In Brief

Ornette Coleman grass roots jazz anarchist RIP ..

Jun 14th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Sadly, Ornette Coleman — “American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer … one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s” — died in Manhattan of a heart attack this past Thursday, June 11, at the ripe old age of 85. He came on stream in the late 1950s and early [...]



Streetcar fun in big city .. is this what’s happened to Rob Ford’s Toronto?

Jun 5th, 2015 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

Until recently Toronto’s new mayor, John Tory, was widely loved in opinion polls.  As in “Tory’s approval rating remains strong” (April 13), and “Still in the honeymoon stage … Mayor John Tory continues to enjoy a soaring approval rate” (May 8). Yet it seems that the worm has now started to turn, as it inevitably [...]



Parizeau and Truth and Reconciliation Commission : where are “Canada’s French and Indian peoples” today?

Jun 3rd, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

It seems only somewhat odd that the two big Canadian news events of yesterday — Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — should at least vaguely recall the earliest origins of the modern country of Canada, back in the 16th, 17th, and (first half of the) 18th centuries. In any case, in the old pays d’en haut [...]



Will Mike Duffy trial +2 +10 just add momentum to new orange wave in Canadian federal politics ?

Jun 1st, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ONTARIO. MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015. 1:20 AM ET. The trial of suspended Canadian Senator Mike Duffy resumes today in Ottawa, some four and a half months before the much anticipated Canadian federal election of 2015. Mr. Duffy faces 28 charges involving fraud and breach of trust in various claimed expenses as a Senator, and [...]



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 [...]