Archive for April 2013

Who’s just playing politics in Ontario now (and/or BC)?

Apr 30th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 3]. Some say the alleged Oakville gas-plant “revelations” of Ontario Power Authority chief executive Colin Andersen before a Queen’s Park legislative committee today bring an Ontario spring election close enough for jazz. And who knows? They may be right. (Although listening to Andrea Horwath’s jousting with scandal-mongering media just before noon made us [...]



Can Julian Assange win a seat in the Australian Senate (and what will happen if he does) ??

Apr 30th, 2013 | By Greg Barns | Category: In Brief

From Greg Barns, National Campaign Director for the Wikileaks Party’s 2013 Australian federal election campaign: Tom Flanagan, Stephen Harper’s old ideological chum, once said of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that he wouldn’t mind if Mr Assange were assassinated.  “I think Obama should put out a contract or use a drone or something. I wouldn’t feel [...]



Victoria Toronto — tales of two Canadian provincial elections, maybe

Apr 29th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

There is a side to Ontario, you might say, that channels Nova Scotia. Another side channels Quebec (the “sister province,” as Bill Davis liked to put it), and another side channels Alberta. Still another side channels beautiful British Columbia. And this side may have the strongest implications for the Canadian future right now. In any [...]



Money in politics is “a big problem” and “ Lawrence Lessig is right”?

Apr 26th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Key Current Issues

One thing about life in the global village nowadays is that the subtleties of political debate keep getting lost in the demands of 140-characters-or-less, and similar rules elsewhere. (And if you think things were always that way, try reading a 19th century newspaper.) A case in point glows brightly in this past Wednesday’s Washington Post [...]



Margaret Thatcher is “the mother of Canadian conservatism” ??????

Apr 17th, 2013 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013. GANATSEKWYAGON, ONTARIO, CANADA. Today marks the funeral of the fabled Iron Lady back in the old imperial metropolis across the sea. And according to Matthew Coutts at the Daily Brew :”Canadian Conservative leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in attendance when Margaret Thatcher, the woman some consider the mother [...]



Is Jean Chretien right — “today marks the beginning of the end of this Conservative government”?

Apr 15th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED APRIL 16]. MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013. MOON RIVER.  Hélène Buzzetti at Le Devoir has probably said it best, in the official language of the first people who called themselves Canadians: “C’était écrit dans le ciel et le ciel aura vu juste. Justin Trudeau, le député de Papineau, la rock star de la politique fédérale [...]



175th anniversary of early democracy struggle at Lount and Matthews Salon, Gladstone Hotel, Friday, April 12

Apr 9th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

This coming Friday, April 12 will mark the 175th anniversary of a significant event in the history of Toronto (and even Ontario and Canada writ large), that hardly anyone remembers now. On the morning of April 12, 1838, close to the present-day intersection of King and Toronto streets downtown, Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews were [...]



What is Elizabeth May’s Green Party anyway?

Apr 7th, 2013 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Recent attempts by aspiring establishments to salvage the expiring Canadian role of the British monarchy are one measure of how our political system is falling more and more out of step with what our Constitution Act, 1982 calls the “free and democratic society” in Canada today. In some ways, the amazing thing about the latest [...]



Blue Jay Revival 2013 .. the story begins (maybe)??

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

It all started with a short tweet … Josh Johnson was coming to the Blue Jays … yet something was different … the twitter universe was abuzz with activity … others would be joining him. It’s how news gets around these days: 140 characters or less is how the events of the world unfold.  Electronic [...]