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Popular Ottawa videos in 2013: Wal-Mart dog to smoking alcohol

CBC Ottawa has compiled the 10 most viewed videos on our website for 2013. The year's top local news stories lead with some viral videos mixed in.

Tornado, Breezy the dog, police officer punches man also among top 10 videos on CBC.ca/Ottawa

'It's a brutal, brutal thing,' train passenger says of Ottawa crash 5:56

1. Ottawa bus crash witness 

The most shocking story of the year in Ottawa was the tragic crash between an OC Transpo bus and a Via Rail passenger train. The most watched video on our website was this account over the phone from a witness.

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2.Police officer punches man

In the fall of 2013, an Ottawa police officer was shown on a smartphone video punching a young man. The officer was later vindicated and the man was charged, but the initial video raised some concerns as it came after the Sammy Yatim shooting in Toronto.

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3.‘Smoking alcohol’ videos trouble paramedics

A phenomenon gaining steam online showed college-age men in the U.S. vaporizing alcohol and then inhaling it. The practice was also touted as a way to reduce the number of calories you take in during a night out.​

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4.Son with severe autism left to government

Parents of a child with severe autism said they were exhausted and left their son at a government office, claiming they were out of options.

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5. Fired for trying to help dog

A woman working at a south Ottawa Wal-Mart says she confronted a customer who left their dog locked in a hot car. She was later fired, she said.

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6.Funnel cloud in Ottawa

Ottawa sees its fair share of freezing rain, snow and wet weather, but it doesn't see many tornadoes or funnel clouds. This video was captured by a user and sent to CBC Ottawa.

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7.Motorcycle caught on video speeding

MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais police used recorded video taken by two motorcyclists to fine them more than $10,000 each and give them more than 100 demerit points after they pulled them over for speeding.


8. Spartan Race in 90 seconds 

The Spartan Race is a gruelling test of endurance, strength and perseverance with a series of obstacles and challenges. We edited down video into a 90-second taste of the 2013 race in Wakefield, Que.


9.Gatineau police on daycare shooting

A man entered a daycare in Gatineau, Que., and shot one of the workers before turning the gun on himself. Gatineau police spoke about the incident soon after that left the two men dead.

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10.Dog named Breezy nearly beaten to death 

The dog, Breezy, became well known in Ottawa after it was beaten by its owner's son with a shovel. She underwent surgery to help her recover and she continues to overcome the injuries.

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