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Snow, doughnuts and Monopoly - it must be winter



Clockwise from top left: Tim Hortons coffee shop, in the early morning hours, a moose crossing the road, the newest Monopoly token, a cat, centre, rests on a Boardwalk deed next to other tokens in the popular game, pedestrians cross a snow-covered street in downtown Toronto on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (© Mario Beauregard/CPI/The Canadian Press, Getty Images, Steven Senne/AP Photo, Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
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  • Clockwise from top left: Tim Hortons coffee shop, in the early morning hours, a moose crossing the road, the newest Monopoly token, a cat, centre, rests on a Boardwalk deed next to other tokens in the popular game, pedestrians cross a snow-covered street in downtown Toronto on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (© Mario Beauregard/CPI/The Canadian Press, Getty Images, Steven Senne/AP Photo, Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
  • Senator Patrick Brazeau accepts the Bad Sport Award at the National Press Gallery Dinner Saturday in Gatineau, Que. Nov. 3, 2012; Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, speaks with Conservative Senator Mike Duffy during the G8/G20 National Youth Caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 17, 2010. (© Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press, Chris Wattie/Reuters)
  • Rioters break the front doors of a Sears department store in downtown Vancouver during the riot following Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final on June 15, 2011; 10-month old Leonard Rixom plays with his brother Benjamin and his parents Veronika and Barry in their living-room in Ismaning near Munich November 8, 2012; a Sunwing plane on the tarmac. (© Geoff Howe/The Canadian Press, Michaela Rehle/Reuters, Video still/CBC News)
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter prepares to fire a B-10 recoilless gun in the Haresta neighbourhood of Damascus Feb. 7, 2013; Syria's President Bashar al-Assad; Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak; Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (© Mohammed Abdullah/Reuters, Rex Features, KHAM/Reuters, Matthias Schrader/AP Photo)
  • Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson speaks to reporters about the rescue of a six-year-old boy being held hostage; Sergei Filin, artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, speaks to journalists as he leaves a hospital in Moscow Feb. 4, 2013 after being treated for injuries sustained in an acid attack; people surround an ambulance transporting the body of Tunisian opposition leader and outspoken government critic Chokri Belaid on Feb. 6, 2013; a police sign reading "No crossing" hangs from a string to cordon off a crime scene at a beach hotel where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco, Mexico Feb. 5, 2013. (© Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images, Vselovod Kutznestov/Reuters, Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images, Jacobo Garcia/Reuters)
  • The BlackBerry Z10; Canadian pennies; Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney; a Westjet Airlines Boeing 737-600 passenger jet takes off from Vancouver International Airport. (© Mark Lennihan/AP Photo, Michael Fiala/Reuters, Chris Wattie/Reuters, Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)
  • Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reacts after the defence stopped the San Francisco 49ers on fourth-and-goal during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (© AP Photo)
  • Reg Presley, frontman of British rock group The Troggs, performs in a TV studio near Cologne, Germany during the recording of the 50th "Chart Show - The Best Rock Classics" in this April 29, 2008 file photo. (© Hermann J. Knippertz/AP Photo)
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The Rundown returns, with news of the new doughnut at Tim Hortons, the promise of a streamlined Oscar presentation, a library book returned after 55 years, and a change in Monopoly tokens, as voted on by fans of the board game.

Elsewhere this week:

Never mind why the chicken crossed the road, how about why a moose does it?

Canada is increasingly being used as the testing ground for new mobile games and apps.

The family of former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali dismissed reports he was near death.

Canadian baby boomers are not as healthy as they think they are, according to a poll.

The Conference Board of Canada says Canada is slipping when it comes to dealing with societal issues such as poverty and inequality.

The average Canadian’s consumer debt load spiked to record levels at the end of last year.

In what may become a trend, a ‘sleep studio’ has opened in Vienna. Customers pay $15 for a 30-minute power nap.

It was a good week to sell high-end art, with paintings by Picasso and Modigliani each fetching more than $40 million US at auction.

Pakistan plans to build a theme park near the town where Osama bin Laden was killed.

In Japan, A member of the popular girl band AKB48 shaved her head and issued a tearful videotaped apology after contravening the band management’s no-dating rule.

Using a Canadian’s DNA, scientists in Britain said the remains found beneath a parking lot are those of King Richard III, who ruled in the 15th century.

A major snowstorm was pounding Southern Ontario as the week came to a close.

A year from now, the Winter Olympics will be underway in Sochi, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has decried the construction delays and cost overruns but 80 per cent of the facilities are said to be completed. Canada’s medal hopefuls were in the spotlight this week as part of the countdown to Sochi. 

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