Everything Canadians were searching for in 2015

Discover the biggest search queries of the year, from sports moments and diet trends to big news moments and scandals.

  • Trudeau children's nannies being paid for by taxpayers

    Canadian taxpayers are paying the wages of two nannies hired to care for the children of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, according to cabinet orders posted online. The disclosure comes after an election campaign where Trudeau repeatedly attacked the Conservatives' enhanced universal child care benefit, or UCCB, and income splitting for families, arguing rich families like his and former prime minister Stephen Harper's didn't need taxpayers' help. "In these times, Mr. Harper's top priority is to give wealthy families like his and mine $2,000," Trudeau said in reference to the Conservatives' income-splitting tax credit.

  • Birthday Cake Fail As Cake Maker Takes Text Message Literally

    A mum who requested the message on her son’s birthday cake ‘should be happy 21st Stefan’ was left speechless when she got exactly that piped on top. 

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  • Muslim woman 'held for 13 hours' at Heathrow Airport - BBC News

    An American Muslim was detained for 13 hours after flying into a UK airport because of her faith, she says. Ayan Mohamud, 18, who arrived at Heathrow Airport, said she felt she was being "judged" in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. "I wasn't expecting to be interrogated or held in a room for hours," said Ms Mohamud, who left the US for the first time, to visit family in Leicester. Border Force said the checks were for immigration purposes. Keith Vaz, Leicester East MP, said he would be raising Ms Mohamud's case in his capacity as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee. "I have the head of Border Force in front of my committee on Tuesday and will definitely ask about this," he said.

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  • Andrew Coyne: Any role Canada might play in Paris is strictly for show

    “Canada is back, my good friends,” Justin Trudeau said at the end of his speech to the Paris climate summit, and then he did that thing he does, where he touches his heart with his hand. For fans of self-serving humbug, this was the trifecta: the glib sloganeering, the false humility the gaudy theatricality, and all in the service of — what? Beyond the suggestion, familiar from years past, that “Canada” equals “Liberal,” and the shower of applause in reply from his “good friends” at the conference, it’s hard to say. Certainly in substantive terms it matters not a whit whether “Canada is back,” even supposing that meant anything and even supposing we were. As far as the future temperature of the

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  • Women Who Urinated In Front Of Praying Muslim Family Are Spared Jail

    Two women who urinated in front of a Muslim family while they prayed in a park have walked free from court. Natalie Richardson, 32, and Claire Farrell, 36, who were drunk at the time, shouted racist abuse and pulled down their underwear and squatted within metres of the Syrian family, which included two children aged eight and ten. Another six children were in the company of the two drunken women on a Sunday afternoon in Central Park, Plymouth on August 16.

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  • Hawaii's breathtaking but illegal 'Stairway To Heaven' is in danger of closing — so now locals want to charge $100 to climb it

    Would you pay $100 just to take a hike? In an attempt to save a beloved landmark, Oahu, Hawaii, residents are proposing to charge the tourists who come to climb the famed "Haiku stairs" in their state's capital. The "Stairway To Heaven," as it has been nicknamed by locals, has nearly 4,000 steps that lead to the summit of Puu Keahi a Kahoe. It has been officially closed for nearly 30 years now, but the laws haven't stopped massive amounts of tourists and locals from making the trek. It's definitely not easy — those who dare to pass have to avoid guards and make their way around guarded fences. Earlier this year, the stairs were damaged during a storm, and now a decision must be made about what

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  • Delivery Driver Caught Pretending To Deliver Xbox And Leaving Note In Package Scam

    A delivery driver has been caught on camera pretending to deliver an Xbox to a house before appearing to drive off, keeping the console for himself. CCTV footage outside Paul Kerswill’s home show the Hermes driver walking up to his house empty handed before leaving a note to say he had left the package in a bin next to the property in Hull, East Yorkshire. Mr Kerswill had ordered the £300 Xbox from Amazon in a Black Friday deal as a surprise present for his son, Kurt.

