Circling the square. In central Kiev, Ukraine, riot police have moved in to break up ongoing protests -- and an opposition MP blames security forces for a mysterious raid on his party's headquarters.
Seems like owled times. The province of New Brunswick has been invaded by an unprecedented army of snowy owls -- but what's good for the birders is not always good for the birds.
Waiving their debt to society. A Prince Edward Island judge explains why his colleagues are struggling with a federal law enforcing a mandatory fee on convicted criminals -- and why some justices are defying it.
Waiting to inhale. In October of last year, asthma killed twelve-year-old Ryan Gibbons -- and now his mother is appealing to Ontario schools to allow asthmatic students to carry their own puffers.
Have a holly Joel-y Christmas. Billy Joel's announcement that he'll play at Madison Square Garden every month for the foreseeable future has fans in a New York state of mind -- and non-fans making love to their tonic and gin.
And...getting their hops up. German beermakers want their famous beer purity law to be declared a cultural treasure by UNESCO -- and they're prepared for the judges to leave no stein unturned.
The stand-off between protesters and police in the Ukraine is getting tense.
Thousands of protesters are still gathered in Independence Square in central Kiev. And today they are face-to-face with riot police. They've taken up positions in the square, and have begun taking down barricades and removing tents.
As we go to air, there are no reports of clashes between protesters and police. But earlier in the day, masked men raided the headquarters of the opposition Fatherland Party -- the party of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko -- and took away computers and other electronic devices.
Andriy Shevchenko is an MP with Ukraine's Fatherland Party. We reached him in an protester-occupied building in Kiev's Independence Square.
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Crime doesn't pay. But the federal government wants criminals to.
Recently, it imposed a mandatory charge for all convicted criminals. The fine is used to fund victim services. But some judges are concerned that criminals in tough financial situations can't afford to pay. So they're pushing back.
One judge reduced the charge to one dollar. Another gave a criminal 99 years to pay the fine. And in Ottawa, another judge recently ruled that the mandatory surcharge was unconstitutional. The Crown has appealed that ruling.
Judge Jeffrey Lantz is a Provincial Court Judge in Prince Edward Island. He's also a director of The Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges. We reached him at his office in Summerside, PEI.
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It was an emotional weekend of remembrance in Lac-Mégantic.
On Sunday, the town recognized the first responders who battled the inferno that engulfed part of the Quebec town after a train derailment on July sixth.
Firefighter Eric Mercier was among those being honoured. He's consumed by the memories of what he experienced; six months later, he's still on stress leave.
CBC reporter Alison Northcott had a chance to speak with Mr. Mercier. Here's part of their conversation.
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Where beer is concerned, even the shortest wait can seem interminable.
Nevertheless, all German brewers can do right now is wait. Last week, they submitted an application to UNESCO to have their famous beer purity law declared a world cultural treasure.
The beer purity law, known in Germany as Reinheitsgebot, is a simple one. It allows for only three ingredients in brewing -- water, barley and hops.
Marc-Oliver Huhnholz is the spokesperson for the German Brewers' Association. We reached Mr. Huhnholz in Berlin.
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An invasion is usually met with shock and awe. But this one's short on shock, and long on "Awwww..."
Atlantic Canada is being visited by a lot of snowy owls. But what's good for the birders, and lovers of cuteness, isn't always good for the birds.
Alain Clavette is a New Brunswick bird watcher. We reached him, as you might expect, watching birds.
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Nelson Mandela's last hours were spent in a hospital bed surrounded by his family.
His daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, was with him during those final moments. Today, she spoke to the BBC about his death. Here is part of what she had to say.
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Sandra Gibbons is on a mission: to get schools in her province to allow students to carry their own asthma medication.
Fourteen months ago today, her son Ryan died. He was at school when he had a severe asthma attack. And -- because of school policy -- he didn't have his inhaler with him.
Now the Ontario government is considering a private member's bill aimed at preventing another death like Ryan's.
We reached Sandra Gibbons in Aylmer, Ontario.
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"We are so sorry."
That was Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's message today to former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre.
The institution -- established in 1945 in Orillia, Ontario, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- was shut down in 2009.
