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Canadians Bust Cheese-Smuggling Cops: Trio Made $165K Selling Cheap Cross-Border Cheese

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First the great maple syrup heist, now this: Police in Canada have sniffed out a large-scale cheese-smuggling ring involving a serving police officer, an officer who resigned this summer, and an American accomplice. Cheese is a lot cheaper in the US than it is in Canada, and officials believe the trio bought at least $200,000 worth of the American stuff and sold it to Canadian pizzerias and other restaurants for a profit of $165,000, the Toronto Sun reports. The men have been charged with conspiracy, smuggling, and other violations of customs law. Smugglers bringing cases of cheese across the border can make up to $2,000 a trip if they can find a buyer, reports the CBC. "We get all our stuff legit," says one pizzeria owner who was questioned by police. "We thought it was a joke at first. Who is going to go around trying to sell smuggled cheese?" http://www.newser.com/story/154864/canadians-bust-cheese-smuggling-cops.html

Lovestruck Canadian puts life on hold to search for Irish woman he met for just two minutes

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Dentist Sandy Crocker (28), from the Pacific coast province of British Columbia, flew more than 8,000 miles to track down the Irish woman. He is determined to find her and is criss-crossing Ireland searching for a woman in her mid to late- 20s with freckles and reddish brown hair. His unusual odyssey began last summer when the avid surfer and rugby player popped into An Teach Bia cafe in Ennistymon, Co Clare, on his way to visit the Cliffs of Moher. After the chance encounter on July 9, he realised that the woman had captured his heart. "She was eating and I didn't want to interrupt her meal so I waited until she was leaving and I asked her for directions to the Cliffs of Moher," he said. "I was leaving Ireland a day later so, at first, I didn't see the point in pursuing things -- but after she left I decided I had to. "Maybe it's a shot in dark but if it is meant to be, if it's fate, then who knows what might happen?" He is prepared for the worst if she turns out to be married or otherwise involved, or simply not interested, he added. He will be travelling around Clare for the next few days before heading to Cork. If he hasn't found his mystery woman by then, he plans to return to Co Clare before going to Belfast. In the meantime, he is hoping the woman will learn of his search and contact him via dating site www.pof.com under the username Travel-bug-4u. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/lovestruck-canadian-puts-life-on-hold-to-search-for-irish-woman-he-met-for-just-two-minutes-3234097.html

State Department: No secret plan to invade Canada

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The U.S. and Mexico are not secretly planning to invade Canada, a State Department spokeswoman confirmed to laughter during a daily press briefing. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was taking questions from journalists about its activities Tuesday, which included a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexico Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa. She was asked about "a signing ceremony" with Espinosa – what was being signed and why was the ceremony not open to the press. The journalist asked, "This isn’t some secret thing … to invade Canada or something like that?" The U.S. did draw up a secret plan to invade Canada in 1935, codenamed "War Plan Red," some of which was accidentally published by mistake and reported by The New York Times. There is also a website called www.invadecanada.us, which lists reasons such as connecting the mainland U.S. with Alaska, "they’re just a little too proud," and "they stole our basketball teams."

Maple Syrup Heist Leaves Quebec in a Sticky Mess

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Canada’s francophone province is the Saudi Arabia of the syrup world, producing some three-quarters of the world’s output. With the global market under stress—U.S. production is down 32 percent this year to 1.91 million gallons, according to the Department of Agriculture (PDF)—perhaps it was only a matter of time before thieves targeted Quebec’s rich reserves. The puzzle is how the culprits managed to siphon off almost C$30 million ($30.4 million) of syrup. That’s the equivalent of 10 million pounds or roughly 15,000 barrels of syrup. And the stock didn’t vanish somewhere in the supply chain of a major city. It’s missing from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, a tiny town of 903 people, according to the 2011 Census. They’re usually more focused on cranberries, whether it’s harvesting them or celebrating them in cranberry festivals. So imagine the surprise when a "routine inventory check," as the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ) calls it, revealed evidence of a massive heist. Row after row of barrels were empty, filled with nothing but sweet-smelling Quebec air. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-31/maple-syrup-heist-leaves-quebec-in-a-sticky-mess

REPORT: Canadian fathers are becoming more emotional.

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"I think men have always felt emotion and been emotional, but they haven’t had an outlet to express it," says Andrea Doucet, who holds the Canada research chair in gender work and care at Brock University. "My father was a very emotional man but he relied on my mother to do all the emotion work, which I think that’s what has happened in generations past." Now that men take a more active role in caring for their children, however, "that allows themselves to acquire or express more emotional literacy," Prof. Doucet says. .... Men of earlier generations didn’t have the luxury of spending much more time with their children – if a decade or more ago you told a new dad he should go on paternity leave he probably would have looked at you like you were speaking Martian. Which is a good reason – one of many – to do more this weekend than hand over some perfunctory gift along with a card that expresses only acceptable generic sentiments. On Sunday, I’ll get my dad a card and a small gift. He usually just asks for a Tim Hortons’s gift certificate. But I will also hug him and thank him for being such a great dad, even if it does make him squirm like he’s covered in fire ants. STORY: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/fathers-day/why-im-a-weepy-dad-and-my-dad-wasnt/article4264924/ Happy Canadian Father's Day, MFGE!
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