Offbeat

Beached killer whales built of snow and sand in Vancouver

No, those aren’t beached whales on Vancouver’s shoreline. A Vancouver man with a deep affection for orcas spent most of his weekend carefully crafting nearly life-sized killer whales out of snow and sand on Jericho Beach. “With this sudden snowfall, I thought I’m going to do it right now, while I have the chance, and see how it turns out,” ...

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‘A glimpse of what life was like’: Man shares 50-year-old film of P.E.I. road trip

Ever wanted to go back in time and see Canada the way it was 50 years ago, including a ferry ride to P.E.I.? Thanks to a discovery of a cache of old home movies in his parents’ basement, Toronto’s Mark Holtze is making it possible. [embedded content] Last week, Holtze uploaded to YouTube some of the films he discovered just ...

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O Canada? Singer flubs anthem at Raptors-Nets game

O No, Canada. A Broadway performer botched the Canadian national anthem before the Toronto Raptors’ game in Brooklyn on Sunday, singing lyrics that aren’t in “O Canada.” Amber Iman, who has been cast in the national tour of “Hamilton” that will soon open, sang, “O Canada, we sing our hearts for thee.” The line that ends the song is “O Canada, ...

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Zelda the zonkey’s strange trip from American peril to a Canadian haven

Zelda the zonkey was supposed to die, but a kind-hearted Nova Scotian rescued the animal and offered her a new life in Canada.  Zelda is a hybrid of a male zebra who mated with a female donkey to create the zonkey. A few months ago, Zelda was on a feedlot in New Jersey on her way to a slaughterhouse in Canada.  ...

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Northern Ontario cat gets international attention for saving trapped man

A cat on Manitoulin Island, Ont. is receiving international attention for alerting her owner to calls for help from a neighbour. The ‘hero cat’ named Ivy, who was adopted from a shelter by 72-year-old Mary Johnston, has been featured in the magazine Woman’s World and the local newspaper wants to get her nominated for the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. In October, Johnston, who lives in the ...

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A different sort of cell job: jail for sale in Dorchester

Anyone in the market for an out-of-commission jail need look no further than the village of Dorchester, where Andy Partridge is putting his 15-cell property up for sale. Partridge said it was an impulse buy when he put in a bid 16 years ago upon hearing the property was up for sale. As the only bidder, he won. The idea was it would ...

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Vehicle theft suspect hides up tree, climbs down into ‘waiting arms of police’

Winnipeg police had their hands full — literally — Thursday night, when a suspect in a vehicle theft climbed down “into the waiting arms” of officers after hiding up a tree. Patrol officers noticed a damaged vehicle in the area of Watt Street and Chalmers Avenue that turned out to be stolen. The vehicle drove down a back lane and smashed into a ...

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Wall of manure created just to make neighbours miserable, Moncton judge finds

When the Gallants and Murrays of Indian Mountain stopped getting along, a giant, stinking mound of manure suddenly grew between them. It came from the Murrays’ beef cattle and was piled high along the Gallants’ property just to make them miserable, Judge George Rideout says in a recent ruling in the dispute between the two Westmorland County families. No wonder Rideout began ...

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Zero-waste grocery store a hit on Salt Spring Island

Bring your own jars, boxes and bags. That’s the drill at the Green grocery store on Salt Spring Island, which was Canada’s first zero-waste grocery store. According to the store owner, Crystal Lehky, she only sells Canadian products with no packaging. Lehky says she was inspired to start the business after spending an evening watching a documentary about islands of plastic ...

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A province that’s a Jeopardy category: What is New Brunswick?

I’ll take “What the heck is going on,” for $200, Alex. New Brunswickers might have been surprised to see their province as a category during Jeopardy‘s second round Monday night. Fredericton-native Michael Ireton won an episode of the game show Jeopardy in the mid-1990s but says his New Brunswick roots didn’t help. (Submitted by: Michael Ireton) Contestants rattled through the whole ...

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