Offbeat

Lights out: Beaver puts a dam-per on Sask. wedding

There may be nothing as Canadian as a wedding being disrupted by the most Canadian animal of all: a beaver. A Regina woman said she was almost left in the dark on her big day thanks to Canada’s national animal. “It really took a while to believe that it was a beaver because that just seems like a really ridiculous thing to ...

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Guelph man feigns illness to avoid paying bar bill — twice, police say

A Guelph man faked being sick and paramedics were called in a ploy to get out of paying his bar tab, police say. Late Wednesday night, the man was in a downtown establishment and consumed some alcoholic beverages. “Before he paid for his drinks, he appeared to develop some medical distress and an ambulance was called to assist him,” police ...

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One flew out of the cockatiel cage: WestJet crew escorts Vancouver escapee to YYT

A Newfoundland woman who lost an exotic bird in the rafters of Vancouver International Airport is forever grateful to WestJet staff for going above and beyond to catch her pet and see it safely across the country. ‘I couldn’t believe that people could be so helpful.’ – Ebru Ozerkan Ever since her previous pet cockatiel died, Ebru Ozerkan, a doctor from St. ...

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‘Whoa, a peacock’: Bird destroys $500 of booze in California liquor store

Wednesday June 07, 2017 more stories from this episode At first, Rani Ghanem was excited when a female peacock wandered into the California liquor store he manages. “I was like, ‘Whoa, a peacock,” Ghanem told As It Happens host Carol Off. “Immediately as I noticed, I took my phone out. I was like, I gotta record this. My friends gotta see this.” But then, reality hit. “When it ...

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Cappuccino Canadiana: Mounted cops make java run at Sherwood Park trot-thru

Consider it your daily double double, or more accurately your caffè grande, of Canadiana: a pair of Mounties in full red serge, atop russet steeds ordering coffee at a drive-thru. Jaclyn Faulkner couldn’t resist snapping a photo of these officers in red serge at a Sherwood Park Starbucks. (Jaclyn Faulkner) Jaclyn Faulkner was just pulling out of the parking lot when she spotted the officers ...

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Hatched! Charlottetown will soon make way for ducklings

Charlottetown’s most famous duck has hatched another brood, and the family is expected to soon make its annual trek across University Avenue to settle in on a pond on the experimental farm. Lucy has been nesting at the Charlottetown Superstore Garden Centre for eight years now. With lots of people around to protect her and her eggs from predators, it ...

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Sask. film crew breaks Guinness World Record for longest floor hockey game

It’s official: Saskatchewan is the home of the Guinness World Records’ longest game of floor hockey. And before the end of the year, scenes from the game will be part of a feature film about a girl with a dream to break the same record.   In July 2016, a group of filmmakers recruited 24 volunteers to break the 60-hour record ...

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Thousands of pounds of lobster spill onto N.S. highway

A quick swerve to avoid a deer was all it took for a tractor trailer to spill hundreds of live lobster onto Highway 103, said the RCMP.  It happened early Saturday morning around 1:00 a.m., near Port Mouton on the province’s south shore.   The RCMP said the driver of the truck was taken to hospital as a precaution and was ...

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Meet Snappers: lobster with 4 claws on display in Norris Point

A lobster with four claws is the latest attraction at the Bonne Bay Marine Station. The rare creature was caught by a fisherman in the area who brought the crustacean to Norris Point.  The lobster, which has since been named Snappers, has one regular-sized claw on its left side, and three fully functioning smaller claws on the right.  Duncan McIlory, interim ...

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SCOHOL sign sends Revelstoke painter back to class

A road painter in Revelstoke, B.C., is getting a very public spelling lesson after accidentally mixing up the stencils for a school sign. Social media posts mocking the misspelling popped up before the paint was dry on the SCOHOL sign on the pavement out front of Columbia Park Elementary school Tuesday. The city’s manager of operations told the media the ...

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