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Car-licking moose prompts warning in southern Alberta

Watch out for moose who like to lick vehicles. That’s a warning from the Alberta government for people visiting Peter Lougheed Provincial Park about 130 kilometres southeast of Calgary. Alberta Parks says moose are on the trails at Chester Lake and Burstall Pass and are coming into the trailhead parking lots to lick salt off the sides of vehicles. The ...

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51,468 bulbs light up lawn for Christmas charity

There are 51,468 bulbs in Dany and Catherine Falle’s front yard this year. That’s up from a paltry 47,640 last year.   And they all come together in a spectacle unlike anything else in the family’s Lincoln, N.B., neighbourhood.  “Our light bill is usually between $200 and $300 more than it usually is,” Dany said. “But it should be less this year, even though there’s ...

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Pack of ‘savage squirrels’ takes out holiday lights at Toronto square

A pack of furry, pint-sized grinches have stolen the Christmas spirit from Mel Lastman Square. The trees and the skaters are still there, but they’re no longer bathed in the glow of the season — something Coun. John Filion blames on some particularly crafty squirrels.    The squirrels have been chewing through the wires holding up lights that normally decorate the North York park’s trees, ...

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Budding artist uses maple leaf to win Hockey Canada contest

A 10-year-old artist from St. John’s has won the right to have her hockey helmet design worn by a Team Canada goalie at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto.  Lauryn Collett won the online voting-based contest in late November.  “I was so excited,” she told CBC News. “My parents came in at school during lunch and they told me in front of ...

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Family says bye to lost bear cub who made himself at home

A family in New Brunswick has said goodbye to “Buddy” the bear after taking the abandoned cub into their home and stuffing him with strawberries, marshmallows and sugary cereal. Jeremy Hallihan said the sweet-toothed bear was sent to an animal rescue centre Saturday following a stay that lasted about a week at the family’s home in Parker Ridge, roughly an ...

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Grandmother aims to be 3rd generation black belt in family

Hannah Fraser is a 72-year-old Halifax grandmother who can snap a board in two with the palm of her hand. And that’s just one of the tasks she’ll have to do during her black belt test on Saturday. If she passes, she’ll join her daughter, granddaughter, son-in-law and grandson in wearing a black belt. Hanna Fraser breaks a board in ...

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