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Michelle Butterfield is The Huffington Post Alberta's Associate News Editor. She was previously an online editor at The Calgary Herald.

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Jobs In Canada That Are High-Pay And Low-Stress

(28) Comments | Posted February 25, 2017 | 12:11 PM

There are two things every working Canadian probably wishes they had: more money and less stress.

But is there such a thing as a high-paying job that isn't super stressful?

We've complied a list of jobs in Canada that meet both requirements.

We used PayScale to...

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Controversy Swirls After Video Of Tigers Taking Out Drone Goes Viral

(6) Comments | Posted February 24, 2017 | 5:45 PM

New footage of tigers chasing a drone in China has many flying high with excitement, but the backstory will bring viewer enthusiasm back down to the ground.

Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) recently shared footage from Harbin Siberian Tiger Park, showing a pack of tigers chasing...

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Justin Trudeau Shocks Ordinary Canadian Kayleen Gardiner With Personal Call

(96) Comments | Posted February 24, 2017 | 1:38 PM

When Kayleen Gardiner answered her phone on Thursday morning, she was "pretty shocked" to hear the other voice on the line.

After all, it's not every day you get a phone call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Gardiner, who lives in Cambridge, Ont., sent a letter to the...

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Prisoner Pods Allow Manitoba RCMP To Reach The Most Remote Of Areas

(14) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 4:49 PM

For police in Canada's wild North, sometimes the weather conditions call for a bit of creativity.

And officers in northern Manitoba have come up with a pretty creative solution to transport prisoners from places where their traditional vehicles can't go.

RCMP in The Pas have introduced a couple...

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Iceland President Gudni Johannesson Really, Really Hates Pineapple On Pizza

(19) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 4:20 PM

When it comes to food, the world can be divided into two camps: those who think pineapple has a place on pizza and those who definitely don't.

If Iceland's president had his way, no sweet chunks of tropical goodness would ever be found on a slice of savoury pie ever...

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Bill Yarmovich, Alberta Senior, Says He Was Forced To Sell Home To Cover Ryley Village's Cost For Painting It

(80) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 2:00 PM

An Alberta senior claims he had to sell his home to cover the cost of a painting bill forced upon him by village officials.

Bill Yarmovich, 86, told CTV News that he tried to paint his house himself in 2015 after the Village of Ryley sent him

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Canada's Smallest Town, Tilt Cove, N.L., Has A Population Of 4

(13) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 5:07 PM

Canada's smallest town keeps getting smaller.

The population of Tilt Cove, N.L. was considered sparse a few years ago, when there were just seven residents calling the town home.

But since 2015, the population has almost been cut in half, and now just four people live there year-round....

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Newfoundland Blizzard Prompts This Creative Snow Removal Hack

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 1:23 PM

Two Newfoundlanders walk into a blizzard with a snowblower and a car...

Sounds like the setup to an ultra-Canadian joke, right?

Bethany Loveman captured a truly Canadian life hack Wednesday, when her dad and fiancé got creative while blowing snow from their Botwood, N.L. driveway. (Watch their trick...

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Bikini-Clad New Brunswick Man Hops On ATV To Plow Snow

(43) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 4:23 PM

(Warning: The above video has strong language and is NSFW.)

There's an old weather proverb in Canada — "Big snow, little clothes."

Actually, that's not a saying. We totally made that up.

But it's an apt description of this New Brunswick man's snow removal shtick.

Shane Spencer, of Minto, N.B.,...

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Atlantic Canada Blizzard Won't Stop People From Getting Sh*t Done

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 1:48 PM

A little bit of snow (OK, A LOT of snow) isn't about to stop Atlantic Canadians from getting stuff done.

Obviously, there are cars to dig out and driveways to clear. But what about the people who perform critical, often life-saving work that doesn't stop when the weather turns...

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John Oliver Buys TV Ads To Force Trump To Learn Facts

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 4:04 PM

John Oliver has come up with a plan to sneak more facts into U.S. President Donald Trump's day — a plan so genius it just might work.

Oliver returned to the small screen in HBO's "Last Week Tonight" in its fourth season premiere Sunday. The comedian used the episode...

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Halifax Weather: Blizzard Being Compared To 2004's 'White Juan'

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 1:14 PM

The snowstorm that's currently pounding Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada is ferocious, and drawing comparisons to previous crippling storms — most notably 2004's "White Juan."

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Nova Scotia's Historic Mounce Mansion Selling For Less Than Half A Million Dollars

(18) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 3:24 PM

A Nova Scotia mansion on the market is generating a lot of interest from buyers across Canada — probably because the 7,000 sq.-ft. home can be purchased for less than what many pay for a cramped condo in some major Canadian cities.

The Mounce Mansion, located in Nova Scotia's...

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Halifax Trump Tracker Sign Will Have You Laughing.. And Then Crying

(115) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 4:12 PM

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, people seem a bit torn on what their reaction should be — should they laugh, or should they cry?

This sign, spotted in north-end Halifax, gives you permission to do a bit of both.

Ben Wedge was...

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Pop Tax Planned For Northwest Territories As Early As 2018

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 1:44 PM

A new tax on pop and other sugary drinks could be added to shoppers' bills in the Northwest Territories as early as next year to curb obesity and diabetes rates in Canada's north.

Finance Minister Robert McLeod proposed the tax in a budget speech Wednesday, CBC News...

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Syrian Newcomers To Halifax Combat Food Waste With New Farmer's Market Booth

(20) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 4:18 PM

A trio of Syrian newcomers to Halifax, concerned with the amount of food they witnessed going to waste at a local food bank, have come up with a delicious baking enterprise that's helping them connect with their new community.

Rafat Harb and brothers Ahmad and Alla Alhraki are tempting...

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Refugees Fleeing U.S. Make Long, Cold Trek To Manitoba

(22) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 4:08 PM

Afraid of what President Donald Trump's immigration policies could mean for their future, some refugees have been crossing into Canada at the Manitoba border.

Manitoba RCMP have confirmed 22 people crossed the border near Emerson, approximately 100 kilometres south of Winnipeg, over the weekend. Nineteen arrived Saturday and another three...

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Nathan Starzynski Captures Stunning Northern Lights Show From Flight Over Canadian Praries

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 2:05 PM

This will make you think twice before booking an aisle seat the next time you fly.

Nathan Starzynski, a B.C. photographer and filmmaker, was travelling from Southern Alberta to Winnipeg last week when he captured what he's calling the "greatest in-flight entertainment I've ever seen."

"The day...

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New York Subway Commuters Scrub Swastikas Away Using Hand Sanitizer And Tissue

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 12:12 PM

A group of New York City subway commuters joined forces over the weekend to scrub a subway car clean of anti-Semitic graffiti.

Gregory Locke was one of the passengers on the train Saturday evening, and described his disbelief at finding swastikas and other hateful language scrawled on "every advertisement...

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Jason Kenney, Once Hellbent On Upholding Niqab Ban, Can't Stop Welcoming Muslims

(35) Comments | Posted February 1, 2017 | 2:46 PM

An Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful wants Muslim Canadians to know they have and will always be welcome in Alberta — but the message has some wondering when Jason Kenney changed his tune.

The former federal immigration minister posted a video to YouTube Tuesday, condemning Sunday's shooting attack...

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