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13th Foot Washes Ashore in Canada

Man's dog made grisly find

(Newser) - Yet another human foot has washed up in British Columbia—this time with part of a leg attached. The grisly find, which is at least the 13th foot to wash up on the province's coastline since 2007, was made by a man walking his dogs along a beach in... More »

She Leapt From Ferry Believing She Was Dying. She Wasn't.

Incredibly, Canada's Mya DeRyan survived, then learned terminal diagnosis was wrong

(Newser) - Diagnosed with a terminal illness at 52, Mya DeRyan saw no use in medicine. After spending several months with her adult son, the British Columbia woman departed his Vancouver home, leaving a note reading, "My body hurts, my heart is full. It's time. I love you." DeRyan... More »

'Absurd' Motion Asks Quebec Shopkeepers to Not Say 'Hi'

Resolution requesting use of 'bonjour' instead of English greeting passed 111-0

(Newser) - Quebec is all about preserving its French heritage. Unlike other provinces of Canada—which recognizes English and French as its official languages—Quebec has a watchdog agency dedicated to that goal, as well as strict laws making French the sole language of government, commerce, the judiciary, and the dominant language... More »

'Incredible' Ice Age Cave Network Found Below Montreal

It stretches the length of 2 football fields

(Newser) - At the end of the last ice age, glaciers rapidly receded across Canada, putting so much pressure on the land below that solid rock split apart. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than a newly discovered cave system some 20 feet below Montreal, Quebec. Suspecting that a cave beneath a... More »

Man Who Blackmailed Teens Online Convicted of Rape

Case is the first of its kind in Sweden; victims were in the US, elsewhere

(Newser) - A 41-year-old Swedish man was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for coercing teens in Canada, Britain, and the US to perform sexual acts in front of webcams by threatening them or their families. A court in Uppsala, Sweden, found Bjorn Samstrom guilty of online... More »

Canada's Plan for N. Korea Strike: 2 Classified Bunkers

Though they're hoping the N. Korea problem can be worked out diplomatically and peacefully

(Newser) - It's not just Hawaii that's prepared for a nuclear attack by North Korea. America's neighbor to the north has set aside two classified bunkers, including one to be used by members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Cabinet, in case Canadian officials get an evacuation order or... More »

'That Should Be a Word That Any Canadian Can Use'

Inside the great Canadian doughnut war

(Newser) - And now for a very Canadian story about doughnuts, rodents, and an apology. BeaverTails has been selling oval-shaped doughnuts in eastern Canada for nearly 40 years. So when food blogger Julie Van Rosendaal posted a recipe for "Homemade Beaver Tails" last year, she made sure to give credit to... More »

A 'Miracle' Times 2 for Woman With Stage 4 Cancer

Diane Bishop's cancer finally started responding to chemo—and she just won a $1.2M jackpot

(Newser) - Diane Bishop has stage 4 breast cancer, but she now feels like she has a new lease on life. That's because the Canadian woman not only recently started responding to chemo for the first time—she also just won a $1.2 million lottery jackpot, the CBC reports. The... More »

Wanted: Bartender, Must Like Ghosts

No word on how many candidates have applied for the job at the Eagle Plains Hotel

(Newser) - Wanted: Mixologist with a hankering for lots of ice—and no small amount of snow. One of the most remote watering holes in northern Canada is searching for a bartender. But not just any candidate will do. To join the staff of seven at Eagle Plains Hotel & Service Station... More »

A Car Full of People Crashed. Then Things Got Weird

Bizarre kidnapping case unfolded Monday in Alberta, included a BMW with 5 naked people

(Newser) - When authorities responded to a car accident in Alberta, Canada, on Monday, they found a carload of naked people. But that's just one of several strange elements of the story out of Nisku, south of Edmonton. Police say it began around 9:30am Monday when a woman, her 6-week-old... More »

Mystery Solved After Man Finds Random House in His Field

It was left by a mover after permit difficulties

(Newser) - "If you know someone who has lost a house, let me know," a Canadian man wrote on Facebook this week after stumbling upon a complete house in the middle of his property. His plea worked. Patrick Maze tells the CBC he was driving past a section of his... More »

He Has a Death Certificate. His Family Says He's Still Alive

They're fighting to keep Shalom Ouanounou on life support in Canada

(Newser) - A man will remain on life support in Canada for the time being, despite the fact that his death certificate has already been issued. Toronto's Shalom Ouanounou, 25, was declared brain dead three days after suffering an asthma attack on Sept. 27, reports the Canadian Press . But while Canadian... More »

Judge: Teen Maybe 'Flattered' by Cabbie Who Assaulted Her

Jean-Paul Braun also labeled 17-year-old victim 'a little overweight' but with a 'pretty face'

(Newser) - Taxi driver Carlo Figaro was found guilty of sexual assault in a Quebec court earlier this year, but not before the judge in his case made some questionable comments about the 17-year-old victim. The BBC reports a complaint has been filed by a provincial minister against Judge Jean-Paul Braun. Per... More »

Worker's Death Tied to Sandblasting With Nuts

Rare case has Canadian family calling for reforms

(Newser) - A Canadian man's nut allergy apparently proved fatal after he performed air quality tests at a building where walnut shells were being used to blast paint off the walls. On Oct. 2, Justin Mathews, 33, spent roughly 20 minutes inside an Edmonton fire station where a walnut-based sandblasting product... More »

Onetime Canadian Sports Personality Now Allegedly Robbing Banks

Steve Vogelsang allegedly robbed two banks in Winnipeg

(Newser) - A former well-known Canadian TV sports anchor is in jail after police say he robbed two banks in as many days in the western province of Alberta last week. Police in the small city of Medicine Hat say Steve Vogelsang robbed a Royal Bank of Canada on Thursday, Oct. 19,... More »

Screaming? No, Officer, I Was Singing

But driver in Montreal still gets a $118 ticket

(Newser) - A driver in Montreal apparently got a little too carried away while grooving to a favorite song. Now he's going to court to defend his singing voice. When 38-year-old Taoufik Moalla got pulled over, officers asked if he'd been screaming, per the Montreal Gazette . No, Moalla replied, he'... More »

Quebec Passes North America's 1st 'Burka Ban'

'It will just block me from the rest of the world,' says 21-year-old niqab-wearer

(Newser) - North America appears to have its first "burka ban," the Guardian reports. Quebec's National Assembly passed Bill 62 on Wednesday, and while the law banning facial coverings doesn't specifically mention burqas or niqabs, those have certainly been the main point of debate, according to Reuters . CBC... More »

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

Rescued US Hostage Rushed to Hospital

Caitlan Boyle has 'been through hell,' husband says

(Newser) - Joshua Boyle, a Canadian who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, says that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital from his parents' Ontario home and remains there. Boyle told the AP that his wife, American citizen Caitlan Boyle, was admitted Monday. His email... More »

Trailer Park Boys Actor John Dunsworth Dies

'Jim Lahey' was 71

(Newser) - A sad day for Sunnyvale Trailer Park: John Dunsworth, the Canadian actor best known for playing alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey in the Trailer Park Boys, has died. He was 71. "With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people... More »

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