Doug Speirs

  • Trending that caught Doug's eye... favourite holiday tunes

    You can't escape them at this festive time of year. No matter where you go -- the nearest shopping mall, an elevator, your car, in front of the TV in the den -- your ears are going to be assaulted by a never-ending barrage of Christmas carols.
  • Your weekend weather

    As anyone who has seen the graceful way I pirouette around the frozen-food aisle at Safeway will tell you, I was born to dance. In fact, you can check out some of my sweet ballet-style moves right now by using the Blippar app on your smartphone to scan this page, or by visiting winnipegfreepress.com to check out our latest weekend weather video.
  • Drooling over bacon-type gifts

    The last thing I wanted to do was pick another fight with the vegetarian community this close to Christmas, but I think you'll agree I had no choice. As regular readers are aware, angry vegetarians, some of them brandishing large stalks of broccoli, have been ganging up on me recently because they are irate over my journalistic habit of writing columns in which I gush about my love of all things bacon.
  • Pooches can upset a holiday

    It's starting to sound a lot like Christmas around our place. Take the other morning, for instance, when I was shocked awake by a shriek of anguish coming from our living room.
  • Festive fundraiser a boon for pet lovers and local animal shelter

    There's great news for animal lovers -- it's time to deck the halls with puppies and kitties. You can get your home ready for the holidays by getting your paws on festive dog- and cat-themed wreaths being sold to raise funds for D'Arcy's ARC (animal rescue centre).
  • Making a statement: Trending that caught Doug's eye

    Sometimes it's about more than just a game. Sometimes it's about what's going on in your community and around the world.
  • Your weekend weather

    ’Tis the season to make a joyful noise, Winnipeg, so put down your newspapers and repeat the following chant of sincere thanks: “All hail El Niño! All hail El Niño!” We are feeling especially warm and fuzzy today because David Phillips, Environment Canada’s legendary senior climatologist, just informed us we will bask in unseasonably warm temperatures thanks to our first taste of the global weather phenomenon known as El Niño.
  • 'Tis the season for missing brains

    As most sensitive readers are aware, Christmas is a time for sitting quietly beside a roaring fire and contemplating some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. That's what I was trying to do over the weekend, although technically I was lying on the couch in the den watching professional football on our big-screen TV and eating ranch dip directly from the container.
  • Well-meaning maladroit injures self while giving cheer

    Just once, I'd like to hurt myself in a reasonably normal manner. You know, accidentally lopping off a finger while trying to slice tomatoes for a delicious BLT.
  • I am a happy Santa (but don't tell your children)

    As regular readers already know, I tell a lot of outrageous lies in my columns. But today, in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas, I've decided to tell you the unvarnished truth.
  • Wee wee wee all the way home

    I have flown with some real animals over the last few years. Fortunately, most of the animals with whom I have shared flights were not unruly passengers, but microscopic mutts, the sort of pint-sized pups you see legendary socialite Paris Hilton packing in her purse.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye: Canuck chaos

    It's hard to pick up the pieces while the ground keeps shaking. Which is why life has been so chaotic for the residents of Ferguson, Mo., since a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
  • Doug's weekend weather

    It's Grey Cup weekend, and you hard-core football fans know exactly what that means. It means it's time to put your pants on one leg at a time, then give 150 per cent in a sincere effort to eat your own weight in chicken wings and drink enough beer to float a (bad word) battleship.
  • My life as an impoverished single mom

    It's a lot of work being poor. Call me a master of the obvious, but that's the main thing I learned Tuesday night when I joined about 80 people in a poverty simulation called Living on the Edge, co-hosted by United Way and the Free Press.
  • Nutcracker the last step in artistic trifecta

    Prepare to turn green with envy because I am poised to complete the Grand Slam of high-brow artistic events in our extremely cultured city. Like a mountaineer who climbs all the world's highest peaks, I am set to become the first person I know -- and I know a lot of people -- to take the stage with all this city's major cultural icons.
  • It's never too late for love

    Grab a box of tissues, kids, because this one will tug on your heartstrings. It's the true story of how two lonely senior citizens rescued each other and now spend their golden years together in a Winnipeg retirement community.
  • Life lessons for Santa Paws

    I don't have a lot of Christmas traditions. I just do the same (bad word) things year after year.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye... space aliens

    It seems the truth is out there -- humanity is going to have to wait a while longer before it has a close encounter with little green men from outer space. Last week, the scientific community became more excited than it's been since the invention of the pocket protector when a washing-machine-sized robotic probe became the first craft to successfully land on the icy surface of a comet hurtling through space at 66,000 km/h.
  • Weekend weather

    Good morning, Winnipeg. Before we have our usual insightful discussion about the weather, there's something I'd like you to do. First, put down your newspaper and that steaming cup of coffee and stand up. Now that I think about it, maybe you should read these instructions before you put the paper down. I'll give you a minute.
  • Santa salivates over pet-picture trick

    It seems you can teach an old dog photographer new tricks. Consider my buddy Frank Adam of Adam York Photography, who, this Sunday, for the 20th-straight year, will be volunteering his time to snap photos of people and their pets at the first of two Pet Pics with Santa Paws fundraisers in support of the Winnipeg Humane Society.
  • Dewitos nacho great to me

    Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse; just when you thought western civilization couldn't sink any lower than Kim Kardashian's baby-oiled butt; just when you thought there had to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, along comes news of what is arguably the most terrifying scientific breakthrough in recent memory. There's no easy way to break this to you, so I'm just going to blurt it out -- the food scientists at PepsiCo have created an experimental nacho cheese Doritos-flavoured version of Mountain Dew.
  • Beauty for the beast

    There's nothing that gets the fur flying quite as much as a stressful visit to a busy hair salon. Just ask our newest dog, Mr. X, a high-strung tangle of white fur who relishes a trip to the dog groomer the way most humans enjoy visiting the dentist for a root canal.
  • Parade brightens sorrow-filled day

    It was a day of great sorrow and great joy. It began early Saturday when we arrived at Holy Rosary Church to attend the funeral for the beloved younger sister of a dear friend.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye... space tragedies

    It couldn't have come at a better time. There were cheers of triumph, tears of joy and sighs of relief this week when, in an unprecedented moment for space exploration, a tiny robotic probe became the first craft to successfully land on the icy surface of a speeding comet 500 million kilometres from Earth.
  • Your weekend weather

    If, like The Weather Column, you are a stickler for details, you have probably found yourself wondering why they let penguins take part in the city's annual Santa Claus Parade. The scientific truth is, penguins come from the Southern Hemisphere, whereas Santa resides at the North Pole, along with a smattering of elves, a team of flying reindeer and, of course, Mrs. Claus.

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