Offbeat

Species-saving love: Sachi the red panda finally finds romance at Winnipeg zoo

The mood is set with an artful array of bamboo and a light seasoning of allspice. Sachi, the small and beautiful red panda, looks across the branch at male panda and suitor Tango. The relationship between these two is more than just a fuzzy feel-good Valentine’s Day story; they carry the hopes of an endangered species that faces threats from deforestation ...

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Hairless pooch who feels like ‘a warm piece of baloney’ competes at Westminster dog show

Monday February 13, 2017 more stories from this episode Dog shows tend to feature a parade of primped pooches with strange, adorable and elaborately coiffed hair-dos. It’s hard being this beautiful. ✨ #WKCDogShow pic.twitter.com/zJESDzD7uW — @WKCDOGS But Janet Parker’s canine companion Walker is going paw-to-paw with top dogs from around the world at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City— and all without ...

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Islanders give singing telegram new life on Valentine’s Day

Some Islanders are preparing chocolates and flowers for Valentine’s Day while others are giving old traditions new life. Retake, a Charlottetown barbershop quartet, has been singing together and delivering singing telegrams for almost 20 years. “We’ve had a lot of fun over the years doing this,” said lead singer Joanne Ings. For $40, the foursome deliver chocolates, a greeting card, and sing ...

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Frankie MacDonald gets big honour from YouTube

YouTube is acknowledging Sydney, N.S., amateur weatherman Frankie MacDonald’s popularity with a Silver Play Button. The honour is given to YouTube channels that have more than 100,000 subscribers. “It feels great … my next goal is one million subscribers,” said MacDonald. He said the plaque arrived in the mail on Wednesday. He said it’s already up on the wall. Viral star MacDonald first ...

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Going for a spin: War vet finds peace on homemade ice carousel

Take a chainsaw, cut a large circle into the frozen pond in your backyard, allow a three-inch clearance so the disc will spin on the water below, build a campfire in the centre and enjoy. A homemade ice carousel is all in an evening’s work for retired military veteran Billy Neville. Neville and his brother Jamie spent about three hours constructing the ...

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People are baffled about winning potato wedges from Roll Up the Rim

The appearance of potato wedges among this year’s Roll Up the Rim prizes is creating a kerfuffle, with winners expressing a range of happiness, confusion and disgust. The Tim Horton’s contest kicked off at the beginning of February, with the coffee chain saying they’ll give away 49 million prizes by the time it wraps up in mid-March. There’s no word on ...

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What it feels like to take icy dip in -26 C winter weather

Many Canadians are getting active to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday this year and The Morning Edition’s Peter Mills is no exception. Mills is on a mission to complete 150 activities set out in the ParticipACTION 150 Play List.  ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization that created a list of 150 Canadian activities picked by Canadians. People are encouraged to ...

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Frivolous 911 call to scare friend out of home prompts charge

A man in Airdrie, Alta., is in hot water after police say he used 911 as a way to kick a friend out of his home.  The call came in around 1:05 a.m. on Feb. 1.  “When dispatch and police reached out to the caller, he would not provide his name, however did eventually confirm his identity,” said RCMP in ...

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Cop answers 911 fight call, ends up in viral dance video

What do you do when you’re called to the scene of a fight — only to find out someone is shooting a music video instead? You join in, if you’re Const. Jarrod Singh with the Durham Regional Police Service. Singh was responding to a call in downtown Oshawa on Sunday night when he found the University of Ontario Institute of Technology ...

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Dewey defeats Truman? Some Boston Globe editions say Patriots lost Super Bowl

It wasn’t exactly “Dewey Defeats Truman,” but some Florida readers of The Boston Globe learned a different Super Bowl outcome than most on Monday morning. Early editions of New England’s largest newspaper ran a front page suggesting the Patriots lost to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, with a headline that read “A Bitter End” over a large image of ...

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