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Crying Baby Found Locked in Hotel Safe

Canadian police looking to question family from Brooklyn

(Newser) - Canadian police are on the lookout for a family from Brooklyn, NY, after their baby was found locked in a safe in a Niagara Falls hotel yesterday morning. The family called staff to a room at the Howard Johnson Hotel to free the infant, who was "alert and crying,... More »

Girl, 5, Flags Down Help for Mom in Wreck

Lexi Shymanski climbed an embankment in her bare feet

(Newser) - A little girl in Canada saved her mom and her brother by taking extraordinary action after a car accident in June, the CBC reports. Lexi Shymanski, 5, was strapped into the back seat beside her baby brother when their mom, Angela—soothed by a lullaby CD playing for the kids—... More »

Canada Tornado One of Longest in History

It was on the ground about 3 hours

(Newser) - The amount of time tornadoes spend on the ground is usually measured in minutes. That won't quite do for the behemoth that hit the Canadian province of Manitoba Monday night—figure nearly three hours. Given that the longest on record is the three-and-a-half-hour Tri-State tornado of 1925 in the... More »

US-Canada Dispute Over 2 Islands Could Get Violent

Lobstermen feud over disputed, and lucrative, territory

(Newser) - This might be news to Americans who don't make their living catching lobsters, but the US and Canada have been arguing for decades now over who owns two islands in the Atlantic between Maine and New Brunswick. They're called Machias Seal and North Rock, and the islands themselves... More »

Insane Odds: Lightning Bolt Survivor Wins Lottery

What are the odds? A mathematician is glad you asked

(Newser) - Peter McCathie's first grand stroke of good luck happened when he got hit by lightning at age 14 and lived to tell the tale. His second came this month when he won a $1 million lottery in Canada with a co-worker, reports Huffington Post Canada . If you're scratching... More »

Guy Pretends He's in Up, Flies Over Canada in Balloon Chair

Daniel Boria did get arrested, though

(Newser) - Daniel Boria has either seen too many Pixar movies or he's the most ingenious marketer the other side of Niagara Falls. The Canadian wanted to advertise his cleaning-products business in the most visible way possible: by affixing more than 100 helium balloons to a lawn chair and flying over... More »

8 Canadian Words You Won't Understand

Pass the mickey, please

(Newser) - Business Insider celebrates Canada Day with a list of Canadian phrases that would likely confuse Americans. A sample:
  • Keener: Someone who is "extremely eager or keen." As in, a brownnoser.
  • Mickey: A 375 ml bottle of booze.
  • Hang a Larry: Turn left.
  • Two-four: A case of beer
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Man's 2-Year Quest Leads Him to Face in Cliffside

Tough environment makes inspecting the face difficult

(Newser) - Searching for a face in a crowd is hard enough. Searching for a face etched in a Canadian cliff is apparently a two-year endeavor. After a kayaker from Washington state reported seeing a face on a cliff while exploring the Broken Group Islands in British Columbia in 2008, Parks Canada... More »

Canadians Told to Stop Flushing Their Goldfish

They're breeding quickly in the wild, and getting big

(Newser) - It sounds like a tabloid concoction: goldfish the size of dinner plates! But Canadian media outlets such as the National Post are trumpeting headlines of that variety—and they happen to be true. Biologists in Alberta are asking people to stop flushing their cute little goldfish, because they're apparently... More »

Cops Sorry for Blaring X-Rated Helicopter Chat

It was broadcast over large parts of Winnipeg

(Newser) - "Does the Winnipeg chopper realize the entire West End can hear their convo about blow jobs right now?" a woman in the Canadian city tweeted Monday night—and the answer, apparently, was no. Large parts of the city were able to listen in on an explicit conversation between two... More »

Teen Traces Lost Phone, Gets Shot Dead

Jeremy Cook had left his phone in a taxi and tracked it down with an app, cops say

(Newser) - Just because it's possible to trace a lost or stolen phone, it doesn't mean it's always a good idea to try, police in Canada say after an 18-year-old man found his phone but lost his life. Police in London, Ontario, say that after Jeremy Cook left his... More »

United Fliers End Up in Military Barracks, Unhappily

They were stuck in Newfoundland for 22 hours

(Newser) - United Airlines passengers flying from Chicago to London over the weekend arrived more than a day late after an unscheduled—and apparently uncomfortable—stop at a Canadian military base. After what the airline describes as a "maintenance issue" surfaced, the flight was diverted to Newfoundland's Goose Bay base,... More »

Canada: Way We Treated Aboriginal Kids Was 'Cultural Genocide'

Report condemns forced schooling

(Newser) - Investigators interviewed 6,750 people over six years to compile a 360-page report on the Canadian government's old policy of forced schooling for aboriginal kids, but two words will do: "cultural genocide." That's the term the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report uses to describe the government'... More »

Tobacco Giants Ordered to Cough Up $12B

Judge awards huge sum to Canadian smokers

(Newser) - A judge has awarded more than $12 billion to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada. Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan said in his decision that by choosing not to... More »

2 Most-Wanted Nazis Won't Face Trial

Alleged war criminal-turned-beekeeper dies in Canada

(Newser) - There were two men at the top of this year's Simon Wiesenthal Center most-wanted Nazi war criminal list —and there is now no chance either one will face a court. No. 2 on the list, Ukrainian-born Vladimir Katriuk, has died in Quebec at the age of 93, the... More »

2 Canadian Teens Rescued From Forest*

*This is not exactly Into the Wild stuff going on here

(Newser) - Two men who got lost¹ in the woods² in Ontario, Canada, have been rescued after placing a distressed call to 911³. A K-9 unit found them, and they were checked out at a local hospital and released, reports the National Post and Global News . Some footnotes:
  1. They didn't so
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Reporter Strikes Back at Hecklers Yelling 'FHRITP'

Canadian fired for harassing woman on-air

(Newser) - Yelling the obscene phrase known by the acronym FHRITP into a reporter's microphone isn't a prank, it is sexual harassment and it can cost you your job, a Canadian man discovered this week. After the phrase was shouted at CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt outside a Toronto FC soccer... More »

Youngest Gitmo Prisoner Goes Free in Canada

Omar Khadr promises to prove he's a good person

(Newser) - Omar Khadr, the youngest Guantanamo Bay inmate and last Westerner to be released from the facility, is out on bail after spending nearly half of his 28 years locked up. A judge in Alberta decided there was no evidence there would be "irreparable harm" if Khadr, who was transferred... More »

A Major Change Comes to the 'Texas of Canada'

After 43 years, 7 months in power, the Progressive Conservative party is out

(Newser) - As a Canadian TV host put it , "Pigs do fly." That after last night's election in the western oil-rich province of Alberta, which saw a conservative-party dynasty come to an end after 43 years in power. Voters chose a New Democratic Party government for the province, which... More »

Scientists Find Planet's Most Polluted Bird

Cooper's hawk found with higher levels of flame retardants than any other

(Newser) - The Vancouver area is home to what is thus far known to be our planet's most polluted wild bird. Researchers studying the livers of local birds of prey found that the Cooper's hawk was tainted with polybrominated diphenyl ethers, chemicals that function as flame retardants. Of the 13... More »

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