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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,...

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...

Canada's First PM Hits the Ground Hard

Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald takes a tumble in Montreal

(Newser) - Marchers in Montreal toppled a statue of Canada's first prime minister Saturday and sent his head flying, the Montreal Gazette reports. The event began peacefully with about 200 activists walking through downtown in support of changes to police funding—but when they reached Place du Canada, a large urban...

Prophetic Book Saw All of This Coming

Saleema Nawaz's 'Songs for the End of the World' just came out as an e-book

(Newser) - Face masks, hoarding, social distancing—it all happened before … in Saleema Nawaz's mind. The Montreal author devoted six years of her life to a novel that looks a lot like our life with the coronavirus, the Globe & Mail reports. If this sounds exaggerated, consider that Songs for ...

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

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...

Priest Stabbed as Mass Was Being Live-Streamed

Incident happened at Canada's largest church, and Father Claude Grou is OK

(Newser) - Those watching the livestream of morning mass at Canada's largest church on Friday saw a jarring scene: Police say an assailant went to the altar of Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal and stabbed the 77-year-old Catholic priest, Father Claude Grou, reports NBC News . Churchgoers then interrupted the assault,...

Kid's Query on Missing Pet: 'Why Did You Mail My Cat?'

No worries, Baloo is back home safe after accidentally being shipped to Montreal in a box

(Newser) - For four days, Baloo was missing from her family's Nova Scotia home. The feline is now back, but not before she took a 1,500-mile round trip, half of it in a box. Jacqueline Lake tells the CBC that when her family's tabby cat first vanished, she suspected...

Guy Cleans Out His Wardrobe, Finds He's $1.32M Richer

Gregorio De Santis says his heart nearly stopped when he realized its value

(Newser) - A Montreal man has his sister to thank for his sudden windfall—the equivalent of $1.32 million, the CBC reports. Urged by his sister to finally clean out his wardrobe, Gregorio De Santis found a Lotto 6/49 ticket dated Dec. 6, 2017 in an old jacket and took it...

Lady Gaga: I Spoke Too Soon on 'Zombie Boy' Death

She didn't mean to draw 'unjust conclusion'

(Newser) - Lady Gaga, who paid a heartfelt tribute to her friend Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest after his death last week, has apologized for possibly speaking too soon about the manner of his death, the BBC reports. The 32-year-old fell to his death from a third-floor balcony in Montreal in what...

'Zombie Boy' Death May Not Have Been a Suicide

Family thinks Rick Genest leaned too far back on a balcony while smoking a cigarette

(Newser) - His death Wednesday was widely reported to be a suicide , including by Lady Gaga , whose music video "Born This Way" helped make his tattooed face famous. But the family and manager of model Rick Genest, aka "Zombie Boy," are telling everyone to pull back on the conclusion...

Thieves in Canada Nab $400K in Beer, Pepperoni
Stolen in Canada:
20K Cases of Beer

Stolen in Canada: 20K Cases of Beer

That's $400K worth, counting the stolen pepperoni and dried beef, too

(Newser) - They have the makings for a great party, but thieves who stole $400,000 in beer and snacks from a Quebec warehouse apparently have other plans. On the night of March 12, Montreal police say "several" thieves broke into the warehouse in the Montreal suburb of Boucherville and disabled...

New Navy Warship Will Be Stuck in Ice Until Spring

It didn't make it past Montreal on journey home

(Newser) - Unless the plan all along was to send it to invade Canada, a newly commissioned $440 million Navy warship won't be much use this winter. The USS Little Rock, which was commissioned in Buffalo on Dec. 16, has been stuck in Montreal since Christmas Eve because of heavy ice,...

'Incredible' Ice Age Cave Network Found Below Montreal

It stretches the length of 2 football fields

(Newser) - At the end of the last ice age, glaciers rapidly receded across Canada, putting so much pressure on the land below that solid rock split apart. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than a newly discovered cave system some 20 feet below Montreal, Quebec. Suspecting that a cave beneath a...

His Singing Is a Crime, Literally
Screaming?
No, Officer,
I Was Singing

Screaming? No, Officer, I Was Singing

But driver in Montreal still gets a $118 ticket

(Newser) - A driver in Montreal apparently got a little too carried away while grooving to a favorite song. Now he's going to court to defend his singing voice. When 38-year-old Taoufik Moalla got pulled over, officers asked if he'd been screaming, per the Montreal Gazette . No, Moalla replied, he'...

Canadian Bike Cops Nab One of America's Most Wanted

Katay-Khaophone Sychanta may face extradition to US

(Newser) - Montreal police have just earned a heap of respect for bicycle cops everywhere. Two cycling police officers were patrolling a Montreal bike path last Wednesday when they spotted two men they suspected of having drugs, police say. The suspects took off running and the officers pursued, one eventually jumping off...

Canada Makes Stadium a Home for Asylum Seekers From US

New arrivals feared Trump would return them to Haiti

(Newser) - So many asylum seekers are crossing into Canada from the United States that Montreal's Olympic Stadium has been opened to house them. The first groups were bused to the stadium Wednesday. Cots are set up in the windowless, domed facility. The mainly Haitian migrants will stay until they get...

FBI: Flint Airport Attacker 'Has a Hatred for the US'

Canada condemns 'cowardly' attack

(Newser) - "Suffice to say, he had a hatred of the United States," Detroit FBI chief David Gelios says of Canadian citizen Amor Ftouhi, who is accused of stabbing a police officer in a suspected terrorist attack at Flint, Michigan's airport. Ftouhi, a 49-year-old Montreal resident, has been charged...

Obama, Trudeau Have Dinner, Bromance Talk Roars to Life

Meeting to discuss tomorrow's leaders gets lots of reaction online

(Newser) - Just two guys, grabbing a bite at a Montreal eatery billed as "perfect for gin-tonic fueled evenings," chatting about how today's young people can turn into tomorrow's leaders. It's not clear if any gin was actually involved, but the two guys were none other than...

Cops Claim Jiu-Jitsu Is Illegal, Threaten to Arrest Kids in Canada

Tournament postponed after police cite Criminal Code

(Newser) - For almost a decade, the annual Canadian championship in Brazilian jiu-jitsu has gone off without a hitch. That changed this past weekend when officials called off the event at the last minute upon discovering that it was illegal in the eyes of police. In a Facebook post on Saturday, a...

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