Dynasty, s3: Canadian Politics 2018

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I don't know how the Ontario Liberals manage to do it but the new labour legislation Bill 148 might actually get me to vote for the fuckers one more time, after I was sure I was done with them by 2010 or so. These are some of the most sweeping protections for temporary and part-time workers I've seen any government implement. The way e.g. Tim Hortons franchises are responding to the minimum wage increases are mostly serving to make them look ridiculous. I'm glad I'm not seeing much serious support for the corporations in this regard.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah, in my circles Tim's and other businesses like Cineplex have been roundly mocked for their responses but uhhh given the nature of those circles I don't know if I can trust that there isn't a significant chunk of the country that doesn't buy the crocodile tears

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

I hate that we have to fight and scrap for even the incredibly modest gains like the ones in Bill 148

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

this is the story of my post post-secondary life

infinity (∞), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 17:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

Moved from the 2017 thread:

What it comes down to, imho, at least these days, is that laïcité is used by some in Quebec as an excuse for all-out xenophobia, while others are aware of its risks yet knowingly cling to it in spite of its bad rep in the anglophone world because they believe that religion represents a dormant threat to modern societies. Quebec's relative outspokenness in the latter department is sometimes an awful thing (re: that superfluous burqa ban), sometimes a great one (I say this as someone who would never consider moving back to my home country, Romania, in no small part due to its increasingly theocratic, i.e. openly homophobic, sexist and racist, ideology).

― pomenitul, Tuesday, December 26, 2017 11:32 AM (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I would agree it is sometimes a great one if the catholic religion was making a big comeback but it isn't. After all, the cross in the national assembly is here to stay. Really the only target is different very small religious minorities.

― Van Horn Street, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:09 PM (fifty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec-opposition-parties-balk-at-marking-mosque-shooting-with-day-of-action/article37538523/?cmpid=rss&click=sf_globefb

But this week, the province's two main opposition parties made it clear that, while they support a commemoration, they believe Islamophobia is a loaded term.
The Parti Quebecois says the term is too controversial, while the Coalition Avenir Quebec deems the word inappropriate because Quebecers "are not Islamophobic."

Ihsaan Gardee, director of the Muslim council, attributed the parties' position to identity politics in an election year in Quebec.

"In our view, when arguing semantics, it draws attention away from the core issues of hate and Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination that are being discussed and how to effectively address them," Gardee said Tuesday.

― Van Horn Street, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:12 PM (forty-eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The whole Netflix thing is so weird. I subscribe to Netflix so I don't really mind it not being taxed but it seems ridiculously unfair that Canadian companies that offer streaming services have to be taxed but any foreign companies offering the same service are not required to be taxed. Just seems like an obvious loophole that should be closed (either by taxing everyone or no one) and I don't even get why anybody is debating this.

― silverfish, Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:23 AM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The alternative would be a special Netflix tax that would go to help funding Canadian cinema and television series. A bunch of european countries went this route, Germany and France notably. As you know I am certain, instead of that tax, Joly basically bargained with Netflix that they invest 500 millions here in Canada. I really do believe that Melanie Joly is making sure the 500 millions investment is managed by Netflix because 1. Telefilm has been absolutely incompetent at building up a lucrative film industry in Canada whereas Netflix has the strong incentive of building a more efficient and larger infrastructure, retaining talent, etc 2. Netflix is already a much better international distributor than anything Can-Con has ever had access to, 3. Ubisoft (a foreign company) and Cirque du Soleil (a Canadian one) have been successful content creating companies that got shit tons of subsidies (much more than Netflix is getting at the moment), 4. there was a danger that that big three telecoms was going to gobble up the entire private film/tv series content creation market, now there is not only one but two different alternative paths.

I am still not under 100% sure this is best idea. But I am certain that doing nothing would have been way worse.

― Van Horn Street, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:23 PM (thirty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

a long time coming

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-united-states-trade-complaint-1.4480738

Canada appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest of the world, since it cited almost 200 examples of alleged U.S. wrongdoing, almost all of them concerning other trading partners, such as China, India, Brazil and the European Union.

