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On Canada Day 2022 these are times that try us (esp in USA) .. but there’s solace looking at summer on Blueberry Hill

Jul 1st, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, FRIDAY 1 JULY 2022. On the one hand, Canada Day 2022 could be declared a happy event since the country has largely joined the growing part of the global village that is pretending the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. This year there is a Canada Day Picnic more […]



Looking at US politics and the crucial 2022 midterm elections from we the north

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

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 14 JUNE 2022. Last week I had lunch on the leafy sunshine back patio of a long-established local bar with an old colleague and friend seriously down on the USA. (And today this is only slightly remarkable in someone born and raised in a neighbouring state of […]



Now the Toronto Star is saying “Those who want to ditch Canada’s monarchy will have to do better to make their case”

Jun 2nd, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO TONITE. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 2 JUNE 2022. [UPDATED 6 JUNE]. This is the first day of the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th or platinum anniversary of what no less than the Toronto Star has called “her journey as the longest-serving monarch in British and Canadian history.” (One might quibble about […]



“An object lesson to the whole world … … ‘If Canada could exist, what couldn’t?'”, 2006–2021

May 7th, 2022 | By | Category: Heritage Now

The very last 15 years of the history of democracy in Canada since 1497 sketched in this book are still too close for altogether realistic assessment. The most recent past from which we might hope to gain the most in confronting the present is also the most difficult to understand. The main Canadian federal political […]



William & Catherine’s tone-deaf trip to the Commonwealth Caribbean (and the myth of “Canada is just America with monarchy US abandoned long ago”)

Mar 30th, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO TONITE. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 30 MARCH 2022. Strictly by accident, I was in Richmond, Virginia at the time of the wedding of the mother and father of the William who just recently completed “an eight-day tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas during which he and wife Kate were celebrated but also […]



“If Liberals and NDP really want Ford out, they have to join forces” makes one kind of sense in Ontario right now .. if not a realistic one before June 2

Mar 21st, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO TONITE. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 21 MARCH 2022. [UPDATED 22 MARCH]. A friend, colleague, (fellow amateur musician), and person deeply into progressive party politics in Canada’s most populous province said to me yesterday, with a shrug of resignation (and only the slightest hint of a question mark) : “Well I guess Doug Ford […]



Suddenly we want to know Vladimir Putin better (and Alina Kabaeva — “reportedly the longtime partner”)

Mar 10th, 2022 | By | Category: Countries of the World

ONTARIO TONITE. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 10 MARCH 2022. One thing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has done for me personally is increase my heretofore extremely slight interest in the question of just who Vladimir Putin is. As an international politics fan I have vaguely known that Putin was born and raised in what is […]



Canada has two particular reasons for particular interest in cause of Ukraine

Mar 1st, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO TONITE. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 1 MARCH 2022. [UPDATED 7 MARCH]. It is of course impossible to say just what is finally going to happen in Ukraine in early March of 2022. Hard-edged realism may well suggest that in the end Russia (population 146 million) just has so many more resources than Ukraine […]



New polls suggest Ontario election could be more interesting than we thought?

Jan 22nd, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO TONITE. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, 22 JANUARY 2022. [UPDATED JANUARY 24]. With the June 2, 2022 Ontario election almost within eyesight pollsters have been getting restless. Five different polls have recently appeared, nicely summarized on January 20 by the excellent Polling Canada @CanadianPolling. The short message of the five polls taken together is […]



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 […]