Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Open Letter to Canoe.ca

To Whom it May Concern,

The problem I have is, while perusing your website, I was reading an article about a high school hostage situation, and the largest graphic on the page is that of an adult female, modeling t-shirts with jokes regarding therapy, dressed as a school girl.

I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I can't figure out how the ad for novelty t-shirts with a woman dressed as a school girl fits into the narrative of the news article I'm reading.

I'm fully aware how Google Ads work, and I know you can tailor what shows up to avoid such embarrassment.


Sincerely,
Me

Friday, November 19, 2010

RCMP Comment Fail

Northern News Service Online, March of the Pig:
Const. Todd Scaplen with the Yellowknife RCMP said his detachment received a call about a pig wandering by the Ingraham Trail on April 13.

"Someone called and said they saw it on the highway," Scaplen said.

"We're normally the only pigs in town."
Emphasis mine.

[H/T, FailBlog]

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Conservative Hypocrisy In Action!

Given it's now clear that the Conservative Party is playing partisan games in an attempt to force the Opposition to fast track term limits on Senators, how exactly would term limitations have impacted the farce that occurred with C-311?

I know how it goes, having read the comments by Conservative supporters on this blog:

"Blah blah blah Liberal Party! Blah blah blah AdScam! Blah blah blah Senate reform! Ha ha!
Therefore, supporting term limits would have ensured passage of C-311."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Unquote

We don’t believe an unelected body should in anyway be blocking an elected body. We are looking for the opportunity to elect senators, but if at some point it becomes clear some senators are not going to be elected, the government will name senators to ensure that the elected will of the House of Commons and the people of Canada is reflected in the Senate.

- Stephen Harper

Related: Bill defeated by unelected Tories.

[via, Aaron Wherry - Maclean's]

Wow, the Blogging Tories on the Unelected Senate

It's deafening. I didn't expect this much fall out.


The Conservative Party of Canada: We expect the other parties to deliver on accountability.

Climate Change Bill Defeated by Unelected Tories

Summed up nicely by the Globe & Mail's Gloria Galloway with her headline. RIP, Reform Party movement.

Unelected Tory senators kill climate bill passed by House

The Conservatives have used their clout in the Senate stacked by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to kill an NDP climate change bill that was passed by a majority of the House of Commons.

...

It is the first time that the unelected Conservative senators have used their near-majority to kill a bill passed by elected politicians. The absence of more than 15 Liberals from the Senate allowed the bill to be defeated by a margin of 43 to 32.
If there ever was a time to defeat these undemocratic thugs, it's now.

Stephen Harper has set up a defacto dictatorship where the rule of law and Parliamentary supremacy is now threatened.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Did PBS censor Tina Fey?

Tina Fey, winner of the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, had her speech edited during the PBS broadcast of the show.

Critics claim it's due to the controversial nature of the speech where she addresses the rise of Sarah Palin to prominence; PBS says it was due to time constraints.

It's funny, relevant, spot on, and deserves to be distributed.
"... [Y]ou know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course -- those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape 'kit 'n' stuff," Fey said. "But for everybody else, it's a win-win. Unless you're a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing's a disaster."

[Washington Post, PBS edits Tina Fey's remarks from Twain event]

Monday, November 15, 2010

Reason in Canadian Politics?

Welcome, Reason Vancouver. I, for one, would like to see a lot less emotion-driven government.

Reason Vancouver is a new political movement dedicated to developing policies based on reason and empiricism and applying them at the municipal level.

Reason Vancouver supports policy based on evidence, justice and the rule of law instead of dogmatic commitment to Left or Right-wing ideologies. We believe in an equitable and secular society.

Policy developed by Reason is open to objective criticism and re-evaluation when the evidence dictates.

...

Next, we are more than happy to help establish other municipal Reason Parties. It is not our view that reason and evidence-based policy should be limited solely to the City of Vancouver, but should be a movement that effects change in every city, province and country. Ideally, traditional politicians will move to adopt our strategies and be forced to present thought-out policy that is supported by evidence, but until that happens, we need to fly the flag of Reason every where we can. To start setting up your own Reason party, contact us and we’ll do everything we can to help.

However, if you’re specifically interested in either BC or Canadian federal politics, consider checking out the websites that have been set up to gauge interest in either a Reason BC or a Reason Party of Canada. If either movement gains enough momentum, they may be worth pursuing.
Emphasis mine.

[H/T, Canadian Atheist]

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Urban Rural Divide

I recommend reading the BBC article, Viewpoint: How urban-rural divide sways US politics, which talks about the urban-rural divide in politics in Seattle vs. Washington state.

It got me to thinking.

Given that I am an urban dweller, frequently blamed for the demoralization of Canadian society, I wonder if it is time for urban dwellers to organize into associations to counterbalance the over representation by rural dwellers? We carry the weight of Confederation after all and I don't see electoral reform coming any time soon.

How long before the camel's back breaks? While it's true that farmers feed cities, cities feed farmers ...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance

Long ago and far away
across the ocean
wild and wide,
the young men stormed
an alien shore
where many of them died.
Here and now
old men remember
the valor and the gore,
and the boyish faces
of their youth
that are young for ever more

William Bedford

Friday, November 05, 2010

You Know It's Bad When ...

Stephen Taylor recognizes that the Conservative Party campaigns like they're capitalists, but governs like they're communists.

There's hope yet for thoughtful fiscal conservatism in Canada.

