Ontario’s $200,000 Rubber duck

Ontario was also a nominee in the provincial category for having the most expensive counterfeit rubber duck.

As part of Canada 150 celebrations, the province spent $200,000 on a huge rubber duck — not a mallard or other native species — to float around Lake Ontario by Sugar Beach.

The duck — which was rented by a company in the U.S. — turned out to be an “illegal counterfeit” from a Dutch company.

The Dutch company said the U.S. rental costs of the fake were “exorbitant” and that they would have made the original available for Ontario’s Canada 150 had they been asked.