Archive for August 2014

Right on “Yes We Tan” — why it’s so refreshing to see President Obama in a summer suit, at the end of the summer

Aug 31st, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

We’ve admired Lauren O’Neil ever since we bumped into her student think-piece on Harold Innis and the Owl of Minerva. (See “Minerva’s owl spreads its wings on Stephen Harper’s last gasp of the British monarchy in Canada,” February 18, 2011.) More recently Ms  O’Neil has happily found a berth on the CBC News website. And [...]



Rob Ford yet again makes all other news in Toronto beside the point ????

Aug 29th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

There’s suddenly quite a lot on the local political (and economic) scene, here on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario — and it isn’t even quite Labour Day yet. To start with, so Tim Horton’s selling out to Burger King isn’t enough? (See : “Tim Horton’s merger talks not a big concern for Toronto customers” [...]



Long republican journeys and Canada in the 21st century : tales about the history that matters

Aug 25th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

“The Long Journey to a Canadian Republic, 1963–20??” is the title of Part IV in Randall White’s current book project, tentatively and still too lengthily called Children of the Global Village — Canada in the 21st Century : Tales about the history that matters. (One inspiration for the title and larger project has apparently been [...]



The troubled USA today — August for the people in the Bay Area, waiting for River Falcon at Walnut Creek

Aug 20th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) tracks in the region of such stations as Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Center run on the surface, in between the two multilane automobile passageways of California state highway 24. You speed along in public transit trains, with private automobiles speeding along in opposite directions on either [...]



At the Walnut Creek Conference — our staff hard at work in California Bay Area for first half of August

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

By noon tomorrow (Sunday, August 3, 2014) our counterweights Toronto editorial staff (well, most of us anyway) will be on an Air Canada jet bound for San Francisco. At the San Francisco International Airport (“SFO” as they say locally), we will board the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train to Walnut Creek — en route [...]