Archive for July 2009

Did PM apologize to Pope for putting wafer in pocket?

Jul 12th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

Headlines like “Harper and family meet with Pope” or “Harper, Pope discuss economy, values” have prompted the (Catholic) girl who answers the phones here to ask: “Did he also apologize to the Pope for putting the communion wafer in his pocket at Romeo LeBlanc’s funeral?” The answer is almost certainly not. Mr. Harper has already […]

Garbage strike road back to Tory Toronto?

Jul 12th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

Toronto is not the only place with a garbage and civic workers strike this summer. Windsor’s has been going on for three months. (It’s not quite three weeks in Toronto so far.)  A somewhat different paramedics strike in the public sector is now underway in BC too. And of course nobody outside Toronto cares about […]

US health care debate and spillover in Canada

Jul 11th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

In the midst of the still potentially tragic health care debate in the land of the elephant across the line, it’s interesting to notice occasional references to our current public health care system in the true north that are almost accurate. See, e.g., “How Does Canada’s Health System Actually Work?” by Ian Austen, in the […]

Another federal election this fall … really?

Jul 11th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

You can only see so much Canadian politics from my second-floor office window. But it’s a cool, crisp summer in these parts so far (so good). And it’s clear enough the big question is still will there be a federal election this fall? The short Ottawa-talk answer is of course maybe, maybe not. And maybe […]

Calgary stampede busts monarchy and renovates our website!

Jul 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

The big Canadian national event July 3-12, 2009 is the Calgary Stampede. This year’s marshal for the July 3 Stampede parade was Canada’s most painstaking (and expensive?) TV handyman, Mike Holmes. He at least “lives outside of Toronto, ON.” And so a further blow of sorts was struck for national unity. East is east and […]