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TORONTO — Two soldiers killed within two days of each other — Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo — were named Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year for 2014. Some quotes from the country’s editors and news directors who voted:

“These two stories shocked the nation. These two men did not ask to be in the news. They were random victims who were thrust into the spotlight by deranged individuals who made us all question our own safety. We will never remember the shooters’ names, but these two men should always be remembered.” — Fred Hutton, news director with VOCM, St. John’s, N.L.

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“In a few short days in October, the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent came to represent Canada’s fight against ISIL and home-grown terrorism. Their deaths loomed large over a nation wrestling with the federal government’s choice to take part in military attacks against ISIL.” — Lorne Motley, editor, Calgary Herald.


“Homegrown terror shocked the nation and revealed our vulnerability.” — Frank De Palma, newsroom director, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax.

“It was one of the rare times in our country’s history that career soldiers were killed in cold blood when not on a combat mission.” Michel Lorrain, general director, Cogeco nouvelles in Montreal.


“I also find it offensive that (Michael Zehaf) Bibeau even gets any consideration as Newsmaker of the Year. There is no reason to allow him any more exposure.” Darryl Mills, managine editor, Daily Herald, Prince Albert, Sask.

“Few Canadians were not touched in some way by this story. Prior to Oct. 22, 2014, nobody knew Michael Zehaf Bibeau. Today, he’s our Lee Harvey Oswald.” — Brad Works, managing editor, Journal Pioneer, Summerside, P.E.I.

“The (Jian) Ghomeshi story will be the one that resonates the longest and causes the most discussion into the coming year, and beyond.” — Jonathan Rothman, news editor, Yahoo Canada News.


SOURCE: The Canadian Press

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