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Greater % in Quebec proud to be Canadian than Americans are proud to be American (to say nothing of Alberta)!

Jul 8th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE : In all this early summer 2020 heat and coronavirus worry, I am struggling in spare moments with my Long Journey to a Canadian Republic chapter on the Chrétien (and then Martin) years in Ottawa (1993–2006) — with special reference to the almost big surprise of the second Quebec sovereignty referendum on October […]



Happy Canada Day 2020 : Is a fake-news monarchy really the “future we want to build together” after COVID-19 ??

Jun 30th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

CANADA DAY, JULY 1, 2020. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. RANDALL WHITE : As quite recently noted by the counterweights editors, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged that the COVID-19 pandemic has given us a “chance to reshape Canada’s future.” In the prime minister’s own words, the coronavirus “has been an unprecedented challenge.” But it “has also been […]



George Floyd : at least some beginning of the end of the dream deferred may now be in sight (VOTE on November 3)??

Jun 4th, 2020 | By | Category: USA Today

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. MAY 31, 2020. 2:00 AM ET. RANDALL WHITE : I don’t yet know quite what to make of the protests against the Minneapolis police role in the tragic death of George Floyd (and much else) that have dominated cities across the USA for the past few days. (The parallel actions where I live […]



Dual citizens of Canada have as much right to become prime minister as any other kind of Canadian citizen

May 22nd, 2020 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

Before the issue vanishes altogether from the daily news I just want to quickly unburden myself of my quite certain and crystal clear views on dual citizenship and full-bore participation in Canadian democratic politics. My media texts are “Scheer didn’t follow through on renouncing US citizenship” by Rachel Aiello on the CTV News site (May […]



Are the natives really getting restless about COVID-19 restrictions in the United States (and Canada too)?

Apr 20th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020.According to an editorial this past Friday in the Toronto Globe and Mail (Canada’s self-declared “national newspaper” in days gone by) : “We are now through our fifth week of business and school closings, self-isolation at home, and physical distancing when we venture outdoors.” South of the non-militarized but still […]



“Let us go forward together. The struggle continues” — maybe Bernie has done the right thing at last?

Apr 10th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED APRIL 11, 14]. The news that Bernie Sanders has gracefully conceded to Joe Biden in the US Democratic presidential race, while still working hard to keep faith with his “revolutionary” progressive movement, would be welcome just for bringing something fresh to the relentless (albeit important) current media focus on COVID-19. Beyond this far from […]



How serious are different political moods on COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and the United States?

Mar 28th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

Andrew Cohen’s “Why Canada’s response to COVID-19 is so different from that of the US,” from the Ottawa Citizen this past week, won applause from many Canadians. Zach Carter’s “Coronavirus Is A Defining Test And American Government Is Failing It … It’s not just Trump. Our politics are unfit for this calamity,” from Huffington Post, […]



“If you want to know what a panic looks like this is it” (while Biden “has won in states where he barely made an effort”??)

Mar 12th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MARCH 13, 17]. 3/12/2020. TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA [all Indigenous North American words]. I awoke this northern morning to the wisdom of Kriti Gupta from New York on our local Bloomberg Business News, explaining the latest stock market meltdown in the wake of the coronavirus, low oil prices, and on and on. (Ms Gupta succinctly […]



Getting real about Harry and Meghan in Canada 2020 (or is this really the future we want to go back to?)

Jan 18th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

From a Canadian point of view, it probably does make some kind of sense that, as the Queen has recently informed us, Harry and Meghan will be going through “a period of transition in which” they “will spend time in Canada and the UK.” As suggested by Philippe Lagassé, described in the New York Times […]



New northern directions (and two lights that failed), 1976–1992

Dec 31st, 2019 | By | Category: Heritage Now

The middle of the summer of 1977 was not quite nine months after René Lévesque’s unsettling PQ victory in the November 1976 Quebec provincial election. And it was at this point that the Anglo-American economist and philosopher Kenneth Boulding told the 44th annual Couchiching Conference in Ontario : Canada is an “absurd country straight out […]