Huddle Turns One: The Stories You’ve Loved

As Huddle turns one, we took at look back at the stories that have had the most views. Here’s what you loved most:

What Maclean’s Doesn’t Understand About New Brunswick – when Maclean’s magazine, you know, the one you see in your dentist’s office, wrote a feature basically saying that New Brunswick was doomed, we wrote a rebuttal to highlight some of the positive things that are happening here, and how our economy is in transition, not free fall.

Election Night Drink Pairing – To help people through the cliche-laden federal election news coverage, we provided a useful drink pairing guide. So when some Upper Canadian haircut reading the teleprompter confused Saint John with St. John’s, you’d know what to drink. This little image took over Facebook. Thanks for sharing it, guys.

New York Times Casually Slams Halifax, We Return The Favour – Our first viral hit only a few weeks after we launched. When the New York Times wrote a feature on the actress Ellen Page, it included a bizarre takedown of her hometown of Halifax. We took the liberty of doing our own version on New York City in the same style, featuring the legendary “pizza rat.” This little poke back at the outdated view of the Maritimes also drew thousands of views outside the region, particularly in New York City and Los Angeles.

Irving Oil to Build New Headquarters in Saint John – Huddle was first with the news that Irving Oil would build its new corporate headquarters on King’s Square in Saint John. The story turned into a bit of a saga, as most things involving progress in New Brunswick do, and captured the interest of readers across Canada.

Six Young New Brunswickers to Watch – You hear it every day, “all our best and brightest young people are leaving New Brunswick.” Nope, not really. We took a close look at six young people making a difference and building a career on their own terms here in New Brunswick. People loved it.

Dragon Tamed: Sussex Beard Company Scores Deal – When hirsute Sussex entrepreneur Matthew White pitched his beard care products on the popular CBC show Dragon’s Den, New Brunswickers cheered him on, particularly when he got two of the Dragons to invest in his fledgling company.

Wake Up Call: McKenna Sends Urgent Message To NB Businesses – “I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that we’re literally facing an extinction event in Atlantic Canada if we don’t take action,” former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna said during a Saint John speech. You clicked on the dire warning and McKenna’s prescription to turn things around.