Wednesday, July 28, 2021

All the Stories

Here’s where you can browse through all of our prior posts. We hope you find something that resonates with you and brightens your day!

Doctors told Mississauga dancer Andrew Prashad that his son would never walk. So he...

The goal was never to “fix” anything. He’s not broken. He is who he is,’ says Prashad, who made custom tap shoes for son...

Regina graduate wearing grandmother’s 50-year-old dress to high school prom

Lauren Hodgins remembers first seeing the brocade gown when she was a little girl, living on a farm outside of Craven, Sask. The formal gown...

Nunavut PhD student recognized for research that combines Inuit knowledge and western science

Enooyaq Sudlovenick, A PhD student has received a prestigious award for her work studying belugas in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.  Weston Family Award winners undertake research projects...

Grade 6 class’s ‘equity backpack’ project expands to 70 schools in B.C. and Alberta

https://youtu.be/wYr-vjpduSw What started out as one Abbotsford Grade 6 class's project to tackle racism has expanded into classrooms in over 70 schools in British Columbia. At the start of...

Syrian woman builds better life through friendship with Saint John retiree and his...

Canada has always been proud of the fact that our borders and hearts opened during times of need. In 2015, Operation Syrian Refugees was...

Meet a Montreal toddler and metalhead who will jam with Metallica royalty

A Montreal toddler battling a rare form of cancer meets his heavy metal hero. https://youtu.be/t0OLIYn2Me4 This is little Milan Rossignol. He’s likely one of the youngest...

5 year old Innisfil boy, receives cash reward for being honest

Last fall, 5 year old Oliver was in his schoolyard when he found a $100 bill. Oliver immediately knew the right thing to do...

Senior takes over a thousand Thank-you cards to truck stops during pandemic to show...

When the pandemic first hit early last year, supply shortages for necessities quickly followed. Though shelves were sometimes emptied, there were a group of...

With time running out, medical community bans together for toddler who ingested potentially deadly...

An Alberta couple who to their horror, realized their infant had eaten feces raccoon found themselves racing against time to find a rare medication...

Paying it Forward

In April, we held a contest. This contest was in honour of animals that are kind and loving and the people who have also...

Elderly Man Gets Lessons on Hair and Make-Up to Help His Struggling Wife

An elderly man has captured the hearts of many after photos of him taking hair and makeup lessons in order to help his wife,...

Mother of NHL hockey stars donates kidney to ice rink manager who gave her...

Bonnie O'Reilly gives 'gift of a lifetime' to former manager of Seaforth, Ont., rink Being a hockey mom is hard work. Being a hockey mom...

Toddler without hands gets a puppy without a paw

Like many moms before her, a Chilliwack, British Columbia mother went on a search for the perfect dog for her toddler, Ivy. Ivy was...

Friday Feature Female: Heidi Sauder

Heidi's Horse & Hound Retirement is a registered Not for Profit, located in Meaford, Ontario. Specializing in foxhounds. They rehabilitate and rehome ‘retired’ hunting...

Canadians buy a home for a man with kidney failure, had to quit job

It took a series of serendipitous events to unfold in order for this good news story to happen. A family was forced to...

Bus driver desperate to see terminally ill Mom overwhelmed by support from community

What would you do if you found out your loved one only had a few months away? You'd most likely race to their side,...

South Vancouver community is giving back to its local community

The message is simple: take what you need, give what you can. A fully-stocked little free pantry, created by the Marpole Mutual Aid Network, is now proudly...

Tenants set up food bank to help feed fellow tenants

A group of dedicated tenants bringing some goodness into their community. They managed to convince one of Toronto's major landlords to let them use an empty...

A 7 year olds ‘rock snake’ celebrated by Toronto’s Beaches community

Story submitted by: Jennifer L., Toronto. There’s no missing the colourful line of painted rocks that stretches along the boardwalk on Kew Beach in...

A Toronto woman received a card from a secret admirer every Valentine’s Day for...

Meryl Dunsmore received her first card from her admirer when she was just 16. As the years passed, the cards were postmarked from Japan,...

Meet the small business owner advocating for mental health

Shop local. Those two words have never meant more than over the recent years. The pandemic has forced small businesses all over the world...

Customer of Realtor Sends Steak Dinner to say, “Thank you for selling my house.”

Look left. Look right. You are bound to find someone doing something that will warm your heart. We love stories from the community. Below...

‘Bagasaurus’ is Born. Family Makes Giant Dinosaur From Take-out Containers During 14-day Quarantine.

Carly Catalano had a plan. She knew that moving from British Columbia to Australia with her partner, Sam, and their 3-year-old daughter Florence during...

Our Give Guide. Shop and make a difference

Small businesses need your help. Non-profits need your help. How about supporting both while shopping for some amazing products. We rounded...

