1. Twitter unveiled today the Canadian events that were most talked about on the social media site this year, including some of Canada's darkest and brightest moments of 2014.
  2. At the top of the list was the shooting death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and the subsequent lockdown at Parliament.
  3. The @CBCAlerts Twitter account was among the first to bring the news to Canadians.
  4. (Edit: C̶o̶n̶s̶e̶r̶v̶a̶t̶i̶v̶e̶) Liberal Gerry Byrne was among the MPs and government workers who were told to remain in place while police and Parliament security investigated.
  5. Also high on Twitter's list, at #3, was another shooting of Canadians in uniform, the shooting death of three RCMP officers in Moncton by Justin Bourque in June.
  6. The police force's Twitter account was a vital source of information as the shooting resulted in a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours.
  7. The suspect's name circulated on Twitter that evening.
  8. That night, New Brunswick RCMP confirmed that three officers had been killed and Twitter filled with reaction to the news.
  9. The next morning, police were still looking for the shooter.
  10. It wasn't until late that night that the Mounties got their man.
  11. Earlier in the year, it was the Winter Olympics that preoccupied Canadians.

    The fifth most talked about Canadian event of 2014 was the Canadian women's come-from-behind victory in overtime to win Olympic gold.
  12. At #6 was the men's hockey semi-final game between Canada and the U.S.
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