Newscasts

Newscasts are current news stories read at a slower pace than you might hear on the radio. These are prepared by CBC news editor Don Bell.

Each week we will bring you three news stories with helpful vocabulary explanations and listening comprehension activities. At the end of each lesson you will find a complete transcript and an answer key. These lessons are geared towards learners at a CLB 4.

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March 14, 2016

  • Liberals shift immigration focus to family reunification, refugee resettlement
  • Fas Gas shooting victim trying to stay in Canada
  • Earl's restaurants change dress code based on CBC report on sexism

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March 7, 2016

  • A Calgary woman dies after being granted right to physician-assisted suicide
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to earth after a year in space
  • Help Kenya, Not Kanye

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February 29, 2016

  • Roll Up the Rim to Win: Lesson learned
  • Debt late in life a growing issue and best avoided
  • Saudi oil minister says to high-cost crude producers: 'Get out' of market

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February 22, 2016

  • Fort McMurray now one of Canada's most diverse cities
  • Boy's fall from Whistler chairlift captured on video
  • Air Miles expiry date means use them or lose them

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February 16, 2016

  • Taiwan building toppled by earthquake noted by lender for poor construction
  • Best before dates and expiry dates: Things you may not know
  • Dog left disabled in coyote attack looking for new home

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February 8, 2016

  • Crack down on icy sidewalks
  • Healthy fast food?
  • An owl attacks Red Deer skier

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February 1, 2016

  • Why did the sloth cross the road?
  • British explorer dies on solo Antarctic trek
  • A couple's love story goes viral

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January 25, 2016

  • Open letter to Justin Trudeau to ease Alberta's economic support isn't getting much sympathy
  • The divide between rich and poor keeps growing
  • New York Times article says Canada has suddenly become hip

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January 18, 2016

  • Second earthquake this year hits Fox Creek
  • Mid-life crisis a "myth" University of Alberta study concludes
  • David Bowie dead at 69 after battle with cancer

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January 11, 2016

  • Edmonton man searching for an angel driving an SUV
  • Canada's National Parks are celebrating the country's 150th birthday    
  • Obama unveils changes to tighten control of firearms in the US    

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January 4, 2016

  • Calgary is the destination of choice for migrants
  • Oil price dips below $37
  • Food prices set to rise in 2016

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December 14, 2015

  • Too Early to Link Suicide Numbers to Alberta's Bad Economy, Expert Says
  • First Phase of Public Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
  • Donald Trump Shrugs Off Widespread Outrage over Proposed Muslim Ban

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December 7, 2015

  • FBI Now Investigating San Bernardino Mass Shooting as 'Act of Terrorism'
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Wife Priscilla Chan to Donate 99% Of Facebook Shares To Charity
  • Edmonton Eskimos Celebrate Grey Cup Win with Party of Thousands

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November 30, 2015

  • Change in Promise to Resettle 25,000 Syrian Refugees by Year End
  • Conservative MLA Manmeet Bhullar Was Killed While Helping a Stranded Motorist
  • Buckingham Palace was Trudeau's First Stop on a Week-long International Trip

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November 23, 2015

  • Hollande Says France is at War
  • Two Young Canadians Travelling in Paris Speak to CBC
  • An Alberta-Based Company Offers Discounted Rental Apartments for Syrian Refugees

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November 16, 2015

- Russian doping scandal
- Plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year
- Pant-less French man becomes internet sensation

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November 9, 2015


  • Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid expected to be out of action for months
  • Amarjeet Sohi - New Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
  • Bravery medal for girl, 5, who saved mom and brother in car wreck

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November 2, 2015

  • Trudeau will not move into 24 Sussex Drive
  • Processed meats are dangerous
  • Whale watching excursion ends with 6 People dead

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October 26, 2015

  • Justin Trudeau will soon return to his childhood home at 24 Sussex Drive
  • Christmas in October for Evan Leversage
  • An asteroid will whizz past Earth on Halloween