Man raises $25,000 For 70-year-old woman who’s worked at KFC for 50 years

Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken is finger-lickin’ good, but that’s not the only reason that keeps one Toronto customer from coming back to his...

Friends Forever: A Salute to Heather

Heather Chapman has been a friend for over 30 yrs. Throughout this time our friendship has grown from co-workers to manager/employee relationship until the...
Jennifer Walker and Rick Matthews

Meet a local Good Samaritan standing up to Anti-Asian racism

Earlier this week, CanadaLoves.ca published an article titled Toronto neighbours band together to support local merchant devastated by anti-Asian racism. Stanley’s Variety at 237...

Toronto neighbours band together to support local merchant devastated by anti-Asian racism

Toronto police investigating the incident as hate crime. Neighbours in Toronto’s Cabbagetown area are condemning anti-Asian sentiment in their community by showing kindness to...

The Energy of the Universe: a Timely Email

We believe that the energy of the universe is the most powerful thing there is. We can't help but wonder about the timing of...

A Fall Harvest: Muskox

My son harvested his first muskox this past fall. In our Inuit tradition we give away his catch with elders and family. Here he...

A Blossoming Friendship

When my daughter was in pre-school, she hated it! She would cry when I dropped her off and would wait by the door for...

Friday Feature Female – Kinndli McCollum

Kinndli McCollum is a woman who will ask you what your intentions are, what’s possible, and then cheer for you as you pen the...

A Principal’s Love

Our hearts swell when our community members share stories of loving-kindness. ----- My middle child has mental health issues. He has struggled for many...

Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia Donates His Basketball Collection

With he 2020-21 NBA season well underway, fans are excited to be cheering on their favourite teams again. And if you happen to be...
Hate is a Virus

An Open Letter to Asian Hate

Dear Asian Hate, You kept me up last night. Six Asian women were murdered. And I like so many others, cannot digest the influx...

Bonnie O’Reilly donates kidney to ice rink manager

The things you do. They way you make people feel. The selfless acts of service and community. They don't go unnoticed. Graham Nesbitt managed...

7 Questions with Canadian Chef Extraordinaire, Nick Liu

DaiLo. (大佬 Cantonese noun dī-(,)lō): big brother; a term of endearment to show respect and love to an elder; a...
Jam Gamble holding mic

Jam Gamble, Speaking Coach and Founder of Slay the Mic, Helps You Find Your...

2021. We have only just started the year, yet the world still feels very divided, yet united at the same time. I suppose...

Friday Feature Female – Hoda Hussein

Hoda Hussein (aka - Summer, but we’ll get to that later) is a go-getter from the GTA. Last year she launched her business Sunshine...

The Okonomi House restaurant On 23 Charles St. has been serving okonomiyaki since 1978....

On 23 Charles St. W. the Japanese lanterns continue to glow at Okonomi House. If you have never tried okonomiyaki, this is your invitation. Okonomiyaki...

COVID survivor Mary Peel turns 106 on Wednesday. Her family has a surprise for...

Mary Peel isn’t going to have a birthday party this year. It's the first time in over a century that she won’t be visited...

Our Faithful Frontline. Our contest came to a close and here is a beautiful...

We are overwhelmed with the amazing responses we received during our January Contest; Our faithful Frontline. Congratulations to our winners! We wanted to compile...

Meet the Jewelry Brand on a Mission to End Sex Trafficking

Shop local. Those two words have never meant more than over the recent past and present years. The pandemic has forced small businesses all...

Meet the Small Business Trying to Keep Families Together in Haiti

Shop local. Those two words have never meant more than over the recent past and present years. The pandemic has forced small businesses all...

From the Super Bowl to the Front Lines. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif leaves the NFL and...

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif misses football. Many sports fans do. But this story has a major tear-jerking twist. While the Kansas City Chiefs prepared for an...
TenFed

Meet the Small Business Trying to End Child World Hunger

Shop local. Those two words have never meant more than over the recent past and present years. The pandemic has forced small businesses...

Donald Hargray says, “Thanks!” by cleaning off dozens of cars in the hospital parking...

What's your favourite snow activity? "Cleaning snow off my car!" - Nobody Ever Donald Hargray, a 65-year-old retiree probably smiled as he cleaned dozens and dozens...

Martin Luther King Jr. left a legacy and we can be better people if...

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King...

Contest time – Our Faithful Frontline

We are running a contest until the end of the month and we hope you can participate. It’s quite simple: Nominate a frontline worker. Think about...

Videos to Help Find Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Balance

With so many of us having the New Year resolutions of getting into or back into shape, we thought we’d help. But stop there....
Andrew James

Hi 2021 Self. How are YOU?

Most of us took quite a mental, physical and emotional beating in 2020. To say that it was a rough year would be...

