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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • House prices could fall 26% if oil hits $35 and stays for 5 years: CMHC

    There is a risk of a collapse in housing prices if oil falls to $35 US a barrel and remains there for five years, triggering unemployment of 12.5 per cent in Canada, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. CMHC chief executive Evan Siddall presented that scenario to a Canadian Association of New York luncheon on Monday, saying house prices could decline by 26 per cent if that happened. Siddall said he doesn't expect that scenario to play out, but it's one of several that the federal housing agency considered in trying to assess what kinds of risks might be faced by the Canadian housing market.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • You Can Live At This Woman’s House For FREE - But There’s One Thing You Have To Do

    The free room in Withington, Manchester, includes not having to spend a penny on bills - but you will have to be good with children as the landlord wants you to babysit her three kids in return. It states: “Free room in exchange for some babysitting.

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  • Stamkos saga has 'eerie' feeling; Seattle arena update; Benching Vinny (Puck Headlines)

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

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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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  • 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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  • Father charged for disabling carbon monoxide alarm, family nearly poisoned last week

    Toronto Fire Services are charging an Etobicoke father for disabling the carbon monoxide alarm after he and his family, including his two-year-old child, were rushed to hospital last week for carbon monoxide poisoning. Paramedics were called to a house on West Wareside Road — located near Rathburn Road west of Highway 427 — at about 2 a.m. after family members reported feeling sick. Firefighters immediately transported the family to a hospital.

  • 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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  • Regina man struggles with HIV-positive status

    It's World Aids Day and a Regina conference is focusing on the HIV epidemic in the First Nations community — a community that includes Brian Campbell. The HIV rate on Saskatchewan's First Nation reserves is 11 times the national average. Among those living with the virus is Campbell, 54, of Regina who says he contracted HIV after years of intravenous needle use.