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What happens to democracy in 2022 elections not just important in USA

Jan 14th, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 14 JANUARY 2022. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested in the US mid term elections some 10 months down the road, on November 8, 2022. There will also be contests for Governor in […]



“Where is Doug Ford?” at end 2021 (& will he win 2022 Ontario election anyway)??

Dec 28th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 28 DEC 2021. Shortly before the arrival of Santa Claus (as tracked for the 66th year by NORAD — aka North American Aerospace Defense Command), blogTO ran a piece called “People are wondering where Ontario Premier Doug Ford is right now.” Written by Karen Longwell, the piece […]



On Nov 30 the old British “Realm” of Barbados will turn itself into a modern democratic “Republic” — can remaining realms like Canada be too far behind?

Nov 26th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, ON, 26 NOVEMBER 2021.This coming Tuesday, November 30 Dame Sandra Mason will be sworn in as the first President of the island nation of Barbados (“the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands,” current population c 288,000). With this act Barbados will officially change from a “Commonwealth Realm” […]



Biggest news about new Liberal cabinet in Ottawa is when Justin Trudeau was asked if he’ll lead his party in the next election he just smiled and said “YES”

Oct 27th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK — RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO. OCTOBER 27, 2021. Regional representation was at least once said to be a key feature of political cabinet making in Canada’s particular version of parliamentary democracy, coast to coast to coast. From this angle the Justin Trudeau Liberal cabinet sworn into office on October 26, 2021 […]



Update on PM Trudeau’s latest apology …

Oct 6th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATE TO OCTOBER 3 ARTICLE: RANDALL WHITE, GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. OCTOBER 6, 2021.I would be remiss if I did not note that PM Justin Trudeau himself has now declared he ought not to have travelled to Tofino on September 30. See, eg, “Trudeau says he regrets travelling to Tofino, B.C., on 1st National Day for Truth […]



Why is so much Canadian mainstream media (and its hangers-on) so eager to gang up on PM Justin Trudeau?

Oct 3rd, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK — RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO. OCTOBER 3, 2021. We are almost certainly too foolishly proud of the extent to which we in Canada have (so far) avoided the absolute worst of the current crazed politics that are increasingly immobilizing the American giant next door. As opposed to Donald Trump, for example, […]



Is there a serious prospect of a Conservative minority government supported by the NDP??

Aug 28th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

CANADIAN ELECTION NOTEBOOK – RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO. AUGUST 28, 2021 [UPDATED AUGUST 31]. … So what’s happening in Campaign Canada 2021 now, with only 22 days left until the actual vote on Monday, September 20? Writing from Edmonton this morning, the wily Nicole Bogart at CTV News reported : “The Conservatives have opened […]



RIP William Grenville Davis – we’d have better democratic politics in Ontario today if we had more politicians like him

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

ONTARIO NOTEBOOK – RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO. AUGUST 9, 2021. Like so many others I was saddened to hear that the 18th premier of Ontario – bland Bill Davis from Brampton – died peacefully at his home yesterday morning, with his family by his side, some nine days after celebrating his 92nd birthday. There […]



Indigenous peoples and Canadian democracy – and growing numbers of young people on First Nations reserves

Jul 27th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK – RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO. JULY 26, 2021. My TV set has confirmed that Mary Simon, Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General, is now properly installed in office. My own related thoughts lately go back to June 11, when : “A new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds that one-in-five […]



Why Donald Trump will probably never wear the orange jumpsuit he deserves (and Justin Trudeau will in any case appoint a new Governor General of Canada soon)

Jul 4th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK – RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO. JULY 4, 2021. [UPDATED JULY 6]. Susan B. Glasser’s credentials are impressive : “… currently a staff writer at The New Yorker … Prior to her joining The New Yorker … she founded the award-winning Politico Magazine … previously served as the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy […]