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Big Brother Canada victory tainted by mistaken vote

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TORONTO -- Controversy swirls over a questionable vote that has crowned a Nova Scotia teacher the first-ever Big Brother Canada champ.

Athletic brunette Jillian MacLaughlin scored four votes from a seven-member jury tasked with deciding between her and her flamboyant co-finalist Gary Levy.

She eked out a win thanks to a surprise nod from Levy's best friend Topaz Brady, who made it clear throughout Thursday's two-hour finale she was rooting for Levy.

Upon realizing she mistakenly voted for MacLaughlin instead, Brady pleaded with show bosses to allow her vote be changed -- to no avail. The flap elicited cheers and jeers from the studio audience who quickly took sides with boisterous catcalls.

As a result, MacLaughlin claims a $100,000 prize, along with a Chevy Trax and a $25,000 gift card to The Brick. As runner-up, Levy gets a $20,000 cash prize.

The first-ever Big Brother Canada saw 15 houseguests confined to a camera-rigged house, with no contact with the outside world. It wrapped after 10 weeks on Thursday with a two-hour finale on Slice.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2013 G2

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