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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 11. The real world comes to New Zealand
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We don’t hear a lot about New Zealand. Peaceful, stable countries don’t tend to make the news. Tragically this week, Australia’s little brother was thrust into the world’s spotlight for the worst possible reason. On Friday, a man went on a shooting rampage at a pair of mos...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 10: Do you SNC what I SNC?
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 10: Do you SNC what I SNC?
It was another week of developments, and non-developments, in the ‘Lavscam’ scandal/affair. Where to begin? Let’s start with Jane Philpott. Remember her? She was the minister of something who resigned from office in solidarity with Jody Wilson-Raybould (again, heretofore to be r...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 9: Justin Trudeau’s very bad, awful week
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If only he weren’t so sanctimonious. If only he hadn’t presented himself as a paragon of virtue in a corrupt, fetid political swamp, then maybe we’d cut him some slack. I’m speaking of Justin Trudeau, inclusive, feminist, “sunny ways” prime minister who finds h...
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Stuff Happens, IV: The Reckoning, week 8: It’s Oscar Sunday … zzzzz
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Stuff Happens, IV: The Reckoning, week 8: It’s Oscar Sunday … zzzzz
Well, it’s Academy Awards Sunday. Remember when that used to be a big deal? As a longtime movie fan and pop culture junkie, I’ve always watched the Oscars with varying degrees of interest. This year, it’s off the charts – in the wrong direction. Interest for me is near zero. Jus...
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Stuff Happens IV: The reckoning, week 7: Tru-d’oh!
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I think it’s safe to say that the second week of February, 2019, was the worst week of Justin Trudeau’s leadership. And with the House of Commons returning to action this week, it may become only the second-worst week of the Trudeau era. The Judy Wilson-Raybould affair or scandal (som...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 6. The Trouble with Trudeau
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 6. The Trouble with Trudeau
This was not a good week for Justin Trudeau. The coming weeks may not get any better. The Globe and Mail reported on Thursday that Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould had resisted pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office to issue a directive to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to shelv...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 5. Breaking news: Winter is cold
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 5. Breaking news: Winter is cold
Millions of Americans and not a few Canadians made the shocking discovery this week that winter can be very cold. It was impossible to tune into any American newscast (and the me-too Canadian news) without seeing breathless reports of record shattering cold in American cities. Chicago was the foc...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, Week 4: The kid in the MAGA hat
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, Week 4: The kid in the MAGA hat
There was a time, not long ago, when the mainstream media drove the agenda. Newspapers decided what was news, TV news copied whatever was in that day’s paper, and that’s what we all talked about. Of course, those days are gone. Thanks to Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and whatever...
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Stuff Happens, The Reckoning, Week 3: Canadians pawns in game of Chinese checkers (yes, I know that doesn’t make sense)
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Stuff Happens, The Reckoning, Week 3: Canadians pawns in game of Chinese checkers (yes, I know that doesn’t make sense)
I believe there is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes: don’t mess with China. China, a country we are trying desperately hard to establish firm trading ties with, is still PO’d about their Huawei executive being arrested on Canadian soil. They have already arrested two Canadians on ...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, Week 2: Trump TV
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, Week 2: Trump TV
I really did not want to write about Donald Trump, at least not in the second week of the year. But the Glowing Orange Menace decided that eating up 90 per cent of the air in the news universe was not enough. He wanted it all, and what better way to do that than to…
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