Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Oct. 19, 2016. Cancer-stricken Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie made such an impact this year that he was chosen by Yahoo Canada News readers as their top pick for Canadian newsmaker of the year, receiving the most individual votes. Darby Allen, the fire chief for fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alta., 16-year-old Olympic gold medallist Penny Oleksiak and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were also in the mix for the distinction.
Surely after 2015 — the year that saw the Paris terror attacks, Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body washed ashore, and the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby — there had to be some good news on the way. Canada’s honeymoon with its prime minister continued as Justin Trudeau basked in fawning write ups for much of the year, until accusations of impropriety around cash-for-access fundraisers attracted the ethics commissioner’s attention.
<p>The trials and tribulations heard in Canada’s court rooms are some of the most compelling stories anywhere in the country. From the long-awaited trial in the death of two New Brunswick brothers killed by a python while they slept, to the re-trying of a Calgary sex assault after the judge told the complainant to “keep her knees together.” Here are some of the cases that gripped our attention from gavel to gavel in 2016.</p>
In the digital era, social media seems to be just as much a part of sports as the games themselves. The Toronto Blue Jays were, once again, one of MLB’s strongest offensive teams in 2016, but two games into the ALCS against Cleveland and the bats had gone quiet. The Jays only managed to score one run in those two games, causing Toronto slugger Jose Bautista to wonder if there was more to the story than the Jays simply struggling at the plate.
Auston Watson showed early on why it was a no-brainer for the Toronto Maple Leafs to take him with the first-overall pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft. In his first NHL game, on the road against the Ottawa Senators, the 6-foot-3, 216-pound centre scored four goals. Patrik Laine is reminiscent of another young Finn – the great Teemu Selanne – that came to Winnipeg and took the NHL by storm.
Young athletes such as Penny Oleksiak and Andre De Grasse bursted onto the sporting scene, while Sidney Crosby proved why he’s been at the top of his game in the world of hockey. Rachel Notley handled a dramatic wildfire in Alberta with assertiveness while Darby Allen revealed the emotional toll the tragic situation was having on first responders as the community was deserted. Justin Trudeau brought in refugees from Syria and lost two Canadians to an extremist group in the Philippines before flying all over the world to put a new face on Canadian values.
<p>Several Canadians from across the country made a splash in 2016 news headlines. Young athletes such as Penny Oleksiak and Andre De Grasse bursted onto the sports scene, while Sidney Crosby proved why he’s been at the top of his game. Rachel Notley handled a dramatic wildfire in Alberta as Justin Trudeau handled national affairs in Parliament Hill. Music lovers heard some new sounds with Drake’s latest hip-hop album while Canadians united to the folk music of the Tragically Hip. And who could forget the chaos outside the Toronto courthouse in the midst of the Jian Ghomeshi sex assault trial?</p><p></p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Gord Downie</p><p> The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie performs onstage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on July 24. The band enjoyed on a successful cross-country tour after Downie revealed he had terminal brain cancer. The singer also released a graphic novel, a solo album and started a fund before he was honoured by the Assembly of First Nations for his work promoting aboriginal issues. Photo from Andrew Chin/Getty Images </p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Sidney Crosby</p><p> Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby holds the Stanley Cup at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., after winning Game 6 of the 2016 NHL final on June 12. Only 109 days later, Crosby helped secure a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, where he led the tournament with 10 points in six games played. Photo from Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images </p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Drake</p><p> Recording artist Drake is seen here performing onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 23. The Toronto-born rapper was nominated for eight Grammy Awards on Dec. 6, which was second only to Beyonce and included a nod for Album of the Year with Views, which featured the popular track “Hotline Bling” and several others. Photo from Kevin Winter/Getty Images </p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Jian Ghomeshi</p><p> Former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi arrives at court in Toronto on May 11. The longtime voice of q was the subject of a highly-publicized sexual assault trial following allegations of non-consensual rough sex. On March 24, he was found not guilty of all charges, including four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. Photo from Chris Young/The Canadian Press </p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Andre De Grasse</p><p> Canada’s Andre De Grasse celebrates his silver medal performance in the 200-metre race at Summer Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday August 18, 2016. The 22-year-old athlete became the first Canadian to win Olympic medal in three sprint events, including a silver and two bronze medals. Photo from Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press </p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Rachel Notley</p><p> Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks during a June 1 news conference in Fort McMurray, Alta. The provincial NDP leader witnessed a devastating wildfire in the area beginning on May 1 before it was declared under control on July 5. She also successfully lobbied the federal government to grant two new pipeline projects running through Alberta. Photo from Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press </p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Penny Oleksiak</p><p> Four-time Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak of Toronto poses during the medal ceremony for the women’s 100-metre butterfly swimming final on Aug. 7 at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 16-year-old athlete stormed onto the sports scene during her Olympic debut, taking home gold, silver and two bronze medals. Photo from Jean Catuffe/Getty Images </p><img class='editorial' alt="image"/><p>Justin Trudeau</p><p> Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on March 31 in Washington, D.C. The federal Liberal leader saw his government resettle more than 25,000 Syrian refugees between Nov. 4, 2015, and Feb. 29, 2016. On Nov. 30, he approved a plan for two new pipelines months after unveiling his strategy to combat climate change with a hotly-contested carbon tax. Photo from Drew Angerer/Getty Images </p>
What was the world searching for in 2016? India, Singapore, UK, Germany, Italy, Canada and the U.S. all had some very different interests.
