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Canadian Missing Costa RIca Canadian Man Missing in Costa Rica

The Judiciary Investigative Police in Costa Rica (OIJ) requires the help of the public with providing any information they may have on the whereabouts of Canadian citizen James Hogg. According to the information provided, Hogg is an expat living in the area of Quepos, Puntarenas area and was last seen last this past December. He is 70 years of age. If you have any information please call: 800-...

Canadian Man dies in Costa Rica Canadian Man Dies In Costa Rica, Family Raises Funds To Cover Funeral Expenses

Ray Guze a man from Okanagan Valley in Canada, a former BC Hockey League player and professional lacrosse player, died while vacationing in Costa Rica. Apparently Guze was spending his vacation in the country with some friends, “He was dancing on a ledge, slipped and fell approximately 10 feet, hitting his head on a cement block dying instantly. The British Columbia native played seven NLL seas...

Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica Will Host Business Forum For National Companies

The Canada Embassy to Costa Rica will host a business forum with the participation of representatives of different national companies with the purpose of analyzing and comparing the quality and price of products offered. According to information by the Foreign Commerce Chamber of Costa Rica in total, twelve Canadian companies from diverse product and service sectors, including Canadian Oats, Ch...

Air Canada Flight Costa Rica Air Canada Flight to Costa Rica Hits Turbulance that Forces Return of Plane, 2 Injured

Two passengers of an Air Canada flight that had as destination Costa Rica, suffered minor injuries after the plane hit severe turbulence which forced the flight to be returned to Pearson Airport in Toronto. Flight AC1806 declared the emergency as it was flying over Knoxville at around 8 p.m. this Thursday, February 15. The two patients had to be taken to the hospital by Peel Paramedics, whil...

Costa Rica Crime Canadian Expat Involved in Homicide of a Nicaraguan in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

A Canadian man and one of his workers are being investigated for the shooting of two Nicaraguan men outside the Banana Beach Bar in the beach town of Santa Teresa de Cobano, Puntarenas, as a result of the shooting one of the man died and the other was injured. According to the authorities, one of the Nicaraguan men worked as a security guard at the liquor store where the Canadian arrived to buy...

Canada Costa Rica Flight deals Escape the Canadian Winter, Cheap Flights to Costa Rica for $397 Roundtrip

If you have been dreaming of escaping the winter in Canada and head to the wonderful summertime in Costa Rica, this is your opportunity, Air Canada Rouge, the low-cost airline of Air Canada just brought ticket prices down to $397.00 CAD ($319.60 USD) roundtrip from Toronto to Liberia. This is an amazing deal considering that right now it’s the high season in Costa Rica, and non-stop tickets usu...

Canadian Woman Costa Rica Jail Canadian Woman Spent 6 Years in a Costa Rican Prison Finished Sentence in Canada

The story goes back to December 10, 2010, when Canadian citizen Belkis Depaulo (also known as Belkis Gonzalez Garcia) was stopped at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica as she was supposedly traveling to Brussels, Belgium; apparently the woman appeared nervous while going through airport security controls and when officers searched her luggage they found susp...

Mystery Swirls Around Canadian’s Death at Hotel Riu in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

A self proclaimed 5-star ocean front hotel on Costa Rica's northern Pacific was the scene of an unusual death in October, and the details are only getting stranger. Shortly after 42-year-old Shawn Edmonds was handcuffed by security guards at the Riu Guanacaste hotel after an apparent argument with hotel staff, the Kitchener, Ontario, Canada father fainted while sitting in a chair and was pronou...

The Bachelor Canada in Costa Rica Several Episodes of TV Show “The Bachelor Canada” Were Filmed in Costa Rica

Season 3 of T.V. Show “The Bachelor Canada” had some of its episodes filmed in Costa Rica. The season is just starting, at the end of Episode 1 and after saying dismissing five contestants, the bachelor and the remaining 15 bachelorettes set off to Costa Rica. According to information on the W Network site, the cast stayed in luxury vacation rental Casa Bali, located in the gated community o...

