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Wildfire Engulfs Town in Canadian Rockies

Firefighters are battling to save critical infrastructure in Jasper, Alberta

(Newser) - One of two raging wildfires menacing the town of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies' largest national park has roared into town and begun burning buildings. Park officials say the fire entered the southern edge of the community Wednesday evening, and crews are battling multiple structural fires and working to protect...

As China and Russia Move In, Canada Bolsters Arctic Defense

US, NATO nations back plans for submarines, icebreakers

(Newser) - Global warming is causing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean to melt faster, which opens new shipping routes. That has Canada concerned that Russia and China, which already have stepped up activity in the region, could use the routes for military purposes, as well as trade. NATO allies share the...

Plane Emissions Were Nothing Compared to Canada Wildfires
Canada Wildfires Were
an Emissions Firehose

Canada Wildfires Were an Emissions Firehose

Fires produced more carbon dioxide than airplanes, India's burning of fossil fuels: report

(Newser) - The devastating Canadian wildfires of last year were fueled by climate change and fueled climate change right back. The fires emitted more heat-trapping carbon dioxide than did India in burning fossil fuels, according to a study update published Thursday in Global Change Biology . "The update is not peer-reviewed, but...

'True Unity' Candidate Makes History With Zero Votes

Montreal man couldn't vote for himself in federal election in Toronto district

(Newser) - "I'm one of the last people that would be expected to make Canadian history in any way," says Félix-Antoine Hamel. But the 45-year-old musician made his way into the record books on Monday, when he became the first candidate to score zero votes in a contested...

Billionaire Charged in Sex Attacks That Span 50 Years

Magna International founder Frank Stronach denies the charges, said to date back to 1977

(Newser) - When Canadian police announced on June 8 that auto parts billionaire Frank Stronach was facing sexual assault charges related to encounters with three women, they issued a plea for other possible victims to come forward. Within hours, one did, CBC News reported Wednesday as Ontario's Peel Regional Police announced...

Southernmost Polar Bears Await the Death Knell
Polar Bears Await
the Death Knell

Southernmost Polar Bears Await the Death Knell

Populations in Canada's Hudson Bay to disappear by 2060s, according to new research

(Newser) - The world's southernmost polar bears could disappear within years due to warming temperatures, a bad omen for the rest of their brethren, researchers warn in a new report. Polar bears have long found a home on Canada's Hudson Bay, the largest northern inland sea, whose shallow waters freeze...

Wreck That Ended the 'Heroic Age of Exploration' Is Found
Long-Lost Shackleton
Vessel Is Found

Long-Lost Shackleton Vessel Is Found

Quest, the last ship helmed by the adventurer, is discovered off Canada's east coast

(Newser) - Though not as famous as Ernest Shackleton's Endurance, one of the most sought-after shipwrecks in the world before its 2022 discovery , the sunken ship on which the Antarctic explorer made his final voyage has now been discovered, too. Quest, on which Shackleton suffered a fatal heart attack while trying...

White Grizzly and Cubs Meet a Tragic End

Nakota and 2 cubs fatally struck by vehicles in Canada's Yoho National Park

(Newser) - The white grizzly bear and her cubs roaming British Columbia's Yoho National Park were viewed as so special and rare that they had an entire country rooting for them. When Bear 178, nicknamed Nakota, emerged with her cubs this spring, Parks Canada erected fences and implemented a speed reduction...

Late Arrival at 9-Year-Old's Sleepover: a Very Messy Bear

Cops say Katherine Rice 'did the right thing' by sheltering in place as bear wreaked havoc

(Newser) - Katherine Rice didn't need to see the bear to know it had gotten inside her home. She'd heard enough, even before the unmistakable sound of breathing came through the door behind which she was hiding with two young girls. The Canadian woman was preparing for sleep Sunday night...

