Who Will Be Mark Steyn’s Witnesses?

Just noticed another piece on Steyn’s website re the defamation case climatologist Mike Mann has brought against him.  Its largely the same old same old, but then there is this bit towards the end: I have a great legal team headed by Dan Kornstein, the man behind the most consequential piece of ...

Smart Picks 02 September 2014

Why Putin is winning. The Telegraph — In this high-stakes poker game, Vladimir Putin holds most of...

Filling the Vacuum with Distinction

FIRST, SOME CONTEXT BEFORE THIS BLOG LAUNCHES into a series on some of the innovative mayors of the world. The series itself is based on the simple premise that mayors matter more to the state of the world and democracy itself than at any other time in the past 400 years. We can be forgiven for […] ...

King & University: a traffic problem?

Taxi drivers are saying that they are risking their lives to pick up and drop off passengers outside the new high rises on King Street north of University Ave. The problem is that the buildings have no pull-in area so cabs have to stop on bus...

Interview w/Jennifer Stebbing – Flamborough-Glanbrook

Jennifer Stebbing is currently a Liberal nomination candidate in the riding of Flamborough-Glanbrook (and so far the only nomination candidate for the Liberals in that riding). She was kind enough to take some time out of her schedule to answer these five questions (and answer rather extensively – one of the more detailed replies I’ve gotten since I started doing these a month or so ago). My thanks to her for participating. —– For those who haven’t visited...

Smart Picks 01 September 2014

France forgets that unequal outcomes are how equality of opportunity is funded. New York Times — R...

John Tory’s critics complain about TIF but fail to admit all urgent transit relief plans will cost taxpayers eventually

I’m getting a little tired of John Tory critics picking apart his “Smart Track” proposal as “risky” and “dangerous” simply because he hopes to finance it with tax-increment financing or TIF.    Such a plan could fall well short of paying the city’s $3 billion share of Tory’s plan, forcing taxpayers to pay in other ways.  ...

A Wee Design Flaw

The BrightSource Energy plant, a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert, works on the principal of focusing sunlight on a bunch of towers full of water until the water boils and drives a series of steam powered generators.  Unfortunately, the reflected sunlight also focuses on the areas around the towers, and when flying animals like insects, bats and birds pass throug...

John Tory’s critics complain about TIF but offer nothing to explain how they’ll pay for their jumbo transit plans

I’m getting a little tired of John Tory critics picking apart his “Smart Track” proposal as “risky” and “dangerous” simply because he hopes to finance it with tax-increment financing or TIF.    Such a plan could fall well short of paying the city’s $3 billion share of Tory’s plan, forcing taxpayers to pay in other ways.  ...

Smart Picks 31 August 2014

Having just spent 4 months in London and marvelling at the private and public spaces, this commentary on the city’s architecture is very interesting.   ...

New Brunswick Prediction Update

Teddy here with an update to the map and the prediction. I have re-adjusted the ‘regions’ within the province to be more logical. There is now a 17-seat Acadian region. This region contains every riding where there are more French speakers compared to English speakers. The remaining ridings, Anglophone, are divided into two 26 seat regions; Fundy and Central. The current prediction is as follows: ...

What a strange week

What a strange week it has been — horrible bus crashes and nine-year olds with Uzis and Russia invading the Ukraine but lying about it while the American media flips out about Obama’s suit colour and England flips out about ISIS — and I flip out because Shaw in Saskatoon doesn’t carry the new TSN channels yet.Maybe its time for September Song. Or maybe someting a little cheerier! ...

Rob Ford can’t run a high school football team, and he most certainly can’t run a city….

This is required reading for Ford Nation or those bizarre people who appear to be still considering voting for the turd in October, according to the turd pollster Forum Research.   ...

Clean Coal Does Not Exist

…or at least is a deceptive term, according to the UK Advertising Standards Authority: The ASA understood that the phrase “clean coal” was the term given to a branch of research and innovation aimed at reducing the environmental impact of using coal, such as filtering out particulates and preventing or neutralising the emission of waste ga...

Interviews galore coming

Hello folks: Sorry for the delay on new blogposts, but I didn’t feel like regurgitating news you can find elsewhere, such as more polls from multiple pollsters showing good Liberal leads, or the fact Conservatives are bemoaning the fact this is the case and still viewing Justin Trudeau as incarnate evil (read the Paul Wells story at Macleans to see what I mean by that comment). I find the downtime between House of Commons sittings to be hard to write stuff. In the meantim...

