2014

 

This Is That's Top Stories of 2014

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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This Is That presents 'The Christmas Letter'

After librarian Dorothy Shunt finds an old letter written to Santa hidden inside an encyclopedia, she becomes compelled to find its author. When she discovers...

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Mannequin Police, Holiday Planner, Wine Fight, Oot and Aboot

This week on This Is That: - Understaffed Yarmouth Police Service uses mannequins to increase their presence....

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Canadian parody legends Ooot and Aboot reunite to write new "funny" songs

In 1978, Chester Donald and Bob Clark were better known as the incredibly popular musical comedy duo, Ooot and Aboot.   ...

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Okanagan wine expert and Niagara vineyard owner get into a fist fight on CBC radio

What was supposed to be a friendly conversation between two Canadian wine experts turned ugly this week on CBC radio. ...

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Top holiday planner says 90% of Canadians will "screw up" Christmas

As the holiday season quickly approaches many Canadians find themselves panicking about being under prepared; and according to Joan Classon that fear may be well...

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Understaffed Yarmouth Police Service uses mannequins to increase their presence

When the underfunded Yarmouth, N.S. police service was told they would have to do more with less, department Chief Gerald Wynn decided it was time...

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French Food Labels, Backwards Driver, Town Amalgamation, The Unity Shovel

This week on This Is That: - Quebec company admits packaging information different in French than in English....

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Ontario man granted permission to permanently drive his car in reverse

For as long as he can remember, Russ Wendle of Flenbrock, Ontario has been know as the guy around town who only drives in reverse. ...

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Materials from across Canada used to construct $1M National Snow Shovel

Three years ago while shovelling his walk, George Bainbridge was struck with an idea.  ...

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Towns of Kimberley, B.C. and Parry Sound, ON to amalgamate

Geographically speaking, Parry Sound, Ontario and Kimberley, British Columbia are far from being neighbours, yet the two towns believe they're a perfect match for amalgamation. ...

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Quebec company admits packaging information different in French than in English

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency mandates that all information on food labels in our country be shown in both official languages; and it goes without...

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Latex Glove in Schools, Swear Town New Brunswick, Canada's Favourite Time, Button Sharks

This week on This Is That: - B.C school mandates all students and staff wear latex gloves in the classroom. ...

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Canadian becomes the winningest game show contestant of all time

Professional game show contestant Dennis Carns has done what no Canadian has ever done before, with a recent victory on Block Blockers he has become...

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Department of Heritage to finally determine what Canada's favourite time of day is

The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for policies and programs that ensure our identity is reflected through culture, sport, history and our official celebrations....

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New Brunswick town believed to be the first place the F-word was used in North America

It's often a point of pride for a town to be known as the birthplace of something iconic; and for the town of Stoughton, New...

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B.C school mandates all teachers and students wear latex gloves in classroom

It's estimated that the average Canadian child has between 6 to 12 common colds each year. Which is why a school in Langley British Columbia...

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Reverse Voting, Crack Fisherman, Pen Fest, Elopement Planner

This week on This Is That: - In response to low voter turnout, Alberta town to cast votes on behalf of its residents. ...

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Toronto entrepreneur has been named Canada's top elopement planner

The Canadian wedding industry is a $5 billion per-year industry, but this is a fact that is of little significance to entrepreneur Richard Carl. ...

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Winnipeg to host world's largest celebration of pens

Winnipeg is bursting with anticipation as thousands of pen enthusiasts are set to descend on the city. Earlier this week Peter Oldring sat down with...

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In response to low voter turnout, Alberta town to cast votes on behalf of its residents

Over the last decade low voter turnout is a problem that has plagued elections in the municipality of Denber, Alberta. In 2011, the town of...

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Maritime fisherman finds much success using crack cocaine as bait

The reaction towards Leonard Grey's fishing technique around North Lake Prince Edward Island is certainly mixed. After accidentally discovering that local fish are mysteriously attracted...

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Toronto Bike Parking, World Record Lightning Strike, MPP Child Apology, Saskatchewan Bidet Battle

This week on This Is That:- Toronto wants to charge cyclists for locking up to city-owned poles. ...

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10 year-old son of MPP causes $12,000 of damage to Ontario legislature

This week members of the provincial parliament of Ontario took part in what has now become an annual tradition: bring your kid to work day....

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Canadian wants to break world record by getting hit by lightning 8 times

They say lightning never strikes twice, but for a 57 year-old Canadian that is not the case. Grant Peterson has been hit by lightning an...

