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Con party of Canada elects Andrew Who? leader : how much does he know about the original sunny ways, 1896–1911?

May 29th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

What can anyone say about the Conservative Party of Canada leadership charade this past Saturday evening (May 27), at the Toronto Congress Centre? The first  paragraph of  John Ibbitson’s report is the best short summary we’ve seen : “Conservative voters concluded, by the narrowest of margins, that Andrew Scheer’s sensible conservatism was a safer choice [...]



French presidential election 2017, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, and the “We don’t need a king” bus ads in Toronto

May 8th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

So, as all the polls predicted again, the centre-left Emmanuel Macron (or just straight centrist, as the anglophone mainstream media seem to have decided?) has quite handily defeated the far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen (Donald Trump’s favourite?) for the presidency of the Fifth French Republic. With all the vote now counted, 66.1% has [...]



We’re off to the bear-flag republic to study the natives, after 3 months of puzzling and mercurial new president

Apr 20th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

This coming Saturday morning the entire staff here (except for Dominic Berry, who has a big date with his current squeeze at a local sporting event) will be boarding an airplane at YYZ, bound for our regular seminar with technical support staff currently residing in the land of the Golden State Warriors. (They are now, [...]



Are Liberals really “defying Trudeau” .. esp looking back to John A. Macdonald etc, etc, etc, 1873–1896?

Mar 10th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MARCH 11]. Perhaps with half their minds on reported divisions among US Republicans over the new “Trumpcare” health bill in Washington, DC, our Canadian mainstream media have lately been giving we folks back home such headlines as : * “Liberals defy Trudeau, approve genetic testing bill he calls unconstitutional” (CTV NEWS) ; * “Liberal [...]



“History has many cunning passages” : remembering the remarkable spring of 2009 on January 20, 2017

Jan 20th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

What can be said on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States of America? Our view is not much at all. If we had to pick a quick quotation, we’d go with the passionate cultural conservative T.S. Eliot, who was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and went on [...]



Our quiet northern agenda for 2017 — 150th anniversary of the 1867 confederation in Canada

Jan 8th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

In the United Kingdom and the United States 2017 will be the year we start to find out just how crazy Brexit and Donald Trump are really going to be. We make no predictions. But we are trying to pretend we’re mentally (and financially) prepared for almost anything. L’histoire a beaucoup de passages astucieux. Meanwhile, [...]



Looking back on the fourth quarter of the fateful year 2016

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

As noted in our review of the first quarter of this fateful year, back some two weeks ago : “The short story about 2016 in the English-speaking global village is just Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump in the USA.” Brexit was the big surprise of the second quarter. The electoral college victory of [...]



Top 10 counterweights articles from the third quarter of the fateful year 2016

Dec 29th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The third quarter of any year is mostly the summer, with a week and a half of autumn at the end. In any case, 2016 is almost over and without further adieu here are the top 10 counterweights articles for the third quarter of this fateful year, as selected by our own central committee : [...]



Ho ho ho : our Top 10 reports 2Q 2016 & Dominic Berry on metro news & the Sparrow on ex-Blue Jay Edwin

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016. TORONTO, CANADA. The legendary arrival of Santa Claus is now a very few days away. Our esteemed colleague Dominic Berry took a trip downtown yesterday on the Queen streetcar for some last minute shopping — at HMV on Yonge Street and the Indigo bookstore in the Eaton Centre. The trip takes [...]



Looking back on the first quarter of the fateful year 2016

Dec 14th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The short story about 2016 in the English-speaking global village is just Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump in the USA. And, perhaps more presciently than we in North America typically allow, this all happened on the heels of the right-wing victory of Narendra Modi and the  Bharatiya Janata Party (or Indian People’s Party), [...]