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Top 10 most watched videos of 2018

Last Updated Dec 19, 2018 at 5:42 pm EDT

An eventful, often turbulent year in Toronto will soon come to a close, with many noteworthy happenings — both delightful and disturbing — in the books.

Several of those headline grabbing incidents were caught on camera and racked up thousands of views online.

Here are the top 10 most-watched videos on CityNews.ca in 2018:

#10. Doug Ford says his support of Donald Trump is unwavering


CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan’s October 2016 interview with then former city councillor Doug Ford about his views on Donald Trump saw renewed attention when he jumped into the race to lead Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party.

The businessman would of course win that race, and go on to win the race for the premier’s seat.

#9. Apparent road rage incident on Eglinton East caught on video


A dash-cam captured an incredibly dangerous moment where a minivan driver attempted to ram a motorcycle not once, but twice, as they drove along Eglinton Ave. East in North York in September.


#8. ‘There’s bodies all over’ Witness describes seeing aftermath of van attack


A woman who was in a restaurant near Yonge and Finch when April’s van attack happened described the surreal scene she witnessed as she left the building.

The woman described the shock she felt as she saw several deceased people on the sidewalk, and learned what had happened.

“You don’t think this would happen in Toronto,” she said.

#7. Sound of gunfire on Danforth during mass shooting

Warning: some may find the video disturbing.


A video posted to Twitter captured the sound of gunshots when a man went on a deadly shooting rampage before killing himself in Toronto’s Greektown on the night of July 22nd. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis and eighteen-year-old Reese Fallon were killed, and 13 others were injured in the shooting.

Following days of questions from the media and the public, Toronto police said 29-year-old Faisal Hussain – who they described as an “emotionally disturbed loner” – carried out the attack.


#6. Shocking footage of Richmond Hill crash caught on dash-cam

Warning: Some may find the video disturbing.


Shocking video of a two-car collision in Richmond Hill was captured by CityNews viewer David Ursino’s dash-cam in August.

“It was a really loud impact,” said Ursino. “It sent the white car careening into the air.”

Police and paramedics said three people were injured in the collision.


#5. Police arrest 2 in alleged theft of baby shower gifts from condo loading dock


A couple moving into a downtown condo in May said $5,000 worth of their belongings were stolen from a loading dock.

Security images captured a man and woman loading the boxes into a van before taking off.

CityNews reporter Adrian Ghobrial confronted the male suspect when he returned to the scene of the alleged crime two days later.

The man admitted to taking the boxes, but said the items were “garbage.”


#4. Naked man jumps into shark tank at Ripley’s Aquarium


Videos on social media of a naked man jumping into the shark tank at Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium went viral and made headlines across the world back in October.

A 37-year-old British Columbia man was later charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and two mischief-related charges after what was described as a “night of drunken antics.”


#3. Plane sways in high winds during landing at island airport


Shocking and stomach-turning footage of a Porter Airline plane swaying in the wind while struggling to land at Billy Bishop back in May was widely shared by our viewers.

Once the plane safely landed, we spoke to several people on the flight who described the experience as terrifying.


#2. Toronto police officer takes down van attack suspect

Warning: some may find the video disturbing.


Toronto Police Const. Ken Lam received widespread praise for how he calmly responded to the man accused of killing ten people during April’s van attack.

A video posted to social media showed Lam keeping his cool while the suspect repeatedly points what appears to be a weapon at the officer. Lam then successfully apprehends the suspect without firing his gun.

#1. Serious crash on Highway 401 caught on dash-cam

Warning: some may find the video disturbing.


Our most-watched video of the year showed a terrifying moment when a minor incident on Highway 401 turned into a major crash back in August.

The tow truck driver who witnessed the incident said the video served as a warning to always slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.

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