Costa Rica Canada Visa Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Willing to Revise Visa Requirements for Costa Ricans

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís in a bilateral meeting in New York, in the frame of the United Nations’ General Assembly Through a video posted on social media, the President of Costa Rica informed of the topics that were discussed with Trudeau, among which were human rights, environment and the economic empowerment of women. ...

Canadian Exporters Eye Costa Rica’s Automotive and Apparel Markets

Costa Rica is among the Latin America countries seeking new sources of suppliers for cars, and other items such as apparel, said the Canadian Manufacturing trade magazine. A recent study by UPS on import activities by businesses in Latin America have opened a window on new opportunities for exporting countries. Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru were found to have the highest percentage of impor...

Canadian-Owned Caribbean Costa Rica Hotel Is CNN’s Top Budget Resort Pick

Banana Azul  located at Puerto Viejo's Playa Negra on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is a top-ten pick of CNN's travel section. Ranked the top budget resort, the hotel was selected due to its generous amenities at a reasonable cost and luxurious tropical surroundings. Founded in January 2005 by a Canadian couple who quit the fast lane and jumped into this tropical adventure with no prior hotel...

Costa Rican Gets 10-Year Sentence for Raping Canadian Tourist

A Costa Rican court today sentenced a Costa Rican man named José Enrique Ríos Pérez to 10 years in prison on finding him guilty of raping a female Canadian tourist on March 31, 2016. On the day of the incident, the man and the tourist, whose identity was not disclosed by officials, met and talked in a bar, and then went to the defendant's house where she was going to pick up some coconut oil, a...

Sea Shepherd Arrives in Costa Rica With Offer to Help Curb Illegal Fishing in Cocos Island

The Rangers on Cocos Island need a fast patrol vessel and Sea Shepherd can supply that need. Sea Shepherd arrives in Costa Rica today with an offer to assist the Central American country in controlling illegal fishing in the waters surrounding its Cocos Island National Park. The non-profit, anti-poaching conservation society has offered to deploy the M/V John Paul DeJoria, a 110-foot...

Canadian Man Remains in Custody in Belize as Expatriate Double Murder Suspect

According to a report yesterday in The San Pedro Sun, a daily publication of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Canadian national, John DeShaines, remains under police investigation as the main person of interest in a double murder in Corozal in the north of the country. The bodies of 52-year-old Canadian Francesca Matus and 36-year-old American Drew DeVoursney were found Monday, May 1 n...

Canadian-American Couple Murdered in Belize; FBI Leads Investigation

Multiple reports in U.S. and Canadian media have revealed the details currently known about the gruesome murder of a Canadian woman and her U.S. boyfriend near the northern Belize town of Corozal. Belize police determined that theft was not the motive of the murder as no money or jewelry were stolen from the couple. Of two people detained this week as suspects in the murder, one Canadian man...

One Canadian Boy’s Wish in Costa Rica: No Straws, Please

Max Machum started learning Spanish when, at age 7, he and his parents relocated to Guanacaste, in northern Costa Rica, from Alberta Canada's Rocky Mountains. By the time he was 12, the Canmore native had pioneered a local effort to eliminate plastic straws from restaurants and hotels to protect Guanacaste's Pacific beaches and wildlife from the often deadly effects of human pollution. After...

Payless Shoe, Popular in Costa Rica, Will Close Stores in US

The Payless footwear chain store announced this week it has filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Canada, and plans to close some 400 stores. No Costa Rican stores will be affected by the financial difficulties. The Kansas-based firm, which has accumulated debts in excess of US$1 billion, said it had filed papers in a court in St. Louis, Missouri, and had also pleaded before the cour...

Costa Rica-based “Natureboy” Cult Has Canadian Family Worried About Daughter’s Safety

Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) published an article on a 21-year-old woman from Corner Brook, Newfoundland who was declared missing by her family in early March. After the young woman, Kayla Jean Reid, had allegedly gone to a church retreat at the end of February and never returned home, her family contacted the Newfoundland police. As her family scoured the Internet for po...

Canadian Tourist Stabbed to Death in Puerto Viejo, Limón, Costa Rica

This article was updated on Thursday, March 9 with correct name information for the victim. By Wendy Anders Today, in the early morning hours, a man was discovered lying along the side of the road with stab wounds in his stomach in the center of Puerto Viejo, a tourist beach town in the Atlantic coastal province of Limón, reported judicial investigative police (OIJ) press officials this afte...