Jim Prentice

Just read Red Tory Liberal's take on Jim Prentice leaving the Conservative Party; also just read Richard Albert's take. Thought I'd jump in with my personal perspective building on these two pieces.

I believe Jim Prentice is leaving politics temporarily. Typically, but not always, leading contenders have distanced themselves from the party they want to lead so as not to be associated with a rival camp or with a party's lagging fortunes.

Stephen Harper's growing inability to reach Progressive Conservatives continues to be his biggest liability - his pandering for Western votes with meaningless bobbles and trinkets is wearing thin with the Reformers and not reaching the rest of Canada.

In fact, the Conservative coalition is asking itself the very question - what makes Stephen Harper's government conservative?

In the best case scenario, a Stephen Harper-led Conservative Party will maintain its 30%-ish support and pull off another minority government in the next election. Third time's the charm and the coalition will realize that Stephen Harper is not the Conservative to make inroads into Central and Eastern Canada.

I believe Jim Prentice has the best chance at the next leadership run and the best chance to revive the Conservative Party.

For one, he doesn't immediately draw criticism from his Conservative colleagues. He supports the Conservative Party, despite being at odds with some of it's more socially conservative ideals.

For two, he doesn't immediately draw criticism from his Opposition colleagues and their supporters. His positions as a minister in various portfolios under Stephen Harper notwithstanding, no one comments that Jim Prentice is a poor or embarrassing Member of Parliament or that he holds radical views on any issue that make him a danger to the country.

Thirdly, he doesn't draw criticism from Conservatives that were jilted by the merger. He campaigned for it and he's a Progressive Conservative. I don't think Joe Clark, Kim Campbell, or Garth Turner will pop up at election time to feed fodder to Opposition talking points.

Finally, he wins votes in the West, he can manage the socially conservative wing and keep it from radicalizing Conservative policy and it's hard to attack a guy that everybody respects. With the possible exception of Bernard Lord, this largely rules out everybody else that would throw their hat in the ring.

On two fronts, this is exciting news for me ...

As a Liberal, I'm excited by the prospect that Jim Prentice will not be carrying the Conservative banner during the next election, and like Scott, hope some radical two-guns-a-blazing yahoo gets nominated in his place. Love the prospective soundbites!

As a former Conservative, the prospect of having another option is always good for democracy.

The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming!

So, the free market-loving, small government-lusting Conservative government has taken a decidedly protectionist stance with regards to Potash Corporation in the name of political expediency.

It'll be fun when we start saying that Stephen Harper campaigns like a capitalist, but governs like a communist.

We'll know for sure if he's a KGB plant if he hands Potash Corp over to Moscow.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Shock!

I'm not understanding the latest outrage at the discovery that Rob Ford's mayoral campaign team employed a fake Twitter account. Unless they used the account to libel, of course. I'm not sure why more campaigns didn't employ this strategy.

Or, they did, and they just didn't caught.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Congratulations, John Henry!

My cousin-in-law is now the mayor of Oshawa!

After serving one term on council, John Henry captured the mayor's seat with nearly double the number of votes won by second place finisher and incumbent John Gray.

Mayor-elect Henry finished with 15,268 votes compared with 8,973 for former Mayor Gray and 3,941 for former Councillor Louise Parkes.

...

... Mayor-elect Henry said he has spent the past four years pushing accountability and transparency, stressing that residents have the right to know where every dollar of their tax money is spent.

He said that, combined with the fact that he is the only member of council who didn't spend a dime out of his taxpayer funded expenses account, won't receive a severance and took a pay cut on his councillor salary, helped push him to victory.

"You lead by example," the new mayor noted.

A good candidate with a fantastic record. Oshawa is back on the right track!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Let the Finger Wagging Begin

With 97.2% of the votes counted in Toronto's election, George Smitherman's votes + Joe Pantalone's votes total more than Rob Ford's.

Offered without comment, but with a picture of Ralph Nader.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An Open Letter to George Smitherman on Safe Injection Sites

Dear Mr. Smitherman,

I recently announced that I support you for mayor of Toronto. With Rocco Rossi's departure from the race, and Rob Ford's divisive and reckless brand of conservatism taking centre stage, you present the only alternative to me.

However, I was disheartened to learn of your unfortunate and misinformed opinion of safe injection sites, which I reprint below. Especially disheartened, since you're a former provincial health minister.

"I do not support safe injection sites because I am not convinced of its merits," [George] Smitherman said.
I would like to hear your evidence for why safe injection sites lack merit. On this blog, I have profiled the benefits of safe injection sites, such as Insite - located in Vancouver.

Here are, once again, the merits of Insite, the Vancouver safe injection site.

  • Insite is leading to increased uptake into detoxification programs and addiction treatment. (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Insite has not led to an increase in drug-related crime, rates of arrest for drug trafficking, assaults and robbery were similar after the facility’s opening, and rates of vehicle break-ins/theft declined significantly. (Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy)
  • Insite has reduced the number of people injecting in public and the amount of injection-related litter in the downtown eastside. (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
  • Insite is attracting the highest-risk users – those more likely to be vulnerable to HIV infection and overdose, and who were contributing to problems of public drug use and unsafe syringe disposal. (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)
  • Insite has reduced overall rates of needle sharing in the community, and among those who used the supervised injection site for some, most or all of their injections, 70% were less likely to report syringe sharing. (The Lancet)
  • Nearly one-third of Insite users received information relating to safer injecting practices. Those who received help injecting from fellow injection drug users on the streets were more than twice as likely to have received safer injecting education at Insite. (The International Journal of Drug Policy)
  • Insite is not increasing rates of relapse among former drug users, nor is it a negative influence on those seeking to stop drug use. (British Medical Journal)
If you could clarify to me why you do not support safe injection sites, that would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Me

An Honour for Bill Davis

The University of Toronto Mississauga has re-dedicated their South Building the William G. Davis Building, in honour of Ontario's former Progressive Conservative premier.

