Archive for December 2010

The next great debate in Canada .. and our top 10 counterweights stories 2010

Dec 31st, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Our main attraction as we say goodbye to the poignant year of 2010 (CE) and give a warm welcome to the perhaps still more poignant year of the rabbit, 2011, is a rather extensive but (we think) compelling contribution to a new made-in-Canada great debate launched over this past holiday season in (of all places) […]

Why Kelly McParland is wrong about the British monarchy in Canada

Dec 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

I am not a fan of the National Post. But over the 2010 holiday season I think it deserves some credit for contributing to both sides of what is not quite yet an important debate we will be having in Canada, if and when we show serious signs of surviving the 21st century. To kick […]

The big surprise ending to Barack Obama’s first two years in office

Dec 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: USA Today

A site like this ought to say something about Barack Obama’s surprise upbeat finale to the troubled year of 2010. And I have been asked to say it. I can’t say much. My main sources are MSNBC and the Washington Post – and the vaguely snowy moonlit view from my lakeside office window, in the […]

2010: the year Stephen Harper finally got his majority .. in the unreformed Senate of Canada!

Dec 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

End-of-the-year assessments are already creeping into the news – and no doubt with good enough reason. (It is, after all, already December 22.) As I contemplate my own thoughts on one of the key subjects pursued in this space, I find myself wanting to say that, in my darker moments, I sometimes think 2010 may […]

Julian Assange and the late Chalmers Johnson may have similar messages .. and democracy in America should listen

Dec 19th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Julian Assange is now out on bail, living the high life at “Ellingham Hall, a lavish country estate in eastern England, where under the bail conditions he must spend every night.” I have been trying to understand what makes his case as high-minded as it does seem to have become, even though he probably is […]

Holiday political polls in Canada … anyone with vision comes to this decision – don’t make up your mind!

Dec 16th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MARCH 30, 2011]. Ira Gershwin’s lyrics to the Kurt Weill tune, “The Saga of Jenny,” from the 1941 Broadway musical Lady in the Dark, has some appropriate seasonal allusions in 2010: “Jenny made her mind up when she was three / She herself was going to trim the Christmas tree / Christmas Eve she […]

The Canadian federal election of 2011 .. truth or dare?

Dec 13th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED DECEMBER 17, JANUARY 24, 31, FEBRUARY 16, MARCH 4, 9, 16, 23, 25, 28, 30, MAY 3]. Staggering “home from a seemingly endless succession of Christmas parties” in Ottawa, John Ibbitson reports: “If conventional wisdom, that most dubious of sources, is to be believed, the 40th Parliament is not long for this world. Shortly […]

What does alleged Julian Assange sex scandal remind you of .. sober second thoughts on WikiLeaks?

Dec 9th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

“Many of our national security issues,” Gary Wills wrote recently, in the November 25, 2010 issue of the New York Review of Books, “are not meant to deceive the enemy, but to keep Congress and the American people in the dark about what our government is doing in our name.” Given the time lags in […]

Canadian Navy already has a good name

Dec 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

History, T.S. Eliot from St. Louis wrote long ago, has “many cunning passages” – even in places like Canada. Some radical populists who lived in Western Canada two or three generations ago would be aghast if they knew that some alleged radical populists in Western Canada today are trying to promote the ancient eastern cause […]

“Representation by population” DOA in Canada yet again?

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

UPDATED DECEMBER 4: The big Ottawa mystery this Friday afternoon in early December is whether John Ibbitson was right, when he reported yesterday on the Globe and Mail website (appearing in the print edition this morning), that: “The Harper government and the opposition parties have agreed to quietly sink legislation [aka Bill C-12] that would […]