You didn’t have to be a newshound in 2013 to be touched by the year’s events, whether you were shocked, angered, gobsmacked or even motivated to do a happy dance, as in the case of the oil industry and others who heard good news.
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In mid October, members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary release the crime scene in Conception Bay South where Julianne Hibbs and her boyfriend, Vince Dillon were murdered.
The year, like any, had it all.
And with 2013 in its waning days, we at The Telegram and its sister TC Media weeklies around the province would like to hear what you thought was the biggest news of the year. All you have to do in this survey is send us your top choices — it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Send us your comments as well on what touched you most, and why.
Just as the champagne or sparkling wine is chilling for the popping start of 2014, we’ll reveal those choices, along with our Top 10 news stories of the year. The survey closes Dec. 22.
Take our survey:
While we’re waiting for your thoughts, here’s a sampling of what happened this year:
Crime: a heartwrenching tragedy occurred when Julianne Hibbs and her boyfriend, Vince Dillon, were shot to death at Villa Nova Plaza in Manuels in October by her former boyfriend, Brian Dawe, who was found dead the next morning in his vehicle in the Anglican cemetery on Kenmount Road. He was wearing body armour and had a 9 mm handgun, an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in clips.
Politics: the Tories marked 10 years in power as a low showing in the polls, particularly for Premier Kathy Dunderdale, continued to plague the party.
The Liberals, buoyed by a leadership race, byelection wins and being the party of choice of former independent and PC MHA Tom Osborne, rallied to the top in the most recent poll.
The NDP, meanwhile, imploded when Leader Lorraine Michael’s four fellow MHAs signed a letter questioning her leadership and calling for her to step aside. NDP MHA George Murphy recanted, said he had “betrayed” Michael and cried on live radio. Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore quit the party’s caucus to sit as independents.
Economy: the March budget included notice of 935 direct public service layoffs, prompting a backlash from the justice system, resulting in controversial cuts to that department being rolled back.
A trio of oil finds by Statoil and its partner Husky Energy in the Flemish Pass Basin pumped up the oil industry.
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada’s new free trade deal with the European Union, was heralded as promising for Newfoundland and Labrador, while the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls Lower Churchill power project surged ahead when it secured both federal support and $5 billion in financing, on a 40-year term at 3.8 per cent interest.
Transportation: the twisting story of the Lyubov Orlova ended with the empty ship disappearing into the North Atlantic after a cable broke during a tow operation.
Health care: the sauce hit the fan when families complained about nursing home residents being fed canned spaghettios as a meal.
Women and their spouses cried out for better treatment in hospitals for expectant moms suffering miscarriages.
Entertainment: Concertgoers got steamed up in the sweltering heat over the lack of water at this summer’s Salmon Festival in Grand Falls-Windsor — headlined by the Eagles — complaining about running out of water and overcrowding in the VIP section.
Supposed charity fundraiser Mud Immortal in September at Butterpot Park left participants complaining about a long list of issues, including a lack of clean water, unsafe obstacles, some injuries and no prizes or food.
And just breaking this week, PETA honorary director and actress Pamela Anderson waltzed into the province with “The Simpsons” producer Sam Simon to offer sealers a $1-million cheque to give up their industry.