Canada This Week: Honeymoon heartbreak and an ice storm for the ages

Canada This Week is a curated collection of some of the best stories published by CTV News journalists across the country this week.
January 8, 2023
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.

Ski lift encased in ice

A ski lift at a B.C. resort was encased in ice after back-to-back storms over the Christmas holiday, turning the machine into a dazzling white ice sculpture of sorts.

"It's a very unique thing," the resort's vice president said. "Sitting idle in those storms, it's been coated in snow. Now we have to go and bang the ice off to get the chair ready to start."

ER nurse a TikTok sensation

An emergency room nurse from the South Shore of Montreal has become a TikTok sensation, with millions of viewers worldwide checking out his funny takes on hospital life.

Behind the humour, nurse and content creator John Dela Cruz tells his truth about health care during the pandemic.

"They see the real me, no pretending, no script. When ideas come to my mind, I just get my tripod, my camera and film."

World Juniors souvenir kid

A 12-year-old made a clever sign to get several mementos during the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship games in Moncton, N.B.

Carter collected five sticks -- three of them goalie sticks -- eight pucks, a referee's whistle, dozens of signatures and countless memories that will last a lifetime. 

His sign read: "I'll trade you a chocolate bar for a puck or two for a stick. World Juniors Moncton."

Honeymoon heartbreak

An Edmonton couple was reunited with their beloved four-legged friend that went missing and was struck by a vehicle while they were away on their honeymoon.

Josephine Mah and Todd Slade left the city to enjoy their honeymoon and entrusted Aspen, their one-year-old dog, with a friend.

Aspen managed to get away from their friend's Larkspur home and was missing for three days, during which she was hit by a vehicle. An unknown Good Samaritan picked up Aspen and dropped her off at a veterinarian clinic.

Ice storm for the ages

It was 25 years ago this week when the rain began in what would become the 1998 ice storm that eventually left millions of Quebecers in the dark, some for over a month.

It was one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history, and many still have vivid memories of those cold and difficult days and nights.

The weight of the ice that accumulated didn't just affect trees, with it toppling 1,000 hydro towers and destroying 17,000 Hydro-Quebec utility poles.

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

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