In Brief

Citizen X on Canadian election 2015, II .. off to Hawaii until after Labour Day

Aug 27th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

As usual, I have been assigned the thankless task of suddenly announcing that the entire counterweights Toronto editorial office is shutting down to attend another seminar series with the technical support group, currently headquartered in Kailua, Hawaii, where various fresh innovations have now been successfully launched. We leave for Honolulu tomorrow, August 28. And we [...]

Citizen X on Canadian election 2015, I .. starting officially : 8 night thoughts

Aug 11th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

1. ONE WEEK DOWN, TEN TO GO. [Well ... with this August 13 polling update, it's more like 1½ weeks down, 9½ weeks to go!]. The move to fixed election dates itself lengthens the unofficial campaign. And now in 2015, in yet another of Stephen Harper’s schemes, the official campaign is longer than in any other Canadian [...]

What happens if Harper Conservatives and Mulcair New Democrats “win” same number of seats?

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The official 2015 “long form” Canadian federal election campaign has only just begun. And already I can understand what Rosemary Barton means when she says : “In this election campaign, the only constant is ‘change’ .” I know it’s finally just because I am so much older and more tired than Ms Barton. But it [...]

What happens if Harper Conservatives “win” only minority government .. and not largest share of popular vote?

Aug 2nd, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Now that Stephen Harper has “called” a “long federal election” —  for October 19, as already prescribed in his own 2007 fixed election date legislation —  here are three quick notes to celebrate the start of the official campaign (as opposed to the unofficial one underway for almost too long already) : (1) Fixing elections? [...]

Two-thirds of Canadians want change in Ottawa .. but it’s not going to be so easy to change Stephen Harper

Jul 30th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Those of us who have been wondering just what exotic political toy Stephen Harper would be pulling from his now well-worn bag of inside Ottawa tricks next can stop wondering. He has produced the device in question and — whatever it is, exactly — it has apparently worked. (So far, at any rate. There are [...]

Defence minister’s grandmother leaves PM Harper ironic campaign theme song

Jul 19th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The truth seems so easy to forget. Maybe because it so often reminds us of unpleasant facts? Or at least facts we would just as soon not remember? So we counterweights editors here have been wondering. Why, in the middle of July 2015,  is the Citizen X posting for January 31, 2015 still dragging in [...]

Happy Canada Day 2015 .. when there’s “a weird fin-de-siècle glow in the air, a sense of things coming unstuck .. ”

Jul 1st, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

One thing we’ve done to celebrate Canada Day 2015 is post C.M.W. Marcel’s long awaited report on the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s visit to what is now Ontario in the summer of 1615.  ( See “Huronia/Wendake 2015” above and/or CLICK HERE.) Meanwhile, Happy Canada Day 2015 — a year when there “has never [...]

Getting by in the northern North American stormy weather, with a little help from Kathleen Wynne?

Jun 28th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ONTARIO. SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015. 2:30 AM ET.  The early summer storms that have lately been battering this region have returned. Right now you can literally hear the wind and the rain in the darkness outside the back office window, here at the edge of the great lake. There does seem some kind of [...]

Ontario’s flag flap 2015 .. and its own burden of history from just before (and after) the War of 1812

Jun 22nd, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Questions have been raised about the Confederate flag still flying over the South Carolina state capitol, even after the appalling terrorist prayer-meeting murders in Charleston this past Wednesday night. They may remind some of us north of the Great Lakes that a few much milder questions were raised about the current Ontario provincial flag last [...]

Ontario following George Soros on China not Stephen Harper (for one thing he has a lot more money)

Jun 18th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Up here in the land of the Canadian Sunset a George Soros article in the July 9, 2015 issue of the New York Review of Books offers evidence that the Harper government’s ongoing harassment of Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Michael Chan, is not just “a flourish of 1950s-era McCarthyism — call [...]