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Michelle Butterfield is a viral news editor for HuffPost Canada. She previously worked for The Calgary Herald as a crime reporter and online editor.

A Halifax native, she has lived in Calgary for more than a decade. When not searching thrift stores for bargains, she's making the best borscht you've ever tasted.

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Edmonton Beer Thieves Make Off With $160,000 In Suds

(4) Comments | Posted May 26, 2017 | 5:06 PM

Edmonton police are hoping these thieves' next party is in prison, after they made off with two semi-trailers full of suds.

On May 3 at approximately 11 p.m., officers responded to a break-and-enter call at a holding yard in the city's southeast.

They found that two semi-trailers, which had...

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Girl Grabbed By Sea Lion In B.C. Being Treated For Dangerous Infection

(4) Comments | Posted May 26, 2017 | 11:18 AM

A little girl yanked off a dock by a sea lion in Richmond B.C. last weekend is now being treated for a rare and dangerous infection.

Vancouver Aquarium spokeswoman Deana Lancaster told NBC News that the girl is taking antibiotics for "seal finger" — an...

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Pigeon Caught Smuggling Drugs Using Tiny, Bird-Sized Backpack

(29) Comments | Posted May 25, 2017 | 3:36 PM

Call it a case of high-flying criminal activity: A homing pigeon has been busted in the Middle East for carrying a tiny backpack filled with illegal drugs.

Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai reported the bird was caught Tuesday trying to smuggle almost 200 pills that contained a form of ketamine.

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Abandoned High River Homes Make Up 'Creepiest Neighbourhood In The World'

(14) Comments | Posted May 25, 2017 | 2:25 PM

At first glance, it appears the people living in Beachwood Estates might be at work and school. Or maybe it's a cool day and everyone's decided to stay warm inside.

But, as U.S. photojournalist Seph Lawless discovered last month, the Southern Alberta neighbourhood has been completely abandoned....

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Grey Wolf Topples Beaver As Canada's Greatest Animal

(88) Comments | Posted May 19, 2017 | 3:45 PM

Dam, Canada.

We weren't expecting this.

Turns out some of you don't hold the industrious, noble beaver in such high regard anymore.

Nevermind that the beaver is an official national symbol. Or on our currency. Or, you know, one of the hardest working animals out there, just...

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Calgary's Sofia Smith Captures Hearts Worldwide After Shaving Head For Cancer

(32) Comments | Posted May 18, 2017 | 5:27 PM

When nine-year-old Sofia Smith decided to shave off her never-before-cut blond locks at a Calgary event last month, she hoped to raise $250 for charity.

Her father Dallas told his daughter she should stretch her goal to $500.

Tearfully, she climbed up on stage at Elboya School on...

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William Liddiard's Omni-Directional Tires Could Change The Way You Parallel Park

(14) Comments | Posted May 17, 2017 | 12:43 PM

Drivers can generally be broken down into two categories: those who can parallel park and those who can't.

For those who fall into the latter, this Canadian creation is for you.

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Luxury Car Vending Machine Opens In Singapore

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2017 | 4:16 PM

Vending machines typically bring to mind a place to get your afternoon pop and chip fix — but a new type of dispenser in Singapore is offering up Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

Used car seller Autobahn Motors is now selling high-end vehicles from a 15-storey showroom that houses...

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Calgary Stampede SuperPass Is The Best Deal Ever

(11) Comments | Posted May 16, 2017 | 11:22 AM


Hold onto your hats, Calgary, because the folks over at the Calgary Stampede have announced what's probably the best deal they've ever offered.

For the first time ever, they'll be selling a "SuperPass" that allows visitors unlimited admission for all 10 days — and it will only...

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Los Angeles Airport Terminal Caters To The Super Rich, Spares No Expense

(8) Comments | Posted May 15, 2017 | 2:13 PM

They say money can't buy everything, but if you're travelling out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) any time soon, forking over extra dough definitely has its advantages.

The world's richest can now pay their way to a better airport experience by using The Private Suite, an...

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Avalanche Near Lake Louise Buries Icefield Parkway Under Massive Wall Of Snow

(3) Comments | Posted May 5, 2017 | 4:39 PM

You know what they say about the best-laid plans...

A so-called "controlled" avalanche in Alberta ended up being a bit bigger than crews expected — so large, in fact, that it completely buried the highway below, making it temporarily impassable.

Control crews were working near Lake Louise Thursday, mitigating...

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May The Fourth Brings Out The Best From The Government Of Canada

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2017 | 12:48 PM

It's May the Fourth — otherwise known as Star Wars Day on the Internet — and the Government of Canada has gone all-in for marking the occasion.

Like this adorable PSA for public transportation

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Virgin Mobile Ranks Highest, Rogers Lowest In Canada Wireless Customer Care

(41) Comments | Posted May 3, 2017 | 12:24 PM

As wireless carriers compete for contracts across Canada, those which go the extra mile for their customers are coming out on top, according to a survey from J.D. Power.

Overall, wireless customer care satisfaction across Canada has risen to 746, up from 738 in 2016, on a 1,000-point scale,...

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P.E.I. Police Photo Shows Just How Little Fentanyl And Carfentanil It Takes To Kill

(6) Comments | Posted May 2, 2017 | 5:01 PM

Police in P.E.I. have put out a compelling image to illustrate how powerful some of Canada's deadliest opioids can be — and how easily they can be disguised in other popular recreational drugs.

The Kensington Police Service posted a photo to Facebook Monday, showing vials of just...

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Edmonton Humane Society Puppies Destroy Beautiful Smash Cake

(8) Comments | Posted May 2, 2017 | 2:34 PM

Sorry, babies. No matter how you slice it, these puppies are now the cutest cake smashers we've ever seen.

The Edmonton Humane Society celebrated its 110th birthday over the weekend, and invited at least four puppies to dig into a giant dog-friendly cake as part of the festivities.

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Tessa The Dog Abandoned In England With Heartbreaking Note

(23) Comments | Posted May 1, 2017 | 12:54 PM

Pet rescuers in England found a 12-year-old dog abandoned in a field last week, alongside a heartbreaking note explaining that her owner had moved to Canada and current caretaker was not up to the task of keeping the dog.

Employees at the South Yorkshire Pet...

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Corner Brook, Newfoundland Offers Money For Littered Coffee Cups

(34) Comments | Posted April 28, 2017 | 2:15 PM

One Newfoundland city is having such an issue with littered coffee cups strewn all over the streets that officials are now offering to pay people to pick up them up.

The City of Corner Brook is offering a bounty of five cents per cup to anyone who saves a discarded...

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Shaw Internet, Cable And Home Phone Outage Across Canada

(58) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 4:40 PM

UPDATE - April 27, 2017: All services to Shaw customers were restored as of 6 p.m. ET. The Canada-wide outage was caused by a software failure during an upgrade to the system, the company said on its website.


It looks like Shaw is having a...

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Donald Trump Impersonators Gather In Los Angeles

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 2:59 PM

To many, the thought of 10 Donald Trumps in one room sounds like a nightmare.

But it was all laughs at a comedy club in Los Angeles Wednesday night, where impersonators gathered to battle it out with their most "tremendous" embodiments of the U.S. president.

Each outfitted with...

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Ferryland Iceberg Is Even More Stunning In This Aerial Footage

(8) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 1:13 PM

Remember the spectacular iceberg that parked itself off the coast of Ferryland, N.L. earlier this month, attracting worldwide attention?

Well, it turns out that all those beautiful photographs only paint a small picture of how amazing it really was.

ferryland iceberg

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