The 32-page complaint homed in on technical details of the U.S. trade rulebook, ranging from the U.S. treatment of export controls to the use of retroactive duties and split decisions by the six-member U.S. International Trade Commission.

infinity (∞), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

Wow

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

Btw re

Yeah, in my circles Tim's and other businesses like Cineplex have been roundly mocked for their responses but uhhh given the nature of those circles I don't know if I can trust that there isn't a significant chunk of the country that doesn't buy the crocodile tears

― Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 09:25 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I thought that it was interesting that Michael Coren, who can be very conservative (at least on social issues) came out so strongly against the corporations and in favour of the raise. The CBC business panel I watched the other day was also mostly supportive. Even the Ontario PCs mostly seem to agree with a $15 minimum wage but want to get there a little slower.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

Well, that would be interesting. Wonder what would happen to my job.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

:(

pomenitul, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

sending good vibes yr way sund4r

as long as you don't mind living in canada, it's not so bad once canadians have good work experience stateside and then return home

it would suck having to end your stay prematurely due to this though

i became a us citizen half a year ago but will end up moving back for good probably in a year

infinity (∞), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

Thanks, guys. Tbh, I already consider coming back, for reasons I won't go into fully (but I'm spending a third of the year in Canada as it is; long distance relationships are hard). There's no guarantee I'd be renewed for another year anyway and I could probably come in on another visa if I had to. Still, it definitely raises questions.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 11 January 2018 02:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

Interesting - BC Supreme Court rules that indefinite solitary confinement is unconstitutional: https://bccla.org/2018/01/bc-supreme-court-ends-indefinite-solitary-confinement-federal-prisons-across-canada/

Also, not sure what to make of these exemptions to the new labour legislation that the Ontario legislature passed last week. A little disappointed: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/provinces-new-wage-laws-wont-apply-to-film-and-tv-workers-or-students-18-and-under

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 19 January 2018 03:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

holy moly, patrick brown

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Thursday, 25 January 2018 06:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah just read the details of the allegations, jfc

Simon H., Thursday, 25 January 2018 12:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm re-watching Season 5 of the Wire and last night watched the episode where Carcetti and Norman are watching Rupert Bond's press conference on Clay Davis' indictment. Norman to Carcetti: "You'll need to have a comment. Try not to sound too gleeful about it."

My first thought after hearing it this morning was that this was probably Kathleen Wynne and her chief of staff's first exchange this morning.

Haven't read the details and probably don't want to. Ugh, good riddance.

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

conservatives in this country are really hard to distinguish from maga chuds. twitter comments on any media accounts regarding the brown story are all about feeling sorry for patrick brown and thinking its a conspiracy theory.

khat person (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

Could be nothing. On the other hand...

http://warrenkinsella.com/2018/01/column-metoo-isnt-just-coming-to-political-canada-its-here/

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wow @ the hints in the comments.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

If this turns out to be real that's....going to be one hell of a thing.

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

I know someone who has worked with a prominent provincial politician here in B.C. who sexually harassed her and who was just generally a pig around the office. It would be huge news if it ever gets out.

khat person (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

don't know this guy, but:

Intern scandal brewing in Ottawa as the #metoo movement meets Justin Trudeau. Story soon.

— Andrew Krystal (@AndrewKrystal) January 30, 2018

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

his timeline is a treat. Gregg Zaun and Christie Blatchford retweets.

khat person (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

if it is him, this would be awfully brazen: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-careful-metoo-1.4511093

rob, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

i kinda doubt it's him, just bcz of the wording of the kinsella piece. but if it is, that would be pretty insane.

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

to my scandal-loving disappointment, Kinsella intimated that Trudeau was not the figure he was writing about:

The Internet is a vanity press for the deranged https://t.co/00iFn6Jy0n

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 30, 2018

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

maybe it's his dude gerald butts?

