12/20/2013 04:10 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 01:38 EST

Year In Review 2013: B.C. News Stories


It's been quite a year for news in B.C., and the stories that captured your imagination ran the gamut from human interest to politics, to business, to the environment.

In politics, nothing could beat Christy Clark's comeback in the provincial election, securing a win that confounded pollsters and commentators alike, and left the BC NDP licking their wounds and wondering where it all went wrong.

Federally, B.C. became quite the attraction for Justin Trudeau, who spent a large part of the summer on a hybrid vacation/campaigning trip around the province, and came back in December to hand out food in the city's poorest neighbourhood.

The move to decriminalize pot by Sensible BC failed to gather enough signatures to force a referendum on the issue, with many prominent activists putting their weight behind legalization and regulation, instead.

Not that we want to be merchants of doom, but there's no denying David Suzuki's dire West Coast warning about what could happen if Fukushima's nuclear plant had another disaster, going viral in spectacular fashion.

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And meanwhile, we gave ourselves a good laugh—and allowed others to laugh at us—with a hilarious video that explained 'How To Be A Vancouverite.'

We never escape a year without tragedy, and 2013 was no exception. "Glee" actor Cory Monteith succumbed to an overdose in a Vancouver hotel room, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Elisa Lam in a Los Angeles hotel were revealed.

The B.C. crime story that interested Huffington Post B.C. readers most in 2013 was that of Kayla Bourque, the notorious animal killer who decided to make her home in Vancouver.

In happier news, beauty queen Patricia Celan's bold move to shave her head for a cancer research fundraiser was the most read story on HuffPost B.C. this year.

Real estate is never far from the minds of Vancouverites. We were fascinated by monthly "most expensive" lists, and couldn't believe our eyes at Roberto Luongo's condo, put up for sale when he thought his Canucks term was done (oops!).

No wonder we sat up and took notice when the Mercer House in Chilliwack was offered free to anyone who could take it home. Fascination in creative housing solutions, such as laneway homes, life in Canada's tiniest condos, or in a micro house also peaked our reader's interests.

Lululemon used to be one of B.C.'s most successful business stories. But 2013 saw one PR failure after another for the yoga-wear company, with former head Chip Wilson's bone-headed comments about women's bodies even making the Colbert Report.

We all like a bit of Hollywood North, and 2013 gave us much to brag about as Vancouver hosted Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, the night before the show's final ever episode aired, James Franco and Seth Rogen transforming downtown into North Korea, and the city's streets became the setting for steamy scenes from "Fifty Shades Of Grey".

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