What is going on in Toronto?! Van attack leaves multiple people dead

What a horrible day of news, again. This time, a van was driven onto a sidewalk in Toronto and killed 10 pedestrians, with 15 more injured at the latest report. Despite early speculation of terrorism, public safety minister Ralph Goodale was saying a few moment ago this does not appear to be connected to national…

News from Nowhere for April 22

I really don’t have a lot to say today so here are some links to the big stories happening lately: North Korea suspending nuke tests, shootings at Waffle House, the Barbara Bush funeral, and James Comey. I guess Coachella has been on as well. That’s all I’m writing about for now.

A bad last few days for deaths: Art Bell, Harry Anderson and now Barbara Bush

RIP to all of them. BREAKING: Longtime radio host Art Bell has died at his Pahrump home, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office saidhttps://t.co/qJSSPZxfDI pic.twitter.com/nGxCeHKrVN — Las Vegas RJ (@reviewjournal) April 14, 2018 'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home https://t.co/RxW9pBfCyr pic.twitter.com/l6E764KIn9 — CP24 (@CP24) April 17, 2018 Remembering Barbara Bush. 1925-2018https://t.co/IUtKfdKn1n pic.twitter.com/onRhWcCFoY…

The big Bill Cosby retrial is upon us, the jury has been selected

The big celebrity trial of the moment is now here as the jury has been selected for the retrial of Bill Cosby for felony sexual assault. The jury selection took place over the past three days, with a host of potential jurors grilled over what they knew about this case. Jury selection was not without…

Where were you 50 years ago today?

A sad anniversary in news: on this date in 1968 was the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago today in Memphis. #MLK50 pic.twitter.com/NVHtXfJwKp — NBC News (@NBCNews) April 4, 2018

Latest on Ottawa shooting: PM to speak soon

I am now at home watching all the news about the situation in Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is slated to speak to the country in a few minutes. Sadly, the reservist standing guard at the National War Memorial today was killed. The shooter was also killed, and sergeant-at-arms is being hailed as a hero…

Scary situation in Ottawa with the shootings on Parliament Hill

Terrifying day here in Canada as that awful shooting situation unfolded on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, with Parliament itself in lockdown. I am just getting caught up on the latest news myself, so for the latest here is the CBC, CTV, and Global. Also I have posted below footage captured inside Parliament by the Globe…

Umbrellas are the word as Occupy Central grips Hong Kong

The pro-democracy movement is alive and well in Hong Kong as students have been demonstrating the last two days, amid tear gassings and the like. I notice even the media got caught up in the tear gassings. (Gee, I wonder where we’ve seen this sort of activity before.) All this is, of course, prompted by…

Scotland decides “No Thanks”, to which I say, “Thank God!”

My British dual citizenship has been saved! Scotland voted no to independence in the referendum, and with that result Alex Salmond has resigned as Scottish First Minister. My reaction is to simply breathe a sigh of relief. Worrying about the future of my British passport was something I did not need.

Today is Scotland’s day of decision

Polls close in a few hours in the Scottish independence referendum and I will be surely tuning in to the results. Once polls close at 10pm in Scotland, the BBC plans live coverage here. ITV coverage is here. And Sky News is here. See you later.

John Oliver’s riff on Scotland independence is funny stuff

For those wanting a lighter side of the weighty issue of Scottish independence, check out John Oliver’s take on it on YouTube. My coworker sent it my way the other day and Oliver pretty much nails it when it comes to explaining why the Scots have this deep-seeded disgust for the English. Have a good…

No doubt about it, this Scottish referendum has me freaking out

My column on the Scottish independence referendum is now up. It ought to leave no doubt as to where I stand in all of this. My whole dual citizenship with the UK is at stake here. And if Scottish voters think breaking up the UK will be an easy process without repercussions, think again. I…

Rob Ford in hospital: tumour rumours all over the Internet

What is next?! I was all set to finally talk about David Soknacki and what his withdrawal yesterday meant to the Toronto mayor’s race, and about the latest poll giving John Tory a 12-point lead, but now comes this latest news — terrible news, if true — about Mayor Rob Ford being admitted to hospital…

Latest on Ferguson situation

I was following the Ferguson situation pretty intently on the news and on the live streams yesterday night as it approached the second night of the curfew that had been imposed. What an ugly scene down there, with all the tear gas and mayhem, and it all started because a cop decided to be out…

Things really deteriorating in Ferguson, Mo as we speak

I’m done watching the NFL game and I am tuned in now to live streams from newscasts in St. Louis, with reports of looting, shots fired, Molotov cocktails and tear gas down in Ferguson, Missouri. What a crisis down there — all triggered by Michael Brown’s shooting death. I’ll probably have more to say about…

Another high-flying News from Nowhere

Welcome to another News from Nowhere, and this week it is going to be brief because this is summer and I’d rather spend the rest of tonight, and this week for that matter, listening to baseball games. Anyway, the big news this past week has been all about airplane crashes and about airlines not flying…

This week’s News from Nowhere has all the news that’s fit to print

Welcome to News from Nowhere and as you can probably guess, the big news this week is all about the bloodbath at the New York Times and its aftermath. The Times canned its executive editor Jill Abramson last week over alleged issues with her management of the newsroom. That was followed up by reports alleging…

The situation in the Ukraine is a flat-out mess. Enough said

It is descending into chaos in the Ukraine. The Russians authorized the order to send in the troops to the Crimean regions, and now the Russians are turning into international pariahs. The US Secretary of State John Kerry has gone to Kiev in search of a solution to this crisis, or mess, whatever you want…

Protests in the Ukraine are turning ugly today

In between the hockey games in Sochi, I have tuned in to some of the live feeds out there covering the deteriorating situation in the Ukraine. Opposition protests have been going on in the capital Kyiv and now 14 people are reported dead. CBC News has ongoing coverage of the situation here.

SYRIA TOPS A JAM-PACKED NEWS FROM NOWHERE ON THIS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Well, we welcome all you school-hating students back to school again with another News from Nowhere — led once again by the usual bad news regarding the Middle East. Here are the latest developments on the US and Syria. It sure looks as if President Barack Obama is going to get authorization for air strikes on Syria. The…

YES, I’M ENJOYING THE HOT SUMMER WEATHER AROUND HERE

Hi folks. I really haven’t had much of a chance to update the blog much lately. I was in Saskatoon a couple of nights this past week. And this was a work weekend so I was downloading a few pictures today at the office. Of course, I took time yesterday to tune in the Riders’ win over the…

WHO WOULD HAVE EXPECTED CLEVELAND TO BE SUCH A HOT NEWS TOWN!?

This was obviously another jam-packed week of news, not just with Jodi Arias but also the miracle escape in Cleveland of three missing girls who everyone thought were dead. That whole rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight happened on Tuesday and has dominated the news ever since. You can catch up with the latest videos…