Offbeat

Hundreds of 'perfectly good boots' trashed at Yellowknife dump, people snatch them up

Walt Humphries said close to a hundred pairs of lightly used steel-toe boots were up for grabs at the Yellowknife dump this week. Now they’re almost gone. (Submitted by Walt Humphries) A heap of black, yellow and orange boots at the Yellowknife dump caused a buzz among local residents — so much so that seemingly, within a week of being thrown out, most ...

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Mint's newest coin showcases famous Falcon Lake UFO encounter in Manitoba

The new coin from the Royal Canadian Mint depicts Stefan Michalak after a close encounter in 1967 at Falcon Lake. (Royal Canadian Mint) One could be forgiven for describing the mint’s newest coin as rather otherworldly. The Royal Canadian Mint’s newest offering features Manitoba’s most famous UFO encounter, which happened in 1967 when Stefan Michalak went looking for precious metals near Falcon ...

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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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