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Here are 10 good news stories from the past week to brighten your day

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A little bit of good news goes a long way, which is exactly why we’ve rounded up some of the nicest, feel good news from the last week. Hopefully this brightens your day and gets you smiling for the weekend!

The Vancouver Aquarium has a new orphaned baby sea otter

If you’re not dying from cuteness at the mere thought of a baby otter, we don’t know what’s wrong with you. The baby seal, named Joey, was found sick and in rough shape near Kyuquot. He’s now been nursed back to health and is in the stable care of the aquarium. Check out that link for one of the cutest things you’ll see today

Edmonton is hoping to build the largest airport solar panel farm

Did somebody say renewable energy? Edmonton sure did, loudly and clearly. The airport announced plans on Tuesday that they are set to cover 627 acres with those sweet, sweet solar panels. This will hopefully generate enough electricity to power 27 to 28 thousand homes. Wow!

The NHLPA has approved a new collective bargaining agreement

If you like your hockey players having a say in how the game is run, you’ll be happy to hear about the new collective bargaining agreement plan that the NHL Players Association has cooked up. The association will be setting the plan to a vote by the end of today, which will mean that hockey might be starting up again very, very soon.

Alberta man saves giant eagle from BC lake.

We all need inspiring stories about animals, and this one is for the books. Brett Bacon was at the right place at the right time when he was out on Windermere lake and saw an eagle plummet into the lake. Check out the video in the link to see the absolutely bonkers rescue mission.

Employment is making a recovery

While the job market was definitely hit hard because of COVID-19, it’s good to hear it’s back on the upswing. In June, Canada has added around 1 million new jobs. This is still a little ways away from pre-pandemic numbers, but it is hopefully a sign that there’s good to come!

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Canada has joined the Global Ocean Alliance

As humans, water is incredibly important, so it’s essential that we protect our oceans. That’s why it’s great to hear that Canada has joined the Global Ocean Alliance to advocate for protecting 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030. Other countries rallying around the cause include the UK, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Senegal and many more!

Gary Larson has returned to cartooning after 25 years

The same guy who made famous the hilarious single panel cartoons of talking animals is back. Gary Larson, the king of cartoons, has started up something he calls “New Stuff” which he says will be different, but still infused with his famous sense of humour.

Two beautiful places in Atlantic Canada are now UNESCO Global Geoparks

The Cliffs of Fundy and Bonavista Peninsula have been named Global Geoparks. The designation is for notable and important landscapes and places that have international geological significance. So, it seems like it might be a good time to book a trip to check it out!

The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs have come out for the decriminalization of illicit drugs

The war on drugs has been going on for many, many years and it looks like there has been a major development. The CACP has said they support the decriminalization of drugs, which would favour policies that make drug-use a public health issue, rather than a criminal one. That means less people in jails, and more people getting the help they need!

BC is in a low risk for wildfires

Anyone who has lived in BC over the last 5 years knows what sort of damage a wildfire can do, even if you’re hundred of kilometres away. So it’s great to see that, due to the damp, chilly weather in June, we’re in a great place fire wise. Even Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan said “When you look at it from a drought and from a wildfire perspective, you couldn’t ask for better.”

So, if you’ve had a long week and needed a pick-me-up or it’s been stellar and you just want it to be even better, here is a collection of good news to make you smile. Now take these good vibes into your weekend and, if you can, into Monday!

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