• Canadian surgeons urge people to throw out bristle BBQ brushes

    Canadian surgeons are urging people to throw out wire-bristled barbecue brushes, because none of them have figured out a surefire way of removing the wires when they get stuck in people's throats. The thin, sharp wires can come off the brushes, attach to barbecue grills and cling to food without being noticed. If it's swallowed it can cause damage to the throat and epiglottis, which is the flap of cartilage that covers the opening of the windpipe when swallowing.

    CBC
  • Two guys spend night at IKEA without getting caught

    Two Flemish YouTubers recently posted their first video and it does not disappoint. 

    The Daily Buzz
  • Woman plunges into abandoned well north of Edmonton

    On the way back to the car, with Loki running ahead through the long grass, McBeth took a step and felt like the ground dissolved from under her. No one knew where she was, except for Loki, peering down nervously from the concrete ledge above.

    CBC
  • CNE closed early due to fights and large crowds on Youth Day

    Wed, Aug 31: The Canadian National Exhibition closed early on Tuesday after fights broke out on Youth Day.

    Global News
  • Canada house prices to rise sharply on cheap money, speculation

    By Anu Bararia BENGALURU (Reuters) - The sharp acceleration in Canadian home prices shows no sign of abating this year, though economists expect the pace will be reined in by high household debt and a growing lack of affordability, a Reuters poll found. Foreign wealth, cheap borrowing costs and bets that urban centers Vancouver and Toronto will remain profitable will likely support the Canadian property market over the next few years. House prices are forecast to rise 10 percent in 2016, almost double the pace expected in May's survey, and the fastest since polling for 2016 began two years ago, according to the poll of over 20 forecasters.

    Reuters
  • 2 years after Matthew Kustra's disappearance, family still seeks answers

    It has been an agonizing two years for Janice Kronen-Kustra.

    CBC
  • Verdun python still on the lam

    A pet royal python that's been missing for almost a week in Verdun is still missing, after reports that it was located turned out to be false. The python — which is a prohibited pet in Verdun — escaped from a private residence on 1st Avenue early last Thursday and has avoided capture ever since. Montreal police, Animex and the snake's owner are still trying to capture the 1.2-metre-long snake.

    CBC
  • Gwynevere Staddon's death, likely from fentanyl overdose, could have been prevented, mourners say

    ​GwynevereStaddon should be getting ready to start Grade 12 this week, said mourners who gathered Tuesday evening to remember the teenager. Staddon died of a suspected fentanyl overdose three weeks ago in the washroom of a Port Moody, B.C., Starbucks. Instead, Staddon's friends and family filed into a Coquitlam church to attend her funeral.

    CBC
  • Warrant issued for Punnichy, Sask., man following Regina shooting

    Regina police executed a province-wide arrest warrant for a 24-year-old man from the Punnichy, Sask., area wanted for an attempted murder in Regina over the weekend. Adam Taniskishayinew, also known as Adam Pratt, has short black hair, brown eyes, standing about five feet nine inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds.

    CBC
  • University of Winnipeg student group wants special gym time for women, LGBT people

    The University of Winnipeg Students' Association is pushing for the Portage Avenue campus gym to reserve hours for women, members of the LGBT community and people who identify as non-binary — neither male nor female. The initiative comes following a survey that gathered thoughts and experiences from students and members of Winnipeg's community who use the Bill Wedlake Fitness Centre at the university. Jacq Pelland is the LGBT director for the UWSA.

    CBC
  • Forget maple syrup, hockey & Justin Bieber: Canada’s best-known export should be refugee policy

    Louisa Taylor, director of Refugee 613, a non-partisan group that works with citizens, sponsorship groups, settlement agencies and lawyers in Ottawa has been contacted by officials in Norway, Ireland and the United States who are trying to determine what aspects of Canada’s refugee policy might be replicable in their jurisdictions. Taylor recalled telling representatives from foreign embassies and the European Union how the recently arrived Syrian refugees — close to 1,600 in Ottawa — are integrating into their new communities with assistance from members of their private sponsorship groups.

    Daily Brew
  • Growing national bilingual divide 'dangerous,' Montreal business leader says

    The growing bilingual divide between young francophone and anglophones across Canada is "dangerous" and more needs to be done to reduce the trend, says the head of Montreal's Chamber of Commerce. Michel Leblanc said if he had to evaluate the Government of Canada's performance on the issue, he would give it a failing grade. Leblanc spoke Tuesday at a consultation on official languages policy that was organized by the federal government and attended by Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

    CBC
  • Calgary chef Jonathan Sobol killed with another man in crash near Irricana

    Calgary's culinary community is mourning the loss of a prominent local chef who died in a highway collision northeast of Calgary. Jonathan Sobol, 33, was killed Tuesday morning when the sedan he was driving collided head-on with a cube van at Highway 9 and Township Road 270, about 10 kilometres south of Irricana. Sobol's passenger, who has not been identified publicly, also died at the scene.

