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Alberta town creates its own accent to attract tourists
The Canadian tourism industry is worth 17-billion dollars and the town of High Prairie, Alberta is desperate to get some of that money. In an effort to encourage tourism, the town has launched an initiative to create its own accent.
Canadian tries to bring running of the bulls to Thunder Bay
After returning from a trip to Spain, Rudy Parsons came home to Canada with a vision to awaken the spirit of his city. He wanted to recreate the running of the bulls in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
This Is That Live - 'Farewell Tour' Dates
Have you always wanted to write for This Is That? Do you think you're funnier that Peter and Pat? Well, this fall and winter will be your last chance to prove it.
City of Winnipeg overwhelmed by International Pen Festival
When the bid was tendered two years ago, few believed that Winnipeg, Manitoba actually stood a chance of attracting the world’s largest celebration of pens. But to great surprise, the city won the coveted contest and has been preparing ever since.
New Alberta Accent, Winnipeg Pen Fest, Ontario Running of the Bulls
We look back on all the tourism stories we’ve covered on the show. We hear from an Alberta town creating its own accent, we find out about this year’s International Pen Festival in Winnipeg, and we meet a man who hopes to bring Spain’s running of the bulls to Thunder Bay.
Alberta bike share still searching for its only bike
When we last spoke with Harold Bruce—the founder of a Stetler, Alberta’s only bike share program—we learned that their only available bike had gone missing.
Alberta couple fighting to keep pet buffalo in their home
When Jim and Darlene were married, they received an unusual gift. An eccentric uncle gave the couple a baby buffalo. Now, after many years of happy marriage, they’re fighting to keep their 2,000-pound pet in their home.
One person's effort to make the West Edmonton Mall a UN World Heritage Site
It might be one of the best known landmarks of Edmonton, but what about in the entire world? At least one woman thinks it is. And she’s petitioning the United Nations to designate the 5.3 million square foot mall as a World Heritage Site.
Canada reacts to Kingston regulating "scary" Halloween decorations
We received lots of feedback for a story we did a couple of weeks ago about the city of Kingston regulating “scary” Halloween decorations. Here's what real Canadians had to say about the story.
Alberta Bike Share, Buffalo in the House, West Edmonton Mall
We speak again with the man behind a small Alberta town’s struggling bike share program, we talk with a married couple who are fighting to keep their pet buffalo in their home, and we travel to the West Edmonton Mall to find out if it will become a UN World Heritage Site.
Montreal introduces bylaw requiring all dogs be bilingual
Montreal city councillor, Ben-Roy Laduce, is the talk of the town. But it’s the talk in the town’s dog parks that’s got him barking.
Canada Customs changes training policy to make agents friendly
After allegations that its officers are unfriendly, which are entirely refuted by Agent Murray Swift, Canada Customs is changing its training policy to make their agents friendlier.
Man finally emerges from Y2K bunker
Normal Fell hadn’t been seen since December of 1999. He disappeared into his homemade bunker before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. Like many, he expected the world to fall apart at the beginning of the year 2000, but the only thing that did, was his life.
Bilingual Dogs, Unfriendly Border Guards, Y2K Bunker Bust
This week we look back at all of our stories that fooled the internet: We hear from a Montreal city councillor about a bylaw requiring all dogs to understand commands in French and English, we learn about a new program that’s training Canadian border guards to be more friendly, and we visit with a man emerging from a bunker he entered in the year 2000.
Kingston considers regulating "scary" Halloween decorations
While many flock to the most colourfully decorated homes on Halloween, seeking a fright from the ghoulish displays, one group of concerned residents has had enough.
Halloween Decorations Ban, Canadian Mispronunciations, Pun Fest Rebellion
We speak with a woman seeking to ban Halloween decorations, we get a visit from Canada’s pronunciation expert, and we visit a small town on the verge of overthrowing their annual Pun Festival.
Manitoba town rallies against annual 'Pun Fest'
When the annual Pun Fest descends on the otherwise quiet town of Morden, Manitoba, the population surges from a quaint 8,600 to a raucous 9,100. And with the celebration of puns, comes disdain from residents.
Canada reacts to nude water park for adults set to open in Lake Louise
We received lots of feedback for a story we did last week about a nude water park for adults set to open in Lake Louise. Here's what real Canadians had to say about the story.
Here are the words that most Canadians say wrong
Thanks to a visit from world renowned linguist and pronunciation expert, Nev Chandelle, we have learned the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language.
Get your headline idea on This Is That!
In honour of our final season, we thought we’d invite our loyal audience* to once again submit their proposed story headlines for a chance at having them turned into a segment on our show.
Nude waterpark for adults set to open in Lake Louise
The pastoral, idyllic nature of one of western Canada’s most well-known landmarks is set to change dramatically when Splasher’s Pleasure Park opens and upsets the family friendly dynamic the region has enjoyed for years.
'Punk quilters' tarnish the reputation of Cape Breton's Quilt-A-Thon
After this year’s Quilt-A-Thon, the annual quilting festival held in Sydney, was marred by rioting, many were wondering if justice would ever arrive for the instigators. Pat Kelly travels to Nova Scotia to interview the rebellious quilters at the heart of all the controversy.
CBC Historian ruins legacy of This Is That
Unfortunately, Harold the CBC Historian made his way into the This Is That studio again. He continued to make unfounded accusations about the show, claiming that interviews were fabricated and guests were invented.
Canada reacts to children as young as 10 being able to get tattoos
We received lots of feedback for a story we did last week about a new law that will allow children as young as 10 to get tattoos. Here's what real Canadians had to say about the story.
Nude Water Park, The CBC Historian, Quilting Punks
We hear from the person building an adult-themed, nude water park in Lake Louise, we talk with a stuffy old man who has listened to every episode of the show, and we travel to Cape Breton to meet a group of youths breaking all the rules of quilting.