The year 2015 is almost in the rearview mirror now, with just a day or two trickling away before we tack up the new calendar.
It’s hard to say yet whether 2015 was a good year, a bad year, or just another year.
It’s easy enough to pick out some of the major events that took place. In the Lower Mainland, the TransLink referendum went down to a crushing defeat. Those of us out in the suburbs saw a few thousand more people move out here even as house prices heated up some more. We saw protests over the proposed doubling of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The biggest story of the year for Canada was undoubtedly the federal election that saw the Conservatives swept out and the Liberals in. It’s easy to say with hindsight that the Conservative government had used up its goodwill with a majority of voters – but up until just before the election, it all seemed very much up in the air.
Internationally, ISIS grabbed headlines and territory and incited even more outrage when they took credit for a vicious attack on civilians in Paris. Donald Trump continued to dominate the contest to become the Republican presidential candidate. Solar panels are spreading, but Volkswagen turned out to be a lot less green than they had pretended to be.
It’s hard to say which of these stories will be considered important in the future, whether 10 years or 100.
The truth is, 2015 isn’t finished yet. A lot of balls are still in the air, many dice were tossed and are still tumbling. We don’t know whether Justin Trudeau will be a good prime minister or not. We don’t know whether the future will think Stephen Harper was a good PM or not. We don’t know if Trump will be a president or be scrubbed, we don’t know if ISIS will threaten the west or crumble, we don’t know if the temperature will keep going up along with house prices or if we can finally stabilize both of them.
Here’s hoping we all get to see the outcome, from a nice safe vantage point about 10 years from now.