Archive for November 2010

The three November 29 by-elections in Manitoba and Southern Ontario : a new hinge of fate?

Nov 28th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

UPDATE NOVEMBER 30, 2010. 1:15 AM ET. As widely predicted, Robert Sopuck did win the rural Manitoba riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette handily enough for the Conservatives, with “about 58 per cent of the vote.” Elsewhere it now seems clear enough that the Ignatieff Liberals have not fared quite as badly as some had feared (including, [...]



If Harper really is preparing his exit, what will his legacy to Canada be?

Nov 26th, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Ottawa Scene

The news that “NL premier Danny Williams announces resignation” will bring different thoughts to different minds on the Canadian mainland. In Ontario, eg, the point that his “resignation comes before a provincial election scheduled for October” will prompt some to wonder yet again whether Dalton McGuinty, also facing a provincial election scheduled for October, and [...]



The doomed Dalton McGuinty .. part deux?

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Provinces

Two and a half weeks ago our resident Ontario historian had yet another stab at the question that still looms over Queen’s Park — ancestral homeland of the provincial government of Canada’s most populous province. (Which is currently in the midst of some economic difficulty — as it has been since, mmmm, would you believe [...]



Is some new “people’s monarchy” in the commonwealth realms at hand?

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Republic

At the level of international political soap opera, at any rate, are we or are we not on the verge of some kind of revival of the ancient British monarchy, in an age of resurgent conservatism in the new global village on which the sun still never dares to set? For our particular purposes here, [...]



Will Kate Middleton join Willow Palin on “Dancing With The Stars” next year .. and/or what does “communism” really mean today?

Nov 19th, 2010 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

I have found two things in the news especially annoying this week. And I have come up with the idea that it will provide some relief if I can somehow link them together. To start with, like millions of other TV addicts in North America (and around the world?), I was appalled this past Tuesday [...]



Harper’s stacked Senate defeats elected Commons bill .. it ought to be a constitutional crisis, but ..

Nov 18th, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Key Current Issues

Not quite eight weeks ago, an article posted here raised the question: “Would the emerging new raw-patronage Conservative majority in the still unreformed and unelected Senate of Canada actually defeat even a private member’s bill duly passed by a clear majority of MPs in the elected Canadian House of Commons?” (See “More ironies of Canadian [...]



Pat Martin’s Bill C-417, An Act respecting Louis Riel .. another way of helping Canada lean forward

Nov 17th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the hanging of the Canadian Métis leader, Louis Riel,  shortly after 8:15 AM, local time, in what is now Regina, Saskatchewan. The preceding summer he had been tried for treason to the then 18-year-old Dominion of Canada, for his role in the so-called North West Rebellion of 1885. And [...]



Can some kind of Mike and Jack show in Ottawa still lean Canada forward?

Nov 15th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Technically, a Canadian federal election on December 31, 2010 could still be called as late as November 26 — 11 days from now. (And as some will want to remember here, the Federal Court of Appeal has “ruled that the Bill C-16 fixed-election-date measures” which became law “in May 2007 … did not … change [...]



Introducing Zzzzzzzzzzzzz .. this week in the global village ..

Nov 12th, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Ever since we acquired our new site design more than a year ago now, in the summer of 2009, we have been looking for pages to fill out the bar just beneath the masthead. We started with just “Home,” “About,” and “Links.” Then thanks to a welcome good-news message from Vancouver, late this past spring, [...]



Afghanistan agony haunts November 11, 2010 ..

Nov 10th, 2010 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

According to the sometimes (if of course far from always) quite good Wikipedia, “‘O Valiant Hearts’ is a hymn remembering the fallen of the First World War.” And, technically so to speak, the at least beginning of the end of the First World War in a railway car at Compiègne, France, on November 11, 1918, [...]