Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • Runaway cows stop traffic on Trans-Canada Highway in Saanich, B.C.

    Two steers make a run for it en route to the slaughterhouse

     Two black steers brought noon-hour traffic to a standstill yesterday on the Trans-Canada Highway in Saanich, B.C., after they escaped the trailer that was driving them to the slaughterhouse.

    “The cows have been leading us on a wild chase here,” Constable Mark Haggan of Westshore RCMP traffic services told CBC News.

    Farmer Doug Alberg was driving five head of cattle to the slaughterhouse in Duncan, B.C, when a pin that was securing his trailer’s gate came loose, allowing the two cows to make a run for it.

    “Somebody honked when they were alongside me and I looked in the mirror and I see — there are cows on the road,” Alberg said.

    Police officers, firefighters and conservation officers were called to the scene, where they

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  • Online donations help homeless teacher find ‘permanent place to call home’

    Mother of three who worked three jobs gives thanks to “generous benefactors"

    In December, The Huffington Post shared the story of a 44-year-old middle-school teacher and mother of three who struggled to keep a roof over her family’s heads.

    Raquel Tillett juggled three jobs just to pay the bills, but that often wasn’t enough. Her abusive ex-husband had left her with debt, ruined her credit, and refused to pay child support.

    “He took all of the resources we had and left. At the time I was a stay at home mom who was in college working on pre-nursing school,” Tillett wrote of her ex on the fundraising site HandUp.

    Tillett’s father tried to contribute, but his own failing health prevented him from doing so.

    While she earned too much money to be eligible for food stamps, her damaged credit report interfered with her ability to rent in San Francisco. Tillett used to live in Los Angeles before heading north up the California coast in an attempt to restart her teaching career. She and her children, ages 11, 13 and 17, were forced to live in hotel rooms.

    "I just keep

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  • Good Samaritans save Saskatoon man in cardiac arrest in Walmart parking lot

    Last Friday evening in a Saskatoon Walmart parking lot, 62-year-old John Tomchuk was loading groceries into his vehicle when he went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the ground.

    Two off-duty health workers and a third Good Samaritan spotted him in front of the store and rushed to his aid. The health workers immediately started performing CPR on Tomchuk while the third person ran back into the store, looking for an automated external defibrillator (AED).

    Walmart didn’t have one.

    The person then ran to a nearby Cabela’s and found an AED machine — just in time.

    “Cabela’s retail stores maintain AEDs on site for just such emergencies,” said John Tramburg, the company’s vice-president of Canada and outdoor services.

    "That’s actually what saved his life. If it hadn’t been for that machine, they would have lost them," Tomchuk’s daughter, Lisa Wass, told CBC News.

    Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after. Tomchuk regained consciousness before being taken to the hospital.

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  • Father-daughter duo recreate ‘Jurassic Park’ with $100K worth of LEGO

    Some dads and their kids build LEGO towers. This dad and his eight-year-old daughter recreated Jurassic Park with the popular building bricks — $100,000 worth of them.

    Film editor and animation director Paul Hollingsworth and his daughter Hailee are huge LEGO fans and have become an impressive movie-making duo.

    They’ve even been featured in a book about their joint passion: Brick Flicks.

    In their latest video, which took three months to create, they teamed up with a handful of master builders, animators and artists to bring Spielberg’s epic dinosaur film to life, LEGO-style.

    Jurassic Park is one of the best movies of all time. That’s why I wanted to re-create it in Lego,” explained Paul Hollingsworth, whose creative collective, Digital Wizards, has produced a series of LEGO shorts.

    Hailee agreed, apparently not too young to appreciate the scary flick. The budding filmmaker even animated the electrocution scene herself.

    Watch their stop-motion production above. (Spoiler alert:

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger inspires 19-year-old Reddit user who was bullied at the gym

    The 'Governator' steps in after a teen reveals he was laughed at during a workout

    Schwarzenegger speaks on stage during the Arnold Classic Australia in Melbourne. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Schwarzenegger speaks on stage during the Arnold Classic Australia in Melbourne. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

    When you’ve had a bad day at the gym, sometimes you just need a little pep talk from an action hero.

    And that’s just what 19-year-old Reddit user GnashBrowns got.

    The young man recently shared his story of being laughed at by strangers at the gym when he stumbled during his new weightlifting routine.

    “Everything went pretty well until the last rep on the fourth set. Took a nasty spill and landed on my right knee to prevent myself from falling backwards. A couple people laughed. That hurt more than falling down,” he wrote.

    “I got back on the horse and finished up the last set at 60. Next exercise was deadlift. I never really got the hang of the form for a proper deadlift so I practiced it while looking in the mirror. Started my first set at 55 but couldn’t get the form down, my right knee kept buckling and gave out on the fourth rep, causing me to fall once more. Same people laughed and got many looks in my direction because of the loud noise.”

    Eventually he gave up.

    “Feeling

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  • Edmonton restaurant owner offers free meal to whoever can solve tunnel mystery

    The mysterious Toronto tunnel proved to be nothing more than a local resident's man cave.The mysterious Toronto tunnel proved to be nothing more than a local resident's man cave.

