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School Shouldn't Have Barred Child With Atheist Parents: Judge

Gary Mangel, Mai Yasue didn't want holiday decor in school; school said daughter couldn't come back

(Newser) - It began with a dispute over classroom holiday decorations and ended with a preschool keeping a student's registration "hostage to a demand." That's according to a judge on the BC Human Rights Tribunal in Canada, ruling Tuesday that the Bowen Island Montessori School erred in its... More »

A Mother Has Been Searching for Her Son, Here, for 30 Years

Denise Horvath-Allan has flown from the UK to Kelowna 15 times

(Newser) - In November, Denise Horvath-Allan flew for the 15th time from the UK to Kelowna, British Columbia. The 69-year-old says it will be her last such trip, but not because her business there is finished. As James McMahon explains in a piece for MEL Magazine , Kelowna is where her 20-year-old son... More »

A Woman's Final Note to All Doctors in Her Obituary

Ellen Maud Bennett says she endured 'fat shaming' from the medical profession

(Newser) - When a terminal cancer diagnosis finally came, Ellen Maud Bennett was given only days to live. The 64-year-old of Victoria, BC, spent them eating lobster and shrimp-wonton soup and boasting, "I look so good for someone almost dead!" Her much-lauded obituary published this month, however, called out something... More »

Teen Went to Sleep on a School Trip. She Never Woke Up

16-year-old Sara Manitoski died from toxic shock syndrome in March 2017, coroner finds

(Newser) - An overnight school trip last year turned tragic for a Canadian teen, and now a coroner has confirmed why. People reports 16-year-old Sara Manitoski, who was found unresponsive in her cabin bed after friends came back from breakfast, died of toxic shock syndrome, with the coroner's conclusion based on... More »

Driver's Nightmare: 'We Were Inundated With Poop'

Transport Canada investigating claim that liquid human feces fell in Kelowna, BC

(Newser) - Maybe the only thing worse than having poop rain down on your car: Having poop rain down on your car while the sunroof is open. That's what happened to Susan Allan of British Columbia as she drove with her family on May 9 near Kelowna International Airport, reports the... More »

Hiking Boot Stuck in Logjam Still Had Foot Inside

This is 14th such find in BC since 2007

(Newser) - A hiking boot stuck in a logjam on the shores of British Columbia's Gabriola Island yielded a grim find—yet another severed foot. This is at least the 14th time since 2007 that a foot has washed up on the coastline of the Canadian province, the Guardian reports. There... More »

Vigilante Couple Who Tied Up Alleged Predator Could Face Charges

They say he visited home for sex with girl, 13

(Newser) - After a 28-year-old man who allegedly wanted to have sex with their 13-year-old daughter showed up at their home, a Canadian couple restrained him with zip ties and called the Mounties. Now they're the ones who could face charges. In Facebook Live video of the incident , the mother can... More »

Ban Lifted on Hotel Guest 17 Years After Poop 'Tornado'

Nick Burchill allowed back at BC's Fairmont Empress after a seagull fracas in his room

(Newser) - A Canadian man barred from a British Columbia hotel for 17 years has successfully reversed his lifetime ban with "a pound of Brothers TNT Pepperoni as a peace offering." To understand the significance of that gift, it's necessary to know the truly insane story of how Nick... More »

29 Ancient Footprints May Upend Long-Held Migration Theory

The Coastal Migration Theory, that is

(Newser) - Twenty-nine human footprints from the end of the last Ice Age are fueling discussion about America's first immigrants, Gizmodo reports. Archaeologists found the prints on an island in British Columbia, Canada, while seeking evidence of the Coastal Migration Theory, which posits that humans traveled down the coast after crossing... More »

They Never Heard It Coming. Then the Snowmobile Crashed

Man held liable after he's thrown off snowmobile, which slammed into friend, causing 'horrific' injuries