Canadian Rugby Player Drowns at Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosa Beach

An unexpected tragedy was in store last weekend for Canada’s Manitoba Rugby team who was in Costa Rica competing in the Rainforest 7s competition. On a trip to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, player Peter Scouras, 33, drowned Monday around noon in the rough surf at Playa Hermosa beach, and Red Cross officials who responded to the accident were unable to resuscitate him, according to local Red Cross...

Intl Efforts to Rescue Minors From Sex Trade in Costa Rica Continue

By Wendy Anders Did you know that at least 28 percent of human trafficking involves children? And the U.S. Department of State estimates that more than a million children are exploited each year in the global commercial sex trade. An update on an international effort in Costa Rica to diminish this tragic form of modern slavery was recently provided by the Quebec-based International Bureau...

Groundhog Phil predicts longer US winter-Vacation in Costa Rica

The groundhog Phil, the world's most famous weather-predicting animal, on Thursday forecast six more weeks of winter in the United States before the attentive gaze of numerous spectators and reporters who gathered to observe the traditional annual prognostication, now in its 131st year. Each Feb. 2 since 1887, the public in the western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, has climbed the small hi...

Update: 6 Counts of Murder for Quebec Mosque Attack Suspect

Toronto, Jan. 30 — Canadian police on Monday charged a 27-year-old Canadian student, Alexandre Bissonnette, with six counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder for the shooting attack on the weekend at a mosque in Quebec City. Police believe Bissonnette, who was arrested a few hours after the attack on the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, is the only suspect in the case. ...

At Least Four Killed in Attack on Quebec Mosque

At least four people have been killed, and several injured, in an attack on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center in the eastern Canadian city of Quebec, local media reported. La Presse newspaper said in its digital edition that at around 9:15 p.m. Sunday local time, a suspect was located by police on one of the city's bridges. Quebec police confirmed to the media that several people have be...

Trump Islamic State Trump’s 1st Week: Executive Orders, Healthcare Repeal, WikiLeaks Tax Request

Newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump will focus this week on trade, immigration and national security, issues about which he may sign executive orders in the coming days, chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday. In an interview with Fox News, Priebus said that there will be "movement" in those three areas during his first week in office. Trump on Friday, just hours after being inaugur...

Air Canada Passengers Stranded 32 Hours in San José, Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders Amidst flight delays due to ashfall in Costa Rica in recent days, Air Canada took the cake early this week for disrupting hundreds of passengers' plans due to a problem with the head count on board. Ken Joy posted on Facebook from Toronto, Canada at 11:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 that he had finally made it home. He managed to have some good cheer left after facing over a day’s...

Drunk Sunwing Pilot Stopped from Flying Calgary-Cancun Flight

By Wendy Anders On New Year’s Eve day, a pilot for Canada’s Sunwing airlines was arrested after being discovered drunk on the plane he was to have flown from Calgary, in western Canada, to the Mexican city of Cancun, reported AFP. The pilot, a 37-year-old man, fainted before taking off, and was taken off the plane and stopped by Calgary police at around 7:00 a.m., continued AFP. The airli...

Air Canada’s New Twice Weekly Montreal-San José, Costa Rica Direct Flight

By Wendy Anders Air Canada last Thursday added a new seasonal route to its schedule of flights to and from Costa Rica. The direct Montreal-San José flight will operate during Montreal’s winter with two weekly flights on a Boeing 767-300ER with a capacity of 282 passengers, reported the airline in a press statement. Air Canada also operates Toronto-San José, Toronto-Liberia, and Montreal-L...

illegal gold mine Ecuador Signs Contract with Canadian Firm to Mine Gold in Amazon

Quito, Dec. 14 — The Ecuadorian government on Wednesday signed a contract with Canada's Lundin Gold company to exploit a gold and silver deposit in the southeastern Amazon province of Zamora Chinchipe. Mining Minister Javier Cordova signed the deal to extract the precious metals as part of the Fruta del Norte project in the Yantzatza region. With an investment of $1 billion, the Canadian fir...

