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CBC lists the top 6 wacky and truly unique places in Canada that aren’t large tourist attractions. ________________________________________________________________________________________ On Friday, CBC Calgary's The Eyeopener brought listeners the story of Alex Tilley — the man behind the iconic Tilley hat — as he prepared to visit the hamlet of Tilley, Alta., which has become something of a travel destination for fans of his hats. Birdwatchers and others who love the hats flock to take their picture with the hamlet's welcome sign. In the search for similarly wacky and wonderful Canadian hidden secrets, CBC Calgary asked staff from across the country to share some of the quirky and unusual things to do around their regions. Here are their top picks for off-the-beaten-path spots to visit, from coast to coast to coast. Torrington, Alta., Gopher Hole Museum Every year, thousands of tourists stop through the hamlet of Torrington, about an hour and a half northeast of Calgary, to check out the Gopher Hole Musuem. Here, stuffed gophers are arranged in 47 anthropomorphic scenes, from a hair dresser to a preacher to an RCMP officer. The museum has been around since 1996 and ...

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Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa were listed as the 5 Canadian cities that marked strong starts to spring selling season. ________________________________________________________________________________________ May appears to have been a relatively strong month for Canadian housing sales, based on some preliminary data that’s been released by local real estate boards. Many banks had mortgage promotions during the month in an effort to lure home buyers off the sidelines as unusually frigid weather kept activity down in the early months of the year. The Canadian Real Estate Association will report national statistics on June 16. In the meantime, here’s a look at what’s happening in some of the markets that have already released information for the month of May. The numbers are based on homes that sold over the Multiple Listing Service. Edmonton -1,979 homes sold, up 6.5 per cent from a year earlier and up 7.8 per cent from April. -Listings were up 9.4 per cent from a year earlier, and 13.8 per cent from the prior month. -Homes were on the market for an average of 41 days before selling. -The average ...

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Bill Clinton, along with Frank Giustra, a Canadian philanthropist as well as the founder of Lions Gate Entertainment, will launch the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation, a project that will improve peanut yields in Haiti. This plan is to ultimately "empower farmers to meet the nutritional needs of people". ________________________________________________________________________________________ Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Sunday toured a peanut depot in central Haiti that's part of a new enterprise aimed at helping roughly 12,000 small farmers. Clinton visited the site in Haiti's Central Plateau with Canadian philanthropist Frank Giustra, a mining mogul who also founded Lions Gate Entertainment. The pair announced the launch of the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation at the storage and service depot in Tierra Muscady. It's one of a network of depots in central and northern Haiti designed to provide storage, a market, training, and supplies for peanut farmers. Five of 35 planned peanut depots are now open. Clinton said the idea is to "empower farmers to meet the nutritional needs of people." His Clinton Foundation said the enterprise will help improve peanut yields in Haiti in coming years and increase income for farmers. The project has potential to "scale up Haiti's ...

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Despite a slow start economically due to the long and slow winter and the state of the American economy, Canada’s economic outlook is forecasted to accelerate later on this year. By taking a look at last quarter’s GDP and current spending patterns, economists believe that Canada is going strong. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Canada’s economy started the year with a whimper, dragged down by bad weather and an even worse U.S. economy. Two key economic releases this week will provide a clue whether the rest of the year is any better – gross domestic product for April on Monday and merchandise trade for May on Thursday. Analysts are expecting decent economic growth, and a modest pick-up in exports on the strength of higher crude oil, coal and auto shipments. “Canadians took off their winter boots and decided to shake off the snow left over from a disappointing first quarter,” said Nick Exarhos of CIBC World Markets. CIBC is forecasting an acceleration in monthly growth in GDP – the broadest measure of economic activity – to 0.3 per cent in April, up from just 0.1 per cent in March. Mr. Exarhos credits pent-up economic activity, plus strong auto ...

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The city of Calgary, Alberta has become one of the hottest housing markets in Canada, boasting that only 15 condominiums remained built and unsold last month. ________________________________________________________________________________________ The Calgary housing market is so hot that an economist reported Tuesday that only 15 condominiums in the city remained built and unsold last month. It’s been a dramatic comeback for the oilpatch’s housing market which saw prices peak in 2007 with that high only recently reached again. “Those people who bought at the peak just barely got out of the ditch,” said Doug Whitney, president of the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. He said now that people are out from under water, they are ready to sell and move up which should help create inventory and relieve some pressure on the new home housing market. Sal Guatieri, an economist with Bank of Montreal, issued a warning to anyone thinking of moving to Calgary for work. “Thinking of moving to Calgary’s red hot, job-spinning economy and settling right into a brand spanking new home? Good luck. The available supply of completed new units dropped below 500 for ...

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