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October 19, 2015

  • Devastated family says they do not regret raising their girls on a farm
  • Foreign trained doctors in Edmonton say they are being treated unfairly
  • Canadian wins wildlife photographer of the year

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October 9, 2015

  • Arthur B. MacDonald latest Canadian Nobel Prize Winner
  • CEO Michael Horn apologizes for Volkswagen emissions scandal
  • The niqab has become a campaign issue

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October 2, 2015

  • SpiderMabel saves Edmonton
  • There are now more people in Canada aged 65 and older than there are 15 and under
  • Flowing water discovered on Mars

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September 25, 2015

  • Tragedy occurs during annual Hajj Pilgrimage
  • Taxi drivers protest Uber at Edmonton City Council meeting
  • Canadian team breaks world record

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Summer Break


Like many students across the province, Learning English with CBC is on summer break. 

We will be back with new stories and lessons in the fall.

Enjoy your break!


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March 27, 2015

  • Co-pilot of the doomed jet locked himself in the cockpit and sent the plane into a mountain in France
  • Smokers, drinkers, and drivers as well high income earners will pay more in new Alberta budget
  • Rina the red panda arrives from Japan to Edmonton's Valley Zoo   

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March 20, 2015

  • Groat Road bridge causes huge problems for commuters
  • Calgary oil companies laying off workers
  • Spectacular Northern lights above Alberta

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March 13, 2015

  • Alberta government gives support to gay straight alliances
  • Taber council passes restrictive new laws
  • Swiss solar-powered plane takes off in attempt to fly around the world without fuel 

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March 6, 2015

  • Montreal woman grateful for all the support in her dispute over wearing her hijab    
  • Young boy clinging to life since deadly pesticide used in their Fort McMurray apartment now expected to survive    
  • Two men in their 20s dug tunnel in north Toronto as a "man cave" 

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February 27, 2015

Two children die in pesticide accident
Terrorist threats against West Edmonton Mall
Mysterious tunnel found in Toronto

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February 20, 2015

Four young people involved in deadly crash on Highway 2 were international students from China.
After weeks of fighting, a Ukrainian railway centre fell to Russia-backed separatists.
A beagle won Best in Swow at the Westminister Kennel Club over the weekend.

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February 13, 2015

Captain of cruise liner that hit a reef off Italy's coast is going to prison for 16 years
Ten members of a Quebec family confirmed to have been infected with measles 
Family of Sergeant. Mark Salesse issued  statement, telling the world he died doing what he loved

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February 6, 2015

ISIS criticized over the brutal killing of  Jordanian military pilot
Canadian veterans honoured with the United States' highest civilian award    
Australian died after a late-night tobogganing ride at the Edmonton Ski Club  

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January 30, 2015

Funeral for mountie remembers the man he was
Largest case of animal neglect in Alberta history
Coca-Cola is slightly reducing the sweetness of its famous beverage in Canada 

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January 23, 2015

An RCMP officer who was shot  during a routine investigation in St. Albert  has died
Edmonton city council wants the controversial  Uber to stop operating in the city 
French authorities honour man who saved lives at kosher supermarket attacked by terrorists  

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January 16, 2015

Members of Calgary city council getting a pay raise of 3.8 %
Calgary woman is shocked by her property assessment which nearly doubled   
Alberta Education says  partial exemptions will be given to students in exam glitch

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January 9, 2015

Paris terrorist attack on a newspaper office
Eight people in Edmonton die in a mass shooting  
Canada's has won a world junior gold-medal in hockey

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December 12, 2014

Premier warns of the "consequences" of low crude oil prices on Alberta
Two women receive their Nobel Peace Prize

Emotional funeral  held  in Montreal for Jean Beliveau 

*Please note the next Learning English lesson will be posted on January 9th, 2015.