Rob Ford can’t run a high school football team, and he most certainly can’t run a city….

This is required reading for Ford Nation or those bizarre people who appear to be still considering voting for the turd in October, according to the turd pollster Forum Research.   ...

Twerps On A Plane

Once again a plane intended to ferry party-animal Canadians to a booze soaked week in the tropics, has “had” to turn back to Toronto. No, planes don’t have to go back if there is a drunk on board. They have jail cells wherever the plane may land. Why inconvenience, and possibly terrify the entire plane load of passengers so the airline and military industries can get their jollies sending up fighter planes to “protect” us all from drunk people? ...

The Canadian Environment: Who Can Speak?

News of this paper  arrived on my twitter feed last evening, and one of the author’s was kind enough to email me the entire thing.  It takes a look at the practical effect of the Candian  government’s attempts to narrow who gets to participate in environmental assessments.  The results are profoundly unsurprising: ...

Regina By Bus

I gave a tour of Regina today to a Mexican student studying at the UofR this coming semester. We were fortunate to have a ride from my parents after lunch, then we took the bus from the Cornwall Centre to the Legislature. We did the free tour there, and I saw its library for the first time. ...

"Our Next Progressive Toronto City Councillor": Kate Holloway formally launches bid for city council seat in Ward 20 in Toronto

I’m very happy to be supporting my friend Kate Holloway (pictured) in her bid for a Toronto City Council seat this October.  ...

Having a ball

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Opinion Evidence

R. v. M.C., 2014 ONCA 611: [67]       The law of evidence distinguishes between fact and opinion. The distinction seems more and ultimately one of convenience rather than of objective reality. All sensory data is mediated by our powers of perception, assimilation and expression. But the distinction remains and is expressed in the rule that generally, but not universally, excludes evidence of opinion. [68] &n...

Identification Evidence

R. v. MacDonald, 2014 ONCA 610: [11]       The sole issue at this trial was identification and the only evidence linking the appellant to the alleged offences was that of the witness Reeves. In these circumstances, a careful instruction on identification evidence was required. In my view there were several significant deficiencies in the trial judge’s instruction to the jury on the issue of identification and the cumula...

Got Your Back

THEY ARE INCREASINGLY BECOMING THE FORGOTTEN ONES – soldiers returned from Afghanistan in danger of losing government support for damage, internal and external, resulting from their respective tours of duty. Much as we might not want to think of that conflict, we mustn’t forget those who journeyed there under orders, nor the poor treatment they have […] ...

To Inquire, or Not To Inquire, Don’t Ask The Question

The latest Coyne article seems to be self defeating in its thesis. “It’s not evident what contribution another public inquiry would make,” opines Coyne. For one thing, we could have an inquiry to demonstrate that for Coyne. Or we could for once listen to what First Nations people want out of the Canadian government, rather than what a mainstream newspaper columnist in Toronto wants for First Nations people. The act of the federal government doing what First Na...

Israel & Gaza: Tectonic shift in past 24 hours

Israel’s embattled prime minister ...

Wasteful Destruction in Gaza

The destruction of this apartment tower is ridiculous. How is it in any way acceptable for a state to destroy an obvious civilian complex with weapons of war? We’re supposed to believe that the hundreds of occupants were all enemy combatants, and Israel is safer having made them homeless? ...

On King Horton’s

Dear Mr. Horton, Although I never drink the plonk that mascarades as regular joe at your outlets, and though your specialty donuts are nothing but sub-standard attempts to cash in on whatever aspect of “Canadianness” seems most exploitable at the moment, and though your iced-coffee is a caffeinated abortion,  and though the youth of today refer to your product as “Tim Horkin’s...

43 year old government proposes term limits

A future Jim Prentice caucus? A future Jim Prentice caucus? An Alberta PC leadership race devoid of ideas has its first eye-catching policy. Presumptive front-runner Jim Prentice has pledged limits of ...

A convicted accused cannot sue a former lawyer to show a wrongful conviction

Harris v. Levine, 2014 ONCA 608: [10]       Where there has been a finding of guilt that has been undisturbed on appeal, allegations of ineffective representation generally should be made by way of a direct attack in the context of the criminal proceeding, (Folland v. Reardon (2005) 74 O.R. (3d) 688 (C.A.) at para.100)...