Offbeat

Try avoiding bad luck today by forgetting it’s Friday the 13th

You’re in luck. There are only two Friday the 13ths in this calendar year. The first one is today.  And Gary Waite, a professor of early modern history at the University of New Brunswick, says there’s nothing to be afraid of. “If people believe that something has negative value, if people believe they’re going to experience bad luck on Friday the 13th, it’s more ...

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‘That is not my address’: Pay stub addressed south of Regina

Anyone from Regina, Saskatchewan has heard the jokes. Yes, we all know that the pronunciation of the province’s capital city happens to rhyme with a popular female body part.  Leah Taylor lives in Regina. A pay stub sent to her got that detail wrong. (Supplied) However, the person on the other end of the telephone who entered Leah Taylor’s personal information for payroll clearly ...

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Piglet saved by driver on Manitoba highway finds new home on farm

It turns out five little piglets found along a Manitoba highway this week won’t be headed to market after all — at least not yet. And one of those piglets has Brenda Marshall-Wilson to thank. On Monday morning, she was driving to work in Birtle, Man., a town about 285 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. When she stopped ...

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Amazon Canada in hot water with Indian minister for selling Indian flag doormats

The online retailer Amazon is facing some heat after India’s external affairs minister demanded on Twitter it remove an item she said insulted the national flag. The Twitter storm began after a tweet alerting Minister Sushma Swaraj that Amazon.ca was selling doormats which have the Indian flag printed on them. @SushmaSwaraj Madam. Amazon Canada must be censured and warned not to sell ...

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Mystery dirty diaper dumper prompts Quebec municipality to order DNA test

A bizarre rash of soiled diapers dumped along a stretch of rural road in the municipality of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, east of Quebec City, has prompted the local mayor to order DNA tests to try to catch the culprit.   Mayor Rosaire Ouellet told CBC that since July, someone has dumped about 30 bags — each containing three or four dirty children’s and adult diapers — along a 1.5-kilometre stretch of Highway 230. ...

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Driver ‘trying to impress’ passenger gets Jeep stuck in Lake Ontario

A driver “​trying to impress” a passenger sunk his Jeep into Lake Ontario after his off-roading adventure took a wrong turn Tuesday morning, Toronto police say.   It took officers more than two hours to pull the stranded vehicle from two-feet of water at Cherry Beach after the driver drove onto the ice, not realizing he had left the snow-covered road.    . “Someone decided to off-road because they were ...

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Controversial Toronto boat-inspired tree house can stay up

A controversial boat-inspired tree house is safe from demolition following an Ontario Municipal Board hearing, so long as the dad who built it makes a few changes to its height and location. Almost a year ago, Toronto officials asked John Alpeza to dismantle the tree house he built for his kids in his west-end backyard, saying it violated zoning bylaws. Alpeza, a contractor ...

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Long-distance birdie call: Alaska’s sex-crazed sandpipers travel far to try and find mates

You fly more than 100 miles for love. You get rejected. You fly another 100 miles. Another rejection. And another. That’s the high-flying but futile sex life of the male pectoral sandpiper looking for love in northernmost Alaska, according to a new study. Some males are more persistent than others. Researchers tracked one desperate small shorebird that logged more than ...

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