Archive for May 2014

Andrew Coyne and Stephen Harper — two 50-something political thinkers looking for a proper judiciary in Canada

May 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014. 2:00 AM ET. As elsewhere in the global village (the ongoing vast democratic election in India, eg), there are some interesting things going on in what the late great George Grant used to call “the Great Lakes region of North America” these days — and especially (maybe?) in the […]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 7 — will Hugh Segal actually be voting for Kathleen Wynne?

May 7th, 2014 | By | Category: In Brief

The late great Canadian literary critic, Northrop Frye — who came to Toronto  via Sherbrooke, Quebec and then mostly Moncton, New Brunswick, “to compete in a national typing contest in 1929” (!!!!) — once called Ontario “surely one of the most inarticulate communities in human culture.” And there is something about the still very youthful […]



Ontario “Northern Uprising” election June 12 will be another one where the campaign really matters!

May 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014. 3:00 PM ET. So (as the premier often begins her remarks on any subject) … a lot has happened in Ontario politics today — and sooner, it seems fair to say, than the smart money thought. This morning NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced that her party would not be […]



Bill Maher etc beware — Rob Ford says “Once I’m done, I’m done. I’m going to California ……”

May 1st, 2014 | By | Category: USA Today

On the last day of April, 2014, I arrived home from an evening meeting downtown just before 10 PM. And my live-in business manager (and resident beauty queen) immediately told me : “More tapes about Rob Ford have just come out, and he’s taking a leave of absence to get help.” I caught up with […]