Archive for December 2007

David Thompson’s Canadian West & east & the Métis middle ground today

Dec 24th, 2007 | By | Category: Heritage Now

Among many other things, 2007 has been remarkable as the starting year for the “North American David Thompson Bicentennials Initiative.” But if you missed all this, don’t worry. It will ultimately stretch to 2011, to commemorate “significant events” in the life of a still too little-known new-world geographer “between 1807 and 1811.” The particular history marked […]

Happy holidays Canada from the House Ethics Committee .. leave the rest to historians

Dec 16th, 2007 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

The Canadian House of Commons Ethics Committee delivered the best possible holiday gift to the people of Canada as it closed down for the House’s seasonal vacation at the end of this past week. For the moment at least, our peace and goodwill will not be further distracted by any more sordid revelations about Brian […]

Ave atque vale Mr. Black

Dec 11th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

TORONTO. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11. 12:30 PM. Now that the day of Conrad Black’s sentencing is over, and the endless TV coverage up here in Canada has ended, my own most prominent emotion is no emotion. I see that the Globe and Mail is still referring to “Lord Black,” with no apparent satire intended. And I […]

The Middle East this Christmas : how dangerous a nation does democracy in America want to be?

Dec 7th, 2007 | By | Category: USA Today

Robert Kagan is the neo-conservative author of a US history called Dangerous Nation. He has argued that the United States is driven by its own unique “universalistic nationalism … Americans have never been isolationists … they have always gone out into the world to remake it in their own image.” And the Yale University historian Edmund […]