In Brief

Right on “Yes We Tan” — why it’s so refreshing to see President Obama in a summer suit, at the end of the summer

Aug 31st, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

We’ve admired Lauren O’Neil ever since we bumped into her student think-piece on Harold Innis and the Owl of Minerva. (See “Minerva’s owl spreads its wings on Stephen Harper’s last gasp of the British monarchy in Canada,” February 18, 2011.) More recently Ms  O’Neil has happily found a berth on the CBC News website. And [...]

Rob Ford yet again makes all other news in Toronto beside the point ????

Aug 29th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

There’s suddenly quite a lot on the local political (and economic) scene, here on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario — and it isn’t even quite Labour Day yet. To start with, so Tim Horton’s selling out to Burger King isn’t enough? (See : “Tim Horton’s merger talks not a big concern for Toronto customers” [...]

Long republican journeys and Canada in the 21st century : tales about the history that matters

Aug 25th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

“The Long Journey to a Canadian Republic, 1963–20??” is the title of Part IV in Randall White’s current book project, tentatively and still too lengthily called Children of the Global Village — Canada in the 21st Century : Tales about the history that matters. (One inspiration for the title and larger project has apparently been [...]

At the Walnut Creek Conference — our staff hard at work in California Bay Area for first half of August

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

By noon tomorrow (Sunday, August 3, 2014) our counterweights Toronto editorial staff (well, most of us anyway) will be on an Air Canada jet bound for San Francisco. At the San Francisco International Airport (“SFO” as they say locally), we will board the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train to Walnut Creek — en route [...]

The “saxplayer for the taxpayer” and other late-July moments in the Toronto mayoralty race

Jul 28th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Aesthetic and brilliant jazz saxplayer Richard Underhill was brilliantly holding forth, musically, at the Rex Hotel this past Thursday night, with the Leyland Gordon Band. (An often inspiring concoction of some of the city’s finest players, intermittently assembled by financial guru, guitarist, and songwriter Gordon, to perform the works of such talents as  Pat Metheny, [...]

Key current views from the 6 .. more edgy New Democratic rumours in the big city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul 18th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

It may be hard to get a word in about anything but the Malaysian airplane disaster in east Ukraine today (or possibly the new Israeli ground offensive in Gaza) — and with good enough reason. But life in our own small corner still goes on. This week we’ve been at the receiving end of two [...]

Summer in the city 2014 : will John Tory at last be new big surprise Mayor of Toronto that everyone misses?

Jul 9th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

The counterweights editors have presented me with two pieces of evidence as the Summer of 2014 descends on the city with the heart of a loan shark. (And its wider environs — from the depths of downtown just north of the Great Lake waterfront, to the refreshing and reviving, much less industrially spolied smaller lake, [...]

July 1, 2014 — A Great Day for Canada, as you like it, and a toast to next year in a Canadian republic

Jun 30th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The grandfather of one of we (various and intermittent) counterweights editors used to say that it was “A Great Day for Canada” on his own birthday. And it has long seemed to us that there is something quite admirably as well as agonizingly Canadian about this kind of practice. In any case, with July 1, [...]

Is Wynne’s new Ontario cabinet reviving old ideals about parliamentary democracy (probably not, but …)?

Jun 26th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The genius of the traditional “Westminster” or British-style cabinet system is or at least was supposed to be that it is an authentically collegial or team-management approach to the increasingly complicated adventures of government by popularly elected officials. Any modern parliamentary democracy is far too complicated to be navigated by the mind of just one [...]

“The High Art of the Low Countries” and “In Search of Science” : two BBC programs north of the Great Lakes

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

I was complaining not too long ago, to someone fortunately wiser than I am, about how TVOntario has not lived up to the promise of its creation in the early 1970s. To no small extent, I said, it had become (in my own less-than-systematic perception at any rate) just another vehicle for the North American [...]