Archive for November 2009

Waiting progressively for the next federal by-elections in Canada : Donolo, Byers, and Iggy republic?

Nov 8th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

So there actually will be four Canadian federal by-elections tomorrow, Monday, November 9 — in two ridings in Quebec (Hochelaga and Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup), and one each in British Columbia (New Westminster–Coquitlam) and Nova Scotia (Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley). It would be quite surprising if the Liberal Party of Canada won in any of these ridings, based on its […]



Donolo diaries, Byers ceasefire proposal, and Michael Ignatieff, anti-monarchist

Nov 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

These are not easy days for aspiring progressive voters in Canadian federal politics, at the edge of four by-elections that actually will happen on Monday, November 9. According to the October 29 EKOS poll, eg: “Stephen Harper’s federal Conservatives lead the second-place Liberals by a double-digit margin for the fourth week in a row, suggesting […]



Bob Runciman’s Senators’ Selection bill in Ontario: unlikely leader of Canadian Senate reform today

Nov 5th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009. Believe it or not, at least for a few brief moments the Legislative Assembly in Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will be the centre of the Canadian Senate reform movement usually identified with Canada’s most oil-rich province of Alberta. After two earlier false starts, Ontario MLA Bob […]



Trial date put off again in mysterious Bruce Peninsula case

Nov 4th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

Dr. Henry Janssen was found shot to death in his red Chevy pickup truck, on Scenic Caves Road, in Ontario’s idyllic Bruce Peninsula community of Jackson’s Cove, just after 9 PM on January 22, 2008. Only two days later his friend and neighbour, retired corporate executive Allan Wayne Powney, was charged with his murder. Powney […]



Life in jail for Bandidos biker killers in Southwestern Ontario

Nov 1st, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

The case of the “worst mass murder in Ontario history” that our roving reporter, Citizen X, first wrote about in the middle of April 2006 has now concluded, at the end of October 2009. It finally solves the late-winter massacre of eight men involved in the Toronto chapter of the Bandidos biker gang, in the […]