watrudCounterweights is what some lovely lady at the CBC has called a political blogazine, with a Canadian focus. Through no fault of our own, our editorial offices are in Toronto, Ontario. Technical support is in Mill Valley (and sometimes Jerry Brown’s beautiful downtown Oakland), California.

We take an interest in our wider North American and global environments. And we identify with our local Toronto and Ontario regional contexts at the other end of the scale. We see culture, economics, and history (and even murder and sports!) as crucial background.

The name is taken from Pierre Trudeau’s Foreword to his 1968 book, Federalism and the French Canadians: “There is thus the danger that mass media … constitute a vehicle for error … The theory of checks and balances … has always had my full support. It translates into practical terms the concept of equilibrium that is inseparable from freedom in the realm of ideas …  My political action, or my theory — insomuch as I can be said to have one — can be expressed very simply: create counterweights.”

The site was launched in the summer of 2004, in response to a dockside debate in the northern woods. The current counterweights editors are committed to carrying on (somewhat less frequently than in more youthful years?) until completion of the Randall White book project currently being provisionally published in the site section  Long Journey to a Canadian Republic, as installments become available. (It also seems somehow wrong to close shop for good so early in the US presidency of  Donald Trump. The 2018 US mid-term elections could be a further convenient point at which to effectively retire. But at the speed Dr. White’s book project is currently unfolding, the Canadian federal election of 2019 may be a more realistic date …   Which would finally make a grand total of 15 years —  very clearly long enough.)