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The Girls Made a Suicide Pact. Now 3 Have Followed Through

Wapekeka First Nation declares state of emergency

(Newser) - A simple text saying goodbye. That was the last anyone heard from 12-year-old Jenera Roundsky, who committed suicide in Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario on June 13. Jenera had been part of a suicide pact made by young girls in the community of 400 Oji-Cree, which suffered the suicides... More »

Canada Is Restoring Historic Trump Family Brothel

President's grandfather started the business during the Klondike Gold Rush

(Newser) - At the end of the 19th century in a booming Canadian gold rush town, patrons of the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel could buy moose, cranberries, caribou, and even swan meat. And, of course, sex. The Arctic in Bennett, British Columbia, is the surprising place where "the Trump empire began,... More »

Sniper May Have Made Longest Kill Shot in History

Report says Canadian soldier killed ISIS foe from 2 miles

(Newser) - A Canadian sniper in Iraq appears to have taken a shot for the ages. The Globe and Mail reports that a still-unidentified member of the nation's elite forces killed an Islamic State militant from a distance of 3,540 meters, which translates to a little more than 2 miles.... More »

FBI: Flint Airport Attacker 'Has a Hatred for the US'

Canada condemns 'cowardly' attack

(Newser) - "Suffice to say, he had a hatred of the United States," Detroit FBI chief David Gelios says of Canadian citizen Amor Ftouhi, who is accused of stabbing a police officer in a suspected terrorist attack at Flint, Michigan's airport. Ftouhi, a 49-year-old Montreal resident, has been charged... More »

Former UFC Fighter Dies After Boxing Match

Tim Hague fatally injured in Edmonton bout

(Newser) - The world of mixed martial arts is mourning former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Tim Hague, who was fatally injured in a boxing match in Edmonton Friday. His sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Sunday that the 34-year-old, who was knocked out and suffered a brain hemorrhage, had died, the CBC reports. "... More »

Inventor of World's Most Controversial Pizza Dies at 83

Sam Panopoulos invented the Hawaiian pizza in 1962

(Newser) - The inventor of one of the more controversial dishes in the world died Thursday in Canada at the age of 83: Sam Panopoulos, the man who put pineapple on pizza. The BBC reports Panopoulos moved to Canada from Greece in 1954 at the age of 20 and opened a series... More »

Obama, Trudeau Have Dinner, Bromance Talk Roars to Life

Meeting to discuss tomorrow's leaders gets lots of reaction online

(Newser) - Just two guys, grabbing a bite at a Montreal eatery billed as "perfect for gin-tonic fueled evenings," chatting about how today's young people can turn into tomorrow's leaders. It's not clear if any gin was actually involved, but the two guys were none other than... More »

Canada to Boost Military as US Pulls Back From Leadership

Foreign minister says country needs good manners, strong muscles

(Newser) - The world is changing fast and Canada needs to set its own course as the US pulls back from global leadership, the country's foreign minister warned in a speech Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told lawmakers that with American voters "animated in part by a desire to... More »

Treatment of Sex Assault Victim by Court Was 'Appalling': Judge

Canadian victim had to ride more than once in van with her attacker

(Newser) - Without anywhere else to go, the homeless woman nestled in next to a heater in the stairwell of an Edmonton apartment building and fell asleep. She awoke to a man holding a knife to her throat. The woman had no idea that the man, Lance Blanchard, was a convicted sexual... More »

Poachers' New Target: Ancient Trees

This natural resource is centuries in the making, and the black market is thriving

(Newser) - When Colin Hepburn, member of the activist group Wilderness Committee, was walking through the woods in May of 2012 in Canada’s Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, he came across the remains of an 800-year-old cedar tree. It had stood at almost 200 feet, and it was gone, cut off at... More »

Naked Mole Rats Fighting 'Sextortion' in Canada

Nonprofit encourages teens to send naked mole rats instead of naked pics

(Newser) - Incidents of "sextortion"—adults posing as teens to get actual teens to send nude photos, then blackmailing them—are on the rise in Canada. But Canadian teens have a new defender: the humble naked mole rat. Quartz reports a new campaign from the Canadian Center for Child Protection... More »

Nurse Had 'Laughing Feeling' After Killing Elderly Patients

Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty Thursday to killing 8 seniors

(Newser) - Elizabeth Wettlaufer says she would get a "red surge" right before killing a nursing home resident with a lethal dose of insulin; afterward she would have a "laughing feeling." The 49-year-old former nurse pleaded guilty Thursday to 14 charges, including first-degree murder, in what the New York ... More »

She Said 'Yes' to Proposal. Then the Balloon Crashed

No one injured in Edmonton incident

(Newser) - Since she was a child, Christine Peters had dreamed of going on a hot air balloon ride. Her dream finally came true on Saturday, reports ABC News , but if a wedding proposal didn't make the adventure memorable enough, the subsequent crash likely did. Peters had just gotten engaged to... More »

Girl's Dad: Don't Blame Us for Sea Lion Snatch

He says another visitor was feeding the animal

(Newser) - Experts have been placing blame on family members of a 6-year-old girl after a sea lion pulled her into a British Columbia harbor by her dress. But her father says the family is essentially blameless. The man, identified only by his last name, Lau, tells CBC News that his daughter... More »

Rejected by US, Accepted by Canada: 'I'm Finally Home'

Refugee who lost all his fingers on trek north will be able to stay in Canada

(Newser) - A Ghanaian refugee who lost all his fingers to frostbite after his Christmas Eve journey to Canada wept with joy after learning he would not be sent back to his homeland, where he fears persecution for being bisexual. Canada's refugee board has accepted the asylum claim of Seidu Mohammed,... More »

Canada to Treat Airline Passengers Like 'People,' Not 'Numbers'

Ban on removing passengers from overbooked flights to be put in place

(Newser) - No one who has bought a ticket for a domestic or international flight in Canada will be allowed to be removed because of overbooking under a new passenger bill of rights, the country's transportation minister announced this week. Minister Marc Garneau says the shoddy treatment of air passengers outlined... More »

Smart Thinking Saves Pet Rat After Heroin Overdose

Snuggles recovering after her overdose

(Newser) - The heroin epidemic has made its way to Vancouver, British Columbia, and even the rats are being felled. In the case of Snuggles, a pet rat rushed into the Overdose Prevention Society on Sunday, volunteers were actually able to save her life after a quick-thinking pharmacy student administered naloxone (aka... More »

Safe in Canada, Refugees Pay Justin Trudeau a Sweet Thanks

Afraa and Muhammad Bilan 'love' Canadian PM for their new life, name son after him

(Newser) - At last count, more than 40,000 Syrian refugees had made Canada their new home since November 2015. Now the Toronto Star reports that two of their number have thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his efforts with the ultimate compliment: They named their baby after him. Justin Trudeau Adam... More »

First a Climb, Then Earthquakes, Then a Rescue

Helicopter was able to get to Natalia Martinez off of Mount Logan

(Newser) - The Argentine climber stranded on Canada's highest peak has been rescued after four days. Natalia Martinez was stuck at about 12,800 feet on Yukon's Mount Logan after two earthquakes—of magnitudes 6.3 and 6.4, reports the Guardian —left the ground unstable. She was rescued... More »

Judge Rules in Case of Activist Who Gave Water to Thirsty Pigs

Mischief charge against Anita Krajnc dismissed

(Newser) - Originally facing 10 years in prison for giving water to pigs on their way to a slaughterhouse, a Canadian animal rights activist is a free woman after a judge dismissed the mischief charge against her Thursday, the Guardian reports. According to CBC , the pigs were in a truck headed for... More »

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