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The curious case of the Carstairs key fobs has been cracked

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A mystery that has plagued residents of a small Alberta town for weeks — vehicle key fobs that suddenly stopped working in a grocery store parking lot, leaving drivers unable to unlock or start their vehicles and setting off the alarms — has been solved.

The story caught fire on social media around the world after CBC News first reported earlier this week about the mystery in Carstairs, a town of over 4,000 people, about 60 kilometres north of Calgary. 

It was the talk of the town, with people speculating the disabled fobs could be caused by anything from interference from a security system recently installed by the Westview Co-operative grocery store, a nearby Tim Hortons that opened just after Christmas, ongoing highway construction, a radio tower or the demolition of an old Rona hardware building.

« I have heard everything from magic ley lines, to aliens, to it’s a Liberal conspiracy they are testing a weapon to prevent us from voting in the next election. Goofy shit, » Carstairs resident Brian Ingwersen​ told CBC News after the initial story was published.

Laura Strate works at the nearby dollar store, where people popped in to buy batteries for the fobs (which didn’t solve the problem). She told CBC News earlier in the week that some people in the town were scared to go to the store because they weren’t sure if their cars would work.

Well, fear no more, Carstairs.

On Friday afternoon, the store posted an update on social media.

« This is the moment you all have been waiting for. We have an update on the fob interference that was occurring in and around our Carstairs Food Store, » Westview Co-operative said in a Facebook post.

‘We are very pleased,’ store says

Stephen Kennedy, asset protection manager for the grocery store, told CBC News on Friday that the source was not on the store’s property, as many had thought.

« Innovation, Science and Economic Development advised they had located the source, and it had been rectified, » Kennedy said, of the federal department formerly known as Industry Canada.

« They didn’t identify what is was or where it was, other than to say it was ‘consumer.’ They advised it was not in relation to Co-op property. It was not on our property, but it was in the vicinity or the area.

« We are very pleased — pleased for our team, pleased for our guests, pleased for the community, » he said.

« After investigation it was determined that there was faulty consumer electronic equipment stuck in transmit mode in the area, which was causing the interference. We will continue to monitor; however, we do not anticipate any further issues moving forward. »

Remote car starter the culprit

A spokesperson with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada had more details.

« In this case, it was determined that it was a remote car starter. It has since been deactivated and the interference has stopped, » Hans Parmar said, in an emailed response to CBC News late Friday.

Store management says it’s nice to have closure.

« There were a lot of different theories and potential reasons for the interference, so we are extremely glad to have figured out the source, » the store said in its statement.

« We want to communicate that this was not the result of any intentional criminal activity, or any other activity that was speculated. »

Kennedy said the efforts the store took to resolve the problem were worth it.

« I think it was the right thing to do. We are a cornerstone of the community, and our guests and our team were being greatly impacted. We owed it to our team and our guests to be a part of the solution. »

The Carstairs key fob mystery — has been solved! It was a mystery that not only became the talk of that town – it made international headlines.CBC reporter David Bell first told us about this story on Wednesday. He is back with an update. 3:27



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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