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'Absurd' Motion Asks Quebec Shopkeepers to Not Say 'Hi'

Resolution requesting use of 'bonjour' instead of English greeting passed 111-0

(Newser) - Quebec is all about preserving its French heritage. Unlike other provinces of Canada—which recognizes English and French as its official languages—Quebec has a watchdog agency dedicated to that goal, as well as strict laws making French the sole language of government, commerce, the judiciary, and the dominant language... More »

'Incredible' Ice Age Cave Network Found Below Montreal

It stretches the length of 2 football fields

(Newser) - At the end of the last ice age, glaciers rapidly receded across Canada, putting so much pressure on the land below that solid rock split apart. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than a newly discovered cave system some 20 feet below Montreal, Quebec. Suspecting that a cave beneath a... More »

Judge: Teen Maybe 'Flattered' by Cabbie Who Assaulted Her

Jean-Paul Braun also labeled 17-year-old victim 'a little overweight' but with a 'pretty face'

(Newser) - Taxi driver Carlo Figaro was found guilty of sexual assault in a Quebec court earlier this year, but not before the judge in his case made some questionable comments about the 17-year-old victim. The BBC reports a complaint has been filed by a provincial minister against Judge Jean-Paul Braun. Per... More »

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 »

Tobacco Giants Ordered to Cough Up $12B

Judge awards huge sum to Canadian smokers

(Newser) - A judge has awarded more than $12 billion to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada. Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan said in his decision that by choosing not to... 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 »

3 'Helicopter Escapees' Arrested in Luxury Condo

Quebec plans probe into weird jailbreak

(Newser) - Three men who escaped by helicopter from a Quebec City-area prison two weeks ago were captured early today at a Montreal residence, Quebec provincial police said. The fugitives were arrested by police investigators, accompanied by SWAT team members, around 1:30am at a "luxury condo in Old Montreal,"... 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 »

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