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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • The Internet Says These Are the Best Black Tights Out There

    Groan — it happened. Before we had a chance to truly get accustomed to the whole idea of Fall and — ugh! — Winter weather, it was time to break out the tights again. And while we plan on trying our hardest to switch things up this year, per stylist Brad Goreski's suggestion, we know in our heart of hearts that the true hue for us will always be black. It's just the sleekest and the simplest, and it pairs well with a variety of different looks. A win all around. But how can one tell a crappy pair of tights from ones that won't rip the second they're slipped on? The reviews, of course, which we've already scanned to find the best options out there. Read on to see and shop the Internet's best-rated

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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bill 6 will pass this fall, but Notley leaves door open to changes

    Premier Rachel Notley says her government will pass Bill 6 this fall, but she is leaving the door open for possible amendments. Notley said the contentious farm safety bill, which drew more than 1,000 farmers and ranchers to a noisy protest at the Alberta legislature on Monday, does not prohibit children from working on their family's farms, as critics have suggested. Nor will it prevent children from taking part in 4H activities.

  • Queen jokes with Canada's PM that he 'made her feel so old' - BBC News

    The Queen has joked that she was made to feel old by the new Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, after he spoke of her historic visits to Canada. Mr Trudeau, who is 43, had earlier toasted the 89-year-old Queen at a banquet for the leaders of Commonwealth countries, taking place in Malta. Justin Trudeau referred to the Queen's trips to Canada, including one in 1982 when she was welcomed by his father - the former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

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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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  • Tracy Morgan Spoke To God In His Coma

    In June 2014 Tracy Morgan was involved with a devastating highway accident that left him with a broken leg and femur, broken nose, and several broken ribs; he was in a coma for two weeks. Now in an interview with Complex, Morgan reveals that while comatose, he spoke with God: Does it feel like everything's back to normal after what you went through? Well, you’re never going to be normal after you go through something like that. You don’t die for a few weeks and then come back to normal, trust me. Something’s going to be missing, something’s going to be gained—you just got to live your life after that. But after surviving something like that, I’m probably never going to feel normal. I went to

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • First Pictures Emerge Of Oscar Pistorius’ Prison Cell

    Pictures have emerged of the prison cell where Oscar Pistorius was held for almost a year after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 

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  • Father charged for disabling carbon monoxide alarm after family rushed to hospital

    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.

  • '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.