Congrats to Danielle Takacs, new LPC candidate for Brantford-Brant

I had the great privilege and honour to be in Brantford last evening for the nomination of my good friend Danielle Takacs; she is now the Liberal candidate for the riding of Brantford-Brant. My fellow blogger Jeff Jedras has also done a blogpost on Danielle which he listed all of her extensive accomplishments she has already done and still a part of, so I won’t go into that list – you may read them at your leisure over at his site. Rather, I’ll mention that it was an am...

Danielle Takacs is the Liberal candidate for Brantford-Brant

It was great to join over 100 Liberals on Thursday evening as my friend Danielle Takacs was nominated as the ...

Liberal Majority, second try

Due to some mapping errors in the last post, I decided to do another post about the possibility of a Liberal majority. Rather than attempt a reverse prediction, I’ve simply boosted real polling numbers in ways I feel are realistic. I’ve also taken steps to reduce future map errors. Each map now contains numbers indicating the number of seats each party wins. These numbers are accurate and if the ridings do not match, it is an indication of an error in the colouring. This he...

Ethical Oil Complaint To Canadian Judicial Council Fails: Judge Ducharme Off Hook For For Participating In David Suzuki Mock Trial

Ezra and Co. (young Amanda) try to soften their defeat by marking up the document with snarky liner notes   CJC Response to Complaint Against Justice Todd Ducharme …but if they had really won they would have been singing the decision to the high heavens for the past week.  And th...

New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

I’m in New Brunswick for a couple weeks, so might as well take a shot at the Tories while I’m here. With the writ formally dropping tomorrow, and signs going up across the province (I’ve seen probably about a dozen already driving around Saint John) ...

What 170 seats might look like

I decided to do a quick reverse prediction, where rather than taking existing polling numbers and finding the seat total, I adjusted the polling numbers to produce a seat total. Based on current polls, my understanding of current events, and my read of where the Liberals want to focus in the coming election, this is my ‘best educated guess’ as to which 170 seats Justin Trudeau has in mind. ...

Jaywalking in Ferguson

I found this report on Daily Kos to be shocking and horrifying Ferguson makes 2.6 million dollars a year from court fees. In 2013, the court “disposed of 24,532 warrants and 12,018 cases, or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.”There’s your smoking gun. If it seems the town of Ferguson s...

Still struggling between John Tory and Olivia Chow in T.O.’s mayoral race

With this fairly quiet and not-hot-enough summer drawing to a close, the Toronto mayoral race is just about to switch into high gear.  Polls offer a hint of clarity as many lately have shown John Tory pulling ahead, Olivia Chow falling back and Rob Ford stagnating, including the reliable Nanos. We’ll see if that trend continues.  Wi...

Ridiculous

Doesn’t Canada’s official languages commissioner have better things to do than investigate John Baird’s tweets? Is this the goal, to make the commissioner’s office look ridiculous and trivial?If so, they’re succeeding. ...

If LPC anticipates early election call, let’s get candidates nominated sooner, not later

The story in the Star yesterday – the Liberals are preparing for Harper to call an early Spring election, much earlier then he needs to: Trudeau told reporters the Liberals are preparing for the possibility that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may call an election much earlier than October 2015, the legislated date for the next federal vote.“Mr. Harper has not once followed his own fixed-election-date law in the setting of elections, so I think it’s only prudent to try and make...

Elections to come

The summer is drawing to it’s symbolic close with Labour day coming within two weeks. With that, I thought it was time to take a look at some coming elections and my predictions for them. MUNICIPAL The Toronto elections occur on October 27th 2014.I uurge any residents of ward 24 to take a look at Dan Fox’s campaign Dan is a Liberal who is running to replace Ford enabler David Shiner. In my predi...

Today’s flying pigs

Flying pigs were in the news today. Justice Minister Mackay actually said that the Harper Cons are still considering tickets for pot possession and he expected us to believe it. Next we’ll likely be told that the PMO is reconsidering letting federal research scientists t...

Embracing the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

A guest post by David McIntyre When the Government of Alberta put its stamp of approval on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, it embraced a classic brand of made-in-Alberta management. The defining strategy: Utilize the abuses and failures of the past to frame and fabricate the envisioned future. Within this down-is-up—backward-is-forward—portrait … Chaos Calls the Shots Decades of rampant headwater...

Police Violence Rages in Ferguson, MO

The out-of-control police response to protests against the killing of Michael Brown in a St. Louis, MO suburb, continues. Our reporter @rdevro was shot with rubber bullets/beanbags by police last night, spent night in jail. Is due to be released w/o charge soon.— The Intercept (@the_intercept) August 19, 2014 Yesterday more j...