    Now that the Toronto-tunnel mystery has been solved, it’s time for a new underground head-scratcher.

    And if you can solve it, dinner for four (with wine) is on the house.

    “There is a tunnel below my restaurant and no one can tell me what purpose it served,” said Mike Bhatnagar, owner of the Hat Resto Pub at 10251 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton.

    “The tunnel once ran under Jasper Avenue but has been blocked off. I have wondered if it might date back to Prohibition days,” he told the Edmonton Journal.

    “It is still 11.5 metres in length and about one-metre wide. It would have been easy to roll a barrel through it. More recently, bricks have been used to define the tunnel and supports have been inserted to make it safe.”

    The building was built in 1908 and first opened as a restaurant — then called the Golden Spike — in 1912.

    Bhatnagar and his wife bought the Hat in 2013. He believes the tunnel has been around since those early days and was likely blocked off during LRT construction.

    After twice

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  • Ontario boy Odin Camus given a party to remember as his birthday goes viral

    Mike Judson of CHEX TV in Peterborough, Ont., poses for a photo with Odin Camus.Mike Judson of CHEX TV in Peterborough, Ont., poses for a photo with Odin Camus.

    Odin Camus will never forget his 13th birthday party.

    When none of the friends Odin invited to his birthday party RSVP’d, his mother, Melissa, intervened, sharing his cellphone number with a local moms’ Facebook group, asking them to send him birthday texts to help cheer him up.

    "I want his thirteenth birthday to feel special, and like people care about him," Melissa wrote.

    "I’m really struggling with finding a way to make today awesome for him, when it will just be us celebrating."

    "We tried to have a birthday party for him and that didn’t quite work out," Melissa told CBC News. “So [Friday] morning I thought it would be fun for his birthday — seeing as he got a ‘big boy’ cell phone — to get some texts from people saying happy birthday. And it just went crazy from there.”

    The Peterborough boy with Asperger’s syndrome, who, according to his mom, has difficultly making friends, received more than 5,000 encouraging texts from strangers.

    At the Facebook group’s encouragement, Melissa

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  • Generous Alaska Airlines employee helps Vancouver woman get home

    A Vancouver woman is calling herself an “Alaska Airlines convert” after an employee helped remedy her travel woes.

    Miriam Thomas simply wanted to fly from Vancouver to Ontario, California, and back again.

    The Vancouver woman was due in Ontario for a work meeting. Her trip, which should have been a relatively straightforward one — from Vancouver to Seattle to California — turned into a long, indirect travel headache.

    First, her Delta Airlines flight, scheduled for last Sunday night, was delayed: initially due to weather, then to mechanical issues. Weather didn’t allow the plane to land in Seattle, so it redirected to Portland. Instead of letting passengers get off the plane in Portland, however, the airline decided to turn the plane around. It went back to Seattle where passengers were given hotel vouchers to spend the night.

    Thomas made it to California just in time for her work meeting on Monday.


    She paid for my ticket, she paid for me to get home. I was boarding and I thanked her
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  • Too soon? Father takes nine-month-old son bodyboarding

    A nine-month-old’s first bodyboarding experience off the coast of Puerto Rico appears to be both terrifying and exhilarating.

    “It is the first time we have ever seen a baby getting barrelled!” wrote Sam Bennet for Surf-Report.

    "My son [sic] first try,” the boy’s father, Jorge Tirado, wrote under the viral video. “Thanks to everyone. I encourage you to safely bring your kids to the ocean, after all the ocean is the place where it all began. By far, this is the best sport for you [sic] spiritual, mental and physical health.”

    Viewers are feeling just as torn about the video of the little guy’s time in the water as he is: Was it a fun introduction to the waves, or a too-dangerous one?

    Sandra Gartland, a surf instructor and mother of two, watched the video and took no issue with teaching such a young child about the ocean — she took her own son out on a surfboard when he was 10 months old — but she did have some safety reservations.

    "He’s teaching the child about the water and the ocean,

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  • Woman falls asleep outside in Sask., gets terrifying frostbite on her hands

    Quirk: So this one time in Canada i got frostbite. (Imgur)Quirk: So this one time in Canada i got frostbite. (Imgur)

    Warning: the following photos are not for the faint of heart. (And if you already hate winter, this will only make it worse.)

    The story of Emma Quirk’s hands is a cautionary tale: Do not fall asleep outside in the winter.

    The Australian woman was visiting Saskatchewan a couple of weeks ago when, after a night of heavy drinking, she got separated from her friends. She had no phone, no cash, and “no idea where I was.”

    Drowsiness, a symptom of hypothermia, started to set in. She fell asleep just steps away from a nursing home.

    After a few hours, staff at the home noticed her curled up in a ball in the snow and rushed Quirk to the hospital. The woman’s hands were already exhibiting signs of frostbite, her fingertips purple.

    Forty-five minutes after she was found, a nurse warned her:

    “[Best] case scenario I keep my fingers. Worst case, I lose my hands,” Quirk recalled.

    She posted a series of photos of her frostbite ordeal in the hospital — what she called “a waiting game” — on imgur.

    The

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