Offbeat

Fox pants, fish tales and mammoth bones: CBC North’s best animal stories of 2016

Everybody loves a good critter story and in the North, amazing animal tales are truly one of our greatest natural resources. Some are comic, others tragic, heart-warming, awe-inspiring, or simply baffling.  And many of them could only happen in Canada’s North. Here’s a look back at some of our wildest — and most popular — animal stories from the past year. ...

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7 planes and still not home: N.B. woman ‘stranded’ at Montreal airport

All Rachel Lelinko wants is to get home to her family in Fredericton. She has almost made it — twice. Lelinko has been flying in and out of Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, her three-year-old son Caelen in tow, since Thursday morning, after a series of flight cancellations and diversions.  “I think in total we have taken seven flights since yesterday morning, and ...

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Sookie the dog escapes snare to rejoin Shellbrook, Sask., family on Christmas Eve

Shannon Hamilton figured that Sookie was a goner. The two-year-old great Pyrenees vanished from her Shellbrook, Sask., acreage on Dec. 21. Sookie always wandered the countryside with her brother Nanook. But on that day, Nanook came home alone. After a couple days, Hamilton resigned herself to the notion she had lost her dog to coyotes. But then, on Christmas Eve, she ...

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Man steals ATM in stolen loader, slow-speed police chase ensues

A man is in custody after a front-end loader was spotted driving through north Edmonton with a stolen ATM in its bucket. Police say the man used the loader to break into the Cash Canada pawnshop, located at the corner of 50th Street and 127th Avenue early Friday morning, before chaining up their ATM and yanking it out of the store.  But, apparently, ...

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Oxford Companion to Cheese leaves few holes in story of ancient food

Cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza, according to a new reference book edited by a Vermont professor. The more than 850 entries in The Oxford Companion to Cheese, from Oxford University Press, cover ancient and modern cheesemaking traditions, varieties worldwide, and cultural and historical influences from British comedy troupe ...

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‘Rainbow lobster’ leads contest for craziest crustacean

Social media users are casting their “likes” for photos of exotic lobsters in an online contest that has a multitude of multicoloured, oversized and extra-limbed critters clawing to be crowned the craziest crustacean. A car dealership based in southwest Nova Scotia put out a call on its Facebook page earlier this month for snapshots of curious catches, as a gesture of support for ...

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Temporary Jesus statue head back in hands of Sudbury artist

A temporary statue head that raised eyebrows across the world is back in the hands of the artist who created it, according to the church’s priest. “The artist asked to have it returned to her,” said Gerald Lajeunesse, the priest of Sainte-Anne Des Pins Catholic Church in downtown Sudbury, Ont. “The reason she gave was, ‘this is my most famous piece of art,'” he ...

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