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It’s a quiet beauty.
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Harold Smith admits that the native plants in his tangled garden are small and subtle. But he likes it that way.
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“This is more real. This is genuine. It’s not artificial,” he said.
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Smith used to have a garden much like others in his Toronto neighbourhood, with manicured lawns, hydrangeas and periwinkle.
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He now considers those plants from commercial nurseries inferior because they do little to support pollinators.
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“It’s the absence of life,” Smith said. “The plants are alive but they’re not attracting very much to them.”
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A few years ago the former architect began tearing up his lawn and replacing it with a mix of native species such as milkweed, coneflower and Canada mayflower.
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Smith says his garden quickly became a magnet for bees and butterflies. It’s practically humming with life.
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“They love everything here,” he said.
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The neighbours don’t seem to be jumping to follow his lead but that’s OK with Smith.
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“My wife approves of it. That’s all that counts.”
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(Photos: Bryn Ferguson) | #nativespecies #nativeplants #nativeplantsontario #nativegarden #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #cbcnews @cbctoronto.

It’s a quiet beauty. • Harold Smith admits that the native plants in his tangled garden are small and subtle. But he likes it that way. • “This is more real. This is genuine. It’s not artificial,” he said. • Smith used to have a garden much like others in his Toronto neighbourhood, with manicured lawns, hydrangeas and periwinkle. • He now considers those plants from commercial nurseries inferior because they do little to support pollinators. • “It’s the absence of life,” Smith said. “The plants are alive but they’re not attracting very much to them.” • A few years ago the former architect began tearing up his lawn and replacing it with a mix of native species such as milkweed, coneflower and Canada mayflower. • Smith says his garden quickly became a magnet for bees and butterflies. It’s practically humming with life. • “They love everything here,” he said. • The neighbours don’t seem to be jumping to follow his lead but that’s OK with Smith. • “My wife approves of it. That’s all that counts.” • • • (Photos: Bryn Ferguson) | #nativespecies #nativeplants #nativeplantsontario #nativegarden #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #cbcnews @cbctoronto ...

Nothing like a summertime snowfall!
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Residents of northeastern B.C. got quite the surprise over the weekend in the form of a large dump of snow.
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Nothing like a summertime snowfall! • Residents of northeastern B.C. got quite the surprise over the weekend in the form of a large dump of snow. • "It looks like Christmas. All that's missing is the Christmas lights," said Melody Magaton, owner of the Buffalo Inn along the Alaska Highway in Pink Mountain. • Meanwhile, Fort Nelson got a mix of rain and snow. • It's not uncommon for the northern part of the province to get some snow in the summer, but it is unusual to get this much, said CBC meteorologist Brett Soderholm, • He said the snow was caused by a storm that was over the northern prairies, which brought in "very cold" arctic air that interacted with moisture that the region usually gets from the Pacific side. • The snow won't be around for much longer though. Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in Fort Nelson will hit 17 C by Tuesday morning. • For this story and more, head to the link in our bio. • • • (Photos: Melody Magaton. Reporting: Dominika Lirette, @cbcdaybreaksouth ) | #snow #snowfall #winter #summer #northernbc #pinkmountain #fortnelson #britishcolumbia ...

Since June, Jennifer Skelton's yard in Yellowknife has been home to two hives abuzz with honey bees.
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She was part of a beekeeping collective when she lived in Toronto years ago and now her nine-year-old son Jordi Cassus is taking up the hobby.
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Since June, Jennifer Skelton's yard in Yellowknife has been home to two hives abuzz with honey bees. • She was part of a beekeeping collective when she lived in Toronto years ago and now her nine-year-old son Jordi Cassus is taking up the hobby. • "Since he was about three or four, [he] was super interested in beekeeping,” said Skelton. • “His favourite bedtime reading was a university textbook called Biology of the Honey Bee," she said. • Members of the beekeeping collective in Yellowknife check the hives every two weeks, and Jordi helped out. • "I was checking the hive like to see if the queen was there and doing well," Jordi explained. • The collective has placed hives with 12 families this summer and is hoping to expand next year. • For this story and more, head to the link in our bio. • • • (Photos: Emily Blake/CBC) @cbcnorth #bees #beekeeping #yellowknife #nwt ...