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

my scandal-loving disappointment

I've never voted for the Liberals federally but this is still relieving to me.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

Nova Scotia mayor comes out

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Glad now it's 'in all of us command' instead of 'in all our sons command'.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 February 2018 05:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

i've been parsing that line wrong all along. i always thought the patriot love was in "thy sons' command". possessive sons', command as a noun.

adam the (abanana), Saturday, 3 February 2018 06:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wait, I've read it that way my whole life. It only just occurred to me that it makes more sense if "command" is a verb and "sons" is plural. Speaking to Canada in the imperative still seems odd, though.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 3 February 2018 12:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yep, me too.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 3 February 2018 12:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think I probably did think about it once or twice and then forgot. If the original line was "thou dost in us command" as per [Removed Illegal Link], that is a much better line than either the one we grew up with or this new one. Are we also going to take the cross out of the French lyrics? Lol j/k.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 3 February 2018 12:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

I keep trying to imagine this happening to the White House and failing: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/24-sussex-drive-trudeau-not-living-1.4511732

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 3 February 2018 12:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

This seems like a good history of the anthem: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/o-canada/

In The Common School Book of Vocal Music, published by the Educational Book Company of Toronto in 1913, the original line "True patriot love thou dost in us command" was changed to "True patriot love in all thy sons command." This particular change was also included in a version published by Delmar in 1914, and in all versions printed thereafter. There is no evidence as to why the change to “sons” was made, although it is worth noting that the women’s suffrage movement was at its most militant and controversial around 1913, and by 1914 and 1916 there was an enormous surge of patriotism during the First World War, at a time when only men could serve in the armed forces.

I figured the 'thy sons' version probably took off because of the war, but didn't connect it to the suffragettes.

Up to the middle of the 20th century, public discussion relating to the anthem, evidenced by letters to the editor in the country’s major newspapers, tended to revolve around the appropriateness of the phrase “stand on guard for thee” and the controversy associated with the tune’s perceived similarity to Mozart’s “March of the Priests.”

My view, having had to listen to the damn song every morning for years, is that we ban it forever and enjoy some peace and quiet.

jmm, Saturday, 3 February 2018 16:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

(also, "peoplekind" is hilariously clunky. why not "humankind"?)

Simon H., Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

he is such a high school teacher

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

Me cause human contains the word “man.” Sexist.

Srsly, though, what a peoplegling of the language.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

Stupid phone. *because

“Me cause earthquake! Cave dilettante strong!”

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm gonna start using hupeoplekind

silverfish, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

so inclusive

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

i kinda think trudeau was kidding actually

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think he meant it as a bit of light ribbing. He wasn't mansplaining. The full question is at 1:06:38 here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3988&v=JDAYH0GSDWs

jmm, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 18:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

(also, "peoplekind" is hilariously clunky. why not "humankind"?)

"Humanity" is a perfectly good actual English word but it does seem like ribbing (someone who was asking a very long and convoluted question) in context.

I'm not a biologist but I'm p sure "maternal love" is not the actual definition of "mitochondria" btw.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 18:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

good old "people" is fine

though high school teacher will knock off points for being ambiguous by using the word "people" (in chicken scratch along the margin: who? what people? be specific. -5)

infinity (∞), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah, my Apple Oxford dictionary defines "mankind", "humanity", and "people" almost exactly the same way: "human beings considered collectively".

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

a very little price to pay when all things are considered

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:19 (one month ago) Permalink

mediocre weed with names like Indicapocalypse or bizarre hybrids you don't even want to smell let alone smoke

Um, this is the status quo right now. Also status quo is that buds sidelined in favour of edibles, vapes and other products. I work with dozens of seniors and people with illnesses etc who would never buy buds, grind them up, roll them and smoke them - they just eat a gummy bear or smear a bit of hash butter on a cracker. I was also at a party recently where they passed round a plate of gummies instead of a fat joint because people can't smoke in their apartments so much these days.

everything, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:20 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah ^

problem with edibles too is they are not always properly assigned the actual mg count, so for first time users they could get really fucked up. i have a high metabolism and edibles basically make me enter green hell

Ross, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Well one good thing is that now the exact composition of any product will be known to the buyers - like you see in Washington State.

everything, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:25 (one month ago) Permalink

well to all my fellow smokers i'll fire one up 4 ya today

Ross, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:26 (one month ago) Permalink

In addition to $100 ounces they were selling six pre-rolled joints for tenner. Can't beat those prices.

everything, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah but us 'normies' now have a dude at a store telling us the best way to make proper edibles.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

xp

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Amazing

so is this a celebratory move or just a move to counter the uncertainty some stores are probably feeling. Lotus for example hasn't really given a clear answer to whether they think they'll be kaput soon

no shade on normies van, just i find the anti-smoking aspect of smoking pot to be a little whack

Ross, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:30 (one month ago) Permalink

iirc, QC won't sell edibles, so I imagine Canada Post might be busy soon

rob, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Normie here. I've smoked maybe five times and never learned how to roll a joint. I'll probably give it a try soon but expect to feel very foolish as I figure this out.

jmm, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Is there an ilxor who wasn't a smoker who going to try now that's it is legal?

