Smart Picks 17 September 2014

The spillover of too much for too few.  Real Clear Markets — The Scary Impl...

Cities: Democracy’s Shadow Side

ONLY THREE MONTHS AGO, MOST OF US WERE TAKEN UP with the plight of over 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. The number of celebrities, politicians, and average citizens who used the hashtag #Bringbackourgirls numbered in the hundreds of thousands – the majority of whom lived in cities around the world. Today […] ...

Stephen Harper and Adrian Peterson on Spanking — with "spanking sticks" and "switchs"

Stephen Harper “Yet the most recent Liberal Throne Speech, as part of its “children’s agenda,” hinted at more government interference in the family. We saw the capacity for this abuse of power in the events that took place in Aylmer, Ont. Children there were seized for no reason other than the state disagreed with the religious views of their parents. No conservative can support this kind of intrusion, and conservatives ...

Implied terms of contract

Rankin Construction Inc. v. Ontario, 2014 ONCA 636: [29]       Terms may be implied in a contract based on: (1) custom or usage; (2) legal incidents of a class or type of contract; or (3) the presumed intention of the parties, where the term is necessary “to give business efficacy to a contract or as otherwise meeting th...

Smart Picks 16 September 2014

Coming home.  New York Times &nda...

More on Toronto

I created a Toronto “Electomatic” – though warning, it’s of limited use since the mayor’s race is a city-wide winner-take-all and the individual ward results do not matter. What is interesting is the map it produces: ...

John Tory’s Statement Withdrawing From Upcoming Debates

“With Doug Ford entering the race and less than six weeks to go until election day, we have entered a new phase of the campaign. John has extraordinary demands on his time and, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate every event and request.”  Team Tory elaborates further at the other end of  the link.  Short version: the man’s running out of time. ...

And we’re off…

We’ll be gone on vacation for a couple of weeks — now that we have retired, its the first time in 25 years that we have been able to travel in September! ...

RCMP Warning Of Oil and Gas Attacks

.@DavidMcLA @mikedesouza Remember, the RCMP are experts at critical energy infrastructure terrorism. http://t.co/6MhPHIS97R #Oil — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 15, 2014 The ...

Smart Picks 15 September 2014

North American Neverland.  New York Times – The Death of Adulthood in American Culture ...

LPCO / OWLC Stuff

So the LPCO had their AGM over the weekend, and I just wanted to say a couple of things about it briefly. Unfortunately, my friend and fellow blogger Jeff Jedras didn’t quite make it in his bid to be the VP Comms for LPCO – Christine Michaud won that position, and congrats to her – but I wanted to congratulate Jeff on his campaign; it takes a lot of courage to put your name out there and then be scrutinized by a lot of people. I hope that his general message he delivered to ...

Citizens: The Arsenal of Politics

THINK ABOUT IT: WOULD THE ARAB SPRING HAVE OCCURRED in the countryside, or the Occupy movement, for that matter? There was a reason Chairman Mao banished millions to the countryside in 1949 during the Cultural Revolution, or why Chairman Stalin forcibly removed most of the political activists to Siberian isolation. There is a pattern to this, […] ...

From The Farmers Forum Survey: Wind Farms On Wolfe Island

I don’t think the survey is on-line yet–at least I couldn’t find it here–but WCO hasposted some of the highlights: Farmers Forum surveyed a big chunk of Wolfe Island residents and found that 75 per cent approve of or are indifferent toward the 86 wind turbines they’ve been living with for five years. T...

Toronto Graphics

I decided to up my game and present far better graphics on the Toronto election. That sad doughnut will never be seen again. This is a poll average combining my earlier “poll average” with the two most recent polls. I added in the past ‘average’ in to stabilize it a bit, even though said average already contains these two polls. This graphic uses the (un)official campaign colours. ...

Rule against perpetuities

The rule against perpetuities says:  Any valid interest must vest not later than twenty-one years after the death of some life in being at the creation of the interest.  For the purposes of the rule, a life is “in being” at conception.  Recognizing a life “in being” ...

Rule in Hodge’s Case

The Rule in Hodge’s Case (1838), 168 E.R. 1135 is generally taken to say: “In a case made up entirely of circumstantial evidence, before the accused could be found guilty, the jury must be satisfied, not only that those circumstances were consistent with his having committed the act, but they must also be satisfied that the facts were such as to be inconsistent with any other rational conclusion, than that the pr...