Premier Wynne's apology follows the approval last week of a thirty-five-million dollar settlement in a class action lawsuit, launched on behalf of former residents. The initial deal, reached in September, called for the province to apologize to victims of abuse at the facility.
Here are some of Premier Wynne's remarks from earlier today.
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To the dedicated fan, the news is like a dream come true. But sometimes the line between dream and nightmare is thin -- like, for example, a nylon curtain.
If you recognized that phrase as the name of a 1982 Billy Joel album, then you already know what I'm about to say: that Billy Joel has announced he will play at New York's Madison Square Garden once a month, as he puts it, "as long as there's demand."
Demand? Well -- inexplicably to non-fans -- he's sold a hundred-and-fifty million albums. So he could wind up playing once a month forever. As the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden put it, "We welcome Billy home and look forward to many unforgettable nights of music..."
January's show will be unforgettable. February's, unforgettable. Then, before the memory of February's concert can fade even slightly, wham: March.
As unforgettable night follows unforgettable night, fans who attend every show will -- by definition -- never forget a moment of any of the music. As the months and years pass, their memories will fill up with Billy Joel, pushing out other memories. They'll recall every note of every performance of "Honesty" and "New York State of Mind" in exquisite detail, while forgetting their children's birthdays, dates of important meetings, and, possibly, the need to wear pants.
They will cease to use the same calendar as the rest of us -- all months will simply be called "Billy Joel". Eventually, they will only be able to communicate using Billy Joel lyrics, which will be especially confusing when they're the lyrics to "We Didn't Start The Fire".
Mr. Joel, congratulations, and please don't do this.
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The 2011 that caused the massive tsunami off the coast of the Japan shook more than the sea floor -- it raised serious questions about the fundamental understanding of geology under the Pacific Ocean.
Now, a study published in the journal Science has revealed startling new information about the so-called "subduction zone" in the North Pacific Ocean -- where the North American Plate meets the Pacific Plate.
Christie Rowe is a geologist at McGill University in Montreal, and she was part of the research team. We reached her in San Francisco.
Thousands of police officers from across Ontario gathered in Toronto today to remember one of their own.
Last week, Constable John Zivcic was hit in a car crash, while he was responding to a police call. Two days later, he died in hospital. He was thirty-four years old.
Among the speakers at today's memorial service was the constable's brother, Tom Zivcic. Earlier today he spoke with host Matt Galloway on CBC Toronto's "Metro Morning" program. Here is part of their conversation.
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Lots of visitors travel to New York City each year, but they usually have the good manners to go back home.
But one especially unpleasant tourist has decided to make New York its new home. The Periplaneta Japonica -- a cockroach species from Asia -- has nestled into the popular tourist attraction The High Line -- a long stretch of park built on part of New York's old elevated railway line. It's the first time this species of roaches has been confirmed in the U-S.
Jessica Ware is an assistant professor of biology at Rutgers University. Her study on the new roaches have been published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. We reached her today in Vancouver, B.C.
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If you were an aspiring folk musician in Toronto in the 'eighties and 'nineties, the basement of the Bloor Street United Church was the place to be on a Wednesday night. That's when the space transformed into Fat Albert's coffeehouse and open stage. There'd be thirty or forty performers on any given night -- and a handful of guaranteed must-see acts, including Kyp Harness, Bob Snider, and Sam Larkin.
Sam Larkin died October 28th, of complications from liver disease. And tonight, many of his musical friends will be paying tribute to the man behind the music.
Unfortunately, the Internet doesn't provide much evidence of the impact Mr. Larkin had on the Toronto folk scene. You'll only find a couple of grainy videos of his performances on YouTube, with a link directing you to samlarkin-dot-com -- a domain that is apparently up for sale.
More telling of his legacy are the videos of people performing covers of his tunes -- most notably those of singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith. In an interview shortly after Mr. Larkin's death, Mr. Sexsmith revealed to As it Happens the profound influence his predecessor had on his own musical development.
Mr. Sexsmith will be joining dozens of other musicians at Hugh's Room tribute tonight. If you can't make it, be sure to check out his unique Larkin covers on YouTube -- including one of this song. Here's Sam Larkin, with "We Will Be Birds".
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