Archive for September 2009

Marc Emery’s chant of the weed: Stephen Harper just visiting Canada too

Sep 29th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED OCTOBER 1, 3, 20]. Yesterday Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, surrendered to authorities at the BC Supreme Court. He is now in a Canadian jail awaiting extradition to the United States, on a 2005 charge of selling marijuana seeds to US customers through the mail. The “US Attorney’s Office is pressing for […]

Never turn your back on a liberal in a tight corner?

Sep 27th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

TORONTO. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009. [UPDATED SEPTEMBER 28]. Both Lawrence Martin of the Globe and Mail and Ralph Surette of the Halifax Chronicle Herald have shown some special sympathy for Jack Layton and his New Democrats lately – in the midst of their new marriage of convenience with the definitely non-progressive Harper Conservatives. But who […]

G20 in Pittsburgh: where in the world are we going now?

Sep 24th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

PITTSBURGH, PA. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009. [UPDATED SEPTEMBER 25 and SEPTEMBER 26].What is the G20 that is meeting today and tomorrow in this reviving old US rust-belt city on the site of the mid 18th century French Fort Duquesne, at the junction of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers? Well … to start with it […]

Lies about Canadian health care in US debate refuted … again

Sep 21st, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

President Obama is busy this week with an international agenda (Middle East, UN General Assembly, and G20 in Pittsburgh). But the linchpin in the current US domestic debate – health care reform – goes on and on and on. At least the online readers of the Globe and Mail in Canada still rate the president’s […]

All fired up and ready to go in Canada?

Sep 18th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009. 2:00 PM EDT. As expected the Harper minority government’s ways and means budget motion sailed through the Canadian House of Commons easily this morning, with the support of the Bloc Québécois and the New Democrats. The vote was 224 Yea to 74 Nay, with only Liberals voting against. As a result, […]

Ontario Liberals win allegedly important by-election in St. Paul’s

Sep 18th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

Anyone who hoped Dalton McGuinty’s governing Ontario Liberals were in for a setback in the St. Paul’s by-election in midtown Toronto yesterday will be disappointed. The Liberal candidate, Dr. Eric Hoskins won handily with 13,192 votes. His Conservative challenger Sue-Ann Levy managed only 7,851 votes, compared with 4,677 for Julian Heller of the NDP, and […]

Canadian federal election this fall looks less and less likely?

Sep 16th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1:30 PM EDT. [UPDATED SEPTEMBER 17]:  The New Democrats have now made clear that they will join the Bloc Quebecois in supporting the Conservative minority government’s ways and means  budget motion this Friday, September 18. Only a little reading between the lines of NDP spokesperson Thomas Mulcair’s remarks also suggests that his […]

“Separatists” will keep Harper minority government alive (once again, with feeling?)

Sep 15th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009. 4:30 PM EDT. Well, well, well … Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe has now officially announced that his party will support the Harper minority government’s ways and means budget motion this coming Friday, September 18 – and thus at least avert yet another Canadian federal election in the utterly immediate future. […]

Fall election in Canada – back to maybe, maybe not?

Sep 14th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009. 5:00 PM EDT.  [UPDATED 11:00 PM EDT; SEPTEMBER 18; OCTOBER 9]. So the federal Parliament of Canada has now reconvened on the banks of the Ottawa River. In question period today Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff aptly enough told Conservative minority Prime Minister Stephen Harper that “the problem of instability is you.” […]

Happy birthday : Battle of Plains of Abraham 250 years old today

Sep 13th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009.  Exactly 250 years ago today the residents of Quebec City awoke to find some 4,000 British soldiers waiting to do battle on the flat open space at the top of the cliffs, known as the Plains of Abraham. And this finally proved the penultimate act of what is still called la […]