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Baby Jesus' New Head Is a Bit 'Shocking'

But fear not, it's only temporary

(Newser) - Whenever the head of the baby Jesus statue in an Ontario churchyard previously got vandalized and knocked off, it was always found nearby and reattached. But when it happened last October, the head was nowhere to be found—and with a replacement statue of the baby being held by Mary... More »

Judge: Cleveland Indians Can Keep Name in Canada

Activist tried to block 'racist' name, mascot

(Newser) - The Cleveland Indians were allowed to play—and win—under their usual name in Toronto Monday night after a Canadian judge rejected an attempt to block the use of the Indians name and the Chief Wahoo mascot. Indigenous activist and prominent architect Douglas Cardinal had sought an injunction against what... 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 »

If He Crashed 12 Hours Earlier, He Wouldn't Face Bankruptcy

Adam Bari got just a fraction of the compensation he would have the day before

(Newser) - They say timing is everything. That seems to be distinctly, horribly true in the case of Adam Bari. The 34-year-old Canadian man was riding his motorcycle June 1 when he was T-boned by a car, CBC reports. Bari's family is now facing the possibility of bankruptcy, but that wouldn'... More »

Did Someone at Hospital Switch Multiple Babies on Purpose?

Police launch investigation into two 41-year-old cases at Canadian hospital

(Newser) - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating after revelations that two different sets of babies—at least—were switched at birth at the same hospital 41 years ago, the AP reports. "The RCMP has an obligation to the families involved and to the public to determine if the incidents... 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 »

In Simple Act, New Syrian Refugee Saves Bride's Big Day

Master tailor Ibrahim Haltl Dudu got to work right away on stubborn zipper

(Newser) - Toronto's Jo Du was stepping into her dress on her wedding day when a small disaster struck—the zipper broke. Bridesmaids fussed over it without any success and so ventured next door to look for tools that might help. It turns out that the neighbors were hosting a refugee... More »

Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Trudeau

'A guy like this should not have been able to get so close'

(Newser) - Justin Trudeau has posed for countless selfies in the 11 months since he became Canada's prime minister—including one with a man security experts say shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near him. A man who appears in a selfie with Trudeau taken in Montreal last December is being... More »

Artist Who Showcased Modern Inuit Life Found Dead

Annie Pootoogook had struggled with artistic success

(Newser) - An Inuit artist whose "impact was revolutionary" but who had trouble coping with "serious stardom" was found dead in a river this week. Annie Pootoogook's life changed dramatically in 2006, the Ottawa Citizen reports. She went from drawing in a tiny town in Canada's deep north... More »

Couple Forced to Live Apart After 62 Years Reunited

'They can now be under the same roof for their remaining years'

(Newser) - Every other day for months, Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk cried when they were separated and returned to the senior living facilities in which they'd been forced to reside apart . On Thursday, the tears were for another reason. Thanks in part to media coverage and a viral photo, the couple—... More »

Guy Gets Crowned King, Keeps on Landscaping

He says he is proud to work for his boss in Canada, lead his people in Ghana

(Newser) - Eric Manu moved from Ghana to British Columbia in 2012 after marrying a Canadian woman he'd met at home, and he began to work as a landscaper. But his uncle, who had served as chief of their tribe, died a few years ago at age 67, and Manu was... More »

Cops: Mint Worker Smuggled Out $135K in Gold —in His Butt

Leston Lawrence is accused of stealing a lot of precious metal in Canada

(Newser) - A man whose job was to test gold for purity at the Royal Canadian Mint is accused of stealing $135,000 in precious metal—in his rectum. Leston Lawrence, 35, was known to set off the Mint's metal detectors more often than most, but he always passed a search... More »

Canada Approves Prescription Heroin

It's given to users when other treatments fail

(Newser) - Canadian doctors dealing with patients who have proved unable to stop taking heroin can now go ahead and prescribe them heroin. Justin Trudeau's government has reinstated a policy that allows doctors to prescribe diacetylmorphine—pharmaceutical-grade heroin—to severely addicted patients if other methods of treatment fail, ABC News reports.... More »

American Jailed for Floating Into Canada on Mattress

John Bennett says he needed to cross border to protect girlfriend

(Newser) - As the judge put it, “Pardon the pun, but it seems to me you wanted to get there, come hell or high water.” That was apparently the case for an American nabbed while crossing illegally into Canada on an air mattress, CBC reports. Officials say John Bennett, 25,... More »

Cops: Mom Smoked Joint to Celebrate 1st Day of School

Vancouver Island woman was obviously happy that summer is over

(Newser) - This is one way to send your kids off to school. When cops on Canada's Vancouver Island pulled over a car speeding in a school zone on Tuesday morning, a telltale scent wafted from the window, reports CTV . “It was pretty evident that the people in that car,... More »

Top 10 Coffee-Drinking Nations

Congratulations, Netherlands

(Newser) - In taking a look at its own nation's obsession with coffee, Canada's CBC gives us the 10 nations that guzzle it the most, via stats from Euromonitor International. The winner, hands down, is the Netherlands, whose residents consume 260 liters per year. Here are the top 10, with... More »

Barbecue Brush Bristle Sends Boy to Hospital

Surgeons want everyone to throw out their wire-bristle brushes

(Newser) - The plight of a Canadian boy who just wanted to eat a hamburger is drawing attention to a risk that many backyard barbecuers may not realize even exists: wire brush bristles ending up in people's throats. CBC reports 6-year-old Anthony Fiore took a bite of a burger in June... More »

Trader Joe's Battle With Canadian Copycat Isn't Over

Appeals court says trademark suit can continue

(Newser) - The "renegade" grocery store bringing Canadians a taste of Trader Joe's might be in jeopardy once again: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a 2013 lawsuit the US grocery store brought against Pirate Joe's —a Vancouver, BC, store run by Michael Hallatt, who buys... More »

2nd Switched-at-Birth Case Found in Same Hospital

Canadian men discovered the truth after 41 years

(Newser) - Two 41-year-old men in Manitoba, Canada, have been devastated to discover that they were raised by the wrong families after having been switched at birth by a hospital that mixed up at least two other babies the same year. Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr. were born three days apart... More »

After 62 Years, Couple Forced to Live Apart

Wolf and Anita Gottschalk can't get into the same care home in Canada

(Newser) - A lot of people have suddenly discovered grit in their eyes after seeing a photo of an elderly Canadian couple crying as they say goodbye to each other. Granddaughter Ashley Bartyik shared the photo to highlight the plight of Wolf and Anita Gottschalk, who have spent the last eight months... More »

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