(Newser) - A fun day snowmobiling in British Columbia left one man with "horrific" injuries and another liable for them after he was thrown off his snowmobile and the vehicle kept going, slamming into one of his companions. InfoTel News reports that Devon Webb, Angelo Passerin, and about eight others were... More »

A Wave Flipped a Boat. Within Minutes, 5 Were 'Unresponsive'

BC Coroners Service issues recommendations after 2015 capsizing; it says life jackets could've saved 6

(Newser) - The drowning deaths of six people thrown from a whale-watching vessel that capsized off Canada's West Coast in 2015 have been ruled accidental, but that's not stopping a coroner from proposing a big change to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. In a report out Tuesday, Courtney... More »

13th Foot Washes Ashore in Canada

Man's dog made grisly find

(Newser) - Yet another human foot has washed up in British Columbia—this time with part of a leg attached. The grisly find, which is at least the 13th foot to wash up on the province's coastline since 2007, was made by a man walking his dogs along a beach in... More »

She Leapt From Ferry Believing She Was Dying. She Wasn't.

Incredibly, Canada's Mya DeRyan survived, then learned terminal diagnosis was wrong

(Newser) - Diagnosed with a terminal illness at 52, Mya DeRyan saw no use in medicine. After spending several months with her adult son, the British Columbia woman departed his Vancouver home, leaving a note reading, "My body hurts, my heart is full. It's time. I love you." DeRyan... More »

British Columbia Just Outlawed a Certain Type of Hunting

Province says public sentiment has shifted against 'trophy' hunting for grizzly bears

(Newser) - The government of British Columbia has some good news and bad news for grizzly bears in the Canadian province: The good news is that hunters will no longer be able to kill them for sport. The bad news is that hunters will still be able to kill them for meat.... More »

Odd Message Posted About Realtor's Unsolved 2008 Murder

Comment on website about Lindsay Buziak's murder begins, 'I killed Lindsey'

(Newser) - It's either a clue or a hoax, but it's reviving interest in the unsolved February 2008 murder of a Canadian real estate agent. Lindsay Buziak was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of a $1 million home she was showing in Saanich, British Columbia. A 2010 report... More »

Canada Is Restoring Historic Trump Family Brothel

President's grandfather started the business during the Klondike Gold Rush

(Newser) - At the end of the 19th century in a booming Canadian gold rush town, patrons of the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel could buy moose, cranberries, caribou, and even swan meat. And, of course, sex. The Arctic in Bennett, British Columbia, is the surprising place where "the Trump empire began,... More »

Girl's Dad: Don't Blame Us for Sea Lion Snatch

He says another visitor was feeding the animal

(Newser) - Experts have been placing blame on family members of a 6-year-old girl after a sea lion pulled her into a British Columbia harbor by her dress. But her father says the family is essentially blameless. The man, identified only by his last name, Lau, tells CBC News that his daughter... More »

Smart Thinking Saves Pet Rat After Heroin Overdose

Snuggles recovering after her overdose

(Newser) - The heroin epidemic has made its way to Vancouver, British Columbia, and even the rats are being felled. In the case of Snuggles, a pet rat rushed into the Overdose Prevention Society on Sunday, volunteers were actually able to save her life after a quick-thinking pharmacy student administered naloxone (aka... More »

Missing Olympic Rower Surrenders After 18 Months

Harold Backer's back, but his clients' money isn't

(Newser) - Missing Olympian rower Harold Backer walked into a police station in Canada last week, ending a 528-day mystery—but the remaining mysteries include his whereabouts during all that time, and the whereabouts of the millions of dollars that clients of his investment business say he stole from them. Backer, who... More »

Tragedy on Canadian Mountain: 'I Think Your Friends Have Fallen'

5 hikers fall 1.6K feet to death after Mount Harvey snow overhang collapses

(Newser) - When a hiker who'd fallen behind five of his friends on Vancouver's Mount Harvey got to the summit on Saturday, he expected to find them waiting for him. But in a horrific ending to his climb, he instead found another hiker not with his group, who told him,... More »

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