In Brief

While Canada in NAFTA lingers on (maybe, maybe not) we go to test the Resistance in Northern California!

Sep 4th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I’ve just returned from the beach, as I start to write at least. It’s Labour Day 2018, up here in the true north. It was cloudy and grey at the beach, and still hot but relieved by a strong, steady breeze from the west. There were quite a few people, enjoying the last day of [...]



Will deposing moderate Malcolm Turnbull as Australia’s PM finally lead to Australian Republic of his dreams?

Aug 24th, 2018 | By Greg Barns | Category: In Brief

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. REPORT FROM GREG BARNS. Australians used to laugh at Latin American nations like Argentina and Ecuador, which in recent decades turned over their leaders with astonishing regularity. But now the boot is well and truly on the other foot. Today saw the demise of Australia’s fifth Prime Minister in 11 years. The Liberal [...]



RIP V.S. Naipaul — who thought briefly about moving to Canada long ago but then went back to England

Aug 24th, 2018 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

I have no deep familiarity with the writing of V.S. Naipaul, who “died at his home in London” Saturday, August 11, 2018, just a few days short of his 86th birthday. But he is at least one of only a few great literary talents I for a while found fascinating after my mid-30s. I feel [...]



August for the people 2018 : Canada/Saudi Arabia, Emancipation Day, global languages, Auden’s Brexit poem?

Aug 9th, 2018 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

CANADA/SAUDI ARABIA : To us what the Canadian federal government has done in its recent complaints about the fate of Samar Badawi, and other human rights activists in Saudi Arabia, is altogether what should be done. We have stood up on the side of the angels, and we should just have the balls to stay [...]



Toronto Danforth Shooter : strong city that still ignores painful truths still joining real global village at last

Jul 27th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

The last time in this troubled year that some of us here heard about troubling killings in our Toronto homeland we were in northern California.  (See “Toronto van killings : strong city that ignores painful truths joins real global village at last,” 2 May 2018.) And now, some three months later, when we first heard [...]



Does anyone in Canada today really care what happens with Brexit in the UK? (& why we should, sort of .. )

Jul 20th, 2018 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

Nowadays not even anglophone Canadian political junkies follow the domestic politics of the United Kingdom with anything like the interest that was common enough 100 years ago (judging from early 20th century newspapers). And the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)’s old role as a distributor of British TV programming to North American audiences, going back only [...]



Happy Canada Day 2018 : Electing the Governor General could make a lot of sense in the 21st century

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

Meghan Markle and Harry Wales have now shown the world that the British monarchy does have some kind of modern future. (Though, somewhat intriguingly, what was once the website of “The British Monarchy” nowadays just calls itself “The home of the Royal Family.”) Meanwhile, back in the most northerly North American UN member state, Canada [...]



If “good fences make good neighbours,” would Trump’s southern border wall make better neighbours of Mexico & USA?

Jun 26th, 2018 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

I agreed with a lot in  Masha Gessen’s Friday, June 22 column for The New Yorker : “Trump’s Opponents Aren’t Arguing for ‘Open Borders’—But Maybe They Should.” It fits with the “global village” that the Edmonton-born Marshall McLuhan began to talk about in the 1960s. And this has come to echo loudly in the now [...]



Has Donald Trump pushed us into a new age of political mendacity, like Orwell’s time between the two world wars?

Jun 20th, 2018 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JUNE 21 (& happy summer solstice) & JUNE 22]. Something Donald Trump tweeted this past Monday morning illustrates one of the many things wrong with his view of the real world I live in. In Mr. Trump’s own words : “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the [...]



Are Trump’s US trade policies a new argument for the Trans Mountain pipeline to Asia in Canada?

Jun 16th, 2018 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED 4 PM]. The brief but fierce big rainy wind that toppled a huge old oak tree down by the lake is over, here in this big-urban Ontario NDP electoral district. But it also almost seemed like a meteorological comment on key current political events. The human dramas have calmed down now, along with the [...]