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How our family's lockdown cooking competition ended up raising more than $100K for charities

A Lebanese-Canadian family looking for entertainment during the pandemic posted their cooking competitions online. What they didn't know is that it would turn into a vehicle to raise over $100,000 for charities.

'Dead' Zeppelin: this cat's family thought he'd climbed the stairway to Heaven … but he hadn't

Eight months after cremating a cat she thought was her beloved pet, Desirée Hobbins got a shocking call saying that her cat was actually still alive thanks to the help of a neighbourhood stranger.

Why run when you can't win? Long shot candidates explain why they went against the odds

Why would a potential candidate choose to take on a popular incumbent, or even a party leader? And what happens on the rare occasions when the so-called long shot candidates win?
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No weddings and a funeral: How I flopped at being my girlfriend's romantic hero when her mom died

You know how in every romantic movie, there's a scene where the guy drops everything and rushes off to get the girl? Well, in college, Bob Kerr was that guy. And it didn't go so well. Now, 20 years later, Bob is reaching back out to his ex-girlfriend Zoey to find out what she really thought of his bid to win her heart.
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Ketamine-assisted therapy lifted me out of depression. But it remains costly — and controversial

A few months ago, Julian Uzielli's depression was as bad as it had ever been. His medically-induced psychedelic trip changed everything.

Confronting racism: How a white discussion group found a home at a Black community association

The West Island Black Community Association in Montreal has created a discussion group exclusively for white people to confront racism within themselves and their communities. It's a program led by Rachael Seatvet, a white woman who pitched the idea to WIBCA.

'I'm scared every day,' says Montreal driver stopped by police dozens of times

Whenever Kenrick McRae uses his car, he does a thorough spot check. But no matter how scrupulous he is, the Black Montreal man can't avoid being stopped by police. He's been pulled over dozens of times, and an ex-RCMP officer who helped him file complaints against city police says his experience is not unique.
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I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Now I realize how misunderstood this condition is

CBC producer Allie Jayne's recent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis made her realize how pervasive the myths about the condition still are —  and how those myths may be stopping other people from getting the diagnoses, treatment and acceptance they need.

How a B.C. library's Drag Queen Story Hour turned into a nationwide fight for intellectual freedom

When the Okanagan Regional Library invited local drag queens to read stories to kids during their storytime hour, an ideological battle broke out between the library board, librarians, drag queens, politicians, and parents, forcing the community to reassess the role of libraries and where drag queens fit into such public spaces.

Inside the tall ship that carries a band of renegade theatre pirates, and a 50-year legacy

Since 1970, the Caravan Stage Company has been performing political, rule-breaking theatre across Canada and around the world.
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Desperate for adventure, I joined a renegade sea circus — until I had to flee

In 2012, aspiring actor Trevor Campbell put his life on hold to join a gang of theatre pirates and art activists. Known as the Caravan Stage Company, they travelled the world on a tall ship performing radical theatre productions.

Making hip hop in the Prairies may be tough, but Super Duty Tough Work is ready for their breakout

Winnipeg hip-hop act Super Duty Tough Work has enjoyed local success and critical acclaim, but frontman Brendan Kinley says it’s been challenging to find national support. However, with the rise of BLM, their politically charged party tunes are more relevant than ever.

How a Toronto woman discovered she has up to 600 half-siblings

In 2013, Simon Smith sent away his DNA for analysis. The results led him and his family to discover hundreds of branches in this family tree, all sharing the same roots at a pioneering fertility clinic in Second World War-era London.

40 years ago, this family set off from Winnipeg to the Amazon — in a canoe

In 1980, Don Starkell and his teenaged sons, Dana and Jeff, embarked on an epic record-setting journey that would span 13 countries and nearly 20,000 kilometres.
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Ketamine-assisted therapy lifted me out of depression. But it remains costly — and controversial

A few months ago, Julian Uzielli's depression was as bad as it had ever been. His medically-induced psychedelic trip changed everything.
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My father's unlikely dream was to return to Malaysia and build a bird farm. It didn't go as planned

Filmmaker Emily Gan follows her father to his hometown in Malaysia, where nests made of spit are sold for food, bird cries fill the air, and cement towers set the scene for visits into matters of the heart, hearth and heritage.

How talking about George Floyd transformed one father-son relationship

Growing up as the eldest son of a pastor wasn’t easy for Adriel Smiley. As an adult, he wasn’t too interested in having deep conversations with his dad. But the viral video of George Floyd's murder changed everything.
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Why I'm opening up about the trauma of my difficult childbirth

Sara DuBreuil thought she knew what to expect when she delivered her first child, but she never imagined she'd need therapy to process her daughter's birth.

Becoming a pro wrestler helped this B.C. woman embrace her Carrier First Nations culture

Dawn Murphy, a.k.a. Princess Delta Dawn, fought in the pro-wrestling circuit in Canada, going on to compete in Japan. Murphy says she was able to reconnect with her Carrier First Nations culture, thanks to wrestling.

After a year of pandemic isolation, have we seen the last of Canadian drag legend Michelle DuBarry?

Russell Alldread, the man behind drag queen Michelle DuBarry, turns 90 years old this year. Friends want to get his drag alter ego back on stage after the pandemic.
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My grandma sang her way to Canada at a time when Chinese people were barred entry

Gar Yin Hune travelled with her Cantonese opera troupe when the Chinese Exclusion Act was in place, and never left.

How a 'laundry emergency' brought teen sisters together during the pandemic

When two teen sisters suddenly found themselves in confinement together at the beginning of the pandemic, they couldn’t stand it. A frequent sticking point: Laundry. Then came a diagnosis that changed everything — and cast those laundry emergencies in a new light.

How my epic fail of a preteen makeover made me a star. Sort of.

When Jennifer Warren's Grade 6 haircut went horribly awry, it led to an even more disastrous theatrical debut.

Rescue dog's philosophical musings on farm life spread joy online

Leonard the giant Lab mix 'has the heart we all need,' says owner Maureen Wilson. And the pooch's regular pup-dates are all the more amazing when she thinks of how his life could have gone.

Bean there, done that: Why Albertans build giant roadside attractions

Alberta has a penchant for building big things: the world’s largest pysanka, the largest sausage, and the largest pinto bean. But what’s the obsession with these massive structures, and are they telling diverse stories?

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