Limited-edition patriotic Compass cards add amusement to Canada Day weekend news cycle

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      Once you got past a forest fire east of Harrison Lake, a small fire on Blackcomb Mountain, and indigenous protests over Canada 150, there wasn't a lot of serious news over the long weekend.

      Only one person was arrested for being intoxicated at the Canada Day party in downtown Vancouver, the Canucks signed a few free agents, and an aging biker died. It was pretty thin pickings for radio reporters, in particular, who have to keep pumping out fresh stories on the hour.

      But fortunately for a few of them, there was one of those out-of-the-box tales that offered plenty of chuckles and helped fill out newscasts.

      It turns out that limited-edition Canada 150 Compass cards are being advertised online at 10 times the original cost.

      TransLink made 20,000 of them available for the usual $6 deposit.

      Now, you can find them marketed for up to $60 on Ebay.

      It caused CBC Radio's Stephen Quinn to quip that he has a bus transfer from the 1970s that he's seeking a buyer for.

      Here's how one of the listings appears on Ebay.