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Cleaned Up Reputation! Ottawa Called Canada’s “Most Orderly And Best Conducted City” In 1865

On this day in 1865, Queen Victoria issued a Royal Proclamation making Ottawa the permanent seat of government for the Province of Canada. The soon to be ‘Capital’ was nearing confederation, and had slowly turned itself around from its earlier

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Celebrating Lowtech! Tom Hanks Is Obsessed With Typewriters

Actor Tom Hanks has written a book. It’s a collection of short stories, on a variety of subjects: a World War II veteran on Christmas Eve in 1953, a California surfer kid who makes an unsettling discovery. There’s time travel too,

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‘UPS Dogs’ Breaks The Old Stereotype Of Postal Carriers vs. Canines

Postal workers and dogs don’t always get along. That’s a well known fact. But not all carriers feel that way. UPS Dogs is a nation-wide network of canine-loving ‘big brown truck’ drivers who post pictures of the pups they become

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Stanley Cup Monument Taking Shape At Sparks & Elgin

The installation of the Stanley Cup monument at the intersection of Sparks and Elgin Street is finally underway. The work is expected to be completed in December. Once open to the public, the structure which is meant to resemble the

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Billy Joel To Become A Dad Again At 68

Billy Joel is set to become a father for the third time at the age of 68. Billy’s wife, Alexis Roderick, is expecting a sibling for their two-year-old daughter Della Rose, and is due to give birth next month. Billy

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More Snow Than Usual Predicted For Eastern Ontario & Quebec Winter

Say it ain’t so! A snow-filled winter is in store for much of eastern Canada. AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect weak La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific, which is expected to play a role in the overall weather pattern across North

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Stratford Festival Promoting Gender Bending Roles For 2018

Shakespeare’s plays are well known for cross-dressing and gender-bending roles. Two of his best loved comedies, Twelfth Night and As You Like It, depend on the confusions and revelations that arise from female characters disguising themselves as men. But the

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New Brunswick City Considers Curfew And Fines For Older Trick Or Treating Teens

Changes to a controversial Halloween bylaw that bans older teens from trick-or-treating and sets an early curfew in Bathhurst, New Brunswick, are expected to be approved at a council meeting today. The new rules would forbid anyone older than 16

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40 Years Later, Margaritaville Has Paid Off Handsomely For Jimmy Buffett

Few songs have proven as lucrative as “Margaritaville,” a modest 1977 hit by singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett. That sun-soaked ode to the easy-life has become a springboard for Jimmy’s business empire, which includes restaurants, apparel, kitchen appliances, a brand

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Celebrating The Trash Panda!

Ever wondered who coined the term ‘Trash Panda’? In early 2014, Redditor Carl Peligro made a brief comment on a photo of a raccoon: “Raccoons = trash pandas.” The description stuck, and now the term “trash pandas” has become ubiquitous

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Ottawa’s Annual Wiener Dog Parade Happens This Weekend!

Why not head to the ByWard Market this weekend for the ongoing Ottawa Sausage Fest (on now through Sunday, October 15th). On Saturday, you can take in a Sausage Party, and the annual Weiner Dog Parade – the tiniest parade

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Outdoor Rink Still Planned For Parliament Hill

The NHL’s bid to play hockey on Parliament Hill won’t be happening for a variety of reasons, but come December, you might still be able to perform a triple lutz on the ice-covered lawn facing the Peace Tower. Canadian Heritage

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Another Close Shave, Astronomically Speaking

Astronomers around the world be keeping a close eye on a roughly 20-metre-wide (house sized) asteroid on Thursday as it flies well within the moon’s orbit, about 50,000 kilometres above Earth. While this asteroid currently poses no threat to Earth,

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Green Spaces Good For Our Collective Health

A new study suggests having a daily dose of trees and other greenery can extend your life. Dan Crouse of the University of New Brunswick, along with other researchers studied 1.3 million Canadians in 30 cities over an 11-year period.

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The Rolls Royce Hood Ornament And The Story of Forbidden Passion Behind It

The very first Rolls-Royce motorcars didn’t have hood ornaments. They simply carried the Rolls-Royce emblem. Apparently, that wasn’t good enough for some of their customers, who believed that such a prestigious vehicle should have its own luxurious mascot. Enter ‘The

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