the 26th annual Fredzee Awards
to President Donald Trump, 2018 will forever be known
as the year of “fake news”, which is ironic considering
that the biggest purveyor of fake news is the President
himself. Unfortunately, it was the non-fake news stories
of wild fires in California, hurricanes in North Carolina
and Florida and a tornado in Ottawa that dominated the
headlines, proving once again that Mother Nature is often
the biggest Newsmaker of the Year.
also saw the passing of such legendary icons as Aretha
Franklin, Burt Reynolds, Stephen Hawking and cartoonist
Stan Lee, not to mention Margot Kidder, former Ottawa
Senator goalie Ray Emery, and “Butterfly Boy” Jonathan
Pitre. It is in their honour that I present the 2018 Fredzee
year’s BIG winners
1) Doug Ford (From dark horse to Ontario Premier in just
three short months.)
2) Anyone associated with the mari-juana business. (Officially
legal as of Oct. 17, initial marijuana sales were higher
than expected, leading to delays in deliveries.)
3) Canada’s Winter Olympic team. (Canadian athletes win
10 gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals at the Winter
Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. It’s the most medals
Canada has won at an Olympic Games since Vancouver.)
year’s biggest losers
Tie between Patrick Brown and Kathleen Wynne. (2018 was
not a particularly good year for either former party leader.)
2) Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose,
Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and any another celebrity caught
up in the #MeToo movement.
3) Roseanne Barr (From hit debut of Roseanne to the unemployment
line in less than three months, all thanks to a racist
tweet that was less than 10 words.)
International Stories of the Year
1) The Robert Mueller investigation of possible links
between members of Donald Trump’s election team and the
Russians. Among the casualties so far are former National
Security Advisor Michel Flynn; Trump’s former campaign
manager Paul Manafort; and his former personal lawyer
2) The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (The
Washington Post columnist was lured to the Saudi embassy
in Turkey where he was murdered and dismembered by Saudi
security officials touching off a firestorm of controversy
for Donald Trump who refused to blame Saudi crown prince
Mohammed bin Salman for the atrocity.)
3) The Brett Cavanaugh confirmation hearings. (What can
I say, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s appearance before the
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Cavanaugh’s rebuttal
was must-see TV.)
of the Year
Donald Trump (again) (Just when you think he can’t sink
any lower, he outdoes himself yet again. The guy is the
source of more headlines, more punch lines and more Breaking
News alerts than any single human being in history. Honourable
Mention to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.)
Canadian Stories of the Year
1) Humboldt Broncos bus crash kills 16 players, injures
2) PCs win majority goverment in Ontario reducing Liberal
Party to just six seats in the provincial legislature.
3) Marijuana becomes officially legal on October 17.
Stories of the Year
1) Multiple tornadoes rip through parts of Dunrobin and
Gatineau on Sept. 22, leaving millions of dollars in damage.
2) Bob Monette and Jody Mitic both decide not to run for
city council, paving the way for first-timers Laura Dudas
in Innes Ward and Matt Luloff in Orléans Ward. Luloff
managed to beat out 14 other contenders to win the seat.
3) The LRT was supposed to be operational in 2018, but
delays in con-struction means the trains won’t be leaving
the station until April or May.
Event of the Year
The Royal Wedding. I didn’t watch it, but I hear it was
quite the occasion.
God-Couldn’t-Make-The-Sign-Any- learer Award
Climate change proponents blame the wildfire that completely
wiped out the town of Paradise, California (pop. 25,000)
on a lack of precipitation that caused the tinder box
Train Wreck of the Year Award
Kanye West for his 10-minute, profanity laced diatribe
praising Donald Trump during a visit to the Oval office.
Story of 2018
Typically, a day at the airport is the start of anything
but a feel-good story. But Cora the Corgi, who was rescued
from a neglectful family, is anything but a typical dog.
During a layover at the Seattle airport, Cora approached
a random man sitting by himself and plopped down at his
feet. It turns out the man had lost his dog just the night
Story of 2018
Elon Musk launches a rocket carrying is personal cherry
red Tesla Roadstar sports car, which is now orbiting the
earth at 28,000 km/h.
Fads of 2018
1) Vaping. Call me old, but I just don’t get the attraction.
2) The Bird Box Challenge taken from the Sandra Bullock
movie of the same name. People video themselves attempting
to do things while blindfold, with hysterical and sometimes
painful, consequences. And you thought the planking craze
in 2017 was nuts.
2018 Dawin Award
To Christian missionary John Allen Chau who was killed
by the same tribe of natives on a remote island in the
Indian Ocean he was hoping to offer eternal life to despite
warnings from officials his mission would end badly.
of the Year
”(I am) not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius
at that!” – President Trump, in a tweet, on Jan. 6.
isn’t truth.” – Donald Trump’s lawyer and personal mouthpiece
Rudy Giuliani speaking on Meet the Press. How very Trumpian
liked beer. I still like beer. Do you like beer, Senator?”
– Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaking to Senator
Amy Klobuchar during his con-firmation hearing.
country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed
by those who will believe anything, based on information
from media sources that will say anything.” – Former FBI
director James B. Comey, in a tweet, May 23.
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