Rumble strips on road play musical tune for drivers in Japan

How cool is this? A section of the Subaru highway leading up to Mount Fuji actually has rumble strips that play a tune for drivers!

  • And baby makes three: Prince Harry and Meghan's child on way
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    And baby makes three: Prince Harry and Meghan's child on way

    CANBERRA, Australia — They both wanted children. They knew it was time. Meghan had ended her acting career and moved to Britain to be a full-time royal. Prince Harry had stepped down from the military and wanted to settle down.

  • Comfort chickens, pigs and miniature horses approved in Calgary
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    Comfort chickens, pigs and miniature horses approved in Calgary

    Henrietta the hen and Porky the pig could soon be taking on new roles outside the farmyard in Calgary. Calgary city council has approved a bylaw amendment to issue permits for the use of livestock as emotional support animals. While dogs and cats are the most commonly owned emotional support animals, the amendment to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw opens the door for chickens, miniature horses and pigs.

  • Ceci says Alberta ready for cannabis legalization
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    Ceci says Alberta ready for cannabis legalization

    "Wednesday marks the start of legalization, and while we are prepared for this shift, it is not the end of our government's work," he said. Alain Maisonneuve, the head of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), which is responsible for overseeing this new industry, said 17 retail shops have been approved so far to open on Oct. 17.  The retailers were given interim licences so they could order and supply product ahead of the day cannabis becomes legal. Ceci said the AGLC call center is ready to go live at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 17, to provide Albertans with any information they might need.

  • Bear attacks and burning houses: Sask. residents recognized for bravery
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    Bear attacks and burning houses: Sask. residents recognized for bravery

    People from across Saskatchewan are being recognized for bravery by the province's Lieutenant Governor and the Royal Canadian Humane Association Bravery Awards. Bradley Schroeder and his wife Casadi saved their children and neighbours from a bear attack in the Meadow Lake Provincial Park, according to a news release.

  • Blast site at Irving Oil refinery remains 'hot zone' that is off limits
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    Blast site at Irving Oil refinery remains 'hot zone' that is off limits

    At least four workers received minor injuries on Oct. 8 as swirling flames and black smoke rose into the sky above the sprawling Irving Oil refinery, which produces more than 320,000 barrels of refined products every day. A blast in June 1998 killed one worker and injured two others.

  • Halifax smoking ban begins as city aims for strict limits on public pot smoking
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    Halifax smoking ban begins as city aims for strict limits on public pot smoking

    Halifax's sweeping smoking ban began Monday with a city spokesperson saying it stems in part from citizen dislike of encountering clouds of marijuana vapours in public areas. The rules making it illegal to smoke or vape nicotine and cannabis on municipal properties puts the East Coast city in the vanguard of cities that want pot kept out of public areas — and comes just two days before recreational cannabis is legalized. The bylaw means that people strolling through the municipally maintained sidewalks, parks and properties throughout the capital's sprawling 5,490 square kilometre area — about the size of Prince Edward Island — will initially be warned against smoking in public areas and will eventually face fines.

  • Quicken Loans bringing first Canadian office to downtown Windsor
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    Quicken Loans bringing first Canadian office to downtown Windsor

    Quicken Loans, the Detroit-based mortgage company owned by billionaire Dan Gilbert, is opening an office in downtown Windsor for up to 100 tech workers. It will be located in the restored Old Fish Market building on Chatham Street, and is expected to open in 2019. Although Quicken Loans is known as a large mortgage lender in the U.S., the company will be using its Windsor offices as a base for technology recruiting.

  • Science, education 'in danger now more than ever,' Hawking says posthumously
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    Science, education 'in danger now more than ever,' Hawking says posthumously

    Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world.

  • Report says mercury, PCBs still threaten Arctic; new chemicals emerging
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    Report says mercury, PCBs still threaten Arctic; new chemicals emerging

    "The number and types of contaminants continue to broaden," said Canadian scientist Robert Letcher, one of the lead authors of the study for the Arctic Council. The report on the biological effects of contaminants on animals from seals to seabirds was released late last week. Among the most common is mercury, a potent neurotoxin and a byproduct of burning coal.

