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Comedian Has to Cough Up $42K for Insulting Child With Disabilities

Quebec tribunal says Mike Ward's jokes were 'discriminatory'

(Newser) - A French-Canadian comedian found a child singer with a genetic disease who's performed for Celine Dion and Pope Benedict to be the perfect butt of his jokes—and now the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal is making the funnyman pay some not-so-funny money to both the singer, now 19, and... More »

Militants Behead 2nd Canadian Hostage

Captors in the Philippines demanded huge ransom

(Newser) - Philippine officials confirmed Tuesday that Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a Canadian man, the second Canadian hostage to be killed in two months after demands for a large ransom were not met. The hostage, Robert Hall, was abducted from a marina last September along with another Canadian, a Norwegian, and a... More »

Canada Chuckles as US Voters Swear They'll Storm Border

Switching countries is no easy task

(Newser) - We've all heard the refrain: "I'm moving to Canada if Barack Obama/Mitt Romney doesn't win the election." Writing in the Washington Post , Max Fisher finds that many Canadians would be happy to welcome Americans—particularly the Democrats who tend to make the claim. Asked how... More »

Canadians Hopping the Border to Shop

1.9 million overnight visits in June, most in four decades

(Newser) - Canadians are infiltrating the US in record numbers on brief missions to buy milk and vacuum cleaners. Why the sudden spike in "shopping vacations"? The Canadian dollar is strong, Canadian law now permits a larger allowance for duty-free goods, and post-9/11 border control has gradually relaxed, reports USA ... More »

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