In Brief

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 [...]



Seven steps to heaven on the Toronto jazz scene in January 2018 …

Jan 3rd, 2018 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JANUARY 10]. What are some options for dropping by the Rex Jazz & Blues bar in Toronto in the first month of this perhaps fateful year 2018? Which of the scheduled groups would you most like to hear? Those asking these poignant questions also promised that if we did go to any of these [...]



Our top baker’s dozen on Canada, USA, & global village in strange year 2017

Dec 22nd, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Who would even want to deny that 2017 has been a strange year? Certainly not us, at any rate. And here’s one cut at how the world looked to five brazen voices from our team on the northwest shore of the most easterly North American Great Lake — Dominic Berry, the Counterweights Editors, Rob Sparrow, [...]



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 [...]



“Toronto, I just want to say … this is the greatest city in the world” — the double football championship of 2017

Dec 12th, 2017 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

Football means one thing in North America, and another in the rest of the world. (And even just North America north of the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande. There’s also Australian Rules Football, I guess, but that’s … well … something completely different.) In the late fall of 2017, as it happens, Toronto, ON, Canada has won [...]



What would the Incredible Canadian Mackenzie King make of Canada today, early December 2017?

Dec 4th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. DECEMBER 4, 2017. [UPDATED DECEMBER 11]. Who can doubt that we are now living in challenging times — especially in those realms of fake and other news where “Canada’s top party school” also qualifies as one of the “10 Wildest Party Schools in North America”? (Even as “Sex assault allegations place NS university’s [...]



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), [...]



Who’s having a mid-life crisis — Justin Trudeau or the Ottawa press gallery?

Nov 17th, 2017 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

A week or so ago John Geddes at Maclean’s posted a heavyweight piece headlined “Justin Trudeau’s mid-life crisis.”  The crisis, it seemed, had become a favourite theme for assorted journalists and pundits covering Canadian federal politics in Ottawa. There also seemed to be at least some obvious enough weight behind it. When Éric Grenier pondered [...]



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 [...]



Homage to Catalonia : déjà vu all over again .. it may belong in Spain but this isn’t the way to keep it there?

Oct 29th, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 1]. George Orwell’s Spanish Civil War book, Homage to Catalonia, first appeared in print in the spring of 1938. Not quite 80 years later, some updated version of its sad story about Spanish and Catalan politics — and the harsh light they cast on the wider world of the 1930s — [...]