Just when Vanessa Klisowsky thought her wedding day couldn’t get any better, it did.
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Her bridal party was in the midst of taking pictures when Chewy the alpaca walked up with his owner. Klisowsky loves alpacas, so one of her bridesmaids arranged for the special surprise guest.
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Just when Vanessa Klisowsky thought her wedding day couldn’t get any better, it did. • Her bridal party was in the midst of taking pictures when Chewy the alpaca walked up with his owner. Klisowsky loves alpacas, so one of her bridesmaids arranged for the special surprise guest. • "It just made me feel so loved that these people that surround me would do that for me and go to such measures to make me happy and make me smile," she said. "It meant so much and now we'll always have pictures that are unique and memorable." • Chewy’s owner, Josef Buttigieg, said the reaction was priceless. "I could literally swear that her jaw hit the ground," he said. "She just started crying and tearing up ... It was, I thought, the best gift that a bridesmaid could set up for a bride." • Klisowsky was so overcome with emotion at the surprise, that she and her new husband, ​Mieko Klisowsky,​ already have a joke about it. • "He makes the joke that I cried more when I saw the alpaca than when I saw him," she said. • For this story and more, head to the link in our bio. • • • Photos by: ​Kelsey Dawn Photography & Design | @cbcsask #​alpacas #chewytheaplaca #weddings #bridalparty #animalsofinstagram #surpriseguest #Regina ...

These tropical fish have been spotted recently off the coast of Nova Scotia.
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The problem is they shouldn’t be there.
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These tropical fish have been spotted recently off the coast of Nova Scotia. • The problem is they shouldn’t be there. • "It definitely seems unnatural," said Lloyd Bond, a scuba diver and photographer in Halifax. • Canadian scientists agree that ocean temperatures have increased over the last century due to climate change caused by humans. • But the fish aren’t swimming to Canadian waters because they’re getting warmer. • Dave Hebert of Fisheries and Oceans Canada says pulses of warm, subtropical waters from the Gulf Stream are pushing cold Arctic waters back. • "They're just being transported with the water. It's not like they're coming up here because it's warm; they're coming with the warm water," he said. • It may be good news for fish photographers, but it’s not good news for the fish. • "You're really happy to see them,” says Bond, “but it's kind of bittersweet because you know they're going to die off the first cold snap. As soon as the water gets cold, usually a couple of days later everything's gone." • For this story and more, head to the link in our bio. • • • Photos by: Lloyd Bond and Shaina Luck/CBC | @cbcns #novascotia #peggyscove #paddyshead #ocean #fish #oceanlife #tropicalfish ...

Turning negative into positive.
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Hurt and outraged is how Asmaa Ali felt after seeing photos of herself and other young Muslim women being used online by a far-right political group, to incite hate and Islamophobia.

Turning negative into positive. • Hurt and outraged is how Asmaa Ali felt after seeing photos of herself and other young Muslim women being used online by a far-right political group, to incite hate and Islamophobia. "My first reaction was hurt," she said. "Next was some anger mixed with a little bit of fear as well." • Ali’s picture was part of a collage of several hijab-wearing Muslim delegates from Alberta​ that questioned their ability to represent Canadian ​women at​ the 2019 Daughters of the Vote summit in Ottawa. • "A lot of people that were making judgments on us and saying that we don't represent Edmonton, and Edmonton doesn't look like us," she said. Ali reported the post on Facebook, and it was eventually taken down. • After talking with family and friends about the incident, she decided to channel her feelings into an art project. Ali created Flip the Script, a series of portraits of young Muslim women from Edmonton who have experienced racism and Islamophobia. Each photo features a message of hope from the subject. • "I want people to see six women that have decided that they can control the narrative, six women that are trying to inspire people to have hope," she said. "The fact that you do face racism and discrimination is acknowledged, but you also have the space to tell your own story too." • On Sept. 13, Ali’s work will be presented at the Green Room, ​at ​an Edmonton Muslim youth centre. The event will also allow people the opportunity to share their own stories of overcoming hate, Ali said. • For this story and more, head to the link in our bio. • • • Photos by: Asmaa Ali | @cbcedmonton #womeninpolitics #flipthescript #overcominghate #discrimination #positivity #photography #artproject #art ...

How long can you hold your breath for?
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Probably not as long as Sheena McNally. The freediver from Edmonton can hold her breath for six minutes.
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The astonishing skill helped the 35-year-old break the record for deepest free immersion dive by a Canadian woman earlier this month in Roatan, Honduras: 82 metres below sea level.
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How long can you hold your breath for? • Probably not as long as Sheena McNally. The freediver from Edmonton can hold her breath for six minutes. • The astonishing skill helped the 35-year-old break the record for deepest free immersion dive by a Canadian woman earlier this month in Roatan, Honduras: 82 metres below sea level. • "No tanks, no scuba apparatus, no backup oxygen,” said McNally, describing the sport where she’s among the top 10 females in the world. • “Just you, your lungs, and the air you take from the surface, descending to depths that might, at first, seem a little crazy." • For this story and more head to the link in our bio. • Photos: Alex St-Jean @alexstjeanphoto , Laura Babahekian @deaquavivo Daan Verhoeven @daanverhoevenfreediver Reporting by Fakiha Baig, @CBCEdmonton | #cbcnews #freediving #freedive #edmonton #underwaterphotography #ocean #photography #Canadian #freeimmersion #Canada #sport ...

