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First Nation Suit: Canada's Parliament Is on Our Land

Aboriginal group says it never relinquished title

(Newser) - Ottawa's Parliament, Supreme Court, and the National Library may soon have some new owners—or new old owners. The city's south bank where these three institutions lie is in the middle of a land ownership lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Quebec First Nation, CTV News reports. "The... More »

It Might Be the Greatest Food Crime in History

'Vanity Fair' takes a deep dive into maple syrup theft of 2012

(Newser) - It was an epic heist and the most Canadian crime ever, to boot: Back in 2012, thieves stole 540,000 gallons of maple syrup worth at least $13 million. It was nothing less than mind-boggling, writes Rich Cohen at Vanity Fair . "It felt less like a crime than a... More »

Queen Was Only Woman on Canadian Money—Until Now

Viola Desmond, 'Rosa Parks of Canada,' to appear on $10 bill in 2018

(Newser) - Only one woman currently appears on Canadian currency, but Queen Elizabeth II is about to get a partner. Starting in 2018, civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond—aka the "Rosa Parks of Canada"—will have her mug on the country's $10 bill, the Toronto Star reports. The Globe ... More »

'Lock Her Up' Chant Spreads to Canadian Politics

MP criticized for not halting chant at rally in Alberta

(Newser) - The "lock her up" chant most often associated with Hillary Clinton has gone international. As the CBC reports, right-wing neighbors to the north adopted the phrase during a rally held by the Rebel Media group in Canada on Saturday. Conservative Member of Parliament Chris Alexander was speaking out against... More »

With Eye on Trump, Internet Will Be Backed Up in Canada

'Preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions'

(Newser) - The US-based nonprofit Internet Archive, responsible for continuously archiving as much of the web as it can and perhaps best known for its 279 billion-web-page-strong Wayback Machine , is moving to Canada. Or, more precisely, expanding to Canada. The organization announced on its blog on Tuesday that it is raising money... More »

Cops Threaten Drunk Drivers With Nickelback

It'll be a bonus on the way to jail, Canadian force says

(Newser) - Cops in a small Prince Edward Island town have warned that drunk drivers will be punished with the music of some fellow Canadians: Nickelback. In a Facebook post , the Kensington force warns that they'll be out this holiday season "looking for those dumb enough to feel they can... More »

Hackers Holding College's Computers for Ransom

They want $28,500 to call off the ransomware attack

(Newser) - Hackers attempted to hold computers at one Canadian university hostage for $28,500 on Tuesday, the Register reports. According to the CBC , Carleton University was hit with a ransomware attack from an unknown source. "Any system accessible from the main network, that is Windows based, may have been compromised,... More »

A Dying Boy Needed Antibiotics; Mom Gave Him Tea: Prosecutors

Tamara Lovett accused in death of 7-year-old son

(Newser) - For 10 days, 7-year-old Ryan Alexander Lovett laid in bed while his mother fed him dandelion tea and oil of oregano. He died as a result, according to prosecutors. In a trial that began Monday in Calgary, Alberta, prosecutors accuse Tamara Lovett, 47, of failing to provide the "necessaries... More »

A Boy's Night Playing GTA Ended Up With Real Cops

Ontario police thought they were dealing with an 'impaired driver' when calls started coming in

(Newser) - Yet another reason to not let young kids play M-rated video games: They may get ideas they carry over to real life. At least that's what apparently happened to one curious 11-year-old boy in Ontario, who cops say spent Saturday evening playing Grand Theft Auto, then set out in... More »

Speech Began With 'What a Traitorous B----!' An Ovation Followed

Sandra Jansen rallies colleagues against harassment

(Newser) - It's not often that a room full of bickering lawmakers rises together in a standing ovation, but then it's not often one begins a political speech with "What a traitorous b----!" That's exactly what a Canadian lawmaker did in the Alberta legislature on Tuesday. Sandra... More »

Video of Polar Bear Petting Dog Goes Viral. Now the Bad News

A bear on Canadian landowner's property ate one of his chained-up sled dogs

(Newser) - A video of a polar bear petting a sled dog that went viral seemed heartwarming, but a new development casts the interaction in a different light. The Dodo has updated its initial post on the incident, which took place near Churchill in Manitoba. The video was shot on property belonging... More »

Meanwhile, in Canada, Parliament Debates Use of 'Fart'

The word is 'distinctly unparliamentary,' says Elizabeth May

(Newser) - While several world leaders were preoccupied with climate change , Canada was debating a far more important issue: whether "fart" is an appropriate word to use in parliament. While giving what she called "an impassioned speech " about unemployment and tax increases in Alberta in the House of Commons... More »

Leonard Cohen Now Rests 'Exactly as He'd Asked'

He was laid to rest before we even knew he died

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen now rests among his kinsmen, "exactly as he'd asked," wrote son Adam Cohen in a Facebook post late Saturday night. "My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into... More »

Dog Makes Miracle Recovery After 27 Days Stuck in Well

'I don't think many dogs would have survived this'

(Newser) - After 27 days starving and injured at the bottom of a well and another three weeks in the hospital, a 7-year-old Labrador retriever finally went home. When Bruno disappeared, his owners, John and Cindy Billesberger, searched their little corner of Canada for weeks, CBC reports. On Oct. 14, the Billesbergers'... More »

Man Guilty of Making Off With $165K of Gold in His Butt

Leston Lawrence inserted gold pucks into rectum, coincidentally named judge finds

(Newser) - Leston Lawrence set off the metal detectors at his employer, the Royal Canadian Mint, nearly 30 times in three months, but other workers could never find evidence of anything on him, the CBC notes. Wednesday, however, he was found guilty of smuggling out 22 gold pucks worth $165,000, and... More »

US Election Results Crash Canadian Immigration Site

A lot of people suddenly wanted to move north Tuesday night for some reason

(Newser) - Canada might want to talk to Donald Trump about a wall. It appears so many Americans were suddenly interested in moving to Canada Tuesday night that the country's immigration website crashed, CTV reports. According to Business Insider , the website first went down around 10:30pm ET. That's around... More »

Canadian Disease Employee Possibly Exposed to Ebola

He's been quarantined after his protective suit split

(Newser) - An employee at Canada's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, the AP reports. Dr. John Copps said Tuesday the employee was working with six infected pigs Monday and noticed a split in the seam of his protective suit during decontamination after... More »

Canada May Have Found Cold War 'Lost Nuke'

Diver thought he had spotted a UFO

(Newser) - Canadian waters have yielded their second strange case of the week: The CBC reports that the Royal Canadian Navy is on its way to investigate a possible "lost nuke" believed to have been dumped off the coast of British Columbia before an American B-36 bomber crashed in 1950. Diver... More »

There's a Mysterious Sound Coming From Canada's Arctic

Canadian military, however, found nothing odd

(Newser) - Something appears to be making a mysterious "pinging" noise on the sea floor of the Canadian Arctic. Inuit hunters in a remote community in Nunavut first reported the sound—also described as a "hum" or "beep"—complaining that it was scaring away marine animals in an... More »

6 Girls Commit Suicide in Canadian Province

A crisis of 'despair and hopelessness' for girls in Indigenous communities

(Newser) - "Our little girls are dying," Kimberly Jonathan, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, tells the CBC . On Sunday, a 13-year-old girl killed herself in an Indigenous community in northern Canada, the Canadian Press reports. She was the sixth Indigenous girl to commit suicide in the province... More »

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