In Brief

Our person of the year in global village — Barack Obama .. and in our own backyard, Kathleen Wynne

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

Time magazine named eight final candidates for its 2014 Person of the Year designation : acting Iraqi Kurdish Region president Masoud Barzani  ; first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO Tim Cook ; the Ebola caregivers ; the Ferguson protesters ; controversial National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell ; Chinese e-commerce giant founder Jack Ma ; [...]



Yes the New York police murders are heinous .. but what some officers did to Mayor de Blasio is unacceptable too!

Dec 28th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The recent murders of two New York City policeman by an emotionally challenged young man, who claimed to be making a political protest, are without any shred of doubt altogether appalling and unacceptable. Such acts are nothing more or less than high crimes, with no redeeming or any other kind of political content in a [...]



Short memories of urban Christmas Eves in the 1950s

Dec 24th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I remember the Christmas Eves on Cardigan Avenue in the 1950s — from 1950, say, when my grandfather died, to 1957, when we moved to the suburbs. Later I understood that my father’s family had big parties because they were immigrants. Friends and acquaintances recruited from similar backgrounds in the city mixed with the children [...]



Coalition dreaming in Ottawa 2015 … still crazy after all these years ??

Dec 17th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

For Canadian federal politics 2015 is bound to be a crucial year. And two recent comment pieces by Andrew Coyne and Chantal Hébert make for rather ominous reading, as the start of the year comes into clear view. Both Mr Coyne and Ms Hébert are worrying about just what may or may not happen if [...]



Cheers for new mayor of Victoria .. some day this quirky country will stand up and surprise people, all by itself

Dec 16th, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

Some time ago now I was assigned the task of congratulating the new mayor of Victoria, BC,  Lisa Helps — for declining to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II during Mayor Helps’s inauguration the week before last. Maybe just because I’m getting older and slower, in the midst of the very rapidly gathering holiday season, [...]



Is the aboriginal time bomb really ticking in Canada .. and what can the rest of us do about it?

Dec 8th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

This coming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (December 9–11, 2014) “First Nation leaders from across Canada will gather in Winnipeg … for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) and election for AFN National Chief.” Nancy Macdonald has nicely summarized the details here on the Maclean’s website. (Or not, if you don’t like [...]



Watching swearing-in of Rob Ford’s successor on TV most democratic way of welcoming Mayor Tory

Dec 5th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Like others on this site, I have been an agnostic on John Tory — who was sworn in as the new Mayor of Toronto, Canada’s current largest metropolis, this past Tuesday. (Mr. Tory succeeds the better internationally known Rob Ford, now battling a rare form of cancer. While he recovers, Rob is sitting as one [...]



Stephen Harper and Mackenzie King .. bad joke or nightmare ????

Nov 27th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Whatever else, Stephen Harper has become the kind of opponent you worry about. He has now been prime minister of Canada since early in 2006. He is up for re-election this coming 2015. He has  obvious major flaws. He lacks constructive wisdom about the country. But you fear he may have other, lower talents that [...]



Is Stephen Harper really making a good case for another crowning, as we try to remember Giovanni Caboto in 1497 ??

Nov 20th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Lawrence Martin’s quite remarkable Globe and Mail column this past Tuesday (November 18, 2014)  — “A pro-active PM seizes the agenda” — deserves more attention, and debate. The essential argument is nicely (or otherwise) summarized in Mr. Martin’s first paragraph : “If victory goes to the guy who wants it most, Stephen Harper is making [...]



Is Stephen Harper too clever by half .. and/or will that be good enough for Canada in 2015?

Nov 15th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

As it starts to seem that this just may be another long, cold winter, various bits of early snow in the air are telling confusing tales of the much anticipated Canadian federal election of 2015. In the latest journalistic style, here are five things on this subject that may or may not interest the Canadian [...]