“For over 40 years, Bill Davis has worked hard to improve the lives of people in the province of Ontario and nowhere is this more apparent than in our post-secondary education system,” said [Professor Deep] Saini. “Everywhere you look, we see reminders of his commitment to excellence in education—be it in the extensive growth of our college system or right here where he paved the way for what is now the University of Toronto Mississauga.”
A great man, and a great conservative.

Monday, October 18, 2010

George Smitherman for Mayor of Toronto

A week is a long time in politics.

I prefer balanced, measured, and pragmatic conservatism in government. I am traditionally an Ontario Progressive Conservative supporter.

I do not support reckless government policy sold under the guise of "conservatism" using the label "respect for the taxpayer". It's always wrongheaded, it's always motivated by emotion, and it always ends up costing more in the long run.

I was a vocal Rocco Rossi supporter. When I learned that he had pulled out of the race, I thought I'd pull out from participation in the Toronto election.

I continue to not want Rob Ford as mayor of Toronto. He represents a corruption of the Canadian conservative brand. His inexperience and his over-zealousness to lead an every-man revolution is indicative of his not being up to the job.

Toronto needs to vote George Smitherman for mayor.

Toronto Loses Rocco Rossi ...

I went to the beautiful city of Paris, France, for a short vacation last week, to come back to news that my candidate, Rocco Rossi, had dropped out of the Toronto electoral race. Miss a week, miss a lot.

The past nine months have been an incredible journey. I have been moved by the stories of hope and inspiration that Torontonians from all walks of life have shared with me.

With your help, we have made a real impact on this race and the future of our city.

We have shed light on the issues that matter to Torontonians: getting value for our money, moving Toronto forward, and making City Hall honest.

Make no mistake, together we accomplished great things.

I have been inspired by the countless volunteers and supporters who took time out of their busy schedules to knock on doors, make phone calls, attend event and pound in lawn signs.

I have been inspired by the people from every corner of our city who have stood up and demanded change.

I have been inspired by Torontonians and our great city.

Rhonnie, DJ and I thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all you have done and continue to do. It has been a true honour representing you as a candidate for mayor, and I thank you for the opportunity.

Sincerely,

Rocco

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Maxime Bernier was for the Census, before he was against the Census

"[The census] continue[s] to be essential for providing the information needed by governments, businesses, researchers and individual Canadians to shed light on issues of concern to all of us."

- Maxime Bernier, Minister responsible for Statistics Canada, August 21, 2006

Friday, September 24, 2010

BREAKING NEWS - Rob Ford to Cut Off the Internet due to Internet Smearing

TORONTO, September 24 - In addition to the War against the Elites embedded within the written press, Rob Ford today announced that he would no longer use the internet after the campaign team found Google to be littered with elites. His campaign website will be taken down, and supporters will no longer communicate via email.


"These smears against Rob Ford will not be tolerated," Rob Ford continues, "It's clear that the internet has a vendetta against Rob Ford and Rob Ford won't tolerate it."

"And, yes. Rob Ford uses the third person."

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rob Ford He-Man Women Hater's Club Barbecue

The all important Rob Ford He-Men Women Hater's Club barbecue is in his backyard. It's convenient that this barbecue was organized at the same time as the Women's Debate.
FORD FEST BACKYARD FUNDRAISER

When Fri Sep 10 7pm – 11pm Eastern Time - Toronto

Where Ford Residence: 15 Weston Wood Road, Etobicoke

Rob Ford Dismisses Women's Mayoral Debate

Rob Ford has such a low opinion of women in politics and women in general that he cannot even be bothered to withdraw from the YWCA Toronto women's debate with notice and in person. This man is an absolute disgrace and an embarrassment.
Media Advisory - Women Matter Mayoral Candidates Meeting

UPDATE: ROB FORD WITHDREW FROM THE DEBATE EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, SAYING HE HAD A BBQ TO ATTEND INSTEAD.

TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Equal Voice Toronto, the Toronto Women's City Alliance and YWCA Toronto are hosting a mayoral debate for the five leading candidates. Questions will center around issues of gender representation and diversity in city politics.

WHAT: Women Matter Mayoral Candidates Meeting

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: YWCA Toronto 80 Woodlawn Ave. E.

WHO: Sarah Thomson, Rocco Rossi, Joe Pantalone, George Smitherman Moderator: Susan Eng, Vice President of Advocacy for CARP Wendy Cukier, Associate Dean of Ted Rogers School of Management and Founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University will provide commentary on the answers provided by the candidates.
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization working to get more women elected in all levels of government in Canada.

The Toronto Women's City Alliance is a diverse group of women working to end the growing silence and invisibility of girls and women's voices on the political agenda in the City of Toronto since 2004.

