In Brief

Citizen X reports on Amsterdam, Bruges, and Berlin, Spring 2016 .. more to come later (well, maybe)

Jun 4th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

As previously noted, the managing editor assigned me the task of reporting on the recent offshore conference, “Northern Europe (and Russia) in the spring of 2016” — from which everyone on the counterweights staff returned safe and sound, late last week. It is a task I have accepted in the past. But this year I [...]



Northern Europe (and Russia) in the spring of 2016 .. and further adventures toward a Canadian republic

May 10th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Late in the evening of this coming Wednesday, May 11, the entire office staff here will be boarding an airplane for our semi-regular European conference. We’ll be returning on Thursday, May 26, late in the afternoon. This time we’re in the north of what a UK series on TV Ontario many years ago called The [...]



Death of George Dryden (Diefenbaker?) : remembering the last prime minister of the old Dominion of Canada

May 5th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Inevitably, the sad death of the so-called “Diefenbaby,” George Dryden, highlights the career of his “likely” unacknowledged father, John George Diefenbaker. For those not old enough to remember, Dief the Chief was a melodramatic prairie courtroom lawyer from Wakaw (and then Prince Albert), Saskatchewan. Somehow he became supreme leader of “my fellow Canadians,” 1957–1963 — [...]



Can Bernie help Hillary rediscover what Bill’s White House tried to hide in her Saul Alinsky thesis?

Apr 28th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

This past Tuesday’s “Acela primaries” (after the Amtrak train that connects the five northeast states of Connec-ticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island ) have stiffened the prospect that it really is going to be a Donald vs Hillary sideshow in the US presidential election this fall. There is some excitement in some quarters about [...]



We have still “not yet realized that the Indian and his culture” are fundamental to “Canadian institutions”

Apr 17th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

According to Susan Delacourt at the Toronto Star, the debate over the “suicide crisis” (aka “mental health crisis”) on the Attawapiskat First Nation reserve “sparked a rare outbreak of civility among rival parties this [past] week” in the Canadian House of Commons. For a while now there has seemed to be a growing consensus among [...]



From the Regina Manifesto to the Leap Manifesto : new directions or big mistake for federal NDP?

Apr 12th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED APRIL 13]. One thing that keeps our free and democratic Canadian politics going these days — in spite of many good reasons otherwise — is its recurrent capacity for surprise. It’s like the woman (or man if it also works in that direction) who continually fascinates you, because you can never quite figure out [...]



What would Tommy Douglas think about the NDP leadership vote in Edmonton this Sunday?

Apr 5th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

June 15, 2016 will mark the 72nd anniversary of the triumph of Tommy Douglas’s “first socialist government in North America,” in the 10th Saskatchewan provincial election of 1944. And it is at least intriguing to bear this in mind when contemplating the strange juxtaposition of yesterday’s 28th Saskatchewan provincial election on April 4, 2016, and [...]



Donald Trump and the Rob Ford funeral in Toronto

Mar 30th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

One of our wider Toronto region reporters has been complaining lately about how the local and regional media have been going overboard over the unhappy and far too early death of former notorious but widely known Toronto mayor, Rob Ford. (“Ford died on March 22 after battling a rare, soft-tissue cancer for 18 months … [...]



US Super Tuesday 2, 2016 etc : “practically all Canadians, of course, vote Democratic in American elections”

Mar 17th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

The wisest thing I’ve come across on the American presidential primaries lately urges that 2016 so far is “democracy as depicted by Hieronymus Bosch” (from the Huffington Post’s “Top 12 Reasons This Is The Most Depressing Election Ever,” March 14, 6:53 AM ET). As best as I can tell a few days later, the so-called [...]



Who said “In Pierre Elliott Trudeau Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination”??

Mar 11th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Now that PM Justin Trudeau’s excellent adventure in Washington, DC is fading into the sunset, other thoughts have begun to cross our collective minds. To take just one case in point, one interesting thing about supervising a so-called Canadian political blogazine for almost 12 years (since the late summer of 2004 in fact) is that [...]