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Clever Seal Goes to Desperate Lengths to Dodge Killer Whales

'Most intense epic experience ever': boat owner

(Newser) - Seals are cute, curious, and apparently quite resourceful when they're trying to avoid becoming someone's dinner, per a story out of British Columbia. The CBC reports on the adventures of a survival-minded seal who, desperately trying to escape the clutches of the ravenous orcas pursuing it, hopped aboard... More »

1.5K Floating US Partiers Accidentally Invade Canada

The Canadians had to rescue hundreds

(Newser) - It was one of the strangest invasions in Canadian history: An armada of around 1,500 partying Americans on inner tubes and plastic rafts ended up in Canada after strong winds swept them from the Michigan side to the Ontario side of the St. Clair River during an annual rafting... More »

In Final Concert, a Nation Bids Adieu to Dying Singer

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has fast-moving brain tumor

(Newser) - The rock concert started with flag-waving fans breaking into a national anthem, "O Canada." The impromptu tribute by an emotional sold-out crowd that included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began what was expected to be the final performance by the group known as Canada's Band and its lead... More »

She Saved Her Girls' Lives; It Left Her Paralyzed

'I'd rather be paralyzed than one of them dead'

(Newser) - A Canadian mother is paralyzed and her life upended after she threw herself in harm's way to save her children, CBC reports. Jessica Dicks was camping July 3 when a 30-foot tree started falling toward the tent that held her daughters—ages 6, 4, and 10 months. "I... More »

US Woman May Be Montreal Baby Who Went Missing in 1978

'I think I might be your daughter'

(Newser) - A Canadian woman looking for her missing daughter since she went missing as a toddler almost 40 years ago received a Facebook message in early August that may change her life, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The private message sent to Liliane Cyr, who maintains a Facebook page dedicated to finding... More »

He Killed a Bear With a Spear. The Video Caused Outrage

Canadian government says it will outlaw the 'archaic' type of hunting

(Newser) - Killing a bear with a hand-thrown spear isn't an everyday feat—but the government of Alberta, Canada, is not impressed by the prowess of American hunter Josh Bowmar. The government promised to introduce a ban on "archaic" and "unacceptable" hunting with spears after video surfaced of Bowmar,... More »

Woman Hit by Car Outside Hospital Delivers Baby, Then Dies

Doctors in Quebec could not save 27-year-old

(Newser) - A baby girl will never know her mother after a horrific accident Wednesday in Quebec City, reports Le Journal de Quebec . Marie-Pier Gagné, 27, was in a pedestrian crossing at 10:15am when she was hit by a speeding car across from Laval University hospital. Although doctors from the neonatal... More »

Canadian Police Kill ISIS Supporter

Mounties say a suicide attack was foiled

(Newser) - A Canadian man previously banned from associating with ISIS extremists was killed as Mounties thwarted what they believed was a suicide bomb plot, a senior police official says. The suspect, who died in Strathroy, Ontario, around 140 miles southwest of Toronto, allegedly planned to use a bomb to carry out... More »

Guy in Ebola Suit Rescues Skunk

Paramedic spotted distressed animal

(Newser) - Rescuing skunks isn't in paramedic Justin Mausz's job description—but he decided he had to act when he arrived at his Toronto-area workplace Sunday morning and saw one in the parking lot with a plastic cup stuck on its head. He donned full Ebola protective gear to help... More »

Toronto Police Apprehend Gun-Toting Terminator

A shoddy Schwarzenegger mannequin caused a scare this week

(Newser) - Toronto police did in one night what Hollywood cops couldn't do in an entire movie (not to mention multiple sequels): stop the Terminator. CBC reports someone called 911 Wednesday night about a person with a gun. Police secured the area before realizing there was no threat. "Police on... More »

Severe Birth Defects Don't Mean Death Sentence

Canadian study suggests birth defects aren't as lethal as doctors previously advised

(Newser) - Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear that severe birth defects were "incompatible with life." Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape—and so has mounting research suggesting not all such babies will die, the AP reports. The latest study... More »

Pokemon Go Results in Illegal Border Crossing

The teens from Canada were reunited with mom

(Newser) - In their quest to "catch'em all," two Canadian teens were caught themselves—by the US Border Patrol, the CBC reports. “Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were," per a Border Patrol press release . The... More »

Comedian Has to Cough Up $42K for Insulting Child With Disabilities

Quebec tribunal says Mike Ward's jokes were 'discriminatory'

(Newser) - A French-Canadian comedian found a child singer with a genetic disease who's performed for Celine Dion and Pope Benedict to be the perfect butt of his jokes—and now the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal is making the funnyman pay some not-so-funny money to both the singer, now 19, and... More »

10 Nations With Highest Percentage of Immigrants

In Saudi Arabia, a third of residents were born elsewhere

(Newser) - The US is a nation of immigrants, but it's not the nation of immigrants. In Priceonomics ' rankings of the most populous countries by percentage of foreign-born residents (it excluded the Vatican, for example, which otherwise would've ranked first), America sits at No. 5. The top 10: More »

Flight Crew Narcs on Allegedly Drunk Pilots

The Canadian pilots face up to 2 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Two allegedly drunk Canadian pilots were arrested Monday at Glasgow Airport just before taking to the skies with hundreds of passengers in tow, Glasgow Live reports. According to CBC , the flight crew noticed there was something off about the pilots and went to authorities. "We saw five policemen get... More »

Pair Rescued as Boat Teeters Near Edge of Niagara Falls

Only a section of engine kept the boat from drifting

(Newser) - A man and woman got closer to Niagara Falls than they probably ever wanted on Sunday. The US Coast Guard was called in to rescue the pair from Buffalo after their boat became disabled and drifted "very close" to the Canadian side of the falls, reports the Niagara Gazette... More »

Care Worker Posted Photo of Corpse on Snapchat

Other photos showed residents using toilet: report

(Newser) - A website for a government-run long-term care facility in Canada promises residents will be treated to birthday parties, sing-a-longs, and a "foot spa day." Unsurprisingly, there's no mention of the incredible violation of privacy many residents suffered at the hands of a single employee. A government investigation... More »

Police: Missing 5-Year-Old Girl Dead After Mom's Murder

Body of Taliyah Marsman found in rural field

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Canadian girl missing following her mother's murder is believed dead. The Calgary Herald reports authorities found a body believed to be that of Taliyah Marsman in a rural field on Thursday. Police believe she was dead before an Amber Alert for her went out early Tuesday. Her... More »

5-Year-Old Missing After Mom Killed

Taliyah Marsman hasn't been seen since Sunday morning

(Newser) - Police are searching for a missing 5-year-old girl after her mother was found dead in their apartment Monday in Canada, the Calgary Herald reports. Investigators believe Sara Baillie was killed, though a cause of death hasn't been given, and an Amber Alert for her daughter Taliyah Marsman was issued... More »

All-Star Game Singer Alters Anthem Lyrics, Causes Stir

Group kicks out 'lone wolf' for singing 'all lives matter'

(Newser) - A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country's national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming "All Lives Matter" during a pregame performance at the 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday. In a statement issued during the game, the Tenors blamed the changes that... More »

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