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Yellowknife Looks Like Beijing Right Now (PHOTOS)

(18) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:03 PM

It has a population of around 20,000 people. This weekend it looked as polluted as a sprawling metropolis of millions.

Yellowknife was blanketed with smoke from raging wildfires this weekend, making the city look more like Beijing than a sleepy Arctic outpost.

This is what it looked...

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Average Canadian Climate Denier Is An Evangelical Man From Alberta Who Votes For The Tories

(115) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Stephen Harper is 55 years old, makes his home in Alberta, goes to an Evangelical church and, presumably, votes for the Conservatives. According to a new poll, that puts the prime minister in the high-risk group for climate denial.

The survey from Forum research found that the vast...

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How Much Stephen Harper And Top Tories Have Aged In Office

(26) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:26 AM

Stephen Harper has been prime minister since 2006 -- that's nearly a decade. Here's a look at how much power has changed him and his top lieutenants ... physically, of course.

Stephen Harper

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This June Was The Hottest In History And Canada Is On Fire (VIDEO)

(120) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Yes, winter was super cold. No, global warming is not a hoax.

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Tories Release Pro-Israel Ad Amid War In Gaza, But They Don't Want Everyone To See It (VIDEO)

(84) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:11 AM

As the conflict in Gaza escalates, the Conservatives have released a dramatic new ad that highlights the party's staunch support for Israel, but it seems they aren't looking for a wide audience.

Titled "Through Fire and Water", the web commercial features Prime Minister Stephen Harper and...

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Places In Canada You Won't Believe Actually Exist

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:07 PM


They're real and they're spectacular.

This is Mount Thor on Baffin Island in Nunavut

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(Nestor Lewyckyj)

It has the world's highest vertical drop

mount thor nunavut

That's 1,250 metres, straight...

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Globe And Mail Strike Watch: Management Erects Fence In Toronto

(19) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:21 PM

It's a grave day for journalism in Canada when one of the country's most venerable newspapers erects a fence around its building to keep out its own reporters and editors.

UPDATE: Globe and Mail union members vote 92.3 per cent to reject the company's contract offer, according to an...
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Two-Thirds Of Canadians Say They Love Their Country In New Poll

(89) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Canada is often ranked as one of the best countries in the world, but how do the people who actually live here feel about the The True North strong and free?

The short answer is pretty good, though there is wide variation among different regions, according to a...

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Canada Is Warming At Twice The Global Average And We Still Don't Have A National Plan

(220) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Canada has been warming at roughly double the global average over the last six decades, setting the stage for dramatic changes to the economy, environment and our very way of life. But government and business have been slow to react and Canada still has no national plan to address climate...

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Stupid Questions Tourists Ask When They Visit Canada

(206) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Visitors from America, we're looking at you now. And we're not amused. OK, we are, but we're also mad.

Because these are some seriously stupid questions.

We asked readers to tell us the most ridiculous things they've been asked by tourists visiting Canada. This is what they...

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Remember The Strangers Kissing Video? The Sequel Has Slapping (And Haley Joel Osment)

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Remember that viral video of the actors and models kissing? Now add slapping (and Haley Joel Osment) and you'll have something that's much, much more satisfying.

The video isn't a parody but a recreation, except with hitting. It's the brainchild of screenwriter Max Landis and features...

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Kevin Newman Live Cancelled After Just 7 Months On The Air

(7) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:51 PM

"Kevin Newman Live" has been cancelled after just seven months on the air.

The nightly current affairs program debuted on CTV News Channel last November and promised to offer a "more connected" take on the news. The program incorporated social media and tried to present the day's events...

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Conservative MP James Lunney Denies That Climate Change Science Is 'Settled'

(313) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 12:58 PM

The vast majority of experts may be convinced, but Conservative MP James Lunney doesn't think that climate change is "settled" science.

The long-time Tory MP for the B.C. riding of riding of Nanaimo—Alberni tweeted a link to a story questioning the science behind global warming on Tuesday with...

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One Of Our Writers Flew A Jetpack. It Didn't Go So Well (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Maybe some people just aren't meant to fly.

When I heard that flyboarding was coming to Toronto, I knew I had to try it. Who doesn't want to fly high through the air on streams of highly-pressurized water?

I spent several days Googling things like "flyboarding injuries" and "first person...

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Canadian Health Care Isn't As Good As You Think It Is

(101) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 1:55 PM

So we're better than The United States, but should we really aim so low?

Those who suggest changes to the health care system are generally met with cries of "treason" and are invited to move south of the border. The superiority of our model to that of the U.S. has...

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Toronto Sun's Ontario Election Front Page Is Just As Ridiculous As You Would Expect

(54) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:46 AM

The Toronto Sun's front page on the Ontario Election is out and it's about as fair and balanced as you would expect.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO HELL: THE SEQUEL.

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People Are Tweeting Their Ballots And Elections Ontario Is Freaking Out

(62) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Many Ontarians took to Twitter Thursday to post proud photos of their election ballots. Elections Ontario was not pleased.

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The body which administers voting in the province was quick to respond to any ballot tweets (and even retweets) with rebukes. As of Thursday afternoon, the agency's...

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No, Your $2 Bills Are Not Worth $20,000

(8) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 8:59 AM

If you've been anywhere near Facebook this week you've probably already seen that your old Canadian $2 bills are now magically worth $20,000. Hooray, we're all rich! Or at least everyone who held on to a few of those classic reddish-orange notes. Except, like so many things on...

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I Don't Eat Meat Because It's Moral.
I Eat It Because It's Delicious

(61) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 6:22 PM

It's hard not to think about when you're sitting in front of a plate of beef heart.

Is eating meat OK? Is there any way to justify mowing down on this plate of pork cheeks?

What about these fermented immature smelts? Fish don't have feelings,...

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These Tim Hudak Graphs Are Absolutely Ridiculous

(77) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Did Tim Hudak and Ontario's Progressive Conservatives skip math class?

The PC leader has a master's degree in economics, but sometimes it's hard to tell. Hudak has already faced plenty of criticism for employing fuzzy math in his Million Jobs Plan, but his use abuse of graphs is...

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