Friday Feature Female – Denise Paz

“My recipe for when you're down is listening, looking inward, and doing what you enjoy regardless of what people think.” Denise Paz is a woman...

Thousands of Women Support Sask. Girl who Wore Traditional Ribbon Skirt to School

Isabella Kulak, a member of Cote First Nation in eastern Saskatchewan, wore her ribbon skirt to her school in Kamsack for a "formal day"...

10-Year-Old Sees Homeless Man in Saskatoon and Acts on His Wise Instinct

This is a heartwarming story about a young man, a beautiful idea, and parents who supported him to see it through. Kaidan saw a...

Holiday Hopes

We are so thrilled that our community members sent it videos of the purest of the pure. We hope this video helps you ring...

Ontarians Rally to Send Tim Hortons Employee, Vishnu back to University

Every day you have the chance to impact people's lives. This goes from a friendly, "Hello!" to going out of your way to doing...

Free Piano Concerts, Anyone? Heck Ya!

Every Sunday evening at 8:00pm ET (and a special New Year's Eve Performance starting at 10 PM) people from across Canada and a few...

Hotdog Slinging Skully White Gives a Kidney to a Customer

Skully White describes himself as a 51yr old immature, tattoo covered, kool aid drinking, Sinatra loving, dirty minded, romantic at heart, hotdog slinger. And...

Contest time – $100 for you & $100 to a charity

We are running a contest until the end of the month/year and we hope you can participate. It's quite simple: Ask a child, "What HAPPY...

Friday Feature Female – Shirley Sze

If you head on over to LinkedIn, you’ll read Shirley Sze described as an award-winning jewelry designer whose mission is to disrupt the fashion...

You need a lift 1,600 km to Alaska? Beauty, grab your pets and...

"There's nice, and then there's Canadian-nice, which sometimes involves driving a total stranger, her two kids, a pair of elderly dogs and a cat named...

Stay calm. Timmy H. is Open

We can only imagine the panic before that sign went up.

We are well-mannered

"I hope you enjoyed my yard. Have a good day"

Friday Featured Female: Olivia Tupper

Born and raised in Canmore, Alberta, Liv learned early on that there is a religion to be found in the great outdoors, to trust...

Quarantine Card Winners

We loved talking about the quarantine cards and sharing stories about what each one meant. No doubt, your cards put a smile on many...
Photo: Life at The Shores, Humber Bay

Toronto Community Rallies to Support Tate Hill as Winter Approaches

"It's like a kid's book — the little red sailboat in the bay, it is always there. No one really knew who he was."...

50 Reasons that Prove why Canada is the Bomb Diggity

We have a landing pad for UFO's, because you never know. Check out these 50 reasons why Canada is awesome.

Please Practice Physical Distancing

And stay three Canadian geese apart. Thank you.

When Team Canada Wins, We All Win

Because hockey is kind of a big deal to us. PS. Ottawa residents are the coolest.

Not all Canadians are Polite

We can personally contest to this fact. Geese are schmucks!

Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

I came across this story from CNN and couldn't help but chuckle. I thought there would be benefit in sharing it for perhaps...

Cut Yourself Some Slack

I came across this article on the RBC site and I thought the CanadaLoves community might appreciate it as well. I think we’re all...
Photo: Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash

Universal Children’s Day

“Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well...

Something Nice for a Neighbour

I have known my good friend Scott for over 25 years now and for as long as I can remember he has always been...

Inmates prove three important lessons that we should all remember

This story isn’t Canadian, but its lessons ring true for all humans: That no matter what uniform you wear, we are all human in the...

Drunk guys in Canada be like…

They get a little rowdy sometimes but they always return your bike.

A Universal Thread: Kindness

If there is a thread that weaves through culture, religion, and most of humanity it’s the need to see, to feel, and to hear...

The History of “In Flanders Fields”

In Flanders Fields ...

A Moment of Silence: Photos So We Never Forget

A picture tells a thousand words. Words that could never adequately convey how war affects a soldier. Or how it affects their families. Or how...
Alex Trebek

5 Reasons Why Alex Trebek Was a True Canadian Legend

The world was saddened to learn that beloved Canadian gameshow host and all around great human, Alex Trebek passed away on Sunday, November 8th,...

Friday Featured Female: Steph Corker

“No one can tell you how big your heart is.” - Steph Corker I stumbled across Steph Corker about 10 years ago. We became Facebook...

What would you have done?

There are spontaneous moments when you can choose to make a difference or you can choose to look away. What would you have done...

Mother who lost children in N.S. fire misses bus receives random act of kindness

"I think that empathy should trump policies."

Humanity restored with an iPad

"It doesn't matter how good I feel, it just matters how good she feels."

