Posts Tagged ‘ Harold Innis ’

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

Dec 12th, 2017 | By Dominic Berry | 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 [...]



Age of the Incredible Canadian, 1921–1948

Dec 3rd, 2017 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

Bruce Hutchison’s The Incredible Canadian — A candid portrait of Mackenzie King : his works, his times, and his nation was first published in 1952, only two years after the death of the man who is still Canada’s longest-serving prime minister (1921-1926, 1926-1930, 1935-1948). The first few sentences of the book’s first chapter nonetheless remain [...]



Top 12 late news extras as midsummer madness 2017 sets in : Oz Labor party will hold republic referendum etc, etc

Jul 31st, 2017 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED AUGUST 1]. The final “Streetfest” phase of the 29th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival is now over, and we’ve asked our wayward staff  to submit their favourite key current late news extras for post-festival tabulation. Without further ado : (1) “Bill Shorten renews push for Australian republic, vows to hold referendum within first term [...]



Memories of Remembrance Days past

Nov 11th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

A review of past counterweights postings on or near November 11 — since our humble beginnings in 2004 — suggests that it took the increasingly extended Canadian involvement in Afghanistan to finally spark our interest in Remembrance Day commemorations. As best we can tell on some quick forays through the bulging accumulated material in “Browse [...]



November 4 – November 8 : Seven key dates in Canadian history, waiting for the troubling US election of 2016

Nov 4th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Back in 1969, the year Richard Nixon first assumed office as President of the USA, the old-style Canadian conservative George Grant offered “perspectives on what it is to live in the Great Lakes region of North America,” in his short book Technology and Empire. Without in any way pretending to equal or follow George Grant’s [...]



Recovering from the 2015 Canadian election with Louis Menand .. and the Cold War in New York, 1947–1967

Oct 25th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

You have to do something … to unwind mentally and readjust to ordinary life, after all the raw excitement of a historic democratic campaign (well … that’s what we think up here in this now all-red city [aka blue in the USA]  …  still trying in vain to emulate Manhattan …) So …  to  recover [...]



Parizeau and Truth and Reconciliation Commission : where are “Canada’s French and Indian peoples” today?

Jun 3rd, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

It seems only somewhat odd that the two big Canadian news events of yesterday — Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — should at least vaguely recall the earliest origins of the modern country of Canada, back in the 16th, 17th, and (first half of the) 18th centuries. In any case, in the old pays d’en haut [...]



Cheers for new mayor of Victoria .. some day this quirky country will stand up and surprise people, all by itself

Dec 16th, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

Some time ago now I was assigned the task of congratulating the new mayor of Victoria, BC,  Lisa Helps — for declining to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II during Mayor Helps’s inauguration the week before last. Maybe just because I’m getting older and slower, in the midst of the very rapidly gathering holiday season, [...]



Happy National Aboriginal Day 2011 Canada .. even if the Ossossane Ossuary in Old Wendake is still not perfect ..

Jun 21st, 2011 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

Tonight at 9 PM ET (6 PM PT) the CN Tower in Toronto will be lit in the colours of the traditional Medicine Wheel, to help celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Canada, June 21, 2011.  The first National Aboriginal Day was celebrated 15 years ago in 1996, when Governor General Roméo LeBlanc declared in Ottawa: [...]



Minerva’s owl spreads its wings on Stephen Harper’s last gasp of the British monarchy in Canada ..

Feb 18th, 2011 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

Once upon a time, the near-great economic historian Harold Innis began his 1947 “Minerva’s Owl” Presidential Address to the Royal Society of Canada with: “I have taken the title from that striking sentence of Hegel ‘Minerva’s owl begins its flight only in the gathering dusk…’” As much more recently explained by Lauren O’Nizzle, “a 20-something [...]