TIFF ’14: Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘The Imitation Game’ wins People’s Choice Award

Due to vacations and work, I took it easy on TIFF this year, seeing only four movies. But I’m happy to say that one of those four films was ...

Smart Picks 14 September 2014

When I was quoted in Barron’s in early 2000 as saying that my job as a Chief Economist was to be ‘100% memorable and 51% right’ my employer at the time was, shall we say, really cross. ...

LPoC on Abortion Rights: Thumbs Up Or Down?

I dunno.  But at least I can see the reasoning behind this one (whereas the sense of holding open nominations continues to elude me.  Because nobody cares about process issues and the only news stories it will generate is when a nomination goes to heck).  Anyway, the reasoning is that the LPoC thinks there are votes for the taking in the NPD pond, a...

Sun Sued Again!

Here is the grovelling apology: “A column published in The Sun on November 14, 2012, and an interview that same day on Sun News expressed opinions of Tarek Fatah about a demonstration by the two of you during the November 11, 2012 Remembrance Day Service at Old City Hall, Toronto....

Omnibus Minipost

TorontoA second poll from a small firm has come out and pegged Doug Ford at 16%. I decided to do some poll averaging, including the two polls, the last Rob Ford poll with the 80% modifier I noted earlier, the previous Doug Ford poll from months ago, and lastly, my own personal “gut” poll. The result is as follows: 42.8% – John Tory25.6% – Olivia Chow25.4% – Doug Ford ...

Smart Picks 13 September 2014

Emma’s new turn.  Guardian — Emma Thompson: ‘It’s a different patch of life, your 50s’ ...

We seem to be very near the bleak choice between War and Shame. My feel­ing is that we shall choose Shame, and then have War thrown in a lit­tle later on even more adverse terms than at present.

Winston Churchill ...

New Brunswick Liberal Association

The New Brunswick Liberal Association is a part of the Liberal Party of Canada, however, the two do not share membership lists. Why? Well at one time, the NB Liberals claimed 450,000 members. Again, no extra 0′s in there. They did give me the disclai...

Accused not to be disbelieved merely because they want to be acquitted

R v DeJeage: 2014 NUCJ 21 (i). The Defendant's motivation to lie [434] In arriving at a decision on the credibility and reliability of the evidence of the Defendant, the Crown urges the Court to take into consideration the Defendant's motivation to lie. The Crown argues that the Defendant will be inclined to hide from the truth in order to escape the personal consequences that would flow from a conviction and or sentencing. [435] This same argument might be mad...

Quick update on Doug and Rob Ford and Toronto

Very short update about where the polls might go. First, I want to get this out of the way; John Tory is for all intents and purposes, the big L Liberal candidate for Mayor. Brad Duguid, a Liberal MPP, has endorsed him. In addition, as said earlier, most Liberals I know within the city are backing John Tory. I will thus continue to treat him as such. Doug Ford meanwhile was a prospective PC Candidate, and Olivia Chow is a card-carrying New Democrat. While elections in Toronto are non-p...

Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick

Here is a fun fact that most people don’t know, but I do (because I asked). The NB PC Party used to claim 300,000 members. No, I didn’t add an extra 0 in there. 300,000 people, a little under half the population of New Brunswick, were considered ...

Borg at #UofR on Privacy

MP for north shore Montreal, Charmaine Borg, made a presentation at the UofR this morning. Great discussion on privacy at the @UofRegina for more information on privacy visit http://t.co/rocBN6vHSn #NDP — Charmaine Borg (@mpcharmaineborg) September ...

Rob and Doug Ford pull a switcheroo in Toronto’s mayor race, giving Doug Ford a $1.3 million advantage….

Big news today in Toronto with Rob Ford dropping out of the mayor’s race due to health issues.  Now his brother Doug Ford is stepping in to run for Toronto mayor in Rob’s place, because the family con...

Rob and Doug Ford pull a switcharoo in Toronto’s mayor race, giving Doug Ford a $1.3 million advantage….

Big news today in Toronto with Rob Ford dropping out of the mayor’s race due to health issues.  Now his brother Doug Ford is stepping in to run for Toronto mayor in Rob’s place, because the family con...