The Return of Stuff Happens, week 16: I’m done with the NHL.

When the Oilers are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs — maybe tonight, maybe Wednesday, maybe in the next series — I can officially quit watching hockey. I  can’t do it right now. That would be like watching 90 minutes of a two-hour movie and turning it off, or reading 275 pages of a 350-page… Continue reading The Return of Stuff Happens, week 16: I’m done with the NHL.

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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 7: Horror in Sweden?

Doesn’t it seem like weeks ago that Justin Trudeau visited Donald Trump? It was the story on this side of the border for days. But Trudeau had barely lifted off from Washington and his visit was forgotten, overwhelmed by a tsunami of terrible Trump news. But let’s briefly look back on the Trump-Trudeau visit, which… Continue reading The Return of Stuff Happens, week 7: Horror in Sweden?

The Return of Stuff Happens, week 3: Welcome to the world of alternative facts

“The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt, 1932 inauguration. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, 1960 inauguration. “From this day forward, it’s going to be America first, America first.” Donald J. Trump, 2017 inauguration Well, it’s… Continue reading The Return of Stuff Happens, week 3: Welcome to the world of alternative facts

Stuff Still Happens, week 52: Let’s recap 2016 … sorry, it’s the law.

Yeah, yeah,  I know. It was a terrible year. One of the worst in recent memory. But the rule for anyone who writes a weekly blog or column is that you must write some sort of year-end recap. So, with apologies, here we go. Newsmaker of the Year Is there any doubt about this? Donald Trump,… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 52: Let’s recap 2016 … sorry, it’s the law.

Stuff Still Happens, week 32: The value of a Penny has soared

What’s a penny worth? In this country, nothing, because we don’t make pennies any more. But as of this week, a Canadian Penny is priceless. At age sixteen — sixteen! — Canada’s swimming sensation with the made-for-headlines name has won more medals than any other Canadian swimmer. Heck, she’s won more medals in one Olympics… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 32: The value of a Penny has soared

Stuff Still Happens, week 23: The year of the fallen icons

The Oxford English Dictionary defines icon as ‘a symbol or graphic representation on a screen of a program, option, or window’, which doesn’t work until you look at the second definition, which is ‘a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration.’ There are few words in English usage today more… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 23: The year of the fallen icons

Stuff Still Happens, week 13: Horror in Lahore; more Trumpism

Remember the horrible attack last week in Belgium? Of course you do; it’s still in the news. But on Easter Sunday, there was another terrorist attack that was worse by multiple factors, yet it hardly rated a mention. On Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, hundreds of people had gathered in one of the city’s largest… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 13: Horror in Lahore; more Trumpism

Stuff Still Happens, week 12: Bombings, and bodies, keep piling up

Another week, another atrocity. This time, it’s Brussels, Belgium (a city described in January by Donald Trump as a “hellhole”) that came under sophisticated and yet cowardly attack by ISIS on Tuesday. Bombs went off in three locations leaving at least 30 people dead. That an attack would happen in Brussels is hardly surprising. The… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 12: Bombings, and bodies, keep piling up

Stuff Still Happens, week 11: The Trump express rolls on; the Canadian ketchup controversy

It started as a joke. It’s still a joke, but nobody’s laughing anymore. Donald J. Trump famously entered the U.S. Republican race back in June by riding a down escalator. C’mon, a down escalator? What better symbol of failure than a down escalator? Everybody had a good laugh, and went about seriously dissecting the ‘real’… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 11: The Trump express rolls on; the Canadian ketchup controversy

Stuff Still Happens, week 10: Justin does Washington

It was a good week to be Justin Trudeau. Just like the other 51, only a little bit more. Trudeau made the official rounds of Washington this week, including a rare state dinner, the ultimate accolade for a visiting leader. The American media has lavished attention on the rookie leader, with the Washington Post calling… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 10: Justin does Washington