Canadians Moving South of the Border Hits 10-Year High
We Haven't Had
This Many Canadians
Moving to US in Years
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We Haven't Had This Many Canadians Moving to US in Years

More than 126K moved from up north to the United States in 2022, a 70% spike from 2012

(Newser) - Both Canada and the United States appear on a top 10 list of wealthy nations that accept the most number of permanent immigrants. But there's been a big shift in those moving from the former to the latter: Per data from CBC News , emigration out of the Great White...

Serial Killer Robert Pickton Dies After Prison Assault

Corrections officials notify victims as well as inmate's family

(Newser) - Days after being attacked in a Quebec prison, a serial killer has died, Canadian authorities said Friday. Correctional Service Canada said Robert Pickton's family and victims have been notified, the Abbotsford News reports. "We are mindful that this offender's case has had a devastating impact on communities...

Canadian Redditors Revolt Over Grocery Chain's Gouging

Reddit group Loblaws Is Out of Control does not want to pay $9 for butter, thank you very much

(Newser) - When you're pushing a cart through the grocery store, the effects of inflation can be seen down nearly every aisle. But a group of Redditors in Canada is calling foul on the country's biggest grocer, Loblaws, for continually raising prices in a way they suspect is padding the...

WNBA Announces First Franchise Outside US

It's going to Toronto

(Newser) - Toronto has been awarded the WNBA's first franchise outside the United States, with the expansion team set to begin play in 2026. The team will be owned by Larry Tanenbaum-led Kilmer Sports Ventures. Tanenbaum also is the chairman and a minority owner of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which...

Cops: US Fugitive Killed 4 Women in Canada in the '70s

And Canadian authorities think the now-dead serial sex offender may have killed more

(Newser) - Canadian police announced Friday they have linked the deaths of four young women nearly 50 years ago to a now-deceased US fugitive who hid in Canada from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, the AP reports. Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police Supt. Dave Hall said Friday that Gary Allen Srery...

Canadian Fires Already Causing Problems in US
Canadian Fires Already
Causing Problems in US

Canadian Fires Already Causing Problems in US

Four states had air-quality alerts on Monday

(Newser) - Air-quality alerts from wildfires in Canada were in effect over four US states Monday afternoon, reports NBC News . Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota were affected, with conditions ranging from "moderate" to "unhealthy" under the air quality index established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Report: Man Shot at Drake's Mansion
At Drake's Mansion,
a 2nd Incident in 2 Days

At Drake's Mansion, a 2nd Incident in 2 Days

Police say 'person in crisis' tried to gain access to rapper's Toronto home

(Newser) - A man was arrested Wednesday in the second incident in two days outside Drake's Toronto mansion. Police said a "person in crisis" was taken into custody after he tried to gain access to the property through a service entrance gate, the Toronto Sun reports. "The person was...

Alleged Serial Killer: I Killed 4, but Don't Blame Me

Canada's Jeremy Skibicki claims he is not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder

(Newser) - An accused Canadian serial killer has admitted to killing four Indigenous women but claims he is not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. Jeremy Skibicki, 37, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois, 39-year-old Morgan Harris, 26-year-old Marcedes Myran,...

Canada Charges 3 Men in Slaying of Sikh Separatist

Arrests are the first in 2023 shooting death that Trudeau linked to India

(Newser) - Three men Canadian police say were part of a hit team have been charged in the assassination of a Sikh separatist last year in British Columbia—a killing that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has suggested India was behind . Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot last June by masked attackers in...

Canada Relocates Elephant Seal, but He's Not Having It

Emerson journeys almost 100 miles to return to his home in Victoria, BC

(Newser) - Emerson, the pseudo-celebrity resident elephant seal of British Columbia's capital city, Victoria, really likes his chosen hometown. Really likes it. Last week, conservation officers decided Emerson's penchant for hanging out in the city's flower beds, parks, and roads wasn't the best suited to his longevity and...

Canada Braces for 'Explosive Wildfire Season'

Country has just had its warmest winter on record

(Newser) - Last year was Canada's worst wildfire season on record by a long way—and authorities are warning that this year could be even worse. Government officials say an unusually warm winter, drought conditions, and dry, hot weather to come could cause an "explosive" wildfire season, the BBC reports....

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