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Ontario election 2018, I : On the apparent inevitability of the Donald Trump clone north of the North American Great Lakes

May 13th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 19]. I will still be voting for Kathleen Wynne in the Ontario election this coming Thursday, June 7, 2018.  (Or more exactly, for those less familiar with the system up here in We The North, I will be voting for her Liberal party candidate in the electoral district where I reside, on the [...]



Toronto van killings : strong city that ignores painful truths joins real global village at last

May 2nd, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

It was strange being in the USA (well, California at any rate) when a 25-year old man from Richmond Hill was reported to have deliberately driven a rented van along the sidewalk on north Yonge Street in Toronto, killing eight women and two men, and injuring another 16. At least the TV we were watching [...]



Is Stormy Daniels on the edge of a real political career at last?

Mar 24th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Some time ago (and along with others no doubt) I began to ponder the possibility that in order to defeat Donald Trump and his wrong side of history, democracy in America has to come up with someone who is both as crazy and yet strangely talented as he is. After I saw an especially good [...]



On the “speculative play King Charles III” in Toronto .. and the future of the British monarchy in Canada

Feb 13th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

As an altogether confirmed Canadian republican (not at all the same as an American Republican of course, especially today), I ordinarily do my best to ignore the British monarchy. But two contemporary media events have slightly increased my interest in the subject. The first is Harry Windsor’s forthcoming marriage to the mixed-race (and unquestionably hot) [...]



“And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north” : Democracy in US & Canada 2018

Jan 21st, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I.  LIVING NEXT DOOR TO INCREASINGLY JUST PLAIN CRAZY ELEPHANT [UPDATED JAN 23]. Is anyone surprised that there is a US federal government “shutdown” on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s first year in office? If you actually are interested, try : “On Trump’s First Anniversary, a Government Shutdown” by John Cassidy in The New Yorker [...]



Who’s having a mid-life crisis — Justin Trudeau or the Ottawa press gallery?

Nov 17th, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

A week or so ago John Geddes at Maclean’s posted a heavyweight piece headlined “Justin Trudeau’s mid-life crisis.”  The crisis, it seemed, had become a favourite theme for assorted journalists and pundits covering Canadian federal politics in Ottawa. There also seemed to be at least some obvious enough weight behind it. When Éric Grenier pondered [...]



If the USA can have Donald Trump as president, Canada can have Wab Kinew as leader of Manitoba NDP ????

Sep 20th, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

This past Monday Dan Lett at the Winnipeg Free Press wrote : “The path that Wab Kinew is walking just became incredibly steep.” Mr. Lett went on : “That’s an odd thing to say about a man who just won a landslide victory to become the new leader of the Manitoba New Democratic Party. But [...]



Who or what is really to blame for the dump President Trump has to live in?

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

I am not supposed to be doing this right now. I have allegedly more urgent work to attend to. But it is the middle of our short Canadian summer. And there is nothing quite like stealing time from more urgent work for a summer flight of fancy. For my text see : “Did Donald Trump [...]



Stop the war on streetcars .. why does Toronto’s Ford family hate them so much?

Jun 11th, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: Key Current Issues

A cogent column by Edward Keenan in this past Saturday’s Toronto Star has prompted me to get something down on paper that has been bothering me for a while now. (Just ask my wife.) The extended headline reads “Ford’s costly streetcar study will just reveal the obvious : Keenan … TTC CEO Andy Byford calls [...]



Center of Resistance in (especially Northern?) California has its own American progressive allure in spring 2017

May 5th, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

Why am I not surprised that I am yet again stuck with drafting another counterweights editors travelogue  — this time visiting the technical support masters in the (especially Northern) California bear-flag republic? Among the key current alleged insights submitted : * ASIA IN AMERICA ON THE PACIFIC COAST. On the Atlantic coast the USA is [...]