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:39 (one month ago) Permalink

jmm - get the roller device for like 5 bucks, makes rolling a lot easier

Ross, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:40 (one month ago) Permalink

@Van Horn Street

definitely way more tempted now - the idea that if i wanted to i could just walk into a store. i was never going to buy drugs from a dealer

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Same with me. I doubt that I'll be doing it very often, but I at least know how to buy it now.

jmm, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:59 (one month ago) Permalink

so is this a celebratory move or just a move to counter the uncertainty some stores are probably feeling.

Here in Vancouver we had roughly 80 stores already. Competition had already reduced prices to $5/gram. A lot of them closed yesterday and were selling everything cheap as can be and throwing in shop fittings with purchases. It's "Everything Must Go" time. Previously it was a city bylaw infraction which the city were not too keen to actively enforce. Now it's a federal crime with presumably more severe penalties.

everything, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:05 (one month ago) Permalink

edibles aren't actually legislated for currently iirc. are there any dispensaries in Vancouver that sell them? none of the ones i know do.

also yeah, such a weird thing that legalization is actually making the situation for buying and smoking cannabis worse in vancouver - and no doubt elsewhere, since laws differ between provinces

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:10 (one month ago) Permalink

The ones I use sell tons of edibles. West End Medicinals on Bute St, KushKlub on Commercial the Dispensary on Thurlow Street.

everything, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:12 (one month ago) Permalink

also yeah, such a weird thing that legalization is actually making the situation for buying and smoking cannabis worse in vancouver

― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:10 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is exactly it

two people in my family are in the cannabis business, both live in los angeles and i think things are slightly better down there

i'll give bc/canada the benefit of the doubt for now because legalization has just happened, but so far, it's off to a very rough start

i hope they get their act together

one thing i'm disappointed in is that strains that are currently available, good/recognizable ones, will be harder to come by now that it is legal

i'm assuming that strains will now be subject to regulation and gov't approval before allowing them to be sold here (vancouver/bc), which puts a huge barrier on a lot of US growers or even smaller good ones

this would follow if the craft beer analogy is considered accurate, since good craft beer is so hard to come by here

granted it is all subjective, but still, very underwhelmed

F# A# (∞), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:30 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah fa otm

Ross, Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I like Bernie a tonne but I hope Doucet can actually, you know, win: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-votes-in-profile-clive-doucet-has-his-bernie-sanders-moment . (I don't even think he's wrong about the tornado tbh.) He'll probably need a small miracle but maybe enough of a showing could push Watson a bit to the left on housing and the environment. Are you in Capital ward, jmm?

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Saturday, 20 October 2018 16:05 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yep, Capital ward. You too? Honestly, I've paid so little attention to the councillor race it's shameful. I'm going to skim through this thing tonight and make a call: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/capital-ward-ottawa-municipal-election-2018-1.4792213

jmm, Sunday, 21 October 2018 18:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm in Somerset. I thought I remembered you saying you were in the Glebe/Old Ottawa S area. I like my incumbent councillor Catherine McKenney a fair bit. She wrote this: https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/mckenney-how-we-can-bring-more-affordable-housing-to-our-city

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Sunday, 21 October 2018 19:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

how we feeling, ontario?

shwarmaduke (symsymsym), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 04:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

well, at least I never have to hear about the fucking 6ix dad ever again

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 04:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"super-popular"? He lost!

everything, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Mixed signals on Toronto's Trump Index: Mammoliti lost, Goldy drew 25,000+ votes and finished third.

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Watson beat Doucet 71%-22%, with 10 candidates splitting the remaining 7%. This is... OK, I guess, but I think I'm actually a little angry and disappointed that Doucet didn't start campaigning earlier and harder. Apparently, he didn't even take his campaign that seriously until he noticed that young people were signing up to get involved. I guess we'll probably have another four years of pandering to condo developers combined with some real support for art and culture and parks and cyclists. Hopefully the new council can push for some action on housing. We had no real Trump/Ford hard right/populist option, which I should be thankful for. My councillor was re-elected with about 75% of the vote. Guy I went to high school with was elected in Stittsville, which is maybe the most notable surprise.

