Archive for October 2014

Citizen X tells it like it is on morning after 2014 Toronto election

Oct 28th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

As Rob Ford stressed during one of his random TV appearances, for a time early on in the evening of Monday, October 27, 2014 Doug Ford was running only about three points behind John Tory. But the final numbers for the big three were John Tory 394,775 votes or 40.3%, Doug Ford 330,610 votes or [...]



The last hurrah of Tory Toronto .. just before the next new thing?

Oct 26th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

People who don’t live in or even vaguely like Toronto, and are fed up with both Rob and Doug Ford and  the 2014 Toronto mayoral race, may take comfort from the fact that the race has effectively ended even before election day tomorrow, Monday, October 27. Or as John Wright, senior vice president of the [...]



Are Rob and Doug Ford only the beginning of a long story of change in Toronto the not so good?

Oct 20th, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

A valued Nova Scotia correspondent who also knows Canada’s largest big city urged me to look at Royson James’s column in this past Friday’s Toronto Star : “Politics exposes Toronto’s troubled past and future … The election campaign elicits despair as it reveals the city’s so-easily manipulated divisions.” I’m glad I did finally read Mr. [...]



Latest polls mean Our Toronto will vote for Olivia Chow (well … probably, most of us) even if she can’t win?

Oct 17th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Yesterday another poll from Forum Research brought the good news that the answer to a question posed on this site a mere nine days ago — “Will it really end just deja vu all over again for John Tory (and curtains for civilization in Toronto) ??” — is almost certainly NO. (Well, probably anyway. Close [...]



Along the line of smoky hills, the crimson politicians stand .. and wonder what the people of Canada will demand

Oct 14th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: Ottawa Scene

[UPDATED OCTOBER 15]. Coming home on the airplane from a recent trip to Europe, I read an article by an eminent Cambridge academic in a British political magazine. And I was almost shocked when it proclaimed that the “two most successful leaders in contemporary western politics are Angela Merkel and Stephen Harper.” This international point [...]



Down and out in London, Paris, La Rochelle, and the Basque country in Bilbao : notes on Western Europe today

Oct 12th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: Countries of the World

What if you had already figured out that our earlier post here (“At the Berkeley Square-Bilbao Conference — our staff hard at work in Western Europe, last half of September”) was really just about another sordid case of that early 21st century mass middle-class tourism scourge known as the cruise? Taken by three remarkable senior [...]



Will it really end just deja vu all over again for John Tory (and curtains for civilization in Toronto) ??

Oct 8th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

We’ve just gone through a major computer renovation at head office here. And even between the cracks we’ve been getting queries on the results of the travelling conference from which most of us have just returned. The work of reporting on all this has been assigned to X. He says it is challenging, because much [...]