What Canadians Read Most on the Internet This Year

Today, Yahoo Canada announced its annual Year in Review, a look at the happenings, personalities and stories that Yahoo users in Canada searched for in 2014.

The much-anticipated top searches on Yahoo Canada include celebrities we said goodbye to, the latest tech fascination, and stars on the rise.

“Yahoo’s Year In Review reflects the true curiosity of our users. Millions of people come to Yahoo Canada and Yahoo Québec to search for information on the biggest news stories and trendsetters. Our annual list of top searches offers a unique look at what Canadians couldn’t get enough of this year,” said Claude Galipeau, Country Manager, Yahoo Canada.

Top 10 Searches

In 2014, celebrity heartbreaks, global developments and pop culture trends captured Canadians’ attention. This year’s top 10 searches include the untimely death of Robin Williams. The missing Malaysia Airlines flight and the proliferation of the Ebola virus created strong interest among searchers. Meanwhile, trendsetters including Jennifer Lawrence rose to the top of the list. Here is the full list of Top 10 Searches for Yahoo Canada in 2014:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. iPhone 6
  3. Jennifer Lawrence
  4. Rob Ford
  5. ISIS
  6. Kate Middleton
  7. Malaysia Airlines
  8. Ebola virus
  9. Joan Rivers
  10. Frozen

Top 10 News Stories

This year, the list of top news stories includes both local and global tragedies, crime and political events. Canadians closely followed stories including local elections, disappearances, shootings and political unrest. The ALS ice bucket challenge also made the list as many participated in support of a cure. The Top 10 News Stories for Yahoo Canada this year were:

  1. Flight MH370
  2. Ottawa shootings
  3. ALS ice bucket challenge
  4. Missing Calgary family (Nathan O’Brien)
  5. B.C. teachers strike
  6. Ukraine Russia
  7. Moncton shooting (Justin Bourque)
  8. Ontario election
  9. Ferguson riots
  10. Scotland referendum

Top 10 Newsmakers

In 2014, radio star Jian Ghomeshi topped the list of newsmakers amid criminal allegations. The unexpected passing of Jim Flaherty, Canada’s federal Minister of Finance, also captured readers’ attention. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai inspired many as she advocated for education and made this year’s list again, along with Justin Trudeau for a second year running. Here are the Top 10 Newsmakers for Yahoo Canada:

  1. Jian Ghomeshi
  2. Jim Flaherty
  3. Christy Clark
  4. Malala Yousafzai
  5. Doug Ford
  6. Olivia Chow
  7. Justin Trudeau
  8. Luka Rocco Magnotta
  9. Alison Redford
  10. Stephen Harper

Top 10 Celebrities:

Pop culture stars on the rise, fairytale marriages, sensational divorces, shocking fights and more set the celebrity scene for 2014. Justin Bieber, Angelina Jolie and Kaley Cuoco once again topped the list this year. Check out the Top 10 Celebrities making news on Yahoo Canada in 2014:

  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Angelina Jolie
  5. Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
  6. Philip Seymour Hoffman
  7. Kaley Cuoco
  8. Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange
  9. Paula Patton and Robin Thicke
  10. Matthew McConaughey

Top 10 Sports Stories

From the Sochi Olympic Games to the FIFA World Cup, these athletic events kept us riveted this year. We followed the career wins of many star athletes, watched others through criminal proceedings, and saw others suffer losses. The Top 10 Sports stories for Yahoo Canada in 2014 are:

  1. Michael Schumacher
  2. Sochi Olympic Games
  3. FIFA World Cup 2014
  4. Eugenie Bouchard
  5. Ray Rice
  6. Oscar Pistorius
  7. Cristiano Ronaldo
  8. Sidney Crosby
  9. Dufour-Lapointe sisters
  10. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

The Top 10 Sports stories for Yahoo Québec in 2014 are:

  1. Michael Schumacher
  2. Eugenie Bouchard
  3. Jean Pascal
  4. Coupe du monde 2014
  5. Sochi 2014
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. P.K. Subban
  8. Soeurs Dufour-Lapointe
  9. Carey Price
  10. Oscar Pistorius

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