<p>2016 was a heartbreaking year in the world of movies, music, sports and politics. From the shocking murder of British politician Jo Cox to the untimely demise of Prince after an apparent battle with opioid addiction, here are some of the people we lost this year.</p>
Back in April, restaurant chain Earls said it would no longer be serving Alberta beef on its menus, instead opting for hormone-free meat sourced from the U.S. The backlash, as one can imagine, was swift and harsh. Earls, who has 26 restaurants in Alberta discovers abandoning Alberta beef was a bad business decision. BREAKING: "We made a mistake." Earls announces it will bring Alberta beef back to its restaurants.
<p>It’s been a long year for many with a U.S. presidential election, a referendum on Great Britain’s status in Europe and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, not to mention the usual award shows and some not so usual world events.</p><p>In order to best remember the busy year, we’ve compiled a list representing the most memorable moments of 2016.</p>
The rise and fall in value of the Canadian dollar has a huge effect on costs, most obviously imported goods, but also commodities like oil and metals, which are priced in U.S. dollars, and so become more or less expensive depending on where the good ole loonie is sitting. The Canadian dollar is nowhere near reclaiming the glory days of 2011-12, when it was actually more valuable than the U.S. greenback. If you attach national pride to that sort of thing, you can blame cheaper oil for much of the decline.
From Kaley Cuoco’s plastic surgery, to Angelina Jolie’s shocking divorce announcement to Taylor Swift’s drama with Kanye West…and Calvin Harris…and Tom Hiddleston, eager fans worldwide were completely transfixed on what their favourite female celebrities went through this past year. Weeks after the “Bad Blood” singer and DJ Calvin Harris broke up, Swift was seen lounging about with "Thor" star Tom Hiddleston…a whirlwind relationship that lasted all of three months. Aniston continued making headlines after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt — Aniston didn’t comment on the divorce, but that didn't stop the flood of Jennifer Aniston memes in response to the Brangelina breakup.
Long before the start of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the Summer Games were plagued by several alarming issues. Brazil was engulfed in a terrible recession, and the country’s senate was fixing to impeach its president, Dilma Rousseff, on charges of manipulating the federal budget. The most popular sporting event in the entire world was set to descend on a city that appeared to be ill-prepared to host the Olympic Games.
2016 marks a banner year for mergers and acquisitions in Canada. By March 31, there had already been a record $83 billion in deals done with companies in this country.
<p>Dozens of weather disasters wreaked havoc on people across the world in 2016. Here are the top 10 weather stories Canadians searched for this year.</p>
<p>With so many places dishing out the daily news (and on so many platforms), yesterday’s news can quickly become today’s history. But we’re not letting you forget these stories just yet. Here is our list of the top scandals from this past year, from Ottawa’s spending to the Brangelina divorce.</p>
In a digital age, picking a single iconic moment out of a year’s worth of Canadian sports is almost an impossible task.
Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify, an online store, is seen in the company’s Montreal office, Wednesday, February 18, 2015. You may not recognize its name yet, but Shopify is powering the online business platforms of hundreds of thousands of stores around the world — as well as the ventures of some of the world’s biggest stars turned entrepreneurs. In its third-quarter data, released at the beginning of last month, Shopify reported revenues of US$99.6 million, or an 89 per cent increase from the same period last year.
From the controversial burkini ban to cultural appropriation at New York Fashion Week, click through the gallery above to see the most controversial events to rock the fashion world this year. It’s been a hoot, 2016, but we hope we’d never see these again.
From triumphs to tragedies, here are 2016’s top-searched male celebrities. Let us know what you think by tweeting @YahooStyleCA.
<p>The year 2016 might go down as one of the most tumultuous in living memory. In the year of “post-truth,” wild weather, and rising global tensions, here are the top things Canadians were searching for on Yahoo.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
From persistent favourites like the Atkins Diet and the Paleo Diet to the controversial Ketogenic Diet and the (kind of gross) Cabbage Soup Diet, these were the top-searched diet trends of 2016.