Archive for December 2012

World in 2012 from our corner north of Great Lakes could have been worse??

Dec 23rd, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Without any doubt, we would say here, the biggest news of 2012 in the larger universe to which Canada belongs (though quite independently of course!) was the re-election of Barack Obama as president of the USA. And we did at least follow this big story, like everyone else. As early as January 13, 2012 we [...]



Am I blue that there will be no white Christmas this year where I live?

Dec 18th, 2012 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

Weather forecasters are not always right, of course. But I am prepared to concede that they probably know more about the weather than I do. And so I took it seriously when I heard yesterday morning that “Waking up to a winter wonderland on Christmas Day will be more of a dream than reality for [...]



What if Karen Alloy’s Mayan End of the World Prophecy for December 21, 2012 is actually right?

Dec 11th, 2012 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

One week from this coming Friday, we will have finally arrived at December 21, 2012 — the day when the world as we know it will come to an end … well, sort of … or something like that. (Or if you believe NASA in the USA today : “Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the [...]



175th anniversary of 1837 rebellions more important for Canadian democracy today than War of 1812

Dec 4th, 2012 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

A recent poll on the pride Canadians place in more than a dozen symbols and achievements found that the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 this year came in near the bottom — even though the federal government has budgeted more than $28 million to mark the occasion. The 175th anniversary of the so-called [...]



Is salvation for Ontario Liberals somewhere out there in Alice Munro’s rural Ontario?

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

According to a Toronto Star report this past Friday: “Premier Dalton McGuinty’s resignation has given the Ontario Liberals a significant bounce … the governing Grits have vaulted to second place, ahead of the New Democrats, and closed the gap with the Progressive Conservatives, says the latest Forum Research survey.” The report goes on: “The Conservatives [...]



Do Susan Rice’s Canadian connections disqualify her as US secretary of state?

Dec 1st, 2012 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

According to Rachel Maddow on MSNBC this past Tuesday, such Republican luminaries as John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and  Kelly Ayotte “are so virulently attacking Susan Rice [mostly over her already well-explained first reaction to the  Benghazi attack on US diplomats in Libya] … to give the GOP a shot at picking up John Kerry’s senate [...]