Archive for September 2006

Who is Keith Olbermann? .. getting real at last on MSNBC

Sep 28th, 2006 | By | Category: USA Today

It is impossible to keep track of everything on the media cornucopia that haunts North America these days, perhaps especially when you live in Canada. So some of us may be pardoned if we have only recently ever heard of Keith Olbermann at MSNBC. On September 26, 2006, in any case, Mr. Olbermann told whoever […]

Relic hunter part deux .. Ontario premier now dead against Senate reform .. mostly anyway?

Sep 23rd, 2006 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

When Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty started making noises against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plans for Canadian Senate reform this past spring, it still seemed possible for the strange but hardy breed of local Ontario Senate reformers to believe that there was some deeper message between the lines. Now two excellent reports by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto […]

Reptilian behaviour in Ontario politics .. Liberals and New Democrats battle for soul of the left

Sep 14th, 2006 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

When the Vancouver Sun runs a news item on an Ontario provincial by-election in the old Toronto west end you can guess something is happening. On the surface, federal Liberal leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy’s old Ontario provincial seat in Parkdale-High Park was just up for grabs in a by-election, on Thursday, September 14, 2006. Yet this somehow […]

Canada (& the United States) five years later .. five signs of the times on 9/11/06

Sep 10th, 2006 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

In some ways the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington are still very much with us on their fifth anniversary. Take two vaguely contradictory headlines for September 9, 2006, e.g.: “The long march home … The US public wants its troops to leave Iraq, but worries about how to […]

Afghanistan again .. Canada’s new interest in foreign policy bolstered by UK report

Sep 6th, 2006 | By | Category: Countries of the World

Not too long ago, it almost looked as if a tricky vote on the Harper minority government’s softwood lumber deal with the USA today might monopolize the drama when the Parliament of Canada returns to work on Monday, September 18. But it now seems that, here as elsewhere, the Bloc Quebecois will probably keep the […]

Happy Labour Day .. dreaming of the monarchy of majority government in Ottawa

Sep 2nd, 2006 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

As an official national holiday Labour Day (or Labor Day) will be 112 years old this year, in both Canada and the United States. And as Harold Meyerson has nicely explained in the Washington Post, those who started it in the later 19th century would almost certainly not be too happy about Labour Day 2006. […]