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.

  • Women allegedly yelled racial slurs and 'viciously attacked' SkyTrain passenger

    Transit Police in Metro Vancouver are looking for two women who allegedly yelled racial slurs at non-white SkyTrain passengers then "viciously attacked" one woman who tried to stop them. The incident happened shortly after midnight, early Saturday Sept. 19, on the lower concourse level of the Granville SkyTrain station in downtown Vancouver. The two women, in their 20s and apparently dressed for a night out, were yelling racial slurs and harassing non-white passengers, said Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan.

  • 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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  • Patriots' Rob Gronkowski agrees officials are targeting him on pass interference

    The tight end has been flagged 10 times this season, six for pass interference.

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  • Man Jailed After Attacking Girlfriend And Smashing Up Wedding – Just Because He Didn’t Want To Go

    Alex Rees, 26, went on a rampage when his partner Tayah Neild insisted he attend the ceremony where she was chief-bridesmaid. Judge Simon Newell told him: “What clearly happened that night is that you, having fallen out with your girlfriend and having certain personal differences about the wedding, rather than taking yourself off, you had too much to drink, assaulted her and caused substantial criminal damage to a number of cars and the wedding premises. Prosecutor Joseph Allman told the court how Rees had been in a relationship with Miss Neild for around 12 months before they were invited to the wedding of Jason and Laura Blockley.

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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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  • A Floridian’s Childhood Dream Realized: A Log Cabin in the Cold (35 photos)

    Growing up in New Jersey, Mike Donnelly used to sketch log homes with mountains behind them and the sun coming up. Decades later, the Florida landscaper and his wife, Mary, built a house in Colorado that fits that bill — except it faces the sunset. The 6,000-plus-square-foot log home in Steamboat Springs boasts 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, plus a detached guesthouse with a bedroom and loft — all with sweeping views of the Yampa Valley, beloved for its beauty and ski slopes. It’s on the market for $4.95 million, and Donnelly is careful to explain that you can ski in, but not ski out. The home is a couple of blocks to the slope that leads to a gondola. One of Donnelly’s favorite rooms is the octagonal “cocktail room” that sits at the corner of the house and has “such an awesome view, you could just hang there and have your coffee or morning devotions,” Donnelly said. A second octagonal room sits off the master suite, and it’s dubbed the sunset room. There’s a second master suite on the upper level, beside a bar and pool room where the family and their guests also play cards and throw darts. Donnelly says his porches are “the best in all of Steamboat Springs. I’m still in love with those views … I hear John Denver. ‘Rocky Mountain High’ plays in my head when I’m out on my porch just walking around.” Twelve rock columns support the decks, matching the grand scale of the home’s giant logs. “Instead of the standard 12 or 16 inches, we did 18 to 24 inches, and it gives it such a strong-yet-pleasant look,” Donnelly said. He’s proud of the landscaping, which includes boulder retaining walls and trees ranging from aspen to blue spruce to white pine and junipers. The listing agent is Chris Paoli of The Paoli Group. Photos by Roger Wade and David Patterson Related on Zillow: • New England Estate With $500,000 Hockey Rink • The Final Frontier: A USS Enterprise Theater Above a Garage Near Houston • An Enchanted Treehouse With an Artist’s Touch

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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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  • 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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  • Ontario woman paying it forward after man who paid for her grocery bill dies

    Mon, Nov 30: An Ontario woman wants to pay an act of kindness forward, after a man who paid for her grocery bill died. The random act of kindness has generated a social media movement to spread generosity. Peter Kim reports.

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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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  • 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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  • Paul Gascoigne Had 14 Lines Of Cocaine Before Taking Chicken And Fishing Rod To Raoul Moat

    Paul Gascoigne has revealed why he went to the aid of murderer Raoul Moat. In July 2010, Gascoigne, in his dressing gown, tried to bring chicken and a fishing rod to Moat, who was engaged in an armed stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland. Moat had shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, her boyfriend Chris Brown - who was killed - and police officer David Rathband before hiding out at Riverside, Rothbury.

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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.

  • Tim Hortons drive-thru road rage leads to fine

    As the dirty old Integra tried to nudge its way into the drive-thru lineup in front of him, Christopher Smith did what any Tim Hortons customer might: Lowered his window to tell the driver he was in line first. "This case is somewhat unusual in that Ms. David is charged as the registered owner of the vehicle involved in two related road rage incidents," Judicial Justice Brenda Edwards noted in her decision.

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • Boy, 6, Somehow Got Stuck At The Top Of This 50ft Tree

    The six-year-old sat right at the top of the 50ft tree in the garden of his home is North Carolina, terrified as he realised he couldn’t get back down again. Fire Chief Rodney Lambert quickly realised that their ladders were too short and the ground too soft for a truck to driver up to the tree.

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