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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 »

Pub Irritates 'Entire Country' With 'Sacrilegious' Beer Pour

You just don't do that to a Guinness, Vancouver's Railtown Cafe has discovered

(Newser) - There are plenty of online resources for those looking to pour a perfect pint of Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, but it doesn't appear anyone behind the bar at Vancouver's Railtown Cafe did their due diligence. Per the CBC , the Canadian pub decided to advertise its celebrations... More »

Moby Dick Restaurant's 'Offensive' Name Spawns Suit

Building council objects to eatery's moniker and logo

(Newser) - Maybe if they had just called it Ishmael, none of this would have happened. A British Columbia company has filed a lawsuit against a building council that refuses to let it lease a unit it owns to a Moby Dick Restaurant fish-and-chips franchise in part because the second word in... More »

Canada's New Scourge: World's Deadliest Mushroom

May have just claimed a 3-year-old victim in Victoria

(Newser) - Twenty years ago, residents of British Columbia in northwestern Canada didn't have to worry about the deadliest mushroom in the world. But Amanita phalloides, the "death cap" mushroom, likely hitched a ride on trees being imported into the area to beautify city streets and is now flourishing, resulting... More »

Scientists Might've Accidentally Killed an Endangered Orca

Tracking dart possibly led to fungal infection

(Newser) - Scientists hoping to protect endangered orcas might have inadvertently killed one instead. A killer whale tagged by NOAA researchers in Washington state in February turned up dead in British Columbia five weeks later, reports the CBC . On Wednesday, US researchers released a report suggesting the 20-year-old whale, known as L95,... More »

Clever Seal Goes to Desperate Lengths to Dodge Killer Whales

'Most intense epic experience ever': boat owner

(Newser) - Seals are cute, curious, and apparently quite resourceful when they're trying to avoid becoming someone's dinner, per a story out of British Columbia. The CBC reports on the adventures of a survival-minded seal who, desperately trying to escape the clutches of the ravenous orcas pursuing it, hopped aboard... More »

Thieves Swipe $5M Bejeweled Eagle —From Guy's Backpack

Owner was apparently walking around telling people he was carrying it

(Newser) - An 18-pound, solid-gold eagle statue adorned with 763 diamonds and a massive emerald recovered from a 17th-century shipwreck has been stolen—but it wasn't exactly a Mission: Impossible-esque heist. Owner Ron Shore says he had his " Maltese Eagle ," valued between $5 million and $9 million, in his... More »

Man's Gag Gift to Wife Turns Him Into Underwear Model

Brendon Williams had no idea the private photos for his wife would make him famous

(Newser) - Fame isn't putting a dent in Brendon Williams' sense of humor. The boudoir poses that started off as a gag gift for his wife's birthday created such a response on social media that the British Columbia father with a lot of hair and a bit of a belly... More »

Cops: Fleeing Thief Tries to Ride Ice Floe to Freedom

She also allegedly started a fire on her ice raft

(Newser) - File this under "only in Canada." A suspected thief had the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hot on her heels when she allegedly used an ice floe as a getaway vehicle Sunday in British Columbia, the CBC reports. Police say 25-year-old Philicity Lafrenier drove a stolen pickup truck to... More »

They're Back: Shoes Containing Human Feet Found in Canada

More than a dozen have washed ashore since 2007

(Newser) - After a short respite, athletic shoes containing human feet are once again washing up on Canadian shores, the Guardian reports. Earlier this month, a family visiting a Vancouver Island beach made a "grisly discovery," according to the CBC . "We had a look at it for about five... More »

5 Snowmobilers Die in Massive Avalanche

BC disaster may have been triggered by human activity

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when a massive and apparently human-caused avalanche hit a group of snowmobilers in BC on Friday. At least one other person was hospitalized after the avalanche near the town of McBride at around 1:30pm. A spokesman for the Avalanche Canada warning group tells... More »

Cougar That Wowed Biologists Killed in Montana

She traveled more than 10 times as far as expected

(Newser) - A young mountain lion from Canada made a surprising journey of hundreds of miles before she was killed by a hunter in Montana, biologists say. The cougar, nicknamed Sandy, was collared in British Columbia 10 months ago and, after a 450-mile journey, had settled in the Helena Valley when she... More »

Whale-Watching Disaster Blamed on Freak Wave

Weather seemed calm, but rogue wave may have doomed Canada's Leviathan II

(Newser) - Canada's Transportation Safety Board thinks it knows how a whale-watching boat sank on Sunday, leaving five Brits dead and an Australian missing: a surprise wave, the Guardian reports. A survivor told one of the rescuers there was "this real big wave coming—bigger than the rest of the... More »

5 Dead in Canada Whale-Watching Disaster

Ship with 27 aboard went down off Vancouver Island

(Newser) - At least five people died after a whale-watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island and a rescue mission remained active late Sunday, Canadian authorities say. The vessel made a mayday call late Sunday afternoon on what was a clear and sunny day in the tourist community... More »

10 Hurt, Suspect Dead in Office Hammer Attack

Attack took place at First Nations government office

(Newser) - A man armed with a hammer injured 10 people—some of them very seriously—during an attack Wednesday morning at a First Nations government office in British Columbia, CP24 reports. The suspect entered the Bridge River Indian Band office and attacked one person with a hammer. An emergency worker reports... More »

Rescuers Keep Beached Orca Alive Until Tide Comes In

It took 8 hours

(Newser) - A dramatic whale rescue unfolded in British Columbia this week, as rescuers kept alive a stranded orca for eight hours until high tide returned. The female whale likely got stranded on rocks off the coast while chasing a seal, reports the Globe and Mail . Rescuers kept gawkers to a minimum... More »

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