Archive for December 2006

That was the year that was .. 2006 quite remarkable .. and what about YOU in 2007?

Dec 23rd, 2006 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

The usual year-end reflections on the state of the universe have added bite this year. Starting with Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and finally reaching all the way to the United Nations (to say nothing of the still wider eco-sphere), 2006 has seen some remarkable changes. It is probably a good thing that just […]

Harper`s cute Senate Bill C-43 .. and other whimsical news .. as 2006 staggers to its unusual end

Dec 18th, 2006 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Stephen Harper has conceivably earned some form of distinction in the eclectic annals of Canadian political history, with his introduction of Bill C-43 at the close of the fall sitting of the 39th Parliament of Canada – somewhat cutely called “An Act to provide for consultations with electors on their preferences for appointments to the […]

What does Canadian citizenship mean? .. Dion’s case troubles 61% in Globe online poll

Dec 13th, 2006 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

The Globe and Mail is as close as Canada gets to an anglophone newspaper of record. And its readers are no representative sample of Canadian voters. But the paper’s online poll over the December 9 weekend is still worth further attention. It asked: “Does it trouble you that newly elected Liberal leader Stephane Dion has Canadian-French dual […]

America’s breadbasket moves to Canada .. and other signs of near-holiday madness

Dec 8th, 2006 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

As virtually everyone prophesied beforehand, on Thursday, December 7, 2006 the Canadian House of Commons defeated a motion to re-open last year’s legalization of gay marriage, 175123. Meanwhile, a December 5 item in the New York Times, headlined “America’s breadbasket moves to Canada?“, seems to have provoked remarkably little attention elsewhere. (Probably because it does not […]

Stephane Dion is new Liberal Party of Canada leader .. what happens now?

Dec 2nd, 2006 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

MONTREAL. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2. 7:00 PM ET. The wide-open Liberal Party of Canada leadership convention focused more quickly than many were predicting. This morning’s second ballot results came in at: Michael Ignatieff – 31.6% ; Bob Rae – 24.1% ; Stephane Dion – 20.8% ; Gerard Kennedy -18.8% ; Ken Dryden – 4.7%. On the rules of the game Ken […]