In This Corner

Rants, raves, etc. by Maurice Tougas

Recent Blog Posts

Time isn’t on Time’s side
Posted
Time isn’t on Time’s side
Back in the day, whatever that means, everybody subscribed to magazines. At various times when I was a kid we subscribed to Reader’s Digest, Life, Look, Newsweek, Chatelaine, Macleans, Sports Illustrated, MAD magazine (that was me), Saturday Evening Post … the list goes on. Today, fin...
Published at In This Corner
I miss my CFL
Posted
I miss my CFL
This Sunday would have been one of my favourite Sundays of the year. It would have been Finals Sunday, when the Canadian Football League decided its Eastern and Western champions. The winner would have gone to the Grey Cup in Regina, which would have made for a great, if likely frosty, party. But...
Published at In This Corner
We’re not done with Trump yet
Posted
We’re not done with Trump yet
So, he’s done. He may not know it yet, but he is. Americans have come to their senses and vanquished the great orange menace, the story goes. Americans stood on the precipice, and didn’t jump into the abyss. Sanity returns. Um, well … not quite. The reign of Donald Trump has unl...
Published at In This Corner
Five reasons Trump will lose
Posted
Five reasons Trump will lose
On Aug. 9, 1974, Gerald Ford took over the presidency of the disgraced Richard Nixon. During his speech to the nation, Ford made what would prove to be his only memorable statement: “Our long national nightmare is over.” At the time, calling Watergate a long national nightmare seemed ...
Published at In This Corner
Nothing to fear this Halloween
Posted
Nothing to fear this Halloween
I was never a big fan of Halloween as a kid. I always had a fear of being mugged by bigger kids who might rip open my pillow case and steal my hard-earned booty. And, growing up in Edmonton, it wasn’t much fun to wear a snowsuit under a costume. But most kids love Halloween,…
Published at In This Corner
The (almost forgotten) October Crisis
Posted
The (almost forgotten) October Crisis
In October 1970, Canada was looking pretty good, at least in the eyes of a 14-year-old boy, mainly me. An avid newspaper reader in the early stages of a long addiction to news, I was pretty confident that Canada was just the best and safest place to live. While student protestors were shot dead a...
Published at In This Corner
R.I.P U.S.A.
Posted
R.I.P U.S.A.
I confess to being kind of excited to watch the first presidential debate between Democrat Joseph R. Biden II (his full New York Times title), and Trump party candidate Donald J. (Jackass? Jerk? Juvenile?) Trump. And for about a half-hour, it delivered plenty of laughs and so many jaw dropping mo...
Published at In This Corner
Everything I know about Britain I’ve learned from TV
Posted
Everything I know about Britain I’ve learned from TV
As a forced-into-retirement man approaching senior citizenship, I watch a lot of TV. Actually, I’ve always watched a lot of TV. When I was a kid, when we had just three channels, I knew exactly what was on TV at any time of the evening. If we didn’t have the TV listings, family member...
Published at In This Corner
Telus v. Shaw: Pick your poison
Posted
Telus v. Shaw: Pick your poison
Here’s a test: get together with friends and/or family (at a safe distance, of course), and ask them if they use Shaw or Telus for their TV and internet needs. Then ask them who has had a bad experience with Shaw or Telus. My guess is everyone. Here in the People’s Republic of Alberta...
Published at In This Corner
The Trump that Ate America
Posted
The Trump that Ate America
When the Democrats held their virtual convention to crown Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (this is the actual way the New York Times describes Biden), I didn’t watch a moment of it. I knew the Democrats and their roster of celebrities would be predictably pious and politically correct to a fault. So-o...
Published at In This Corner