“spoiler alert”

The left is out of power municipally and provincially, yes, but the federal Liberals’ 2015 election message put a new focus on housing, so they should be moving heaven and Earth to demonstrate their seriousness, right? Spoiler alert: they’re not.
— John Michael McGrath, TVO, July 2.

Meanwhile, some 70 per cent of the province supports a ban of religious articles from the bodies of teachers — which will overwhelmingly affect religiously observant women. In theory, the law is meant to keep allegedly overt religiosity from the impressionable young eyes of students. In practice, it’s another queasy juxtaposition: in Quebec, the very crucible of this country’s pro-choice movement, the government wants to dictate how certain women dress at work. Spoiler alert: the Iranian government, among other choice dictatorial regimes, specializes in this sort of thing.
— Martin Patriquin, Montreal Gazette, June 12.

The Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy commissioned Jakob Edler, executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, to analyze this country’s innovation policies. Spoiler alert: Mr. Edler isn’t impressed.
— Barrie McKenna, Globe and Mail, June 9.

Spoiler alert: The motion will pass, handily, and the Chamber will begin sitting until midnight — or until there’s no one left to speak — as soon as it gets the official nod.
— Kady O’Malley, iPolitics, May 26.

Another day, another depressing headline about British Columbia’s sky-high gas prices. Spoiler alert: there’s no substantive relief on the horizon. A happy coincidence, I’m sure, for those who would have B.C. motorists believe that all their gas pains would somehow magically be relieved through a bigger outflow pipe.
— Martyn Brown, Georgia Straight, May 17.

Spoiler alert: thanks to bar coding technology, a cell phone helped Wednesday’s guests immerse themselves in the meal, and relieved the servers of having to describe each of [chef Marc] Lepine’s finely constructed and calibrated items.
— Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, May 15.

First, the good news: It’s pretty unlikely you’re going to get caught in a nuclear war. Now, the even better news: If nuclear war does happen, you don’t necessarily have to die. A lot of people would die, of course: It’s an A-bomb. But there are some easy steps that can feasibly save your life from the most fearsome weapon ever created. Oh, and spoiler alert, the answer isn’t: crawl inside a fridge.
— Tristin Hopper, National Post, May 13.

Even The New York Times, which ran a piece in December, 2017, titled “Trump’s Lies v. Obama’s” (spoiler alert: It wasn’t even close), frequently hesitates to call Trump’s lies – well, lies. Slowly, though, the U.S. press pack seem to be getting more comfortable with using the word.
— Simon Houpt, Globe and Mail, May 7.

And you can only have the confidence to leave yourself without any picks in rounds four, five and six, as the Ticats did this year, if you have the confidence that your Canadian scouting will maximize the early-rounders and can unearth some of those hidden jewels that are so rare in the last two rounds. So, here’s the recent track record of that symbiotic relationship and, spoiler alert, it’s pretty good.
— Steve Milton, Hamilton Spectator, May 3.

So, without further ado, let’s have a brief look at two top growth names that young investors may want to consider for their TFSAs. And spoiler alert, you won’t find marijuana stocks here!
— Joey Frenette, The Motley Fool Canada, Apr. 27.

However, some folks might also want to look at the future projections published by the federal government. These are based on economic computer models that try to include the impact of all current and proposed climate policies. Hey, I’m one of those people, too. If that sounds interesting to you, I’ve got another article that surveys the most recent years of future projections. Spoiler alert — it’s titled “Canada’s climate gap widens again.”
— Barry Saxifrage, National Observer, Apr. 25.

Ford says that immigration is a federal responsibility and the federal government should pay the full cost. Whether he is right or wrong (spoiler alert – he is wrong) “for the people” Ford seems content to use vulnerable people as pawns in his financial and political fight with Ottawa.
— Michael Spratt, Canadian Lawyer, Apr. 22.



  1. And how far down the column (number of words) was this paragraph?
    Score higher if it is early in the story. Score lower if it is lower.
    Still, (spoiler alert), this cliche doesn’t need to be used at all, if
    they are writing for guidance at all.

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