YWCA Toronto is an association of diverse and caring women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through dynamic leadership, advocacy, and a range of unique and essential services that promote personal growth and economic independence.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Vive la Smitherman Flip Flop

George Smitherman was for raising taxes before he was for freezing taxes.
Smitherman’s tax pledge comes only days after he announced a $10 million youth job-creation plan to be supported by a hike in business property taxes, followed hours later by a statement that there was a miscommunication and the plan doesn’t include a tax hike.
It seems he's trying to position himself as a born-again Rob Ford-lite as his campaign sputters.

Oh, and his fiscal plan to support all this? Not until September 27th, folks. So, like Ford as well - announcing spending and tax cuts with no plan.

Friday, September 03, 2010

One Difference between Ford and Smitherman

When Smitherman gets angry, he doesn't discriminate.

Rob Ford in Quotes

In a recent interview with Examiner.com, former Etobicoke councillor Rob Ford fashioned himself a social liberal.

Here's his socially liberal opinions. I excluded the ones where he was drunk.

On different cultures:

  • Go to the Orient, go to Hong Kong. You want to see workaholics? Those Oriental people work like dogs... they sleep beside their machines. The Oriental people, they're slowly taking over... they're hard, hard workers.
  • Gino-boy [in reference to George Mammoliti].
On LGBT rights:

  • I don’t understand. No. 1, I don’t understand a transgender, I don’t understand, is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy? And we’re funding this for, I don’t know, what does it say here? We’re giving them $3,210?
  • If you’re not doing needles and you’re not gay, you won't get AIDS, probably.
On poverty:

  • People do not want government housing built in the city of Toronto. They want roads fixed, more police presence, but they don't want more government housing that will depreciate the value of their property.
  • This is an insult to my constituents to even think about having a homeless shelter in their ward. And you want me to have a public meeting to discuss this? Why don’t we have a public lynching?
On the sanctity of life:

  • I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Former Etobicoke Councillor Rob Ford Endorses Rocco Rossi's Plan for Recall

This is a huge development in the Toronto mayoral campaign.

In addition to endorsements by two other retiring councillors (Mike Feldman and Michael Walker), former Etobicoke councillor Rob Ford has come out in favour of Rocco Rossi's plan for a recall.
“There are many priorities when it comes to bringing accountability to City Hall, and recall legislation is certainly one that I support,” [former Etobicoke councillor] Rob Ford said in an e-mail.
While Rob Ford's opinions are always controversial, it's great to see him on side with Rocco Rossi's vision for a great city.

Monday, August 30, 2010

By the Way ... Some Guy Joined Team Rocco Rossi

Supporters of the "other" candidates are talking way too much about Warren Kinsella joining Team Rocco Rossi if the buzz on the internets is to be believed.

Shouldn't fault them too much. It happens when your campaign is devoid of substance that you need to focus on the members of another candidate's campaign team.

That's politics, I suppose.

Rocco Rossi : Take Back Your Vote!

Today, Rocco Rossi unveiled a huge policy platform to bring accountability to the citizens of Toronto.

One of the underlying themes of this election is Torontonian frustration with what appears to be a lack of a voice at City Hall. Rocco Rossi plans to change that.

These three R`s are RespectResults…And Recall.

Every Toronto voter has the right to be treated respectfully by their mayor and councillor.

Every Toronto voter has the right to results.

They have the right to measure performance against promise, and results against expectations.

And finally, when voters give me the honour of becoming their Mayor, they will have the right to recall.
To use Rocco's phrase, "it’s easier to return a broken blender in this town than it is to recall a rogue politician."

It's time for Toronto to take back their vote. To hold politicians accountable for the decisions they make, to make sure they have done their due diligence, and to make sure they consult with those most impacted by their policy.

This is a great announcement for this city; you can read more about the official announcement here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rob Ford Throws Torontonians Under the Bus

Rob Ford, presenting himself as the accountable and ethical conservative choice, has a bit of a scandal on his hands. He's peddled himself at an event he did not support and now is being called on the carpet when he's thrown those folks who rallied with him under the bus.

As Torontoist points out, Rob Ford set up shop and canvassed for votes as mayor to a group looking to save some green space in Etobicoke. At least not to my surprise, Mr. Ford voted against the motion to ultimately save the green space, despite his presence at an event in its support.
In mid-April, [Torontoist] attended the [West Kingsway Ratepayers’ Association]'s "Save the Greenspace" rally at Fairfield Park, and while Ford wasn’t able to make the festivities, he did send a contingent of his campaign workers to cook hot dogs, pose for photos, and distribute "Ford for Mayor" bumper stickers, which gave the impression that he supported the cause.

"I was surprised by councillor Ford's lone dissenting vote," [Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Peter] Milczyn told us. "At the public rally...councillor Ford's supporters were present expressing his support for the local community."

Clearly, Rob Ford represents the politics-as-usual mentality he so decries in Toronto council. He has no intention of changing council mentality.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rocco Live! - Wednesday, August 25th

Toronto mayoral candidate, Rocco Rossi, will be hosting a live-to-air internet event, and will be taking questions via Facebook and Twitter.

Episode 3: Meet Rocco!
Join us on Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM for Episode 3 of Rocco LIVE. In this episode, Rocco will talk about his past experiences, the campaign so far, and why he is running for mayor. We’ll be taking your questions live via Twitter and Facebook. This is your chance to ask Rocco the tough questions and maybe get an answer to “Why Rocco Rossi?”

