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Where is the stranger and stranger Ontario PC leadership race of 2018 going?

Feb 18th, 2018 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, ON. SUN 18 FEB 2018. 3 AM ET. [UPDATED 11:00 AM, 8:00 PM, MON 19 FEB, 1 PM, WED 21 FEB, 12:45 PM, 5 PM]. I am now back one week from the brief winter holiday in the sun alluded to in “I remember the crisis in Ontario politics while escaping ‘Mon pays ce [...]



I remember the crisis in Ontario politics while escaping “Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver”

Feb 1st, 2018 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

FEBRUARY 1, 2018, 2 AM ET. Like others who hang out at the counterweights.ca office in the old streetcar suburbs of the provincial capital city, tomorrow I am off on a brief respite from the snows of perfidious Ontario in the exotic Caribbean. (We are back the week of February 12.) Like still others again, [...]



Sunday Bloody Sunday with the Ontario Progressive Conservatives

Jan 29th, 2018 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018. 5 PM ET. [UPDATED JAN 30]. It may still be, as some wise observers have suggested, that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives — now disentangled from the wobbly leadership of Patrick Brown — will go on to handily win a majority government in the June 7 provincial election. (As some [...]



Who will benefit most from Patrick Brown’s sudden downfall as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader?

Jan 26th, 2018 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

TORONTO BEACHES, JANUARY 26, 2018, 2:30 AM ET. [UPDATED 1:40, 5:20, 7:00 PM, JAN 27, 12:30PM]. What are we mere voters in Ontario provincial elections to make of such headlines as : “Two women accuse Patrick Brown of sexual misconduct” ; and “Tories looking for new leader after Patrick Brown sex scandal”? For starters, following [...]



How Warren, Olbermann, Floethe, and Cox can help us understand Wolff’s crazy new book on the Trump White House

Jan 7th, 2018 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA. JANUARY 7, 2018. 1:30 AM. Sometimes it is hard to resist the pure soap opera that American politics has become in the age of Donald Trump, even if you live far away in the northern woods. Two contributions to the latest bout of near-serious madness induced by the publication of Michael Wolff’s [...]



The whole town’s talking about the Jones Boy / The Jones Boy / The Jones Boy …

Dec 14th, 2017 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

In part at any rate the good guy Doug Jones won in the Alabama special Senate election on December 12, 2017 by leaning on at least something somewhat like the “rigged-electoral-system” luck that almost accidentally gave Donald Trump the US presidency in November 2016. To take just the clearest case in point : “1.7 per [...]



Age of the Incredible Canadian, 1921–1948

Dec 3rd, 2017 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

Bruce Hutchison’s The Incredible Canadian — A candid portrait of Mackenzie King : his works, his times, and his nation was first published in 1952, only two years after the death of the man who is still Canada’s longest-serving prime minister (1921-1926, 1926-1930, 1935-1948). The first few sentences of the book’s first chapter nonetheless remain [...]



Toronto hurray for Ricky Ray .. and Meghan Markle from “Black Beverly Hills”

Nov 28th, 2017 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Toronto residents, some would say, have two particular reasons to thank the Golden State of California in late November 2017 : (1) Ricky Ray from Happy Camp, CA: To start with, Ricky Ray, the quarterback who has just led the fabled Toronto Argonauts to their 17th Grey Cup (venerable prize of the Canadian Football League), [...]



The polite fiction that the governor general is somehow “above politics” is what really lacks credibility today

Nov 8th, 2017 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

There seems at least some significant agreement within the Canadian federal punditocracy (which I admire a great deal) that our new former-astronaut Governor General Julie Payette badly blotted her copy book, when she gave spirited opening remarks at the recent 9th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. I nonetheless feel driven to confess that [...]



Saul Alinsky & the dangers of Antifa (+ happy 100 CP & walking away from NAFTA could be good for Canada too?)

Sep 3rd, 2017 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Yesterday down at the beach it almost seemed that the great storms down south were making  some of their way to the northern woods. I had in any case already started this past Friday before Labour Day 2017 with brief notices from the east and west coasts of the impressive “too much geography” that is [...]