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TOP CLICKS: The week with the viral stories

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Whether it’s local news, state and national politics or the world of celebrities and sports – with us you’ll always be up to date.

Some stories make the world shake. And these are the most popular stories online over the past seven days, clicked on by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

Oilers fan who showed his breasts during interview bared his soul instead

Once upon a time, an Edmonton Oilers fan flashed her breasts for all to see in a viral moment that made her many people's favorite Canadian hockey fan.

After a thorough investigation, the woman’s identity was revealed and she was released from the Spittin' Chiclets Crew.

The woman, identified only as Kate, admitted that she had been approached by several porn sites keen to feature her and her “non-real” breasts.

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Kate has several hard seltzers and cheese snacks to thank for this.

Chrystia Freeland.
Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, speaks during a news conference at a transit bus maintenance facility in Brampton, Ont., Friday, June 7, 2024. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press) Photo by Arlyn McAdorey /THE CANADIAN PRESS

LILLEY: Freeland warns of bleak future in Canada without capital gains tax increase

Try not to get too carried away, but last week Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland gave a bizarre speech to already angry Canadians outlining the federal government's plans regarding the capital gains tax.

She warned that democracy was at stake if Canada did not raise its capital gains tax rate and listed a series of apocalyptic scenarios that citizens should fear, Brian Lilley reported.

This was a strange way of presenting the government's plans to raise the capital gains tax rate from 50% to 66.67%.

However, it was also obvious that Freeland wanted to distinguish between the different classes, which does not mean that her words were true.

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Because of the Trudeau government, all Canadians, regardless of social class or profession, will be poorer and worse off in the name of justice, just so Trudeau can play political games.

Rob Schneider
Comedian Rob Schneider (Andy Kropa/AP) Photo by Andy Kropa /AP

Rob Schneider declares cancel culture ‘over’ after being kicked out for making trans jokes

Is cancel culture a thing of the past? If you ask actor and comedian Rob Schneider, it certainly is.

He was pulled from a comedy show in Saskatchewan for making jokes about Justin Trudeau and featuring material that some audience members found offensive, but the former Saturday Night Live star was unfazed.

Although the show was sold out, one guest described the embarrassing performance as being met with more boos than laughter, which is why he was laughed at, reported Mark Daniell.

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It is not the first time that Schneider has been dragged off the stage because of his daring material.

A senator left a networking event for Republican lawmakers last year, but Schneider denied that this ended his appearance prematurely.

He vowed at the time: “I will not change my material and I will not apologize to anyone for my jokes.”

At least he sticks to his word.

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Screenshot of a security bollard sold at Costco.
Screenshot of a security bollard sold at Costco. (CostcoFindsCanada/TikTok) Photo by CostcoFindsCanada /Tick ​​​​Tock

Costco sells security bollards to consumers to combat car theft

Car theft has become so common that people hardly mind it anymore, but that doesn't mean Canadians are willing to hand their keys over to the bad guys.

So Costco is giving people the opportunity to protect themselves and their vehicles while also capitalizing on the epidemic.

Shoppers can now purchase thick, retractable steel posts from warehouses and install them in their driveways to hopefully deter the bad guys, Denette Wilford reported.

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Or at least make it a little harder for them.

Nowadays you have to do what you have to do, right?

Defending champion Joey Chestnut will compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2023.
Defending champion Joey Chestnut will compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2023. (Getty Images) Getty Images

Joey Chestnut banned from annual hot dog eating contest at Nathan's

Every sport has a GOAT, but when it comes to hot dog eating, that title goes to Joey Chestnut.

Even if watching people devour dogs in a frighteningly short amount of time isn't your thing, Chestnut's name is synonymous with the spectacle.

However, the undisputed best competitive eater of all time will have to find a new competition to enter since he will not be participating in Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest this year, Dan Bilicki reported.

Chestnut decided to sign a deal with Impossible Foods, which recently launched a vegan frankfurter sausage made from plants.

MLE (Major League Eating), which Nathan had hired to run the event, did not agree and were “devastated” that Chestnut chose to represent a rival brand.

The eater admitted defeat and said he was “devastated” after learning of his ban through media reports, but competition organisers have since refuted his “ridiculous” claims.

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