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Quebec Passes North America's 1st 'Burka Ban'

'It will just block me from the rest of the world,' says 21-year-old niqab-wearer

(Newser) - North America appears to have its first "burka ban," the Guardian reports. Quebec's National Assembly passed Bill 62 on Wednesday, and while the law banning facial coverings doesn't specifically mention burqas or niqabs, those have certainly been the main point of debate, according to Reuters . CBC... More »

Canadian Bike Cops Nab One of America's Most Wanted

Katay-Khaophone Sychanta may face extradition to US

(Newser) - Montreal police have just earned a heap of respect for bicycle cops everywhere. Two cycling police officers were patrolling a Montreal bike path last Wednesday when they spotted two men they suspected of having drugs, police say. The suspects took off running and the officers pursued, one eventually jumping off... More »

Paramedic's Mom Died in His Arms. He Can't Get Workers' Comp

Quebec's Olivier Mireault was on a work call—but he responded before shift started

(Newser) - In November, Quebec paramedic Olivier Mireault responded to a call at his mom's house. The 63-year-old ended up dying in her son's arms of an aortic aneurysm rupture after he couldn't revive her. "I said, 'This can't be real. Someone wake me up,'... More »

Cops Claim Jiu-Jitsu Is Illegal, Threaten to Arrest Kids in Canada

Tournament postponed after police cite Criminal Code

(Newser) - For almost a decade, the annual Canadian championship in Brazilian jiu-jitsu has gone off without a hitch. That changed this past weekend when officials called off the event at the last minute upon discovering that it was illegal in the eyes of police. In a Facebook post on Saturday, a... More »

6 Killed in 'Terrorist Attack' on Canada Mosque

8 hurt in Quebec City shooting; 2 men arrested, but only 1 now considered a suspect

(Newser) - In what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "a terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge," six people were killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday night. Police initially arrested two men—Alexandre Bissonnette... More »

Canadian PM Rapped for Speaking French

He should've responded to questions in English, critics say

(Newser) - How do you say "he stepped in it" in French? Though he leads an officially bilingual country, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was rapped for slipping into the language of Moliere instead of sticking to Shakespeare. No fewer than three official complaints were lodged with Canada's Commissioner of... More »

For Sale: A 45-Building Village You Can't Live In

Owners asking $2M for Canadian village that's basically a 19th-century movie set

(Newser) - A Canadian village an hour north of Montreal could be yours for a cool $2 million, but there's an asterisk: The 45 buildings spread out across the 140 acres of Canadiana Village are largely just for show, with only one house in livable condition. That's because for decades... More »

After New Mom's Death, Jehovah's Witnesses Take Heat

Eloise Dupuis, 27, died of a hemorrhage after she refused blood transfusion

(Newser) - Jehovah's Witnesses are defending their ban on blood transfusions after the death of a new mom in Quebec this month. Family members of Eloise Dupuis, 27, say she was influenced to decline a potentially lifesaving blood transfusion after a bedside visit by a "hospital liaison committee" of Jehovah'... More »

Woman Hit by Car Outside Hospital Delivers Baby, Then Dies

Doctors in Quebec could not save 27-year-old

(Newser) - A baby girl will never know her mother after a horrific accident Wednesday in Quebec City, reports Le Journal de Quebec . Marie-Pier Gagné, 27, was in a pedestrian crossing at 10:15am when she was hit by a speeding car across from Laval University hospital. Although doctors from the neonatal... 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 »

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 »

Guy Misses Lottery Jackpot by 7 Seconds

Tough luck, say Canadian courts

(Newser) - Seven has turned out to be a very unlucky number for Montreal man Joel Ifergan: He missed a $10.5 million prize in Canada's Super 7 lottery by seven seconds, and after almost seven years of fighting lottery authorities, his case has been rejected by the country's top... More »

Tragic Story Behind 3 Partial Skeletons Finally Revealed

They probably belong to children who witnessed 'tragic event'

(Newser) - In 2011, a passerby at a beach on the Gaspé peninsula in Quebec found partial skeletons whose mystery has, at least to some degree, been solved three years later. Among the remains were around a dozen long bones, pieces of a jawbone, and more than 25 vertebrae. Parks Canada anthropologists... More »

Quebec Loses Inmates in Bold Chopper Escape, Again

Quebec jails don't have such a good record against helicopters

(Newser) - Just another Saturday night in Quebec: A trio of inmates managed to break out of their jail in Quebec City, using a green helicopter to make their getaway and fly off into the west. Adding insult to any successful jailbreak is the fact that it's not exactly an original... More »

Kidnapped Newborn Saved Thanks to Facebook

Melissa McMahon got baby girl back within 3 hours

(Newser) - The mother of a day-old infant kidnapped from a Quebec hospital by a fake nurse got her baby back within three hours thanks to four young people who spotted an alert on Facebook. One of the group recognized the suspect's photo and guided police to her home, where they... More »

Grim Search at Burned-Out Seniors' Home Buried in Ice

Cig may have caused fire that killed dozens

(Newser) - Work crews have resumed the grim task of searching for ice-covered bodies in the wreckage of a seniors' residence in Quebec, where a blaze is believed to have killed more than 30 people . Search teams working in bitter weather conditions are using hot air to melt more than 20 inches... More »

Answers in Quebec Train Blast May Be Months Away

Toll now at 33, with another 17 presumed dead

(Newser) - While the world's attention has now moved to a different train wreck in France , the aftermath of the train blast in Quebec last week worsens, with the official death toll now at 33 after five more bodies were found. Another 17 are presumed dead, bringing the total to 50.... More »

8 More Bodies Found in Canada Train Wreck

Up to 50 still missing

(Newser) - The death toll in the oil train derailment in Quebec has risen to 13, with eight more bodies discovered in the wreckage, the AP reports. Many more are still missing—the AP puts the number at "about 40," but Reuters says the figure has been updated to "... More »

Victims Feared 'Vaporized' in Runaway Train Inferno

40 still missing after Quebec disaster

(Newser) - Around 40 people are still missing after the derailment and explosion of a runaway train in Quebec , and the blast was so intense that authorities fear there may be nothing left of some victims. The hospital in Lac Megantic, which had been braced for huge numbers of casualties, is "... More »

Train With Crude Oil Derails, Explodes

Several missing, 1K evacuated in Quebec town

(Newser) - Train cars carrying crude oil through a small town in Quebec derailed last night, setting off huge explosions that forced the evacuation of 1,000 and left several people missing, reports the CBC . About 30 buildings in the heart of Lac Megantic were destroyed by the explosions and resulting fire,... More »

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