2013

 

This is That's Top Stories of 2013

It's that time of year again when we look back on the year that was and reflect on all the stories that never happened....

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2 long lost brothers reunited because of letter written to Santa over 30 years ago

This is That presents 'The Christmas Letter' - a holiday story almost too Christmas-y to be true:After librarian Dorothy Shunt finds an old letter written...

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'Happy Holidays' Ban, Y2K Prepper, the Hockey Fight Solution, International Snow Championships

This week on This Is That: - We speak with a watchdog group that is encouraging people to stop using the phrase 'Happy Holidays' as...

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How one Ontario hockey league put an end to the hockey fighting debate forever

Hockey Commissioner Don Verdun has come up with an idea that could potentially put an end to the debate over fighting hockey forever. In his...

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Canadian snow fails to medal at International Snow Championships

Every year, hundreds of teams from all over the world to gather to compete at the International Snow Championships to determine which country has the...

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Man emerges from bunker 14 years after Y2K scare

January 1, 2000 was the day that our computers were meant to fail us and change our lives forever. It was also the day that...

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Watchdog deems phrase 'Happy Holidays' extremely offensive

As the Holidays approach, with them brings the confusion over what is the politically correct way to give someone a seasonal greeting. Many employers have...

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Legal Age of Adults, Canada's King of Infomercials, Bicycle Paramedic, Provincial Spying

This week on This Is That: - The president of the Federal Association of Parents released a statement this week stating that 18 is not...

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Silent war between Canadian provinces fueled by spies

In his one part documentary, Peter Oldring lifts the curtain on provincial espionage. Learn about the hundreds of unassuming individuals lurking in the shadows of...

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California paramedic told he can no longer use his bicycle as an ambulance

In an attempt to be more environmentally conscious, California paramedic Foster Newman refused to drive an ambulance instead he believed his "bicycle was, like, a...

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Politician says Canadians under 25 should not be considered adults

The president of the Federal Association of Parents, Mary Lender, released a statement this week stating that 18 is not old enough for a person...

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Canada's King of Infomercials calls it quits

After 45 years of selling his inventions on TV, the man once known as "the guy who could sell communism to Regan" has decided to...

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5 finalists announced in 2013 Listener Headline Challenge

Hello Friends of This Is That, Over the past couple of days we've had an absolute blast pouring over the hundreds of entries we received...

BC Bag Ban, Data Entry Camp, Political Face Tattoo, Canadian Trade Accent Training

This week on This Is That: - After successfully implementing a ban on the use of plastic bags, the town of Millmine, British Columbia says...

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Canadian industry delegates learn to speak with British accent to improve trade relations

Canada's Commission for International Trade has hired top level consultant Ronald Theodore to help bolster Canada's trade relations with the United Kingdom. Mr. Theodore believes...

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Summer camp caught making kids perform data entry work

For many Canadian children summer camp is a place where they can participate in new activities, grow in character, and most importantly, have fun. Unfortunately...

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BC town bans use of every kind of bag including reusable ones

After successfully implementing a ban on the use of plastic bags, the town of Millmine, British Columbia says it is now time for reusable bags...

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Ontario politician shocks her constituents by getting face tattoo

Long-time Ajax, Ontario City Councilor Janet Monroe turned more than a few heads this week with her unusual decision to get Niagara Falls tattooed on...

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Banff Alberta Canada, Montana; Kissing Military Robot, Karachi, Man Snow Blows Across Canada

This week on This Is That: - We talk to a representative from a Montana town that changed their name to Banff Alberta Canada, to...

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Man attempts to snow blow one single path across Canada

After going through some "pretty crappy emotional stuff," Neil Carter has set out on what he is calling a 'Canadian walkabout.' In this documentary, Pat...

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Has Canada's greatest hypnotist 'Karachi' lost his power?

During this interview, Canada's most legendary hypnotist Karachi attempts to place host Pat Kelly under his spell. The results are less than impressive....

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Department of National Defence developing a robot that can kiss

In an interview with This is That, Lyle Curtis from the Department of National Defence warned that Canada is falling behind in the military robotics...

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Town in Montana changes its name to Banff Alberta Canada

When you think of Banff, Alberta, Canada one word comes to mind: Majestic. This is exactly why the town of Kirby, Montana has decided to...

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Get your story idea on This Is That in the Listener Headline Challenge

The This Is That Listener Headline Challenge is back! For the second year in a row we are asking the Canadian listening public* to submit...

