April Fools' pranks see groundhog arrested, Trump taking over Cape Breton

From groundhog arrests to rumours that Donald Trump supporters are buying up real estate in Cape Breton, there's plenty of "news" in Nova Scotia making April fools of people.

Coin-operated tabletop beer taps and South Shore blizzards were just a few pranks unleashed on N.S.

An RCMP officer pets Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam before hauling him down to the station on April Fools' Day. (RCMP)

From groundhog arrests to rumours that Donald Trump supporters are buying up real estate in Cape Breton, there's plenty of "news" in Nova Scotia making April fools of people.

Here are a few April Fools' 2016 highlights from Nova Scotia: 

RCMP arrest rodent for public mischief

Colchester District RCMP said officers arrested the province's most famous prognosticating marmot, Shubenacadie Sam, for public mischief. 

Sam stated there would be six more weeks of winter, "however based on the forecast to date, it appears these statements are false," said RCMP.
Police said Shubenacadie Sam is currently in RCMP custody and is scheduled to appeared in Shubenacadie provincial court later this morning. 

"Even on April Fools' Day, rodents can appear in court," said police.

A 10-cent increase in minimum wage the real joke

On Friday, ACORN Canada, which advocates for moderate and low-income families, said Premier Stephen McNeil was raising the minimum wage in Nova Scotia to $15 per hour. 

That is not the case.

However, the minimum wage in Nova Scotia went up by 10 cents per hour Friday (to $10.70) — something that ACORN and opposition parties were quick to say was a real joke.

Trump supporters flock to Cape Breton

Last month a campaign aimed at luring Americans to Cape Breton gained momentum, and this morning, a CBC radio program took advantage of that strange story.

Information Morning aired a segment saying that U.S. citizens hoping to escape if Trump becomes president will be disappointed because Trump supporters — and even the man himself — were buying up property on the island. 

The "real estate" agent the host spoke to even said Trump had planned to buy the Canso Causeway to prevent non-Trump supporters from getting onto the island. Considering some of the other claims Trump has made during his run for the Republican nomination, this one really didn't seem that far fetched. 

White Point Beach Resort blanketed in snow

If you were following Nova Scotia's White Point Beach Resort on Twitter this morning, you may have thought the getaway destination was hit with a very intense, very local blizzard. 

In the tweet aimed at CBC meteorologist Peter Coade, White Point sent a very snowy picture. 


The province's largest university, Dalhousie, sent a news release stating the school was going to swoop in to provide students with stylish and affordable apartment decor. 

"No, we're not talking about the pending arrival of a certain Swedish furniture giant that Haligonians are treating like the second coming of the donair." 

In the very detailed release, the school announced it would launch its first major furniture retail operation in 2017, called DalKEA.

Keep filthy fingers out of your food

National chain restaurant Boston Pizza also got in on the fun, claiming it has a solution for friends who pick off your plate. 

"Made from sleek, transparent acrylic, the Hey! That's Nacho Food Shield can be placed over any dish and offers protection on all sides from hungry friends, family and teammates," reads a release from the company.

Coin-operated beer taps table side? Yes, please

The Ontario-based Jack Astor's restaurant chain tweeted about their latest beverage accoutrement: a tabletop, coin-operated beer dispenser.

It seems like a good idea, if the company can figure out a way to run cold beer lines to every table. 

One story that only seemed like a joke

On Friday, CBC Nova Scotia published a story about some companies in the Halifax region who have so little faith in the reliability of Halifax Transit that they're refusing to hire people who take the bus to get to work.

A few readers thought it was an April Fools' joke. This one is true.


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