    CBC
  • The Breathtaking Finalists Of The Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Competition

    The finalists for the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced, showing the world’s very best nature photography. From a greedy hornbill to a darting bat, each picture shows an arresting moment that perfectly captures a tiny part of Planet Earth’s dazzling diversity. This year’s competition attracted more than 50,000 astonishing entries from professional and amateur snappers, to be judged by a panel of international experts. The 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will open at London’s Natural History Museum on Friday October 21.

    Matilda Long
  • 'He can barely move': Kitimat woman wants mail service back after dog, now much older, scared carrier

    After one of her two dogs scared away a postal worker six years ago, a Kitimat woman's home mail delivery service was suspended — but now she wants it back. Dorothy Green says the dog, Bully, is too old to threaten anyone anymore so safety shouldn't be an issue. "He would become a little Houdini and get out of the house, but he never left the property," Green told Radio West host Audrey McKinnon about the incident six years ago.

    CBC
  • Vandals cut down Surrey hydro poles to steal copper

    Vandals cut down two hydro poles in Surrey last weekend, then stripped the transformers of their copper wire, according to BC Hydro. Utility spokeswoman Mora Scott said the thieves used chainsaws to fell two poles, a highly dangerous activity that could have harmed the perpetrators, Hydro employees or members of the public.

    CBC
  • The crazy quest to send spaceships to an Earth-like planet at Alpha Centauri

    Scientists recently announced they had found an Earth-like planet in the star system next door, and a bold project to send spaceships there is being backed by cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and billionaire tech mogul Yuri Milner. Proxima b is the nearest Earth-like planet ever found, located just 4.22 light years from Earth. The rocky planet slightly larger than Earth orbits Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf that's part of a triple-star system called Alpha Centauri, an international team of scientists announced in the journal Nature on Aug. 24.

    CBC
  • Inquests called in police-related shooting deaths of 2 men in Manitoba

    Manitoba's acting chief medical examiner has called an inquest into the deaths of Haki Sefa and Steven Douglas Campbell, who both died of gunshot wounds in separate interactions with police in 2015. Sefa, 44, died on Highway 59 on Sept. 20, 2015, after Winnipeg police tried to stop his van. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

    CBC
  • Washing machines woes: Despite several repairs new washer still wouldn't work

    Doing laundry is not something most people look forward to, but East Chezzetcook, N.S., resident Marian Renouf is delighted that she can finally wash her clothes at home after being frustrated by a new washer that didn't work. Renouf, who is 84, paid $1,600 for a new Maytag washer from Sears in May but said she experienced continual problems and was only able to do four washes since getting the machine. Renouf estimates she had repairmen to her house nine times, although she didn't keep a record of the visits and says she was not given paperwork by the repairmen.

    CBC
  • Windsor's Filipino community monitors war on drugs in the Philippines

    Members of Windsor's Filipino community are anxiously keeping tabs on events in their homeland, as more than 1900 people have been killed since the beginning of July. "We're supposed to go every other January to visit our relatives in the Philippines, but I'm a little scared to go this time so I'll wait until things settle down. Yamana, a retired nurse, would like to see more rehab centres to curb drug use in the Philippines.

    CBC
  • 'I love them': How a St. John's man is saving abandoned turtles

    To say Dennis Oliver has a passion for turtles would be an understatement. The basement of his St. John's apartment has become ground zero for what he and his wife have made their life goal — to save all the unwanted turtles in the city.

    CBC
  • CNE downplays security concerns after Youth Day violence

    General manager Virginia Ludy spoke to Cindy Pom Wednesday and said organizers decided to shut down the fair after consulting with police because of a few people who caused a disturbance, but ensured visitors that steps have been taken to make sure the fair is safe.

    Global News
  • Starving cod in southern Labrador? DFO monitoring fish stocks

    Scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are keeping a close eye on cod stocks in southern Labrador, in the wake of reports from harvesters catching fish in rough shape this season. There's nothing in the puttocks [digestive tract] of the fish," fisherman Warrick Chubbs told CBC's The Broadcast. "It certainly seems like this year in southern Labrador the cod are not in very good condition at all," said DFO research scientist John Brattey, who is hearing multiple similar reports from the region.

    CBC
  • Citadel Hill walls set for site's largest masonry project in 10 years

    Citadel Hill in Halifax has never been invaded, but it may soon be crawling with workers as it undergoes its largest masonry project in a decade. Most of the national historic site's south-facing walls are due for a renewal, so Parks Canada has put out a request for tenders seeking companies interested in doing the work. The federal agency said the lawn and earth supporting some walls at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site must be excavated before workers can dismantle, straighten and rebuild the structures.

    CBC
  • Toronto sponsorship group faces 'heart-wrenching' decision to swap Syrian refugee family

    The Tri-Church Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Committee has been working for over a year to bring a Syrian family of four to Toronto from Jordan. Over the past year, the group has been working to lay the groundwork for the family's arrival, communicating with them in Jordan and their relatives in Toronto, collecting furniture and housewares, and even buying toys for the family's two young children.

    CBC

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