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Canadian Lawmaker Gives Colleagues an Accidental Show

William Amos said he stripped down in front of camera, not realizing it was on

(Newser) - A Canadian member of parliament appeared naked in front of his colleagues Wednesday when he changed out of jogging clothes in his office—right in front of his camera. Liberal MP William Amos, the parliamentary secretary to Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, was seen completely naked during a virtual parliamentary session,...

Cluster of Cases May Signal Entirely New Brain Disease

Symptoms are similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob, doctors in New Brunswick, Canada, are stumped

(Newser) - Doctors in Canada may be dealing with an entirely new brain disease that's specific to one part of their country. A cluster of 43 cases is under investigation in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, reports the Guardian . Symptoms are similar to well-known "prion diseases" such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob,...

15 Human Feet Washed Ashore. Science Explains Why
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15 Human Feet Washed Ashore. Here's Why

The mystery started in 2007

(Newser) - "Please don’t call them 'severed feet.'" So says forensic scientist Gail Anderson of Simon Fraser University, whose research involving dead pigs plays a big role in getting to the bottom of a mystery that flummoxed Canadian locals and police near the Salish Sea off British...

Special Recipe Saves the Day for Boy With Autism

Company adapts recipe of discontinued waffle, only food Jerico Roman will eat, for home use

(Newser) - A Canadian company has come through in an unusual way for a boy with autism in British Columbia. Nature's Path has adapted its recipe for a discontinued brand of waffles so the family of a 9-year-old boy who eats little else can make them at home, reports Global News...

Rescue by US, Canadian Coast Guards Was, in a Word, Crazy

31 rescued from Nova Scotia fishing vessel amid dark, stormy seas

(Newser) - US and Canadian coast guard officials managed an impressive 12-hour rescue of all 31 crew members from a disabled fishing vessel off Nova Scotia over Tuesday and Wednesday, wrapping up shortly before the vessel sank. The 143-foot Atlantic Destiny was 130 miles from Nova Scotia's southwest coast when it...

She Quarantined for Night After Funeral. It Cost $2,750

An Ontario woman gripes about the government's new COVID restrictions

(Newser) - As of Feb. 22, air travelers to Canada must take a COVID test upon arrival and quarantine in a qualifying hotel until their results are in, reports Global News . That can take up to three days, but in the case of Cristina Teixeira, her results were in after just one...

Canadians Will Begin Receiving Blank Postcards on Monday

It's part of the 'Write Here Write Now' campaign

(Newser) - Chances are that it’s been a while since someone sent you a postcard. But if you live in Canada, you can expect to receive one soon. And it will be blank. It’s all part of a plan to help Canadians stay connected during the pandemic, the CBC reports....

Canada's Oddly Hard Butter Spurs Investigation, Threats
Canada's Oddly Hard Butter
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Canada's Oddly Hard Butter Spurs Investigation, Threats

Buttergate has blown up

(Newser) - A Canadian cookbook author has helped fuel what is being referred to as "buttergate"—an outcry over an apparent change in Canadian butter that leaves it hard all the time, even when kept at room temperature. On Feb. 5, Julie Van Rosendaal tweeted the following: "Something is...

Trudeau Swipes at Trump in Call With Biden

And more from their virtual meeting, their first since Biden took office

(Newser) - President Biden’s first bilateral meeting with Canada’s Justin Trudeau since taking office was high on policy, low on pomp, and featured a very large swipe at Biden's predecessor as the coronavirus forced the two leaders to convene virtually Tuesday rather than gathering with customary Oval Office fanfare....

Comedian Appeals Fine for Insulting Disabled Child

Mike Ward takes case to Canada's top court

(Newser) - Canada's top court is being asked to decide whether mocking a disabled child should be considered legally protected freedom of expression. French-Canadian comedian Mike Ward is appealing a 2016 order from the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal to pay $28,000 to Jeremy Gabriel, who has the rare genetic condition...

