Archive for November 2009

Has British empire risen again in new climate-change Commonwealth summit at Trinidad and Tobago?

Nov 30th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. NOVEMBER 30, 2009. In this city once known as “the citadel of British sentiment in America,” our current resident Ontario historian Randall White has prepared a short but sweet report on this past weekend’s Commonwealth summit in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. CLICK HERE for the full sweep of his commentary, “Commonwealth’s [...]



Commonwealth’s 60th anniversary summit .. still “an old boys club headed by an old lady”?

Nov 30th, 2009 | By Randall White | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED DECEMBER 2, 2009]. How many sovereign people of Canada today are even aware that there was a 60th anniversary summit of the Commonwealth of Nations this past weekend in Trinidad and Tobago? A poll commissioned by something called the Royal Commonwealth Society this past  summer asked a representative sample of Canadians: “Which one of [...]



Edge-city suburbs can run dark and deep … jealous husband guilty in Greater Toronto double murder

Nov 27th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 a jury of his peers convicted Chris Little of Markham, Ontario of the double murder of his ex-wife, Julie Crocker, and Paula Menendez, the ex-wife of Julie Crocker’s lover, radio sportscaster Rick Ralph, on February 12, 2007.  The sentence will be officially pronounced today. But it must at least be [...]



Now deer are invading Canadian cities — another sign of too much socialism?

Nov 24th, 2009 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009. This grey autumn morning a doe, a female deer, showed up downtown.  She was first spotted at Union Station, very early, strolling among the gathering crowds, on their way to work in the financial district, deep in the city with the heart of a loan shark. No one knows [...]



Is Iggy really doomed … or can Afghanistan save him?

Nov 23rd, 2009 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

So Stephane Dion’s wife, Janine Krieber, posted a “scathing message attacking Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff” on facebook this past Saturday. Shopping for groceries the same day, a little further west, I bumped into a similar scathing message face to face, urging that Iggy should resign, to make way for Ralph Goodale as head of the [...]



“Canada Handed Over Afghans for Torture” — what is Richard Colvin doing if he isn’t trying to tell the truth?

Nov 20th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The broad Canadian public finally caught up with diplomat Richard Colvin’s story about how “Canada Handed Over Afghans for Torture” this past Wednesday, November 18, when he testified before a Canadian House of Commons committee in Ottawa. But the crux of his testimony has been available since the middle of October, when his affidavit for [...]



Obama and the emperor: was he really bowing to Okinawa?

Nov 17th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The usual suspects inside the USA today are complaining about President Barack Obama, again. This time it’s over his bowing to the emperor of Japan this past weekend. “‘Maybe he thought it would play well in Japan. But it’s not appropriate for an American president to bow to a foreign one,’ said conservative pundit William [...]



Jason Kenney’s new citizenship guide — are some Canadians today more equal than others?

Nov 14th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Canada’s Conservative minority government has just introduced a new guide for prospective new Canadian citizens. The person responsible for this quite ideologically charged political document is Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. And our always controversial Citizen X thinks its essential subtext is that some Canadians really are more equal than others. How else, Citizen [...]



The strange new Canadian citizenship guide: forcing the 19th century relic of the “constitutional monarchy” down our throats

Nov 14th, 2009 | By Citizen X | Category: Key Current Issues

The prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently wrote: “Every once in a while I feel despair over the fate of the planet.” Earlier this year he also wrote about his “Financial Policy Despair.” One of the arguably good things about Canada has been that nothing quite important enough to despair over ever quite happens here. But [...]



Something else worth remembering about Canada in 2009 …

Nov 11th, 2009 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

TORONTO. NOVEMBER 11, 2009. It was inevitable that the quiet journey of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall through four Canadian provinces during the first few weeks of  November this year would finally bump into some noisy protest when it reached la belle province du Quebec. (See “Flying eggs, riot police, pro-Quebec [...]