Canada This Week: Close encounter of sea lion kind, lost wedding ring and an ass for mayor

Canada This Week is a curated collection of some of the best stories published by CTV News journalists across the country this week.
September 11, 2022
Canada 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.

Close encounter of sea lion kind

A pair of boaters near Victoria escaped serious injury when a large sea lion leapt onto their small craft in a bid to flee a trio of killer whales.

The dramatic encounter was recorded from a whale-watching vessel that had been following the transient, or Bigg's, orcas near Pedder Bay, west of Victoria.

"As the whales sort of passed by the boat, there was a sea lion nearby which obviously got a look at the killer whales and maybe heard them," Mark Malleson told CTV News. "And it panicked."

Lost wedding ring

A woman's search for her wedding ring and other jewelry began at home, but ended at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Solid Waste transfer facility.

"I had put my rings in a solution to wash them," said Alexandra Stokal. "I hate to admit it, but it was partly my fault too, because I put them in paper towel to dry them and put them on a shelf."

Not knowing what was in the paper towel, her husband threw them out.

After searching the dump for more than two hours, the lost items were recovered. 

"Chris Ward was the guy that found the rings on the floor for us. As soon as we found them, the lady started crying and was all happy and didn't know what to do," said a waste management employee.

An ass for a mayor?

A B.C. woman who says her community needs a shake-up this upcoming election wants her donkey to run for the city's top spot.

Lorraine O'Connor thinks her donkey, Lobo, has what it takes to be the mayor of Grand Forks, a city with a population of about 4,000 people.

"We need a change. We need a big change," O'Connor said. "People are tired of who is running now and they're a little upset with who is planning on running and I said, 'What they need is a big change and Lobo could be that change. Sure he could.'"

Eddie Vedder wants to play tennis

Rock stars are known for making a racket, but on Friday in Ottawa, one big named frontman turned up to a local sports centre without one.

The Rideau Sports Centre posted to social media that Pearl Jam lead singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder showed up to play tennis, but needed an important tool.

"He borrowed our CEO and Founder's tennis racquet. What a thrill it was to meet him," a post on the Rideau Sports Centre's Facebook page.

Pearl Jam was in town for a concert at the Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. 

Divers help locate crashed Second World War bomber

Two divers from Vancouver Island have been exploring parts of the East Coast where very few Canadians will ever see.

Divers Maxwel Hohn and Russell Clark are part of an international team that reached the underwater crash site of a Second World War bomber in Gander Lake, N.L.

The B-24 Liberator bomber crashed in 1943, killing all four crew members on board.

"When you come across this wreckage, it's a mix of feelings. There's sadness with excitement because the crew did lose their lives," said Hohn.

Thanks for reading Canada This Week, and we'll see you next time!

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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