Archive for May 2013

Streetcar Named Rob Ford rides again .. “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist” ????

May 24th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 25]. As this strange week in Canada’s most populous metropolis (also most domestically hated and now “internationally” laughed-at) draws to a close, Mayor Rob Ford has at last broken his silence about the “Allegedly Seen Smoking Crack” video of which he is said to be the Toronto star. Following our earlier report in [...]



Happy 140th North West Mounted Police .. when dropping “Royal” from Canadian names may return

May 23rd, 2013 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Kudos to Google Canada for including a “Mountie in the iconic bright red uniform and broad-brimmed hat … in front of mountains, forest and water” on its home page today, in commemoration of the “140th anniversary of the North West Mounted Police.” In case you have forgotten, the North West Mounted Police were established by [...]



Streetcar Named Rob Ford lives on .. remember when his worship said he “no longer uses marijuana” in 2010 ????

May 18th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

We have begun to renovate the bar at the top of the counterweights home page over the past few days. Much remains to be done. Among the starters we have retired our ”Streetcar Named Rob Ford” page. We were getting too jaded about the circus act the current mayor of Toronto, Canada has been offering [...]



Staying up late for the BC election back east .. and yet another big surprise!

May 14th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON.  So …  here back east (well at least on the north shore of the most easterly of the North American Great Lakes, in anglophone Central Canada), we have only recently passed from May 14 to May 15. But already it seems that the current Western Canada Provincial Politics Syndrome [...]



When the real Justin Trudeau stands up will he look at least a little like William Lyon Mackenzie King?

May 9th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Like many others, I am still trying to figure out new Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau, and what he may or may not mean for our Canadian future. I note such recent headlines as : “Quebec undergoing a Liberal revival, new poll finds” ; “Justin Trudeau Liberals jump to seven-point lead over Tories, [...]



“A democrat is liable to change his mind a lot” .. discovering the American West of Edward Dorn

May 5th, 2013 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

I was quite deeply into reading poetry (or verse, as some said), from about my late teens to my early 20s. Then the practicalities of life pushed me in other directions. I returned for a brief time in my late 30s. But fate again conspired to focus my thoughts on the more prosaic realities of [...]