The Week in Review – Week of October 18 2015

October 19th

LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT

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Justin Trudeau with his wife Sophie Grégoire on election night.

Political pundits are shocked, New Democratic Party (NDP) supporters are heart-broken and the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) are grinding their teeth as the Liberal Party trounced both parties to ride its way to a majority today.

No word on the mental state of so-to-be former Prime Minister Stephen Harper who now has to cope with the World’s Best Mayor (as voted on by worldmayor.com) and Harper critic, Naheed Nenshii, as his Calgary mayor, Rachel Notley as his Alberta NDP premier; and former whipping post, Justin Trudeau, as his prime minister. To understand the exquisite nature of this comeuppance, please review the somewhat tasteless op-ed Mr. Harper wrote for the National Post after former-prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s (Justin Trudeau’s father) died in 2000. Click here to read the Harper op-ed written in 2000, when he was the Executive Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

October 20, 2015

FIRST POSITION PLAYER EVER TO PITCH IN A POST-SEASON BASEBALL GAME

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Cliff Pennington winding up to pitch in historic appearance.

The Toronto Blue Jays, baseball team of Canada, faces elimination after a shocking 14-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the ALCS (American League Championship Series). Cy Young award-winning knuckleball pitcher, and all around nice guy, R.J. Dickey, was yanked from the game in the top of the second inning with a score of 5 – 0, Kansas. After the Jays bullpen was shellacked in the next seven innings, Cliff Pennington, a switch-hitting, utility infielder picked-up by Toronto from the Arizona Diamondbacks in August, got the put-me-in-coach nod from manager, John Gibbons, and pitched in the ninth inning. Pennington, who had pitched in college, was the first position player ever to pitch in a post-season MLB game. Click here to see. Dickey’s outing was the shortest ever recorded in post-season baseball.

October 23 2015

ADELE RELEASES FIRST NEW SONG IN THREE YEARS

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A still from Adele’s latest video, “Hello.”

British singer/songer writer, Adele, releases her first new song in three years with a cinematic video shot by award-wining Canadian director, 25-year-old, Xavier Dolan. Her latest album, 25, will be released on November 20 2015. The “Hello” video has already racked up 33 million YouTube views with celebrities such as Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies), tweeting, “I think I’ve played ‪#Hello 30x plus times. ‪@Adele thank you for being so generous with your heart and your talent. You absolute legend. X.”

Adele’s first two albums 19 and 21, sold more than 30 million records worldwide. She’s taken the last three years off to have a child with partner, Simon Konecki. Their son, Angelo, had his third birthday this week, on October 19. Huge goings on for Adele. Click here for the video of “Hello.”

October 23 2015

HURRICANE PATRICIA BECOMES THE STRONGEST PACIFIC HURRICANE ON RECORD SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT CDT

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A view of Hurricane Patricia from the ISS taken by astronaut, Scott Kelly.

Hurricane Patricia evolved from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane within 36 hours, in stunning rapidity, according to meteorologists. It made landfall on the Mexican coastline on Friday evening and has affected 19 million people at the time of writing, although causalities appear to be blessedly minimal under the circumstances.

On the Saffir-Simpson measurement scale, hurricane categories are raised exponentially, so a Category 5 hurricane is 500 times stronger than a Category 1 hurricane. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Centre, catastrophic damage occurring with a Category 5 hurricane includes a high percentage of framed homes being destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. The storm is now making its way into Texas affecting many people, including the possible cancellation of the American F1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Get the latest update by clicking here.

October 23 2015

BLUE JAYS LOSE ALCS TO THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS IN 6

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The baseball gods decided it wasn’t going to happen today as the Blue Jays lost their bid for the American League championship. The individual scores for the Toronto – Kansas City series were 0-5, 3-6, 11-8, 2-14, 7-1 and, finally, the Jays lost, Casey at the Bat-style, 3-4 in Kansas this evening. The Jays scored 20 runs in six games and the Royals scored 44. Toronto fans turned out in droves to cheer their team on and were entertained with booming bats, some great pitching and superman antics from outfielder, Kevin Pillar. The World Series will see the Royals facing off with the New York Mets  in Kansas City on Tuesday, October 27th. Click here if you’d like to read more.

Week in Review is a new feature from Your Working Girl and is the stuff that caught her attention.  I hope you enjoy it. Here’s to next week being full of peace and good government.

YWG

 

Author Photo 01 Sandy Tam PhotographyGail Picco is a strategist who has worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years. She is the author of What the Enemy Thinks, a recent novel set in the nonprofit sector, and is Chair of the Board of the Regent Park Film Festival. She also writes about baseball and F1 racing.

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  1. I read your posts religiously. Thank for being perceptive and funny.

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