You can participate via Twitter (Tweet your question to @roccothevoteTO and include the #RoccoLIVE hashtag), via Facebook (log in to Facebook and then reload the Rocco Live page for the widget), or via Email (rocco@roccorossi.com).

More important for bloggers - Rocco Rossi is inviting all bloggers to live blog this event from Rocco Rossi campaign HQ.
Keep a blog? Join us and watch live in person from our ‘blogger gallery’ at campaign HQ. Anyone writing for a blog (no matter how big or small) is welcome to join. Our biggest goal is to keep Rocco LIVE transparent and unscripted. We believe the best way to achieve this is to invite the blogging community to HQ to watch us broadcast.
Bloggers, please arrive at campaign HQ between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. We’re located at 185 Avenue Road [map]. Contact michael.edwards@roccorossi.com for additional information.
 (I won't be able to attend as I'll be door knocking for Rocco on Wednesday night).

Rocco, real change for Toronto.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The League of Extraordinary Canadians

CathiefromCanada asks a very simple question ... What do all of these people have in common? A gallery of the public servants serving the public being removed by Stephen Harper for doing their job and not toeing the line.

The natural follow up question ... Who's next?

[H/T, Dawg's Blawg]

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rocco Rossi for Mayor of Toronto

Summer time and the living is easy ...

I haven't been posting much and as summer winds down, hopefully that will change.

With John Tory out of the race, and my genuine fear that Rob Ford may mount a credible challenge for the mayor's job in Toronto, I've decided that I will be supporting Rocco Rossi as mayor of Toronto.

Toronto needs a balanced - neither right nor left - approach to governance and I feel that Rocco Rossi will bring that to the city.

Go, Rocco!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Draft John Tory; Hear, Here!

I, for one, would welcome John Tory back as a Toronto mayoral candidate.

[Toronto Star, James: Draft John Tory for mayor?]

Rob Ford’s surprise popularity with voters has political left, and right, in a frenzy, setting off unlikely talk of a white knight to rescue Toronto.
Mr. James also speculates that there is a poll that shows Mr. Ford out in the lead - I don't think that's possible. If it's true ... wow.

And, while I disagree with Mr. James' connotation while defining a red Tory ...

These are fiscal conservatives who fancy themselves as community builders, not mindless budget slashers. They are in bed with the City Summit Alliance, talk about civil society, advocate for the poor, believe in a social safety net and the importance of government. And they worry about Ford’s unbridled conservatism.
... he's spot on. I have the same reservations with Mr. Hudak at the provincial level.

I want John Tory back in the race.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Ironic?

Rob Anders gives some unintentional advice to Canada's opposition parties.


[Toronto Star, Not quite a Hallmark sentiment]

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Made This

William Shatner totally looks like Stephen Harper.



[Link]

Welcome to Our Nightmare

In the run up to the G20 summit happening in downtown Toronto, international journalists were treated to Conservative transparency [Toronto Star, International media learn the ways of Toronto — and politicians]

This is what the foreign and local media wanted to know: Will local businesses be reimbursed for G20 losses?

They leaned in, recorders extended.

“A protocol mechanism is in place to deal with all those concerns,” said a practised Rob Moore, minister of state for tourism and small business. [...]

“So you’ll compensate?” a local reporter prodded.

“Thank you,” Moore replied, stepping away.

“Did he answer the question?” asked Viviana Mazza, a reporter with Italy’s Corriere della Sera.
No, Viviana, he did not. But, that's what we've come to expect from this government.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Conservatives to Request Coalition with Liberal ...

... Democrats.

BBC, Election: Cameron makes offer to Lib Dems on government

David Cameron has reached out to the Liberal Democrats in an effort to form a government - after the UK general election resulted in a hung parliament.
Meanwhile, Conservatives here in Canada, while praising David Cameron's victory, still believe coalition governments are evil. The inanity.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mel's Diner

I'm saddened to see an institution like Mel's Diner burned down.


The Record, Fire destroys businesses in Waterloo plaza:

WATERLOO – A fire Thursday morning destroyed several businesses in a Waterloo plaza.

Businesses affected by the blaze at the Campus Court plaza, 140 University Ave. W., include Mel’s Diner, Tabu, Mr. Sushi, University Vision Centre, Sugar Mountain and Caesar Martini’s.
After a long night at the Bomber on a Wednesday night, rolling out of bed at about noon on a Thursday, Mel's was a perfect place to stop for steak and eggs and a coffee.

You never went there on the weekend as the line up was always way out the door.

I hope it rebuilds. If it does, I'll go back for steak and eggs.

(H/T, uwaterloo on LiveJournal)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Announcing My Candidacy for the Senate

As I'm watching football (soccer) and enjoying a lovely spring evening and having had a jar or two, I have decided to run for the Senate should Ontario hold elections for the next vacancy. If the Conservatives are still in government, they'll have no choice but to appoint me.

First off, I will sit as a Liberal.

Second off, I haven't decided that far in advance what my second off is.

Third off, I'll blog from the Senate floor.

So, please support me.

Also, if someone can create a web graphic, that would be great.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Compare and Contrast

Prime Minister Stephen Harper [Canada.com, Manning named to federal advisory panel]:

The Conservative government Friday named Reform party founder Preston Manning to a group which advises the federal government on the public policy implications of new scientific research.
President Barack Obama [CTV, Obama nominates UBC professor for science position]:

A University of British Columbia physics professor has been nominated for a position in President Barack Obama's White House.

