Offbeat

Will P.E.I. be the first to fall in the zombie apocalypse?

If a zombie apocalypse a la The Walking Dead ever came to Canada, P.E.I. would be the last place you’d want to be, according to an analysis by an American real estate company. Estately publishes a blog that it says “explores local culture, humour, and exotic homes.” Entries have included The Most Lewd-Sounding Town Names in Each State and The D-List Celebrities Each ...

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Bird bandits, volcanic escape: Tropical doves with wild backstory invade Alberta

An invasive dove is making its way from the sunny beaches of the Caribbean and invading Alberta’s icy cities. With a flash of white tail feathers and a flurry of dark-tipped wings, the population of Eurasian collared doves continues to grow throughout the province. Once exceedingly rare, the doves are becoming an increasingly common sight, especially in central and southern Alberta. “The ...

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Ancient Viking skills focus of Saskatoon workshop

Saskatoon’s Jeffrey Hildebrandt has a unique job. “I make replicas of historical artifacts,” Hildebrandt told CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning. Specifically, Hildebrandt is a master armourer who can re-create pieces true to the period, adorned with the elaborate markings and etchings of ancient cultures. ‘There is a real back to basics movement.’ – Jeffrey Hildebrandt  Yes, it’s a pursuit that sometimes ...

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After Americans washed into Canada this year, officials want float down event sanctioned

U.S. and Canadian rescue officials want someone to take responsibility for the annual St. Clair River tubing event that drew international attention last summer when 1,500 Americans illegally washed onto Canadian shores. The popular Port Huron Float Down is an unsanctioned leisurely event, during which people float down the river on rafts, inner tubes or whatever device they may have, starting from Port ...

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Vandals change Hollywood sign to ‘Hollyweed’

L.A. residents woke up to New Year’s Day prank after Proposition 64 legalized marijuana for adults The Associated Press Posted: Jan 01, 2017 2:14 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 01, 2017 2:14 PM ET Vandals changed the iconic “Hollywood” sign in Los Angeles to read “Hollyweed,” Sunday morning, as California enters its first year with marijuana legal for recreational use ...

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Appetizing architecture: Winnipeg family remakes old city hall out of gingerbread

It’s a challenge really only an architect and his family could tackle — a gingerbread remake of Winnipeg’s old city hall. Ken MacKinnon, along with his daughters Tasha, 13, and Leah, 10, have spent the last week meticulously designing, baking and shaping the scrumptious structure. “It’s learning as you go and MacGyver solutions along the way,” MacKinnon said with a laugh. ...

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