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Meet Steve, the curious ribbon of purplish light discovered in Alberta skies

Alberta sky watchers chasing the northern lights have partnered with scientists on the discovery of a curious ribbon of purplish light that everyone is calling “Steve.” The feature is attracting attention for its unexpected name, as well as the way it was discovered, said Eric Donovan, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Calgary.   “It looks a ...

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Heat or housing? Twitter battle erupts between Manitoba, Vancouver police vying for recruits

Police forces in Vancouver and Manitoba are having a tongue-in-cheek battle on Twitter for recruits. It started with the Vancouver Police Department posting photos of officers on horses on a beach, aerial images of a lush green landscape and boats docked in a marina, and the police marine unit in patrol boats. Under the photos, the VPD tweeted their condolences ...

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Prison guard smuggled drugs in Kinder Eggs

A guard who admitted to smuggling drugs hidden in chocolate eggs into an RCMP detachment in Saskatchewan has been sentenced to three years in prison. Bonny Maddaford, 45, pleaded guilty last month to trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana and breach of trust. Maddaford worked at the RCMP rural detachment in Yorkton and used Kinder Eggs to pass marijuana, cocaine, tobacco and money ...

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That image of unicorn frappuccino hair all over the internet? It’s from Winnipeg

A Winnipeg hairstylist is turning heads in international style magazines after whipping up a hairstyle that bears a more-than-passing resemblance to a highly Instagram-able new drink. Kelly O’Leary-Woodford is the mastermind behind the “unicorn frappuccino” hairstyle, named for the colourful limited-edition beverage from Starbucks that recently made a splash on social media feeds everywhere. Since creating the look and posting a ...

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Dodge, duck, dip, dive: National dodgeball team tryouts hit Halifax

Canada’s top dodgeball athletes are at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax competing in a tournament for spots on the national team. “We have a men’s team looking to defend a gold medal and a women’s team looking to capture a gold and recoup from their silver medal loss this year,” said Victor Gravil, who coaches both the men’s and women’s national teams. “We’ve ...

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MUN prof inspires robots on new episode of Doctor Who

A swarm of tiny robots that’ll be featured on this weekend’s episode of Doctor Who is named after a professor at Memorial University in St. John’s.  Andrew Vardy, who teaches computer science and electrical engineering, is the namesake for Vardies — a cluster of robots that The Doctor will encounter on the British sci-fi show Saturday. “I was tickled pink. It makes sense. ...

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North America’s most breathtaking places: Havana, Mexico City… Red Deer?

At the Mayan ruins of Tulum in southern Mexico, the warm breeze caresses your skin as you look out onto the turquoise-hued waters of the Caribbean. In Old Havana, Cuba, the crumbling majesty of an earlier time fuels your imagination as old cars, lovingly maintained by locals on this island nation roll by. In Red Deer, well, there’s more to it ...

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Coolest fort ever? Edmonton students get creative with cardboard

A box is just a box… or is it? On Wednesday, a group of Edmonton elementary students were tasked with turning cardboard boxes into something much more fun: an entire city. Back for a second year, the assignment was based on the popular children’s book Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis. The book follows a rabbit who shows how a box can become anything ...

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Worst behaviour: Woman breaks into Drake’s California home, raids fridge

New Deputies found the fan inside a locked room surrounded by opened water, pop bottles The Associated Press Posted: Apr 19, 2017 10:54 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017 10:56 AM ET Related Stories Talk about worst behaviour. Authorities say a thirsty intruder was arrested at Drake’s Southern California house, but the woman apparently did nothing but drink the rapper’s ...

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