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December 5, 2014

  • Controversial bill on gay-straight alliances is put on hold
  • Taxi driver who refused a ride to an Edmonton drag queen has been fired
  • Hundreds attend a funeral in Germany for a young woman called a hero

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November 28, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri tries to return to normal after a week  of unrest 
Support is coming in for those affected by a car crash that killed four Filipino temporary foreign workers
Former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and choking 

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November 21, 2014

Jewish worshippers return to a Jerusalem synagogue that was the scene of a horrific attack the day before
Edmonton teen  recovering from an attack on a city bus 
New blast of snow hit Buffalo for a third day .

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November 14, 2014

European spacecraft makes history by landing on surface of  speeding comet   
Canadians have conflicted thoughts about immigrants 
dial 2-1-1 to help a homeless person

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November 7, 2014

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October 31, 2014

Thousands on the streets  to pay respects to soldier gunned down in Ottawa
Aboriginal outreach worker says he was banned from Edmonton mall in case of racial profiling.
Unmanned rocket explodes shortly after takeoff

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October 24, 2014

Deadly attack in Canada's capital
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend
Smoking in Sir Winston Churchill Square will soon be illegal

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October 18, 2014

World Health Organization says number of cases of Ebola now doubling every two weeks
Nepal avalanche and blizzard have killed at least 27 people
Debate over a proposed smoking ban in Sir Winston Churchill Square

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October 10,2014

Six CF-18 fighter jets will be part of the Canadian Mission in Iraq 
United States to start screening airline passengers arriving from west African countries 
Residents of Cardston, Alberta votes to keep a ban on alcohol sales 

 

 

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October 3, 2014

Thousands of people in Hong Kong have taken to the streets to demand more democracy 
Liberia plans to prosecute the airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S.
Pacific walrus coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska

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September 26, 2014

U.S. led forces begin airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq
India celebrates putting a spacecraft into orbit around Mars
Time for a new slogan for the City of Champions?

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September 19, 2014

  • Voters in Scotland reject independence 
  • United Nations says that it will now take the lead to fight Ebola in West Africa 
  • Alberta government's controversial fleet of airplanes will soon be gone 

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September 12, 2014

  • Alberta has a new premier, Jim Prentice
  • One of Canada's greatest mysteries has been solved, with the discovery of Franklin's Arctic expedition
  • Prince William and Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their second child

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September 05, 2014

  • Meeting of NATO leaders in Britain faces a number of crises
  • Edmonton physics teacher fired because he refused to stop giving students zeros says the policy continues
  • Tuesday was the first day of school and also the first day drivers had to obey 30-kilometre speed limits

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June 27, 2014

  • Changes in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program
  • Canadian Journalist in Prison in Egypt
  • Biting in the World Cup

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June 20, 2014

  • June brings flood fears to southern Alberta
  • Green light to Northern Gateway pipeline project between Alberta oil sands and the B.C. coast
  • Battle over how Aboriginal people's history presented at  new Royal Alberta Museum
     

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June 13, 2014

  • Edmonton father sentenced for child abuse
  • Funeral for three mounties killed in shooting
  • World Cup starts in Brazil

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June 6, 2014

  • Three mounties killed in Moncton
  • Calgary man is believed to have died as a suicide bomber
  • 25th anniversary of Tiananmem Square

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May 30, 2014

  • Minimum wage in Alberta is going up
  • Rates of skin cancer rising
  • Oil Kings with the Memorial Cup

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May 23, 2014

 

  • Floods hit Serbia and Bosnia
  • Prince Charles causes international comtroversey while visiting Canada
  • Not enough physical activity for canadian kids

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May 16, 2014

  • Close to 300 miners are dead after a coal mine explosion and fire in western Turkey
  • Two police shootouts in three days in Alberta left two suspects and a priest dead
  • Olivia and Liam were the most popular names given to babies born in Alberta last year

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May 9, 2014

  • Canada to send help to Nigeria to find kidnapped girls
  • Low income transit pass proposed for Edmonton
  • New report says teachers should be reviewed every five years

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May 2, 2014

  • The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team harshly punished for racist comments
  • Federal government bans food service industry from hiring temporary foreign workers
  • Historical connection between some Alberta Mennonites and Mexican drug carterls

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