From welcoming Syrian refugees with open arms to rescuing a pig from Fort McMurray, Alta. to travelling to Tim Hortons by dogsled — 2016 has seen some ultra-Canadian stories.
For Canada Day, we took a look back at some of the year's most inspiring and hilarious headlines so far:
When Canadians stepped up zealously for Syrian refugees, the world noticed:
Justin Trudeau greets a family of refugees from Syria as they arrive at Pearson International airport, in Toronto, on Dec. 11, 2015. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
Ziad Khabbaz, right, a refugee from Syria, is embraced by Hasan Abdeen, a family friend from Syria and recent arrival to Canada, as he and his family arrive at Toronto's Pearson Airport on Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)
The gargantuan wildfire that consumed Fort McMurray forced 90,000 people to evacuate their homes. Just hours after the evacuation started, Canadians — as well as refugees — went all in and headlines like these began to appear:
— Strathcona Fire (@StrathconaFire) May 4, 2016
— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) May 9, 2016
And Canada Day wouldn't be complete without some of our favourite headlines that scream "only in Canada:"
Tory MP Arnold Viersen spits hot fire in the House. (Photo: Parlvu screengrab)
Brock Wijnbeek posted this photo of his friend’s modified Smart Car on Reddit. (Photo: Brock Wijnbeek/BCW Contracting)
Happy birthday, Canada. May your headlines always be as brilliant as you are.
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Joe Woodsworth, a senior manager with Surrey, B.C.-based Options Community Services picks up dozens of backpacks, each filled with school supplies for Syrian children. Operation Backpack is the idea of former 24Hours columnist Laila Yuile.
Malak arrived with her family in July after living in a Jordanian refugee camp for two years. Her teeth were so decayed the 5-year-old girl was kept up at night because of the pain until a local dentist stepped forward to help the family for free.
“Hopefully, together, we can prove that Canada in general and the Maritimes in particular are as generous and welcoming as the rest of the world thinks we are,” P.E.I. artist Amy Seymour told HuffPost Canada.
In November, the Edmonton Oilers captain gave $10,000 to Edmonton's Mennonite Centre for Newcomers to support their work in helping to resettle incoming Syrian refugees. The donation helped the group meet its two-month goal in a single day.
The Guelph businessman made headlines last month after stepping forward to say he intended to spend $1.5 million to privately sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families to come to Canada. Estill explained he was tired of seeing refugee applications get snarled in long, bureaucratic processes. "I'm a businessperson, I'm very impatient, and we should just do it now," he said.
“It’s really good to know that we’re so compassionate and that we want to help,” said Darrell McLeod of St. Clare's refugee family sponsorship group. “Everybody’s very excited about it. Everyone’s been really excited to make things happen.”
Westbank Developments founder Ian Gillespie is behind many of downtown Vancouver's glitziest skyscrapers.A descendant of Irish immigrants, he made a pledge in November to furnish a 12-unit West End apartment complex and open it to incoming refugees. He also said he's exploring ways to help Syrians get jobs after they arrive in the city.
A small group of from the Keewatin Otchitchak traditional women’s drum group gathered by baggage carousels to greet 17 Syrians to Treaty 1 with a song of welcome.
"I need to point out that the people who are desperate refugees are fleeing from the exact same people who perpetrated the kind of violence we saw in Paris and Beirut last week," the Calgary mayor told reporters a week after deadly attacks in France and Lebanon. "They're running away from the bad guys and, as such, we need to be able to open our arms to make sure that we can provide safety to these folks."
Christine Youssef (pictured) greets newly arrived Syrian relatives on a bus near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga on Dec. 11. Youssef and her mother are sponsoring 43 of their Syrian relatives to come to Canada. Thirteen have arrived and are staying at the family's small Scarborough, Ont. bungalow. Soon, nine of the relatives will move out, making room for more relatives to come in.
When CBC News reporter Eman Bare interviewed Mohamed Al-Noury, 21, and Athar Farroukh, 23, she realized the Syrian refugee couple had no wedding pictures. So Bare put a callout on soical media to surprise the high sweethearts with a wedding. Her request spread and within 24 hours people came forward donating a venue, suit, dress, and cake. "Grateful for a community that makes beautiful things happen," wrote Bare on Instagram below a photo taken at the couple's Saskatoon ceremony.