VIDEO: The CBC Community Weekly Webcast, August 24
Kick back and spend a few minutes watching our weekly webcast and you'll be well-primed to chat about the most notable happenings in news this week.
Our top stories include Prime Minister Harper's new national park announcement, Prince Harry's nude photo scandal, the birth of 'Chavril,' a hover bike, and Gangnam style.
If you prefer your news in text form, Here are this week's top five stories as deemed by the CBC News Community editorial team:
1. A new national park Prime Minister Stephen Harper wraps up his five-day tour of the Canadian North today. He visited communities in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and northern Manitoba.
It was his seventh such trip as Prime Minister and, not surprisingly, some major announcements were made. These included the creation of Canada's 44th national park.
Naats'ihch'oh National Park Reserve covers 4,850 square kilometers in the Northwest Territories - a space about 85 per cent the size of P.E.I.
Many within the CBC Community were excited by the news, but the unusual shape of the designated park land had some members criticizing Harper. Critics say the new doughnut-shaped park excluded precious mineral reserves, which may be mined at a later date.
What do you think about this new national park?
2. Prince Harry photo scandal
Across the pond, another prominent figure got his countrymen talking - along with almost everybody else in the world!
Prince Harry was the subject of much tabloid fodder this week. Nude photos of the young royal surfaced online while he vacationed in Las Vegas.
Celebrity website TMZ reported that Harry and a few pals had been playing strip pool in a hotel room when the photos were taken. A spokesman for the prince confirms that the photos are legitimate, but Britain's royal family has yet to comment.
This scandal comes at almost the same time his brother Prince William was reported to have rescued an injured Ontario hiker in Northern Wales.
The two stories emphasize the good brother / bad brother angle often played up by British tabloids. So, we decided to ask the CBC Community which brother they prefer.
The results of our poll were split almost straight down the middle.
As it stands, 36.49 per cent prefer William, 36.83 per cent prefer Harry, and 14 per cent of voters chose Kate Middleton. The remainder was undecided.
3. Chavril is born.
It was a story that rocked Canadian music fans this week.
Ontario-born pop singer Avril Lavigne and Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger of Alberta announced their engagement. Their wedding plans sparked a flurry of outcry, interest and mocking on Twitter.
Deciding that Canada's new powerful couple must have a Brangelina-esque name, the Twitterverse got creative. They landed on Chavril:
See the best of our Chavril meme roundup here.
Our number one story on the CBC Community blog this week was inspired by footage of a high-tech "hover vehicle" that went viral.
The video was filmed by engineers in the Mojave Desert. The flying vehicle had the web comparing it to everything from a "real life Star Wars speeder bike" to the future of robot cattle herding.
We spoke to the CEO of Aerofex, the company behind this technology and learned that it's actually just a proof-of-concept craft engineers are using to develop larger, unmanned heavy-lifting drones.
That said, the technology is still very very cool.
While Aerofex says they have no plans to commercialize this device, others do. One Australian engineer is offering to build motorcycle-like hover bike prototypes of his own for approximately $80,000.
5. Gangnam Style continues to go gangbusters.
And finally, it's the story that keeps on going.
If you haven't seen PSY's Gangnam Style music video yet, it's probably time to give in and listen. It's quickly become this summer's most infectious viral sensation.
The South Korean rapper has become internationally known after Gangnam Style took off online. Millions around the globe have become obsessed with his moves, style and music. He's reportedly even in talks with Justin Bieber's management to collaborate on a song.
We rounded up some of our favorite Gangnam style memes and spinoffs in a Storify post last week. And as buzz continues to build around PSY, the post continues to be one of our most viewed stories.
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