Archive for February 2016

Maybe Canada should build a wall along the border against Donald Trump ????

Feb 26th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Good news fellow Canadians. In last night’s Republican primary debate stateside Donald Trump was asked by a moderator from Spanish-language Telemundo : “You have said that you will not build a wall in Canada… Isn’t that like closing the front door, and leaving the back door open?” The aspiring world leader replied : “With Canada, [...]



Nevada, South Carolina, Prairies vs Rest of Canada, Communist Manifesto and Great Canadian boom of the 1850s

Feb 21st, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 / SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2016 : Watching MSNBC on US TV, from the northwest shore of Lake Ontario, you can almost feel various more rational and realistic strands of Democracy in America breathing easier after Hillary Clinton’s strong enough edging of Bernie Sanders (53%–47% finally?) in the Nevada Democratic Caucus. [...]



The Canadian boom of the 1850s and the road to Confederation, 1848–1864

Feb 19th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

In the early 21st century the loyal Canadian Pamela Anderson told a querulous talk show host on US TV that Canada is “more European” than the United States. In the middle of the 19th century you could see variations on this theme in the British North American triumph of responsible government (or early parliamentary democracy) [...]



Two commemorations on same winter day in parts of Canada this year .. Louis Riel, the flag, and Justin P.J. Trudeau

Feb 15th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Up here in the brrrrr … cold wilderness north of the Great Lakes, Monday, February 15, 2016 is a day when two commemorations coincide. Both have been written about in the past on this site. And in commemoration of both commemorations today, we are going to quickly review these past writings, and then end on [...]



Stories of women today on the Ghomeshi trial in Canada : we’ll learn what justice means on March 24

Feb 10th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED FEBRUARY 11, 12]. Apparently the monthly counterweights focus group raised the prospect of a piece on the Ghomeshi trial last Friday. I was assigned the task after I foolishly enthused about a CBC posting over the weekend, headlined “Ellen Page tweets support for Lucy DeCoutere after testimony at Ghomeshi trial.” I should note that [...]



Can someone born in Canada be US president .. looking beyond Iowa 2016 from the northern woods ?

Feb 4th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Back in the wake of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, in the locally troubled spring of 1838,  something called the  Mississippi Emigration Society was “founded in Toronto to start a settlement in Iowa Territory, United States for political refugees from Canada.” Less than a decade later, just after Christmas 1846, Iowa became the 29th [...]