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Trade war, plane crash, stunning deaths and a sewage tsunami: Top stories of 2017

We were a little surprised which stories were read the most, but this year's top stories combine mystery, technology, a hero and the gross factor, which certainly sounds like some interesting reading. Check out our top five stories of the year


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TORONTO—Well, 2017 has been quite an eventful year.

We saw the the first year of a spectacularly chaotic presidency, the slow death of Trudeaumania and the potential discovery of the famed and historic Avro Arrow. And as big as all of those stories were, they still weren’t big enough to make the top five CanadianManufacturing.com stories of 2017.

Here’s a look at what did make the list. These are the top 5 stories of 2017 (and a bonus story for the holidays)

5. No, there’s not going to be a trade war with Canada: White House spokesman

So that didn’t last long. Back in May, now infamously hapless White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer declared in no uncertain terms that the U.S. trusted NAFTA’s dispute-settlement mechanisms, saying “we’re going to let the process play out.” As we near 2018, Canada and the U.S. are engaged in two trade wars and have made zero progress in defining a new trade pact for the continent.

4. Ford recalls Edge SUVs, Lincolns built at Oakville, Ont. plant

The location surely played a big part of this story’s popularity, as the recall, some 32,000 vehicles, wasn’t really big enough to cause much of a flap. But factor-in the ongoing spectre of the Takata air-bag deaths and this story had more legs than it normally would.

3. Roy Halladay crash: Futuristic plane has a short, spotty history

The iconic former Toronto Blue Jays ace pitcher and avid pilot had been wanting an ICON A5 performance plane for a long time, and enthusiastically tweeted his joy once finally getting his hands on one. Alas, the man Blue Jays fans called “Doc” would ultimately meet his demise while at the controls. And as it turned out, he wasn’t the first.

2. Mexico sends ‘tsunami of sewage’ spewing into U.S. coastal town, says Mayor

The gross factor certainly carried this story to the number two spot, as the quiet, low-crime, California beach town of Imperial Beach got a smelly new addition to its otherwise idyllic Pacific shoreline: 143-million-gallons of feces, ammonia and household sewage. If that doesn’t say Story of the Year, then…

CanadianManufacturing.com’s Top Story of 2017 is…

Four cocoa company execs arrested in New York on fraud charges

Defrauding banks of out hundreds of millions of dollars while working with some of the largest food companies in the world (ever heard of Hershey Co. and Nestle SA?) is no easy task, and this group of four allegedly did just that.

BONUS STORY:

Police release cause of death of Apotex founder Barry Sherman, wife

It’s not the holidays without a little something extra, and this year that comes in the form of a story that may become one of the real life biggest murder mysteries of 2018.

Looking for more?
Check out the Top Cleantech stories of 2017 on Cleantech Canada here:
A year of ups and downs: cleantech forges ahead through tough 2017


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