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A Major Change Comes to the 'Texas of Canada'

After 43 years, 7 months in power, the Progressive Conservative party is out

(Newser) - As a Canadian TV host put it , "Pigs do fly." That after last night's election in the western oil-rich province of Alberta, which saw a conservative-party dynasty come to an end after 43 years in power. Voters chose a New Democratic Party government for the province, which... More »

Scientists Find Planet's Most Polluted Bird

Cooper's hawk found with higher levels of flame retardants than any other

(Newser) - The Vancouver area is home to what is thus far known to be our planet's most polluted wild bird. Researchers studying the livers of local birds of prey found that the Cooper's hawk was tainted with polybrominated diphenyl ethers, chemicals that function as flame retardants. Of the 13... More »

Town Rethinking 'Land of Rape and Honey' Slogan

The 'rape' refers to rapeseed, a crop in Canada's Tisdale ... but still

(Newser) - Scroll down to questions 6 and 7 on the town of Tisdale's survey , and you'll realize this isn't just any ho-hum community-rebranding effort. After asking for the participant's basic stats (age, gender, etc.) and general thoughts on one's impression of the rural Saskatchewan town,... More »

Canadians Drive 2K Miles for KFC

It's a long way to Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum

(Newser) - Two thousand miles might seem like a long way to go for fried chicken. Two men from Canada who took their sons on a journey to the original home of Kentucky Fried Chicken say it's a trip they'll never forget. The Times-Tribune reports this was the third trip... More »

Isolated Alaska Town to Canada: Closing Border Not Cool

Outpost might need medics, Mounties after midnight

(Newser) - Canada has stopped keeping the border open 24 hours near the town Conde Nast Traveler once called "America's only de facto outpost of Canada," and the 100 or so residents of Hyder, Alaska, are pretty worried. There are no roads from Hyder to anywhere else in Alaska... More »

Meet the Guy Who Dug Toronto's Mystery Tunnel

Elton McDonald just wanted a place to get away from it all

(Newser) - The appearance of a mysterious tunnel in Toronto at first led to fears of some kind of terrorist plot. Later, police announced that it had been built for " personal reasons ," and afterward, a young man named Elton McDonald told the Toronto Sun he'd been behind the whole... More »

Mystery of Toronto Tunnel Solved

But police aren't shedding much light on the situation

(Newser) - When a 33-foot-long tunnel appeared near York University in Toronto, police were initially stumped. Not anymore, though the rest of us are still mostly in the dark. After cops did a little digging (pardon the pun), they learned the story behind the tunnel—which they say is a harmless one,... More »

'Space Oddity' Astronaut's Suit Turns Up in Thrift Shop

Chris Hadfield doesn't know how it got there

(Newser) - Remember that astronaut who sang David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on the International Space Station? Chris Hadfield is making headlines again—or rather, his flight suit is. Somehow the blue outfit ended up in a Toronto thrift store, CBC reports. "I thought, wow, what is a flight suit... More »

Canadian City May Build 'Freezeway' for Skating Commuters

Edmonton student proposes an alternative way to get around

(Newser) - Edmonton, Alberta averages below-freezing temperatures from October to April—and some locals have decided it's time to make winter work for them, the BBC reports. City officials have latched onto an idea by a landscape architecture student, who himself was inspired by a city councilperson's joke decades ago:... More »

Without French Teacher, School Uses Rosetta Stone

Parents in Quebec district aren't thrilled

(Newser) - A Quebec mom recently noticed her 11th-grade son hadn't had any French homework lately, and when she asked him what was up, she was more than a little surprised at his reply. "Of course we don't have homework, we don't even have a teacher," Andrew... More »

Canada to Chris Brown: Um, No

Country bars him from entry

(Newser) - Canada has rejected Chris Brown. The singer tweeted yesterday, "The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry," the New York Daily News reports, though that tweet has since been deleted. Concert promoter Live Nation later announced that "due to immigration issues," Brown'... More »

Lawmaker Blames Absence on Tight Underwear

'I find it difficult to sit for any length of time,' says Canada's Pat Martin

(Newser) - A member of Canada's parliament got caught with his pants down yesterday. As the House of Commons voted on a procedural motion, Pat Martin voted, then dashed out of the chamber unexpectedly before returning a short while later. When a Conservative Party MP suggested he should forfeit his vote—... More »

Canada Cops Arrest US Woman in Shooting Plot

She and Canadian male allegedly planned rampage at mall

(Newser) - Police in Canada say they've foiled what could have been a Valentine's Day massacre, and a 23-year-old woman from the Chicago area is among those arrested. Authorities say the woman—identified only as being from Geneva, Illinois—planned to go to a mall in Halifax today with a... More »

Sick Canadian Patients Can Now Die With Doctors' Help

Highest court gets rid of ban on assisted suicide for the mentally competent

(Newser) - Canada's highest court has unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent but suffering and "irremediable" patients. The Supreme Court's decision today sweeps away the existing law and gives Parliament a year to draft new legislation that recognizes the right of consenting adults who... More »

Cops Buy Back Elderly Man's Pawned Wedding Ring

He was struggling to care for wife with dementia

(Newser) - When police in Cornwall, Ontario, responded to a domestic call, they found an elderly woman with dementia arguing with her husband of 54 years. In talking to the husband, the officers learned that he had recently pawned his wedding ring, a sign of how desperate things were getting as he... More »

Target Closing All Canada Stores

2-year experiment does not end well

(Newser) - Well, Canada, you got to experience the joys of Target shopping for almost two years, but no more. The company has decided to pull itself out of the country after first launching there in March 2013, it announced today. Brian Cornell, Target Corp. CEO since last summer, explained in a... More »

9 Dead in Canada Killing Spree

Police think man killed 6 adults, 2 kids, and himself

(Newser) - A killing spree in Canada has left nine people dead at three separate locations in or near Edmonton, reports the CBC . Authorities think one man killed six adults and two children in a domestic dispute before committing suicide. Edmonton police found the first victim, a middle-aged woman, inside a home... More »

Why a Scientist Willingly Suffered 180K Bedbug Bites

Researchers track down chemicals to catch pests

(Newser) - If, someday, bedbugs are no longer a cause for concern, remember to thank Regine Gries. She's a biologist in British Columbia who was willing to tolerate 180,000 bites as a host for the creatures so that her team could study them. "I calmed myself down thinking when... More »

Canada Convicts Guy Who Killed, Dismembered Lover

Luka Magnotta inspired global manhunt after mailing body parts

(Newser) - A jury found a Canadian man guilty today of killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties. Luka Magnotta was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Jun Lin after eight days of jury deliberations. He was also convicted on... More »

Canadian Navy Bans Booze

No more beer vending machines on warships

(Newser) - Canada's navy is cracking down hard on drunken sailors with a near-total ban on alcohol when ships are at sea. Sailors used to be permitted to drink at sea as long as it was more than six hours until they were on duty, but now drinking will be permitted... More »

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