News Cycle Lull as Holiday Season Comes Around

By Roger Currie

With the possible exception of the ongoing political soaap opera in Manitoba, we will soon be mired in the slowest news cycle of the year. I have always dreaded having to put together newscasts and programs beyond about the 10th of December. Most often, all you have to work with are the inevitable stories of tragic fires or fatal accidents ruining someone’s holiday season, or heartwarming tales of those who struggle to bring joy to many who have nothing.

Then we have those predictable year-end lists. Macleans jumped the gun this week, coming out with The Power Issue, their list of The 50 Most Important People in Canada. As a bonus they also threw in the Parliamentarians of the Year. Regina’s Ralph Goodale topped that list when I first moved to Saskatchewan in 2006, but this year the Liberal MP for Wascana is not even mentioned.

Indeed both Saskatchewan and Manitoba are seriously forgotten in the Power Issue. Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan is number 28, behind Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard of Quebec. Christy Clark of BC and Jim Prentice of Alberta made the list, but poor old Greg Selinger of Manitoba was nowhere to be found.

Is making the Macleans’ list a blessing or a curse? Depends on your point of view I guess. Last year’s list included Alison Redford of Alberta and Jian Ghomeshi. Hmm.

Number one this year on the list of the 50 Most Powerful is Stephen Harper who may or may not be the leader of the big band when the next list comes out. Hopefully Justin Trudeau is not superstitious, as he sits at #13, while Tom Mulcair of the NDP is # 20.

I guess it’s a sign of the times, and the ongoing domination of the Boomer generation that no one produces a list of the sexiest Canadians. Right now, it’s probably just as well.

In the meantime, please wake me when the real news returns in 2015.

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Roger Currie is a writer, storyteller, voice for hire, observer of life on the Canadian prairies, and can be heard on CJNU 93.7FM in Winnipeg.