Offbeat

3 deer tear up gas bar store before clerk shows them door

A video of three deer escaping from a Grand Falls gas bar went viral Monday morning. Bertrand Beaulieu was on his daily walk along Broadway Boulevard around 9:30 a.m. when three deer ran past him. They went straight for a nearby Canadian Tire gas station — and straight to the door of the store, he said. One deer led the ...

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Hurry hard! New ice game crokicurl debuts in Winnipeg

Crokicurl — the new ice game that combines elements of the board game crokinole and curling — has made its debut in Winnipeg. What are believed to be the world’s first crokicurl games were played at The Forks on Friday, with more people joining in the new activity Saturday. “It was a lot of fun,” said Cameron Langedock, who brought his wife ...

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Could this massive burbot break an Ontario record?

An Orillia angler says he has caught what could be an Ontario record burbot. On Jan. 24, Sebastien Roy says he was ice fishing on Lake Simcoe with a buddy, looking for some whitefish. Roy, 32, said the spot they had planned on fishing was open water, so they had to make an adjustment. “It’s kind of luck as we ended up fishing ...

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CBC crew hits pothole, gets flat tire while gathering video of pothole problem

Potholes are destroying tires on a number of busy thoroughfares in the St. John’s and Mount Pearl areas — even a CBC crew was taken out of commission by one.  On Friday morning, a CBC crew out gathering video of some serious potholes inadvertently hit one – causing a flat tire. The crew had to call a towing company.  They’re not alone. Potholes have ...

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‘We get the weirdest requests’: Edmonton puppet maker becomes marionette master

A guy comes to puppet maker with a stuffed deer head and asks, Can you make this thing talk? Turns out, yeah, sure. No problem. “We get the weirdest requests to build just anything,” says Brendan Boyd, artistic director of Odd-Lot Puppet Co., an Edmonton company that creates puppets, masks and elaborate disguises for film, television and stage productions, and for ...

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Pizza delivery driver’s car stolen, returned with full tank and used lotto ticket

A pizza delivery driver in St. John’s hopes an old lottery ticket will help find the thieves who stole his car in the middle of a snowstorm. Josh Cook was out in his own vehicle delivering pizzas late Friday night, when he was called to a home in the Springdale Street area. “Who steals a car and leaves it with more ...

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Disabled rooster loves his new wheelchair

It’s unusual to spot a rooster with deformed legs cruising around in a custom-fitted wheelchair, but hey, Louise is no ordinary bird. For starters, Louise’s name is a little odd for a rooster. He was mistaken for a hen when he was born on a chicken farm. It’s a good thing too, because most baby roosters are slaughtered. He benefited from ...

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Financial markets rattled at start of Trump’s 1st week as president

North American financial markets lost ground during President Donald Trump’s first full weekday in office, as the new U.S. administration signalled that it’s serious about upending the economic status quo. Monday’s developments included Trump’s formal withdrawal of the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, as well as his comment, made during a breakfast meeting with business leaders, that U.S. companies would ...

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Nova Scotia village hosts one of the smallest women’s marches, but it’s still mighty

The village of Sandy Cove, N.S., may have just 65 year-round residents but its voice is being heard by thousands around the world.  Gwen Quigley Wilson and Melissa Merritt, who both live in the area, wanted to join the millions of people who marched worldwide for women’s rights on Saturday, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.  But it’s a 2.5-hour drive to Halifax, where the biggest ...

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Raven rips up parking ticket in Yellowknife

A raven was caught on video plucking a parking ticket off the windshield of a car in downtown Yellowknife on Thursday, and the videographer says she saw the bird “shred it.” It’s unclear if the raven was disputing the ticket or just hungry. Annemieke Mulders posted the video on Facebook. “I watched the little monster take the ticket from under the ...

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