Archive for May 2010

Nicholson approves Marc Emery extradition .. dysfunctional US “war on drugs” crosses border into Canada

May 10th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

According to Marc Emery’s wife Jodie, the Canadian Conservative minority government’s “Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has approved the extradition of her husband” to the United States, where he faces jail time “for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet.” Emery “surrendered himself to authorities this morning at court in Vancouver.” His “lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, said as […]

Now that spring is here: British election, Canadian deadlines, US supports EU

May 7th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

British election: I can’t remember a British election that has won so much attention this side of the Atlantic, in both Canada and the United States. The national results show Conservatives with 36.1% of the popular vote and 306 seats, Labour with 29.0% and 258 seats, Liberal Democrats 23.0% and only 57 seats, and Others […]

Angela Merkel tells naked truth about Greek financial crisis?

May 6th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED MAY 8: As obscure as it may otherwise seem, the Greek financial crisis (“New protests as Greece approves austerity bill”)  has now reached inside our still deeper obscurity in the true north of North America, etc, etc (“Canada’s Dollar Touches Lowest Since March on Greece’s Crisis”; “Loonie sinks as gold swims”). One further consequence […]

Three strikes and you’re out .. Harper government not really driving Canadian Senate reform agenda now?

May 5th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

If you support some workable version of Senate reform in Canada — as I have for many years  myself — you are bound to in some degree support the Harper minority government’s latest stab in the dark at step-by-step advance on a democratically elected “upper house” of parliament in Ottawa. Whatever else, you have to […]

Has anyone told the Canadian secretary to the Queen about William Shatner yet?

May 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Canada, the late Robertson Davies used to say, is the kind of country you worry about. And even though the present Canadian confederation has now been in business for 143 years (or at least will be this coming July 1), it is still all too easy to imagine that soon enough it will disappear off […]