Most talked about Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stories

Joe Cocker, British blues rocker, dead at 70 — Joe Cocker, the legendary British blues rock singer known for hits such as You Are So Beautiful and his 1969 cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died at age 70, his agent says. BBC reported Monday that Barrie Marshall confirmed Cocker's death.

Attempted murder, sexual assault charges laid in beating of girl — A man has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping in the severe beating of a child on the Paul First Nation in Alberta. James Clifford Paul, 21, was arrested Saturday on the Alexis First Nation. He remains in custody.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @CBCCanada: Alberta man charged after First Nation girl beaten, found naked in snow

Union Pearson Express train too costly to use, poll finds — About two thirds of people polled said the Union Pearson Express airport train will be too expensive. The poll, conducted by Forum Research, asked 1,001 random Toronto residents how likely they were to use the high-speed airport train, which is set to enter service next spring.

Elf on the Shelf: festive fun or Santa's sinister spy? — If you celebrate Christmas and have small children at home, chances are good you've got an Elf on the Shelf. I was somehow entirely unaware of this Christmas phenomenon until two weeks ago, when a package arrived addressed to my two-year-old son. Inside was a small plush elf doll.
Dec 22, 2014

Don't make fun, mods are watching RT @CBCToronto: Does Elf on the Shelf teach kids to accept a surveillance state?

Dec 22, 2014

Not a @CBCThisIsThat story! RT @CBCToronto Does the Elf on the Shelf teach our kids to accept a surveillance state?

Misogyny complaints emerge from Manitoba dentistry program — A University of Manitoba investigation into inappropriate and misogynistic conduct within one of its graduate dentistry programs has never been made public, CBC has learned. According to documents obtained by CBC News, the university hired an external investigator ​two years ago ​to examine "breaches" relating to its "Respectful Work and Learning ​E​nvironment" policy.

Most Canadians drive alone to work — By the time she gets home every weeknight, Raquel Capovilla Lee has spent half as much time travelling to and from her office in downtown Toronto as she has at her desk.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @FairQuestions: People who drive to work (by car) spend on avgerage 23 minutes getting to work. Bus riders? 40 minutes. @CBC:…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @FairQuestions: People who drive to work (by car) spend on avgerage 23 minutes getting to work. Bus riders? 40 minutes. @CBC:…

Garda truck, thousands of dollars stolen from Royal Bank in Montreal — A Garda armoured truck was stolen, along with thousands of dollars, on Sunday evening from a bank in a Montreal neighbourhood. The armoured vehicle was stolen after the robbers locked two Garda workers inside the Royal Bank near the corner of GaleriesD'Anjou Boulevard and Jean-Talon Street, at roughly 10:20 p.m.

Christmas comes early as holiday travellers fill up — Gasoline prices are likely to put a lot of travellers in a holiday mood this week. With many people filling up before hitting the highways, prices at the pumps are lower than they've been in about eight years, according to the Gas Buddy website.
Dec 22, 2014

Gasoline prices put a lot of travellers in a holiday mood: Will you be hitting the road for the holidays? #yxe

Yves Francoeur, Montreal police union boss, says 'multi-ethnic' population a risk to officers — The president of Montreal's police union says officers here are a target for attacks because it's a "multi-ethnic" city. Yves Francoeur told Radio-Canada that "police officers are not immune to the possibility of attack because of the 'multi-ethnic' character of Montreal."
Dec 22, 2014

Yves Francoeur, Montreal police union boss, says 'multi-ethnic' population a risk to officers

Saskatchewan government creates Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction — A new group made up of community leaders and government officials was formed to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan. Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer announced in Saskatoon today that the province has formed the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction.

Top 10 most-viewed CBC North stories of 2014 — Here are the top 10 most-viewed stories of 2014 on CBC North's website. 10. Yellowknifer pranks telephone scammer Yellowknifer (and Mac owner) Benji Straker recorded his conversation with a telephone scammer who said he was from a Windows Service Centre and posted it on YouTube.​ 9.

Two Chefs and a Table co-owner Allan Bosomworth expected to be sentenced — Vancouver's peeping chef Allan Bosomworth is expected to be sentenced today for spying on his staff and customers in his restaurant's washroom. More than two years a tiny camera was found inside the bathroom of the Two Chefs and A Table Restaurant, located at the time in Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood.

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Billie Whitelaw, British stage and screen star, dead at 82 — British actress Billie Whitelaw, who collaborated closely with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and appeared on stage and screen for decades, has died in a London nursing home at age 82. Denville Hall general manager Charlotte Schram said Whitelaw died Sunday. "It's a great loss. She was a wonderful person," Schram said.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @CBCArts: Billie Whitelaw, British stage and screen star, dead at 82…

Pope Francis issues sharp critique of Vatican bureaucracy — Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

Iqaluit resident turns public obscenities into something positive — Iqaluit resident Janet Brewster has a hand in that fight. She hated walking past angry graffiti each day. She was frustrated that it could last for years without someone doing anything about it. Most of all, she was tired of explaining offensive messages to her son.

Wildrose Party to announce new interim leader today — The Wildrose Party will name its interim leader later today in Calgary. The party is still reeling after nine MLAs crossed the floor to the Progressive Conservatives last week, including former leader Danielle Smith. "To me, it's declaring victory and uniting conservatives under the leadership of one person so that we can deal with some very significant challenges ahead," Smith told CBC News on Saturday.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @CBCNews: Alberta's Wildrose Party to announce new interim leader after MLA defections

Dr. C: Coping with cancer at Christmas — "What am I - the patron saint of cancer?" I say to myself sarcastically. I detest my job at this time. I have to do something extremely difficult, that I'm starting to do often. She's in her 30s. The cancer is in the major lymph nodes in her chest and pelvis.