- The Yahoo! Canada Awards winners have been announced!
- "If I were PM" winner Yahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 1 Nov, 2012
- Canada's Media Mogul winner: Don CherryYahoo! Canada Awards - Sun, 11 Nov, 2012
- Canada's next Prime Minister winner: Justin TrudeauYahoo! Canada Awards - Sun, 11 Nov, 2012
- Buzziest story winner: Canada's women's soccer teamYahoo! Canada Awards - Tue, 13 Nov, 2012
- Canada's best ambassador winner: Clara HughesYahoo! Canada Awards - Sun, 11 Nov, 2012
- Best comeback winner: Sidney CrosbyYahoo! Canada Awards - Mon, 12 Nov, 2012
- Buzziest Canadian winner: Christine SinclairYahoo! Canada Awards - Tue, 13 Nov, 2012
- Tip of the Year winner: always warm upYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Greatest Achievement winner: Melissa MorrisYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Beaver Tail winner: Michael J. FoxYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Canadian Impact winner: Simple PlanYahoo! Canada Awards - Sun, 11 Nov, 2012
- Ultimate Scandal winner: Kristen StewartYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Shining Moment winner: Rosie MacLennan's gold medalYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Memorable Moment winner: Dark Knight shootingYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Top Story winner: 2012 London OlympicsYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Grand slam winner:Higgs bosonYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Letdown of the Year winner: Facebook's IPOYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
- Biggest Blunder winner: Costa ConcordiaYahoo! Canada Awards - Thu, 8 Nov, 2012
And The Nominees Are...
Jenna Talackova, Miss Universe Canada contestant
Jenna Talackova didn't win the Miss Universe Canada title, but she made history as the first transgender female to compete for the crown. Initially disqualified from the competition because she wasn't born female, pageant owner Donald Trump stepped in to overrule the decision and allow her to compete. Talackova was one of four contestants named Miss Congeniality.
Christine Sinclair, women's soccer team captain
In perhaps the finest hour (or 90 minutes) by a Canadian athlete in 2012, Sinclair added to her status as one of the greats in women's soccer with three goals in her team's eventual gut-wrenching loss to the Americans in the Olympic semi-finals. The Canadian captain led all scorers in the tournament but her spectacular showing against the U.S. of A. made her a popular choice to be her country's flag bearer in the closing ceremony at the London Summer Games.
Mad Men's Jessica Paré
When "Mad Men" returned in March 2012 after more than 17 months off the air, it was already a fairly buzz-worthy event. But then Jessica Paré happened. The Montreal actress had appeared in "Mad Men's" fourth season as Don Draper's secretary-then-wife Megan, but Paré wowed the audience in the fifth season premiere with a sexy rendition of "Zou Bisou." People had been curious about Paré before the season started, since Megan had initially seemed like a throwaway character who suddenly became engaged to Don in the season finale. But when Paré put on her sexy '60s mini-dress and go-go boots and put on her sultry performance of "Zou Bisou," suddenly the Internet couldn't get enough of her. Soon, the 31-year-old was regularly featured in the tabloids, she was appearing at A-list events, and magazines were clamouring to get an interview with her. Paré was easily one of the most buzz-worthy Canadians of the year, and we have a feeling we're going to hear a lot more about her in the future.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty sent housing hawks and would-be home buyers into a tizzy earlier this year when he announced the government's fourth aggressive move since 2008 to curb our hot housing market. Under the new rules, which took effect on July 9th, the ammoritization period for high-ratio mortgages was cut from a 30-year maximum to 25 years. Flaherty also announced the amount of equity homeowners can take out of their homes in a refinancing will be reduced to 80 per cent from 85 per cent. Ottawa estimates less than 5 per cent of home purchases will be affected by the new restrictions, meaning some home buyers will choose to sit on the sidelines rather than jump into the market. Love them or hate them, these new mortgage rules are here to stay and could be the insurance policy the government needs to avoid a mortgage market meltdown when interest rates rise. It remains to be seen whether Canadians will get the message that an ultra-low interest rate environment doesn't mean you can borrow till you're maxed.