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Knitting cocoons for monarchs (and other Canadian April Fools' jokes)

04/01/2015 10:24 EDT | Updated 06/01/2015 05:59 EDT
One of Canada's largest environmental groups kicked off April Fools' Day with a campaign to craft cozy chrysalises for monarch butterflies returning north this spring. 

Following in the footsteps of the movement to knit sweaters for penguins, the David Suzuki Foundation announced the #Knit4Monarchs campaign, with tongue firmly in cheek. 

"You can give the butterflies the warmest possible welcome by knitting a DIY monarch chrysalis in support of the David Suzuki Foundation's #knit4monarchs campaign," read a statement on the foundation's website. 

There's even a #Knit4Monarchs Pinterest board for people looking for inspiration. 

The David Suzuki Foundation doesn't actually need people to knit chrysalises for butterflies. Monarch caterpillars are quite capable of making their own, thank you very much — provided they have milkweed plants to eat. 

And that's the real purpose behind the #Knit4Monarchs gag: to get people to plant milkweed seeds to give monarchs a food supply and a home. 

Meanwhile, the CFL got into the April Fools' spirit, with mixed results. 

The Ottawa RedBlacks announced a new way to watch games at TD Place, which they dubbed #SkySeat. 

The Toronto Argos announced that it would be taking on the Buffalo Bills in an exhibition game.

This caused much confusion until the Argos confirmed that, despite the complete lack of humour in the announcement, it was an April Fools' joke. 

And WestJet, like they always do, pulled out all the stops for April Fools' by publishing YouTube videos in both English and French, for their new "service," #SmartSeats. 

And the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary announced today that it would be replacing its K9 unit with a unique new policing initiative. 

Travel Alberta started trending across Canada today when it tweeted that the bottom of Lake Louise is getting a new paint job. 

Simon Fraser University had an April Fools' hit today with its YouTube video about new a hallway traffic safety initiative. 

And the Sierra Club Canada had a chuckle this morning announcing a new project to pipe Western Canadian grain — yes, grain — to a port in New Brunswick. 

Did you catch a Canadian April Fools' Day prank that we didn't? Let us know about it in the comments.

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