 Nautique Canadian water ...

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Tiny toads close road in Whistler, B.C.

The annual migration of tiny protected toads is underway in Whistler, B.C., prompting a road closure and other restrictions — though not everyone seems to be obeying the amphibian’s right-of-way. Western toads, which are designated as a species of special concern, breed in popular Lost Lake then emerge as dime-sized toadlets to migrate into the surrounding forest. At peak times, as ...

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‘Let’s float her out’: Travel trailer towed 6 hours to remote island in Notre Dame Bay

An unusual sight could be seen leaving Campbellton and floating across Newfoundland’s Notre Dame Bay on Thursday. ‘It’s a nice experience just sitting down in the boat chatting to each other.’ – Gilbert Budgell Parked on top of a makeshift raft, and towed by Gilbert Budgell and Kevin Hill in their two speedboats, a 26-foot travel trailer headed for its ...

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Wanted: Farm thief. Reward: Five pounds of bacon

After a free-range animal farm in Nova Scotia was hit twice by thieves this summer, the owner is taking unorthodox steps to stop the stealing. Melvin Burns, of Moo Nay Farms, is offering a reward of five pounds (2.2 kg) of his best Berkshire bacon for tips leading to the person who took his power tools, or the return of them — valued ...

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Fan pens touching letter to struggling Tiger-Cats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are languishing at the bottom of the CFL standings as the only team without a win this season — but at least one diehard fan wants the team to know he’s still behind them. Ticats defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold tweeted the letter that a fan named Paul passed to him at practice yesterday. In it, he channels his ...

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