In Brief

The last hurrah of Tory Toronto .. just before the next new thing?

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

People who don’t live in or even vaguely like Toronto, and are fed up with both Rob and Doug Ford and  the 2014 Toronto mayoral race, may take comfort from the fact that the race has effectively ended even before election day tomorrow, Monday, October 27. Or as John Wright, senior vice president of the [...]



Are Rob and Doug Ford only the beginning of a long story of change in Toronto the not so good?

Oct 20th, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

A valued Nova Scotia correspondent who also knows Canada’s largest big city urged me to look at Royson James’s column in this past Friday’s Toronto Star : “Politics exposes Toronto’s troubled past and future … The election campaign elicits despair as it reveals the city’s so-easily manipulated divisions.” I’m glad I did finally read Mr. [...]



Latest polls mean Our Toronto will vote for Olivia Chow (well … probably, most of us) even if she can’t win?

Oct 17th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Yesterday another poll from Forum Research brought the good news that the answer to a question posed on this site a mere nine days ago — “Will it really end just deja vu all over again for John Tory (and curtains for civilization in Toronto) ??” — is almost certainly NO. (Well, probably anyway. Close [...]



Along the line of smoky hills, the crimson politicians stand .. and wonder what the people of Canada will demand

Oct 14th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED OCTOBER 15]. Coming home on the airplane from a recent trip to Europe, I read an article by an eminent Cambridge academic in a British political magazine. And I was almost shocked when it proclaimed that the “two most successful leaders in contemporary western politics are Angela Merkel and Stephen Harper.” This international point [...]



Down and out in London, Paris, La Rochelle, and the Basque country in Bilbao : notes on Western Europe today

Oct 12th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

What if you had already figured out that our earlier post here (“At the Berkeley Square-Bilbao Conference — our staff hard at work in Western Europe, last half of September”) was really just about another sordid case of that early 21st century mass middle-class tourism scourge known as the cruise? Taken by three remarkable senior [...]



Will it really end just deja vu all over again for John Tory (and curtains for civilization in Toronto) ??

Oct 8th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

We’ve just gone through a major computer renovation at head office here. And even between the cracks we’ve been getting queries on the results of the travelling conference from which most of us have just returned. The work of reporting on all this has been assigned to X. He says it is challenging, because much [...]



At the Berkeley Square-Bilbao Conference — our staff hard at work in Western Europe, last half of September

Sep 15th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

“This is a big week of big events. Hold onto your socks.” (Frances Horodelski, BNN) “It seems like we’ve just returned from our Walnut Creek Conference in California,” someone among us said the other day. “And now we’re going to another travelling conference in Europe? Does that make a lot of sense? Or any sense [...]



Can Harper Conservatives win again in 2015 .. and what will it mean if they do?

Sep 10th, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. SEPTEMBER 10, 2014. There really are a lot of movie stars in Toronto for the International Film Festival these days. And other celebrities, especially from stateside. And they happily intervene in the local politics. (See, eg : “Jon Stewart pulling for Olivia Chow in mayor’s race” and “Mike Tyson endorses Toronto mayor Rob [...]



John Tory front runner in Toronto mayoralty race now … but ??

Sep 6th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

All who are worried that Rob Ford might actually be re-elected Mayor of Toronto this coming October 27, 2014 have been able to take fresh courage from the latest Nanos poll on the subject. This involved a telephone survey between August 27 and 31, using a  random sample  of 1,000 Toronto voters. Among those already [...]



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 [...]