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Talking Points: Tiny treasures, the bare facts, the $488 gear-up

Two tiny turtles, among the rarest species in the world, have appeared in a tank at a sea life centre - to the surprise of keepers! Staff at Birmingham Sea Life Centre had no idea one of their Roti Island snake-necked turtles had laid eggs. Curator Graham Burrows said he believed the mother had hidden her eggs in the sand at the bottom of her tank. A week-old Roti Island Snake Necked Turtle at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. (Issued by the National Sea Life Centre.)

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Two adorable baby turtles have been born at Birmingham Sea Life Centre, much to the surprise of those working there. The rare Roti Island snake-necked turtle babies will be on public display next week and are on a diet of bloodworm and shrimp in the meantime.

Including them, only 250 of this rare species is in captivity worldwide, which is more than the wild population of the species.

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A newspaper columnist became part of the story when she In a daring move, a newspaper columnist took off her shirt to get to the truth. Lori Welbourne, B.C. columnist for The Province, was interviewing Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray about women going topless when she decided to remove undo her own top. The mayor, to his credit, continued the interview without skipping a beat, but he did say something that raised Welbourne's eyebrows: When asked why we aren't seeing more women walking around topless, the mayor said, "things could be inappropriate, but not necessarily breaking the law." When asked: "What would be inappropriate about a woman being topless?" he said, "The difference probably is that a woman's chest causes a distraction." That, of course, leads into a bigger conversation about why a man's inability to control himself at the sight of a woman's body should be a woman's problem. Toplessness is legal in Canada except in certain situations where it is deemed indecent. Very interesting interview.


Canadians are gearing up to go back to school, and on average we'll spend $488 each preparing. Google Canada did some research on shopping trends this year and found that roughly one-third of the total back-to-school spending will happen costs will be spent online ($163) and that 79 per cent of all shoppers will search online for deals. Google tracked searches and found that the majority of those for "laptops," "phone plans," "school supplies" and "back-to-school" happened during the summer months. The study also found that shopping habits are changing: More people are searching for deals on their phones more than ever, and it's not surprising – 67 per cent of Canadians 13 and older have a smartphone, with a whopping 82 per cent of teens aged 13-17 having one and 88 per cent of those aged 18-24 connected. And what are we seeing shoppers most interested in? School supplies, apparel and shoes – in that order.


"We are getting closer and closer. The gap between what is robotic and mechanical and what's human-like will minimize, so it's a very exciting time."


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The creator of sex robot Roxxxy believes there's a niche market of people who'd be interested in being intimate with a mechanical companion, BBC reports.

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