American tourist gun law, money saving expert, spacecraft 'Gordie' returns, 2nd Canadian Anthem

This week on This Is That: - Pat Kelly speaks with a House Republican who says that visitors to the United States should have a...

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Canadian music producer commissioned to create 2nd National Anthem

Without question, 25 time Juno Nominee Howie Turtle is Canada's most accomplished music producer, which is exactly why the Canadian Council for Music has approached...

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Money saving expert a nervous wreck in CBC Radio interview

This is That host Peter Oldring earned his paycheck this week while struggling to get his guest, Rhonda Chalmers to speak. Brought on the show...

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Lost Canadian space craft 'Gordie' returns to Earth after 43 years in space

No one was more excited than former Canadian Space Agency engineer Larry Burnbaum to learn that the spacecraft known as  "Gordie" is coming home to...

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Gun safety training could soon be mandatory for visitors to United States

It's no secret that the topic of gun control in the United States is a contentious issue. It seems, however, that this issue may soon...

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Species Not in Danger List, youth employment advice, Sistine Chapel fiasco, notable Canadian cemetery

This week on This Is That: - Peter Oldring speaks with a Nova Scotia MP that feels that Canada should develop a list of species...

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Retiree has a dream of building the 'Père Lachaise Cemetery' of Canada

One of the most famous cemeteries in the world is the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Buried there are notables such as Edith Piaf, Oscar...

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Expert's advice for young people struggling to find work: 'Invest in a briefcase'

Between to two of them, Nancy Feldman and Herb Sutcliff have over 85 years experience working in Canada. Pat Kelly speaks with them to learn...

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Canadian bounced from Sistine Chapel for gesture deemed lewd

A trip of a lifetime to Italy quickly turned into a nightmare for Albert Hill and his 90 year old mother who is hard of...

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Politician says Canada needs a list for species that are NOT in danger of becoming endangered

By now most Canadians are aware of the Endangered Species List which highlights the animal species that are threatened and in danger of going extinct....

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Niagara tree leaves, Daylight Saving disaster, youthful Parliament Hill words, Medicine Hat School of Medicine

This week on This Is That: - Pat Kelly speaks with a Niagara-on-the-Lake city councillor about the town's new bylaw that requires all tree owners...

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Medicine Hat School of Medicine graduates doctors after just 3 months

In his documentary "Doctors Are The Best Medicine," Peter Oldring visits the new Medicine Hat School of Medicine to understand more about their intensive 3...

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Daylight saving expert says Saskatchewan's lack of participation is unforgivable

Without question one of the most confusing events of fall is daylight saving. Earlier this week Peter Oldring spoke with "expert" Dr. Karl Galbarth to...

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To make politics more appealing to youth, MP says political terminology needs a "bodacious" makeover

Getting youth engaged in politics has always been a challenge, which got George Glendale an MP for Oshawa West thinking. He feels that that the...

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Niagara tree owners now expected to rake up their leaves no matter where they land

Raking up leaves is one of the more tedious chores of fall and for those with many trees, the task can seem endless....

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Total weight airline, Quickie Lube Literary Prize, fish walks, Group of 7 conspiracy

This week on This Is That: - We speak with the CEO of North Gulf Air, an American discount airline that will let you fly...

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Were the Group of Seven messengers for a secret society?

The Group of Seven are celebrated as some of the greatest painters Canada has ever known, but there are people out there who believe that...

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Vancouver Aquarium first to take fish for walks

Earlier this month the Vancouver Aquarium rolled out a new program that some are hailing as a game changer in regards to the standards of...

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In a surprise move, CBC radio program discusses books

Often overlooked, the Quickie Lube Horizon Literary Prize recognizes some of the average works of Canadian literature, awarding $1000 to the winner. Peter Oldring chats...

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Airline to start charging passengers for their total body and luggage weight

Earlier this week, North Gulf Air based out of Atlanta GA announced they will now be charging passengers for not only the weight of their...

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National Gallery for kids, rural Royal, 'Weird Al' of Canadian Poetry, parental Sex Ed

This week on This Is That: - Pat Kelly speaks with the new consultant to the National Gallery of Canada who is trying make the...

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Saskatchewan man discovers he is member of British Royal Family

This week, 56-year-old fork lift operator Ted Horner received a phone call many of us could only dream of. On the other end of the...

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Meet the 'Weird Al' of Canadian Poetry

Don Glassner has been the king of parody poetry for over 25 years. From E.E Cummings to Walt Whitman, no poet's work is safe from...

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Parents provide sexual education for graduating class at Calgary high school

To ensure that all parents and kids are on the same page when it comes to Sex Ed., Eastern Calgary High School requires that all...

