Canada This Week: A wayward whale, a pair of seniors still in their prime and a Canadian connection to the Kentucky Derby

Canada This Week is a curated collection of some of the best stories published by CTV News journalists across the country this week.




Canada This Week is a curated collection of some of the best stories published by CTV News journalists across the country this week.

Here's what's been happening.


Manitoba connection to the Kentucky Derby winner

Rich Strike, the horse that shocked the world with his Kentucky Derby win, has a special familial connection to Manitoba.

Turns out Rich Strike's mom, Gold Strike, is from Manitoba.

"The mother of the Kentucky Derby winner was born and bred in Manitoba. She began her racing career at Assiniboia Downs," Darren Dunn, CEO of Assiniboia Downs, said. "Who would have guessed that she would go on to be the mother of a Kentucky Derby winner? That is just an incredible story."

A wayward whale

A marine mammal research group is keeping a close eye on a wayward minke whale that made its way to the Montreal area, raising concerns about its safety.

The whale was first spotted on Sunday afternoon between Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame.

The sighting comes nearly two years after a humpback whale spent several days in Montreal's Old Port, to the delight of onlookers. However, it was found dead in June 2020 after it was believed to have been hit by a boat.


Quebecer becomes oldest man to perform headstand

That's right. There's a world record for oldest man to perform a headstand and this 75-year-old Quebecer just broke it.

Tanios "Tony" Helou of Deux-Montagnes, Que., claimed the record late last year. 

Tony has been walking on his hands since he was a young man, but pushed his hobby into a record-breaking stunt by notching up his training when he was 55 years old.

86-year-old pilot flies across Canada

From Langley, B.C., to Miramichi, N.B., George Miller made the last stop on his final flight this week

The 86-year-old pilot and two crew members landed a 1947 Ryan Navion aircraft next to the New Brunswick Aviation Museum. 

Miller decided to donate the aircraft to the museum because he was stationed in Chatham, N.B., in the early 1960s when he was a member of the Golden Hawks aerobatic flying group.


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Canada This Week is curated by journalists Matthew Talbot and Adam Frisk and is published on Saturdays. Like what you see here? Get the latest local headlines whenever you want them from the Local Spotlight.

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