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Beastly baby badger learns the ropes from costumed caregivers

An orphaned baby badger is learning how to survive in the wild with the help of “costumed caregivers” at a rescue facility west of Edmonton. Staff at the Wild North rehabilitation centre have been donning custom-made masks and fur suits to care for the abandoned creature. The strange wardrobe will ensure the curmudgeonly little animal doesn’t develop an affinity for humans, ...

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Manitoba community howls into Guinness World Records book

It’s not uncommon to hear the howl of a lone wolf out in the wilderness surrounding Thompson, Man., but it’s not every day you hear thousands of people trying to imitate that sound all at once. That’s exactly what happened in the northern Manitoba community on Thursday as the city broke the Guinness World Record for the largest number of ...

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Why did the chicken cross the road? ‘He’s got a Tim Hortons addiction’

For the past few weeks, every day at the same time, around 1 p.m.— like clockwork, a chicken has been crossing the road on Main St. in Shediac, N.B., to go to the Tim Hortons, and its escapades aren’t going unnoticed. “I think he’s got a Tim Hortons addiction,” said Marcelle Leger, who works at the Tim Hortons location. “He wants a coffee. A double double!” she said laughing. ...

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Irish island, population 180, desperate to know who won the lottery

Thursday September 21, 2017 more stories from this episode Residents of Bere Island, Ireland, won’t leave Mary Murphy alone.  For decades, she has run the post office in the community. On Monday, she sold the winning €500,000 ($735,835) lottery ticket. But so far, nobody has claimed the prize. “People are texting me and ringing me from all over the world,” Murphy told As It Happens host Carol ...

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‘It’s-a Me, Mario!’: Meet the man behind the voice

For anyone who has explored the Mushroom Kingdom of Nintendo’s video game universe, Mario’s voice is unforgettable. His cheerful “Woo-hoos” and “Ohhhh. Mamma Mias” have made him one of the most beloved characters in video game history —the Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise in the world, with more than 210 million units sold internationally. Mario is a household name, and his ...

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Order up! Two triple-triples and a wedding: Couple gets married at Tim Hortons

It’s a love affair that began over triple-triples. So it only made sense that Meranda and Tom Robicheau of Belleville, N.S., would say “I do” at their favourite Canadian coffee chain.  The couple’s wedding at a Yarmouth Tim Hortons on Sept. 16 had all the trimmings of a typical ceremony. But there were a few key, coffee-themed additions. The wedding party posed for photos with a giant coffee ...

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Nooo! Edmonton gets first snowfall of season

Edmonton saw its first snowfall of the season late Tuesday morning. A heavy rain turned into flakes of white stuff shortly before noon, bringing a chill to Alberta’s capital region. A light dusting of snow began accumulating, making some streets slick with sleet. Rain mixed with snow was expected for the remainder of the day, according to the latest forecast ...

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This man let an electric eel shock him repeatedly in the arm — all in the name of science

Tuesday September 19, 2017 more stories from this episode Kenneth Catania insists he was never in any real danger when he put his arm into a tank with an electric eel and let it shock him repeatedly for science. “Though maybe a bit dramatic, it was not a big price to get some really clear data,” Catania, a professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University ...

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Something old, something electric blue: historic wedding dress donated to Alberta museum

Julia Petrov was not surprised to learn that the bride wore electric blue. The curator of Western Canadian History at the Royal Alberta Museum is adding a new piece to the museum’s collection — a dress of bright blue silk which dates back to 1870. “We see black and white photographs so it’s hard to imagine, but people wore very, ...

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