In Brief

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 […]



Just watching TV in early January can fill you with foreboding about the year ahead

Jan 7th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JANUARY 9, 11, 2020]. On the northwest shore of the smallest North American Great Lake just watching the TV news in the early days of January can fill you with foreboding about the year 2020. There are the wildfires and extreme heat in Australia. There is flooding in Indonesia. Then “China removes top official […]



Happy new year/bonne année 2020 .. (while trying to remember what happened in Canada, 1976–1992)

Dec 31st, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

God only knows just what is going to happen to planet earth in the year 2020 that is about to begin. Here in Canada we are bound to be paying a lot of attention to the US presidential election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. (Even if the companion Democratic presidential primaries do not seem as […]



Walking through the last nine months of 2019 with our favourite counterweights articles (& fate of next chapter in “Democracy in Canada Since 1497”)

Dec 21st, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

We’ve already noted our favourite counterweights articles for the first three months of this year (in “Six from the 6ix in early snow as 2019 winds down : Impeachment, Throne Speech, 1st Quarter, Birdhop at last”). We’re now ready to cover the final nine months. (And at the end of this we’ll also have a […]



“18th of December in the year 2019 and President Donald Trump is impeached”

Dec 19th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

It is a kind of Rachel Maddow moment. The best beginning may just be to quote her : “This is really happening. This is your life. This is our country in our time … It is Wednesday, the 18th of December in the year 2019 and President Donald Trump is impeached.” Like my counterweights colleague […]



Six from the 6ix in early snow as 2019 winds down : Impeachment, Throne Speech, 1st Quarter, Birdhop at last

Dec 8th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

At night, or very early in the morning, you feel the early December snow outside your window, and you contemplate half a dozen souvenirs of the strange year that’s winding down : (1) Jill Lepore on “The Impeachment Hearings and the Coming Storm.” The Harvard historian who writes for the New Yorker (and has recently […]



On continuing the new liberal era in Canada (with minority government sworn in at slightly less formal Tent Room?)

Nov 25th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

Just before the November 20, 2019 swearing-in of the new Trudeau Liberal minority cabinet — in the “Tent Room” at Rideau Hall in Ottawa — the counterweights editors brought a piece I did on the swearing-in of the first Justin Trudeau cabinet four years ago to my attention. It was posted on November 7, 2015, […]



Looking towards Justin Trudeau’s new minority cabinet in Canada (with Ms Motis from Barcelona at the back of our minds)

Nov 17th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

It is somewhat agreeable to turn from the latest tweets on the sorta-civil-war front south of the northern US border to our slightly less antagonistic federal politics in what the Constitution Act, 1982 calls Canada’s present “free and democratic society.” It is still more agreeable to turn from Canadian federal politics to some brief but […]



Autumn leaves 2019 : watching US, UK, Canada from the northwest shore of the smallest North American Great Lake

Nov 8th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, ON. NOVEMBER 8, 2019. FROM THE DESKTOP COMPUTER OF CITIZEN X. There was a little snow on the ground yesterday morning — unusually early in the season for Canada’s current largest metropolis. (Between the former largest, still vital past in Montreal, and the future in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa-Gatineau, and beyond. The 10 Canadian […]



What does it mean that second-term Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now seems to be using a Windsor knot on his tie?

Oct 30th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

Yesterday the media watching PM Justin Trudeau in the wake of the October 21 federal election reported that “Trudeau turns to two political veterans for advice on forming his minority government,” and “Trudeau taps French ambassador, Anne McLellan to aide in transition.” (Canada’s ambassador to France, in case you are wondering, is Isabelle Hudon, not […]