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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 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...

This Is That Listener Headline Challenge

Think you have what it takes to fabricate the news? If so, we would like to take part in the This Is That Listener Headline...

Texas town adds sugar to water supply to encourage residents to drink more water

Talon is small town located in Pecos County, Texas. When town officials realized that drinking-water consumption by residents was well below the national average, they...

Kingston, Ontario to ban "scary pumpkins" from Halloween next year

Halloween has come and gone for another year in Canada but how it was celebrated in Kingston, Ontario this year might threaten whether it is...

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New list ranks Canadians as the most unattractive people in the world

Earlier this week, notable Parisian fashion magazine, Maquillage et Motocyclette published its annual list of the "Top 25 Countries with the Most Attractive People" and...

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Toronto wants to be recognized as Machu Picchu of Canada

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place such as a forest, mountain, monument, building or city that is officially listed by the United Nations...

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Canadian economist says the loonie is "a joke"

In 1987, the Canadian Mint first pressed the one dollar coin and since then Canadians have loving referred to it as the "loonie". Well, according...

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Saskatchewan politicians want to rename province to 'something shorter'

Earlier this week an e-mail authored by Saskatchewan M.L.A. Lyle Hansen was leaked to the web revealing that the Government of Saskatchewan has given serious...

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Innovation Hour: Calgarian asks Canadians to 'run it hot' for an hour each year

Earth Hour is a globally recognized holiday that encourages households and businesses to power-down for one hour each year at the end of March. By...

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Pepsi Peace Tower: Are corporate logos coming to the Parliament buildings?

The corporate sponsorship of stadiums in Canada is not really a new concept. For examples of this, look no further that the Rogers Arena in...

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85% of Canadian males 'could have totally made it into the NHL.'

On the third season of This Is That we're pleased to be teaming up with our pals at @Stats_Canada to keep you up to date...

Avril Lavigne or Sir John A MacDonald to get statue in Napanee

The Ontario town of Napanee is facing a challenging decision: A portion of the town's budget has been set aside to erect a bronze monument...

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Canadian discovers rare 300 year-old instrument

Dr. Hurbert Brust is one of Canada's most revered musicologists. While on a recent expedition in the Middle East he discovered what other experts believe...

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This Is That fabricates season 3

After a long hiatus of not reporting on fictional news, we're pleased to announce that This Is That will be back for another season of...

This Is That Nominated for 2012 Canadian Comedy Award

Earlier today, via a live stream on the internet, This Is That was nominated for a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award in the category of Best...

This Is That LIVE comes to Winnipeg

Attention people of Winnipeg We are thrilled to announce that Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring will be coming to your town to perform a live...

Everything about the holidays in one song (VIDEO)

It is our extreme pleasure to announce that Phil Marlow of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is the winner of our 2011 Holiday Song Contest with his carol...

Open Concept Workspace: Canadian company converts entire office into swimming pool

Inspired by companies like Google and Pixar, more and more businesses are re-thinking what a work environment feels like. Providing employees with an inspiring office...

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Department Store Bans Men from Lingerie Floor

This holiday season it is going to be harder for husbands in Winnipeg to buy their wives that special item for Christmas. Ashworth's, the...

Oil Week Columnist Cites Satire as Fact

On Sunday we were alerted to the fact that David Yager, chairman of HSE Integrated and columnist for Oil Week referenced a This Is That...

This Is That Celebrates CBC's 75th

For the next two weeks This Is That will be diverting from our regular news reporting format and focusing our attention on the 75th...

Quebec Lowers Drinking Age to 14

Earlier this week the Province of Quebec announced that they would be lowering their legal drinking age to 14. To find out more host...

NASCAR to build track in Stanley Park

Earlier this week NASCAR announced that they might be expanding into Canada. NASCAR has been aggressively pitching the province of British Columbia to allow them...

This Is That LIVE Debuts in Toronto

Have you ever wondered how This Is That is made? If so, you're in luck because on November 12th at the Lower Ossington Theatre in...

Canadian Army Introduces Combat Bicycle

It was announced earlier this week that the Canadian Armed Forces would be taking a portion of their $21.8 billion annual budget and investing...

Fort McMurray voted Canada's Cleanest City in online poll

Although it is known more for its oil sands than its flower gardens, earlier this week the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta was voted Canada's...

Canadian Designs Font for Commonwealth Games

Pictured above is the new font for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The font is called Patterset and was created by a Canadian,...

Calgary: 'No Clowns Downtown!'

"Stephen Avenue Mall is a near perfect promenade in the heart of Calgary's downtown," says Calgarian Robert Cress, "the only thing that would make...

Blood Lake, Ontario

Thanks to a Canada Day celebration gone wrong the town of Kirkland Lake, Ontario has earned the nickname 'Blood Lake'. On July 1, 2011...

Anti-Smoking Group Tries to Ban Smoking Salmon

Earlier this week, the producers of This Is That received a press-release (with the photo on the left attached) from an Anti-Smoking Organization in...

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A Letter from Banff National Park

We received a lot of feedback for a story we ran a couple of weeks ago about Banff National Park trying to rid the park...

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Does Canada have too many festivals?

Canada is a landscape rich with events for all ages - from Renaissance fairs to theatre festivals - there is no lack of entertainment...

