Archive for October 2004

The Citizens’ Assembly reports on Canada’s Pacific coast

Oct 29th, 2004 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

Democracy, according to much hyperbole in the air these days, is or ought to be the one thing we can all agree on. (As in the “Democracy Plaza” established by NBC at Rockefeller Center in New York, to help report on the perhaps somewhat historic US election of 2004.) In Canada especially we have assorted [...]



Canada and Quebec : a few new straws in the wind?

Oct 22nd, 2004 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Provinces

Someone at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation thought it would be useful for Neil Macdonald to interview US neo-con author Ann Coulter on his new “Face to Face” TV show recently. He did not seem to dent her conviction that she is right about everything. But he did annoy her visibly a few times. Finally Ms. [...]



Not for profit: waiting for the social economy

Oct 16th, 2004 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Key Current Issues

One of the quieter but potentially more interesting parts of the recent federal throne speech in Canada alludes┬áto “the social economy-the myriad not-for-profit activities and enterprises that harness civic and entrepreneurial energies for community benefit.” Paul Martin’s government argues that these enterprises can make the country’s “Cities and Communities” stronger. To help “create the conditions [...]



Paul Martin’s messy minority democracy

Oct 10th, 2004 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Ottawa Scene

George Orwell used to say that democracy requires a certain tolerance for dirt. (He also once called Canada a country that “could be fun for a bit, especially if you like fishing.”) Paul Martin, responding to the October 7, 2004 hi-jinks over his first throne speech as a minority┬áprime minister, has invented a variation on [...]



Ontario’s Canadian-American Schizophrenia

Oct 2nd, 2004 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

Almost everyone who very intently watches Ontario government and politics nowadays reads Inside Queen’s Park – the newsletter published by G.P. Murray Research Limited, out of a surviving fine old office building on Adelaide Street in the Toronto financial district. People in Canada’s most populous province generally, however, “do not follow provincial politics as closely [...]