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Re: Who owns the North Pole? Canada owns the North Pole.

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Wednesday: Cuba - US relations restored, Rehtaeh Parsons named, "The Interview" premiere cancelled, and more...

Wednesday: Cuba - US relations restored, Rehtaeh Parsons named,
The U.S. announces it's restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba -- but the new feeling of international unity is proving divisive...Nova Scotia's Attorney General loosens a publication ban -- and tonight, Leah Parsons can talk openly about her late daughter, Rehtaeh...and a movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un doesn't immediately suggest hilarity -- and after disturbing threats from hackers about "The Interview", no one's laughing.

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'A very emotional day': Rehtaeh Parsons' mother on decision to allow publication of Rehtaeh's name

'A very emotional day': Rehtaeh Parsons' mother on decision to allow publication of Rehtaeh's name

This morning, the Attorney General of Nova Scotia announced that she'd made a big decision in relation to the case of Rehtaeh Parsons -- now we can say her name. Attorney General Lena Diab says anyone who publishes Rehtaeh's name won't be prosecuted, provided the name is used with respect.

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Writer proves Hanukkah dreidel game is boring, invents "speed" version

Writer proves Hanukkah dreidel game is boring, invents
It's Hanukkah. That means it's time to dig out the dreidels, dust them off and take them for a spin. One writer, however, has a radical proposal. Ben Blatt has crunched the numbers, and played enough games of dreidel to conclude that the game is in fact incredibly boring.

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Tuesday: Dalhousie investigation, Vatican nuns, speed dreidel, and more...

Tuesday: Dalhousie investigation, Vatican nuns, speed dreidel, and more...
Students and faculty at Dalhousie University are stunned when a Facebook group -- made up of male students sharing misogynistic and disturbing comments about women -- is unmasked...A new Vatican report into U.S. nuns strikes a more conciliatory tone towards their social-justice activities, after a previous report questioned the nuns' actions...and for a game that spins tops, it can be agonizingly slow. So one man has come up with "speed dreidels," to help Hanukkah parties end on time.

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Could Canada's housing market mimic oil's sudden, steep decline?

Could Canada's housing market mimic oil's sudden, steep decline?

You think the steep drop in oil prices has been tough on the Canadian economy? Just wait until you see what rising interest rates do to the housing market, warns business journalist Don Pittis.

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Amazon removes book for excessive use of hyphens

Amazon removes book for excessive use of hyphens
On Sunday, things were looking up for British author Graeme Reynolds. His recent novel High Moor 2: Moonstruck was getting good reviews and selling well on Amazon since it was published last March. Needless to say, he had no warning of the editorial storm that was about to erupt.

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'Bone Button Borscht' -- a seasonal reading by Barbara Budd

'Bone Button Borscht' -- a seasonal reading by Barbara Budd

In honour of the beginning of Hanukkah, it's time once again for our reading of the story "Bone Button Borscht" by former As it Happens co-host, Barbara Budd.

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Monday: Australia hostage, Gone with the Wind, "Eat More Kale", and more...

Monday: Australia hostage, Gone with the Wind,

For 16 hours, a gunman held people hostage in a Sydney, Australia café. Now, two of those hostages are dead, and so is the man who held them captive...When Gone With The Wind premiered in Atlanta, Butterfly McQueen and her black co-stars weren't able to attend -- despite, it turns out, the lobbying of David O. Selznick himself...and an epic trademark battle pits a T-shirt designer who paid tribute to a barely edible green vegetable against an American fast-food giant -- and today, that designer is heaving a sigh of re-leafiness.

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Is the North Pole in Denmark? Danish officials say so, and a Canadian says they're on solid ground

Is the North Pole in Denmark? Danish officials say so, and a Canadian says they're on solid ground
Today, the government of Denmark filed its claim to the North Pole with the UN Convention on the Laws of the Sea. And Ron MacNab, a former consultant to the commission and member of the Geological Survey of Canada, says the Danes actually have a good case.

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Jury member turns critic of Canadian communism memorial

Jury member turns critic of Canadian communism memorial
Shirley Blumberg was a member of the jury that picked the design for the national capital's planned new National Memorial to Victims of Communism. Now the Toronto architect is questioning the project from the ground on up. She says, "I'm deeply troubled by the selection of the site for this monument."

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