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Kids to be permitted to touch art in National Gallery of Canada

Best known for transforming many of the country's science centres into high grossing family attractions, consultant Lonny Cartwright has been hired by The National Gallery...

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CBC News commenter wins argument, all other online commenters concede defeat

The normally combative atmosphere of the CBC News comment section reached a rare consensus after a particularly convincing opinion was expressed....

Canadian border guard bullies CBC Radio host

After suggesting that Canadian Border Service Agents have a tendency to be unfriendly, host Peter Oldring found himself on the receiving end of a verbal...

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Meet Canada's only aerobatic hot air balloon squadron

In this award winning documentary, Peter Oldring heads to Selkirk, Manitoba to experience the high flying adrenaline rush that is the The Joyeux Ballons....

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Hospital cafeteria in Kelowna nominated for prestigious Michelin star

After opening award-winning restaurants in Paris, New York and San Francisco, Chef Marcel Andre has set his sights on revolutionizing hospital food in Kelowna, B.C....

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CRTC clothing, hospital foodie, customs officer etiquette, hot air balloon Snowbirds

This week on This Is That: - Peter Oldring speaks with a representative of the CRTC about why in the new year Canadian high school...

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CRTC says 70% of our clothing needs to 'broadcast' Canadian content

Earlier this week The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission introduced a new initiative that will require Canadian high school students to wear clothing that reflects a...

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Canadian car horn language, Amateur Think Tank, small town bike share, crosswalk town crier

This week on This Is That: - Pat Kelly finds out the details of the Government of Canada's new universal language for automobile car horns...

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Amateur Think Tanks all the rage in Stainer, Ohio

City councilors in Stainer, Ohio have decided that perhaps the best way to solve some of the city's problems with 'out of the box' ideas...

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Town crier replaces audible pedestrian signals in Victoria

Meet Wayne Sheppard the self proclaimed "cross walk town crier" of Victoria, BC. Mr. Sheppard says that the standard audible pedestrian signals are "boring" and...

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Small town Alberta bike share program fails after the one bike goes missing

Harold Bruce had the best of intentions when he began a bike share program in Stettler, Alberta. However, what he didn't anticipate was just how...

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Gov't says Canada needs a universal language of car horn honks

In Canada, it is required by law that all motor vehicles have a horn. However, the message being communicated when someone honks their horn can...

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Quebec pants charter, corn maze nightmare, Loverboy police, door to door wrestling

This week on This Is That: - It is charter season in Quebec and Independent MP Serge Bourassa has put forward a proposal that would...

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Psychologist wrestles with his patients as form of therapy

Dr. Edward Feldman of Toronto, ON says the only way to get past emotional issues is by physically wresting with another human being. Listen here...

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Police officer suspended for putting novelty license plate on cruiser that reads 'LOVERBOY'

Dale Haggard has been suspended by the Mississauga Police Service for conduct they have deemed inappropriate. Listen here to find out why Officer Haggard thought...

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68 people get lost in corn maze for 24 hours

Nothing says autumn quite like the heavenly feeling of getting lost in a corn maze. But what would you do if your corn adventure turned...

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Politician proposes a new charter that would require all Quebecers wear the same pants

It is charter season in Quebec and Independent MP Serge Bourassa has put forward a proposal that he is calling La Chartre Des Pantalons Québécois....

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Paper Please, freeway food truck, Olympic fashion, Gary Bingo

This week on This Is That: -  This week The Paper Association of North America announced it would be launching a new ad campaign...

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Is this man the greatest Bingo caller of all time?

In his award winning documentary, Pat Kelly goes one-on-one with Gary Bingo: A bingo caller from Manitoba who is helping people get their lives back...

Former Olympic athlete makes Sochi fashion predictions

Canadian track star Bruce Holden loves the Olympics, but he loves fashion even more. Pat Kelly sat down with Holden to talk about what makes...

Paper industry begs people to use more paper

Over the past 10 years the digital revolution has dramatically reduced the amount of paper that we use. Last week The Paper Association of North...

LA food truck first to serve food while driving on freeway

When Kelly Levi, the owner of the Screaming Burrito food truck, realized no one was serving food while driving on the freeways of Los Angeles,...

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Notable Canadian text messages leaked: Stuart Mclean, Chris Hadfield, Elizabeth May & more

Everyone uses their phones to send text messages, even notable Canadians. Earlier this week, This Is That obtained several leaked messages from high profile Canucks...

