In Brief

France in Canada‘s past — and its own future in the 21st century ..

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

We are glad to hear that the French flag has been “flying outside Toronto’s city hall … in solidarity with the people of France.” And we were pleased to read about how “Toronto’s French community gathers for Charlie Hebdo vigil … Facebook group summons demonstrators to consulate Wednesday to declare ‘Je suis Charlie’ after massacre [...]



Catching up with Downton Abbey .. season five makes you realize the beauty of Michelle Dockery

Jan 6th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

This past Sunday evening I and my regular TV watching partner, along with millions of other viewers in North America, took in the fifth season premiere of “‘Downton Abbey’ … the PBS hit about dressing for dinner” (Melinda Henneberger). At the end of the episode my TV partner and I exchanged some casual repartee on [...]



Our person of the year in global village — Barack Obama .. and in our own backyard, Kathleen Wynne

Dec 31st, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Time magazine named eight final candidates for its 2014 Person of the Year designation : acting Iraqi Kurdish Region president Masoud Barzani  ; first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO Tim Cook ; the Ebola caregivers ; the Ferguson protesters ; controversial National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell ; Chinese e-commerce giant founder Jack Ma ; [...]



Yes the New York police murders are heinous .. but what some officers did to Mayor de Blasio is unacceptable too!

Dec 28th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The recent murders of two New York City policeman by an emotionally challenged young man, who claimed to be making a political protest, are without any shred of doubt altogether appalling and unacceptable. Such acts are nothing more or less than high crimes, with no redeeming or any other kind of political content in a [...]



Short memories of urban Christmas Eves in the 1950s

Dec 24th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I remember the Christmas Eves on Cardigan Avenue in the 1950s — from 1950, say, when my grandfather died, to 1957, when we moved to the suburbs. Later I understood that my father’s family had big parties because they were immigrants. Friends and acquaintances recruited from similar backgrounds in the city mixed with the children [...]



Coalition dreaming in Ottawa 2015 … still crazy after all these years ??

Dec 17th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

For Canadian federal politics 2015 is bound to be a crucial year. And two recent comment pieces by Andrew Coyne and Chantal Hébert make for rather ominous reading, as the start of the year comes into clear view. Both Mr Coyne and Ms Hébert are worrying about just what may or may not happen if [...]



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 [...]