Sleep Problems Lack of Sleep Costs US 1.2 Million Working Days

Lack of sleep among the U.S. working population is costing the economy up to $411 billion a year, which is 2.28 percent of the country's GDP, a new report finds. Map showing economic costs of insufficient sleep across five OECD countries. Credit: RAND Corporation According to researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, part of the RAND Corporation, sleep deprivation...

VIDEO: Polar Bear Caressing a Dog in Canada – A Must See

CHURCHILL, Manitoba, Nov. 17 — A tour guide in Canada discovered that man's best friend has pals elsewhere in the animal kingdom when he captured video of a polar bear petting a dog. David De Meulles said he was taking a pair of North Star Tours clients on a polar bear watching expedition during the weekend in Churchill, Manitoba, when the group witnessed the meeting between the bear and dog, w...

Canada Researcher Studies Costa Rican Rip Currents To Save Lives

By Wendy Anders Nicoya beach, Guanacaste. Flickr Commons Ontario, Canada's University of Windsor has a new dean of science who studies beaches around the world, and their deceptively strong rip tides. Whether it’s dangerous rip tides or currents in Costa Rica or beaches along the Great Lakes, Houser encounters the same problem. Swimmers don’t know how to spot a rip current. When your ...

Leonard Cohen dies Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at age 82

(Reuters) - Leonard Cohen, rock music's man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at age 82, said a statement on his Facebook page. "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," a statement on the Facebook page said. "We hav...

As Trump Racked Up Votes, Searches About Moving to Canada Spiked

Briefly overwhelmed by web traffic from the U.S., several websites were down for a time Tuesday night. The spike in searches on moving to Canada as U.S. election results come in, Search Engine Land. As it became clear over the course of election night in the U.S. that Donald Trump was on track to becoming the 45th U.S. President, searches related to moving to Canada spiked. These included a...

90% of Canada’s New Hydro Projects Will Poison Indigenous Lands

In a new study, Harvard University researchers find over 90 percent of potential new Canadian hydroelectric projects are likely to increase concentrations of the neurotoxin methylmercury in food webs near indigenous communities. Muskrat Falls in Labrador Canada is the site of the upcoming Muskrat Falls hydroelectric facility. Credit: Prentiss Balcom (Harvard SEAS) The research forecasts pot...

Canadian Gold Company To Face Costa Rican Legislator in Court

By Wendy Anders Alleged 'greenwashing' by Infinito Gold, file photo. Just when you think it's over … Crucitas returns. On November 17-18, Canada’s Inifinito Gold company will face Broad Front Legislator Edgardo Araya in San José’s Second Judicial Criminal. The company is pressing charges for Araya’s alleged defamation of Infinito Gold during previous legal battles in which the company...

Canadian-Aust. Gold Company Loses $250M Case Against El Salvador

Washington, Oct. 14 — El Salvador came out on top last Friday in its long-running arbitration dispute with OceanaGold Corporation, a Canadian-Australian gold and copper mining company. A gold mine in Myanmar, to give an idea of what even the beginning of such an operation looks like. Photo for illustrative purposes, source - Facebook. The company had sought $250 million in compensation for ...

Canadian Photojournalist Slain in Southeast Mexico

MEXICO PRESS Photo of Barbara McClatchie Andrews from her Facebook page Mexico City, Oct. 1 — Canadian photographer Barbara McClatchie Andrews was found dead on a highway in the southeastern Mexican state of Yucatan, local authorities reported Friday. She was 74. According to a bulletin issued by the Attorney General's Office of Yucatan, the woman's lifeless body was found Friday morning a...

Canadian Fined $400K Used Costa Rican Computers for Sports Book

By Wendy Anders Wikimedia Commons “A computer geek who ran a website for the massive Internet-based Platinum Sports Book was fined $400,000 for his involvement in the illegal gambling scheme,” wrote Sam Pazzano for The Toronto Sun last Tuesday. The London, Ontario native, 59-year-old Gordon Baird, pleaded guilty to bookmaking and contributing to a criminal organization. The organizati...