Key Current Issues

Now Doris Lessing says Obama will just be assassinated if he wins .. but is it true?

Feb 12th, 2008 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

RICHMOND, VA. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008. 12 NOON. According to the Washington Post: “Voters in Maryland, Virginia and the District [of Columbia] lined up early this morning to vote in the region’s much-anticipated Potomac Primary,’ eager to cast a ballot in one of the most closely contested and historic [US] presidential races ever.” According to […]



Ave atque vale Mr. Black

Dec 11th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

TORONTO. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11. 12:30 PM. Now that the day of Conrad Black’s sentencing is over, and the endless TV coverage up here in Canada has ended, my own most prominent emotion is no emotion. I see that the Globe and Mail is still referring to “Lord Black,” with no apparent satire intended. And I […]



What’s happening to the Canadian economy .. does it point to US $ crisis ahead?

Nov 3rd, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2007 [UPDATED NOVEMBER 8]. The Canadian dollar touched somewhat more than $1.07 US in international money market trading yesterday – said to be its highest value since the late 19th century. (It has since gone as high as $1.10, and then back to the $1.07 range.) But that’s just the half of it. […]



Can Xavier Trudeau save Canada .. and/or the global village?

Oct 20th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Whatever else, the current generation of Montreal (and Vancouver?) Trudeaus have a keen sense of timing. (And timing, grandfather Pierre once pronounced, is everything in politics.) As the Edmonton Journal has explained: “Justin Trudeau became a father shortly after noon Thursday [October 18, 2007] when his wife Sophie Gregoire gave birth to … Xavier James […]



Six years later .. editors on Mediterranean retreat .. back for Ontario vote, October 10

Sep 11th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007. “This year’s 9/11 video from Al Qaeda,” we learn from the New York Times, “seemed to be intended for the Americans the group attacked six years ago: it features English subtitles and an introduction by Osama bin Laden.” What we all know now that we didn’t quite know then is that […]



Tales of two cities .. credit crunch, Greek fire, Iraq, Commonwealth, Stelco and US Steel

Aug 28th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

“Before 1914,” the historian John Lukacs wrote in his provocative 1984 book Outgrowing Democracy: A History of the United States in the Twentieth Century, “the most renowned international currency was the British pound, and the financial capital city of the world was London; by 1918 the dollar replaced the pound, and New York, London.” Rumours […]



Northern summer notes .. Mess-O-Potamia, Northwest Passage, East vs. Western Prince of Pot, etc

Jul 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Even in Canada the rising great mess in the Middle East is the focal point of the summer this year. And for Canadians especially it is not just Iraq – it’s Afghanistan and now Pakistan too. Meanwhile, Stephen Harper is on the road in the Western Hemisphere (Colombia, Chile, Barbados, and Haiti). And a somewhat […]



Black Friday for Mr. Black .. now what about the good old family compact in Canada?

Jul 13th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Friday, July 13, 2007 turns out an unlucky day for the fallen media baron Conrad Black, who used to be a Canadian citizen but gave that up to become a British lord. A US jury in Chicago has finally found him guilty on four of 13 white-collar-crime charges. That might sound not too bad, all […]



Good to see the democracy works .. because that is what we are there to defend!

Jun 23rd, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Soon enough some 2,500 brave soldiers from French Canada’s fabled Vingt-Deux Regiment will be dangerously at work in Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, at a send-off on June 20 “anti-war sentiment spilled on to the floor of the Quebec National Assembly.” But this did not perturb commanding Brigadier-General Guy Laroche, who just said: “It is good to […]



The summer of our discontent .. living dangerously in Canada in 2007?

May 31st, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Usually Canadians can take comfort from the thought that, however crazy things may be in Canada, they are still a lot crazier in the colossal United States next door. But looking out on the sixth month of 2007 it seems possible that things are different this year. Just what is going to happen, e.g., on […]