Archive for May 2012

Mulcair melodies on oil sands fever .. and other new Canadian body parts that blossomed while we were away

May 30th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

A week can be a long time in politics, as the legend has it. And getting back to the home and native land from the counterweights Western Europe conference circuit suggests that two weeks and a few days can be even longer. It’s almost as if since we’ve gone the nights of Canadian politics have […]

We go to Europe for inside story (back for Hemingway and Gellhorn on May 28)

May 9th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

The American journalist John Gunther “grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago” and then served from 1924 to 1936 with the London bureau of the Chicago Daily News.  In the 1930s he published Inside Europe — the first of the “‘Inside’ series of continental surveys” that made him famous. Some sources on […]

Is Liberal Conservative détente next big thing in Ontariario .. and will it work?

May 7th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 8]. In this past Saturday’s Toronto Star Queen’s Park columnist  Martin Regg Cohn predicted that the current “feel-good political chemistry between [Liberal minority Premier] Dalton [McGuinty] and [NDP leader] Andrea [Horwath] will prove short-lived.” A week is a long time in politics, etc. And despite the recent Dalton-Andrea budget deal: “Their parties are […]

What if Conrad Black divorced Barbara Amiel and married Paulina Gretzky .. where would that leave Canadian citizenship?

May 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

It has now become clear beyond any reasonable doubt that, in the language of the first people who called themselves Canadians: “Le Globe and Mail écrivait hier que le ministère de l’Immigration et de la Citoyenneté avait accordé un permis de résidence temporaire d’un an au  magnat de la presse déchu,” Conrad Black. Moreover: “M. […]