Archive for November 2012

Rob Ford and Mark Carney .. one Canadian gravy train off the rails .. another bound for Bank of England

Nov 27th, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

We’re not exactly overjoyed by Justice Charles Hackland ‘s decision to remove Toronto Mayor Rob Ford from office [well sort of, and maybe, at some point], over conflict of interest rule violations. Like West Side Noel in this space during the middle of this past September, we’re too worried that it will ultimately backfire on [...]



In search of Canadian Liberalism .. was the second last week of November 2012 really all that bad?

Nov 24th, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

First there was “David McGuinty quits for telling Tory MPs to ‘go back to Alberta’.”  Then there was : “Trudeau and Grits suffer blows with anti-Alberta comments”; “Justin Trudeau faces uproar for alleged anti-Alberta comments in 2010 interview” ; and “Trudeau campaign forced to address 2010 comments on Alberta.” Yet just how devastating all this [...]



Happy 100th birthday Grey Cup 2012 .. at least the CFL is a league of our own

Nov 20th, 2012 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. NOVEMBER 20, 2012. I can’t say that I have ever been a big fan of either the Canadian Football League or the Toronto Argonauts. Years ago, back in the 1950s when I started to read seriously, I subscribed to the US-based Sport magazine. And an article from that time and place has stuck [...]



Is a new Ralph Klein waiting in wings of Ontario Liberal leadership race?

Nov 18th, 2012 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED NOVEMBER 24]. With only a week left before the deadline for entering the Ontario Liberal leadership race (don’t forget your 250 party-member signatures and $50,000 entry fee), the slate of candidates on offer has become much clearer than it was a month ago. And so has the process involved. As Robert Benzie and Rob [...]



Move over Parti Québécois .. some in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, etc want to join you

Nov 15th, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

One technologically democratic feature of the Obama White House website is “We the People …. Your Voice in Our Government.” Here ordinary American citizens can create and/or sign petitions in support of whatever proposals for government action (or inaction) take their fancy. As a sign of just how upset some people are about the result [...]



Abandoning Lindsay Lohan and Paulina Gretzky .. for the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion in the Spanish Civil War

Nov 10th, 2012 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

In the past this website has expressed admiration (and even sympathy) for two Southern California belles of some notoriety, Lindsay Lohan and Paulina Gretzky. See, eg, my colleague L. Frank Bunting on “Why are the puritans still persecuting Lindsay Lohan?” and (only half-repentantly, at best) “Sober second thoughts on the persecution of Lindsay Lohan?” And [...]



Nov 6, 2012 : “Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”

Nov 7th, 2012 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. NOVEMBER 7, 2012. 2 AM ET. I woke this morning to cp24 TV (well, strictly speaking, now it’s yesterday morning I guess). And I heard that nothing we think up here in the Canadian attic about the US election will make it through the bubble of the American consciousness. (Which is no doubt [...]



Who really believes PM Harper’s new panel to ensure ‘non-partisan’ vice regal appointments will fix the problem?

Nov 5th, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

Among other things, Premier Dalton McGuinty’s recent prorogation of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario has re-surfaced growing concerns about just how governors general of Canada and lieutenant governors of the provinces are chosen nowadays. As the Canadian Press has explained : “Former governor general Michaelle Jean came under intense scrutiny for twice agreeing to controversial [...]



Will Bloomberg’s climate-change endorsement be the straw that breaks the Romney campaign’s back?

Nov 1st, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Even with only five more days to go, it’s hard not to agree with Abigael Evans of Colorado, who is “tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney.”  (And then, we read in the same coverage : “At the Al Smith dinner earlier this month, even President Barack Obama joked that ‘sometimes it feels like this [...]