Archive for June 2013

Turkey, Brazil, Rosa Luxemburg, and Hannah Arendt (and us too) .. participatory democracy returns?

Jun 25th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATE JUNE 27 : On Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt movie … scroll to bottom of page]. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not the only global political observer who has suggested similarities between the mass protests faced by his democratic government lately and those faced by the democratic government of  President Dilma Roussef […]

Aboriginal day and summer solstice 2013 .. democracy in Alberta, California, Canada, and Ontario

Jun 21st, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

Up here in the northern wilderness today marks both the summer solstice, or official start of summer, and National Aboriginal Day (Journée nationale des Autochtones). In the spirit of the season the Canadian House of Commons adjourned for its summer holiday early this year – two days ago. (“All parties agreed late Tuesday night to […]

Istanbul Revisited 2013

Jun 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Countries of the World

As I start to write here in northern North America, the headlines from the old heartland of the Ottoman empire far away, between the Mediterranean and Black seas, are not encouraging. (See : “Police lock down Taksim, PM shows off in Istanbul” ; “Turkish PM says it was his ‘duty’ to oust protestors occupying Istanbul […]

Budget passes .. “the people of Ontario have never been spoiled by too much perfection in government”

Jun 11th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO. TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013. 4:45 PM. [UPDATED JUNE 12]. So (as Premier Wynne might say) the 2013 Ontario Budget bill has now passed third reading, 64—36. This may have surprised you, if you were paying serious attention to such Toronto Sun headlines as : “PCs call for former Liberal staffers to turn […]

Is there any point in keeping an appointed Senate in Canada today?

Jun 9th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

Dr. Dave Town from Orillia, Ontario offered an intriguing comment on my recent post about Senate reform,  “Is doing anything sensible with the Senate of Canada just a vain fantasy?” (And I believe he is the same person I have now intriguingly discovered on the “gossip-stew of the internet” : successful chiropractor by day, public-spirited  […]

Is doing anything sensible with the Senate of Canada just a vain fantasy?

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

I have now collected 32 recent press articles on Senate reform in Canada, and the current senator expenses scandal in Ottawa. They start with “Canada PM calls for Senate reform amid expenses scandal” on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. They end on Friday, May 31 with : “Move to elected senate, says former Liberal leader … […]