Archive for February 2014

If Justin Trudeau really needs a policy risk — what about citizen assemblies on the British monarchy in Canada?

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

The Liberal Party of Canada has some reasons for feeling good  at its Montreal convention this weekend.  (Eg : “Majority says it’s ‘time for another federal party to take over’: poll” ; “More Canadians share Justin Trudeau’s values: poll” ; and “Liberals open wider lead over Conservatives: poll.”) Two members of CBC TV’s most widely [...]



The new Business[week] daily — on getting the kind of gun control the founders of the republic wanted!

Feb 21st, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

The print edition of Business Week magazine, “which was founded in 1929, just weeks before the October stock market crash that led to the Great Depression” used to play a big role in my life. At some point in my not-too-early adulthood (late 20s I think) I suddenly realized that I was going to have [...]



February 13 Ontario byelection notes .. a general election as soon as May?

Feb 14th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Back on January 21, I was reporting that “A new poll suggests the Progressive Conservatives are off to a strong lead in two Ontario byelections being held next month … The poll, conducted Jan. 15, took a random sample of voters in both Thornhill and Niagara Falls … In Thornhill, 44 per cent of voters [...]



Tory Senator Bob Runciman .. a rare Ontario Senate reformer, alive and well in the Brockville Recorder

Feb 12th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Late last spring Kathleen Wynne got into some trouble in some parts of her most populous province for such headlines as “Ontario’s Wynne wants to see Senate reformed” and/or “Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to reform Senate, not abolish it.” At least on some accounts of the mind of Ontario, this does seem like what [...]



We the people are right when we reject re-naming Toronto’s railway station after John A. Macdonald ..

Feb 6th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

As trained as we are to be cold and calculating in the big city, sometimes it is almost impossible not to be pleased by something in the news. My pleasure over the past few days has been (what I at least take to be) the broad public reaction to Toronto City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s proposal [...]



In Crazy Town 2014, have you had any third, fourth, or fifth thoughts about Rob Ford yet ????

Feb 4th, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

I suppose you just can’t keep a good man down.  In any case here on the northwest shore of the former Lake Iroquois we have just lived through yet another “week of Rob Ford gong shows, from alleged beating to jaywalking.” (And, as a sign of just what’s so new and almost intoxicating in all [...]