Award winners!

And The Nominees Are...

  • Big Buzz Canadian 1

    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.

  • Big Buzz Canadian 2

    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.

  • Big Buzz Canadian 3

    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.

  • Big Buzz Canadian 4

    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.

Poll Choice Options
  • Jim Flaherty
  • Jessica Paré
  • Jenna Talackova
  • Christine Sinclair