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Canada's New Banknotes Strike Some as Loonie


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 and Russia collide for bronze

This was the expected gold medal medal game, both Canadians and Russians are disappointed to be here, but both want to save face.

Canada blows it, USA plays for gold

It wasn't the result we expected, but the better team won.

Canada faces US for right to play for gold

After giving them the toughest match they've played so far, the Americans are back to test Canada again.

World Juniors Medal Round Preview

Canada and Sweden are on the sidelines, waiting for opponents.

Canada obliterates Russia

On the second half of a back-to-back, Canada played their best game of the tournament.

Game Thread: Greatest Rivalry - Russia vs Canada

We all thought it would come down to this after seeing the group and the schedule, and so it does.

Canada defeats the USA because they're better


It was worth waking up after just one hour of sleep for a hell of a game this morning.

Game Thread: Canada vs USA

Canada has scored 15 goals in two games against Slovakia and Germany, but the USA presents a different challenge.

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


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

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