Winners & Losers 2013

In Pictures: Mourning in Lac Megantic and Dhaka, shutdowns in Washington, flooding in Alberta, and Rob Ford everywhere

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Lac Megantic, Que.

Lac Megantic train derailment

Forty-seven people were killed in the horrifying railcar explosion on July 6 that tore apart the picturesque town of Lac-Mégantic, Que. Not long after, the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway filed for bankruptcy

(David Charron)

BlackBerry 10

Thorsten Heins unveils BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins hoped the BlackBerry 10 would put his company back on track. It didn’t work. He was fired on Nov. 4

(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty)

Rana Plaza Collapse

Rana Plaza garment factory collapse

The collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh led to vows of stricter safety inspections at Joe Fresh manufacturing facilities. Other fashion retailers who used the facility remained largely silent

(Sajid Hossain/Reuters)

U.S. Government Shutdown

Protester in Washington petitioning end the U.S. government shutdown

For 16 days Americans wondered if the U.S. was headed for economic disaster—until a bipartisan agreement reached on Oct. 17 ended the shutdown of Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

Bombardier CSeries Jet

Bombardier's CSeries jet prepares for a test flight

Bombardier made a $400-million bet on its CSeries jets. The initial test flight took place on Sept. 16, and the audience was impressed. With any luck, 300 of them will be flying by next September

(Bombardier)

Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen becomes Federal Reserve Chair

The Nov. 14 confirmation hearing of Janet Yellen, nominated to head the Federal Reserve Board, proved to be a non-confrontational affair. She is expected to replace Ben Bernanke on Jan. 31

(Alex Wong/Getty)

Rob Ford

Rob Ford talking to reporters

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford met the press on Oct. 31 after the city’s police chief confirmed the existence of a video showing Ford smoking crack. The city’s borrowing costs rose in the face of the controversy

(Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI)

Alberta floods

Flooding in Calgary

Flooding in Calgary and across the rest of southern Alberta this summer caused more than $6 billion in damages

(Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI)

Ukraine protests

Protestors in Kiev

Early December saw thousands rally in Kiev, Ukraine. Protestors were angered by President Viktor Yanukovych’s efforts to align economically with Russia, rather than the European Union

(Gleb Garanich/Reuters)