In Brief

Key current views from the 6 .. more edgy New Democratic rumours in the big city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul 18th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

It may be hard to get a word in about anything but the Malaysian airplane disaster in east Ukraine today (or possibly the new Israeli ground offensive in Gaza) — and with good enough reason. But life in our own small corner still goes on. This week we’ve been at the receiving end of two [...]



Summer in the city 2014 : will John Tory at last be new big surprise Mayor of Toronto that everyone misses?

Jul 9th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

The counterweights editors have presented me with two pieces of evidence as the Summer of 2014 descends on the city with the heart of a loan shark. (And its wider environs — from the depths of downtown just north of the Great Lake waterfront, to the refreshing and reviving, much less industrially spolied smaller lake, [...]



Kathleen Wynne’s new government in Ontario has four years to show the bond vigilantes she’s smarter than they are?

Jul 4th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

As best as we can make out, there is something … well, tacky at best …  about the way Moody’s rating agency changed   “Ont. outlook to negative from stable …  as it reaffirmed Ontario’s Aa2 ratings”, just before a new throne speech kicked off the 41st Parliament at Queen’s Park. According to Moody’s vice president [...]



July 1, 2014 — A Great Day for Canada, as you like it, and a toast to next year in a Canadian republic

Jun 30th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The grandfather of one of we (various and intermittent) counterweights editors used to say that it was “A Great Day for Canada” on his own birthday. And it has long seemed to us that there is something quite admirably as well as agonizingly Canadian about this kind of practice. In any case, with July 1, [...]



Is Wynne’s new Ontario cabinet reviving old ideals about parliamentary democracy (probably not, but …)?

Jun 26th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The genius of the traditional “Westminster” or British-style cabinet system is or at least was supposed to be that it is an authentically collegial or team-management approach to the increasingly complicated adventures of government by popularly elected officials. Any modern parliamentary democracy is far too complicated to be navigated by the mind of just one [...]



“The High Art of the Low Countries” and “In Search of Science” : two BBC programs north of the Great Lakes

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

I was complaining not too long ago, to someone fortunately wiser than I am, about how TVOntario has not lived up to the promise of its creation in the early 1970s. To no small extent, I said, it had become (in my own less-than-systematic perception at any rate) just another vehicle for the North American [...]



We’re hearing rumours that Ontario NDP blood-letting in wake of June 12, 2014 election has begun

Jun 21st, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

UPDATED JULY 9: At least some Ontario Progressive Conservative members of the Legislative Assembly reacted quickly and nastily to their party’s (and their party leader’s) considerably worse-than-expected results in the June 12 provincial election. So far, the Ontario New Democrat reaction has been quieter and less noticeable. (Partly, some might say, because Andrea Horwath’s NDP [...]



Seven steps to heaven north … Cruz, Beaulieu, Harper, Canada 150, T.O. Blues, Malta, and Kathleen Wynne

Jun 16th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Yes Virginia there is life north of the Great Lakes after the June 12, 2014 Ontario election. And here in fact is growing evidence that there actually may or may not be a Great Spirit of Canada : (1) On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Reuters reported that : “US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has [...]



Is this the sound of a new long dynasty in Ontario politics settling in ????

Jun 13th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

In one way or another history will no doubt record that the Ontario general election of June 12, 2014 was a highly nuanced phenomenon. To start with, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have won a six-seat majority in the Legislative Assembly with a mere 39% of the province-wide popular vote [UPDATE JUNE 14 : a recount in [...]



Ontario election 2014 : last minute polling notes, and meditations on the low voter turnout syndrome

Jun 11th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The editors tell me this is the last posting on the (first?) Ontario election of 2014 that counterweights will publish before the actual vote tomorrow. So I have one or two housekeeping matters to attend to, before getting into my main subject of declining voter turnout in Ontario (and elsewhere in the free and democratic [...]