The U.S. president nominated Prof. Carl Wieman as his associate director of science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Wieman won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for the creation of a new form of matter.

Updated: I should note that Professor Wieman must be approved by the Senate before taking his post. Mr. Manning just had to say, "Sure, I love that word SCIENNNCE."

Friday, March 05, 2010

Selective Hearing

“We offered to hear from Canadians on this issue and they have already spoken loud and clear. They overwhelmingly do not want to open the issue. The Government will not proceed any further to change our national anthem.”

Dimitri Soudas, official spokesman for the Prime Minister
[H/T, Stephen Taylor]

However, they apparently ignored Canadians on the issue of prorogation.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Conservatives Tapping into Patriotic Spirit to Boost Poll Woes

Canada has experienced a tremendous outpouring of patriotic spirit at the conclusion of the winter Olympics. It was also during this time that the Conservative Party experienced it's worst showing at the polls.

So, the Conservative Party needs to tap into that patriotic spirit a little - by creating a crisis where there isn't one.

CBC, O Canada Lyrics to be reviewed:
Parliament is to be asked to review the "original gender-neutral wording of the national anthem," says the throne speech delivered by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean on Wednesday.
This will charge up the Conservative base as another attack by the politically correct elite on one of Canada's sacred insititutions. Stephen Harper will be able to unmuzzle the less refined of his caucus to defend Canada all the while, maintaining a calm, cool exterior - "let Parliament do its work".

There's a Facebook group too about keeping the lyrics to O Canada the same. I could have sworn it started before the announcement during the throne speech. I wonder if there will be rallies ...

It's transparent. It's disgusting.

I only hope Canadians see it for what it is.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Mind the Dust

Blogger has a new function that lets you import and export blogs into it. So, I'm finally uploading all my old blog's posts into this one. So, now this blog appears older than it was. I'm going to have to go through and clean up the labels though.

Roll Up the Rim Stats 2010

It's time for the fourth annual tracking of my Roll Up the Rim statistics. I'll update this post as my consumption totals rise up.

As always, I record three statistics.

The first number represents the number of 'Wins'. I will update the post to indicate what I've won and what size of beverage.

The second number represents the number of 'Please Play Agains'.

The third number represents the number of times I did not receive a Roll Up cup. This usually happens twice or three times in the middle of the campaign, as opposed to the trailing end when cups begin to be snatched up.

0 - 12 - 0

Last updated: March 23, 2010.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Helena Guergis, Working Her A** Off in S***holes

That there is some good work [Toronto Star, Your Liberal research bureau at work].

Here is a breakdown of how many days each Conservative MP worked (according to the document the Conservatives just released). Note that between January 1st and today, there has been exactly 40 work days for most Canadians.
The list says 68 of their MPs worked, leaving 77 Conservative MPs who didn’t work a single day.
...
9 days - Helena Geurgis
That's nine ass days in likely nine different shitholes. One of those days, her effing birthday.

What do you expect people?

Where Were the RCMP?

Conservative MP, Helena Guergis, believes Prince Edward Island is a shithole, as she has a meltdown in Charlottetown Airport [Globe & Mail, Airport worker says Guergis meltdown among worst he's seen]:

“She was yelling at the Jazz agent to hurry up and that [he was] wasting her time and that she had to get going because she wanted to get home [to her husband] because it's her ‘effing birthday,'” the employee said.
It was her 'effing birthday', after all.
“A staffer went to the gates to tell her to just hang on because she was literally banging and kicking on the glass at the security doors,” he said.
Where were the RCMP?

Updated: James Morton finds us another comment.
When staff reminded Guergis that passengers are expected to show up two hours before departure, she allegedly replied, "I don't need to be lectured about flight time by you. I've been down here working my ass off for you people."
It's her effing birthday, she works her ass off for us people, and she needs to get out of shitholes.

A wonderful Member of Parliament.

Updateded: There's some media controversy.

Did Helena Guergis refer to PEI as merely a "hell hole" or a "shit hole"? I think she should respond.

(H/T, The Equivocator)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Candles Recalled due to Fire Risk

No, really.

CBC, Pier 1 Imports recalls tea lights over fire risk
Pier 1 Imports has recalled 1,875 Silver Glitter Tea Lights and Gold Glitter Tea Lights in Canada, and 37,000 in the U.S. because the glitter could catch fire.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament - Toronto Rally Info

NO to prorogation! YES to democracy!

Canadians against Proroguing Parliament (Toronto) has organized a rally and march for Saturday, January 23 at 1:00pm at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. And we urgently need your help to promote it. Here’s how you can help spread the word:

Download promotional materials. Everything is available online - posters, leaflets, stickers, petitions, Facebook profile pics, etc.: http://groups.google.com/group/capp-outreach/files. Let us know where you can distribute them.  

Provide free photocopying or printing. Do you have access to a photocopier or heavy-duty printer? Can you do any free photocopying or printing (no amount is too small or too large)? Also let us know if your workplace, community group, local library, trade union or student union, place of worship, etc. can be a pick-up location for printed materials. If yes, email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com to let us know your address and dates/times when materials may be picked up.

