10 of the most Canadian news stories ever

Two moose eat from trees near a Canada Post mailbox, on a street in Peace River, Alta., Wednesday,...

Two moose eat from trees near a Canada Post mailbox, on a street in Peace River, Alta., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (ADAM DIETRICH/QMI AGENCY)

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From angry beavers to orphaned moose, from curling club jams to ice fishing hut hot tubs, here are some quirk news stories that could only have happened in Canada.


1. In May 2014, Stephan Michel Desgroseillers found an orphaned moose calf by the side of the highway near Sudbury, Ont. Worried that wolves would get the newborn moose, Desgroseillers took it to an animal shelter. But first he made a pit stop at a local Tim Hortons, where the pair were photographed becoming instant sensations on social media.


2. In the late 1960s, Winnipeg band The Guess Who was touring Ontario after string of hit singles had brought them to national attention. One night while playing at a curling club in Waterloo, the band was late getting back onstage for their second set. With the well-lubricated audience growing restless, guitarist Randy Bachmann made up a riff, which got heads turning. The rest of the band joined in with singer Burton Cummings adlibbing lyrics about an “American Woman.” The band noticed a kid in the audience with a cassette recorder, which they obtained afterward. With very little modification, the curling club jam “American Woman” became the Guess Who’s first number 1 hit in the U.S.


3. In the summer of 2012, Quebec police uncovered a massive theft of goods from warehouses with an estimated worth of more than $20 million. The stolen product? Maple syrup.

Quebec produces up to 80% of the world's maple syrup every year and has managed the world's strategic reserves for the past 12 years. Police believe the suspects pumped the maple syrup into tanker trucks and drove away from the heavily secured location. Cracking the case meant working across borders as search warrants were not only issued in Quebec, but also New Brunswick, Ontario and several northern U.S. states.


4. In 2013, Derrick Chaulk was driving in rural Newfoundland when he thought he saw a beached whale. He stopped, took a closer look and saw it was a beached shark choking on a piece of moose. With the help of a passerby, Chaulk was able to extricate the moose parts and save the shark.


5. In March 2014, some ice fishermen in Simcoe, Ont., tried to liven things up by making themselves a hot tub out of plywood. They towed it out to their fishing hut by snowmobile, heated it with a wood burning stove and then proceeded to enjoy their excursion and the incredulous looks from other sportsmen out on the ice


6. During the 2011 federal election, the leaders’ televised French language debate had been scheduled for Thursday, April 14. As the date approached, the NHL playoffs began and the Montreal Canadiens schedule was released, with the Habs playing the Boston Bruins on the same night, in the second game of the first round. Recognizing that few viewers would not choose the debate over playoff hockey, all the federal leaders agreed to adjust their schedules and move the debate to Wednesday, April 13.


7. In May 2014, the town of Miramichi, New Brunswick was essentially shut down when an angry beaver roamed the streets, attacking people who got too close.


8. In Ottawa, a man tried to rob a convenience store armed with a hockey stick. The attempt failed as the shopkeeper was able to seize the illegal stick.


9. Perhaps in an attempt to create their own version of “Florida Man,” two Alberta men were fined for harassing a moose in a lake in Northern Ontario. The pair and three others circled the moose in a canoe with one of them trying to climb on the terrified animal’s back. The canoe was impounded until the fines were paid.


10. In the summer of 2013, after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol, a Windsor, Ont. man decided it was a good idea to swim across the river to Detroit just before midnight. A joint effort between Canada and the U.S. authorities saw three boats and a chopper scrambled to deal with the swimmer, who later said he was very sorry about it.



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