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Sarah Rieger is a news editor at The Huffington Post Alberta.

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Florida Book Burning Ignites Wildfire, Destroys Homes

(22) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 8:16 PM

Two homes were destroyed and another 25 buildings damaged after a Florida man illegally burned a pile of books on Wednesday.

Florida Fire Service Jacksonville tweeted that the fire began in Nassau County after a man burned a pile of paperbacks. It's illegal to burn household garbage in Florida.

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee Added To Endangered Species List After Trump Lawsuit

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 2:48 PM

The rusty patched bumblebee, one of North America's most important pollinators, is officially an endangered species.

The bee — also known by its scientific name bombus affinis — is precariously close to becoming extinct, after its population disappeared from about 90 per cent of its range over...

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More Than 140 First Nations Still Lack Access To Safe Drinking Water

(54) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 4:02 PM

Anishinabe artist and writer Jay Odjick took to Twitter Monday to call out the lack of clean drinking water on many First Nations in Canada.

Odjick, a TV producer and comics creator, tweeted that his community hasn't had clean drinking water for decades.

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Churchill Blizzard Leaves Residents In 'Crisis' Without Groceries

(12) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 8:30 PM

Churchill, Man., has been hit with a second severe blizzard this month, after being forced to declare a local state of emergency two weeks ago.

The northern town is desperate for supplies — the last freight train came through three weeks ago.

"A lot of families are suffering

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Nearly Half Of Canadians Want Illegal Border Crossers Deported: Poll

(149) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 1:35 PM

Almost half of Canadians think migrants and refugees who illegally cross into Canada at the U.S. border should be sent back to the states, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday.

Just over one-third of respondents (36 per cent) felt Canada should accept undocumented migrants and allow them...

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Quebec City's Musée De La Civilisation Wants To Help You Find Your Ancient Doppelgänger

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2017 | 3:17 PM

A Quebec museum wants to help you find your 2,000-year-old doppelgänger.

Quebec City's Musée de la Civilisation is inviting people to upload selfies in order to find their ancient lookalike.

The museum has partnered with the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève and Fondation Gandur pour l’Art...

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Judy And Cruz Anderson Transform Graffiti Into Traditional Cree Beadwork

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2017 | 2:43 PM

Visual artist Judy Anderson has found a way to honour her son Cruz's graffiti by embracing his art in her own beadwork.

Judy says Cruz wasn't interested in art until a graffiti artist visited his Grade 5 class. That's when he started crafting letter structures and practicing his writing...

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Strong Winds Blow Ice-Fishing Shack Across Lake Superior

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 8:37 PM

Windy weather can often mean a yard littered with branches, or a tangled swing set.

But one Wisconsin man had much more to worry about when strong winds blew his ice-fishing shack across one of the Great Lakes last week.

John Buvala of Air Fox Photography took his drone...

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Sugary Drink Tax Could Save 13,000 Canadian Lives In The Next 25 Years: Study

(23) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 1:40 PM

A 20 per cent tax on companies that make sugary drinks could help save more than 13,000 lives over the next 25 years, according to a University of Waterloo study released Thursday.

It would also save $11.5 billion on health-care spending and bring in $43.6 billion in government revenue.

"We...

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Ewan McGregor Says New York Blizzard Has Nothing On Calgary Weather

(47) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 8:25 PM

New York was hit by a nor'easter blizzard on Tuesday. The storm brought in as much as 60 centimetres of snow in some areas, along with wickedly strong winds and chilly temperatures around the state.

But according to Ewan McGregor, New Yorkers are complaining about a whole lot of...

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4-Year-Old Hikes 3 Hours In Siberian Forest To Help Dying Grandma

(8) Comments | Posted March 14, 2017 | 8:49 PM

A brave four-year-old girl is being saluted as a hero after she hiked through the Siberian wilderness to get help for her sick grandmother.

In February, Saglana Salchak woke up at her grandparent's rural home, more than 40 kilometres from the nearest village, The Siberian Times reported....

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Whistler Avalanche Sweeps Skier Off A Cliff

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 1:56 PM

A skier in B.C. is lucky to have survived after an avalanche knocked him off a cliff.

The skier was headed down his third run of the day at the Whistler Blackcomb resort last month when he switched from the Diamond Bowl run over to the Ruby Bowl.

Suddenly,...

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A House Near Lake Ontario Was Totally Encased In Ice

(8) Comments | Posted March 12, 2017 | 6:23 PM

Eastern Canada and the U.S. were swept with a nasty blizzard this week, knocking out power to thousands of people and blanketing the region in deep snow.

Photographer John Kucko captured and posted a video Sunday of a home on the shore of Lake Ontario that perfectly sums up...

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Newfoundlanders Weather Fierce Winter Storm With Humour And Heart

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2017 | 2:15 PM

Gale-force winds tore through Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday, leaving 70,000 people without power.

Wind speeds as high as 180 km/h blew roofs off buildings (or blew buildings off foundations entirely) and downed power lines, in what Environment Canada said was the strongest storm to hit the province in a...

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'SNL' Mocks Ivanka Trump's Fake Feminism With 'Complicit' Perfume Ad

(14) Comments | Posted March 12, 2017 | 12:02 PM

"She’s beautiful, she’s powerful, she’s complicit."

"Saturday Night Live" gave Ivanka Trump her own glamorous perfume commercial this week.

“She’s a woman who knows what she wants and knows what she’s doing," the voiceover says, as Scarlett Johansson as Trump struts into a black-tie affair, making guests'...

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Dashcam Video Captures Manitoba Snowmobiler Being Hit By Truck

(6) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 8:07 PM

A good Samaritan is recovering from his injuries after he was hit by a semi as he stopped to help a stranded driver in a snowstorm.

A massive blizzard swept into Manitoba earlier this week, leaving dozens of drivers stranded on highways around the province. Some regions received...

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Azure Window, Malta's Natural Rock Arch, Has Collapsed

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 7:57 PM

A world famous rock formation in Malta collapsed into the sea Wednesday morning.

The Azure Window, or Tieqa tad-Dwejra as it's known to locals, was a natural limestone arch that jutted off Gozo Island.

azure window

It was featured in a number of movies and TV shows...

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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Says He's Never Seen An 'Illegal Canadian' Immigrant

(152) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 7:02 PM

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham joked at a CNN town hall last week that he had "never met an illegal Canadian."

Graham made the comments on Mar. 1, at a town hall with U.S. Senator John McCain. The pair had been asked about immigration to the U.S., and how they...

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'Robot Lawyer' Helps Refugees Apply For Asylum In Canada

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 7:17 PM

A Facebook chatbot is helping refugees apply for asylum to Canada.

Stanford University student Joshua Browder designed a robot lawyer in 2015 to help people appeal parking tickets, work out compensation for delayed or cancelled flights and even help people who are HIV positive navigate the legal...

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Researchers Invent A Sponge That Could Transform Oil Spill Cleanup

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 1:09 PM

Researchers have designed a new material that could completely revolutionize the way oil spills are cleaned up.

When the Deepwater Horizon spill happened in 2010, the cleanup presented an unexpected challenge. Millions of gallons of oil didn't collect on the surface, where it could be skimmed off or burned, but...

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