Some key events you should circle in your calendar next year
By Patrick Vaillancourt, News Editor
In honour of our last issue of 2013, we at the Other Press have been looking ahead to events we may be bringing to you as news in 2014. Here’s a month-by-month account of what you should be looking out for.
(Society): In Canada, polar bear swims will take place in cities and towns across the country to ring in the New Year.
(Politics): Latvia is expected to adopt the euro, becoming the 18th member to adopt the currency.
(Society): An International Chinese New Year’s parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on January 31 to celebrate Chinese New Year.
(Sports): New television ads will be launched during SuperBowl XLVIII, which will be held in New Jersey.
(Sports): The 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Sochi, Russia.
(Sports): Vancouver will host the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic, which will feature the Ottawa Senators up against the Vancouver Canucks.
(Douglas College): The election period for the Douglas Students’ Union begins.
(Politics): It is expected that voters in Afghanistan will go to the polls to elect a new president.
(History): The United States will open the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the new World Trade Centre building in Lower Manhattan.
(Politics): Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in India—with more than 750-million eligible voters, India consistently has the largest electoral exercises in the world, and is the world’s largest democracy.
(Sports): The 2014 FIFA World Cup opens in Brazil.
(Society): TransLink is expected to have completed the transition for all public transit users in Metro Vancouver to the new Compass card system.
(Politics): It is widely expected that, if the military government in Egypt were to allow for a presidential election, that it would be held in the summer of 2014.
(Tech): Virgin Galactic expected to launch the first-ever commercial spaceflight, with Virgin founder Richard Branson expected to be on-board along with his two children, in history’s first “family trip to space.”
(Sports): Canada will host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
(History): 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
(Politics): Scotland will hold a referendum on independence from Great Britain.
(Religion): Pope Francis will host an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, where Catholic officials will discuss the challenges of the modern family.
(Politics): The United States will hold mid-term elections for the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate.
(Politics): Municipal elections will be held in cities and towns across British Columbia.
(Politics): American and British troops are expected to fully withdraw from Afghanistan, marking the end of their military involvement in the country.