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  • Game of Thrones Actor Smashes Keg Throw Record

    Hafþór Björnsson, or The Mountain from Game of Thrones as he’s more commonly known by his fans, holds the title for being the world’s strongest man. On November 28, he attempted another world record, the keg toss, and managed to smash the previous record. He threw a 15kg keg over 24 feet into the air, completely stunning the watching audience. Credit: YouTube/Official Strongman

  • Michelle Obama Welcomed the White House Christmas Tree in a Wool Blazer (29 photos)

    Being the first lady comes with a lot of responsibility. And while being a trendsetter certainly pales in comparison to the weight of attempting to curb the childhood obesity problem in the United States or getting kids moving, dressing fashionably is part of the job. A few years into her husband’s presidency, Michelle Obama has already set herself apart from her predecessors, bringing a modern edge — and even J. Crew — to the White House. She’s also a political dresser, conscientiously picking labels to fit with occasions, from wearing a custom Vera Wang gown for a state dinner hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping and Tadashi Shoji when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe came to Washington to Missoni in Italy and Preen in England.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

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  • Family, friend say mother of five one of three found dead in rural Alberta home

    As RCMP continue to look for a suspect, more is being learned about three people who were killed in a rural Alberta home. The bodies of Roxanne Ruth Berube, 36, her boyfriend, Dan Miller, and her teenage daughter, Jazmine Miller, were found Sunday in a home near Edson, Alta. Gibson Glavin stressed the deaths were not a murder-suicide.

    The Canadian Press
  • Woman in a wheelchair says she was denied Transit Windsor service on stroller-filled bus

    Last week, the Windsor woman said she was told she couldn't get on a bus because the designated wheelchair spots were taken up by passengers with strollers. "It'd be different if there were two wheelchairs in the spot," LaCount said. This was the second time LaCount's been denied access to a Windsor bus because there was no room for her wheelchair. She's contacted Transit Windsor, the mayor's office and called 3-1-1.

  • Alberta snowbirds cautioned to beware of kissing bug

    Kissing bugs, also known as 'assassin bugs,' are becoming more prevalent in the United States, having crawled their way north into at least 28 states. "The trick is, when you're in bed, you have the sheets pulled up," said Pete Heule, resident bug expert at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. " Even if you're in Central America, where it's really hot, you still have the sheets pulled up, and the most commonly exposed body part is your face.

  • Email to Clinton: Canadian foreign affairs types really hated the Harper Tories

    A U.S. official expressed amazement at how deeply detested Canada's Conservative government was by some employees of the Foreign Affairs Department. It was contained in a message where a U.S. official described how his colleagues across the border pleaded for his help lobbying the Canadian government not to cut a program for Haiti. The U.S. special co-ordinator for Haiti said Canadians were worried about budget cuts that would have slashed down an operation from 11 employees to four, for a country that was ostensibly a major Canadian foreign policy priority.

    The Canadian Press
  • This Is A Brick Made From The Dust In Beijing’s Smog

    This brick is made of pollutants sucked out of the air in Beijing. 

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  • 'Slick' $62K banking scam stopped by CIBC staff in LaSalle, Ont.

    An Ontario woman was briefly bilked out of $62,000 last week before fast-acting bank staff realized she had been scammed, reversed the transfer and called police. Police in LaSalle, Ont., a town just west of Windsor, say an elderly woman fell victim to a phone scam that looked and sounded legitimate. Harbinder Gill said the woman received a call from what appeared to be a CIBC phone number and spoke to two men.

  • Heat pump myths busted

    Two recent stories about heat pumps on drew lots of online comments and revealed some confusion about the units. Ted White teaches engineering technology at the New Brunswick Community College and knows a lot about heat pumps. White read those comments and came up with six heat pump myths that needed to be busted.

  • Watch: Tiger Becomes Friends With Goat He Was Supposed To EAT

    An unlikely friendship has developed between a tiger and a goat that was served up to him for his lunchtime meal. Amur the tiger, housed at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia, did not seem to be interested in devouring Timur the goat when it was introduced to its enclosure. Instead, the pair seemed to buddy up, with Timur following around his fearsome new friend everywhere he went.

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  • 'World's sexiest robot' causes a frenzy at Beijing tech conference

    The World Robot Conference in Beijing was reportedly taken by storm this week when the latest iteration of Geminoid F – an almost terrifyingly-realistic robot woman – made an appearance during the show. Known to many as "the world's sexiest robot," the rubber-skinned android can speak, sing, and even act according to China's state-run news service. "The gel will become saggy after one or two years and has to be replaced as a result," said Sun Yuting, a Chinese student working for Ishiguro lab, to a reporter at the conference.

  • Canadian comedian explains why all Muslims aren’t terrorists with Justin Bieber analogy

    Comedian Susan Kent has a strong message to those Canadians who are attacking fellow citizens for being Muslim. 

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  • Poker star Daniel Negreanu returns to his roots

    While promoting a new documentary on his life that airs Tuesday, we invited Daniel Negreanu out to shoot some 8-ball - and open a window on the competitive streak and background that has made him one of the world's foremost poker players.

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