Key Current Issues

Save the last dance for Manmohan Singh .. democracy in India pulls off a surprise in Obama’s early days

May 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009. Yesterday  Dr. Manmohan Singh, 76, was re-elected parliamentary leader of the Indian National Congress, following the May 16 election results that gave his party more seats in the Indian parliament than anyone expected. Today he was appointed prime minister for a second consecutive term, for which he will be sworn-in on […]



Canadians always vote Democratic in American elections

Feb 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

OTTAWA, FEBRUARY 20, 2009. Many years ago now the long since departed Canadian historian Frank Underhill declared: “Canadians always vote Democratic in American elections.” Opinion polls have subsequently borne out the wisdom of this remark – through various shifts in demography, etc, etc. That may be because US Democratic politicians have at least sometimes shown […]



Facing up to 2009: Obama drama, Harper as Mackenzie King, bailout polls, and lovely JM Keynes

Jan 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

It was not easy to be cheerful when we saw headlines like: “Think 2008 was bad? Just wait, economists say” ; “Economists grim in their forecasts for 2009” ; and “2009 to be ‘weakest year’ since World War II.”On the other hand, on the second-last day of the fateful old year we heard as well that […]



Ghosts of Christmas past .. and other happy holidays in the city today

Dec 21st, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21. TORONTO. The Vancouver Sun this weekend ran an intriguing piece called “Any meaning in Christmas? An atheist, Christian, Sikh and ethnic Chinese respond.” It made me think a little more than I usually do about what the year-end holiday season means to me nowadays. Further exercise shoveling snow, and a headline on […]



The strange good news about Toronto .. and the Sunrise propane explosion!

Aug 10th, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

TORONTO. AUGUST 10, 2008. (UPDATED AUGUST 12). Punctuated by a dramatic propane plant explosion very early this morning, the news that Forbes magazine has just rated the old Canadian hogtown # 10 among the “World’s Most Economically Powerful Cities” is striking many in this place as a kind of (pleasant enough) joke. Only nine days […]



Obama in trouble .. probably a Canadian federal election this fall too?

Aug 4th, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

The “Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday [August 4] shows the race for the White House is tied with Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote. However, when leaners’ are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%. … This is the first time McCain has enjoyed even a statistically […]



Big economic bump ahead .. bad couple of years, or bad decade?

Jul 16th, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

UPDATED JULY 19. Even if you are just remotely interested in economics, you probably ought to be somewhat alarmed by the economic headlines haunting English-language media around the global village lately. To take just a few small examples: “Australian business hits the skids, report shows“; “Markets spooked by grim warning of recession” ; “World stocks at 21-month low […]



It`s not easy being green ..

Jul 1st, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

According to a report in the June 27 Globe and Mail: “Anger at soaring gas prices has supplanted fear about global warming as the No. 1 issue Canadians say is facing their country …The environment, last year’s top issue, has been pushed to No. 3 … This shift could make it more difficult for Liberal […]



News from West Virginia

May 14th, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Who of the ages Hillary Clinton most attracts can forget the intoxicating John Denver refrain: “Country roads, take me home / To the place I belong / West Virginia, mountain momma / Take me home, country roads”? On the evening of Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in any case, the vote soon enough came in. And […]



Bitter get it in your soul .. Obama, NHL playoffs, Mountie raiders, and NAFTA in New Orleans

Apr 17th, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Maybe he did get a rough ride from Hillary in their (hopefully?) last debate. But Barack Obama is right when he says there are a lot of bitter souls in the USA today. And they have their reasons, no doubt. Meanwhile, back way up north for a moment it almost seemed that Calgary and not […]