In Brief

Canada — peacemaker or powder monkey today .. and three 18th century wars that made two countries

May 16th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Freeman Dyson’s recent interesting note on Albert Einstein and the old  “dualistic philosophy” of quantum mechanics — masquerading as a New York review of Stephen Gimbel’s Einstein: His Space and Times — has also made some of us think about what ought to be another big issue in this year’s Canadian federal election. (Believe it [...]



Can Patrick Brown make some new Seinfeldian mutation of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives work?

May 11th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

I don’t believe in “types” of human beings. But if I did, the new Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown would remind me of a certain type of hard-working grass-roots activist, outside the established political party system. Yet it also seems that Mr. Brown has spent almost his entire life since the middle of high school [...]



Surprise Conservative majority in UK .. another excuse for waving goodbye to British monarchy in Canada ??

May 9th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Six days ago under the heading “British election” I wrote “I’m waiting for John Lanchester to tell me what is finally going to happen here in the LRB blog …” I also noted that “even though the Scottish independence referendum lost last September, the UK is nonetheless changing …  So far at least this 2015 [...]



Mad Men and the British election .. two cultures in US and UK (and three other elections this week in Canada)

May 3rd, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 8.] Tonight (Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10 PM ET) will bring what the on-air promo somewhat confusingly calls the second-last episode “before the finale” of Matthew Weiner’s still quite excellent US TV series Mad Men. In plainer language it’s the third-last episode. The last one will air on Sunday, May 17. And [...]



All those things that don’t change in Alberta .. or do they, at last — blowing in the four strong winds ??

Apr 29th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Just before midnight, at this past new year’s eve party in beautiful downtown East Toronto, who would have thought that an Alberta provincial election would suddenly be the most gripping event on the Canadian political landscape in the first half of 2015? Remember : we’ve already been fooled once in this game. And, as George [...]



Week of May 3–9 full of conceivably instructive democratic elections for Ontario political junkies

Apr 24th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Not much more than a week from now, political junkies in Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will be able to wend their arrogant ways through a maze of conceivably instructive local, regional, and international democratic elections : (1) At least a local prelude to the wider excitement will start on Sunday, May 3, when [...]



A new moment of truth for Justin Trudeau .. what will he do?

Apr 17th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

This past Wednesday Éric Grenier almost dramatically announced on the CBC News site : “Justin Trudeau’s Liberals lose lead to Tories for 1st time in 2 years.” The helpful chart that traces opinion polls on Canadian federal politics since the last election in May 2011 — in the Wikipedia article “Opinion polling for the 42nd [...]



Harold Innis’s case for Canadian Senate reform in the 1940s .. and English-speaking Canada before 1763 ..

Apr 10th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The ongoing trial of suspended Canadian Senator Mike Duffy has reminded some of us that back in the late spring of 2013 Randall White posted a note on this site about Harold Innis’s “more or less random observations on the Senate, and the related issue of Canadian regionalism”  — which, taken together, “add up to [...]



In California again .. East Bay Area and Santa Cruz, rememberin’ how relaxin’ it was at Camarillo in 1946 (and 1947)

Mar 16th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Everyone in the office here except Bunting will be off to California this coming March 17, 2015, for another hard-working seminar series with our Bay Area technical advisors and consultants. We will be back in Toronto for the weekend of March 28–29. The next counterweights posting will appear during the week that begins on Monday, [...]



Anti-petroleum, Justin Trudeau, Louis Riel, and First Quest for the Northwest

Feb 20th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

You know you are living in strange times when you read headlines like “‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say.” Really? Our lives and property are at risk from an “anti-petroleum” movement? Is Franz Kafka working for the RCMP now? Will we soon have crimes like anti-petroleum activities? Will purchasing a Tesla [...]