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Canadian City May Build 'Freezeway' for Skating Commuters

Edmonton student proposes an alternative way to get around

(Newser) - Edmonton, Alberta averages below-freezing temperatures from October to April—and some locals have decided it's time to make winter work for them, the BBC reports. City officials have latched onto an idea by a landscape architecture student, who himself was inspired by a city councilperson's joke decades ago:... More »

Without French Teacher, School Uses Rosetta Stone

Parents in Quebec district aren't thrilled

(Newser) - A Quebec mom recently noticed her 11th-grade son hadn't had any French homework lately, and when she asked him what was up, she was more than a little surprised at his reply. "Of course we don't have homework, we don't even have a teacher," Andrew... More »

Canada to Chris Brown: Um, No

Country bars him from entry

(Newser) - Canada has rejected Chris Brown. The singer tweeted yesterday, "The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry," the New York Daily News reports, though that tweet has since been deleted. Concert promoter Live Nation later announced that "due to immigration issues," Brown'... More »

Lawmaker Blames Absence on Tight Underwear

'I find it difficult to sit for any length of time,' says Canada's Pat Martin

(Newser) - A member of Canada's parliament got caught with his pants down yesterday. As the House of Commons voted on a procedural motion, Pat Martin voted, then dashed out of the chamber unexpectedly before returning a short while later. When a Conservative Party MP suggested he should forfeit his vote—... More »

Canada Cops Arrest US Woman in Shooting Plot

She and Canadian male allegedly planned rampage at mall

(Newser) - Police in Canada say they've foiled what could have been a Valentine's Day massacre, and a 23-year-old woman from the Chicago area is among those arrested. Authorities say the woman—identified only as being from Geneva, Illinois—planned to go to a mall in Halifax today with a... More »

Sick Canadian Patients Can Now Die With Doctors' Help

Highest court gets rid of ban on assisted suicide for the mentally competent

(Newser) - Canada's highest court has unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent but suffering and "irremediable" patients. The Supreme Court's decision today sweeps away the existing law and gives Parliament a year to draft new legislation that recognizes the right of consenting adults who... More »

Cops Buy Back Elderly Man's Pawned Wedding Ring

He was struggling to care for wife with dementia

(Newser) - When police in Cornwall, Ontario, responded to a domestic call, they found an elderly woman with dementia arguing with her husband of 54 years. In talking to the husband, the officers learned that he had recently pawned his wedding ring, a sign of how desperate things were getting as he... More »

Target Closing All Canada Stores

2-year experiment does not end well

(Newser) - Well, Canada, you got to experience the joys of Target shopping for almost two years, but no more. The company has decided to pull itself out of the country after first launching there in March 2013, it announced today. Brian Cornell, Target Corp. CEO since last summer, explained in a... More »

9 Dead in Canada Killing Spree

Police think man killed 6 adults, 2 kids, and himself

(Newser) - A killing spree in Canada has left nine people dead at three separate locations in or near Edmonton, reports the CBC . Authorities think one man killed six adults and two children in a domestic dispute before committing suicide. Edmonton police found the first victim, a middle-aged woman, inside a home... More »

Why a Scientist Willingly Suffered 180K Bedbug Bites

Researchers track down chemicals to catch pests

(Newser) - If, someday, bedbugs are no longer a cause for concern, remember to thank Regine Gries. She's a biologist in British Columbia who was willing to tolerate 180,000 bites as a host for the creatures so that her team could study them. "I calmed myself down thinking when... More »

Canada Convicts Guy Who Killed, Dismembered Lover

Luka Magnotta inspired global manhunt after mailing body parts

(Newser) - A jury found a Canadian man guilty today of killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties. Luka Magnotta was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Jun Lin after eight days of jury deliberations. He was also convicted on... More »

Canadian Navy Bans Booze

No more beer vending machines on warships

(Newser) - Canada's navy is cracking down hard on drunken sailors with a near-total ban on alcohol when ships are at sea. Sailors used to be permitted to drink at sea as long as it was more than six hours until they were on duty, but now drinking will be permitted... More »

Woman's Stomach Cramps Turn Out to Be Surprise Baby

Karolane Baillargeon never suspected pregnancy, had gained just 20 pounds

(Newser) - Surprise births, once the stuff of urban legend, are now the stuff of occasional roundups of shocked new moms who had no clue they were expecting. Canada's Karolane Baillargeon is the latest addition to that club after heading to a Quebec hospital last week for what she believed were... More »

Family Lived With Corpse, Prayed for Resurrection

Decomposing father was in home for 6 months

(Newser) - "There clearly was an over-exuberance of one's faith" in a Canadian woman who lived with her husband's corpse for six months while she and five of their children prayed for his resurrection, a court heard this week. Kaling Wald's husband, Peter, is believed to have died... More »

Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

Former CBC radio host surrendered to Toronto police

(Newser) - Jian Ghomeshi dropped his lawsuit against his former employer at the CBC; now police have picked him up. The former radio host today surrendered to local authorities, who confirmed to CTV News that Ghomeshi has been charged with sexual assault. Toronto police released a statement that said the 47-year-old has... More »

Ex-Radio Star in Sex Assault Case Drops $55M Suit

Jian Ghomeshi to pay CBC's $18K in legal costs

(Newser) - Former radio host Jian Ghomeshi has dropped a $55 million lawsuit against his former bosses at the CBC, opting instead to pursue concerns over his firing via his union, the Globe and Mail reports. Ghomeshi will pay the CBC's legal costs of $18,000, the Toronto Star reports. The... More »

Johnny Cash's Son Arrested After Stripping at Airport

Mounties took John Carter Cash away to sober up

(Newser) - In an incident his father could probably have turned into a pretty good country song, Mounties arrested an allegedly drunken John Carter Cash after he stripped down to his underwear at a Canadian airport on Monday. By the time officers arrived at Newfoundland's Deer Lake Airport, security personnel had... More »

CBC Drops Star Radio Host as Dark Allegations Emerge

'Toronto Star' talks to 3 women who say Jian Ghomeshi took rough sex too far

(Newser) - Early yesterday, the CBC announced that it was terminating the employment of Q radio host Jian Ghomeshi, explaining somewhat vaguely that "information came to our attention recently that ... precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian." The details didn't remain vague for long. The 47-year-old took to... More »

Mother: Ottawa Shooter Wanted to Die

Cops: Video shows 'ideological motives for attack'

(Newser) - The gunman who killed a soldier before storming Canada's Parliament last week was not a terrorist but a mentally ill man acting out of desperation, his mother says. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's mother tells the National Post that her son was confused and deeply unhappy and turned to Islam to... More »

Bystander to Dying Soldier in Canada: 'You're a Good Man'

Woman recounts frantic efforts to save Nathan Cirillo

(Newser) - Immediately after Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot yesterday , a handful of bystanders ran to his aid. One was lawyer Barbara Winters, whose account is told at Macleans and in an interview with the CBC . As the team of strangers performed CPR and tried in vain to save the 24-year-old,... More »

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