In Brief

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 [...]



Maybe Canada should build a wall along the border against Donald Trump ????

Feb 26th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Good news fellow Canadians. In last night’s Republican primary debate stateside Donald Trump was asked by a moderator from Spanish-language Telemundo : “You have said that you will not build a wall in Canada… Isn’t that like closing the front door, and leaving the back door open?” The aspiring world leader replied : “With Canada, [...]



Nevada, South Carolina, Prairies vs Rest of Canada, Communist Manifesto and Great Canadian boom of the 1850s

Feb 21st, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 / SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2016 : Watching MSNBC on US TV, from the northwest shore of Lake Ontario, you can almost feel various more rational and realistic strands of Democracy in America breathing easier after Hillary Clinton’s strong enough edging of Bernie Sanders (53%–47% finally?) in the Nevada Democratic Caucus. [...]



Two commemorations on same winter day in parts of Canada this year .. Louis Riel, the flag, and Justin P.J. Trudeau

Feb 15th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Up here in the brrrrr … cold wilderness north of the Great Lakes, Monday, February 15, 2016 is a day when two commemorations coincide. Both have been written about in the past on this site. And in commemoration of both commemorations today, we are going to quickly review these past writings, and then end on [...]



Stories of women today on the Ghomeshi trial in Canada : we’ll learn what justice means on March 24

Feb 10th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED FEBRUARY 11, 12]. Apparently the monthly counterweights focus group raised the prospect of a piece on the Ghomeshi trial last Friday. I was assigned the task after I foolishly enthused about a CBC posting over the weekend, headlined “Ellen Page tweets support for Lucy DeCoutere after testimony at Ghomeshi trial.” I should note that [...]



Can someone born in Canada be US president .. looking beyond Iowa 2016 from the northern woods ?

Feb 4th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Back in the wake of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, in the locally troubled spring of 1838,  something called the  Mississippi Emigration Society was “founded in Toronto to start a settlement in Iowa Territory, United States for political refugees from Canada.” Less than a decade later, just after Christmas 1846, Iowa became the 29th [...]



Trying vainly to catch flying time .. Canada, Japan, Iowa, local media, India, K Wynne, Rihanna, and Drake!

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

How time flies … Already it is almost the last day of January 2016. And a host of other business in the office has meant our last post was a dozen days ago. Here are a few quick notes until next week … when we’ll be having more time on our hands. (We hope!) To [...]