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.

  • $50M Lotto Max mystery sparked 'need-to-know' warning

    The mystery surrounding a winning $50 million Lotto Max ticket led the B.C. Lottery Corporation's president to warn employees earlier this year not to speculate about the case in public. According to a memo released under a freedom of information request, Jim Lightbody issued an all-staff reminder to employees last March to keep quiet during the verification process, which is still going on. "Share information only on a 'need-to-know' basis.

  • 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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  • Tim Horton drive-thru text nets $287 fine

    A Beaumont man says he never expected a coffee run at Tim Hortons would land him in hot water with police. A.J. Daoust was texting in the drive-thru, last Thursday morning, when he was issued a $287 ticket for distracted driving. Daoust had just answered a text on his phone when he got a tap on the window.

  • Justin Trudeau billing taxpayers for nannies is 'hypocritical,' Lisa Raitt says

    Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt says it is "hypocritical" for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bill taxpayers for nannies after he spent the last campaign telling voters he didn't need the Tory child tax benefit because he had more than enough money to support his children. CBC News reported Monday that taxpayers are paying the wages of two nannies who care for the children of Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau. The hirings were approved late last week, with cabinet authorizing the appointment of the two women under the Official Residences Act as "special assistants" at the prime minister's residence. "But then in another guise [he] does accept taxpayer dollars … so that he can care for his kids by the use of two nannies funded by the state.

  • 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.

  • Kobe: 'I had to accept the fact I don't want to do this anymore'

    The Lakers legend spoke about his forthcoming retirement at length in a must-watch press conference following a dramatic loss to the Indiana Pacers.

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  • Man ‘Killed Dad And Stabbed Mum For Not Including Him In Takeaway’

    Ronald Pritchett is said by police to have flew into a furious rage when they didn’t buy anything for him from the fast food restaurant. The couple’s eldest son, Percival Pritchett, Jr, said of the incident: “Nobody expects this type of thing to happen to their family.

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  • This German grocery chain has been called the world's best — and it's cheaper than Walmart or Trader Joe's

    Aldi has been called the world's best grocery chain. The German company has more than 8,000 stores around the world and is rapidly expanding. One reason people love Aldi? The brand's famously low prices. Groceries at Aldi are "shockingly cheaper" than those at Walmart, according to a study by Cheapism. They're also cheaper than those at industry darling Trader Joe's. Aldi employs a few smart strategies to sell groceries for so cheap. 1. Private labels You won't find many brand names at Aldi. About 90% of the products at the grocer are private labels. By eliminating the middleman, Aldi can pass the savings on to consumers. Aldi sticks to private labels and offers fewer items than the typical grocery

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  • Canada housing market to become a drag on the economy: Poll

    Canada's housing market is likely to be a drag on economic growth over the next couple of years, thanks to too much supply and high levels of household debt making further buying a risky affair, a Reuters poll found. The housing market has been one of the brightest spots in the Canadian economy in recent years. Strong housing helped Canada weather the worst of the global financial crisis as the U.S. housing market south of the border collapsed.

  • Your Coffee Machine Is Breeding Bacteria

    What do you usually put in your coffee in the morning? Cream? Sugar? A shot of antibiotic cleaner? Maybe we should start considering that last one. A new study released on Monday found that the leftover coffee caught in the drip tray of a coffee machine — specifically the high-end Nespresso machine — is a great breeding ground for a certain kind of bacteria. The study, published in the open-access scientific journal Scientific Reports, found between 35 and 67 different types of bacteria hanging out in the waste trays of nine Nespresso machines that had been used for at least one year. Gross. But importantly, the researchers discovered that most of the strains of bacteria could not only tolerate

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 'I fear for my life,' says Manitoba woman seeking protection from husband

    Court documents revealed that Runke was granted a protection order in July against her estranged husband, Kevin Runke, who she said had been stalking her for months. Faith said the provincial government's proposal to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to apply for and receive protection orders will help others in her situation. "I tried to go and get a restraining order done but they said [there] wasn't enough evidence for them to do it, so I just left," she said.

  • Massive $17.5M Underground Bunker Can Withstand 20-Kiloton Blast in Style (21 photos)

    Is there a better place to survive the apocalypse than this $17.5 million bunker compound? We don’t think so. Here’s the rundown of features that most preppers go to bed dreaming of:

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  • Will You Live to See Your 80th Birthday?

    Want to know what the odds are that you'll live a long, healthy life? Take this quiz to find out.

  • Jason Spezza's west-end mansion sells more than a year after listing

    The two-storey, eight-bedroom Carlingwood-area estate of former Ottawa Senators captain Jason Spezza has been sold to a mystery buyer. “It just happened recently. I’m not at liberty to divulge any terms of the sale,” said Christopher Barker of Coldwell Banker Rhodes & Company, citing client privilege. Barker would not comment on when the house was sold, what price it sold for or to whom. The mansion at 905 Hare Ave. has been on the market since July 2014 and was originally listed for a cool $1.69 million. The list price was later lowered to $1,399,000. In addition to the eight bedrooms, the home has six bathrooms, six parking spaces, a mud room, a patio and an inground pool. Built in 2001, the q
  • 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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  • 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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