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Court Acquits Man Who Stabbed Wife 'Involuntarily'

Canada's Jean-Luc Charles Perignon was ruled to be 'effectively asleep'

(Newser) - A Canadian man who definitely stabbed his wife has been found not guilty of the crime. In a stunning case of "automatism," British Columbia's Supreme Court found Jean-Luc Charles Perignon was "effectively asleep" when he stabbed his then-wife, Debra, in the back with a kitchen knife...

Forever Chemicals Invade Orcas—and Their Fetuses
Forever Chemicals Invade
Orcas—and Their Fetuses
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Forever Chemicals Invade Orcas—and Their Fetuses

'We need to think about how this could affect our health,' says researcher

(Newser) - Researchers say they're "shocked and saddened" to have discovered toxic chemicals, including "forever chemicals," in the bodies of killer whales, including endangered southern resident orcas, whose population decline could be a direct result. Scientists from the University of British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and BC'...

On Icy Canadian Highway, Bus Crash Kills 4, Injures Dozens

Christmas Eve rollover happened in British Columbia

(Newser) - The powerful winter storm that has caused deaths across the US has not left Canada unscathed. Authorities in British Columbia say a bus crash on an icy highway killed four passengers and injured more than 50, reports the New York Times . No other vehicle appeared to be involved in the...

Whale Makes 'Amazing' but Heartbreaking Journey

Humpback with broken back made 3.1K-mile trek from Canada to Hawaii but likely won't live long

(Newser) - It's a story both inspiring and heartbreaking, and one that marine wildlife experts have been monitoring with admiration and deep concern. For at least the last decade, a humpback whale named Moon has been on the radar of scientists at the Fin Island whale research station off of British...

Diver Captures Amazing Giant Octopus Encounter
Diver Captures 'Mind-Blowing'
Giant Octopus Encounter
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Diver Captures 'Mind-Blowing' Giant Octopus Encounter

It 'was giving me a hug,' she says

(Newser) - Canadian high school teacher Andrea Humphreys has done almost 700 dives, and she says she's never experienced anything as "mind-blowing" as her encounter with a giant Pacific octopus. She says that when she started filming the creature during a dive off the east coast of Vancouver Island, it...

More Dead Whales Are Turning Up on West Coast

At least 5 since mid-May, off of California and Canadian coasts

(Newser) - Scientists are probing the unexplained deaths of a fourth and fifth whale on the US and Canadian west coasts since mid-May. "Spike," a young female humpback first documented by scientists in 2018, was found washed ashore near Vancouver Island on Sunday, just a day after a male humpback...

People Called 911 to Complain About Active Shooter Alert

Mounties say they issued the alert 'at the appropriate time' during rampage

(Newser) - Public safety officials in Langley, British Columbia promise to review the decision to issue public emergency alerts during a shooting rampage Monday, but they say the decision was appropriate, and they’re not happy with the way some citizens responded. Per CTV News, the first cellphone alert was issued at...

Mounties: Shooter Who Targeted Homeless People Is Dead

2 were killed in attacks in Vancouver suburb

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. A man suspected of shooting homeless people at multiple locations in the Vancouver area, killing two of them, was shot and killed during an "interaction" with police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says. The RCMP earlier said the man had been...

2 Suspects Killed, 6 Cops Hurt in 'Chaotic, Violent' Bank Robbery

Dozens of shots were fired in BC incident

(Newser) - Two suspects were shot dead and six police officers were injured in what police describe as a "chaotic, tragic, and violent" attempted bank robbery in British Columbia on Tuesday morning. Police say shooting began outside the Bank of Montreal branch in a largely residential area of Saanich after officers...

Canada Takes Bold Step to 'Remove the Shame' on Drugs

Small amounts of 'hard' drugs to be temporarily decriminalized in British Columbia to fight ODs

(Newser) - If you're busted in British Columbia with a small amount of hard drugs, you could soon see some grace, thanks to an innovative new program designed to deal with the OD crisis. The BBC reports that, starting at the end of January, drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy), and...