Interview with Karen McCrimmon, LPC nomination contestant Kanata-Carleton

Following up on yesterday’s interview with David Graham, today we have an interview conducted with Karen McCrimmon, Liberal Party nomination hopeful in the riding of Kanata-Carleton. My thanks to Karen for taking time out of her busy schedule to do this interview with me. ———– 1. What made you decide you wanted to run to be the official candidate for the Liberals in your riding of Kanata-Carleton? I first ran for the Liberals in the 2011 Federal election ...

Young Enough To Be Different

RESEARCH BY THE UNITED NATIONS SUGGESTS THAT WE are rapidly becoming an urbanized world – by 2030, as many as 70% of the planet’s population will reside in cities. And, increasingly, cities are becoming younger by the year, as younger generations migrate to municipalities in search of everything from education and work, to culture and a […] ...

Why don’t they have a protocol for an officer-involved shooting?

One of the many things I don’t understand about the Ferguson police department is why they apparently do not have a protocol for dealing with any shooting in which an officer is involved. It is a routine in Canada when an officer shoots a civilian, that the officer is suspended, an investigation is ...

Tory MP Ryan Leef Has Tons Of Class: All Of It 3rd

Ya Wanna read something really funny, though?  Here’s Ryan’s MMA record.  And his ...

Interview with David Graham, LPC nomination contestant Laurentides-Labelle

I had the chance over the weekend to chat with David Graham, nomination contestant for Laurentides-Labelle. I’ve talked about David before – at this blogpost back in January – but this post today is an interview with David – the same as I’ve been doing with other LPC or LPCO candidates this summer, where I ask them five questions. David will be my first interview with someone running outside the province of Ontario. ———— 1) For tho...

Sometimes Scarborough Makes Me Proud

For example today,  nursing a beer in a pub in the heart of Ford Nation, I overheard several working-class types discussing the CPP.  They quite rightly observed that the current government’s plans to raise the retirement age to 67 was really just a way of giving you a few more years to die before they had to pay you. Surprisingly enough, this was something they were OK with.  In fact, one fellow suggested that Canadian old people should have their walkers armed with .30 ...

"Kids in Short Pants"

2616852524_097b90ae6b_m.jpgChantal Hébert wrote an article in the Toronto Star this past week about the toxic culture of Ottawa and how it impacts the young staffers that work the...

Gruending On The CRA Audits

From his latest: The government, however, has sent unmistakable signals that it wants a crackdown. Recent federal budgets have provided the CRA with an additional $13 million in special funding to undertake such audits at a time when the government was slashing the CRA’s budget by $250 million over three years, forcing the layoff of hundreds of auditors. Jim Flaherty, the fo...

The Ballad of #MikeBrown

a young Dylan would've written a song: THE BALLAD OF MICHAEL BROWN. #Ferguson— Raffi Cavoukian (@Raffi_RC) August 15, 2014 If you go to Quik Trip You’d better take your gun, Cause the boys in blue will get you, That’s how things are done, In #Ferguson. ...

Ferguson police shoot Brown in the back again

So six days after the shooting, Ferguson police suddenly decide that Michael Brown was a suspect in a robbery? The cynicism of this ploy is incredible. ...

It Must Be Sad To Be A Part Of The Sad Sad Dying Media In The Hot Hazy Days Of Summer

…having to hack out words when you’d rather be boozing it up pool-side, being forced into sad sad stunts like this, or being forced to respond to them like they’re at the same level as the discovery that Canada is secrectly parachuting troops into Namibia, all the time sweating it out in an un-airconditioned newsroom while waiting for the Internet to...

It’s Sad To Be A Part Of The Sad Sad Dying Media In The Hot Hazy Days Of Summer

…having to hack out words when you’d rather be boozing it up pool-side, being forced into sad sad stunts like this, or being forced to respond to them like they’re at the same level as the discovery that Canada is secrectly parachuting troops into Namibia, all the time sweating it out in an un-airconditioned newsroom while waiting for the Internet to...

Epic Fourth

Watched “Epic” [5/10] about little tree people. “Born on the Fourth of July” [8/10] a 1989 Tom Cruise movie about a Vietnam vet who protests the war. A Marvel Avengers cartoon movie about their kids stopping Ultron. 6/10 “Burke and Hare” [8/10] a dark British comedy about the early medical profession. ...

Happy Day

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Judges limited to issues properly before them

Iskander v. BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., 2014 ONCA 582: [2]          On his own motion, the application judge determined that there was no basis in law for BMO to withhold tax. He erred in so holding. That issue was not before him and this was not the appropriate forum to make that determination:Tax Court of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. T-2. S. 12. ...

It’s So Hot Out That…

It's so hot out you can't even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about "Where's Global Warming?"…— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) August 14, 2014 Yes, it’s so hot out you can’t even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about “Where’s G...