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“Number of people (58%) saying they might change their mind is unusual .. Nothing is decided yet in Ontario!”

Apr 3rd, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS : ONTARIO ELECTION NOW ONLY TWO MONTHS AWAY, APRIL 3, 2022. P.J. Fournier’s current “338Canada” polling averages (“Last update: April 2, 2022”) are projecting a 38% popular vote for Doug Ford’s “Ontario PC Party” in the June 2 provincial election, if it were held now! According to his parallel calculations this would for […]

Freedom Convoy 2022 in Canada — a Tale of Two Protests

Feb 12th, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 12 FEBRUARY 2022. As the third weekend of protests in Canada alleged to have been inspired by trucker complaints about COVID-19 policy settles in, at least one thing seems increasingly clear. There have certainly been (and still are) somewhat different protests in different parts of the country […]

Doug Ford’s good snowstorm neighbour coincides with lowest ever approval rating as provincial premier

Jan 18th, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO TONITE. COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, GANATSEKWYAGON, ON, 18 JANUARY 2022. Yesterday marked a very big seasonal snowstorm in these parts. It started while we were sleeping, and was well underway when we got up. Various hands at our global headquarters here on the shore of the smallest great lake shovelled three times before the day (and […]

21 steps into 2022 .. looking back on a crazy year (even in Canada)

Dec 18th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS/SEASONS GREETINGS, TORONTO, DECEMBER 18, 2021. We’re back from the Northern California exurbs. (Possibly just in the nick of time?). And more on that later. For now we’ll just note that everything was excellent without exception. Meanwhile, in some strange brew of celebration and commemoration here are 21 counterweights blogazine articles from the year […]

We’re off to the exurbs of Northern California … at yet another strange time ..

Dec 1st, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, 1 DEC 2021. It may seem a bit academic at this late stage of this particular blogazine history (when there is more time between fresh postings in any case). But we just want to note anyway that most of us are off tomorrow, to our first in-person colloquium in two years […]

O Valiant Hearts, lest we forget …

Nov 11th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

We just want to very simply commemorate Remembrance Day in Canada, November 11, 2021, with three performances of the haunting memorial hymn from World War I, “O Valiant Hearts” (on YouTube). First is “A Tribute and Remembrance Video for the Canadians fighting in Afghanistan,” posted in 2009 — and with “O Valiant Hearts” as the […]

No kind of formal Liberal-NDP accord in Ottawa after 2021 election for now?

Nov 9th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. NOVEMBER 9, 2021. Liberal-NDP co-operation in Canadian federal politics — albeit mostly informal — has a history that goes back to the beginnings of the modern New Democratic Party in the 1960s. But it looks like rumoured prospects of some 2021 formal agreement, broadly on the model of the […]

Are USA & China bringing the wider global village back into the limelight?

Oct 12th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, EAST TORONTO OFFICE. TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2021. Maybe it’s just interim domestic political exhaustion in the wake of the September 20 Canadian federal election. But we are coming to share a sense that the politics (and economics and even “culture”) of the world at large are, for a time at least, growing more […]

2021 Canadian election result — this time opinion polls were close : another Liberal minority government like in 2019

Sep 21st, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, EAST TORONTO OFFICE. TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2021, 1:00 AM ET. [UPDATED SEP 24]. There isn”™t a lot to say about the results of the September 20, 2021 Canadian federal election. It has all gone as the smart money and the pollsters pretty much expected. The exact numbers will not be altogether clear for […]

2021 Canadian election last-half log, VI : ???? (Another Lib minority gov that lasts how long ?? Or a bigger surprise waiting till last minute to make up its mind ??)

Sep 19th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, EAST TORONTO OFFICE. SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2021. For this our last Canadian federal election 2021 log entry before election day tomorrow, we’ve confined the polling statistics to an appendix at the end. Our conclusions more immediately below are based on careful study of such statistics, and our own ongoing internal debate as it […]