Everyone Can Be Duped by Fake News, Experts Say as Satire Sites Multiply

Everyone Can Be Duped by Fake News, Experts Say as Satire Sites Multiply

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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A man leaves the CBC building in Toronto, April 4, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – When their story about a condo developer who forgot to put bathrooms in a Toronto-area highrise went viral last week, writers at the CBC’s satirical show “This Is That” were faced with an unexpected conundrum: many of the people who heard, read or shared the story online thought it was true.

It wasn’t the first time that readers and listeners had taken the show at face value — the radio program regularly plays voicemail messages from people who mistake it for real news — but enough people flagged it to the CBC this time that the public broadcaster took a drastic step to clear up any possible misunderstanding.

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Clowns Gathering for Montreal Festival Weigh in on Sightings of Creepy Clowns

Clowns Gathering for Montreal Festival Weigh in on Sightings of Creepy Clowns

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

A clown with Khartrum Shriners out of Dryden, Ontario makes his way west on the Trans-Canada Highway towards Winnipeg on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. The Shriners are in the midst of a cross-Canada fundraiser in support of their "Stop Burn Injuries Program." The Shriners are holding their bi-annual convention in Winnipeg this week. The 2011 Midwest Shrine Association Convention will run today until August 6. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)
A clown with Khartrum Shriners out of Dryden, Ontario makes his way west on the Trans-Canada Highway towards Winnipeg on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

MONTREAL – Professional clowns say their craft shouldn’t be confused with the sightings of creepy clowns across North America over the past several weeks.

Stacey Laureyssens, interim president of the 150-member Clowns Canada, says the distinction between the fear-sowing tricksters and the real thing should be clear.

“People dressing up like clowns to scare people is just the same as dressing like scarecrows, zombies or vampires to scare people,” said Laureyssens (a.k.a. Empress Cherry Sunday), who is in Montreal this week for a clown festival.

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Mint Issues Coin to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Battle of Hong Kong

Mint Issues Coin to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Battle of Hong Kong

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2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin — Second World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Hong Kong (ROYAL CANADIAN MINT)

WINNIPEG — A special edition silver coin is marking the 75th anniversary of the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada who fought to defend Hong Kong from enemy invasion in December 1941.

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the 99.99% pure silver Battle of Hong Kong coin on Thursday at the Manitoba legislature.

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Northbound Arlington Bridge Closing for Paving

Northbound Arlington Bridge Closing for Paving

City of Winnipeg LogoNorthbound lanes of the Arlington Bridge will be temporarily closed from Logan Avenue to Dufferin Avenue beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

The city says the closure is to facilitate asphalt paving of the Arlington/Dufferin intersection. The southbound direction of traffic on the bridge will be maintained while construction is underway.

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Samsung Advises Using Delicate Cycle on Its Washing Machines to Avoid Explosions

Samsung Advises Using Delicate Cycle on Its Washing Machines to Avoid Explosions

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Samsung is warning consumers to take care when using its top-loading washing machines, which can explode during normal use involving large items like bedding.

The company, which is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to address the safety issues, said certain machines made between March 2011 and April 2016 may be affected.

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Traffic Stop on Highway 59 Turns Up Cocaine, Three Winnipeg Men Charged

Traffic Stop on Highway 59 Turns Up Cocaine, Three Winnipeg Men Charged

RCMP Logo VehicleA traffic stop on Highway 59 has three Winnipeg men facing numerous drug charges.

Police pulled over a vehicle on September 19 at around 3 a.m. near Road 81 North in the RM of St. Clements, Manitoba.

The driver was being deceitful about his identity, forcing RCMP to arrest him for obstructing police. He was searched and baggies of white powder believed to be cocaine were found.

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Lab Tests Confirm Carfentanil Seized from Winnipeg Hotel

Lab Tests Confirm Carfentanil Seized from Winnipeg Hotel

By Sarah Klein

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Carfentanil in the form of 1,477 blotter tabs was seized from a West End hotel on Monday, September 12, 2016. (WPS / HANDOUT)

Winnipeg police have confirmed the drug seized earlier this month is carfentanil.

Police found 1,477 blotter tabs of the fatal drug while executing a search warrant on September 12 in a West End hotel. The tabs have an estimated street value of approximately $30,000.

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Manitoba Consulting on Future Minimum Wage Increases

Manitoba Consulting on Future Minimum Wage Increases

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(Canadian currency image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is turning to citizens and business owners on new ways to approach the minimum wage.

A recent report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business calls on the province to freeze minimum wage at $11.

“Employers and workers across Manitoba are directly impacted by changes to our province’s minimum wage,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen.

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Winnipeg Officers Cleared in Arrest of Gun-Toting Man

Winnipeg Officers Cleared in Arrest of Gun-Toting Man

Winnipeg Police CrestThree Winnipeg police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing after disarming a man who was wearing a rifle in a shoulder sling in January.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba launched a probe after the suspect suffered a fractured rib and partially collapsed lung during the arrest.

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Whitehorse Greets Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Tweets and Language Lesson

Whitehorse Greets Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Tweets and Language Lesson

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

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Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, leave after touring the MacBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse, Yukon, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

WHITEHORSE – The tapping and beeping noises out of the old telegraph went on for what felt like ages, but when it was done 90-year-old Doug Bell asked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to press the button.

Seconds later, Prince William and Kate tweeted a royal welcome message using Second World War telegraph technology to tweet a message from Whitehorse to the world.

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