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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 »

Police Forces in 2 Countries Embrace the Hijab

Mounties, Scottish police want more Muslim women to join up

(Newser) - While cops in France crack down on burkinis , police forces in two other countries have decided to embrace the hijab. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have decided to allow female officers to wear a hijab while on duty in a bid to encourage diversity among the Mounties, the Independent reports.... More »

Crossbow Attack Leaves 3 Dead in Toronto

The attack is connected to a suspicious package that shut down a building

(Newser) - Three people were killed with a crossbow Thursday afternoon in Toronto, Reuters reports. According to the CBC , police responded to reports of a stabbing to find three people with crossbow bolts in them inside a residential garage in a suburban area of the city. "It was going on for... More »

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 »

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