Join us for city-wide poster runs. On the following dates/times, meet us at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Suite 207, 2nd floor to pick up posters and postering materials (paste, staplers and/or tape) and to spread out across Toronto to put up posters everywhere we can. Bring your friends! 
  • Wednesday, January 13 at 6:00pm
  • Sunday, January 17 at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00pm
Join us for city-wide leafleting sessions. On the following dates/times/locations, meet us to distribute leaflets as a large group to passers-by. We’ll bring all the printed materials, including display tables; you just have to bring yourself (and friends).
  • Saturday, January 16 at 8:00am at the main entrance to St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front Street East (TTC: Union)
  • Saturday, January 16 at 1:00pm at Yonge-Dundas Square (TTC: Dundas)
Put up posters/distribute leaflets on your own time. All printed materials are available at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Suite 207, 2nd floor, seven days a week from 8:00am to 10:00pm. Distribute materials on busy street corners, at TTC entrances/exits, and in large apartment buildings. Just let us know where you’ve distributed materials so we know what parts of Toronto have been covered. Email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com. 

Donate funds. Canadians against Proroguing Parliament (Toronto) is a grassroots, non-partisan movement of ordinary Canadians. We urgently need your financial support to build and organize an effective rally that engages the public and gets its message across to MPs. Donate online at http://noprorogue.ca/. Look for the “Donate Now” box. Cheques and/or money orders should be made payable to “Shilo Davis” or “Justin Arjoon” (CAPP in memo area) and mailed to CAPP Toronto, 67 Griffiths Drive, Ajax ON L1T 3J8.    

Attend upcoming organizing meetings. We need as many volunteers as possible to promote the rally ahead of time, and to support the rally itself on January 23. If you’d like to volunteer, please join us. We meet on Fridays (January 15 and 22) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on the University of Toronto downtown campus. For exact location, email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com. All are welcome! 

Promote the event online. Feel free to forward this email to family, friends, co-workers and/or anyone who cares about democracy in Canada. You can also join our Facebook group, where this movement got started: http://bit.ly/findusonfacebook. Or follow us on Twitter to get regular updates on your cell phone or online: http://twitter.com/NoProrogueTO.   Thank you in advance for whatever support you can offer. We look forward to seeing you on January 23, if not sooner!   For more information, email noproroguetoronto@gmail.com.

The Toronto rally is organized by Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (Toronto), a grassroots, non-partisan movement of ordinary Canadians that emerged in response to Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament. All are welcome to join us.

http://noprorogue.ca/ | noproroguetoronto@gmail.com

(H/T, Scott's DiaTribes)

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    I Endorse Jim Curran - VP Organization, LPC(O)

    I had the opportunity to meet Jim in Vancouver -- unknowingly sitting nearly right behind him on the WestJet flight from Toronto too -- during the Liberal convention, and he is full of spirit, passion, and unbridled enthusiasm for what the Liberal Party is capable of doing and for where the Liberal Party should be going and I think he'd make a tremendous asset as VP Organization.

    Join Jim's Facebook group here.

    Make plans to attend Jim's reception, "ONTARIO! Ours to Recover".

    Saturday, January 09, 2010

    No Taxation without Representation!


    January 23rd, join Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament and protest the undemocratic move to "suspend democracy and Parliament".

    Keep an eye on the official event details for updates.

    Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament - Rally!
    Let's stand up together and make our voices heard-Parliament should resume on January 25th 2010 with or without Harper!

    Specific details for each city to follow soon, we are just coordinating details at the moment with various volunteers across the country. Generally speaking protests in major cities will be held at government legislative buildings, in smaller cities locations will be announced well in advance of the protest. Protests are peaceful demonstrations, generally with guest speakers, music and entertainment. These events are family friendly.

    At this time we are most definitely holding protests in:

    Halifax, NS
    RALLY LOCATION: Province House (1726 Hollis Street)
    DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time.
    HALIFAX RALLY PLANNING MEETING:
    Wednesday, January 13 @ 630pm. Location TBA-email NoProrogueHFX@gmail.com (please put PLANNING in the subject).
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=232710139093&ref=nf

    Fredericton, NB
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=234542215868

    St John's, NL
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=254088136128

    Charlottetown, PEI
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=238766311734

    Toronto, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Dundas Square. Rally March to the Square: TBA
    RALLY DATE: Saturday January 23rd 2010, 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/specialshi?ref=name#/group.php?gid=267871867124&ref=nf
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=222828077823&ref=nf
    Contact: Justin - jpeg.Arjoon@gmail.com
    RALLY PLANNING MEETING 2:
    Friday Jan 15th at 5:15 pm at Hart House
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=274247710020&ref=nf

    Ottawa, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=240574036819
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233886494638&index=1
    OTTAWA RALLY PLANNING MEETING:
    Friday, January 8, 2010, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Ottawa University UNI Centre

    Kingston, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Market Square (behind City Hall)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=237399244708&index=1

    Sudbury, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=240530574180&%3Bref=mf

    Barrie, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Fred Grant Memorial Square (on Dunlop St)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=237914414270&ref=mf

    Belleville, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=416217500077

    Peterborough, ON
    PETERBOROUGH RALLY PLANNING MEETING
    January 8th at 5:30 @ Dreams of Beans Cafe downtown
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=254193200352

    Thunder Bay, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=233166837771&ref=mf
    Javier Espinoza ORGANIZING MEETING for Thunder Bay
    Date: Saturday Jan. 9, 2010
    Place:Lakehead University - Agora Cafe
    Time: 2:00 pm

    Sault Ste. Marie, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Outside Tony Martin's Office, 369 Queen St. East
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=237469588921