  • PHOTOS: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer visits India to 'repair' relations
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    PHOTOS: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer visits India to 'repair' relations

    Andrew Scheer is in India this week and so far, there have been no controversies to speak of. The federal Conservative leader brought his wife, Jill Scheer, along for the journey. The official Opposition leader made it a point to visit the country after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made international headlines during his India visit in February. Trudeau was criticized for wearing traditional Indian clothing with his wife and three children when it wasn’t always necessary, much to the amusement of some Indians. Also, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife, was photographed at an event in India with Jaspal Atwal, a convicted attempted murderer.  In comparison, Scheer’s tour of the country has been described by some as being more low key than Trudeau’s trip. “This week, I’m on a mission to Canada’s largest trading partner in south Asia and the world’s largest democracy,” Scheer said in a video posted to YouTube on Oct. 9. “I’m going to be sitting down with Indian officials and business leaders to promote Canada’s interests and promote the best opportunities our country has to offer.” Most notably, the Tory leader met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi where he reportedly discussed how Canadian oil could help meet India’s energy needs. CBC News reported that Scheer described his interaction with Modi, a man with more than 44 million Twitter followers, as “warm” and he was interested in Scheer’s take on Canada’s new trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico. The former House speaker also met with Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport CEO Hari Marar, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other leaders in business and politics. In August, Scheer spoke of the need to “repair and strengthen” Canada’s relationship with India following Trudeau’s highly-publicized visit. “A Conservative government will dramatically expand the strategic relationship between our countries and our peoples and advance our shared security, prosperity and values,” Scheer said. “Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India damaged this key relationship and we must now work to repair it.” With files from The Canadian Press

  • Cannabis college: Canadian students learn to grow pot
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    Cannabis college: Canadian students learn to grow pot

    As Canadians prepare for the legalization of recreational cannabis this week, 24 students are becoming the first in the country to get formal credentials in growing pot. Canada will become the first industrialized nation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis on Wednesday, fulfilling a campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals who had argued the move would keep pot out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crime. In brightly lighted climate-controlled rooms at Ontario's Niagara College, protected by fences and layers of locked doors, are 50 cannabis clones that students will learn to irrigate, feed, protect, track with bar codes, test for chemical content, harvest and cure, said program coordinator Bill MacDonald.

  • Bank of Canada sees high business optimism, market eyes rate hike
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    Bank of Canada sees high business optimism, market eyes rate hike

    The Bank of Canada has raised rates four times since July 2017 and most market players expect another hike on Oct. 24. Toronto-based Capital Economics said in a note the survey "shows that growing capacity constraints are boosting investment intentions, which will reinforce expectations that the Bank will raise interest rates again at next week's policy meeting". Market expectations of an interest rate hike next week, as reflected in the overnight index swaps market, strengthened slightly to 90 percent.

  • Review: 'The Darkness' is insightful character study
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    Review: 'The Darkness' is insightful character study

    Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson takes a major chance — that works extremely well — in "The Darkness," the launch of a new series about Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir. Angry at having dealt with sexism and ageism, Hulda has never stopped being a good detective, a situation even Magnus is forced to acknowledge.

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    Tana French returns, siding with victim in 'The Witch Elm'

    Then a skull is found in the garden of the family home, bringing with it endless questions: To whom did it belong? French burrows deeply into her victim's psyche, plucking out his thoughts and presenting them with such elegantly worded descriptions one may think the author has nestled herself in an armchair squarely in Toby's frontal cortex.

  • May says Irish backstop can't derail deadlocked Brexit talks
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    May says Irish backstop can't derail deadlocked Brexit talks

    Addressing a rowdy session of parliament before she headed to Brussels for a summit on Wednesday, May remained upbeat but repeated she would not agree to anything that could split the United Kingdom. With less than six months before Britain leaves the bloc, talks stalled at the weekend over how to ensure there is no return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland. The stalemate has increased the possibility of Britain leaving the bloc without an agreement, a "no deal" Brexit that could potentially disrupt trade, delay movement of goods, and starve the world's fifth largest economy of investment.