@therock has gotten hitched.
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Dwayne Johnson, the famed actor and former professional wrestler, married his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian in Hawaii this past weekend.
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Johnson, whose father was born in Nova Scotia, has both American and Canadian citizenship and enjoyed a brief CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders before achieving wrestling superstardom.
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Photo: @therock @hhgarcia41 #hawaii #weddingdress #wedding #therock @laurenhashianofficial.

@therock has gotten hitched. • Dwayne Johnson, the famed actor and former professional wrestler, married his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian in Hawaii this past weekend. • Johnson, whose father was born in Nova Scotia, has both American and Canadian citizenship and enjoyed a brief CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders before achieving wrestling superstardom. • Photo: @therock @hhgarcia 41 #hawaii #weddingdress #wedding #therock @laurenhashianofficial ...

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied peacefully in Hong Kong on Sunday, despite the monsoon-like downpour.
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It's the 11th week of protests, which began in late April after the government proposed an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong to send residents to mainland China to face charges.
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Sunday's turnout suggested the movement still has broad-based support despite the scenes witnessed during the past week when protesters occupied the city's airport.
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The extradition bill has been suspended, but many Hong Kongers see it as another example of Beijing encroaching on their political autonomy and freedom.
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Protesters in Victoria Park held up signs with messages for the government and police, and umbrellas to shield them from the rain.
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The crowd at one of the city's busiest subway stations was at a near-standstill on Sunday afternoon as a sea of people dressed in black T-shirts waited to board trains. One man held up a sign calling for China to release detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
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The crowd was peaceful and included the elderly, the middle aged, young people and families, with some parents carrying toddlers.
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For this story and more head to the link in our bio.
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Photos: @corinneseminoff/CBC | #HongKong #HongKongprotests #protest #antigovernmentprotest #democracy #China.

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied peacefully in Hong Kong on Sunday, despite the monsoon-like downpour. • It's the 11th week of protests, which began in late April after the government proposed an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong to send residents to mainland China to face charges. • Sunday's turnout suggested the movement still has broad-based support despite the scenes witnessed during the past week when protesters occupied the city's airport. • The extradition bill has been suspended, but many Hong Kongers see it as another example of Beijing encroaching on their political autonomy and freedom. • Protesters in Victoria Park held up signs with messages for the government and police, and umbrellas to shield them from the rain. • The crowd at one of the city's busiest subway stations was at a near-standstill on Sunday afternoon as a sea of people dressed in black T-shirts waited to board trains. One man held up a sign calling for China to release detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. • The crowd was peaceful and included the elderly, the middle aged, young people and families, with some parents carrying toddlers. • For this story and more head to the link in our bio. • Photos: @corinneseminoff /CBC | #HongKong #HongKongprotests #protest #antigovernmentprotest #democracy #China ...

Would you swim in this pool?
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A new 30-floor building in Vancouver features a glass bottom pool 200 feet above the city.
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The pool is suspended in the bridge between two towers of The Arc, a development near the Cambie Street Bridge.
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The pool measures 38 feet by 9 feet and supports the equivalent weight of 1,650 vehicles. It's believed to be the highest pool of its kind in Canada.
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Would you swim in this pool? • A new 30-floor building in Vancouver features a glass bottom pool 200 feet above the city. • The pool is suspended in the bridge between two towers of The Arc, a development near the Cambie Street Bridge. • The pool measures 38 feet by 9 feet and supports the equivalent weight of 1,650 vehicles. It's believed to be the highest pool of its kind in Canada. • • • Photos: @bennelms /CBC | @cbcvancouver #Vancouver #BritishColumbia #pool #swimming #swimmingpool #glassbottompool ...

play_circle_filled A Canadian company says it has found a way to reuse plastic by converting it into fuel. But one environmental group cautions that the approach doesn’t truly solve the plastics problem.
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Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.5242407.

A Canadian company says it has found a way to reuse plastic by converting it into fuel. But one environmental group cautions that the approach doesn’t truly solve the plastics problem. • Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.5242407 ...

play_circle_filled If you have a hankering for fresh squid, you should visit the beach in Holyrood, N.L., where squid is rolling in.
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If you have a hankering for fresh squid, you should visit the beach in Holyrood, N.L., where squid is rolling in. • "We come up to get a bucketful to eat, so there's lots of them there," said resident Ray Batten, who was picking up "breakfast, dinner and supper." • Batten caught and sold squid about 30 years ago, but said this was the first time the squid have been in like that since. "People coming in from everywhere now, like the squid!" he said. • Squid rolling in, and the frenzy to catch them, was once so common that it inspired one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best known songs, Art Scammell's "Squid Jiggin' Ground." • They reportedly roll at high tide, in the morning and in the evening, so people catch them with nets and their bare hands. • Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.5247439 ...