Welcome… to hockey season. It feels like it, too.

Aargh! Yes, the ultimate reminder of winter’s final approach is now upon us. NHL hockey season has started as of last night. If you don’t believe me, believe the people of Calgary which earlier this week got covered in snow. Yes, summer is definitely over in this country, you sure cannot play baseball in that….

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…

In other news: HBO is getting out of the boxing business!!

Noooooooooooooo!! Come to think of it, maybe HBO is looking to get out of business altogether. (Game of Thrones is ending, too.) They’re justifying this decision by claiming that fewer people are tuning in, though. Still, there are still boxing fans out there. Where are they going to go now? Showtime? Or are they going…

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…

The comeback is complete!! Tiger! Tiger!

Well, folks, like all the rest of you rabid sports fans, I skipped out on watching the NFL this Sunday afternoon and instead tuned in to the end of the PGA Tour golf season, with Tiger Woods winning The Tour Championship while Justin Rose found a way to salvage the FedEx Cup with a birdie…

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…

Florence update: the Carolinas are a mess

I do not have a lot to say tonight, other than to give you this update on what used to be Hurricane Florence. It’s caused a lot of flooding in the Carolinas and a lot of people have been killed. The story here from FOX News. It’s sad. I have an affinity for the Carolinas…

Congrats, Incredibles 2!

My Cairns on Cinema column has been up for a week, in which I congratulate Incredibles 2 on winning the summer box office race, after I declared Avengers: Infinity War ineligible for the title because it was released during the spring box office season. Yes, I had fun with this column this time.

Burt Reynolds: RIP

RIP Burt Reynolds of Evening Shade and Boogie Nights fame, and Cannonball Run, and Striptease and The Longest Yard, etc, etc. Me, I’ll always remember him from the Smokey and the Bandit movies, that was Reynolds at the height of his fame.

NFL season opens tonight in Philly! Eventually.

After a hectic last several days, including a Labour Day in which I was definitely “on assignment”, I have tonight and these next three days off! So, that said, the NFL season opens tonight with Atlanta Falcons at the Philadelphia Eagles, and I plan to tune in to that when it eventually stops raining. I…

Best way to lower your blood pressure: ignore all Colin Kaepernick news!!

Folks, a word now on improving your health. You know these stories about that Nike ad featuring Colin Kaepernick? Just ignore them. By doing that, you will lower your blood pressure, improve your mental health by reducing depression and anxiety, help your concentration, assist with anger management issues, and do all kinds of other wonderful…

Gordon!!! Potential hurricane bears down on the Mississippi Gulf coast

After covering preseason hockey all weekend I am sick of watching sports, so I am tuning in hurricane coverage instead. Exciting stuff. Mississippi and Alabama’s southern Gulf coast looks to be hit by Tropical Storm Gordon, which could still turn into Hurricane Gordon before it is done. Be glad you are not there today.

Welcome to September. Yes, hockey is back already #sjhl

I have spent tonight tuning in to Jr. A preseason exhibition games involving SJHL teams across the border in Alberta tonight (Battlefords North Stars in Frog Lake vs. Bonnyville, Humboldt Broncos in Peace River vs. Whitecourt). I can’t believe hockey season is back already. Football’s return I can believe, but hockey? This is way too…

The Happytime Murders gets killed at the box office

The story of this past weekend at the box office was the dreadful showing of The Happytime Murders. The R-rated puppet show from Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson) and starring Melissa McCarthy bombed at the cinemas, raking in under $10 million. It would have only needed to make about $25 million domestic to beat…

Brangelina bustup news: Angelina gets a new lawyer

I am still following the news in the big Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt never-ending divorce. I dunno why. Maybe I am posting this as a reminder to myself that at the end of the day, being a celebrity divorce lawyer is really not all that much fun. The news of the day seems to be that…

It’s a sad day for America: R.I.P. John McCain

I was watching the football game when CBS News interrupted it for the news that Sen. John McCain of Arizona has passed away. A true loss for the US Senate, and one less voice of reason to counter all the rest of the insanity that has taken over American politics lately.

Thoughts on attending the CP Women’s Open in Regina #lpga

Well, this was different. Yesterday, I attended day two of the CP Women’s Open at the Wascana Country Club in Regina. Although I have reported on plenty of local golf tournaments during my time in the media, including one just last week, this is the first time I’ve attended a professional golf tournament with high…

Lane!!!! Hurricane season is on in Hawaii

Is it my imagination, but isn’t it a bad year for Hawaii? Already in 2018, they’ve had a volcanic eruption in that state, and now they are going to be hit by a hurricane: Hurricane Lane. What’s next, an earthquake? A tsunami? An asteroid strike? I guess being hit by a hurricane is bad enough….

Manafort: Guilty. Cohen: Guilty. It is as bad as it gets for Trump

What an absolutely, utterly disastrous day for the administration of Pres. Donald Trump. This old photo of him says it all today. First of all, Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman. Found guilty today of eight counts of financial crimes including bank fraud, following his trial. Next, Michael Cohen, a man infamous amongst us legal eagles…

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…

Now, more than a few words on the media’s latest gang-up on Trump

Today I want to say a few words about President Donald Trump and the media. As you know the relationship has not been good, with Trump calling them out for “fake news” and for being the “enemy of the people”. This week, about 300+ newspapers ran a coordinated series of editorials in opposition to Trump…

The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, has died today.

The news today is that Aretha Franklin has died, on the exact same date that Elvis Presley died 41 years before. Also, I understand Fox News is in trouble for mixing up Aretha Franklin with Patti LaBelle.

Audio from the Humboldt Broncos’ last game of 2017-18 is now up online.

On an overall gloomy day in Saskatchewan, when lawyers were in court getting the $50,000 interim payments approved for families of the Humboldt Broncos‘ crash victims, I notice audio has been posted of the Broncos’ last game before the collision. The audio is from the April 4 playoff game with the Broncos hosting the Nipawin…

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…