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Business owner in Saskatchewan sparks outrage for selling bidets

Estevan, Saskatchewan is a small prairie town filled with hard working people who appreciate their neighbours and take pride in their community. Yet beneath the...

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Toronto city councillor wants to charge cyclists a fee for locking bikes to poles

Toronto city councillor Anthony Braxton did not pull any punches in his interview with Peter Oldring this week when he suggested the time has come...

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Arts Grant Strip Club, Singing Policeman, Overdue Doctor Visit, The Wave Inventor

This week on This Is That: - We speak with the owner of the Ontario strip club that received a $100, 000 arts grant this week....

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BC man claims he was the first to ever start "the wave" at an NHL hockey game

It was during a game on February 24, 1981 between the Minnesota North Stars and the Vancouver Canucks that Bob Louis claims he invented "the...

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Canadian man summons courage and visits doctor for the first time in years

Every now and again This is That is fortunate enough to cover stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who inspire.  In this interview you...

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Thunder Bay police officer allowed to make arrests while singing

It's scientifically proven that singing can put you in a good mood, a fact that Thunder Bay police officer Grady Maleski does not take lightly....

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Ontario strip club awarded $100,000 Arts grant

The Canadian Committee for the Arts is an arms-length funding agency that provides individuals and arts organizations with resources to pursue their artistic endeavours. This...

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Bluenose Fish n' Chips, Telemarketing Agency, Recipe Plagiarism, Feleski Five

This week on This Is That: - To save the Bluenose II, a Toronto consulting agency is suggesting it be turned into a fish n' chips...

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Canada's second most famous set of quints still alive and somewhat well

The "Feleski Five" are undoubtedly the country's second most famous set of quints and have been melting the hearts of Canadians for over 50 years....

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Country's top telemarketers are "proud to bring Canadians so much joy"

We have all experienced the euphoria of handing over our credit card information to a telemarketer after hearing about a phenomenal, once in a lifetime...

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Iconic schooner Bluenose II to become a fish n' chips shop

The Bluenose II was built in 1963 and for many years has been a symbol of pride for Canadians. However in more recent years, the...

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Brad Pitt Manitoba, Private Texas Freeway, Skywriting Pilot Bay Street Poets

This week on This Is That:  - Manitoba Tourism wants to pay Brad Pitt millions to endorse the province. ...

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Inside the secretive world of Bay Street poetry slams

Bay Street in Toronto is known as Canada's financial epicenter. It is typically perceived as a ruthless a place where success driven people will do...

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North America's first members only, luxury freeway opens in Texas

Nestled in the undulating fields of southern Texas sits a brand new multi-lane highway that appears to be no different than any other American freeway....

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Manitoba wants to pay millions to have Brad Pitt endorse province

During a press conference earlier this week it was disclosed that the Manitoba Tourism Commission has invested one million dollars to have celebrity Brad Pitt...

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Species-less Child, Apple Pumpkin, Quiz Master, Golden Opera Voice

This week on This Is That: - We speak with a Washington state couple that is letting their 3 year-old child decided what species it wants...

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World renowned opera singer loses singing voice after ski binding hits his throat

In 1998 Canadian Robert Poole was considered to be one of the best counter-tenor opera singers in the world. Plucked from a music program in...

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This is That's Quiz Master tickles yet again with his quiz-essential puzzler

Peter Oldring invites Richard Duncan back into studio to play the "This is That Puzzler" with a lucky listener....

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Apple enthusiasts stunned after discovering champion "apple" was actually a pumpkin

The Big Apple Showcase is arguably the most popular event at the Bowmanville Apple Festival. Every year local apple growers enter what they believe to...

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Breakfast Sandwich Ban, Canadian Weather Academy, CN Tower Camping, Song Stuck

This week on This Is That:- Ontario becomes the second Canadian province to ban motorists from eating breakfast sandwiches while driving. ...

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'Weather Broadcaster' named hardest job to get in Canada

In this piece we follow a group of individuals attending the Canadian Academy of Weather Broadcasters, one of the most gruelling academies in the country,...

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Man has song stuck in his head for 6 years

An ear worm, or brainworm as it is sometimes called, is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person's mind after it...

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Ontario becomes second province to ban motorists from eating breakfast sandwiches

Back in May, when the province of Nova Scotia made the progressive decision to ban eating breakfast sandwiches while driving, the rest of Canada certainly...