A dog, a locked car and a kind stranger

"I would love to see her again and thank her without tears and smile. Even though I have had some really bad luck there's people...

Edmonton donair shop offers some delicious kindness to a stranger

“If today, I help someone, maybe tomorrow I need help. Canada said welcome for everyone, because these people said welcome with me, they...

Ripples of Kindness in Canada

"I think some of us have this innate desire to make the world just a little bit better one person at a time...We just...

Life lessons from Jim Carrey

Canadian actor and comedian, Jim Carrey wishes more people could realize "all their dreams and wealth and fame," so they can "see that it’s...

We’ve Still Got This!

This is what one of our friends and community members posted for their Facebook cover photo a few weeks back.  We love it and...

Nova Scotia Town Delighted By Mysterious $100 Bill And Loving Note

There is some serious good in the world. Will you help spread it? PS. We also hope you will always choose to be...

Nova Scotia random act of kindness on a cold winters day

Imagine you're alone, on the street, and it's a cold night. Will anyone help? Will you?

May we all show “uncommon kindness” everyday

A hot meal from a kind restaurant staff member warms a boy with autism, and also our hearts.

A warm hand from a McMaster University comforts a stranger with special needs

A young man raised to believe that sometimes a simple act can mean the world to a complete stranger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y32LyGlWfhA

Love is Love

Photo by Betzy Arosemena on Unsplash
Happy Birthday, Ryan Reynolds

“Happy Birthday, Baby.” I mean Ryan Reynolds. Here are 7 reasons why we...

No silly, I am not calling Ryan Reynolds “my baby” (or am I?).  It’s an ode to Blake Livey’s hysterical Instagram caption celebrating her...

Becoming Kind

We are proud to feature this piece from one of our amazing canadaloves.ca community members. Congratulations to Jeannie for winning our Canadian Thanksgiving contest....

True Character is Often Revealed in Times of Unexpected Crisis – Take a Gander

“Everyone, take this to heart, think of how you can make a little difference in the world if you have a positive attitude.”  - Community...

Thanks, Gord Downie, for Away Is Mine

It’s difficult to summarize the admiration and respect I have for Gord Downie. I feel like he’s been with me my whole life, imparting...

Is This Your Mitt?

I’m no graphologist, but when I look at the letters that make up this note, I am quite certain that whoever wrote it is...
Ed Veal - Real Deal Racing

Ride 4 Real: Cycling With Purpose

If you have ever ridden a bike for 9+ hours, you know, it’s not easy. Your idea of an endurance ride might be watching...

The Power of Secret Notes

We all get an endorphin rush from seeing new notifications for messages, be it on social media or via email.  But nothing matches the elation...

Meeting Anger With Kindness

Is your gut reaction to diffuse or escalate? This story comes from one of our CanadaLoves.ca community members and I love how it captures the spirit of...

7 Creative Ways to Pay Kindness Forward: Supermarket Edition

Over the last many months, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered almost every aspect of our everyday lives – how we interact, how we shop,...

Tears from Tulips

Just before Easter in the Spring of 2020 when we were in the early stages of the pandemic there was a tremendous amount of...

What can polar bears teach us about polar opposites?

I am trying hard not to look at the world through only one lens. People are getting furious with each other over the way...

What Terry Fox Means to Me

My bike once suffered a shipping accident and the carbon-fibre frame was damaged. Most people - including the ones at the bike shop -...

Shaping Peace Together

The International Day of Peace is on the horizon and this year’s theme is “Shaping Peace Together.” The United Nations focuses on large-scale ideas spanning the...

Kindness Wins

A stranger cuts you off, the car behind you is honking, there is a line-up in every checkout counter, you’re late, stressed, sleep deprived,...

On Milkweed and Its Precious Life Lessons

You may have heard, or maybe not, that Milkweed is an important wildflower. Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed because milkweed is toxic. By relying...

O Canada – Over 300 People From Around the World Formed A Massive Online...

On July 1, Canadians everywhere celebrate Canadian confederation -or- Canada Day. While some commemorate from their backyards with a grill and sparklers, others take...

Why do we love seeing teenagers making good choices?

The story of the teens that pushed a car 7 km down an Ontario highway to help a stranger resonates strongly with me as...

Attitude Versus Behaviour: What Comes First?

Someone started a thread in the forum recently about attitude versus behaviour. Which comes first; having a great attitude, or taking action on something...

Young Canadian College Grad Has Positive Message for the World

“We are all, truly, in this together and we are all capable of change and growth that can only make this world a better...

There is Good News Out There

A friend of mine once told me that even the smallest actions had a ripple effect around the earth. He summarized it by saying...

Let’s Build Paths, Not Fences

If you're anything like Shannon O'Dea Dawson, you want to welcome people instead of making them feel alienated. Like a trespasser. So when she noticed...