Key Current Issues

Why a Royal Commission on Democratizing the Governor General of Canada makes sense in 2021

Jan 30th, 2021 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

SPECIAL FROM RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, JANUARY 30, 2021. The main reaction to the unusual resignation of Governor General Julie Payette so far has focused on how she was vetted, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose her to fill the office in the summer of 2017. The Democracy Watch advocacy group has already spoken […]



Can “socialism” in Canada (er I mean “social democracy”) be any inspiration for Joe Biden’s USA today?

Nov 18th, 2020 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

FROM RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO, WED 18 NOV 2020 : Sophia A. Nelson (who might qualify as one seasoned guide to the new political middle ground many Americans apparently now yearn for) published an interesting piece on the Daily Beast site this past Sunday. Her article is called “The Authoritarian Threat in This Country […]



The Palace Letters in Australia 1975 — a big boost for the republican cause down under in 2020 (and in Canada too)!

Jul 15th, 2020 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

SPECIAL FROM GREG BARNS. HOBART, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, 14 JULY 2020. The 11th of November 1975 is a date etched into the collective mind of the Australian body politic. It was the day that the Queen’s representative, Governor General John Kerr, dismissed the elected Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, and commissioned Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser to […]



COVID-19 America viewed from across the lake : remembering the 1960 US presidential election 60 years later

Apr 26th, 2020 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

My current favourite view of COVID-19 America from inside the USA itself came from a white-haired but otherwise quite young-looking Jay Leno, speaking on HBO TV from Bill Maher’s Los Angeles backyard this past Friday night. The retired talk-show host noted how Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has […]



Happy Canada Day 2018 : Electing the Governor General could make a lot of sense in the 21st century

Jul 1st, 2018 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Meghan Markle and Harry Wales have now shown the world that the British monarchy does have some kind of modern future. (Though, somewhat intriguingly, what was once the website of “The British Monarchy” nowadays just calls itself “The home of the Royal Family.”) Meanwhile, back in the most northerly North American UN member state, Canada […]



Jill Lepore’s three lectures in Toronto .. in the shadow of the new Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford ..

Mar 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

The thing to remember about the United States of America when it intermittently seems on the verge of civil war (metaphorically at least?) is that it is in the end a very complex place, full of many different real-world human beings. For every “Ugly American” there are at least a few and often enough many […]



“Toronto, I just want to say … this is the greatest city in the world” — the double football championship of 2017

Dec 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Football means one thing in North America, and another in the rest of the world. (And even just North America north of the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande. There’s also Australian Rules Football, I guess, but that’s … well … something completely different.) In the late fall of 2017, as it happens, Toronto, ON, Canada has won […]



Stop the war on streetcars .. why does Toronto’s Ford family hate them so much?

Jun 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

A cogent column by Edward Keenan in this past Saturday’s Toronto Star has prompted me to get something down on paper that has been bothering me for a while now. (Just ask my wife.) The extended headline reads “Ford’s costly streetcar study will just reveal the obvious : Keenan … TTC CEO Andy Byford calls […]



Electoral reform in Canada 2017 : a relic of the 4½ months in 2015 when New Democrats looked like winners?

Jan 31st, 2017 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

CW EDITORS NOTE : Nous adressons nos plus sincères condoléances à tous ceux qui ont été touchés par l’épouvantable tuerie mortelle d’une mosquée de Québec, dimanche dernier. Nous appuyons les propos du premier ministre Trudeau sur ce méprisable acte de terreur contre le Canada et tous les Canadiens. Et nous accueillons chaleureusement ses rassurances auprès […]



Hieronymus Bosch back in land of free .. Commonwealth down .. Canada as US backdoor to Europe

Sep 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Back in the middle of this past March 2016 my esteemed colleague Citizen X was telling us : “The wisest thing I’ve come across on the American presidential primaries lately urges that 2016 so far is ‘democracy as depicted by Hieronymus Bosch’” (from the Huffington Post’s “Top 12 Reasons This Is The Most Depressing Election […]