Friday, September 30, 2011

Victory for Insite

The Supreme Court's decision that Insite must remain open is a tremendous victory for reason over ideology. 

Canada's Conservative government sought to close a safe-injection site in Vancouver, despite physical evidence that it reduced drug use, reduced overdoses, and increased the likelihood of someone getting off of drugs.

It's a great triumph in the fight to ensure that addiction is treated like a health issue and not a crime.

Messrs. Smitherman and Clement ... take note.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Tory Syndrome, the Follow Up

Well, it appears that Tim Hudak supporters are attacking former Progressive Conservative leaders, instead of Tim Hudak himself. I'm not entirely sure I've seen a sitting Progressive Conservative MPP, standing for re-election, attack one of their own though.


[H/T, BCL]

Something about elections brings out the knives with this brand of conservative.

Tory Syndrome

Four years ago this month, a sizeable chunk of Ontario's Progressive Conservative supporters already had their knives out and sharpened for John Tory. This was based upon the belief that Tory was not a true conservative like Tim Hudak and that John would not deliver a Progressive Conservative victory.

Today, Tim Hudak is not as popular a choice for premier as Dalton McGuinty, and he has been unable to put the Ontario Progressive Conservatives significantly ahead of the Ontario Liberals in the run up to the election. Most likely, it is due to a vague strategy and meaningless platform promises. The only promises I can remember is the one about cheap beer and eliminating all-day kindergarten.

John Tory would likely have been elected premier in Ontario during this election. You always give the new leader two shots.

I will say though, give it to Tim Hudak supporters - they haven't abandoned ship ... yet.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Sign Posted on Jarvis in Toronto

Here's a picture I found via FailBlog that I planned to share a while ago. It still has relevance if you're familiar with the Ford-era of politics in Toronto.

[Metro, City votes to scrap some downtown bike lanes]


Friday, September 02, 2011