  • Refugee women live in fear, avoiding washrooms because of sexual harassment
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    Refugee women live in fear, avoiding washrooms because of sexual harassment

    The washrooms at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos sit on a slope next to rows of tents and makeshift containers. Most are from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, and made the dangerous journey by boat from Turkey.

  • Kanye and Kim's gift to Ugandan president
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    Kanye and Kim's gift to Ugandan president

    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's office says he has given US rapper Kanye West, who changed his name to Ye last month, the Ugandan name Kanyesigye, which means "Ï trust". Mr Museveni has also given the rapper's wife, Kim Kardashian, the name Kemigisha, which means "the one with blessings from God",

  • Chase Cancels Canadian Rapper’s Bank Account Because His Mom Is A Liberal MP
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    Chase Cancels Canadian Rapper’s Bank Account Because His Mom Is A Liberal MP

    A Canadian rapper got a surprise letter in the mail from one of America's biggest banks, notifying him his account will be closed in November because his mom is a federal MP. Dirk Murray "Baba" Brinkman Jr. is the son of Vancouver Quadra Liberal MP Joyce Murray. On Friday, he shared an excerpt of the letter he received from Chase.

  • Review: Josie Silver writes captivating love story
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    Review: Josie Silver writes captivating love story

    When Laurie spies a handsome young man out of a London bus window, she immediately believes in love at first sight. Laurie adores spending time with her best friend and roommate Sarah. One of their favourite pastimes is visiting trendy bars in search of Laurie's long lost "Bus Boy." Sarah is determined to find this elusive man to make her friend's dreams come true.

  • German police say hostage suspect lit explosive, had record
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    German police say hostage suspect lit explosive, had record

    A man who held a woman hostage at Cologne's main train station also injured two other people Monday, and police said his motives weren't clear but they were investigating if he had extremist connections or beliefs. The hostage was taken to a hospital after her ordeal, but it wasn't clear if the suspect harmed her or if she was injured when a special police unit stormed the train station pharmacy where she was held to free her. Before getting into the pharmacy, the man lit a Molotov cocktail inside a restaurant at the station, Cologne police said.

  • Erlton station reopens after pedestrian killed by C-Train
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    Erlton station reopens after pedestrian killed by C-Train

    A pedestrian has died after being hit by a C-Train at Erlton station in southeast Calgary, according to EMS. Police were called to the Erlton LRT Station at 1:20 p.m. after it was reported a pedestrian was hit by a train as it approached the platform. Trains weren't stopping at the station and Calgary Transit said shuttle buses are in place to take riders from City Hall station and 39 Avenue station to Erlton.

  • Kanye gives Ugandan leader sneakers, gets African name
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    Kanye gives Ugandan leader sneakers, gets African name

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian gave Uganda's leader a pair of the rapper's sneakers on Monday and he gave them both "Ugandan" names, at a meeting aimed at promoting tourism in East Africa. Days after a rambunctious meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, a more subdued West presented Yoweri Museveni with a pair of white sports shoes made by his own company that he and Kardashian then signed with a marker pen.

  • StatsCan says businesses spent $14B on cybersecurity in 2017
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    StatsCan says businesses spent $14B on cybersecurity in 2017

    Statistics Canada says Canadian businesses reported spending $14 billion on cybersecurity in 2017 as they confront greater risks in the digital world. The survey finds that more than one in five companies said they were impacted by a cyberattack last year, with large businesses more than twice as likely as small ones to be apparent targets. Businesses said theft of personal or financial information was less common, involving less than one-quarter of the cyberattacks.

  • Canadian, U.S. passports are not the most powerful in the world
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    Canadian, U.S. passports are not the most powerful in the world

    The most powerful passport in the world belongs to Japan, according to the Henley & Partners Passport Index. While Canada's ranking is only sixth place, the overall placement is deceptive,

  • Kenya's Only Hockey Team Comes To Canada To Play First-Ever Game
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    Kenya's Only Hockey Team Comes To Canada To Play First-Ever Game

    Being part of an ice hockey team in Africa poses some challenges, as one can probably imagine. Outdoor rinks are out of the picture, thanks to the weather. Indoor rinks are very hard to come by — there's only one in all of East and Central Africa.