Crash of Small Plane Kills 2 Wanted Gang Members

Including the No. 2 on Canada's most-wanted list

(Newser) - Two men with ties to organized crime—one an alleged international hit man and the other accused in a murder plot, both with outstanding warrants for their arrests—have died in a small plane crash in Canada. Authorities are investigating what brought down the plane over a stretch of forest...

International Women's Day Quip Costs CEO His Job

Vivek Sharma oversaw the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia

(Newser) - International Women's Day was on March 8, and the way the CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia attempted to mark it ended up costing him his job. The CBC reports that on March 9, Vivek Sharma welcomed people to the BC Tourism and Hospitality Conference in...

Boys Identified 70 Years After Bludgeoning by Hatchet

David and Derek D'Alton named as Vancouver's 'Babes in the Woods'

(Newser) - For almost 70 years, they've been known as the "Babes in the Woods." Now, thanks to DNA, police in Vancouver, Canada, say they finally know the names of two young victims who were found bludgeoned to death by a hatchet in Vancouver's Stanley Park in 1953....

New Rx From Canadian Docs: Date With Mother Nature

Canadian doctors can prescribe free yearlong pass to 80 national parks, historic sites to boost health

(Newser) - Just what the doctor ordered: a stroll through your local national park. That's the new prescription that patients in several Canadian provinces might now receive from health care professionals, thanks to a program being backed by Parks Canada. The Squamish Chief reports the government agency has joined PaRx: A...

Canada Wrote Ryan Reynolds a Song
Canada Wrote Ryan
Reynolds a Song

Canada Wrote Ryan Reynolds a Song

He won a medal but the song brought him to tears

(Newser) - Ryan Reynolds is known for his funny online persona, his acting, and--perhaps most notably for folks back in Canada--for his love for his native country. Now Canada has shown him love right back, officially, with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. And it came with a song. Per Global ...

Another Body Found After Devastating Landslide

Drivers swept to their deaths off Canada highway

(Newser) - The British Columbia Coroners Service has confirmed the discovery of three more bodies near the village of Pemberton, bringing to four the number of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rains that swept vehicles off the road. The search continues for a fifth body, chief coroner Lisa...

Highway Mudslides Trap Dozens of Cars

British Columbia officials say it's too dangerous to attempt a rescue

(Newser) - Mudslides ahead of them and behind them have trapped more than 100 people in their cars along a British Columbian highway. Rescue crews said Monday they were trying to find out the extent of the slides and debris so they could reach the cars safely, the CBC reports. "What...

Meteorite Crashes Through Roof, Nearly Hits Woman
Space Debris Crashes Through
Roof, Onto Woman's Pillow
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Space Debris Crashes Through Roof, Onto Woman's Pillow

Canada woman says it's a nice reminder that life is precious

(Newser) - A British Columbia woman was awakened the night of Oct. 4 by a crashing sound and the feeling of debris hitting her face. Ruth Hamilton looked up to see a hole in her ceiling and a rock on her pillow and called 911, not sure what had happened. The truth...

Town That Recorded Highest Temperature Is Now on Fire

Mayor of Lytton, BC, orders evacuation

(Newser) - On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, the village of Lytton, British Columbia, broke records for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada. By Wednesday, it was on fire. Mayor Joe Polderman says he signed an evacuation order around 6pm Wednesday as fire tore through the village of around 250 residents. "...

Hundreds Dead Amid 'Disastrous' Heat Wave in Canada

The country has seen its highest temperature ever, for 3 days in a row

(Newser) - Canada broke its 84-year-old temperature record by nearly 3 degrees Sunday, when a temperature of just under 115 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in the village of Lytton, British Columbia. It was then beaten twice more in subsequent days. Lytton recorded a temperature of 117.5 degrees on Monday, followed by...

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