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3 of World's Best Climbers Missing After Avalanche

They're presumed dead in Canadian Rockies

(Newser) - Three of the best alpine climbers in the world are missing and presumed dead in an avalanche in Canada's Banff National Park. American climber Jess Roskelley and Austrian climbers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer had been attempting a challenging climb on the east face of Howse Peak. Parks... More »

Pro Skier Falls to His Death in Crevasse

Dave Treadway had 2 kids and another on the way

(Newser) - "Don't let a bit of warm weather trick you into hanging up your skis … The snow's great up high right now," Canadian professional skier Dave Treadway wrote in an April 4 Instagram post . Less than two weeks later, the 34-year-old died doing what he loved.... More »

Judge Rules on Man Caught Driving With Dead Cellphone

Canadian judge explains his thinking in detail

(Newser) - A man caught driving with a dead cellphone has been found guilty of using a cellphone while driving, the Guardian reports. A Canadian judge ruled Monday that Patrick Henry Grzelak, caught wearing earbuds behind the wheel in British Columbia in Oct. 2018, had broken the law. "The cellphone itself... More »

She Opened a Book, Became $750K Richer

Montreal couple claims lottery prize with 2 days to deadline

(Newser) - With just 48 hours left to claim their prize, Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque found a winning lottery ticket buried in a book. The Montreal couple wasted no time and are now $750,000 richer, reports CTV News . They'd bought the Loto-Quebec ticket last year for Valentine's Day... More »

She Wrestled Cougar Off Her Son, Credits 'Praying in Tongues'

Canadian Chelsea Lockhart thinks a miracle happened Friday

(Newser) - The 7-year-old's mistake was in running. Good thing he had a badass Canadian mom looking out for him. Chelsea Lockhart tells CTV News she heard a commotion outside her home on British Columbia's Vancouver Island Friday and emerged to find her son, Zachery, being dragged by a juvenile... More »

One Country Is Heating Up at Twice the Worldwide Rate

New report points to 'human factor' as being dominant factor for Canada's spike

(Newser) - Much of the world is worried about global warming, but Canada may have cause for extra concern—especially its northernmost reaches. Per the CBC , a leaked report out of the Canadian government's environmental department indicates that since 1948, the Great White North's land temperature has, on average, heated... More »

Family Heirloom May Be Worth $90M

Abraham Reyes of Ontario shows off what he says is a massive natural pearl

(Newser) - They are not your usual comparisons for gemstones: The CBC says it's roughly the size of a baby, while the owner says it's about the size of a cow's head. Both refer to what may be one of the biggest natural pearls in the world. It weighs... More »

Airplane 'Creep' Stymied by Female Passengers

Canadian reporter, other women intervened after they say they witnessed man harassing teen girl

(Newser) - A Canadian reporter noticed a disturbing incident involving a teen girl on a recent plane ride—and her intervention, along with that of other female passengers, helped the young lady out of an uncomfortable situation. Per the CBC , Joanna Chiu, the Star's Vancouver bureau chief, was on a flight... More »

She Was Held by Taliban, but It Was Her Husband She Feared

Caitlin Coleman describes years of abuse at trial

(Newser) - A woman once held by the Taliban detailed in court the abuse she says she suffered in captivity—at the hands of her husband, not the Taliban. Caitlin Coleman testified Wednesday in Canada in the trial of Joshua Boyle, her now estranged spouse who faces 19 charges , reports the CBC... More »

Grizzly Bear That Killed Mom, Baby Ate Porcupine First

Little could have been done to prevent Yukon tragedy, wildlife officer says

(Newser) - A bear that killed a woman and her baby daughter in Canada's Yukon Territory in November was so desperate for food that it had eaten a porcupine, whose quills badly injured its digestive system, authorities say. Gordon Hitchcock, Yukon's chief conservation officer, said there was nothing Valérie... More »

Kidnapped Student Turns Up on Rural Doorstep

Wanzhen Lu found 'in good health' north of Toronto

(Newser) - The knock on the door in Gravenhurst, Ont., came around 9pm Tuesday. Standing outside the rural cottage, some 100 miles north of the Toronto suburb from which he was kidnapped Saturday , was 22-year-old Wanzhen "Peter" Lu, looking for help. The homeowner immediately called police, who found the Chinese international... More »

Lawyer Fired After 'Appalling' Remark About Teen Girls

Gary McCallum argued a 14- or 15-year-old is a 'sexually mature young woman,' not a child

(Newser) - A Toronto lawyer has been fired from an Ontario children's aid group after making eyebrow-raising remarks about teen girls. Per CTV , Gary McCallum was representing Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services last year in a suit brought by a woman who says she was sexually abused by her... More »

Men in Hoods Violently Kidnap Chinese Student in Canada

Wanzhen Lu shocked with Taser, 'dragged' into van on Saturday

(Newser) - Police in Canada are "very concerned for the safety" of a Chinese international student kidnapped by men wearing hoods on Saturday. Wanzhen "Peter" Lu, 22, had just parked his Range Rover in the underground parking garage of his condo building in the Toronto suburb of Markham—he also... More »

Mystery Man Visited the Shermans for 29 Mins

The 'Toronto Star' reports on neighbor's CCTV footage

(Newser) - Fifteen months later, the murder of billionaire philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman remains unsolved—but the Toronto Star is reporting on a mysterious CCTV video and apparently lax investigating by police. Neighbors of the Shermans say they gave police security-cam footage of a man who drove up to the victims'... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

No Nations Are Left Flying the Boeing 737 Max 8

US had been the last country left, until POTUS signed order

(Newser) - The US stood alone in its refusal to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 , but President Trump has now taken action. "Those planes are grounded effective immediately," he told reporters at the White House Wednesday, explaining that he had signed an order to ground the planes. "The... More »

'Gum Wrapper' Blamed for Flier's Pain Was Not a Gum Wrapper

Canadian student was stung by scorpion on Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary

(Newser) - If you're seated next to Quin Maltais on a future flight, forgive her if she's a little jumpy. That's because the Canadian student recently had another seatmate—an unwelcome one—on a recent Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary. On that Feb. 26 flight, Maltais initially... More »

No Sex, No Money, Nothing Illegal: Trudeau's Very Canadian Scandal

One professor calls it 'a pseudo-scandal'

(Newser) - There's no money, no sex, and nothing illegal happened. This is what passes for a scandal in Canada. US President Donald Trump has been engulfed in allegations involving possible collusion with Russia and secret payments to buy the silence of a porn star. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is... More »

Shocker for Cryptocurrency Clients: 'All of Your Money Is Gone'

After Quadriga CEO reportedly died, the mystery deepens

(Newser) - A CEO's untimely death, hard-to-crack passwords, and up to $190 million in missing cryptocurrency. These all underlie a mystery that Fortune calls the "implosion of Quadriga" after the December death of the QuadrigaCX coin exchange's chief, Gerald Cotten, at the age of 30, and now the FBI... More »

Next Move in China-Canada Feud: Calling 2 Men Spies

China alleges Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor tried to steal state secrets

(Newser) - China accused two detained Canadians on Monday of acting together to steal state secrets, just days after Canada on Friday announced it will proceed with a US extradition request for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. China arrested the two Canadians on Dec. 10 in what was widely seen as an attempt... More »

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