    Whitby/Oshawa, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=235987597683

    Hamilton, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Gore Park, by Jackson Square (at the intersection of King and James)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=151408734954

    Mississauga, ON
    MISSISSAUGA RALLY PLANNING MEETING
    Wednesday January 6th 2010
    Location: University of Toronto Mississauga - Student Center - Room 100 (Green Room) - 3359 Mississauga Road North
    Time: 5 - 6:00 p.m.
    Contact: 416-625-7712

    Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: Waterloo Public Square (on King Street South, in front of the Waterloo Town Square Mall)
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 11am local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=239179835749

    Guelph, ON
    RALLY LOCATION: St George Square
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=236495265747

    London, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=239854508755

    Windsor, ON
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=257142152929&ref=mf

    Montreal, QC
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=240931110839
    RALLY PLANNING MEETING:
    Monday January 11 @ 6:30 at the McGill University Centre (3480 McTavish) room 433A
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=243651298149&index=1

    Quebec City, QC
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=236838174131

    Winnipeg, MB
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=275343198311

    Saskatoon, SK
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=264977381210

    Regina, SK
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=253266656648

    Calgary, AB
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=233912789510

    Edmonton, AB
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=236454117347

    Vancouver, BC
    VANCOUVER RALLY PLANNING SESSION:
    Saturday January 9, Time and location TBA
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=265618470844
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/event.php?eid=252413915768&ref=nf

    Victoria, BC
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=247451223296

    Kelowna-Okanagan, BC
    RALLY LOCATION: Corner of Gordon and Hwy 97, Kelowna
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 1pm local time
    http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=394885890526

    Whitehorse, YT
    RALLY DETAILS:
    Saturday January 23rd @ 1pm outside the Elijah Smith building (300 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT).
    -Special events include speakers, MPs in attendance, and possibly live music (weather permitting).

    Yellowknife, NWT
    RALLY LOCATION: NTFL Headquarters, Stanton Plaza
    RALLY DATE: January 23rd at 11am local time
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=241319536066&ref=mf#/event.php?eid=241319536066&ref=mf

    INTERNATIONAL RALLIES
    London, England (and other international locations)
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=238374178935&ref=mf


    If you're interested in helping organize a protest in any major city, including the ones listed, let us know! You can FB message the creator of the group hosting it (Shilo Davis), or you can simply email Shilo at daviss3@mcmaster.ca. ***The amount of emails I've received have crashed my mcmaster email server! Please email me at shiloadavis@gmail.com***

    This is your chance to make your voice heard Canada. Stand up for democracy on January 23rd!

    ***Details on locations and specifics for each protest will be posted at least 10 days in advance!***

    ***Want to get involved in the meantime?***
    1) Write to your local paper(s)
    2) Write to your MP and your MPP
    3) Write to the GG, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (By Email: info@gg.ca By Mail: Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A1 NO POSTAGE REQUIRED By Fax: 613-998-8760)
    4) Write to the Queen about the GG and Harper (Her Majesty The Queen
    Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom)
    5) Spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers! The more Canadians we can get on board, the stronger our voice will be.

    Thursday, January 07, 2010

    Disappointed

    I'm disappointed, but glad that it's finally official.


    John Tory said Thursday that he won't run again to become Toronto's mayor, choosing instead to "pursue a different course with my life and career."

    The former Progressive Conservative leader issued a statement this morning announcing his decision to serve as volunteer chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a position previously held by David Pecaut who died in December.
    John Tory is likely the best mayor the city of Toronto never had.

    Monday, January 04, 2010

    Impolitical | I Prorogue because

    Grab the button!

    TT says he was inspired by the first two answers, "I can" and "You let me." Meaning that while we can certainly and justifiably be disillusioned by the Prime Minister, we bear responsibility as citizens in letting him get away with this: "Apathy is our foe right alongside Harper." Well said.


    Saturday, January 02, 2010

    Ask the Senate to join Liberals

    A great idea. Come on Hugh!
    One key reason Harper prorogued Parliament is to allow the Senate committees to be re-shuffled in his favour. So lets deny him that by convincing the independent, Progressive Conservative and Mulroney and Martin appointed Conservatives to join the Liberal Senators. Here are their email addresses.
    Independent/Progressive Conservative
    Anne C. Cools: coolsa@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Murray Lowell: murral@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Elaine McCoy: mccoye@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Jean-Claude Rivest: jcrivest@sen.parl.gc.ca
    P. Michael Pitfield: lachah@sen.parl.gc.ca

    Conservative
    David Tkachuk: tkachd@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Terry Stratton: stratt@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Gerry St. Germain: stgerg@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Hugh Segal: kfl@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Donald H. Oliver: olived@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Pierre Claude Nolin: nolinp@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Nancy Ruth: mcgeed@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Michael A. Meighen: meighen@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Marjory LeBreton: lebrem@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Noël A. Kinsella: kinsen@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Wilbert Joseph Keon: By phone only.
    Janis G. Johnson: johnsj@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Consiglio Di Nino: dininc@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Gerald J. Comeau: comeag@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Ethel M. Cochrane: cochre@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Andrée Champagne: champa@sen.parl.gc.ca
    W. David Angus: anguswd@sen.parl.gc.ca
    Raynell Andreychuk: andrer@sen.parl.gc.ca

    Ask them how they can continue in good conscience to support a party that no longer believes in democracy.