Archive for July 2010

PM Harper’s new governor general shows office continues to evolve?

Jul 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

According to CTV, “late Wednesday night,” July 7, David Johnston, the 69-year-old president of the University of Waterloo, who earlier served Stephen Harper by (rather deftly) writing “the terms of reference for the Oliphant inquiry, which examined former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s business dealings with German-Canadian arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber,” will be announced as the […]

Why are the puritans still persecuting Lindsay Lohan?

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

Is it just me? Or are there others out there somewhere, who find it unbelievable, to say the least, that the 24-year-old Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has just been sentenced to 90 days in jail? Several years ago the excellent American journalist William Langewiesche (who now “resides in California and France”) wrote about a Washington […]

How good a model for Canada is the new UK coalition government .. really?

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

TORONTO. TUESDAY 6 JULY 2010. 4:00 PM ET. If you have any feeling at all for the way Old Ontariario used to be, even just back in the dark ages of the 1950s, say, you may have found it difficult to resist some nostalgia over Queen Elizabeth II’s farewell perambulation around Queen’s Park in this […]

Happy 4th of July USA today 2010 .. still crazy after all these years ..

Jul 4th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

In what at least ought to be his classic late 1940s essay, “Great Britain, the United States and Canada,” Canada’s one near-great historian Harold Innis wrote: “The United States has been described by John Gunther as ‘the greatest, craziest, most dangerous, least stable, most spectacular, least grown up and most powerful and magnificent nation ever […]

Happy Canada Day 2010 .. at some point this country will discover itself .. probably sooner than later

Jul 1st, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

It is a tribute to the respect Queen Elizabeth II still enjoys in Canadian public life that even those Canadians who believe the British monarchy has no long-term future in Canada tend to think the institution will await the end of her reign before it fades into the sunset on which the old empire never […]