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A very short note : why we still still support the Justin Trudeau Liberals for October 21 .. in spite of all their faults

Aug 16th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED AUGUST 21]. In something of a surprising report on what had seemed to be the fading “SNC-Lavalin affair,” released August 14, Canadian House of Commons’ Conflict of Interest and Ethics commissioner, Mario Dion has claimed that Prime Minister Justin “Trudeau used his position of authority over [former Attorney General Jody] Wilson-Raybould to try to […]



Maybe we can help democracy in Hong Kong best right now by strengthening our own Canadian democracy?

Aug 14th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA. AUGUST 14, 2019. Yesterday the pro-democracy protests at the Hong Kong Airport (if these are quite the right words) broke through the bubble that usually shields US TV from too much contact with the outside global village. Now we can supplement our troubled research elsewhere with TV coverage on CNN and MSNBC. […]



Did Vancouver Pride Parade prefigure next federal government in Canada?

Aug 6th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

It’s the early days of August — “for the people and their favourite islands.” Beyond the great but too often sad entertainment of current American history next door, no Canadian of any sense is thinking about anything at all serious. And that certainly goes double for the Canadian federal election this coming October 21. Photographs […]



“Liberals and moderates clash in Detroit” ?? Is that really where the US Democrat leadership debate is at ??

Jul 31st, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED AUGUST 1, 2019]. The first striking fact about the first night of the CNN Democratic primary debate in Detroit on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 is that it was held in the Fox theatre — one of the truly great legacies from the golden age of the American motion picture. (It was “opened in 1928 […]



A belated Happy Canada Day to children of global village bringing Democracy in Canada since 1497 home at last ..

Jul 2nd, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

Another Canada Day has come and gone. And this year it’s hard not to be a bit uneasy about what at least we Canadians (with only 11.3% of the adjacent US population) continue to perversely believe is the real greatest country in the world — the “true north strong and free,” as the English words […]



Is Toronto Raptors’ first outside-US championship 2019 just the start of a new NBA in the global village?

Jun 14th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

“GREATER ONTARIO”. FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019. As rarely enough in Toronto these days, there is sun in the sky (along with intermittent foreboding clouds for tomorrow). According to our latest reports from the streets, it’s almost warmer than lately too. It is impossible not to be affected in some happy way as well by the […]



Big Blue Wave stops at The Rock (well .. Lib minority, maybe dependent on NDP) — good or bad news for Justin Trudeau?

May 18th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

Some of us were at The Bluebird near the Dundas West subway station in Toronto as the results of the provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador (aka The Rock) rolled in. We were listening to the “Stubble Jumpers … a brand new cooperative Jazz Organ trio consisting of Kelly Jefferson (saxes), Jeff McLeod (organ), and […]



Will Labor win in Land of Oz on May 18 (and what will it mean for Liberals in Canada if they don’t) ??

May 15th, 2019 | By | Category: Countries of the World

[SCROLL DOWN FOR MAY 19/20 UPDATE ON ELECTION RESULTS]. With only a few days until voting on Saturday, May 18, the 2019 Australian federal election seems a closer thing than it appeared to be six months ago. (Fellow Commonwealth citizens in northern North America should also note that Australia is considerably further ahead of us […]



Top 5 list : why we still support the Justin Trudeau Liberals for October 21 .. in spite of all their faults ..

May 5th, 2019 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

(1) Opinion polls certainly do suggest that the Justin Trudeau Liberals in Canada have serious problems right now. It is also true that a late April 2015 Abacus poll shows vaguely comparable results to a 2019 Angus Reid poll for broadly the same time of year. In late April 2015 Abacus was reporting Cons 36%, […]



Happy earth day 2019 : will the people of PEI elect the first Green government in North America tomorrow?

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. EARTH DAY, MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019. The first thing to say about the provincial election tomorrow in Canada’s smallest province of Prince Edward Island (on the east or Atlantic coast) is that the entire island (and Canada at large) has been sadly stricken by grief over the tragic deaths of Green candidate Josh […]