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Canada's New Banknotes Strike Some as Loonie

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TORONTO—When Nicholos Billard's employer at an Ontario construction company gave him eight newly printed Canadian $100 bills as a Christmas bonus in 2011, he tossed them in an empty coffee can. The next morning, they were shriveled—by the heat of a nearby radiator, says his mother, who made local headlines when she tried to get the bills replaced. Canada started rolling out new, polymer-based $100 bills two years ago, followed by 50s and then, last November, 20s. The money—slick like a sheet of plastic, hard to fold and partly transparent—is more difficult to counterfeit than Canada's old paper-and-cotton bills. Australia and New Zealand have used similar, plasticized notes for years. The U.S. has no plans to introduce them. They've been a hard sell here so far, forcing the central bank to defend them against a growing list of allegations: They don't work in vending machines; they clump together; they melt. "I avoid getting those bills if I can," says Mr. Billard's mother, Mona. While the serial numbers on her son's bills were still legible, several banks refused to replace them, she said. Finally, last summer, the Bank of Canada, the central bank, exchanged them.

Canada's Yukon Has a Dare: Drink Garnished With ... Toe

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Olives, limes, maraschino cherries, and pickled toes? That's right: In the Yukon Territory, one Dawson City saloon serves a drink garnished with a human toe. The tradition began in 1973, after a riverboat captain found a toe preserved in a pickle jar and decided it would be a good idea to drop the digit into a big glass of champagne then take a drink. Since then, more than 100,000 people are estimated to have taken part in the Sourtoe Cocktail ritual at the Downtown Hotel's Sourdough Saloon. The one rule: "The lips have gotta touch the toe." LINK: http://www.newser.com/story/157017/canadas-yukon-has-a-dare-drink-garnished-with-toe.html ORIGINAL STORY: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052970204349404578098803097975398.html

Established in 2004, MooseFest Inc. has continued to grow and build partnerships within the...

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Established in 2004, MooseFest Inc. has continued to grow and build partnerships within the community. The goal of the festival has always been to provide activities for every age group and to attract visitors to our Wilderness City - Dryden, Ontario. MooseFest...."Dryden's Own Summer Festival". Engaged every year are enthusiastic community groups, organizations and individuals that emcompass a tremendous amount of community spirit. MooseFest was built by dedicated volunteers and businesses. By bringing together a variety of exciting events and growing with each year the festival brings excitement and buzz to the beginning of our City's summer each year. http://www.moosefest.ca/
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