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Plane Went Up With a Marriage Proposal, Came Crashing Down

1 dead in Montreal accident

(Newser) - A particularly wrenching detail has emerged in the story of a small plane crash on Saturday in Montreal. The Washington Post reports the plane that went down around 6pm was towing a "Will you marry me?" banner. It had taken off just 15 minutes prior. Pilot Gian Piero Ciambella,...

Cops: Man Punched Nurse for Vaccinating Wife Without His Consent

Woman was attacked in Quebec pharmacy

(Newser) - Police in Quebec are looking for a man who apparently believed he had the authority to impose an anti-vaccine mandate in his marriage. The suspect allegedly assaulted a nurse in a Sherbrooke pharmacy Monday morning, the CBC reports. Police spokesman Martin Carrier tells Reuters that the "angry and aggressive"...

Asteroid 'Firework' Exploded With Force of 440lbs of TNT

It was seen from 4 US states and Canada

(Newser) - People in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Quebec, Canada, claim to have witnessed an asteroid breaking up in the sky on Sunday, which turned out to be rattling. Many people reported hearing a rumble or sonic boom as a 10-pound bowling ball-sized chunk of an asteroid—traveling at...

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...

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...

Guy in Medieval Dress Kills 2 With Sword

5 injured in Quebec attack on Halloween

(Newser) - A guy armed with a sword and dressed in medieval clothing killed two people and wounded five others in Quebec city on Saturday night in a Halloween night attack that police said had no indication that "the suspect may have acted for motives other than personal ones." A...

Senior Couple Safe After Bizarre Kidnap Plot

Authorties say James and Sandra Helm were taken to Canada, ransomed for cocaine

(Newser) - A senior couple in upstate New York were kidnapped and driven into Canada before their captors demanded the return of 50 kilograms of cocaine or its value, $3.5 million. Prosecutors described the "terrifying ordeal," in which the victims—James Helm Sr., 76, and Sandra Helm, 70—had...

$500K Game of Rock, Paper, Scissors Goes to Court

Edmund Mark Hooper must be breathing a sigh of relief

(Newser) - Who loses $517,000 in a game of rock, paper, scissors? Canadian man Edmund Mark Hooper does, but he must be happy today: The Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled that his devastating 2011 loss—which forced him to remortgage his home to pay up—is null and void, Sky...

Nation Can 'Breathe Freely' After Ruling on Escalator Case

Canada's Supreme Court says cops overstepped in 2009 in detaining woman who wouldn't hold rail

(Newser) - When Bela Kosoian rode the escalator in a Montreal-area subway station in 2009, she probably never expected to become embroiled in a legal battle that would last for a decade. Kosoian was arrested in the Quebec city of Laval then after police officer Fabio Camacho advised her to hold onto...

Town of Asbestos Seeks New Name
Town of Asbestos
Seeks New Name

Town of Asbestos Seeks New Name

Quebec town was shunned by English-speakers

(Newser) - Officials in Asbestos have decided the town's name is holding it back. The small Quebec town, site of the world's largest asbestos mine, says it will announce a new name next year and residents are welcome to offer suggestions, the BBC reports. Asbestos, once considered a "miracle...

He Saw the Speeding Car. He Knew His SUV Could Stop It
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He Saw the Speeding Car. He Knew His SUV Could Stop It

Erick Marciano hailed as a hero for saving pedestrians during police chase in Montreal

(Newser) - A quick-thinking dad of three is being called a hero after throwing his Mercedes SUV in the path of a speeding car. The CBC and Montreal Gazette report Erick Marciano, 48, was on his way to a meeting Tuesday shortly after noon when he saw a Honda speed through a...

Quebec Tells French Woman She Failed to Prove Ability to Speak French

One chapter of her thesis was in English

(Newser) - Are Quebec's French-language requirements for immigrants too strict? The answer is "oui," according to a French woman whose application was denied because authorities decided she hadn't shown enough proficiency in her native language. Biology graduate Emile Dubois says her application to settle in the Canadian province...

Lawsuit: Fortnite Designed to Be as Addictive as Cocaine

Could become class-action suit in Canada

(Newser) - The maker of the wildly popular video game Fortnite is facing a new lawsuit that has nothing to do with dance moves . Addiction to the third-person shooter game "has real consequences on the lives of players, many of whom … do not eat, do not shower, and no longer...

'I Don't Know How a Person Can Survive a Fall Like That'

Skydiver hurt but expected to live after chute doesn't open during 5,000-foot plummet

(Newser) - She fell nearly 5,000 feet to the ground from a plane during a skydiving jump after her parachute failed to open, but by some "miracle," a 30-year-old woman in Canada is still alive, with non-life-threatening injuries. "I don't know how a person can survive a...

With No Training, Woman Worked as a Nurse for 20 Years

Fired employee used license number of someone with the same name

(Newser) - A woman who had no training or certification worked as a nurse for 20 years before being caught and fired, Quebec's Order of Nurses says. She worked in several different departments in a hospital in Jonquière, Quebec, including surgery, the CBC reports, using the license number of another...

She Opened a Book, Became $750K Richer

Montreal couple claims lottery prize with 2 days to deadline

(Newser) - With just 48 hours left to claim their prize, Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque found a winning lottery ticket buried in a book. The Montreal couple wasted no time and are now $750,000 richer, reports CTV News . They'd bought the Loto-Quebec ticket last year for Valentine's Day...

Netflix Apologizes, Will Ditch Disaster Footage in Movie

Company reverses its decision to use actual Canadian rail explosion in 'Bird Box'

(Newser) - Netflix has changed its tune two months after refusing to remove footage of a 2013 rail disaster from its hit film Bird Box. "We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community" of Quebec, the company says in a statement to the BBC . The clip from...

Netflix on Bird Box Footage: We're Not Pulling It

Company used clip from real train disaster in Quebec that killed 47

(Newser) - Netflix says it will review its practices on stock footage after a controversy involving its newest horror film, but it's not planning to completely bend on what caused the original controversy. The company recently came under fire for using clips from a 2013 rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec—an...

He Almost Killed Her. Now They're Teaming Up

Tina Adams, impaired driver to speak together at Canadian schools

(Newser) - Tina Adams will never realize her dream of becoming a police officer, and she might never be able to have children. Such are the consequences of the moment a drunk driver swerved off a road and struck the Quebec jogger in June 2015. Adams, now 24, suffered a traumatic brain...

Unhappy Dad Sues McDonald's Over Happy Meals

Father's complaint on toys cites Quebec law against marketing to kids under 13

(Newser) - Antonio Bramante doesn't see the "happy" in one of McDonald's most famous offerings. The Canadian dad of three says he's cajoled every couple of weeks to take his little ones to McDonald's, and he figures he's forked over hundreds of dollars on Happy Meals....

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