The Current

CBC correspondents look back on the stories that defined 2018

Three of the CBC's top journalists gather for The Current's year-end news panel to discuss 2018's winners and losers, and what's to come in 2019.

Chris Hall, Nahlah Ayed and Keith Boag reflect on a year of dizzying headlines

Prime Minister Justin Canada's touch-and-go journey towards a trade deal with the United States was one of the most important stories of the year, according to CBC journalist Chris Hall. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

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No one could accuse 2018 of being uneventful.

From wildfires and droughts, to political unrest and conflict — it's been a year marked by disruption.

As we say goodbye to 2018, three of CBC's top journalists gathered to discuss the people and stories that made this year what it was.

For Nahlah Ayed, a foreign correspondent who has found herself reporting on genocide in Myanmar one day and Brexit machinations the next, two things stand out: the rise of far-right populism, and the increasingly obvious toll of climate change.  

2018 was by far the worst fire season on record in British Columbia. Devastating fires also raged across California and in Greece. (@CONAFOR/Twitter)

"Between the fires in California and Greece and the heatwave in Europe, and the [COP24 ​climate] conference in Poland… this has been a very big wake-up call year when it comes to climate change," she said.  

From his perch in Washington D.C., it's also been a busy 2018 for the CBC's Keith Boag, who saw a difficult year for U.S. President Donald Trump, historic U.S. midterm elections and the rise of an increasingly vocal generation of young activists.  

Students organized March for Our Lives demonstrations in more than 800 cities in March after being summoned to action by survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

And here in Canada, Chris Hall has watched as the Canadian government pushed its way to a NAFTA-replacement and Ontario Premier Doug Ford ascended to become "the biggest disruptor on the national political scene."  

One thing that all three panellists agree on: with upcoming elections in Canada, the European Union and the U.S., the stage is set for an equally eventful 2019.

To reflect on the year in news, The Current's guest host Michelle Shephard spoke with:

  • Chris Hall, CBC's national affairs editor and the host of The House
  • Keith Boag, Washington correspondent for CBC News
  • Nahlah Ayed, foreign correspondent for CBC based in the United Kingdom

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation.

Produced by Howard Goldenthal.