Canada Adds Test for Arrivals by Land

Trudeau hints at more coronavirus restrictions for air travelers soon

(Newser) - As new and more contagious coronavirus variants make their way around the world, Canada plans to impose a new restriction. As of next Monday, people reaching its borders by land will have to produce a negative coronavirus test—taken in the past 72 hours—before being allowed into Canada. Prime...

China Angry Over T-Shirt Order by Embassy Staffer

The incident underscores the sour relation between Canada and China

(Newser) - China has made a formal complaint to Canada over T-shirts ordered by a Canadian Embassy staffer in Beijing that allegedly mocked China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports, in an apparent mix-up between the city of Wuhan and the American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Foreign Ministry spokesperson...

Canada Declares Proud Boys a Terrorist Entity

Lawmakers unanimously supported the move

(Newser) - Five years after Canadian citizen Gavin McInnes founded the Proud Boys, Canada has become the first country to designate the far-right group as a terrorist organization. The group was officially added to Canada's list of terrorist entities Wednesday, along with other far-right groups including the Atomwaffen SS and several...

20 Years After Dream, Numbers Lead to $47M Jackpot

Canadian winner was laid off due to pandemic

(Newser) - After a set of numbers came to her husband in a dream, Deng Pravatoudom played them faithfully in the lottery for 20 years, and last month, she finally won ... another lottery ticket. The numbers on that "Free Play" ticket in Ontario's Lotto Max won a jackpot of $60...

He Was Forced to Leave the Shelter. Then, Tragedy

Raphael Andre, who was homeless, died in port-a-potty steps from shelter on cold Montreal night

(Newser) - A homeless man's tragic death in Canada is shining a spotlight on the far-reaching consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Montreal police say an Indigenous Innu man died overnight Saturday on a cold street just steps away from a shelter that was forced to close for the night, partly due...

Missing Teen Survives in Snow Cave
Missing Teen Survives
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Missing Teen Survives in Snow Cave

Canadian snowmobiler 'did everything right after things went wrong'

(Newser) - A missing 17-year-old snowmobiler was found in "good condition" Saturday in Canada after building himself a snow cave and hunkering down. The snowmobiler, identified as Robert, had been traveling with his father and brother on British Columbia's Mica Mountain when he diverted into an area with steep terrain...

To Skirt COVID Curfew, She Put Partner on Leash
To Skirt COVID Curfew,
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To Skirt COVID Curfew, She Put Partner on Leash

Effort was unsuccessful—and, ultimately, expensive

(Newser) - Quebec police issued 750 tickets over the weekend as an 8pm curfew, the first of its kind in Canada, went into effect. Two of those tickets went to a couple who got creative in trying to skirt the new coronavirus restriction. As residents are allowed to be out on the...

What World Leaders Are Saying About DC Violence

'Disgraceful,' 'shocking,' and 'concerning'

(Newser) - “Disgraceful." That’s Boris Johnson’s take on images of Trump supporters storming the US Capitol on Wednesday, according to the Guardian . “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,...

Judge: COVID Rules Don't Inhibit Polyamorous Life

Mother objected to children's possible virus exposure from their father's new partner and her husband

(Newser) - British Columbia's pandemic restrictions are tough enough to understand, a judge says, before you throw in an alternative lifestyle. "The messaging accompanying these orders, and indeed the language of the orders themselves, is fraught with inconsistency and ambiguity," Justice Nigel Kent said in ruling that a divorced...

Politician Caught Taking Caribbean Holiday Resigns

Ontario finance minister Rod Phillips tweeted in a way that made it seem like he was home

(Newser) - One Canadian's "dumb mistake" has cost him his job—and a relatively high-profile one at that. Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Thursday announced the resignation of Finance Minister Rod Phillips, who traveled to St. Barts in the Caribbean on Dec. 13 as the government urged citizens to avoid...

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