Archive for March 2016

Donald Trump and the Rob Ford funeral in Toronto

Mar 30th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

One of our wider Toronto region reporters has been complaining lately about how the local and regional media have been going overboard over the unhappy and far too early death of former notorious but widely known Toronto mayor, Rob Ford. (“Ford died on March 22 after battling a rare, soft-tissue cancer for 18 months … [...]



100th anniversary of Easter 1916 Rebellion in Ireland .. one view from Toronto, Canada

Mar 27th, 2016 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Countries of the World

In the 1930s the local historian (and private school Latin teacher) Percy Robinson — author of the still invaluable Toronto during the French Regime, 1615–1793 — called Toronto, Ontario, Canada (all North American indigenous words) “the citadel of British sentiment in America.” On a somewhat earlier and more extreme, possibly even exaggerated variation on the [...]



US Super Tuesday 2, 2016 etc : “practically all Canadians, of course, vote Democratic in American elections”

Mar 17th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

The wisest thing I’ve come across on the American presidential primaries lately urges that 2016 so far is “democracy as depicted by Hieronymus Bosch” (from the Huffington Post’s “Top 12 Reasons This Is The Most Depressing Election Ever,” March 14, 6:53 AM ET). As best as I can tell a few days later, the so-called [...]



Who said “In Pierre Elliott Trudeau Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination”??

Mar 11th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Now that PM Justin Trudeau’s excellent adventure in Washington, DC is fading into the sunset, other thoughts have begun to cross our collective minds. To take just one case in point, one interesting thing about supervising a so-called Canadian political blogazine for almost 12 years (since the late summer of 2004 in fact) is that [...]



Old Toronto memories of worst team in NHL .. Al Rollins & Black Hawks + Erin Andrews & Jarret Stoll

Mar 5th, 2016 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Sporting Life

MARCH 5, 2016. TORONTO, ON. For several days my morning TV news has been harshly reminding me that the Toronto Maple Leafs (in my hometown, I will quietly confess at the start) are the worst team in the entire National Hockey League/Ligue nationale de hockey. The NHL/LNH is now a much bigger operation than it [...]



Super Tuesday : Will 2016 finally be Clinton–Trump Shootout at OK Corral ?

Mar 1st, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: USA Today

MONDAY, 5 PM ET (Southwest Scarborough, ON) : It has just been made clear to me that Super Tuesday is actually tomorrow — not next week as I had been absent-mindedly imagining. And now my daily email from the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC has arrived, featuring a piece called “Signs emerge of the Great [...]