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A Grieving Son Blames Bank Over $732K Con

Dayle Hogg says TD Bank shouldn't have let his father wire the money

(Newser) - Dayle Hogg is hopping mad over the $732,000 his dad sent a romance scammer, but doesn't seem to blame him. "There should have been red flags going up all over the place at the bank," Hogg tells the CBC . "He had no history of sending... More »

This $1.3M House Is Yours With a Winning $19 Essay

Canadian homeowner announces contest for home near Rocky Mountains in Alberta

(Newser) - When Canada's Alla Wagner tried and failed to sell her home in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, she took inspiration from the movie The Spitfire Grill and came up with a writing competition of her own. The contest has a $19 entry fee and involves participants submitting a 350-word... More »

For Earth's Magnetic Field, a Rare Update

Northern pole is moving faster than expected, forcing change in navigational models

(Newser) - Attention anyone who navigates by compass, be they shipping companies, aircraft, or uber-serious hikers: North may not be where you think it is. The magnetic north, that is. Nature reports that the Earth's northern magnetic pole has moved so quickly since the last update of an official guide known... More »

Netflix on Bird Box Footage: We're Not Pulling It

Company used clip from real train disaster in Quebec that killed 47

(Newser) - Netflix says it will review its practices on stock footage after a controversy involving its newest horror film, but it's not planning to completely bend on what caused the original controversy. The company recently came under fire for using clips from a 2013 rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec—an... More »

'No Way Did They Do That': Outrage Over Netflix Clips

2 productions used actual footage from Lac-Megantic disaster

(Newser) - The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, says she was appalled to discover that footage of the most horrific day in her town's history was presented as fiction in two Netflix productions. Footage of the 2013 runaway train disaster that killed 47 people and destroyed most of the small town's... More »

Alleged Fraudster Made a Really Poor Font Choice

Fonts released in 2017 used in documents with older dates

(Newser) - If Cambria and Calibri sound to you like a crime-fighting duo, you're not entirely off. Actually Microsoft fonts, they're responsible for exposing an alleged fraud scheme in Canada, where Gerald McGoey's company, Look Communications, went bankrupt at the end of 2017. Ordered to repay $5.6 million... More »

He Almost Killed Her. Now They're Teaming Up

Tina Adams, impaired driver to speak together at Canadian schools

(Newser) - Tina Adams will never realize her dream of becoming a police officer, and she might never be able to have children. Such are the consequences of the moment a drunk driver swerved off a road and struck the Quebec jogger in June 2015. Adams, now 24, suffered a traumatic brain... More »

After Unusual Retrial, China Sentences Canadian to Death

Robert Schellenberg convicted of drug smuggling as relations between nations worsen

(Newser) - A 36-year-old Canadian man may have just become a bargaining chip between China and Canada. Robert Schellenberg was sentenced to death for drug smuggling on Monday, and the Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing appears to be trying to get leverage after the arrest of a Chinese business executive in... More »

Canadians Send Pizza to Air Traffic Controllers Hit by Shutdown

They've treated at least 49 units

(Newser) - Air traffic controllers in the US are working without pay because of the government shutdown—but thanks to their counterparts north of the border, many of them aren't working without pizza. Canadian air traffic controllers, who regularly communicate with American controllers in neighboring sectors, have been organizing the delivery... More »

Runaway Saudi Teen Finds a New Home

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun lands in Toronto, Canada

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which had offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign , per the AP . "This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave... More »

Uproar After Cop Runs Over 'Shrieking' Deer for 15 Minutes

Animal rights lawyer says footage is among the worst she's ever seen

(Newser) - A debate is raging in Canada over how best to put injured animals out of their misery following video footage of an Alberta police officer repeatedly running over a "shrieking" deer. It took nearly 15 minutes for the young animal to die Saturday in Lethbridge, where it had been... More »

A 'Bizarre' Accusation From a Chinese Ambassador

China's ambassador to Canada calls out 'white supremacy' in an op-ed

(Newser) - China's ambassador to Canada accused the country Wednesday of "white supremacy" in calling for the release of two Canadians detained in China last month, while describing the detentions as an "act of self-defense," the AP reports. The arrests were in apparent retaliation for the arrest of... More »

Woman Dies After Getting Caught in Clothing 'Death Trap'

She's at least the 8th fatality in Canada in 4 years to become trapped in donation bin

(Newser) - A woman in Toronto died after she became stuck in a clothing donations bin, reports NBC News . Police don't suspect foul play. The unidentified woman, found early Tuesday morning, apparently reached in too far, either to put in or pull out clothes, and could not get back out. Her... More »

Petition Calls for US to Give Slice of Minnesota to Canada

Error on 1755 map created Northwest Angle

(Newser) - A petition on the White House website calls for the government to make America great again by giving part of the country to Canada. The petition urges the government to correct a centuries-old geographic error by giving Canada a part of Minnesota known as the Northwest Angle, the CBC reports.... More »

She Asked Her Dad to a Concert. They Ended Up Wowing the Crowd

Kari Carberry signed song lyrics to her hearing-impaired dad at Three Days Grace show

(Newser) - The sign language gestures for "rock on" and "I love you" are similar, but for this Canadian father and daughter, there's a lot of overlap. At first, Jules Maria was annoyed by the two, who were dancing in front of her Wednesday at the Three Days Grace... More »

Airport Locked Down After Musician Mistaken for Shooter

Calgary cops believe instrument caused confusion

(Newser) - Workers at Calgary International Airport were on edge Thursday after hearing that threats had been phoned in to the airport, which may explain a mix-up that caused an hours-long lockdown. Police say parts of the international terminal were locked down after reports of an active shooter, the CBC reports. Officers... More »

Visit This Natural Wonder, Face $740K Fine

'Sarlacc's Pit' is dangerous, mostly unexplored

(Newser) - A massive cave discovered in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park and said to be among Canada's largest has been given an unofficial name. "Sarlacc's Pit" resembles the lair of Sarlacc in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, though Star Wars fans—and everyone else—should... More »

Kid's Query on Missing Pet: 'Why Did You Mail My Cat?'

No worries, Baloo is back home safe after accidentally being shipped to Montreal in a box

(Newser) - For four days, Baloo was missing from her family's Nova Scotia home. The feline is now back, but not before she took a 1,500-mile round trip, half of it in a box. Jacqueline Lake tells the CBC that when her family's tabby cat first vanished, she suspected... More »

'Astonishing Gemstone' Found in Canada's Unforgiving North

552-carat yellow diamond was unearthed in the Northwest Territories, just south of Arctic Circle

(Newser) - Gigantic gemstones don't typically emerge out of Canadian mines like they do in South Africa, but a big find in the Northwest Territories has just smashed that stereotype. Bloomberg reports a 552-carat yellow diamond the size of a chicken egg (picture here ) was found there in October, and... More »

Email Bomb Threats Were a Hoax—and a 'Terrible Strategy'

Extortion warnings sent around the US, Canada demanded $20K in bitcoin

(Newser) - Chaos ensued across the US, Canada, and New Zealand Thursday after schools, businesses, government buildings, media outlets, and other venues were hit with a wave of email threats that warned of bombs going off at each target if $20,000 in bitcoin wasn't paid up, USA Today reports. Police... More »

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