Your ultimate guide to the best and the worst of 2014

We've put together a list of the best and worst of 2014 so you don't have to waste time searching. Nico De Pasquale Photography/Flickr

TORONTO – We asked our online journalists to write about the top stories of 2014 from each of their beats. Here’s what they came up with.

From the digital desk of our tech reporter Nicole Bogart:

Top 10 lessons the Internet taught us in 2014 – As many of us sit down to make our New Year’s resolutions, there’s no better time to look back at the lessons the Internet has taught us this year. Read about the future of Facebook, what we learned about password safety and how apps are changing the dating game.

From our online video team:

The best videos of 2014 – We’ve compiled the most unforgettable videos from the past year, ranging from silly “shirtless wonders” to more touching moments, like when an RCMP police dog captured the hearts of Canadians.

Wild winter weather moments of 2014 – The polar vortex, multiple ice storms and cool weather-related experiments are some of our top moments of wild winter weather of the past year.

The most memorable dashcam videos of 2014 – Dashcams not only provide evidence for crashes or scams, but they also capture incidents that range from amazing to horrifying. This one is both, showing the harrowing moments two trucks experienced a near-miss on Highway 11 in Ontario:

Wacky and wonderful moments in sports in 2014Near-death experiences, lovers and fighters, strip teases, classy anthem acts and more highlight a year in sports that had it all.

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Our entertainment reporter John R. Kennedy wrote about:

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Memorable celebrity moments of 2014 – These were the kind of stories that prompted Internet trolls to ask “Who cares?” even though they were some of the most popular stories online.

Renee Zellweger, pictured on Oct. 20, 2014 (left) and on Oct. 25, 2012 (right). Her new look was one of the most scrutinized makeovers of the year. Getty Images

And constructed this narrative about Canada’s favourite bad boy:

2014: A year of Bieber behaving badly – With apologies to Charles Dickens, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times in 2014 for Canada’s Justin Bieber.

Instead of a look back, our politics scribe in Ottawa, Laura Stone, looks ahead:

What does 2015 hold for Canadian politics? Duffy, a Senate audit, and oh, an election – As the ruling Conservatives enter their ninth year of power, the future of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is at stake.

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Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck when it comes to federal support heading into the 2015 election year, according to a recent Ipsos Reid poll. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

From our science department, Nicole Mortillaro concludes:

2014 is the year science fiction became science reality – In 2014, India celebrated a mission to orbit Mars, we landed on a comet and Orion revived the hope for a human mission to the red planet. This was the year of a return to space.

Feeling healthier in 2014? At least your knowledge of the biggest health will be after reading Carmen Chai’s and the rest of Global’s health reporters’ reflections on this past year:

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Global’s health reporters share stories that resonated most – Between Ebola and enterovirus, mental health and advances in medicine, and the latest Canadian research, it’s been a busy year in health.

Then there’s the dark side of the medical profession:

5 health care blunders in 2014 – An anthrax scare that exposed more safety problems at a CDC lab, a faulty morning-after pill for women, and a tuberculosis nightmare for more than 700 newborn babies and their parents – these are just some of the health care headaches that rocked 2014.

From Leslie Young, one of our data desk, investigative reporters whose files included energy-related topics:

Innovative projects and green milestones of 2014 – People around the world are looking at ways to conserve energy or produce it more cleanly. It’s led to some cool innovations and experiments this year.

Norway broke electric car sales records, with such cars as the Tesla Model S seen above. Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

And from the breaking news desk with Adam Frisk, who is also a photographer in his spare time:

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Best sports photos of 2014 – From a goal post keeping Olympic dreams alive and spectacular crashes on the Indy circuit, to saying goodbye to a baseball great, it was a busy year in sports across the world.

Sidney Crosby scores a goal on Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of the men’s gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

And don’t worry, you still have time to vote for Canada’s top newsmaker of the year in our poll here. Make your choice among the famous and infamous, including Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, late finance minister Jim Flaherty, Moncton RCMP shooter Justin Bourque and disgraced radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

In case this list hasn’t fully satisfied your voracious appetite for those important milestones of the past year, you can watch and read the rest of the best of 2014 on our “Year in Review” page here.

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