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Headlines In 2017


By Peter Jackson

Christmas is literally around the corner now, and 2017 has only a little more than a week left in it.

Time to take a look back at a year that -- for some of us -- seems to have gone by in a blur.

We always think that a year just about to end has seen more accomplishment and controversy than any year that has gone before.

2017 had some accomplishments but mostly it was a year in which one negative headline followed another, sometimes more than once in a day.

In Ontario what some folks would call the death watch for the Liberal government continued.

It's fuelled by a Premier who would stand on her head and spit nickels if she thought voters would approve.

Meantime, the Tories have their plan in hand which reminds me of the party-fuelled fanfare that surrounded Mike Harris's "Common Sense Revolution" in the 1990s. 

What we got from that -- among other things -- were amalgamated hospitals, and highways that were downloaded onto municipalities that couldn't afford them.

In Ottawa, Justin Trudeau was Justin Trudeau -- an international media darling who seems to have trouble providing adult supervision for Cabinet members like Bill Morneau.

And of course, there was the Bubble Boy in the West Wing -- a.k.a. US President Donald Trump.

Too much to list for him in the trainwreck he's turned Washington into, except what everyone was asking: "What's he said, done or Tweeted now?"

In the hope that 2018 is better, or at least as entertaining as 2017 I'll wish you Merry Crhistmas or Happy Holidays -- for whichever end of the political spectrum suits you better.

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