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First Nations to Canada: Time to Start Paying Up

First Nations are suing the government over 1850 treaty

(Newser) - When William Benjamin Robinson arrived on the shores of what would ultimately become Ontario, Canada, in 1850, he made a deal on behalf of Queen Victoria: The indigenous communities currently living on the land would allow the crown access to more than 35,700 square miles of their land in... More »

Freedom of Info Request Seeks Man's Fishing Spot

Somebody sought copy of man's camping permit

(Newser) - Somebody in Canada wants to know the location of a man's secret fishing spot so badly that they turned to the government for help. Fishing pro Mike Borger says it started with a video he posted earlier this year about a trip to a lake in Algonquin Park, an... More »

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 »

Powder Meant to Save Miners May Be Killing Them Instead

For decades miners were forced to inhale aluminum dust

(Newser) - Between the 1940s and 1980s, miners in Ontario went through a strange ritual at the start of every workday: They'd take off their street clothes, enter a room where their work clothes hung, and as soon as the doors closed, watch the room fill with black powder that they... More »

Famed Quintuplets Fight One Last Disappointment

Two surviving Dionne sisters are fighting for their childhood home

(Newser) - When five identical baby girls were born 83 years ago in Canada, it was a global event; the one-in-a-billion birth, not to mention first known survival past birth, drew tourists from near and far to the tiny town of North Bay, Ontario. And the provincial government, declaring the parents unfit... More »

Pilot in Mysterious Plane Crash Was Likely Suicidal

Authorities have identified the pilot as 27-year-old Xin Rong

(Newser) - Authorities have identified the pilot whose plane mysteriously crashed with no one inside it earlier this month and say he was likely suicidal, Huffington Post reports. Xin Rong, a 27-year-old doctoral student from the University of Michigan, rented the Cessna from Ann Arbor Municipal Airport on March 15 and took... More »

Subway: We Tested Our Chicken, and No, It's Not Soy

Chain refutes 'false' CBC report, says its own tests show only 'trace' amount of soy

(Newser) - Subway says lab tests it commissioned show its chicken contains only trace amounts of soy. This after a CBC show reported that tests showed only about half the DNA from Subway chicken samples was from chicken. The rest was mostly from soy. After calling the report "false and misleading,... More »

Live Near Heavy Traffic? You Have Higher Dementia Risk

Study finds that those who live near major roads are more likely to develop dementia

(Newser) - Those who live near a high-traffic area may be at a higher risk of developing dementia, a new study out of Canada finds. Researchers looked at the records of more than 6.5 million Ontario residents ages 20 to 85 between 2001 and 2012, and found that within that group... More »

Serial Killer of Animals on the Loose in Canada

Culprit uses scalpel, leaves bodies in public places

(Newser) - "It's impossible to forget what we've seen," says the director of a Humane Society in London, Ontario, where officials say a serial animal killer is on the loose. Over the past year, 17 dead animals have been found around the Canadian city. It started with skinned... More »

A Boy's Night Playing GTA Ended Up With Real Cops

Ontario police thought they were dealing with an 'impaired driver' when calls started coming in

(Newser) - Yet another reason to not let young kids play M-rated video games: They may get ideas they carry over to real life. At least that's what apparently happened to one curious 11-year-old boy in Ontario, who cops say spent Saturday evening playing Grand Theft Auto, then set out in... More »

Nurse Accused of Murdering 8 Patients Wrote Creepy Poem

Elizabeth Wettlaufer accused of killing elderly patients in Canada

(Newser) - A 49-year-old nurse in Canada is accused of murdering eight of her nursing home patients, a crime string that would make her one of the nation's most prolific serial killers, reports the Globe and Mail . And in a decidedly creepy twist, the National Post reports that she once wrote... More »

Solved: Missing Head of Baby Jesus Is Back

And that means curtains for the odd 'demonic hedgehog' head that replaced it

(Newser) - The caper of the missing baby Jesus head has been solved. A woman who snatched the head from the statue in a churchyard in Canada returned it after the story became international news, the CBC reports. That happened after a local artist sculpted a new noggin in red terra cotta... More »

Baby Jesus' New Head Is a Bit 'Shocking'

But fear not, it's only temporary

(Newser) - Whenever the head of the baby Jesus statue in an Ontario churchyard previously got vandalized and knocked off, it was always found nearby and reattached. But when it happened last October, the head was nowhere to be found—and with a replacement statue of the baby being held by Mary... More »

In Simple Act, New Syrian Refugee Saves Bride's Big Day

Master tailor Ibrahim Haltl Dudu got to work right away on stubborn zipper

(Newser) - Toronto's Jo Du was stepping into her dress on her wedding day when a small disaster struck—the zipper broke. Bridesmaids fussed over it without any success and so ventured next door to look for tools that might help. It turns out that the neighbors were hosting a refugee... More »

Teen Peeved With Parents' Vacation Choice Calls 911

'It was not an appropriate use of 911,' cop says

(Newser) - Is Trent Hills, Ontario, really that bad? A 15-year-old girl “forced” to go to the Canadian vacation spot by her parents last week apparently thought so—and called 911 with her emergency, the CBC reports. Police who responded to the cottage the family rented were not amused. “This... More »

Canadian Police Kill ISIS Supporter

Mounties say a suicide attack was foiled

(Newser) - A Canadian man previously banned from associating with ISIS extremists was killed as Mounties thwarted what they believed was a suicide bomb plot, a senior police official says. The suspect, who died in Strathroy, Ontario, around 140 miles southwest of Toronto, allegedly planned to use a bomb to carry out... More »

Severe Birth Defects Don't Mean Death Sentence

Canadian study suggests birth defects aren't as lethal as doctors previously advised

(Newser) - Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear that severe birth defects were "incompatible with life." Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape—and so has mounting research suggesting not all such babies will die, the AP reports. The latest study... More »

Disturbing Letters Found After House Explodes

2 bodies have been found, but police aren't saying much

(Newser) - Mystery surrounds the explosion of a home in Mississauga, Ontario, Tuesday. A woman's body was recovered from the rubble that day, and on Thursday night, a man's body was found, Global News reports. Their identities have not been released, but police have released the names of two people... More »

Flameless Cremation Offers an Eco-Friendly Finale

An alkaline solution quickly dissolves human bodies

(Newser) - Even in death, you have one final way to go green. The flameless cremation uses an alkaline solution of potash, salt, and water to quickly dissolve human bodies in a pressurized vessel—doing the work of 15 to 20 years in the ground in less than two hours, the CBC... More »

Woman Dresses Up Like Old Lady to Take Mom's Driving Test

But at least she knows she can't pass for 73

(Newser) - An instructor in Ontario was supposed to be giving a driving test to a 73-year-old woman last Thursday, CBC reports. But the woman who showed up that day looked quite a bit younger. The woman was wearing glasses, a wig, and "clothing suited to an older person." The... More »

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