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A footnote on what Citizen X thought Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said about Russia on TV

Mar 13th, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

“Such usually thoughtful writers as Paula Simons of the Edmonton Journal, Colby Cosh of the National Post and Paul Wells of the Toronto Star” are apparently on her side. So our Canadian Foreign Minister does not need help from the likes of me, in responding to the arguments skillfully advanced by David Climenhaga in “CHRYSTIA [...]



Electoral reform in Canada 2017 : a relic of the 4½ months in 2015 when New Democrats looked like winners?

Jan 31st, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

CW EDITORS NOTE : Nous adressons nos plus sincères condoléances à tous ceux qui ont été touchés par l’épouvantable tuerie mortelle d’une mosquée de Québec, dimanche dernier. Nous appuyons les propos du premier ministre Trudeau sur ce méprisable acte de terreur contre le Canada et tous les Canadiens. Et nous accueillons chaleureusement ses rassurances auprès [...]



Belatedly discovering Zadie Smith .. and Olbermann’s back : 2016 holiday gifts from the world wide web

Dec 20th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Almost a month ago the editor in chief reported on how the “usually agreeable X keeps telling me that he is working on some major tone poem called ‘Toronto notes : Donald Trump as Rob Ford, Part Deux .. and that really did end tragically.’ He wants to take the time to get it right. [...]



Northern lights on US election VI : trying to be positive about democracy in America 2016, as it happens …

Nov 8th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8. 1:30 PM ET. I too have been called by the doctor with an almost final assignment in the most troubling US election in my memory. (Well that’s the way it seems right now. I’m so old  I can’t really remember all that much. Except that I haven’t liked the results [...]



Northern lights on US election IV : history will not be kind to FBI’s last-minute Orwellian intervention in 2016

Oct 31st, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

FBI Director James Comey’s last-minute intervention in the 2016 US election — regarding certain freshly discovered “emails of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on a device seized during an unrelated sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner” — has cast a dark Orwellian shadow over democracy in America in the early 21st century. According [...]



Northern lights on US election III : According to Nate Silver almost 43% of American voters … etc, etc, etc

Oct 16th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I hope Dr. White is right about some new mood of bipartisan co-operation rising from the ashes, “even just vaguely,” in some reborn saga of democracy in America. And I pray David Brooks will finally prove right when he wrote last Tuesday that the day after Trump loses, “there won’t be solidarity and howls of [...]



Is PQ turning into just another Saskatchewan Party .. clearly not .. Quebec not like others .. but .. ??

Oct 9th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: Canadian Provinces

What a relief to escape, even for just one moment, from the latest crazy Trumpet playing of the “Yankee to the south of us” who “must south of us remain” — and into something allegedly more sensible, like the future of the Parti Québécois in Canada. The occasion is the election of Jean-François Lisée as [...]



Northern lights on US election II : What if Conrad Black is right and Donald Trump actually wins ????

Sep 7th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

CTV News anchor Marcia MacMillan, in an especially compelling dress yesterday morning, brought us the vaguely alarming news that “New poll shows Trump taking slight lead over Hillary Clinton.”  (This is now well hidden in the CTV September 6 archive.  Try “Poll: Nine weeks out, a near even race” for key numbers.) Among the experts [...]



Does Donald Trump really have enough money to pay for even one Canadian city’s school repair backlog?

Aug 23rd, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

It may be that I’m just getting too old  … But my patience with so much of the political rhetoric that has engulfed us since the middle of the 1970s — and contributed to so many of our continuing key current “complex problems of society” — has grown razor thin. I woke up this morning [...]



Northern lights on US election I : Will Sunday audacity of hope in Europe finally reach American midwest?

Jul 31st, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: Key Current Issues

If the bad sides of current events in Europe can reasonably be seen as part of the 2016 US election (and something US presidents can somehow be viewed as responsible for), then so should the good sides. I was impressed in this light myself by the Raphael Satter and Colleen Barry Associated Press report variously [...]