In Brief

Happy saxophone holidays to the shadow of your smile (and other close-to-year-end notes), 1965–2015

Dec 10th, 2015 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

“The Shadow of Your Smile” was one of the last enduring popular songs in the tradition of the Great American Songbook — whose truest heyday was “from the 1920s to the 1950s.” With music by Johnny Mandel and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, it first appeared in 1965, as the Academy Award winning Best Original [...]



The courage of Canada’s new federal government may or may not be tested — and who knows if it matters anyway?

Dec 1st, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. The sky over the lake at sunset last night was almost like a Lawren Harris painting. It had something to do with the lighting and the clouds. As if the sky had heard that since Steve Martin these northern paintings were making a lot of money … (Well … Martin Short no doubt [...]



Governor General and the People of Canada in new age of Justin Trudeau

Nov 14th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

We watched the TV coverage of various 2015 Remembrance Day ceremonies in the office lounge this past Wednesday. And there was general agreement that they were unusually crowded and poignant this year. Some attributed this to a greater sense of fragility about the struggles of the global village, that seems to be in the air [...]



How will Canadian history judge Stephen Harper .. very early night thoughts from Citizen X ??

Oct 30th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

It seems appropriate — if also impossible in any deadly serious way — to suggest something about Stephen Harper’s legacy to Canada (and a small patch of the wider universe?), during his final days as Conservative leader and federal prime minister. (Justin Trudeau will officially succeed him on Wednesday, November 4. A  new interim leader [...]



Recovering from the 2015 Canadian election with Louis Menand .. and the Cold War in New York, 1947–1967

Oct 25th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

You have to do something … to unwind mentally and readjust to ordinary life, after all the raw excitement of a historic democratic campaign (well … that’s what we think up here in this now all-red city [aka blue in the USA]  …  still trying in vain to emulate Manhattan …) So …  to  recover [...]



Citizen X on Canadian election 2015, VIII : Justin Trudeau is a rock star .. and that’s the simplest truth?

Oct 18th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

It’s now well into the evening … and we’re all back from Midland, Ontario, land of alluring autumn leaves and morning ice … and (October 16–18, 2015) archaeologists, aboriginal peoples, and others from Ontario, Quebec, and the Eastern States Archaeological Federation …  and, finally, a place where one studious young lady with cute curly hair [...]



Citizen X on Canadian election 2015, VII : Trudeau-Mulcair, Just Trudeau, or what? .. we’re off to see Champlain

Oct 15th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

As also happened back in late August, I have been assigned the thankless  task of suddenly announcing that the entire counterweights Toronto editorial office is shutting down, until this coming Sunday afternoon or evening, October 18. The excuse this time is “Circles of Interaction: The Wendat and Their Neighbours in the Time of Champlain,” a [...]



Various natives get restless as 2015 Canadian election day draws near .. but is a Liberal majority possible ??

Oct 13th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The appearance of Justin Trudeau at the Beacher Café in Toronto this morning — just around the corner from our counterweights editorial offices (aka world headquarters)  — was a reminder that Canadian federal election day 2015 is now less than a week away. As another sign of something a little out of the ordinary, the [...]



How many red sails in the sunset .. should we start getting ready for another PM Trudeau ??

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

Here in Toronto, where our editorial offices are currently located (most of the time), with just nine days before the fateful 2015 Canadian federal election on October 19, we are starting to learn that you have to be steely about the baseball Blue Jays. Meanwhile, back in the land of election data, if there is [...]



Has Canadian federal campaign finally turned the corner .. and is “Justin” where it’s going at last, after all?

Oct 4th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED OCTOBER 5, 7]. With just two weeks to go to the Monday, October 19 election day, it’s beginning to look like the front lines of the 2015 Canadian federal election ground war we were lucky to hear from at this site last week absolutely did and do have a point. The Mulcair New Democrats [...]