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Puppy Maternity Leave, National Dance, Edmonton Universe, Sasquatch Revealed

This week on This Is That: - We speak with a woman who is suing her employer for not allowing her to take paid maternity after...

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Talking Animal Books, Proposal Man, Calgary BBQ Share, Invisible Art

This week on This Is That: - The Canadian Education Committee wants to ban from all children's books from Canadian schools that feature talking animals, as...

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BC resident says he is responsible for staging all notable Sasquatch "sightings"

In the past 50 years there have been dozens of Sasquatch sightings throughout Canada's province of British Columbia - often sparking much debate as to...

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Canada to create a 'National Dance' to accompany National Anthem

When the National Arts Council decided it was time to add a companion piece to our anthem in the form of a dance they tapped...

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Woman sues employer after being refused paid maternity leave for adopting a puppy

Statistics show that 80% of Canadian mothers take paid maternity leave after giving birth. Well, recently a case has surfaced in Ontario which will likely...

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New York artist creates 'art' that is invisible and collectors are paying millions

27-year-old artist Lana Newstrom says she is the first artist in the world to create invisible "art."  In this documentary we traveled to her empty...

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Canadian man has made 23 wedding proposals and been rejected every time

As far back as he can remember, Randy Gissam has always dreamed of being a married man.  Unfortunately finding the right person to marry has...

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Ontario Smokers Registry, Parent Teacher Date Night, Blueberry Festival, Ponytail Rescue

This week on This Is That: - We speak to the MPP that is trying to create a registry of every known cigarette smoker in the...

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Ontario politician says it is time for a cigarette smokers registry

Ontario has always taken a hard line when it comes to its provincial anti-smoking laws and MPP John Abbot says it is time to take...

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Man and his ponytail freed after 72 hours of being stuck in skimmer pipe of a swimming pool

When Bruce Borlander of Salmon Arm, BC headed down to his local swimming pool for a quick dip last week, he never thought that he...

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Abbotsford Blueberry Festival goes over budget by $17 million

Every year the International Blueberry Festival descends on Abbotsford, British Columbia. However as the 10-day event fast approaches, it is surrounded by a cloud of...

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Minnesota teacher uses parent-teacher night to connect singles

When school teacher Janet Harper realized that she and many of her student's parents had something in common cupid's arrow struck her with an idea. ...

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Governor General finally designates the pick-up truck as a national symbol

This week, the Government of Canada announced it will be adding the pick-up truck to an already long list of Canadian National Symbols. Brian Aucion...

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Skype MP, Church Mall, High Prairie Accent, Pig War

This week on This Is That: - MP Blaine Watson is lobbying the Canadian Government to let him attend sessions of Parliament from home via Skype....

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In an attempt to put itself on the map, Alberta town develops own accent

Tourism in High Prairie, Alberta is based solely on lake culture and fishing; and this is something the town would like to change. In order...

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'Church Mall' opens in Florida offering places of worship for over 50 different faiths

In this one-part documentary our microphones travel to the All Saints Church Mall in Fort Myers, Florida to learn how a former shopping centre became...

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The Pig War: Inside the most underwhelming historical reenactment in Canada

War re-enactment is a popular hobby for some, often battles are recreated in great detail to remember the fallen and educate the public. ...

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MP wants to attend sessions of Parliament from home via Skype

In his interview with Peter Oldring this week, Blaine Watson a Conservative MP from the riding of Creston South said: "The time has come for...

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Saskatchewan community shares one internet connection, here's how

Although the residents of Sarikson, Saskatchewan could get individual internet connections to their homes, people in this prairie town have decided that a single, shared...

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Musical Ride, Internet Joe, Men with Women's Names, Scared Straight Zumba

This week on This Is That: - Due to budget cuts, the RCMP have announced this week that they may be removing the horses from their...

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Former gang member uses Zumba to scare troubled youth straight

When prison inmate Tyson 'TJ' Jones first discovered the aerobic dance Zumba, he vowed he would get his life back on track. ...

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To save money, RCMP may remove horses from historical Musical Ride

The Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a long and beloved national tradition. However, after the most recent round of federal cuts,...

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Best of This Is That: Government volunteers, Little America, Luxemburg's Royal Canadian visit, Y2K Prepper

This week on This Is That:We find out why the Canadian Government is looking to fill 20,000 positions, across all federal departments, with full-time volunteers....

