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Armed Man Drives Through Gate Near Trudeau Residence

Active military member wanted to speak to PM: reports

(Newser) - An armed member of the Canadian military smashed a truck through gates blocking access to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's residence in Ottawa on Thursday before being taken into custody, according to police. The man, identified by CBC News as Corey Hurren of Manitoba, breached a pedestrian entrance outside Rideau... More »

Big Music Fest Hits Snag Over Small Bird's Nest

Protected killdeer threatens Ottawa's Bluesfest preparation

(Newser) - Who knew a bird had the power to stop 300,000 people? That's the case in Canada's capital, which is days away from hosting a music festival featuring the Foo Fighters, Shawn Mendes, and Hanson. As the Ottawa Citizen reports, preparation for the 24th annual Bluesfest to kick... More »

US Diplomat Claims Immunity Over Unpaid Rent

Lawyer says Betsy Zouroudis 'enjoys immunity from civil matters' in Canada

(Newser) - A Canadian landlord says he may never again rent to foreign diplomats after a US Embassy worker failed to pay two months of rent, then claimed diplomatic immunity. Rolf Baumann tells CBC News he bomb-proofed the windows in his luxury Ottawa townhouse in early 2016 to meet US security standards... More »

First Nation Suit: Canada's Parliament Is on Our Land

Aboriginal group says it never relinquished title

(Newser) - Ottawa's Parliament, Supreme Court, and the National Library may soon have some new owners—or new old owners. The city's south bank where these three institutions lie is in the middle of a land ownership lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Quebec First Nation, CTV News reports. "The... More »

Man Guilty of Making Off With $165K of Gold in His Butt

Leston Lawrence inserted gold pucks into rectum, coincidentally named judge finds

(Newser) - Leston Lawrence set off the metal detectors at his employer, the Royal Canadian Mint, nearly 30 times in three months, but other workers could never find evidence of anything on him, the CBC notes. Wednesday, however, he was found guilty of smuggling out 22 gold pucks worth $165,000, and... More »

This 'Sleepy' City Has No. 1 Ashley Madison Sign-Up Rate

Ottawa not as 'buttoned-down' as it seems

(Newser) - Ottawa, best known as the capital of Canada, also features the National Gallery of Canada, the annual Bluesfest, winter skating on the Rideau Canal—and, perhaps, a staggering amount of illicit sex. Recently hacked affair hookup site Ashley Madison has 189,810 Ottawans on its books, which is roughly 20%... More »

More Security for Our Buildings Over 'World Events'

Homeland Security cites Canada attack

(Newser) - Security has been beefed up at federal buildings across the country—not because of any specific threat, but because of "world events," the Department of Homeland Security says. The Federal Protective Service, which guards more than 9,500 federal courthouses and other buildings nationwide, boosted security measures over... More »

Mother: Ottawa Shooter Wanted to Die

Cops: Video shows 'ideological motives for attack'

(Newser) - The gunman who killed a soldier before storming Canada's Parliament last week was not a terrorist but a mentally ill man acting out of desperation, his mother says. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's mother tells the National Post that her son was confused and deeply unhappy and turned to Islam to... More »

Bystander to Dying Soldier in Canada: 'You're a Good Man'

Woman recounts frantic efforts to save Nathan Cirillo

(Newser) - Immediately after Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot yesterday , a handful of bystanders ran to his aid. One was lawyer Barbara Winters, whose account is told at Macleans and in an interview with the CBC . As the team of strangers performed CPR and tried in vain to save the 24-year-old,... More »

Ottawa Attack: Lawmakers Made Flagpoles Into Spears

Stephen Harper hid in closet for 15 minutes

(Newser) - If gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had made it as far as a caucus room during his attack on Canada's Parliament , he would have had numerous spear-wielding Conservative lawmakers to deal with. An MP tells the Globe and Mail that after gunfire was heard, lawmakers snapped more than a dozen flagpoles... More »

Ottawa Shooter Thought 'Devil Was After Him'

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was banned from traveling

(Newser) - The man who stunned Canada with an armed attack on Parliament yesterday was no stranger to Canadian authorities, who had reportedly designated him a high-risk traveler and either seized his passport or refused to issue him a new one. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was the son of a Quebec businessman who... More »

Video Captures Gunfire Inside Canada Parliament

Harper: Canada will not be intimidated

(Newser) - Dramatic footage taken by a Globe and Mail reporter captures an exchange of gunfire inside the seat of Canada's government. More than 30 shots can be heard as authorities inside the Parliament building exchange fire with an attacker now identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau . In an evening address to the... More »

Sergeant-at-Arms Hailed as Hero in Canada Attack

Kevin Vickers shot gunman inside Parliament building

(Newser) - Coordinated terror attack? One gunman or maybe three? Much confusion remains about the assault on Canada's capital today , but one thing clear in the aftermath is that Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers is being hailed as a hero. The 58-year-old former police officer is credited with shooting the assailant inside... More »

Soldier, 1 Shooter Dead as Canada Locks Down Capital

PM Stephen Harper evacuated; gunfire heard inside Parliament halls

(Newser) - Canada's Parliament Hill, National War Memorial, and a nearby mall came under attack this morning, Ottawa police tell the CBC , and one gunman is dead with another still believed to be at large. "Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown," says a police rep, as per the... More »

Baby Boy Born Unable to Open His Mouth

And doctors have no fix for Wyatt Scott's rare disorder

(Newser) - Nine months ago, a Canadian baby was born normal in every way but one: Wyatt Scott has a disorder that keeps him from opening his jaw, the CBC reports. The condition, called congenital trismus, is so rare that his Ottawa doctors still aren't sure how to help him. "... More »

Front of Bus Obliterated in Deadly Canada Crash

Multiple fatalities reported as bus collides with train in Ottawa

(Newser) - A Via Rail passenger train and a transit bus collided at a crossing in Ottawa today, and Canadian police say there are multiple deaths. Witnesses say the front end of the double-decker bus was ripped off by the impact. An Ottawa Fire spokesman told CP24 television there are "multiple... More »

Iran Fires Back at Canada, Calls Ottawa 'Racist'

Tehran threatens retaliation after Canada cuts diplomatic relations

(Newser) - Iran is threatening unspecified retaliation against Canada after the latter closed its embassy in Tehran and ordered Iranian diplomats to leave Canadian soil. "The hostile behavior of the current racist government in Canada in reality follows the policies dictated by the Zionists and the British," said a foreign... More »

Porn Actor Suspected in Canada's Body Parts Case

Luka Rocca Magnotta sought by police, may have filmed dismemberment

(Newser) - Toronto police have a suspect in a gruesome case in which body parts were mailed to at least two places, reports the local Star . The suspect is 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta, described by CP24 of Toronto as a low-budget porn actor who has reportedly posted a wide range of disturbing... More »

Bloody Foot Sent to Canada's Conservative Party HQ

Police intercept another package containing severed hand

(Newser) - A gruesome mystery in Canada's capital: Police in Ottawa are investigating two severed body parts found in packages, reports the National Post . A blood-soaked foot was found in a package delivered to Conservative Party headquarters yesterday morning, and hours later, a severed hand was found in a package at... More »

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