Posts Tagged ‘ Children of the Global Village ’

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

Jun 22nd, 2015 | By | 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 […]



Canada — peacemaker or powder monkey today .. and three 18th century wars that made two countries

May 16th, 2015 | By | Category: In Brief

Freeman Dyson’s recent interesting note on Albert Einstein and the old  “dualistic philosophy” of quantum mechanics — masquerading as a New York review of Stephen Gimbel’s Einstein: His Space and Times — has also made some of us think about what ought to be another big issue in this year’s Canadian federal election. (Believe it […]



Harold Innis’s case for Canadian Senate reform in the 1940s

Apr 10th, 2015 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

The ongoing trial of suspended Canadian Senator Mike Duffy has reminded some of us that back in the late spring of 2013 Randall White posted a note on this site about Harold Innis’s “more or less random observations on the Senate, and the related issue of Canadian regionalism”  — which, taken together, “add up to […]



English-speaking Canada before 1763

Apr 10th, 2015 | By | Category: Heritage Now

Canadian history would be easier to digest if its main story-line was just that the French and Indians began the modern country in the 17th and first half of the 18th centuries, and then the British monarchy and its rising global empire took it over at the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham, as […]



Anti-petroleum, Justin Trudeau, Louis Riel, and First Quest for the Northwest

Feb 20th, 2015 | By | Category: In Brief

You know you are living in strange times when you read headlines like “‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say.” Really? Our lives and property are at risk from an “anti-petroleum” movement? Is Franz Kafka working for the RCMP now? Will we soon have crimes like anti-petroleum activities? Will purchasing a Tesla […]



France in Canada‘s past — and its own future in the 21st century ..

Jan 10th, 2015 | By | Category: In Brief

We are glad to hear that the French flag has been “flying outside Toronto’s city hall … in solidarity with the people of France.” And we were pleased to read about how “Toronto’s French community gathers for Charlie Hebdo vigil … Facebook group summons demonstrators to consulate Wednesday to declare ‘Je suis Charlie’ after massacre […]



France in America and the first people who called themselves Canadians

Jan 10th, 2015 | By | Category: Heritage Now

Modern Canada begins with contact between North American aboriginal or first nations peoples and seaborne Europeans in the 16th century. (There was earlier contact of this sort, more than a half century before the 1066 Norman Conquest in England — as described by Plate 16 in the 1987 first volume of the Historical Atlas of […]



Is Stephen Harper really making a good case for another crowning, as we try to remember Giovanni Caboto in 1497 ??

Nov 20th, 2014 | By | Category: In Brief

Lawrence Martin’s quite remarkable Globe and Mail column this past Tuesday (November 18, 2014)  — “A pro-active PM seizes the agenda” — deserves more attention, and debate. The essential argument is nicely (or otherwise) summarized in Mr. Martin’s first paragraph : “If victory goes to the guy who wants it most, Stephen Harper is making […]



Misty contact : Giovanni Caboto and sponsor in Atlantic Canada , 1485–1689

Nov 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Heritage Now

From Children of the Global Village : Democracy in Canada Since 1497 Randall White eastendbooks  2019 (For background on the larger series of which this is a part, see The Long Journey to a Canadian Republic.) PART I THE DEEP CANADIAN PAST, 1497–1763 1 Misty “Contact” : Giovanni Caboto in today’s Atlantic Canada, 1497 And […]



Long republican journeys and Canada in the 21st century : tales about the history that matters

Aug 25th, 2014 | By | Category: In Brief

“The Long Journey to a Canadian Republic, 1963–20??” is the title of Part IV in Randall White’s current book project, tentatively and still too lengthily called Children of the Global Village — Canada in the 21st Century : Tales about the history that matters. (One inspiration for the title and larger project has apparently been […]