In Brief

Ave atque vale Stephen Harper MP : his Conservative government of Canada could have been a lot worse

Aug 26th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Those of us who regularly have breakfast while watching cp24 in Canada’s most disliked city region will already have seen the reassuring video of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, resigning today as Member of Parliament for Calgary Heritage. I never voted for Mr. Harper’s party, and I remain opposed to most of its declared  policies. [...]

Does Donald Trump really have enough money to pay for even one Canadian city’s school repair backlog?

Aug 23rd, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

It may be that I’m just getting too old  … But my patience with so much of the political rhetoric that has engulfed us since the middle of the 1970s — and contributed to so many of our continuing key current “complex problems of society” — has grown razor thin. I woke up this morning [...]

August in Ganatsekwyagon : “On the dangerous flood / Of history that … / … Held one moment, burns the hand”

Aug 19th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

As crucial drugstore evidence that we are indeed on the dangerous flood of history this long hot summer of 2016, we quickly submit the following key current headline without further comment — “National Enquirer : Hillary Gains 103 Pounds … ” (Is it surprising that Donald Trump and National Enquirer chief executive David Pecker are [...]

Do Hillary’s current poll numbers mean she’ll win ? Remember : NDP leading in Canada on August 27, 2015!

Aug 14th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

This past Friday night the excellent Steve Kornacki at MSNBC TV (sitting in for Rachel Maddow) presented some intriguing 2016 US election statistics. They showed that in the more recent past presidential candidates with as good polling numbers as Hillary Clinton has now, two weeks after the last national convention, have gone on to win [...]

Mel Hurtig and (very) early second thoughts about where the new Trudeau government is taking Canada ??

Aug 8th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The recent Radio Canada report “Noted nationalist and author Mel Hurtig dead at 84” has coincided with several bursts of fresh interest in old Justin Trudeau articles on this site. See, eg : * “The quiet evolution of ‘La femme de Justin Trudeau’ carries on” ( 5 Mar 2012) ; * “The unbearable lightness of [...]

How to miss the Republican Convention in Cleveland without being sad ..

Jul 19th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

As it happens, summer family obligations mean I’ll miss most of the US Republican convention in Cleveland. Veteran North American progressive political junkie that I am, why am I not sad? (Well … I did stay up last night with the diverse gang at MSNBC, as they only somewhat gleefully pondered the news that at [...]

Struggles in US and UK .. electoral reform in Canada .. and the hopeful island of blue in the red state of Texas

Jul 13th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON.  JULY 13, 2016. Rachel Maddow, back from her (unexplained?) absence last week, was showing some footage of a vigil for slain police officers in Dallas Monday night. In the morning a piece on the CNN website had mourned “A tragic first week of July.” (Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge ; Philando Castile in [...]

Meditations in time of almost civil war .. US election, Dallas shootings, and summer in a northern city 2016

Jul 8th, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

GREAT LAKES REGION OF NORTH AMERICA. JULY 8, 2016. Almost all aspects of the  US election campaign strike me as too much over the top at the moment. Maybe it’s just the summer heat. (Or maybe it’s just that the 2016 US election really is crazy, as all our US friends keep telling us, again [...]

“Primary cause of Brexit is first-past-the-post” — Canadian committee on electoral reform take note

Jul 6th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. JULY 6, 2016. Try as it will, our local and regional universe doesn’t quite seem able to escape altogether from the ongoing Brexit crisis in the United Kingdom — enhanced by “nervousness” over recent “weak data from China.” (See from yesterday, eg : “Wall Street skids as global growth worries resurface” ; “Wall [...]

Big Brexit surprise in UK .. and what it may or may not mean for Donald Trump in USA

Jun 24th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

TORONTO, CANADA. FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016. 12:30 AM. Both ITV and the BBC have now called the Brexit referendum for the Leave the European Union side, with approximately 52% of interested United Kingdom citizens voting Leave and 48% voting Remain. This is a great surprise for a great many people, and I am certainly one [...]