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Oregon Zoo Shut Down For Visitors, So Animals Had A Snow Day

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 9:01 PM

Portland, Ore., was hit with a massive blizzard this week, forcing the Oregon Zoo to shut down to visitors on Wednesday and Thursday.

More than 30 centimetres of snow hit the city in just a few days, leaving human residents not too happy.

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Winnipeg Blizzards Create Giant Snowbanks Along City Roads

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 3:13 PM

Icy roads, blizzards and wind chills as low as –45 C have made so-called Winterpeg live up to its nickname this January.

The conditions have caused serious headaches for city crews — nearly a year's worth of snow fell in a four-week period between December and January....

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Vancouver Is Now Scanning To Find Homes That Suck Energy

(7) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 1:25 PM

Heat vision goggles aren't just a trick for finding bad guys in the movies. The City of Vancouver will be using thermal imaging to find a different culprit — homes that aren't energy efficient.

A thermal imaging pilot program will be launched in January, helping homeowners find ways to...

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Toronto Police Tow Jeep Stuck On Lake Ontario Ice

(5) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 8:50 PM

A Toronto driver accidentally stranded himself and his passenger Tuesday after driving onto frozen Lake Ontario.

Toronto Police responded to the scene at Cherry Beach on Tuesday morning where the jeep was stuck on the ice.

"The driver was trying to impress a passenger. I think...

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► Kids Surprise Their Stepmom With Gift Of Adoption Papers

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 7:55 PM

An Ontario stepmom received a priceless gift for her birthday in December.

Keri McNaught thought she was about to unwrap some new clothes when her 16-year-old stepson, Travis, handed her a package at her birthday party. She was a little curious about why her family was filming her.

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Amazon Awarded Patent For Giant, Airborne Warehouses

(6) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 6:42 PM

Amazon has been testing drone deliveries for a little while now, but a recently awarded patent shows that might just be the beginning of the company's futuristic distribution plans.

In April of last year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded Amazon a patent the company had filed...

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Indian Police Accused Of Sexually Assaulting As Many As 36 Women

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 3:05 PM

Police in India are accused of sexually assaulting as many as 36 women, according to the country's human rights commission.

India's National Human Rights Commission announced on Sunday at least 16 women were victims of sexual or physical assault by state police in the central state of...

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Beet Juice Is Helping Keep Canadian Municipalities Ice-Free

(7) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 10:14 AM

An organic alternative to road salt is helping Canadian municipalities keep their streets ice-free — and smelling kind of sweet.

Cowansville, Que. is just the latest municipality to turn to beet juice, reports CBC News.

The town says mixing the sticky juice with regular road salt reduces the...

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Refugees Risk Freezing To Death In Serbian Warehouses

(11) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 7:05 PM

Thousands of refugees have found themselves trapped in Serbia, completely unprepared for winter storms, waiting at the hope that officials might let them through Hungary's closed border.

Temperatures outside of Belgrade have dipped as low as minus 20 C in the past month.

Over 6,400 refugees and...

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Ryan Gosling And Ryan Reynolds Face Off At The Golden Globes

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2017 | 6:42 PM

It's a duel of the Ryans.

Both Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds are nominated for best actor in a musical or comedy in Sunday's Golden Globe Awards for two wildly different films.

Gosling has been recognized for his enchanting role opposite Emma Stone (who was also nominated this...

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Alberta Teen Behind 'Be Brave Boxes' Hopes To Cheer Up Others With Chronic Illness

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2017 | 4:47 PM

A 16-year-old Alberta teen has used her own chronic illness as inspiration for a business that brings support and community to others..

Taylor Nadraszky was diagnosed with a rare kidney disorder when she was 11-years-old.

Last year, she received a kidney transplant from her father that left her...

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Slackliner Climbs Chairlift To Save Unconscious Skier's Life

(13) Comments | Posted January 8, 2017 | 2:51 PM

A professional slackliner was in the right place at the right time when he used his climbing skills to save a fellow skier's life.

Mickey Wilson is an adventure athlete from Golden, Colo.

On Wednesday, he was skiing at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado's Rocky Mountains when...

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'Dumpster Fire' Is 2016's Word Of The Year

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2017 | 12:50 PM

The American Dialect Society (ADS) has succinctly summed up 2016 with its pick for word of the year — "dumpster fire."

The organization voted on Friday at its annual convention in Austin, Texas, for the term, which beat out others including "woke," "normalize," "post-truth" and "#NoDAPL."

"As a metaphor for...

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BBC's 'Real Housewives Of ISIS' Skit Criticized As 'Poor Taste'

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 8:41 PM

A BBC skit titled "The Real Housewives of ISIS" is being criticized for being unfunny and inappropriate given the real issue of women being enslaved by the Islamic State.

The sketch by "Revolting" parodies the reality show "Real Housewives" and the disturbing way the terrorist organization ISIS...

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ElectRoad Wants To Build Roads That Wirelessly Charge Your Car

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 5:41 PM

An Israeli startup is testing an electric road that would charge cars while they drive.

Oren Ezer, the entrepreneur who started ElectRoad, told Haaretz that it's actually relatively simple to make a "smart road."

Copper chains are inserted into grooves in the asphalt, then...

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Solar Power Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Coal

(40) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 8:19 PM

Last year marked the first time solar and wind power became cheaper than coal — and 2017 might be an even bigger turning point for the green energy industry.

In December, the World Economic Forum released a report that found solar and wind energy have reached parity with, or...

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Backyard Snow Kayaking Goes As Well As You'd Expect

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 3:36 PM

This is why kayaking is probably best left as a summer activity.

On Tuesday, YouTuber Viva Frei decided to pull out his kayak and go for a ride in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains near Lac Megantic.

Unfortunately, he forgot to clear a stack of logs from his...

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Brad Wall Sorry For Sharing Tweet Calling Trudeau A 'Sh*thead'

(63) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 1:40 PM

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has apologized after sharing a tweet that used an expletive to insult Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Tuesday, Wall posted a lengthy criticism of Trudeau's carbon tax on social media.

"Let's focus on technology to solve the global climate problem and stop this ill-conceived carbon tax scheme," he wrote.

He then retweeted Twitter user Branik Fedikov, who wrote "@Andrew_Dalgarno @PremierBradWall @JustinTrudeau if all the money goes back why take it in the first place #shithead".

Wall deleted the retweet, and apologized. He said he never saw the hashtag.

Wall has been a strong voice against Trudeau's proposed carbon pricing plan. The Liberals have given provinces until 2018 to adopt a system with a minimum tax on carbon dioxide pollution of $10 a tonne or a cap-and-trade policy in line with the government's emissions targets.

The Saskatchewan premier has argued carbon pricing will unnecessarily harm the province's economy.

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Ontarian Cracks Up Demonstrating How Not To Shovel A Roof

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 8:38 PM

If we could all have this woman's attitude about winter, it would seem a lot less miserable.

Petawawa, Ont. experienced 36 straight hours of snow recently, leaving the town completely covered in white.

Heather Lanteigne decided to demonstrate exactly how to take care of the massive rooftop overhang...

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Cologne Police Defend Racial Profiling On New Year's Eve

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 8:11 PM

German police are defending their decision to racially profile hundreds of North African men on New Year's Eve.

Last year, police in the city of Cologne were overwhelmed by hundreds of sexual assaults. The city's police chief was dismissed amid criticism of the force's handling of the incidents....

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