In Brief

Nous le Nord : giving Drake a key to the city in “the most open-minded place you can find yourself”

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

According to Paul Rimstead (I think), Bud Grant, the old Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach from the USA, used to say that “Canadians should be more like Texans.” Today it might be said that Stephen Harper from Alberta has now realized this dream. And whether you approve or not is the main ballot question in this [...]



Walking winter wonderland with black holes, Alaska pot, Douglas Coupland, and Michael Seward’s Aeschylus

Feb 27th, 2015 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

If you live in the North American northeast and are fed up with winter, join the club. My ultimate goal is just to transcend the moment. So I have decided I like the almost-waist-high snow walls between the sidewalk and the road, glistening in the sunlight. “As we face unafraid / The plans that we’ve [...]



Anti-petroleum, Justin Trudeau, Louis Riel, and First Quest for the Northwest

Feb 20th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

You know you are living in strange times when you read headlines like “‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say.” Really? Our lives and property are at risk from an “anti-petroleum” movement? Is Franz Kafka working for the RCMP now? Will we soon have crimes like anti-petroleum activities? Will purchasing a Tesla [...]



Can the security card give Harper Conservatives new life in Quebec?

Feb 14th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

According to legend, in the late 1960s a brilliant young political theory professor at the University of Toronto used to tell his students that “an independent Quebec could never be more than a pale imitation of Franco’s Spain.” Much later and a little wiser, I  myself came to believe that this makes sense only for [...]



Is Dimitri Soudas who the Liberals really want?

Feb 10th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

What are we mere mortals to make of the news that “Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal Party … ‘She wanted to be her community’s voice in Ottawa, not the prime minister’s voice in her community’: Trudeau” ???? Or even more intriguingly : “Former Conservative advisor Dimitri Soudas to join Liberals with Eve Adams” [...]



Standing up for Canadian flag’s 50th birthday .. and Sarah Palin, Emma Holten, migrants to Canada and USA

Jan 31st, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

This past January 13, on the Waterloo Region Record site,  Lee-Anne Goodman wrote : “With the 50th birthday of Canada’s beloved Maple Leaf flag just a month away, some are wondering why there’s been so little fanfare from the federal government.” One possible half-answer is that the Conservative Party of the mid 1960s, led by [...]



Tales from the northern woods .. sex at the CBC, Don Cherry, Obama, Nanos numbers, Bank of Canada surprise

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day up here in the northern woods, but still cold.  And like others I’m getting a little tired of waiting for the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign to seriously begin. All the professionals (including those on this website) are saying the campaign has already begun. But if you know anyone [...]



Governor General in very far north, Obama’s State of the Union, and the rainbow revolution in Sri Lanka

Jan 21st, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

So what does the Governor General of Canada actually do again? A press release from this past Monday suggests at least one thing : “His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, is visiting Canadian Armed Forces members and civilians at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert, Canada’s most northerly military [...]



Are the Harper Conservatives really en route to improving their re-election chances by leaps and bounds ????

Jan 17th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

If you have been in any way distressed by this past Thursday’s Global News headline on the Canadian federal election this year,  “Conservatives pull ahead of Liberals, could be on cusp of majority: poll,” take heart. There is at least some countervailing good/bad news. To start with, the poll in question — which reports Conservatives [...]



France in Canada‘s past — and its own future in the 21st century ..

Jan 10th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

We are glad to hear that the French flag has been “flying outside Toronto’s city hall … in solidarity with the people of France.” And we were pleased to read about how “Toronto’s French community gathers for Charlie Hebdo vigil … Facebook group summons demonstrators to consulate Wednesday to declare ‘Je suis Charlie’ after massacre [...]