In Brief

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 [...]



Is Ottawa still “the last lumber village before the North Pole”.. and what should be done about it for 2017?

Jan 18th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

The text for this Monday morning is Tim Harper’s piece in the Toronto Star, Friday, January 15, 2016 : “Why is our nation’s capital so drab? … On the eve of our 150th anniversary, it’s time to pierce Ottawa’s torpor and begin to showcase our capital.” Mr. Harper’s piece is in turn a response to [...]



Boogie woogie rumble of dream deferred not so loud as PM Trudeau visits T.O. just after State of the Union

Jan 14th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Locally at least, it is hard to know what is crazier about the excellent “JOHN TORY VIA TWITTER” photo, also posted on the Toronto Star site. It shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reaction to being presented with a Maple Leafs jersey by Mayor John Tory, at Toronto City Hall yesterday. Just to recap, before flags [...]



What can the Rose Parade tell us about where America is going in 2016?

Jan 7th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

The editors say our ongoing main interest on this site in 2016 will be everything American, leading up to the US  federal election on Tuesday, November 8. (Though with of course a keen supplementary interest in just how the new Trudeau federal government in Canada is working out — and the regionally diverse Canadian economy.) [...]



Canada changed in 2015 and the global village too : Part IV .. Modi & Queen, Paris again, climate change, J Trudeau

Dec 31st, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Here are the last four Associated Press top international news images in our year-end review : (13) Narendra Modi meets former Empress of India … Technically, it is not correct to call Queen Elizabeth II even a former Empress of India. That title, invented by UK Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli for Queen Victoria in 1876, [...]