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'Canada's Trump' Pushes the 'Nuclear Button'

Doug Ford uses the 'notwithstanding' clause for first time in Ontario history

(Newser) - Looks like Toronto's municipal battle is heading back to court. With Ontario Premier Doug Ford imposing the all-powerful "notwithstanding" clause to slash the city council in half , councilors voted 26-10 Thursday to fight back by all legal means, the Toronto Star reports. The decision came after Toronto's... More »

Wolf Pup Died 50K Years Ago, Still 'So Cute'

Wolf, caribou found in Canada provide some of the world's oldest mummified soft tissue

(Newser) - "It's so cute" is not a typical reaction upon finding a 50,000-year-old dead animal, yet it's hard to argue with paleontologist Grant Zazula's assessment. With pristine muscle, skin, and fur, the complete mummified wolf pup, believed to have died around eight weeks old, looks as... More »

In This Beluga Pod, One Does Not Belong

Narwhal gains new family in St. Lawrence River

(Newser) - The video appears to show a pod of young belugas splashing playfully in Canada's St. Lawrence River. But then a speckled body breaks the water's surface, standing out among the bright white whales. The narwhal, swimming more than 600 miles south of its usual Arctic homeland, "behaves... More »

Trump Peeved After His Off-the-Record Comments Leak

'Toronto Star' ran the remarks Friday

(Newser) - The Toronto Star proclaims them "secret bombshell remarks": off-the-record comments President Trump made about Canada in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday that were leaked to the Star. Per the leaked remarks published Friday, the president was discussing negotiations with Canada on a trade deal that could replace... More »

US, Canada Fail to Agree on NAFTA; Markets Unfazed

Talks expected to resume next week

(Newser) - Stocks hardly budged on Wall Street as the US and Canada were unable to complete a trade deal, per the AP . The US Trade Representative said Friday that the two sides would continue negotiating next week on a new deal to replace the NAFTA trade accord, which also includes Mexico.... More »

Tesla Gets Huge Air, Owner Gets Charged

The car is demolished

(Newser) - A Canadian man discovered his Tesla could fly, the downside being that it's now "demolished." With a security camera observing, the scene unfolded shortly after 8:30pm Tuesday in Barrie, 70 miles north of Toronto, reports CTV News . Police say a 46-year-old man driving a 2016 four-door... More »

Killer: Murder I Committed Gave Me PTSD

Canadian government is paying for treatment of imprisoned Christopher Garnier

(Newser) - Christopher Garnier strangled Catherine Campbell to death in 2015, then dumped her body by a bridge in Halifax, Canada. Now the 30-year-old is serving a life sentence, but he made an unusual—and successful—plea to the court, reports the CBC . Garnier argued that he has PTSD as a result... More »

Trump Warns Canada as He Strikes a Deal With Mexico

President wants to replace NAFTA, says Canada might be left out

(Newser) - The Trump administration and Mexico have reached a preliminary accord to end the North American Free Trade Agreement and replace it with a deal that the administration wants to be more favorable to the United States, per the AP . President Trump, in announcing the tentative agreement Monday at the White... More »

Viral Video of Rocks Thrown Off Mountain Stirs Outrage

Hikers were recorded on Canada's Mount Rundle

(Newser) - Video footage from a mountain trail that shows visitors throwing huge rocks off a precipice has stirred outrage in the Canada climbing community. The public became aware of the incident after video that recently appeared on Instagram before being taken down appeared to show hikers on Alberta's Mount Rundle... More »

Guy's 'Ridiculous' Idea: Blow Smoke Back to Canada

All Spokane needs are 2.75M box fans...

(Newser) - Stuck inside as wildfire smoke floated over Spokane, Wash., Caleb Moon turned on his fan, then imagined the city's 550,000 residents doing the same. And "Blow Spokane's Smoke Away to Canada" was born . "Every resident must place at least five box fans on their roof.... More »

In a First, Saudis May Behead Female Human-Rights Activist

Canada continues to push back

(Newser) - In the midst of a fight with Canada over female human-rights activists, Saudi Arabia plans to behead one. The country's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five activists, including Israa al-Ghomgham of the Shia Muslim minority, who documented mass protests in the Eastern Province beginning in 2011,... More »

'We Don't Have a Single Friend': World Leaves Canada in the Cold

Neither the US nor UK backs Canada in Saudi spat

(Newser) - Canada's growing rift with the US has included tense trade talks and tit-for-tat remarks . Now the US is among countries leaving Canucks in the diplomatic cold over their spat with Saudi Arabia, the Guardian reports. "It's up for the government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadians to... More »

2 Cops Dead After Shots Wake Quiet City

2 others killed in shooting in Canada's Fredericton

(Newser) - Canadian police say two of four people killed in a shooting in the eastern city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Friday morning are police officers. Fredericton police say one suspect is in custody, and they are not releasing the names of the slain officers yet. The shooting happened in an apartment... More »

They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming

Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding

(Newser) - Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar... More »

Saudi Group Threatens Canada, Quickly Has to Backpedal

Kingdom is feuding with Canucks over women's rights

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia shut down the Twitter account of a government-linked youth group after it escalated the kingdom's dispute with Canada by appearing to threaten a 9/11-style attack on Toronto. The Infographic KSA site posted an image of an Air Canada plane flying toward the CN Tower, with the caption... More »

Citing New-Mom Struggles, Serena Ditches Competition

Tennis star withdraws from Canada's Rogers Cup, says she's been in 'a funk'

(Newser) - New moms, Serena Williams gets you—specifically if you're feeling all kinds of confusing emotions months after your baby has arrived. The BBC reports that the 36-year-old tennis star yanked herself out of Canada's Rogers Cup competition this week, initially citing "personal reasons." An Instagram post... More »

The Sunflower Photos Went Viral, Then Hell Broke Loose

People taking pictures went berserk for selfies, creating a scene of 'utter chaos'

(Newser) - The invite promised a "spectacular sight"; the reality was a spectacular disaster. For eight days at the end of July, all was fine as tourists flocked to the Bogle Seeds sunflower seed farm in Hamilton, Ontario. They were there at the invitation of the farm's owners, who'd... More »

Angry Saudis Order Canadian Ambassador to Leave Country

Country had criticized arrest of women's rights activists, Riyadh is not having it

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia on Monday ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave the kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrest of women's rights activists. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also said it would freeze "all new business" between the kingdom and Canada, the AP reports. Some 10%... More »

A Woman's Final Note to All Doctors in Her Obituary

Ellen Maud Bennett says she endured 'fat shaming' from the medical profession

(Newser) - When a terminal cancer diagnosis finally came, Ellen Maud Bennett was given only days to live. The 64-year-old of Victoria, BC, spent them eating lobster and shrimp-wonton soup and boasting, "I look so good for someone almost dead!" Her much-lauded obituary published this month, however, called out something... More »

Paramedics Charged in Death of Good Samaritan

They allegedly refused to believe Yosif Al-Hasnawi had been shot

(Newser) - Two paramedics are facing charges for allegedly refusing to believe a Good Samaritan was injured as he lay dying on the street, the BBC reports. Steven Snively, 53, and Christopher Marchant, 29, arrived on the scene in Hamilton—a town about 40 miles southwest of Toronto, Canada—after local resident... More »

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