Toronto Introduces Pay-Per-Use Park Program

Earlier this week the City of Toronto announced that they would be taking steps towards introducing a pay-per use system for all public parks within...

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Offensive Canadian Tourism Billboard (VIDEO)

Thanks to listener James Ricker for pointing us towards the above video taken in Pisa, Italy of the new Canadian tourism campaign we reported on...

Season 2: Episode 2 - Northern Lights, Nova Scotia Protest, American Law, Little Man Gent Pageant

EPISODE 2: We find out why a major Canadian beer company wants to trademark the Northern Lights. Pat Kelly speaks to a concerned citizen...

Boy Pageants Come to Canada

This spring fathers and sons flocked to a boutique hotel in Toronto's hip west-end to take part in a new kind of tradition that is...

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Season 2: Episode 1 - Calgary Stampede, Langham, Just For Laughs, Musical Instrument

EPISODE 1: We talk to an activist that wants to change the name of the Calgary Stampede. The town of Langham, Saskatchewan has been put...

Protesters demand Calgary Stampede remove 'stampede' from its name

It's only a week until rodeo time and the Calgary Stampede is already under protest, but these activists aren't trying to save the bulls or...

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Pat Kelly on 'Broadcasting' (VIDEO)

Earlier this year a film crew came into the This Is That studios to interview hosts Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring on a wide...

Standing-Room Only Airline Announced

Earlier this week the creation of a new low-cost Canadian airline called CAN-FLY was announced. Offering Canadians $59 tickets from Vancouver to Toronto, it promises...

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Season 2 Official Announcement (VIDEO)

It's official, This Is That will be coming back for a second season! Starting on June 30th, 2011, the show that broke the news...

New Wind Discovered In Alberta

Last month scientists at the Wind Institute at the University of Lethbridge discovered a new wind in the region of Southern Alberta that they...

Canada Post Announces Landscaping Program

There are many issues on the table in the current Canada Post strike but one issue that no one has addressed is a proposed initiative...

Iconic Canadian Retailer Goes 100% Organic

Earlier this week iconic retailer Canadian Hardware made a very eco-friendly announcement. They have gone on record stating that they will be the first...

Quebec Lowers Drinking Age

Earlier this week the province of Quebec announced that they would be lowering their legal drinking age to 14. To find out more host...

VIDEO: Our Angriest Call Ever

Thanks to This Is That fan James Ricker for making this video for a call we received in response to the story we ran...

Canadian Board Game Outsells Monopoly

Kanata, Ontario resident Lyle Schultz used to be an engineer but since the release of his board game last month entitled "Ready Ready Go" he's...

Telefilm Canada Plans for Hollywood Blockbuster

When we last spoke with John Ross he was the Creative Director for CTV. Now the entertainment visionary is working for Telefilm Canada and his...

Canadian University Threatens to Cancel Swim Team (Feedback Edition)

Here's what you had to say about an interview we ran with Athletics Director Willis O'Leary about his plans to cancel his university's swim program...

Brothers Sing About Technology to Seniors

Meet Brian and Wayne Hibberson. They're former performers for children who have found a new market for their music - senior citizens. Each week the...

#7 on iTunes - Sept 1, 2010

Thanks for making the This Is That podcast #7 on iTunes today! Damn you Ricky Gervais for being so popular and funny. Well if we...

Kevin Nealon Buys Canadian Town

Host Peter Oldring speaks with American actor, Kevin Nealon (famous for roles on Weeds and Saturday Night Live) about his plans for the small...

George Haywood Dies at 81

Earlier this week great Canadian songwriter George Haywood died peacefully at his farm outside of Thunder Bay. Often referred to as this country's silver tongued...

Best & Worst Listener Feedback (Video)

People who listen to This Is That either love it or HATE IT. Here are some examples of what people are saying. What do...

Mixed Martial Arts Moms

You've heard of "Hockey Moms" and "Soccer Moms" but meet a new type a Canadian sports mother that's a real knock-out: the Mixed Martial Arts...

Number 10 on iTunes

Thanks for making the This Is That podcast #10 on iTunes this week. We're a little bit better than the new Twilight movie but...

Feedback: Angry Author Call

Every week This Is That fields plenty of calls in regards to our show, for the most part they are positive, constructive, or about stories...

Trend Watch: SUPER Slow Music

Earlier this week Nick Pittsinger slowed the Justin Bieber song "U Smile" down by a lethargic 800%. In response CBC issued the theme to popular...

Social Media Meltdown: Canada's Facebook Page Only has 84 Friends

The Canadian Government came under fire this week after Stats Canada released the "Social Media Report" detailing this country's failed foray into Facebook. We spoke...

National Post Reports on This Is That Again!

If you flip to the Arts & Life section of the National Post today (Tuesday, July 20, 2010) you will see a very important article...

Canadian Double Rainbow

This week in the blogosphere, a video taken of a double rainbow has taken off in a very viral way. If you haven't seen it...

The National Post Reports on This Is That

The National Post ran an article today about the news we broke about the CTV purchasing the set from the hit NBC show Friends. Read...

CTV Buys "Friends" Set

Earlier this month, CTV announced its fall line-up and schedule. On top of breaking the news about seven new series and fresh looks for...

American Billionaire Proposes to Buy CFL

The CFL is a much beloved Canadian institution but it may not remain Canadian for much longer. Earlier this week This Is That host, Pat...
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