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12/29/2013 09:35 EST | Updated 02/28/2014 05:59 EST

The Week In Review: Top Blogs of 2013

For HuffPost Canada, 2013 was a year in which our blogs really came into their own, combining powerful personal stories with thoughtful commentary, all in the tell-it-like-it-is style for which our bloggers have become known. There were provocative takes on Miley Cyrus's performance at the VMAs, warning calls about the future of free speech in Canada and reflections on what makes a great leader, as discovered by Calgarians as they watched their mayor take action during their city's floods. (No comment on what Torontonians discovered about the same subject.)

Between Christmas and New Year's Eve, many things typically happen. We take frequent naps. We watch excessive amounts of T.V. We consume large quantities of chocolate and cookies. And then we set resolutions for the coming year about being more active, cutting our screen time and consuming less chocolate and fewer cookies. This between-holiday period is also a time for looking back at the past 12 months and taking stock.

For HuffPost Canada, 2013 was a year in which our blogs really came into their own, combining powerful personal stories with thoughtful commentary, all in the tell-it-like-it-is style for which our bloggers have become known. There were provocative takes on Miley Cyrus's performance at the VMAs, warning calls about the future of free speech in Canada and reflections on what makes a great leader, as discovered by Calgarians as they watched their mayor take action during their city's floods. (No comment on what Torontonians discovered about the same subject.) But perhaps the most memorable blog of all 2013 was Glen Canning's heartbreaking post about his daughter Rehtaeh Parsons -- the Nova Scotia teen who in April "died struggling to live," as the grieving father put it.

We're proud to have provided a home for all of these worthwhile pieces, and so many more -- a handful of which we've pulled together into the slideshow below. And what about you? What was your favorite blog post of 2013? We'd love to hear from you in the comments.

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