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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."

Canadian Art: Painting of PM in the Nude Causes a Stir

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It takes political transparency to a whole new level. Canadians got an eyeful Friday as images of a painting depicting the prime minister in the nude went viral. The large oil on canvas, which Stephen Harper did not pose for, is by Kingston, Ont.,-based artist Margaret Sutherland. It shows the prime minister reclining on a chaise lounge wearing nothing but a subtle smile, surrounded by people in suits, whose faces can't be seen. A dog rests at his feet as a woman in business attire offers him what looks like a Tim Hortons cup on a silver platter. The piece appeared to draw out the art critic in many Canucks. STORY: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/baring-painting-prime-minister-nude-causes-stir-161037709.html VIDEO: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/video/canews-22424922/nude-harper-portrait-makes-a-stir-29342442.html

"I grew up as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, which means I only had Montreal to cheer for in the...

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"I grew up as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, which means I only had Montreal to cheer for in the playoffs when I was growing up, so it’s something I’m very used to," Harper said.

Never trust a panderer. Politicians will say and do anything to stay in power. While the MP from Vancouver was wrong in thinking anyone would ever jump on their bandwagon at least he was true to his convictions. Meanwhile, Stephen can be found in all six Canadian barns in the NHL pretending to cheer for the home team.

Prime Minister Harper Visits Typhoons

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I'm not a big fan of any politicians, as a matter of principle, and have little concerns of afiliation with any political party, as they all seem pretty much interchangable in the grand scheme of...

Jean Beliveau Honoured

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In light of the news that Canadiens legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau suffered a stroke, we dig into the EOTP archives to honour this great man.

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