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…

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…

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…

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.

Tragedy in Toronto: mass shooting in the Danforth

There have been way too many stories lately about violence in the city of Toronto. Last night, more tragedy: a gunman, now deceased, went on a shooting rampage in the Greektown area of the Danforth where two people were killed and 13 more injured. This news comes right after the city of Toronto had deployed…

Trump throws US intelligence community under the bus at Helsinki summit!

Well, this lousy summit meeting Pres. Donald Trump had with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was a big success, all right — for Putin. President Trump declines to side with US intelligence that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Instead, Trump repeatedly asked about the Democratic National Committee's email server and Hillary Clinton's…

Pres. Donald Trump does the Trump thing again; torches Iran nuclear deal

I don’t know why presidential-watchers still insist that President Donald Trump is unpredictable. He isn’t! This latest decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions is soooooooo Trump. Any major policy that came in during the Obama administration will always be first in line to get the chop from Trump. This ought…

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…

Sorry for not posting, folks — busy, busy

I’ve been MIA due to a flood of work assignments this week. So I haven’t been able to post news about the alligator attack at Disney World, or the shooting death of a Labour MP in the UK, or any of that. Which is just as well. It really has been a rough time. Tonight,…

Ghomeshi says he’s sorry in court today

I guess Jian Ghomeshi didn’t get off totally scott-free today after all — he also had to give an apology. Story here. Also, his lawyer’s comments in court here. 

The news today has been all-around bad

I don’t have a lot to say tonight, but I notice it has been another one of those bad days in the news business, and for the news business. For one thing, there is all the bad news about layoffs at CTV and TSN hitting local news, radio news, and shows like TSN’s Off the Record…

Sorry folks, I went to a movie and had no time to post about all the news

Well, I have had no time to give my thoughts on the launch of the Hillary Clinton campaign, or the launch of the Marco Rubio campaign, or about Rand Paul feuding with the reporters, or about President Barack Obama in Panama with Raul Castro, or about the Aaron Hernandez verdict, or any of that.  What happened is I covered a city council…

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…

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…

I AM CURRENTLY THE INTERIM SPORTS REPORTER FOR THE PAPER. DEAL WITH IT, CANADA

This is for readers who are wondering why you are seeing my byline on the sports pages of the News-Optimist. No, I am not the new sports guy, I am filling in until the new guy shows up. So there is no need for sports fans in the Northwest region to panic or jump off a cliff. You will only have to suffer my sports…

DON’T WATCH THE NEWS

It’s all doom and gloom on the news these days. There’s still this Boston bomb coverage, and then you have the Margaret Thatcher funeral happening overnight, our time. Cheery stuff. As an aside, I still can’t believe those haters who danced on Thatcher’s grave this past week just about succeeded in making “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”…

MY BUSY LIFE REPORTING THE NEWS

Just wanted to say that the last three weeks for me reporting the news have been ridiculous, to say the least, with a lot of lost evenings and weekends on the job.  This past weekend, I was finally able to get three full days off, but it has been very difficult trying to get back into Saskatoon to…