Calgary civic election

Calgarians head to the polls to elect a new mayor and councillors. Yes, they will be called councillors, because 2013 is the year the term "alderman" disappears. Naheed Nenshi will seek his second term as mayor.

Keystone pipeline

The U.S. Department of State expected to complete its review process of the proposed new routes through the state of Nebraska and President Barack Obama should decide whether to green light the northern leg of the project. The pipeline is designed to ultimately bring oil from Alberta's oilsands to the Gulf Coast.

Queue-jumping inquiry

So far the inquiry has heard from ER doctors, administrators and politicians. It is trying to determine if VIP access to health care exists in Alberta. Starting in January, the inquiry will hear from people in southern Alberta. Inquiry findings and recommendations are expected in April.

Dustin Paxton

A decision on whether Dustin Paxton should be declared a dangerous offender is expected to happen in January. He has already been found guilty of aggravated assault and sexual assault after his former roommate was dropped off at a Regina hospital in 2010 suffering from multiple injuries and emaciation. Dangerous offender status allows the courts to hold someone indefinitely.

Meredith Boroweic

The trial gets underway in March for the Calgary woman accused of killing two of her newborn babies and trying to kill a third. In October 2012, CBC reported that Boroweic had given birth to another child while in custody at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatric Centre.