Offbeat

Canadian anthem singer giggles but Justin Smoak isn’t laughing

Every singer has their own style, but when it comes to belting a national anthem at a sporting event, it’s best to stick to the script. Canadian singer-songwriter Jocelyn Alice kicked off the Canadian anthem at the MLB All-Star Game with her own unique tone. But when she giggled after “God keep our land,” it seemed to strike a chord with ...

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Edmonton restaurant’s washroom named national finalist in lavish loo contest

A Japanese restaurant in Edmonton has landed on a list of best loos in Canada. Dorinku Izakaya, which translates to “drink” in Japanese, is a Tokyo street-food-inspired bar and kitchen on Whyte Avenue. After a few sake bombs, guests can stroll down a hallway lined with Anime figurines to the bathroom, which has a serene vibe with dark wood panels and bright green light fixtures.  ...

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Saskatchewan’s only lighthouse gets a facelift

The Cochin, Sask., lighthouse is receiving some overdue renovations, but it means the loss of memories etched into its sides. The lighthouse — yes, there is a lighthouse in Saskatchewan — sits atop a picturesque hill, overlooking Jackfish Lake. Visitors climb 152 steps to the top, and many sign their names when they get there. Saskatchewan couples have been engaged at the lighthouse, and later have taken ...

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Troop of monkeys invades Florida man’s backyard

more stories from this episode Brian Pritchard was hoping to catch some pictures of deer feeding from his new feeder, but instead he snapped a troop of wild Rhesus monkeys feasting on the food. When Pritchard bought his property in Ocala, Fla., six months ago beside Silver Springs State Park he knew that seeing the occasional monkey sighting was possible. He didn’t expect for upwards of 50 monkeys ...

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Turtle crawls from rubble after fire destroys Flin Flon apartment block

A five-year-old turtle believed dead in a fire that destroyed an apartment building crawled away from the rubble and was reunited with its owner on Sunday night. Leonardo the turtle escaped the blaze with little injury, shocking his owner Loreena Hrechka, who lost everything she owned in the fire. “There was caked-on debris and burnt stuff, but his shell wasn’t burnt. I ...

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Gluten-free bread is toast at holy communion: Vatican

The Vatican has outlawed gluten-free bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Roman Catholic mass, but says low-gluten hosts can be used — so long as there is enough protein in the wheat to make it without additives. For some Calgary-area Catholics, the ruling is being taken with a grain of salt. According to the Holy See, the new rules — ...

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Hundreds brag about their top speeds on RCMP post about 173 km/h traffic stop

A Manitoba RCMP Facebook post sending a message about a serious speeding incident took a strange turn as hundreds of people started posting their own top speeds on the police agency’s site. On Thursday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba Facebook page put up a post about a driver caught on Highway 6 going significantly faster than the speed limit. Officers ...

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City birds use cigarette butts to ward off ticks

more stories from this episode Mexico City has a ton of unique and interesting sights worth seeing, but you know what might be most overlooked? The bird nests. Weird, right? Well the house finches in Mexico City have picked up a bad habit. They’ve been collecting cigarettes, or at least the used butts from them, and incorporating them into their ...

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‘It’s just buzzing’: Homemade go-karts ready to race in St. Labre, Man.

Organizers call it a backyard party for 1,200. If you want to be specific, the St. Labre 200 is a 200-lap, homemade go-kart race on a quarter-mile of dirt track in St. Labre, Man. — a community about 100 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg — where competitors race in rigs they build themselves in the 30 hours before the starter’s pistol fires. This year, that’s ...

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Going in style: Have these builders made Yukon’s fanciest outhouses?

Some simple plywood shacks would have sufficed, but Bret Heebink and Sean Mather had something else in mind.  “It’s Dr.Seuss-like,” says Heebink of his creation, which has a roof that slopes with a curve.  The Whitehorse contractors just put the finishing touches on two new outhouses that will be installed in Carcross, near the popular bike trails on Montana Mountain. Heebink and Mather ...

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