By Alyssa De Rosa –mtltimes.ca
As another year has come and gone we look back at the biggest stories – whether they made headlines because they were scandalous, tragic, ridiculous or simply news worthy, 2014 was packed with all that and then some. From celebrity deaths to military shootings, here are the top five entertainment and news stories of 2014.
- Ottawa Shooting
Just months before 2014 ended, Canada got the shock of its life when terrorism struck home. On October 22, 2014 a Canadian soldier was shot outside Parliament Hill at the War Memorial. The police response to this attack was massive with perimeters put into place as quickly as possible and urging a city lockdown. Finally, an hour after the chaos the gunman was shot dead in front of Parliament Hill and later that day being identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. The solider who lost his life was identified shortly after as Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, Ont. A 24-year-old reservist member of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. It was a very sad day for all Canadians but through resilience and strength, Canada proved that it truly is “strong and free.”
- Jian Ghomeshi
October seemed to be a very tragic and scandalous month in Canada. On October 26th, 2014 the CBC reported that celebrity radio show host of The Q Jian Ghomeshi “parted ways” with the network. The CBC made a statement saying they ended their relationship with Ghomeshi after serious deliberation, however, prior to this release, Ghomeshi took to Facebook the day before and posted a lengthy message claiming that he was “forced” to leave the CBC because of the risk that his private sex life would be made public. The host claimed that an ex-girlfriend ignited a campaign against him while making false allegations of sexual abuse. Following this nasty split between the CBC and Ghomeshi, the popular radio host announced he would be suing the CBC for $55 million. As the days progressed, a very scandalous Toronto Star article portraying Ghomeshi as a violent, abusive man surfaced and caused much controversy. Women began coming forward accusing Ghomeshi of sexual assault and the rest is history, just like his career. In November, Ghomeshi surrendered to police and was charged on four counts of sexual assault.
- Malaysia Airlines
On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 carrying 239 crew and passengers on board vanished with no sign of wreckage or fatalities. For the last nine months, search crews have been combing the ocean for signs for the plane and aren’t getting any closer to discovering what exactly happened. On July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border carrying 298 passengers including crew members. The attack was tragic, leaving no survivors and took a week to clear the wreckage.
- Luka Magnotta
In August of 2014, the courts were finding it difficult to assemble a jury for 32-year-old Luka Magnotta who in May 2012 was accused of slaying and dismembering Chinese engineering student Jun Lin. This was one disgusting murder – with body parts discovered across the country and online videos depicting the murder. The trial was long and after much deliberation the jury found Magnotta guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison finding him guilty of all charges.
- ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
What began as a fun way to raise awareness for a very under talked, underfunded disease became the most talked about fundraising campaign across the globe last summer. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is said to be the biggest viral social media campaign in history where participants grabbed a bucket of ice cold water, pour it on their heads and challenge other people to take part in the activity all while mentioning ALS. Celebrities from around the world recorded themselves while dunking water on their heads helping spread awareness. Quebec celebrities and TV personalities did their share and got the rest of the province engaged.
- Robin Williams Dead at 63
On August 11th, 2014 the world said goodbye to the Captain. Beloved actor, father and husband Robin Williams was found dead early that morning at the age of 63. The cause of death was ruled as a suicide by asphyxiation. Williams’ wife gave the following statement after her husband’s traffic death: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.” Robin Williams was apparently battling a severe depression and in July had admitted himself into a 12-step treatment facility. Williams won an Oscar for his work as supporting actor in Good Will Hunting and is also well known for his roles in Dead Poet’s Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Bird Cage, Jumanji and most recently Angriest Man in Brooklyn alongside Mila Kunis.
- Bill Cosby – from America’s SUPERDAD to alleged rapist
In November 2014, allegations against popular TV sitcom dad Bill Cosby claiming he sexually abused a series of women went rampant on social media and in newspapers across the United States. On Entertainment Tonight, supermodel Janice Dickinson ends her silence by saying the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982. On November 19, all reruns of the Cosby Show are pulled from TV Land and NBC scraps the sitcom they were developing with him. As the month progresses, more women come forward claiming Cosby raped them in the 70’s and 80’s. December was no different as actresses and other women began telling their untold tales. Once loved for being that good ol’ American dad is now tainted as a disgusting human being.
- PK Subban – the ultimate HAB
Montreal Canadiens fans were walking on eggshells all summer long knowing that the return of eclectic, superstar player PK Subban was yet to be decided. 25-year-old defenseman Subban is best known for his charisma on and off the ice along with his mean puck handling skills of course. In August, the city breathed a sigh of relief when PK Subban signed an eight year contract worth $72 million. Since his signing, PK became an overnight celebrity, not that he wasn’t already, but the defender made appearances on a slew of French Canadian television shows proving to his fans that his stay in Montreal is worth every penny. PK will be in the bleu, blanc, rouge until the 2021-2022 NHL season!
- George Clooney FINALLY gets married
Longtime eligible bachelor and every woman’s crush George Clooney finally ties the knotto Amal Alamuddin, London-based British-Lebanese lawyer on September 27th in Venice, Italy. Alamuddin became engaged to actor George Clooney on 28 April 2014 and killed every woman’s dream of ever hooking with the main man himself.
- Celebrity nudes leaked
A scarring moment for many female celebrities when their personal photos were hacked from their iCloud accounts and released to the public. Among these women were America’s sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence, supermodel Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kaley Cuoco, Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst. Jennifer Lawrence made a statement saying: “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”