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19 Completely Awesome Things Canadians Did In 2014

Just another year being eh-plus people.

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5. When a bank turned its ATMs into "Automated Thanking Machines" that surprised their customers with miscellaneous gifts.

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The ATM gave every customer a $20 bill, but other random and personalized surprises were flowers, more cash, baseball swag (to a huge Blue Jays fan), and plane tickets around the world.

6. And then again, later in the year, when they surprised 24 people with $30,000 to #MakeTodayMatter.

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The bank gave the customers $30,000 and 24 hours to do one thing: #MakeTodayMatter by carrying out a good deed. They identified 24 people with the most inspirational ideas and then surprised them with the resources to allow them to actualize their goals.

Ontario native Michael Mulligan is in a wheelchair himself, so he knew "how hard it can be to get into places." He decided to spend the $30,000 on constructing a ramp for his neighbour Rose so she could regain her independence. It was the first time in four years she was able to get out of her house.


9. When a fourth-grader drew this "coin" for a school assignment.

And explained why:

"The coin represents gay pride. I chose the rainbow because the rainbow is the gay pride flag. I chose the gay pride flag because it's okay to be gay in Canada. I chose the girls holding hands and 2 boys holding hands because gay means love with a person in your gender. I chose black because black represents guilt & sorrow. If you were in a different country where you aren't allowed to be gay in and you are gay you would feel guilt & sorrow. That's why I chose gay pride as my coin."

12. When Canada's NATO master trolled the Russian army on Twitter.

Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine

Canada at NATO@CanadaNATOFollow

Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine

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When the country was shaken after several fatal shootings in Ottawa that were later classified as terrorist attacks...

19. And, finally, when Canadians helped Americans finish their national anthem after a mic cut out at a hockey game.

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Because we're just those kind of neighbours.