Archive for July 2012

The pretty girl who is like a melody may yet help end the Harper government’s discordant democracy song?

Jul 29th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

We’ve lately had a (nother) sudden rush of new visits to a piece first posted more than a year ago – in the middle of March 2011. The title in this case is “A pretty girl is like a melody .. has Canadian election of 2011 finally arrived on back of first ever contempt of […]

If we really knew what we’re doing in Canada, we’d pay more attention to the presidential election in India

Jul 24th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

Pranab Mukherjee was elected President of India last Thursday, July 19, 2012. The results of the election were announced by the country’s electoral authorities on Sunday, July 22. Mr. Mukherjee will be sworn into office at the Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25, by the Chief Justice of India […]

“As Peterpan’s Ariel Leaves Prison, Some Ask Why He Was Ever There” .. and that is an excellent question!

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

On this very hot and languorous summer day in the Great Lakes region of North America, the news from the mysterious east has finally drifted in on some erotic sunbeams: “Nazril Irham Freed” ; “Peterpan’s Ariel Is Finally, Sort of, Free” ; “Mixed reactions greet pop star’s parole” ; and “Ariel Will Publish A Memoir […]

PM Harper : Senate reform “much slower than I’d hoped, but … we’ll continue to push it forward”

Jul 20th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

Somehow it seems right to be thinking about Senate reform in Canada in the dead of summer. Like almost everything else this time of year in the true north strong and free, it seems quite agreeable (to some of us at any rate) but not entirely serious. (It will not last, etc, etc.) What is […]

Summer in the city 2012 .. winking at Rob Ford .. and remembering various anniversaries of Mackenzie-Papineau

Jul 14th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

TORONTO. SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012. This may not be the greatest city in Canada, whatever that may mean. But it sure is hot here today. I have nonetheless been asked to devote at least part of this sunny afternoon to informing all who may be interested that the relevant staff have now completed their latest […]

PM Harper’s spin-doctor boasts about Canadian economy are wearing thin ..

Jul 12th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

Australia’s June employment numbers were released today, and they caused some domestic concern: “Australia’s employers cut 27,000 jobs last month, sending the jobless rate higher.” The national unemployment rate actually increased to 5.2%, up from 5.1% in May 2012. But hey, wait a minute. Our Canada-wide unemployment rate in June was 7.2%. As some like […]

Some early hasty notes on the Liberal Party of Canada leadership race

Jul 8th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JULY 10]. One progressive view of the Liberal Party of Canada leadership contest – which will have its final moment of truth sometime in April next year (or at least “in the first half of 2013”) –  is that it no longer matters. Consider, eg, these recent numbers: “Back on June 18 … we […]

Let’s put David Thompson and wife on 25-year-old loonie .. to celebrate the real history of Canada

Jul 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Heritage Now

This past Saturday, June 30, 2012, marked “25 years since Canada ditched its one-dollar bill in favour of a gold-coloured coin.” Every time I go to the United States, I still remember the alternative convenience of having several lightweight $1 bills in your pocket. I nonetheless agree that “while the move was somewhat controversial at […]

Fourth of July 2012 way up north .. forget Romney : Obama is twice as popular in Canada as PM Harper!

Jul 4th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

At first I thought the estimable Ottawa pundit Lawrence Martin had stolen my idea (well, really just beat me to it, of course) for a Canadian Fourth of July 2012 posting. The Globe and Mail apparently published Martin’s column “Obama Remains Extremely Popular in Canada” yesterday. And it is still worth underlining its main theme: […]