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Trump “unfit for command”(?), whales in Canadian waters, Brad Wall steps down, & “Our Lady of the Snows, 1911–1921”

Aug 12th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. AUGUST 11, 2017. It is getting harder and harder for Canadians who watch US TV to know just what is going on in the American Republic led by President Donald Trump. Rex Tillerson advises against losing sleep, with what looks like a smile. This may be the right worldly wisdom. But it is [...]



Top 12 late news extras as midsummer madness 2017 sets in : Oz Labor party will hold republic referendum etc, etc

Jul 31st, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED AUGUST 1]. The final “Streetfest” phase of the 29th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival is now over, and we’ve asked our wayward staff  to submit their favourite key current late news extras for post-festival tabulation. Without further ado : (1) “Bill Shorten renews push for Australian republic, vows to hold referendum within first term [...]



Happy Canada Day, July 1, 2017 (or not if you like) + BC democracy, London squatting, & great Warren Buffet

Jul 1st, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

For those who do feel inclined to celebrate the occasion, Happy Canada Day, July 1, 2017 — also the 150th anniversary of the northern North American confederation of 1867, established just after the American Civil War (1861–65) and just before the 1868 “Meiji Restoration” in Japan. (Other notable events of  1867 include the Second Reform [...]



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 [...]