As journalists, we'd like to think we have a handle on what's big news and what's not. However, when you're caught up in the flurry of searching out — and breaking — the next hot story, it's sometimes easy to forget the top headlines from even just weeks before.

Different people also attach different levels of important to different issues. This is why we need your help.

We're compiling a list of the 10 biggest Hamilton news stories of 2012. We have a pretty good idea of what the contenders will be, but don't want any major events or issues to get overlooked.

So, please, tell us: What, in your opinion, were the biggest, most important Hamilton news stories of the year? Let us know by tweeting @cbchamilton, commenting on our Facebook page, or by sending an e-mail to

We'll take your submissions and add them to the Storify we've posted below.

Happy reminiscing, folks!