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5 Snowmobilers Die in Massive Avalanche

BC disaster may have been triggered by human activity

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when a massive and apparently human-caused avalanche hit a group of snowmobilers in BC on Friday. At least one other person was hospitalized after the avalanche near the town of McBride at around 1:30pm. A spokesman for the Avalanche Canada warning group tells... More »

Canada Could Change National Anthem to Include Women

'I want to at long last honor their sacrifices and contribution'

(Newser) - A Canadian politician is on a crusade to change the lyrics of O Canada—the Canadian national anthem—to give equal shrift to both genders, the Guardian reports. The third line of O Canada currently reads "True patriot love in all thy sons command." A bill introduced by... More »

School Shooting the Latest Tragedy to Haunt Tiny Canada Town

La Loche riddled with drugs, unemployment, suicide rate three times the national average

(Newser) - An unidentified 17-year-old Canadian boy now stands charged in the murders of four people —including two teenage brothers—in a school shooting Friday that was only the latest tragedy to shake the remote Saskatchewan town of La Loche, a "bleak" and tiny aboriginal town of less than 3,... More »

Mayor: Canada School Shooter Killed Brothers First

Teacher killed at Saskatchewan school was mayor's daughter

(Newser) - The gunman who opened fire at a high school in La Loche, Saskatchewan yesterday killed his two brothers first, according to the remote town's acting mayor, who lost his own daughter in the shooting. "He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to... More »

4 Reported Dead in Canada School Shooting

The suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Four people are dead and others critically injured following a school shooting Friday in Saskatchewan, Canada, NBC News reports. (The initial death has been reduced from five.) Word on the victims comes from Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who called the situation "every parent's worst nightmare."... More »

Authorities: Guy Smuggled $1.6M in Drugs Into US on Sled

Innovative

(Newser) - Authorities say a Canadian man was arrested while pulling a sled carrying more than 180 pounds of prescription pills across the border into the United States. The US attorney's office says 21-year-old Cedrik Bourgault-Morin was apprehended early Wednesday after he crossed the border from Quebec along a railroad line... More »

Teen Runs Up $7.6K Bill Playing Xbox

He's claiming ignorance over Dad's credit card bill

(Newser) - A Canadian kid is in deep poutine after charging more than $7,600 onto his father's credit card while playing a FIFA video game on his Xbox, the CBC reports. Lance Perkins says he was "floored" when he got the bill Dec. 23. Perkins' 17-year-old son told him... More »

Only Way to Drive Across Canada Failed Sunday

The Nipigon River Bridge was closed after it 'heaved apart'

(Newser) - As far as detours go, it's a weird one: The Canadian Press reports that the only way to drive across northern Ontario Sunday night was via the US. This after the two-month-old Nipigon River Bridge—which is part of the Trans-Canada Highway and is the sole way to get... More »

Black Man Fleeing Police Seeks Refugee Status

But Canada turns down Kyle Lydell Canty

(Newser) - An African American who applied to Canada for refugee status based on his fear of police brutality got some bad news last month: He's been rejected, the Huffington Post reports. Kyle Lydell Canty made his case in October at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing, where he said black... More »

Twitter Shows Canadians Really Are More Polite

Canadians use words like 'great,' while Americans use words like [expletive]

(Newser) - Two Canadian linguists and a whole bunch of tweets just proved something many Americans already assumed about their neighbors to the north: They're by and large much nicer. Or as Vox puts it: "It is a generally assumed principle, much like the sun rising in the east or... More »

Roommate Takes Shower 'Too Early,' Things Unravel

Toronto cops ended up being called to the scene

(Newser) - "Is it the most effective use of police resources? No." That's what a Toronto officer had to say after authorities responded to an alleged assault that resulted in minor injuries at an apartment in the city on Tuesday. The problem? Someone apparently got upset that their roommate... More »

TransCanada Sues US Over Pipeline, Wants $15B

Company also wants reversal of 'arbitrary' decision

(Newser) - See you in court, eh? TransCanada, a Canadian company hit hard by President Obama's rejection of its Keystone XL pipeline project , has filed twin lawsuits seeking $15 billion in damages and a reversal of the US decision, the New York Times reports. One lawsuit, filed under the North American... More »

Trump Thinks Cruz's Birthplace Could Be a Problem

He's turned 'birther' on Canadian-born rival

(Newser) - Donald Trump, who spent years peddling "birther" conspiracy theories about President Obama, is now targeting somebody who really was born in a foreign country: Ted Cruz. In a Washington Post interview, Trump warns that the issue of whether the Canadian-born Cruz counts as a "natural-born" American citizen could... More »

Why Canadians Are Cutting Currency in Half

Local currency aims to keep money in the community

(Newser) - In the Gaspesie region of northern Quebec, locals are cutting money in half. Why? It's all about boosting the local economy, Fast Company explains. Martin Zibeau and his friends heard about the idea of alternative currencies from a French tourist, and the group decided to try putting the idea... More »

6-Year-Old Boy Deemed 'Travel Risk'

Canada is investigating

(Newser) - Canada's public safety minister has promised to investigate the case of a six-year-old boy whose name appears to be on a travel security risk list. The Ontario boy's father tweeted a photo from Toronto's Pearson International Airport last week that appears to show his son's name,... More »

Turbulence Injures 21 on 'Flight From Hell'

Air Canada passengers were tossed from seats

(Newser) - Air Canada says a flight en route from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary on Wednesday after heavy turbulence injured 21 passengers, including three children. An Emergency Medical Services spokesman says that those transported to Calgary-area hospitals are in stable condition with non-life-threatening neck and back injuries. An Air... More »

NYT's Most Popular Comment Ever Was Written by a Canadian

It's an 'ode to Canada's greatness'

(Newser) - The New York Times website gets approximately 9,000 comments per day from around 60,000 unique monthly commenters, according to the venerable newspaper . Out of those hundreds of thousands of comments, we now know the most popular—and shockingly it doesn't include the words "libtard," "... More »

Man Emerges After 6 Months Alone in the Wild

Kristoffer Glestad lived out his childhood dream in Northwest Territories

(Newser) - "People aren't meant to be alone." That's Kristoffer Glestad's revelation after spending six months in isolation in the Canadian wilderness. Living off the land with a few hundred pounds of gear probably sounds like a nightmare to some, but it was Glestad's childhood dream.... More »

A Canadian Lake Has Fallen Off a Cliff

Rain, warming temperatures melted ice headwalls

(Newser) - In June, Canadian officials warned that a nameless lake in the Northwest Territories was about to fall off a cliff. It did. On July 15, a section of ground ice that's been around since the last ice age gave way, sending roughly half of the lake's 1 million... More »

China's Pollution Drives Some to Buy Canada Air in a Can

7.7 liters of fresh Banff air sells for $15

(Newser) - It's come to this. Beijing's air pollution has gotten so bad— hitting red alert for the first time ever last week, prompting school and factory closures and restricting traffic for days, reports Weather.com —that some residents are not only staying indoors and wearing masks, they're... More »

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