Archive for September 2013

Quick and dirty thoughts on government shutdown caper in Excited States ..

Sep 30th, 2013 | By | Category: USA Today

If you are the kind of Canadian who avidly follows American politics from the safe distance of your TV set, you will know that another Armageddon is about to be unleashed in the Excited States. (Well, probably. Nothing will be dead certain until Tuesday.) For the mind-numbing details consult, eg, “As government shutdown nears, lawmakers […]

Is Canada really “sanest nation there is” .. take Liberals and NDP (in BC, Ontario, Nova Scotia, AND OTTAWA)?

Sep 26th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

Those of us who vainly dream that the progressive mainstream in Canada is gearing up to reassert itself in the real world of politics have had a few bits of bad news lately. The brilliant Monty Python and Fawlty Towers graduate, John Cleese, keen to sell tickets to his “Last Chance to See Me Before […]

The Cooperative Capital Markets Regulator in Canada .. three surprised cheers for Flaherty, Sousa, and de Jong

Sep 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

We are reluctant to give too much credit for anything to the Harper government in Ottawa (to say nothing of federal finance minister Jim Flaherty). But today’s surprising announcement that the “federal, Ontario and British Columbia governments … have agreed to establish a co-operative securities regulator” qualifies as an unavoidable exception to the rule. As […]

Obama’s Canadianized Syria policy .. a military strike if necessary but not necessarily a military strike

Sep 16th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

I can’t be the only person seriously irritated by Margaret Wente’s Toronto Globe and Mail column this past weekend – on “Barack Obama, the 98-pound weakling.”Â  And the same thing goes for recent similar comments by Rex Murphy on CBC TV, and other like-minded true northern pundits. In Ms Wente’s case you could say it’s […]

Just what is going on in the Nova Scotia election anyway?

Sep 13th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

In theory the Nova Scotia provincial election this coming Tuesday, October 8 will be a test of the province’s first New Democrat government under Darrell Dexter. Dexter’s governing New Democrats were elected on June 9, 2009. By all traditional measures this was a massive breakthrough – the first ever NDP provincial government in Atlantic Canada, […]

Nova Scotia goes to polls October 8 .. will Ontario follow soon (well .. don’t bet the farm just yet) ??

Sep 10th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

The Ontario legislature has returned to work this week. And already it seems clear enough that the biggest issue in Ontario politics this fall is whether there will be a fresh election before the December holiday season. See, eg, such recent headlines as : “Ontario’s Premier Wynne shaking up her campaign team in lead-up to […]

Election in Land of Oz : “If you want to know who to vote for, I’m the guy with the not bad looking daughters . .”

Sep 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED SEPTEMBER 8]. In some more ideal world Canada would take more of an interest in Australia, and vice-versa. The two places have a lot in common. They are both natural resource-dominated economies in geographically vast territories with modest but increasingly diverse populations. And they are both former self-governing dominions of the now declined and […]

Keeping cool with Greenland .. at last gasp of not-so-long hot summer in central Canada

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

I remember looking into Greenland years ago. I was in the stacks of the library downtown. Even the shelves with the Greenland books seemed cold and forbidding So I like reading about Greenland on the net now, when it is so hot in town. And the last lazy, hazy hallucinations at the beach bear down […]