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Rants, raves, etc. by Maurice Tougas

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How $1.34 turned into $76.13
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I don’t know where you are, but here in the Great White North’s most northerly metropolis, it was a lovely summer. Until smoke from B.C. forest fires began to blot out the sun for days on end, we had a great string of warm, sometimes even hot, weather. In my view, a very good summer.&...
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Nuttiness in the Great White North
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This week, two examples of Canadian craziness. First, let’s go east, to Ontario, where the poisoned fruits of the Trump tree have fallen and taken root. (Man, that’s good writin’.) In June, the good people of Ontario elected corpulent doofus Doug Ford as their premier. Ford is, ...
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How I helped Apple become a $1 trillion company
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How I helped Apple become a $1 trillion company
In between the increasingly deranged rants from the orange menace to the south, you may have heard last week that Apple (the company, not the fruit) has become the first publicly-traded American company in history to be valued at $1 trillion dollars. That’s one TRILLION. Or, put another way...
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A puzzlement …
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A puzzlement …
It’s been a while since my last blog, as you no doubt have noticed. You’ve noticed, right? Seriously, somebody must have noticed? No? Ah, well … I do have an excuse for my blogish laziness. A couple, actually. One is that I am in a summer opinion lull, thanks to a very pleasant ...
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Think you know the national anthem? Think again … but this time, in French.
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Think you know the national anthem? Think again … but this time, in French.
On Friday night, at the Edmonton Eskimos game (my profound apologies to the 14 people in Canada who find the term ‘Eskimo’ offensive), the national anthem singer chose to perform the anthem in the bilingual version. Now, I’m old enough to remember when English-French tensions in...
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Follow the bouncing ball: World Cup 2018
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Every four years, people who couldn’t identify Ronaldo from Ron Howard suddenly become soccer experts. It’s the World Cup, an event so important, so famous, that it doesn’t even have to name the sport. World Cup.. ’nuff said. I’m not a huge soccer fan, but I have thr...
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With friends like these …
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Donald Trump – the sexist, racist, xenophobic, dictatorial, megalomaniac leader of the free world – has finally accomplished something that no other American president has ever done. Trump has single-handedly destroyed the relationship between Canada and the United States. The two countries that ...
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Barr vs. Bee: did the punishments fit the crimes?
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After all these months of stories about men behaving badly, it was about time that women had a chance to behave like complete a-holes. Equality take a long time, but we’ll get there, right, ladies? As you probably know, this past week two female TV performers, both alleged comics, got thems...
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The obligatory royal rant
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Well, royalty fans, have you had enough? Six, seven, eight hours of non-stop, drooling coverage of the royal wedding should be enough to slake your thirst for all things royal for a while. For the tiny number of committed anti-monarchists like myself, the last few weeks have been cause for much t...
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Go Jets go! Right?
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The other day I turned on the television to find an NHL game in progress. I was shocked. I thought the hockey season ended months ago. It had for me, anyway. Stranger still, the game featured a team identified on the screen only as VGK. VGK? Could it be the Viking Grain Kings? Victoria Grannies&#...
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