Offbeat

Plastered ‘pig’ sent to pen after failed robbery at Brandon store

A drunk man tried to live high off the hog, but instead the boor was sent to the pen, say Brandon police. Police were called to a store on 18th St. N on Friday at about 5:20 p.m. Officers found a man wandering the floor in a pig costume he had stolen from the store and decided to don. After getting ...

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Move over, pumpkin spice latte: Safeway offering eggnog in September

It was nearly dinnertime at Randall Friesen’s home in Wetaskiwin, Alta,, when his wife came home from Safeway and plunked a carton of eggnog on the table earlier this week. “I don’t know what to think,” Friesen said. “Even the cashier was surprised.” Friesen, who prefers to mix his ‘nog with Coke, counts himself as a big fan of the ...

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Anne and Gilbert, please meet Anne and Gilbert

A real life Anne and Gilbert are spending their vacation in P.E.I. this week learning all about the other Anne and Gilbert, the popular characters from the book, Anne of Green Gables.  As a girl, Anne Hamilton said she read the book and wondered if someday she’d meet a man like Gilbert Blythe.  It turns she did. She met Gilbert Hamilton when she ...

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Something borrowed, something corporate: Moose Jaw couple seeks sponsorships to pay for nuptials

Seeking corporate and private sponsorships to help pay for your wedding opens up all kinds of possibilities. But groom-to-be Jason Mielke has his limits. He probably won’t be branding the wedding dress of his wife-to-be Rebecca Winter Hansen with an “ACME” stamp or anything. “I don’t know if we’re going to go that far,” said Mielke. “I have seen pictures from ...

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‘Just call us snake whisperers’: Saskatoon police get their reptile

A boa constrictor that slithered its way into Saskatoon police custody is recovering well from her brief adventure, according to the local snake wrangler who is talking care of her.   Police got the unusual call on Sunday evening. A large snake, it turns out, was making its way down a rural section of Eighth Street, just east of the city.  The ...

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‘Lil’ Floof the seagull hatched on library roof becomes unofficial mascot

Halifax Central Library is touted as a place that’s about more than books, and that definitely proved true this summer.  It turns out, it’s a great place for birds. Well, two in particular.  Staff first noticed a seagull spending a lot of time sitting around in one spot on the library rooftop. It was next to a vent, on vegetation, in ...

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Peek inside a mysterious private collection of impeccably maintained treasures hidden in Alberta

You may have heard whispers of a gem of a museum tucked underground in the foothills outside Cochrane, Alta. But getting there is a bit of a mystery, and so is getting in.  One does not simply pull up to the family ranch of Ian MacGregor and ask to view the comprehensive collection of more than 500 impeccably maintained and restored treasures ...

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Sides agree to stop monkeying around in macaque selfie copyright suit

Monkey see. Monkey sue. Monkey settle. Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they asserted the animal owned the copyright to selfie photos it had shot with a photographer’s camera. Under the deal, the photographer agreed to donate 25 per cent of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting ...

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Frank prank dogs Corner Brook mayor running for re-election

Corner Brook mayoral candidate (and incumbent) Charles Pender wants to be the winner in the upcoming municipal election. In the meantime, he’s putting up with a lot of wieners — stuck in his election signs and on his car. Pender says the trouble started the morning after nomination day; someone cut holes in his signs and stuck wieners in his mouth. “A ...

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Wild moose chase ends with tranquillizer near Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field

A moose that’s been on the loose in Winnipeg since Friday morning is now in custody after Manitoba Conservation officers tranquillized it in a field near the University of Manitoba. Police set up a blockade on Chancellor Matheson Road in south Winnipeg, creating lineups as football fans headed to Investors Group Field for Saturday’s Banjo Bowl match between the Winnipeg ...

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