Archive for July 2013

August 1 Ontario byelections : Just how much trouble are Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in – and does it matter?

Jul 31st, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

[FOR BYELECTION RESULTS SEE “August 1 Ontario byelections : a bit of a surprise – Libs 2, NDP 2, Cons 1.“] The headline for Adam Radwanski’s report in the Globe and Mail yesterday – “Ontario Liberals bracing for the end of Kathleen Wynne’s momentum” – captures the minority governing party’s worst prospects for the mini […]

A debate on the future of the British monarchy in Canada has put down roots .. and it’s not going away

Jul 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

Yesterday a Toronto Star editorial opined : “Welcome to the world, eight-pound, six-ounce royal baby boy. While untold others were born on the same day to equally excited parents, no one else is third in line to the throne …”Â  (Ultimately, the future George VII of some place, it has subsequently become clear.) At the […]

Council of the Federation summer meeting 2013 .. award-winning wines, beers and cuisine prepared by students!

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

It sometimes seems that little of real interest would happen in Canada without the first people who called themselves Canadians in Quebec. (This is also a good argument against real Quebec “separation,” for those Canadians outside Quebec who value interesting things.) To take just one current case in point, the first meeting of provincial premiers […]

Zimmerman acquittal : a little too much strange fruit still hangin’ from the poplar trees?

Jul 14th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

From even just a short distance beyond the actual borders of the USA, the big trouble with the Zimmerman acquittal announced last night is how can an armed (white/hispanic) man possibly shoot an unarmed (black) teenager to death in self defence? In a country where black men are still  incarcerated at almost seven times the […]

Will George Clooney go back to Teri Hatcher now?

Jul 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Entertainment

Our Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper is supposed to be making a big cabinet shuffle this week, but I couldn’t care less. He is the only important person in his cabinet. And how many times can he shuffle himself? Anyway, it has been hot and humid in the summer in the city. We’ve had unexpected […]

Ontario mini-election on August 1 could be (a little?) more serious than we think

Jul 5th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JULY 6, 7, 13 – for byelection results see “August 1 Ontario byelections : a bit of a surprise – Libs 2, NDP 2, Cons 1.” ]. A mere four weeks from yesterday – on Thursday, August 1, 2013 – Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will be holding a kind of mini-election. As […]

Where is Canada going .. will we become a real country at last (yes of course)?

Jul 1st, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

An alas now vanished great friend of the counterweights editors, from a vanished era in the life of the city, used to say that he seldom agreed with the newspaper columnist Alex Barris. But he almost always read his columns because he found them stimulating. We sometimes have similar feelings about the present-day Toronto Star […]