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Best of This Is That: Bilingual Dog Bylaw, Visual Allergies, Canadian archaeologist, Lloydminster

This week on This Is That: Pat Kelly speaks with Montreal city councilor Benoit LaDouce about a proposed bylaw that would require all dogs in Montreal...

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Best of This Is That: 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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Best of This Is That: Banff Alberta Canada, Montana; Kissing Military Robot, Karachi, Canadian Political Accent Training

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

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Best of This Is That: 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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Best of This Is That: 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 students...

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Best of This Is That: Canadian car horn language, corn maze nightmare, Loverboy police, door to door wrestling

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

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Best of This Is That: Paper Please, freeway food truck, small town bike share, 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 called "Paper...

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Best of This Is That: 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 to...

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Best of This Is That: Parks Canada wildlife fee, no ball soccer, unpaid intern, male doula

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

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Canadian Kinder Surprise smuggling ring broken up by US officials

Three Canadian women are being held in a Seattle detention centre after an elaborate Kinder Egg smuggling ring was uncovered. Border officials have seized more...

New driving law bans motorists from eating breakfast sandwiches in Nova Scotia

After a spike in fender benders during morning rush hour, Nova Scotia is passing legislation that will ban drivers from eating breakfast sandwiches while operating...

PEI to bolster tourism with 300 ft Anne of Green Gables Roller Coaster

Cavendish, PEI has made an industry out of being the picturesque setting for Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne Of Green Gables. Millions of tourists have visited...

Love struck pilot grounded after attempting to write message in the sky with a Boeing 767

The FAA has come down hard on Captain John Randel for attempting to write a message in the sky for his new girlfriend with a...

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CN Tower campsite lets Canadians tent 1,168 feet in the air

After losing their distinction as the world's tallest tower in 2010, the CN Tower has been on the chase to break another world record and...

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This Is That's Top 100 Under 100

Canadians under the age of 100 had another dominant year. They earned the most money, purchased the most luxury cars and were awarded the lion's...

Association of Men with Women's Names says things are getting better, but life still hard

With a population now topping 9 million, Canada has the highest per capita total of men who have women's names. Leslie Helm of the AMWN says...

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Manitoban says famous cookbook has plagiarized his grandmother's recipes including one for toast

Trouble is cooking in Brandon Manitoba: Earlier this week a lawsuit was filed by Doug Primbos on behalf of his grandmother, Hattie Milford, against The...

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Canadian Education Committee wants to ban talking animals from children's books

The newly appointed Chair of the Canadian Education Committee raised a few eyebrows this week by announcing that he would like to see all books...

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CanaFilm to release 9 Canadian films they hope Canadians will watch including a Ron McLean biopic

After finally recognizing that Canadians love Canadian movies about Canada, our country's most prestigious film fund, CanaFilm, has announced the nine projects they will be...

Ontario prison replaces 25ft high concrete wall with large hedge

Residents of the Tiguan Region in Ontario are scratching their heads this week after learning that administrators at the Collins Creek Penitentiary have gone ahead...

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What is your European hockey player name?

Have you ever wondered what life would be like as European hockey star? Well wonder no more! Thanks to our European hockey player name generator...

Loss of cars in sinkhole causes Corvette enthusiast to weep during interview

61 year-old Darcy Garland could barely keep it together during his interview with CBC host Pat Kelly about the sinkhole that swallowed part of the...

City of Edmonton to change slogan from 'Gateway to the North' to 'Portal to the Universe'

Edmonton, Alberta is often referred to as "The Gateway to the North" because it functions as a link to Canada's northern communities through rail, road...

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NFL referee boycotts Super Bowl after being told he can no longer wear make-up on the field

Earlier this week, it was made public that long-time NFL referee, Rick Gallant, will be boycotting this year's Super Bowl because of the NFL's recent...

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Washington state couple chooses to raise their child species-less

In an interview with This is That, Gabriel Roberts discussed his and his wife's decision to allow their child, Echo, to choose for itself what...

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Calgary scraps bike share program in favour of BBQ share program

In a surprise move this week, Calgary City council decided to halt any further discussion on bringing a bike share program to their city. Instead,...

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5 celebs you won't believe are actually Canadian

It's a well known fact that if you're famous, you're probably from America or England but believe it or not, Canada has dozens of celebrities...

5 last-minute demonstration sports announced for Sochi 2014 including 10 man bobsled

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games are only a month away and athletes from across the globe are preparing to represent their countries. That's a...
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