Archive for April 2011

One side of Mountie culture does look pro “Harper Government” .. and other noise along the campaign trail

Apr 7th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Almost exactly three years ago now, it was reported that: “Former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli’s decision to name then-Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale in a criminal investigation likely influenced the 2006 federal election, the chair of the RCMP public complaints commission says.” Mr. Zaccardelli’s action did seem to correlate remarkably closely with the ultimate shift […]

Happy 125th birthday Vancouver .. our dreams will decide, & we are their Shapers ..

Apr 6th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Many years ago now, an American political philosopher teaching at the University of Toronto claimed that Vancouver was the only other city in the world in which an authentic Torontonian could feel at home. I am not at all sure that this ever was altogether true, and it certainly no longer is, if it ever […]

Fear and hatred on the campaign trail in Canada .. is this Unknown Country about to become still more unknown?

Apr 4th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

At our regular Monday morning editorial meeting today one of the most senior editors drearily opined that bumping into the latest daily Nanos poll on the Canadian federal election of 2011 (“Tories enter second week with commanding 14-point lead”) called forth this distressing (and depressing) thought: “If this poll is to be believed, the Harper […]

Blue Jays 2011 : Is the turning point at hand .. at last?

Apr 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Sporting Life

Springtime has always brought with it an inherent calling to taking stock and to cleaning up.  Both looking back on the damage wrought by the long harsh winter, and looking forward determining what is needed for the growing season. This important short interval sets the tone for what follows. For the second straight year Blue […]

Canadian federal election of 2011 : That was the first week that was – don’t jump to any conclusions yet!

Apr 1st, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Today marks the first-week anniversary of the defeat of the second Stephen Harper minority government in Ottawa, on a first-ever “contempt of Parliament” non-confidence vote – and more or less the end of the official first week of campaigning for the Canadian federal election of 2011, which will reach some kind of (maybe?) dramatic climax […]