Yahoo! Canada Announces Winners of First Annual Awards: Clara Hughes, Best Ambassador

Canadians have spoken, voting for Justin Trudeau as the winner of The Next Prime Minster category in the First Annual Yahoo! Canada Awards

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2012 – What was the year’s biggest scandal? Who is Canada’s real social media superstar? Who’s comeback got the biggest buzz? Today, Yahoo! Canada answers all those questions and more, as the winners of the first annual Yahoo! Canada Awards are revealed.

The awards encouraged Canadians to share their opinions about this year’s hottest topics and news stories via online voting during the month of October.

“Yahoo! is focused on making the things we do every day more delightful and entertaining, so we’re thrilled with the response from Yahoo! Canada users who voted in droves for this year’s newsmakers, best quotes, biggest scandals and most memorable moments,” said Justine Melman, Web Life Editor at Yahoo! Canada. “The Yahoo! Canada Awards are a great opportunity to find out more about what matters most to our users which helps our ongoing efforts to create a comprehensive and world-class content experience for Canadians.”

The awards are based on four major categories, with a number of sub categories in each. Users were asked to cast a vote for their favourite in each category, and the tallied votes resulted in the following winners:

The Big Buzz
· The Big Buzz Story – Canada’s Women’s soccer team
· The Big Buzz Video – Bullied bus driver
· The Big Buzz Canadian – Christine Sinclair
· The Big Buzz Celeb – Britney Spears
· The Big Buzz Comeback – Sidney Crosby

The Who’s Who
· The Canadian Impact – Simple Plan’s Charity Foundation
· The Ambassador – Clara Hughes
· The Media Mogul – Don Cherry
· The Next Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau
· The Social Media Superstar – Justin Bieber

The Top Breaks
· The Story of the Year – London Olympics
· The Quote of the Year – Chick-fil-A
· The Grand Slam – Higgs-Boson
· The Tip of the Year – Always warm up
· The Memorable Moment of the Year – Dark Knight Shooting

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
· The Ultimate Scandal – Kristen Stewart
· The Shining Moment – MacLennan’s gold
· The Greatest Achievement – Record weight loss
· The Biggest Blunder – Costa Concordia
· The Letdown of the Year – Facebook IPO
· The Beaver Tail – Corporate Canada

A full list of all the nominees can be found at: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/yahoocanadaawards/

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