Archive for September 2012

The unbearable lightness of being Justin Trudeau .. just what Canada after Stephen Harper wants?

Sep 28th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

We still don’t know for dead certain that Justin Pierre James Trudeau will be throwing his hair into the ring. But eminent Ottawa journalists have reported “Mr. Trudeau is expected to announce next week [Tuesday, some especially bold scribes are saying] that he is a candidate for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.” And, […]

Why does so much of English Canada still yearn for comforts of British empire, even in autumn of 2012?

Sep 25th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

For some Canadians – if opinion polls are to be believed, even for at least a bare majority, coast to coast to coast – the news that “Canada and Britain to run combined embassies” or “Canada, Britain to sign deal to ‘link up’ embassies abroad” or “Canada and Britain to join diplomatic forces” or “Canada, […]

Discovering Canadian girl Alison Pill .. and probing women’s constitutional right to go topless in public

Sep 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Entertainment

GANATSEKWYAGON, ONTARIO. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012. In my advancing age, it takes longer to catch up with the latest trends, racing by your brain at what sometimes seems close to the speed of light, etc.  So my apologies for starting with a post on the Think Progress website from last Friday (September 14, 2012). It’s […]

Almost autumn leaves .. common house returns to Ottawa .. this is Canadian democracy? .. zzzzzzzz etc

Sep 18th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

OTTAWA. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012. Retired senior citizens in desperate need of afternoon naps were well served by the CPAC TV presentation of Question Period, in the just-back-from-summer-vacation Canadian House of Commons yesterday afternoon. The favourite word of New Democrat MPs this season is apparently “reckless,” as in the Harper government’s “reckless cost cutting,” etc, […]

Is Rob Ford on the ropes? Let’s hope so .. What might help him most now? A loss, not a victory, in Court

Sep 17th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

This morning I opened the papers to another installment of the Rob Ford saga. It seems the Mayor of Toronto (Canada’s most hated city etc) and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, were on their Sunday radio program trying to push back against allegations of the Mayor’s misuse of City staff and resources for his football […]

Mint’s change of heart over Dave Gunning’s “No More Pennies” CD good .. but Canadian people still short-changed

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

I was getting all steamed up. I was ready to add my own obscure voice to the wider protest over the Canadian Mint’s insistence that Dave Gunning, the “Canadian Folk/Celtic singer-songwriter born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia,” must pay a copyright fee for the use of images of pennies on the cover of his next […]

Iran parliamentarians think it is the British queen who has closed Canada’s embassy in Tehran!

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

There have been various explanations of the Harper government’s decision last Friday to suspend Canada’s diplomatic relations with Iran. See, eg: “By cutting ties with Iran, we just shot ourself in the foot” ; “Burman: What has prompted Canada’s move against Iran?” ; and “Canada’s last Iran ambassador: Cutting off Tehran looks like a mistake.” […]

Why I think President Barack Obama is the biggest thing that’s happened in American history in my lifetime

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

You can’t deny that a lot of people these days are disappointed in US President Barack Obama – including some who really were enthused about him four years ago. I personally have friends, in both the United States and in Canada, where I live myself, who have told me they feel this way. It is […]

A historic by-election in Ontario .. or not????

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

Not too long ago the estimable Graham Murray, publisher of the Ontario government and politics newsletter Inside Queen’s Park, circulated an excellent paper on the “46 Ontario by-elections from 1977-2010.”Â  It concluded that these contests “did more to maintain the status quo than to transform it … [m]ost of the seats contested (32 / 69%) […]

Who is Pauline Marois and what does she mean for Canada?

Sep 5th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

As of 11 PM local time, the September 4, 2012 Quebec election results have been fluctuating in small degrees for some time, and this seems likely to continue for some time yet. But the essential outline is clear enough. (For the current exact numbers see QUÉBEC 2012 – RÉSULTATS.) Pauline Marois’ Parti Quebecois has clearly […]