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Orléans Ward
Bob Monette

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Tim Tierney





Presenting the 26th annual Fredzee Awards

TThanks 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.

2018 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 Awards.

The 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.)

The year’s biggest losers
1) 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.)

Top 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 Michael Cohen.
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.)

Newsmaker 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.)

Top Canadian Stories of the Year
1) Humboldt Broncos bus crash kills 16 players, injures 13 others.
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.

Local 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.

Media Event of the Year
The Royal Wedding. I didn’t watch it, but I hear it was quite the occasion.

The 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 conditions.

The Train Wreck of the Year Award
To Kanye West for his 10-minute, profanity laced diatribe praising Donald Trump during a visit to the Oval office.

Feel-Good 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 before.

Strangest 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.

Worst 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.

The 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.

Quotes of the Year
”(I am) not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!” – President Trump, in a tweet, on Jan. 6.

“Truth isn’t truth.” – Donald Trump’s lawyer and personal mouthpiece Rudy Giuliani speaking on Meet the Press. How very Trumpian of him.

“I 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.

“Our 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.

(If you wish to comment on this or any other View Point column please write to Fred Sherwin at fsherwin@magma.ca)

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