The life, legacy and career of wrestling great Jay Briscoe

The life, legacy and career of wrestling great Jay BriscoeThe 38-year-old pro wrestler died tragically after a head-on collision near his home on Jan. 17 Jamin Pugh was, by most accounts, a beloved member of the small rural township of Laurel, Delaware. He grew up on a chicken farm in nearby Sandy Fork, which his father, Mike, still operates. He earned honourable mention All-State…

George Santos and the sad state of modern politics

George Santos and the sad state of modern politicsThe U.S. Republican’s biography, work history and life story nothing more than a pack of lies and falsehoods Tim Russert served as the moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press from 1991 to 2008. He asked longtime Republican Senator Bob Dole this question during an April 10, 2005 interview, “You’ve been on Meet the Press 63…

The powerful legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

The powerful legacy of Pope Benedict XVIHe wanted to make the world a better place When the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI passed away on Dec. 31, 2022, it was a sad moment for Catholics around the world. More than 50,000 people reportedly attended his funeral. The public is currently able to visit his tomb at St. Peter’s Basilica –…

Pelé’s legacy in football will never be matched

Pelé’s legacy in football will never be matchedPelé became one of the sport’s greatest personalities Pelé. It’s a name that’s instantly recognizable. A name that evokes a multitude of emotions and memories. And a name that truly doesn’t require a great deal of explanation. The Brazilian football legend, whose full name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, passed away on Dec. 29, 2022.…

Fritzi Ritz, the last flapper in the funnies, turns 100

Fritzi Ritz, the last flapper in the funnies, turns 100Fritzi Ritz was launched in the New York World on Oct. 9, 1922 After a wonderful and relaxing Christmas with my family, I sat down at my computer to contemplate some possible topics for this week’s column. By chance, I happened to come across a piece that steered me in a completely different direction. Fritzi…

Murdoch Mysteries – then and now

Murdoch Mysteries – then and nowMurdoch Mysteries: the Movies were much darker than the TV show Ah, Detective William Murdoch. It’s been a while since we last spoke … err, wrote. I’ve had a near-annual tradition of writing a column or two about CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries. It’s one of Canada’s most successful TV series, with a loyal fanbase that rivals…

Why Canada shouldn’t consider returning to mandatory face masking

Why Canada shouldn’t consider returning to mandatory face maskingFortunately, most provincial governments and the feds are pushing back against the idea Several recent polls have indicated that a majority of Canadians wouldn’t be opposed to returning to mandatory face masking in public places. A Nanos Research survey conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 4 found that 52 per cent of Canadian respondents would…
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