Archive for August 2005

NAFTA trade war .. the massive US share of Canadian exports actually is declining .. a little

Aug 30th, 2005 | By Randall White | Category: Key Current Issues

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAYALBERTA  AND SASKATCHEWAN - SEPT 1, 2005 OTTAWA. Tuesday, August 30, 2005. 6 PM. Prime Minister Paul Martin is apparently thinking about calling federal Members of Parliament back early from their summer recess – to deal with the latest whatever-it-is (not exactly “a crisis,” surely?) over the never-ending Canada-US softwood lumber trade dispute. Meanwhile, Jean [...]



More Canadian introspection soon? .. latest poll on federal parties, Homolka sightings, etc.

Aug 25th, 2005 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Key Current Issues

In the September 2005 issue of The Walrus James Laxer says that “this was the summer when global realities … intruded on Canadian introspection.” And here’s hoping he is at least partly right. Yet with the return of the fractious federal Parliament in Ottawa now just over a month away (and the traditional Labour Day [...]



Mrs. Sheehan and Ms. Baez at the United Nations

Aug 22nd, 2005 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: USA Today

[UPDATED Thursday, August 25]. You can be excused if you woke up earlier this week and thought some intelligent designer had turned the clock back 40 years. Last Sunday night veteran Vietnam War protester Joan Baez gave a free concert for “about 500 … gathered …. a couple of miles away” from George W. Bush’s ranch in [...]



Top 10 dog days of summer .. Cindy Sheehan, more trans-Canada follies, more news from Iraq, etc.

Aug 16th, 2005 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Key Current Issues

“August,” some poet has said, is “for the people and their favourite islands.” It is also a time when journalists complain about how nothing ever happens in “the dog days of summer.” This year may be an exception. I have been trying to watch only baseball on TV, but the bigger world keeps intruding. As therapy [...]



Good news from down under .. summer reading from a wizard of Oz

Aug 13th, 2005 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Key Current Issues

It is a usually ignored commonplace that Australia, even though it is just north of Antarctica far away, has a lot in common with especially English-speaking Canada.Both places involve comparatively small numbers of people in very large aspiring national geographies. Both are former self-governing dominions of the defunct British empire (unless you think Washington really [...]



Marc Emery and the Canada-US marijuana outrage .. can the war on drugs spread north?

Aug 8th, 2005 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Provinces

VANCOUVER, Wednesday, August 3, 2005 [UPDATED TO MONDAY, AUGUST 8]. Canada’s so-called “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, who just might be extradited to the US on drug and money-laundering charges, has now been granted bail (at $50,000) by a BC Supreme Court judge.Emery and his BC Marijuana Party colleagues, Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek and Gregory Williams, have [...]



Inspired pick for Governor General .. but PM still shouldn’t be doing it all by himself

Aug 4th, 2005 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

OTTAWA. Thursday, August 4, 2005. So it would seem that the wily  federal Liberals in Canada have done the trick again. In one sense it is impossible to object to Prime Minister Paul Martin’s pick as the new governor general – “48-year-old Montreal journalist Michel Jean – the first black woman ever to anchor a network TV news [...]