Monthly Archives: March 2018

Newfoundlander finds homegrown solution for BBQ brush health hazard

Jason Janes stands outside George’s Ski World in Steady Brook, one of the retailers that sells his barbecue scrapers. (JuniperBBQScraper/Facebook) Jason Janes really loves to barbecue. He can be found behind one of the three outside grills at his home in the Humber Valley on Newfoundland’s west coast a few times a week, and he keeps things sizzling all year long. “I love ...

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Five Calgary city councillors talk about their real names

Calgary city councillors talk about why they don’t use their real names. (CBC) Calgarians might be surprised to learn that five city councillors do not use their real names. It’s a curious thing, given that in politics your name often becomes part of your brand.  Are these elected officials not being true to themselves? Or are they just going with ...

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'Its hooves came within 6 inches of my eyes,' Quebec senior says of terrifying encounter with ox

Laura Chouinard maintains an active lifestyle, running five miles a day and training for a half-marathon. (Serge J.O. Gallant/Submitted by Laura Chouinard) Last Tuesday, innkeeper Laura Chouinard set off on her afternoon run with her dog, Princess. It was a typically crisp winter day in Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia, a quiet village in Quebec’s Gaspé region. Soon, though, as Chouinard told CBC Radio’s Quebec AM, ...

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Distressed seabird rallies after dinner and a warm bed in Newfoundland home

The Newfoundland couple who found the Great Cormorant in their garden had to force food down its gullet. They say don’t try it if you don’t know what you’re doing. (Dennis Minty Photography) When Antje Springman and Dennis Minty spotted something huddled under the honeysuckle shrub outside their home along a river bank in Conception Bay North, they thought it was one of their chickens in ...

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Mickey Mouse display earns Canadian balloon twisting team 5 world awards

This display showing Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as Romeo and Juliet was created by the Canadian balloon twisting team for a global competition held March 14 to 17 in California. (Canada’s Twisted Team) A Romeo and Juliet display depicting Mickey and Minnie Mouse created out of thousands of balloons earned the Canadian balloon twisting team five technical difficulty awards ...

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How a package to 'a farm situated up a long drive with cows' got to its destination

Tammie McGrath, manager of Cust Service Centre, received this package addressed to Kay and Phil ‘on a farm situated up a long drive with cows opposite Cust pub or thereabouts.’ (Submitted by Tammie McGrath) Like any dedicated mail carrier who slogs through inclement weather to deliver your Amazon order, Tammie McGrath will stop at nothing to get a parcel to its ...

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How a $5 roadside tortoise turned into a Halifax icon

Carrie Drake, naturalist interpreter at the Museum of Natural History, carries Gus, the resident gopher tortoise, as he celebrates his 90th birthday at the museum in Halifax on Aug. 12, 2012. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press) At 95 years old, Gus is slow-moving. But that’s in his nature, seeing as he’s a gopher tortoise. And although he’s often sitting idle in his ...

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79-year-old ballet dancer finds way to live out childhood dream

Fay Richardson, 79, says she has thought about quitting ballet before, but her younger classmates encourage her to keep dancing. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News) As a child, Fay Richardson wanted to dance, with the grace and movement of ballet captivating her. “There just seemed to be a freedom in the ability to use your body that way,” she recalled. Fay Richardson ...

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Bomb scare at Windsor cultural centre turns out to be forgotten ghost-hunting device

An Electromagnetic Field Sensor caused a bomb scare at Mackenzie Hall. (Melissa Nakhavoly/CBC) It turns out a small black box with a dangling red wire and little blue light investigated by Windsor’s bomb squad Tuesday isn’t actually dangerous — at least to the living. The Windsor Police Explosives Disposal Unit were called to Mackenzie Hall around 7:15 p.m. to investigate a suspicious package. Police ...

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