I haven't seen school board results yet. These actually seem p important these days.

I don't know anything about this 6ix Dad business.

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 14:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

OK, both Erica Braunovan and Lyra Evans were elected to the school board; they should fight against the Ford govt's agenda as well as anyone will.

I gather that Vancouver elected a former NDP MP as mayor. Vancouver municipal politics seem confusing to me: aiui, you don't have wards and do have political parties?

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 14:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Goldy drew 25,000+ votes and finished third.

People are justifiably worried about this, but to be honest, it was a *really* distant third (3.4%, I think?), and given that her actual politics aren't a million years removed from Rob Ford's (just replace the populist dogwhistles with uncloaked xenophobia), I was expecting her to do better than this. Seeing Rich@rd $pencer get teary about it on Twitter was pretty sweet.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 14:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Is there any word on overall turnout yet? I imagine it has to be low, everyone I spoke with was demoralized throughout the entire campaign.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lowest since 2006 in Toronto.

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

vancouver has an at-large system, so no wards, and municipal parties and slates. there were lots of independents and new parties running after the collapse of Gregor's Vision Vancouver party, so in our ballot we had to choose 27 names (for council, mayor, parks, and school board) out of a list of 158 names. Kennedy Stewart was a nominal independent, but obviously actually NDP, and he affiliated himself with a new local party called OneCity.

shwarmaduke (symsymsym), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the at-large system is truly terrible. if every voter voted "rationally" for only one party and every party ran a full slate, there would only be one party on city council every time. There has also been research about how candidates with south asian names consistently underperform the rest of their party slates, and this election east asian candidates underperformed their parties, and none were elected to city council.

shwarmaduke (symsymsym), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That's definitely different, yeah.

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

good/dispiritng overview of the TO results https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-meet-the-new-toronto-council-same-as-the-old-toronto-council/

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Today in Conservative humour

(make sure you watch the video)

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have a new job where I work with mostly well-off suburbanites in their mid-30s to early 40s and it's been a crash course in depressing reactionary trash :/

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow @ that video.

Btw, it was hard to focus on Canadian politics last week with all the madness going on worldwide but ugh @ CAQ: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-chador-religious-symbols-1.4876212
and no surprise here but the repeal of Bill 148 in ON is still a disappointment: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-open-for-business-bill-148-repeal-1.4874351

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 November 2018 03:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/clement-scheer-explicit-photos-1.4895295

this is the funniest story in canadian politics this year

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:55 (one week ago) Permalink

lots of fist-hand testimony on twitter about how he's a serial instragram creeper of young women

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

that is a perfect typo

Freda VanFleet (symsymsym), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

lol

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:10 (one week ago) Permalink

He's out of the Conservative caucus now. Is this the Instagram stuff?

Scheer said Wednesday new evidence has come to light to suggest this incident was not isolated — and that Clement is alleged to have engaged in similar behaviour in the past.

jmm, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 20:16 (one week ago) Permalink

My DMs today (and late into last night) involve a significant number of women who have confided experiences with Tony Clement that range from similar to mine, to much, much worse. These are real women and I believe them. If you need to talk as well, feel free to reach out.

— Claire McWatt 🇬🇾 (@ClaireMcWatt) November 7, 2018

Young women VICE spoke to said Tony Clement often went on deep-timeline liking sprees after midnight. https://t.co/zV8F5oVDdk

— VICE Canada (@vicecanada) November 7, 2018

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 20:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Just gonna leave this here

#pr4bc #prdebate #yepprorep pic.twitter.com/vimMefto0a

— BC NDP (@bcndp) November 9, 2018

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 9 November 2018 21:30 (one week ago) Permalink

so painful from Horgan

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 9 November 2018 21:34 (one week ago) Permalink

obv vote for PR tho please BC.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 9 November 2018 21:34 (one week ago) Permalink

i might be a citizen in time for the next provincial election and it would be nice to be able to vote for a loony-left, non-NDP party under a PR system

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 9 November 2018 21:35 (one week ago) Permalink


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