December 31, 2013 9:28 pm
Updated: January 1, 2014 3:32 am

Year in Review: An A to Z look at the stories of 2013


In what’s become an annual tradition at Global National, Mike Armstrong reflects on the year that was in alphabetical order.

A is for apology. Let’s get Rob Ford out of the way right off the bat. He made about eight big ones this year.

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B is for brothers. Jim Harbaugh coached the 49ers and John Harbaugh coached the Ravens as they faced off in the Super Bowl. Big brother John won that battle.

C is for Chris Hadfield. Talk to Cmdr. Hadfield for 30 seconds and he makes you want to be a better person.

WATCH: Cmdr. Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station

D is for Dennis Rodman. No one ever predicted he’d be an ambassador to North Korea.

E is for egg. That’s the egg on the face of a California TV station after making a shockingly ridiculous mistake in July.

F is for flood. The scale of what hit Alberta in June was hard to believe.

Residents watch flooding along Cougar Creek June 20, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousnds. (Photo by John Gibson/Getty Images)

John Gibson/Getty Images

G is for grief. Through their grieving, the parents of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons have become inspiring and important advocates.

H is for Haiyan. More than 6,000 were killed when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. It was a reminder of the power of nature (as if we needed one).

I is for “I.” 2013 was the year of the selfie. I’m as guilty as anyone.

Mike Armstrong – selfie photographer extraordinaire.

READ MORE: Oxford Dictionary names “selfie” word of the year

J is Jean Stapleton, one of the people we lost in 2013. Boy, did I love Edith Bunker.

K is for knew. I’m going to put the Senate scandal under “Who knew what?”

L is for Lac-Megantic. I spent 11 days in one of the saddest places I’ve ever been.

READ MORE: Lac-Megantic mourns as it reconstructs

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada’s Quebec province on July 6, 2013.

François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images

M is for mayor. In Montreal, Calgary, Lac-Megantic and of course Toronto, mayors were at the middle of every story this year.

N is for Nenshi. He gets his own spot. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi could have made the list under “L for leadership.”

WATCH: Global Calgary’s Reid Fiest sits down with Mayor Naheed Nenshi for a look back at 2013.

O is for Obamacare — four years of controversy and counting.

P is for Patriot’s Day. That was the day of the awful Boston bombing.

Two young boys leave messages with chalk on a sidewalk near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where bombs killed at least three and injured more than 140, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Q is for questionable judgment, as in the Cronut burger.

READ MORE: The year in food: Sriracha, Cronuts and Charlie Trotter

R is for royal baby. The birth of Prince George. I really don’t think that story got enough coverage. Right?

S is for Snowden. Edward Snowden was another example of how one man’s hero is another man’s traitor.

READ MORE: Edward Snowden in Christmas message: Orwell had nothing on today’s surveillance

T is for twerking. Twerking is no more a dance move than yoga pants are pants.

U is for unique transitions. Popes don’t usually retire, but Benedict XVI did in February.

READ MORE: Pope Francis named ‘Time’ Person of the Year for 2013

V is for Vine. Vines are six-second videos. Is there a reason for Vine? It makes six seconds seem long.

W is for Walter White. I loved Breaking Bad. The hit show came to an end in 2013.

WATCH: Robin Gill looks at how Breaking Bad and others like it have changed television.

X is for what you put on a ballot. Christie Clark got a lot of them in a come-from-behind win for the Liberals in B.C.

Y is for youthful. Singers like Lorde, whose song “Royals” was everywhere this year.  The New Zealand singer became a global star at just 16 years old.

Z is a special place re[Z]erved for the loss of Nelson Mandela. Perhaps everything has already been said, but I’ll add one thing: I have loved teaching my two sons about the strength and forgiveness of that man. That’s about the highest compliment I could think of.

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