We go from “big snow” head-first into “big deep freeze”!

Howdy, folks, how are you enjoying “Polar Vortex 2019?” Especially all of you in Chicago? By the way, the abominable freezing cold gripping a good chunk of the Midwest USA is actually considered “normal” for this time of year in frozen-tundra Saskatchewan. Which, by the way, is frozen solid today. (And you folks down there…

Old Man Winter is burying North America under a heap of snow!

Happy Winter 🥶, folks. It seems as if the cold and the white stuff is socking North America today. I understand Toronto is getting upwards of 15 cm of it, in fact the latest report from Pearson airport is 23 cm — reminding people of the good old days when Mayor Mel Lastman had to…

Masses take to the streets in Venezuela; Maduro struggles to hold on

I have been following what’s been happening in Venezuela with the recent coverage of all the protests in the streets, with the opposition leader Juan Guaido declaring himself President and the considerable international recognition that has followed (including Pres. Trump). Meanwhile, Pres. Nicolas Maduro continues to attempt to hold on to power, as he ordered US…

Now, the last word on Rod Pedersen leaving as Voice of the Riders

All chaos broke loose in Saskatchewan during my time in Las Vegas last week. Just a day after coach/GM Chris Jones quit the Saskatchewan Roughriders to go to the Cleveland Browns, it was Rod Pedersen who resigned from Riders flagship 620 CKRM, leaving as the play-by-play “Voice of the Riders” on radio and also leaving…

Kevin Spacey has his day in court

I just found this Kevin Spacey court coverage today to be fascinating, because it reminds me of all the times I would sit in our local provincial court house as a reporter, watching the parade of accused people get hauled up before the judge. What happened here was exactly the same, EXCEPT this is big…

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is on in the Bahamas!

Exciting stuff for poker fans as day one of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is under way at The Atlantis in the Bahamas. Today is the first day for the PokerStars Players Championship, where established pros go up against online qualifiers. One of those online qualifiers is Travis Nesbitt, an online pro from Saskatchewan, who won…

Bad News Roundup: Mean Gene, Super Dave, Team Canada

It has been a big day for bad news. First, legendary wrestling announcer/interviewer “Mean Gene” Okerlund, Dead. Next, comedian Bob Einstein, better known as Super Dave Osborne. Dead. Finally, Canada lost at the World Junior quarters to Finland 2-1 in OT tonight in Vancouver. That result eliminates the Canadian juniors, and that means all Canadian…

Now a few words about DAZN and all its inroads into Canada

I was going to talk about this last week, but since DAZN aired the Canelo Alvarez fight last night (in which he beat up on Rocky Fielding at MSG), I think it’s still timely to talk about the inroads this European company has made into Canada lately, with all the sports rights they are picking…

Big winter storm whacking North Carolina and Virginia!

How do you like winter storm season? If you are travelling, you probably don’t like it very much. Here is a Weather Channel story on their self-titled “Winter Storm Diego” which is mainly whacking North Carolina and Virginia. Other states are impacted as well with snow, heavy rains and floods. From my vantage point here…

The news is that former Pres. George H.W. Bush is dead at 94

The news broke last night that George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States has died at age 94. The story from Fox News here. Also, this from the New York Times on his final days. Also, here’s a piece about Bush’s time at the CIA, which I found interesting. New York Stock Exchange…

Who cares about Trump! Fires burning out of control around Malibu

I do not want to see any more news coverage of crazy Donald Trump today. Instead, I want to see real news coverage about these horrible fires raging around Malibu and environs! This is terrible! I was transfixed watching the live coverage from LA this afternoon about these wildfires. The entire city of Malibu is…

Bad News Roundup: Thousand Oaks shootings tops the list

Well, folks, today was a bad “News” day for a lot of reasons. The top bad news of the day: the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California overnight that left 12 people dead. The second piece of bad news: the angry mob attacks outside the home of Tucker Carlson. Third piece of…

A day of pipe bomb near-mayhem in the USA

I don’t call the place the Upset States for nothing. Pipe bombs sent today to Ex-Pres. Obama, the Clintons, George Soros, CNN, etc. There is just too much hate in the ‘States these days. Lock the perpetrator up! America right now. Playing out live on @CNN pic.twitter.com/aCRGG4xoW2 — Don Lemon (@donlemon) October 24, 2018 Needless…

Khabib and McGregor: suspended!!

It’s official, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially suspended the two idiots, ahem, I mean combatants from the main event of UFC 229 because of that WWE-worthy brawl that ensued when Khabib left the ring. What a farce. Maybe Dana White should suspend these two permanently from the UFC, because what went down on…

Khabib vs McGregor is on!! Most anticipated UFC fight ever

This is it! The champion Khabib Nurmagomedov takes on No. 1 Conor McGregor for the UFC lightweight title tonight at UFC 229 in Las Vegas! This should be something else, simply because McGregor is involved and he’s a wild man. The pay-per-view is on right now as we speak, but the cheapskates out there who…

My reaction to Crimetown

The W5 piece that aired Saturday called “Crimetown”, about crime in North Battleford, is exactly what I expected. It was sensational, painted a bleak picture of the city and exaggerated the true state of the crime situation. That said, there was one part of the documentary that really got my attention. It was the point…

This Brett Kavanaugh gong show promises to hit new heights Thursday

Thursday is the day when the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh in D.C. will hear from Christine Blasey Ford with her accusations of a sexual assault at a high school party years ago. This hearing will get maximum TV coverage, from all the news channels, but I don’t know if I want…

Yikes! A scary tornado situation for Ottawa-Gatineau region!

If you think what has gone on in the Carolinas is scary enough, check out what happened with the weather in eastern Canada today. What is now being estimated as a preliminary EF-2 tornado hit the Ottawa area today, with the city of Gatineau across the border in Quebec very hard hit. This is not…

Topics for future blog posts

I have nothing to say today, I want to relax and enjoy what is left of summer, even though it really looks more like fall around here right now. I just wanted to list off some topics for future blog posts, just so I don’t forget about them: Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings hijacked by sexual…

Prince George, BC gets completely blacked out by the wildfire smoke

Another wildfire update to tell you about; it really is getting ridiculous. I thought I had seen it all when our own atmosphere went completely orange 🍊in midweek. Other places have gone completely dark. Check out Prince George, BC, which was totally blacked out today by this wildfire smoke. I understand it was also a…

Wildfire smoke update: the bad air is back

(Pictured: smoky downtown North Battleford SK.) Well, here we are at midweek and I can tell you, the smoky air is back. All that wildfire smoke from BC (now under a state of emergency) and Alberta has infiltrated Saskatchewan and has smoked us right out. To be quite honest with you, this is getting depressing….

Lots of bad news from Genoa, London, Fredericton etc.

This week’s edition of Bad News Roundup has lots of bad news to tell you about today: Today, a motorway collapsed in Genoa, Italy and the latest report is that it has killed 35 people. Also, a vehicle ran into people in London outside Parliament in what is described as a terrorist attack. People in…