In Brief

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 [...]



US midterm elections 2014, II : “Our Conservative, Criminal Politicians” .. new moods in Washington, DC ??

Nov 9th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Robert G. Kaiser clearly wrote his current piece in the November 6, 2014 issue of the New York Review of Books — on “Our Conservative, Criminal Politicians” — before the November 4 US midterm elections. But I read it just after. And it helped me do something with my private thoughts about the future of [...]



US midterm elections 2014, I : what can Barack Obama possibly do?

Nov 4th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED NOV 5]. Those of us who believe that history and the future will judge Barack Obama a much more seminal and successful US president than the present is doing can only look at the midterm elections this Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and weep. The prospects for sitting administrations in such contests are almost never [...]



Citizen X tells it like it is on morning after 2014 Toronto election

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

As Rob Ford stressed during one of his random TV appearances, for a time early on in the evening of Monday, October 27, 2014 Doug Ford was running only about three points behind John Tory. But the final numbers for the big three were John Tory 394,775 votes or 40.3%, Doug Ford 330,610 votes or [...]



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 [...]