Archive for October 2005

Kashechewan calamity .. Gomery watch interrupted way up north

Oct 31st, 2005 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

How many of what the 2001 Census called the 20 fastest-growing “census subdivisions” in Canada’s most populous province of Ontario can you name? If you guess the City of Vaughan, just north of Toronto, you are not doing too badly. That was number 20. If you go on to guess the Town of Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay, you deserve a small […]

Confusing Canadian polls .. Homeland Security morale in US .. more Homolka in Quebec

Oct 26th, 2005 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

If you aren’t confused by the recent polls on Canadian federal politics – with the first Gomery report on the Liberal sponsorship scandal due this coming Tuesday, November 1 – you haven’t been paying attention.  On our current rough count of surveys noted in the media, since about mid-September the Liberals have been successively reported as […]

Stubborn separatism in Quebec, Alberta etc .. just fix Canada and move ahead

Oct 24th, 2005 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

Sunday, October 30 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum. And the Globe and Mail and CTV News have commissioned the Strategic Counsel to conduct a poll on how Quebeckers and other Canadians see the issue today. The results? “Ten years after the referendum that almost broke Canada in two, Quebeckers say […]

Marijuana increases brain cells .. which is what you need for politics (and business) these days

Oct 19th, 2005 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

A University of Saskatchewan research team, led by associate professor Xia Zhang, has now raised the prospect that “marijuana stimulates cell growth in regions of the brain associated with anxiety and depression, pointing the way for new treatments for these diseases.” This can only be good news for anyone struggling to make sense of contemporary politics […]

Nice Internet pornography : the gentle eroticism of

Oct 16th, 2005 | By | Category: Entertainment

Pornography on the Internet, like pornography anywhere else, starts out with marks against it. And you don’t have to experiment much to discover that some of it is appalling., however, is different. It is much more in the spirit of the poet e.e. cummings’s immortal couplet: “a pretty girl who naked is / is […]

Waiting for the Iraq referendum .. two cheers for democracy?

Oct 13th, 2005 | By | Category: Countries of the World

George W. Bush may be, as Bill Maher memorably said on HBO TV last month, “a catastrophe that walks like a man” – who should now “do what you’ve always done best: lose interest and walk away.” It is also all too likely that if the Iraq Constitutional Referendum this coming Saturday, October 15 is […]

Canadian thanksgiving top 10 : hockey is back, Iraq etc, Mississippi Valley World Series, etc, etc?

Oct 7th, 2005 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

So up in the true north, and various parts of the deep south, the National Hockey League (which nation is that, remind me?) is back after only a years’ absence. And the land is strong again. By this time next week the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will be back again too. And John Ibbitson has come […]