In Brief

Doug Ford’s good snowstorm neighbour coincides with lowest ever approval rating as provincial premier

Jan 18th, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO TONITE. COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, GANATSEKWYAGON, ON, 18 JANUARY 2022. Yesterday marked a very big seasonal snowstorm in these parts. It started while we were sleeping, and was well underway when we got up. Various hands at our global headquarters here on the shore of the smallest great lake shovelled three times before the day (and […]



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 […]



Canadians still “deeply disturbed and saddened” by “attack on democracy” in USA .. but still like Willie Nelson too

Jan 5th, 2022 | By | Category: In Brief

NEW YEAR SPECIAL FROM L. FRANK BUNTING, PANCAKE BAY, ON. 2 AM ET, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022. It has lately been seriously enough cold up here on the eastern shore of Lake Superior (though nothing like Edmonton, Alberta at – 26° C). Most recently in the local metropolis of Sault Ste Marie the weather has […]



“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 […]



21 steps into 2022 .. looking back on a crazy year (even in Canada)

Dec 18th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS/SEASONS GREETINGS, TORONTO, DECEMBER 18, 2021. We’re back from the Northern California exurbs. (Possibly just in the nick of time?). And more on that later. For now we’ll just note that everything was excellent without exception. Meanwhile, in some strange brew of celebration and commemoration here are 21 counterweights blogazine articles from the year […]



We’re off to the exurbs of Northern California … at yet another strange time ..

Dec 1st, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, 1 DEC 2021. It may seem a bit academic at this late stage of this particular blogazine history (when there is more time between fresh postings in any case). But we just want to note anyway that most of us are off tomorrow, to our first in-person colloquium in two years […]



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” […]



Anti-political mood softens as world “part overcomes, part assimilates the pandemic”

Nov 18th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK : L. FRANK BUNTING, VISITING COLUMNIST FROM PANCAKE BAY. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16/WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021. I am just down from the new north on a visit, communing with the head office staff, reintegrating into the mind of the herd, and enjoying unusually brilliant autumn colours here on the northwest shore […]



O Valiant Hearts, lest we forget …

Nov 11th, 2021 | By | Category: In Brief

We just want to very simply commemorate Remembrance Day in Canada, November 11, 2021, with three performances of the haunting memorial hymn from World War I, “O Valiant Hearts” (on YouTube). First is “A Tribute and Remembrance Video for the Canadians fighting in Afghanistan,” posted in 2009 — and with “O Valiant Hearts” as the […]



No kind of formal Liberal-NDP accord in Ottawa after 2021 election for now?

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

FROM THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. NOVEMBER 9, 2021. Liberal-NDP co-operation in Canadian federal politics — albeit mostly informal — has a history that goes back to the beginnings of the modern New Democratic Party in the 1960s. But it looks like rumoured prospects of some 2021 formal agreement, broadly on the model of the […]