In what’s become an annual tradition at Global National, Mike Armstrong reflects on the year that was in alphabetical order.
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.
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.
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
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.
Q is for questionable judgment, as in the Cronut burger.
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.
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.
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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