It’s safe to say that the beginning of 2020 hasn’t quite gone the way most of us would have liked. For millions of Canadians, plans have been cancelled, vacations have been postponed, and interactions with our loved ones have slowed to a halt. However, among all the doom and gloom there’s still so much good news in Canada, and these magical moments from 2020 will remind you that there’s always a reason to smile!

When you look at 2020 so far, it’s easy to only recall the negative news. In just four months, there’s been a significant number of bad days, and it can be hard to look past everything that’s happened.

However, hiding amongst the bad news days are many, many good days, and it’s important to remember all of the wonderful things that have also happened over the past 16 weeks.

From kittens rescued with coffee and incredible charitable donations, to the huge amount of Canadians who have stepped-up in the fight against COVID-19, there’s an endless number of inspiring stories out there to keep us all smiling.

If you’ve been looking for a boost, look no further! This collection of the most heartwarming stories from 2020 so far will make you feel all fuzzy inside.

Grab your tissues Canada, this is going to get emotional! 

Itty Bitty Kitty Rescue

Back in January, one man’s quick thinking saved three little kittens from being frozen, right in the heart of the Canadian winter.

When Kendall Diwisch came across three kittens frozen to the ground, he used his warm coffee to melt the ice and set them free.

The kitty rescue ended up going viral, and all three of the siblings were re-homed together. Now, all three are thriving in their new home! Ahh.

Last-Minute Sub

A 42-year-old zamboni driver’s dreams came true back in February, when he was called to step-in during a hockey game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Leafs.

When both of the Hurricanes’ goalies were injured, Ayres was asked to step in, and he received a standing ovation from supporters on both sides!

"Chiiiiiiicken"

2020 hasn’t been all doom and gloom. Over the last couple of months, Family Feud Canada has cemented itself as one of the most iconic shows on television, and it’s given us some pretty spectacular moments.

In particular, this totally viral "chicken" moment. It's perfect not just because the answer is so wrong, but because the contestant shouted it with so much confidence.

However, we're sure she got the last laugh when she ended up receiving $10,000 worth of Popeyes chicken. Oh, Canada.

Sealife Sanctuary

In February, it was announced that a brand new sanctuary would be opening in Nova Scotia, and it will be a haven for whales who have come from captivity.

The Whale Sanctuary Project will welcome beluga whales who are retiring from entertainment parks and zoos, and will be a place for the animals to live out the rest of their days in peace.

Caremongering Trends

Across the country, Canadians have come together to help vulnerable people in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada's "caremongering" trend became global news back in March, as local community groups came together to share supplies and resources, and to spread kidness wherever possible.

Canadian Cash Drop

Over the last few months, Ryan Reynolds has dropped some serious cash in Canada, but for the most inspiring reasons.

When he heard that Canadian food banks were struggling during the pandemic, he came through with a pretty hefty donation, and has been making similar charitable moves ever since.

We appreciate you, Ryan!

 

 

The Kids Are Alright 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a pretty stressful experience for many Canadians, and things are no different for kids. Despite the difficult circumstances, they’ve come through time and time again to do what they can.

In British Columbia, one 12-year-old with a 3D printer created ear guards for Canada’s frontline workers, that aim to relieve some of the pressure from medical mask straps. More than 60,000 people have since downloaded his strap design.

In the same province, one six-year-old has set up a “drive-by joke stand.” The mini-comedian promised to always offer his jokes for free, so people could save their money for things like groceries. 

Great job, kids.

Survival Story

Amongst the horror that unfolded in Nova Scotia in April, there was a little bit of good news.

A nine-year-old dog that was shot during the rampage actually survived the ordeal. A local veterinarian operated on the injured animal at no cost, and she’s now expected to make a full recovery. 

Even more heartwarming, the vet was inundated with messages from people across the country, offering to pay for the dog’s bills.

Speaking Moistly

This one proves that Canadians will always have a brilliant sense of humor, no matter what the circumstances.

Back in April, during his daily COVID-19 address, the Prime Minister used the term “speaking moistly,” a phrase that he instantly regretted.

However, Justin Trudeau is unlikely to ever forget his choice of words now, as it’s since been made into a very catchy tune, and even a lip balm!

$8 Million Later ... 

On April 26, some of Canada’s biggest superstars hosted a very special event, in order to raise money for food banks during the pandemic.

Celebrities like Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé and Drake got involved in the Together Stronger event, and more than $8 million was donated by the public.

Not bad, eh?

 

Best In The World

Way back in January, Canada was officially voted the second-best country in the world, due to a number of factors. With a score of 9.9 out of 10, we almost had a perfect rating. 

If the stories above are anything to go by, we think Canada deserves full marks.

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