Expectant father parking, HR honesty, world class city snub, The Oilman's Lament

This week on This Is That: - Concerned over parking conditions he deems "unacceptable and unfair," politician Roger Sinclair says its time for expectant fathers...

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Not one single Canadian city worthy of being considered "world class" says expert

This week, the Coalition of Global Cities released their list of World Class Cities and shockingly not one single Canadian city made the list. Listen...

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The Oilman's Lament - a Fort Mac documentary

Meet the people behind the boom in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Learn of their struggles as they fight to survive on an average income of only...

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HR department encourages employees to be brutally honest with each other

Ottawa's TGC Transport is employing an HR technique that they call the "face to face" method.Listen here to learn more about the technique and why...

10 Must-See Internet Lists Of The Internet This Week

People love sharing lists! And what's not to love? It's literally a collection of things that fit into an arbitrary category.  So unless you're social...

'Expectant fathers deserve priority parking,' says Regina politician

Concerned over parking conditions he deems "unacceptable and unfair," politician Roger Sinclair says its time for expectant fathers to have their own parking spaces within...

Profile: Canada's first and only male doula

Mothers swear by him, and he swears by mothers. Listen here to learn more about Lorrie Henderson's incredible journey to becoming the country's first male...

Meet the man who went unpaid as an intern for 35 years

After being offered an unpaid position as CEO of his company, Bill Marshall has had enough and is blowing the whistle on unpaid internships....

Due to budget cuts, Parks Canada explores charging a fee when wildlife is spotted

Earlier this week, Parks Canada announced that to combat budget cuts they received in 2012, they are toying with the idea of charging visitors to...

Parks Canada wildlife fee, no ball soccer, unpaid intern, male doula

This week on This Is That: Due to last years budget cuts, our national parks are in serious financial trouble. We talk with Parks Canada...

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This Is That Live in Ottawa - Oct. 3

We're pleased to announce that as part of the festivities happening around the 2013 Canadian Comedy Awards we'll be bringing This Is That LIVE to...

To ensure every child 'wins', Ontario athletic association removes ball from soccer

With the growing concern over the effects of competition in youth sports programs this summer, many Canadian soccer associations eliminated the concept of keeping score....

CBC introduces 10 new hosts for the 2013 - 14 season

Earlier this week the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced that this fall it will be introducing 10 new hosts to Canadians. (Update: They've now added two...

This Is That completely makes up Season 4

We're pleased to announce that Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring will be coming back this fall to CBC Radio One with 17 brand new episodes...

This Is That nominated for 2013 Canadian Comedy Award

For the third year in a row, the Canadian comedy community has nominated This Is That in the category of "Best Radio Program or Clip"...

This Is That Canada Day Special (Live from Canada)

For us here at This Is That, Canada Day is without question the most important holiday of the year. It is our New Year's Eve....

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Lester B. Pearson Voted Canada's Most Satisfactory Prime Minister

Well Canada, the search is finally over. After tabulating thousands of votes we are pleased to announce that you have selected Lester B. Pearson as...

This Is That presents The Prime Minister Cup: A Search for Canada's Most Satisfactory Prime Minister

Maybe it's because of playoff season or maybe it's our general excitement for our favourite holiday, Canada Day, but the team at This Is That...

Toronto cyclist told he can't commute on Canada's largest highway

42 year-old Dan Shapiro commutes 55km by bicycle everyday on Canada's busiest highway, Ontario's route 401. He began riding on the 401 when he and...

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Canada finally invents a solar powered calculator

Full points go to the Canadian Institute of Technology this week for finally crossing the finish line in the race to develop a solar powered...

Canadian daredevil attempts first-ever climb 'up' Niagara Falls

Many have gone over, but none have ever attempted to go up.Dwayne Nolan of Ontario's Niagara region is a self-proclaimed thrill-seeker who, late last year,...

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'Little America': Canada's fastest growing neighbourhood

Nestled just north of Toronto's Lake Ontario is one of the country's most vibrant and self-sustaining communities. Known to locals as 'Little America,' this ten...

Saying 'bless you' after a sneeze deemed offensive by feds

With over 100,000 employees, the Canadian federal government is one of the country's largest employers. This week they announced some employee conduct changes that might...

CSIS busted for blowing thousands of dollars on 'wrap-around shades'

This week, Canada's intelligence agency CSIS was accused of reckless spending after an independent auditor did a thorough review of their annual budget. Some of...

Winter wasteland: Is cross-country skiing Canada's most reckless winter sport?

Cross-country skiing is one of Canada's most popular winter sports. For most Canadians, it is their favourite way to exercise in nature, but on a...

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