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Canada Tries to Cut Cost of Lifesaving Drug, Gets Sued

Canada wants to lower dizzying price of Soliris; Alexion says no way

(Newser) - Soliris is one of the world's most expensive drugs, running about $500,000 a year in the US. In Canada, a year's supply of the drug, used to treat two rare blood diseases—paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (AHUS)—is even pricier at about $525,... More »

Poll: 41% Want Wall Along the Canadian Border

'If you cut off one, they're going to come in the other way'

(Newser) - Maybe Scott Walker was on to something after all. A surprising number of Americans seem to be worried about hockey-playing hordes swarming over the border, according to a Bloomberg poll. Some 41% think there should be a "brick-and-mortar" wall along both the Canadian and Mexican borders, according to the... More »

Candidate Caught Peeing in Coffee Mug Quits Race

Jerry Bance's indiscretion was captured on video

(Newser) - A Toronto businessman who had been running for Parliament with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's party made the wrong kind of splash and is out of the race after being caught on video urinating in a coffee cup. The tinkling tale of Jerry Bance, who had been filmed while... More »

Boy Goes to Doctor, Gets Eye Glued Shut

Vinnie Vavatsikos went in with a cat-scratch on his eyelid

(Newser) - A Canadian boy who went to the doctor this summer ended up screaming in terror when a receptionist accidentally glued one of his eyes shut, his mother tells the CBC . "I thought I was going to faint," says Julia Vavatsikos of what befell her three-year-old boy Vincenzo, who... More »

Canadians Are Cutting $20s in Half, Spending Them

'We can always put them back together,' says user of 'demi'

(Newser) - Did they run out of change? Nobody's quite sure how it began, but people in a Canadian region have been cutting their money in half before they spend it, the CBC reports. In Quebec's Gaspe region—an area the size of South Carolina, with around 140,000 residents—... More »

Canada PM: What Recession?

As election looms, Stephen Harper says recession is just a 'label'

(Newser) - Canada has fallen into a recession, dragged down by falling energy prices and economic troubles in China. The world's 11th-biggest economy retreated at an annual pace of 0.5% from April through June after sliding 0.8% in the first three months of the year, meeting the technical definition... More »

Crying Baby Found Locked in Hotel Safe

Canadian police looking to question family from Brooklyn

(Newser) - Canadian police are on the lookout for a family from Brooklyn, NY, after their baby was found locked in a safe in a Niagara Falls hotel yesterday morning. The family called staff to a room at the Howard Johnson Hotel to free the infant, who was "alert and crying,... More »

Girl, 5, Flags Down Help for Mom in Wreck

Lexi Shymanski climbed an embankment in her bare feet

(Newser) - A little girl in Canada saved her mom and her brother by taking extraordinary action after a car accident in June, the CBC reports. Lexi Shymanski, 5, was strapped into the back seat beside her baby brother when their mom, Angela—soothed by a lullaby CD playing for the kids—... More »

Canada Tornado One of Longest in History

It was on the ground about 3 hours

(Newser) - The amount of time tornadoes spend on the ground is usually measured in minutes. That won't quite do for the behemoth that hit the Canadian province of Manitoba Monday night—figure nearly three hours. Given that the longest on record is the three-and-a-half-hour Tri-State tornado of 1925 in the... More »

US-Canada Dispute Over 2 Islands Could Get Violent

Lobstermen feud over disputed, and lucrative, territory

(Newser) - This might be news to Americans who don't make their living catching lobsters, but the US and Canada have been arguing for decades now over who owns two islands in the Atlantic between Maine and New Brunswick. They're called Machias Seal and North Rock, and the islands themselves... More »

Insane Odds: Lightning Bolt Survivor Wins Lottery

What are the odds? A mathematician is glad you asked

(Newser) - Peter McCathie's first grand stroke of good luck happened when he got hit by lightning at age 14 and lived to tell the tale. His second came this month when he won a $1 million lottery in Canada with a co-worker, reports Huffington Post Canada . If you're scratching... More »

Guy Pretends He's in Up, Flies Over Canada in Balloon Chair

Daniel Boria did get arrested, though

(Newser) - Daniel Boria has either seen too many Pixar movies or he's the most ingenious marketer the other side of Niagara Falls. The Canadian wanted to advertise his cleaning-products business in the most visible way possible: by affixing more than 100 helium balloons to a lawn chair and flying over... More »

8 Canadian Words You Won't Understand

Pass the mickey, please

(Newser) - Business Insider celebrates Canada Day with a list of Canadian phrases that would likely confuse Americans. A sample:
  • Keener: Someone who is "extremely eager or keen." As in, a brownnoser.
  • Mickey: A 375 ml bottle of booze.
  • Hang a Larry: Turn left.
  • Two-four: A case of beer
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Man's 2-Year Quest Leads Him to Face in Cliffside

Tough environment makes inspecting the face difficult

(Newser) - Searching for a face in a crowd is hard enough. Searching for a face etched in a Canadian cliff is apparently a two-year endeavor. After a kayaker from Washington state reported seeing a face on a cliff while exploring the Broken Group Islands in British Columbia in 2008, Parks Canada... More »

Canadians Told to Stop Flushing Their Goldfish

They're breeding quickly in the wild, and getting big

(Newser) - It sounds like a tabloid concoction: goldfish the size of dinner plates! But Canadian media outlets such as the National Post are trumpeting headlines of that variety—and they happen to be true. Biologists in Alberta are asking people to stop flushing their cute little goldfish, because they're apparently... More »

Cops Sorry for Blaring X-Rated Helicopter Chat

It was broadcast over large parts of Winnipeg

(Newser) - "Does the Winnipeg chopper realize the entire West End can hear their convo about blow jobs right now?" a woman in the Canadian city tweeted Monday night—and the answer, apparently, was no. Large parts of the city were able to listen in on an explicit conversation between two... More »

Teen Traces Lost Phone, Gets Shot Dead

Jeremy Cook had left his phone in a taxi and tracked it down with an app, cops say

(Newser) - Just because it's possible to trace a lost or stolen phone, it doesn't mean it's always a good idea to try, police in Canada say after an 18-year-old man found his phone but lost his life. Police in London, Ontario, say that after Jeremy Cook left his... More »

United Fliers End Up in Military Barracks, Unhappily

They were stuck in Newfoundland for 22 hours

(Newser) - United Airlines passengers flying from Chicago to London over the weekend arrived more than a day late after an unscheduled—and apparently uncomfortable—stop at a Canadian military base. After what the airline describes as a "maintenance issue" surfaced, the flight was diverted to Newfoundland's Goose Bay base,... More »

Canada: Way We Treated Aboriginal Kids Was 'Cultural Genocide'

Report condemns forced schooling

(Newser) - Investigators interviewed 6,750 people over six years to compile a 360-page report on the Canadian government's old policy of forced schooling for aboriginal kids, but two words will do: "cultural genocide." That's the term the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report uses to describe the government'... More »

Tobacco Giants Ordered to Cough Up $12B

Judge awards huge sum to Canadian smokers

(Newser) - A judge has awarded more than $12 billion to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada. Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan said in his decision that by choosing not to... More »

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