Nathan Coleman's wife went out to their local Costco for some groceries in Halifax, but when she got home, their daughter noticed that there was something moving in one of the bags.
The bag contained bananas from Guatemala, and since bananas aren't exactly famous for moving being mobile, she decided to investigate.
At first the 11 year-old thought it was slug, but unfortunately she was very wrong.
It was a scorpion.
"She was holding it up and I said 'don't worry it's just a slug,'" (...) "My mother was in the living room too and it was still squirming around in the bag and she said it might be a scorpion. I got up and looked at it and couldn't believe it was a scorpion." Source
Coleman called Costco to get them to remove the product from their shelves. He then brought the scorpion to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.
April 22 marks Earth Day, which means it's a time for Montrealers to give back to the planet in return for all it does.
It's also a reminder of the importance of practicing sustainability every day — Mother Nature doesn't get a day off and neither should we!
That's part of what makes Ethical Bean's coffee bag-return program so cool. In celebration of Earth Day and the Earth every day, the 100% Fairtrade organic coffee company wants to give Montrealers a free bag of beans in exchange for 12 empty coffee bags. They'll even accept any bag from any brand.
Send bags, get beans. It's that simple.
Why is this great news for Montrealers? Because we're a city that loves our coffee.
Fun fact: according to the Canada Food Guide, coffee can be considered one of four healthier drink options (in moderation, of course). In other words, some might say that many Montrealers are health-conscious, sustainability-minded coffee connoisseurs. Now that's a title we'll gladly own.
However you slice it (or, in this case, sip it), Ethical Bean's bag-return program means a whole lot of responsibly roasted coffee coming your way.
All you have to do is mail in 12 empty coffee bags to Ethical Bean's head roastery (located in Vancouver, B.C.). Next, Ethical Bean sends the empty bags to TerraCycle, which is a zero-waste company that recycles hard-to-recycle materials including coffee bags.
TerraCycle cleans, shreds and pelletizes the plastic to integrate it into products like park benches. Talk about reduce, reuse, recycle!
"Most coffee bags are multilayered packages made from a combination of paper and plastic. The components cannot be easily separated, which is why coffee bags are typically considered non-recyclable," says Shaye DiPasquale, from TerraCycle.
"By offering a recycling solution for their product packaging, Ethical Bean is giving their customers the chance to really think twice about what is truly garbage and what can be given a second life."
If you decide you don't want your free bag of beans, Ethical Bean will donate it to the food bank by their roastery, and they'll match your donation.
Give beans, or get beans. Either way, it's a win-win for Montrealers and the environment, and a way to help Ethical Bean in their mission to make everything about coffee better.
Whether you opt for whole bean, ground or 100% certified compostable pods, Ethical Bean's rainbow of roasts honours biodiversity and sustainable waste management.
Moreover, all of their coffee is 100% organic. No harmful chemicals mean no negative impact on local water quality, ecosystems and livability.
It's not only in Ethical Bean's DNA, it's also part of their commitment as a Bullfrog Power partner to reduce their emissions footprint. By purchasing 100% renewable natural gas and green fuel for their vehicle fleet and roastery, Ethical Bean has displaced 938 tonnes of carbon to date.
That's a whole lot of carbon, though probably no match for how much coffee Montrealers consume (ba dum tss!).
Whether you're a nonstop or novice coffee drinker, there's something for everyone with each of Ethical Bean's eight specialty roasts, made in and shipped from their roastery in Vancouver. Montrealers can be sure to count on a Canadian-roasted cuppa that does good and feels good — on Earth Day and every day.
Dollar stores are a cabinet of the strange, wonderful, puzzling, and, sometimes, extremely useful. This list of 19 items customers can get from Dollarama in Quebec showcases the store's wide range of hidden treasures.
Narcity may receive a portion of sales if you purchase something from this article, which was created independently by MTL Blog's editorial team just for you.
All of these items are posted on the Dollarama online store, which only sells items in bulk.
Details: There's green apple, strawberry, orange, cherry, blueberry, and bubblegum. The balls have emojis printed on them and in the product photo, one shows the poop emoji. It's unclear which scent that one has. The product description says the assortment may vary from the image.
Everyone's obsessed with these mood-ring-esque cups that change colour based on the temperature of your drink. The ones from Starbucks might be most famous, but here's a hot tip (yes, that's a temperature-based pun): Costco sells them for less money!
Narcity Québec discovered the hot deal while perusing the Les accros du CostcoFacebook group, where a post on this subject garnered more than 500 comments. People are REALLY into these cups.
If you want to get your hands on some magical colour-changing cups and save some coin, Narcity Québec reported that they've been spotted at several Costco stores across the province, including in Laval, Boucherville and Drummondville.
Marc-André Bally, vice-president of Costco's Business Centres in Canada, told Narcity Quebecthat the Saint-Hubert and Anjou branches will look "very similar."
As for the existing Costco Wholesale centre at the same location in Anjou, the company plans to move it slightly further away and reopen sometime next summer.
"With the customer traffic at the Anjou warehouse, the move was necessary, since it was getting a bit tight," Bally laughed.
Bally said three more Costco centres are expected to open elsewhere in Canada — one in Ottawa, Ontario, scheduled for February, one in St. Catharines, Ontario and another in Edmonton, Alberta both scheduled for March.
Asked whether the company plans to open more Costco Business Centre locations in Quebec, Bally said "all the cards are on the table."
"We just opened Saint-Hubert, Anjou in less than a year, three others elsewhere in Canada [...] We will digest that and analyze the situation," he said, adding that the opening of a new location "usually takes years to complete."
Costco Business Centres cater to local businesses and Quebec restaurants as their main clientele, such as Aubut and Mayrand.
However, the centres remain open to the public and non-business owners, so all Montrealers can enjoy buying big in Anjou when the new store opens in fall 2021 or winter 2022.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.