Archive for April 2008

Waiting for the next federal election

Apr 30th, 2008 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Ottawa Scene

[UPDATED MAY 1]. In fact, most people of Canada long ago lost interest in the date of their next federal election. And Angelo Persichilli at the Hill Times has caught the current jaded mood even among political junkies: “Want to know when the next election will be? Call the RCMP … a month ago I [...]



Remembering the Lord Elgin Hotel .. and the Scotch .. Montreal riots .. V.S. Naipaul strikes back

Apr 26th, 2008 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Heritage Now

When 55% of Canadians say they support “Canada’s ending its formal ties to the British monarchy” (and only 34% oppose), the bad old colonial days of British North America are on at least the beginnings of their very last legs. Yet who can deny that the old anglophone global empire has left a few enduring [...]



Bitter get it in your soul .. Obama, NHL playoffs, Mountie raiders, and NAFTA in New Orleans

Apr 17th, 2008 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Key Current Issues

Maybe he did get a rough ride from Hillary in their (hopefully?) last debate. But Barack Obama is right when he says there are a lot of bitter souls in the USA today. And they have their reasons, no doubt. Meanwhile, back way up north for a moment it almost seemed that Calgary and not [...]



Even the best Senators make mistakes : Bill S-231 and the Canadian citizenship oath

Apr 6th, 2008 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Republic

It is more than a littleĀ foolish to say – as the federal Conservative website does – that “Stephane Dion … lets the unelected, unaccountable Liberal insiders in the Senate boss him around on issues ranging from crime bills to Senate reform.” And Hugh Segal, a Conservative appointed by former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, is [...]



Back to the future .. can 2008 Blue Jays really return to old golden age?

Apr 4th, 2008 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

Are you ready for some baseball? As we now finally hang up the thick coat and put away the toque and mitts, after a winter that has battered and bruised this land from coast to coast to coast, it is time to focus on more summery pursuits. This season promises to be one with many [...]