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[NEWS] Twelve 2018 Ontario general election links (#onpoli, #elxn2018)

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  • John Lorinc at Spacing takes a look at Ontario’s “crazy-ass” election and warns about what a Ford government might do, based on Toronto precedents.
  • blogTO reports on a house on Dupont at Franklin, in the Junction Triangle, that has a fantastic political lawn sign display.
  • “General Zod for Ontario Premier”, indeed. The National Post reports on some imaginative signage.
  • Mitch Potter reports from Egansville, a small town in the Ottawa Valley in eastern Ontario, to look at some of the causes of Ford’s strength there.
  • Peter Biesterfeld at NOW Toronto reports on the fear of many that Doug Ford could be an even worse version of Mike Harris.
  • Robyn Urback suggests that, had the Liberals under Wynne tried to position themselves as thoroughly centrist, they might have had a chance. CBC has it.
  • Rob Salerno wonders at Daily Xtra if the unpopularity of Kathleen Wynne, a politician whose policies are popular and being substantially copied by rivals, has anything to do with homophobia.
  • Will Kathleen Wynne be able to keep her riding of Don Valley North? The jury is still out there. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The riding of Guelph may well be where the Green Party of Ontario will elect its first MPP. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Meagan Campbell takes a look at Andrea Horvath, and her journey from working-class Hamilton to NDP leadership and perhaps beyond, over at MacLean’s.
  • Tim Harper takes a look, two decades later, at the controversial NDP government of Bob Rae. Does it still cast as much of a shadow over Ontario? The Toronto Star has it.
  • Steve Munro takes a look at the idea of uploading the Toronto subway system to Metrolinx, and at the many ways this Doug Ford proposal would make things terribly complicated.
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[PHOTO] An election triptych, from Davenport ON (#onpoli, #elxn2018)

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I’ve just cast my vote in this year’s Ontario general election. I literally went a half-black down the street in my west-end riding of Davenport to cast my vote for the NDP’s Marit Stiles, largely in the hope that I might bolster the NDP’s ranks enough to prevent the nightmare of a Conservative majority government under Doug Ford.

The choice in Davenport, seen on my way to vote #toronto #dovercourtvillage #bartlettavenue #davenport #onpoli #elxn2018 #ndp #maritstiles #liberal #cristinamartins

Vote/Votez ici #toronto #dovercourtvillage #bartlettavenue #davenport #onpoli #elxn2018 #dovercourtpublicschool

... and, out #toronto #dovercourtvillage #bartlettavenue #davenport #onpoli #elxn2018 #dovercourtpublicschool

I hope it will be enough.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm

[NEWS] Five links on populism: Doug Ford and Ontario, Randy Hillier, California, Italy

  • Sabrina Nanji takes a look at the reasons why the populism of Doug Ford is doing so well this year, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Andrew MacDougall at MacLean’s argues that, to win, Doug Ford needs to find some sort of change that he can champion.
  • Edward Keenan takes a look at the (I would say) nearly ridiculous amount of rural populism Conservative MPP Randy Hillier crams into a single tweet, here at the Toronto Star.
  • John Cassidy at The New Yorker points to the many ways that California, despite Donald Trump, is pointing away from his brand of populism.
  • If, as Foreign Policy suggests, the fragmented and mercurial and populist political scene of Italy is something that will be followed by Europe if not the wider West, we will have problems.

[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Doug Ford, Ford vs Wynne, Ontario and Québec, John Tory, NDP

  • Will portraying Doug Ford as a bully actually be a viable strategy for his opponents?
  • Paul Wells takes a look at the contrasting policies of Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford, each with their own set of promises, over at MacLean’s.
  • The contrast between Ontario and Québec, as their incumbent Liberal governments approach election time and their fiscal records are coming into question, is illuminating. CBC contrasts and compares.
  • I agree entirely with the idea that Mayor John Tory has to prepare Toronto for the worst coming from Queen’s Park. The Toronto Star made the case.
  • The argument of Nora Loreto that the NDP has lost the plot and, in Ontario at least, are not ready for government, makes me a NDP voter sad.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 3, 2018 at 7:45 pm

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: expat voting, Doug Ford, Québec and Ontario, populism, austerity

  • CBC makes a case for expat voting for Canadian citizens living abroad.
  • Trish Audette-Longo at National Observer notes the refusal of Doug Ford to explain his claim that Ontario is giving California $C 469 million under cap and trade.
  • Jim Stanford argues at The Globe and Mail that Doug Ford’s budget proposals would lead to an economy-crippling austerity.
  • Kelly McParland thinks that, although Québec has much healthier public finances than Ontario, in both provinces the governing Liberals are set for a defeat.
  • Martin Regg Cohn, writing at the Toronto Star, thinks this election could turn into a contest between the populism of Doug Ford and the progressivism of the Liberals and NDP, and that things aren’t looking good for the latter.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 20, 2018 at 7:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares some stunning photos of the polar regions of Jupiter, from Juno.
  • Centauri Dreams notes speculation on how antimatter could be harnessed for space propulsion.
  • D-Brief notes how nanotechnological design is used to create tools capable of extracting water from the air above the Atacama.
  • Russell Darnley notes the continuing peat fires in Sumatra’s Riau Province.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence of an ancient cultural diffusion, from Copper Age Iberia, apparently not accompanied by gene flows.
  • Mark Graham links to a paper he co-authored looking at the viability of online work as an option, or not, in the Global South.
  • Hornet Stories notes an upcoming documentary about Harlem fashion figure Dapper Dan.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the surprising controversy around the practice of keeping crickets as pets, for entertainments including music and bloodsports.
  • Language Log looks at the extent to which Xi Jinping actually has been identified as a Tibetan bodhisattva.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the extent to which Mexican society has also experienced negative effects from NAFTA, in ways perhaps not unfamiliar to Americans.
  • Lingua Franca considers the usage of the term “blockbuster”.
  • Neuroskeptic notes a new paper suggesting there is no neurogenesis in adult humans.
  • The NYR Daily features an eyewitness description of a botched execution in Alabama. This one does indeed seem to be particularly barbaric.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the rise of dictatorship worldwide.
  • Roads and Kingdoms <U?considers the simple joys of chilaquiles sandwiches in Guadalajara.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes the vast bumber of starless planets, rogue planets, out there in the universe.
  • Worthwhile Canadian Initiative notes the fact, and the political import of the fact, that public-sector wages in Ontario are higher than private-sector ones.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the continuing decline of the Russian village, not helped by recent changes in policy under Putin.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes the difference, in business, between pre- and post-funding investments.

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: Ontario, Canada, Doug Ford, Alberta

  • Despite being relatively unpopular himself, the Ontario PCs under Doug Ford could conceivably form a majority government. Global News reports.
  • Could Doug Ford become a populist hero for Canadians within and without Ontario? One wonders. MacLean’s considers.
  • Chris Selley notes that taking on Doug Ford represents a big risk for the Ontario PCs, over at the National Post.
  • Doug Ford as premier of Ontario, Chantal Hébert notes at the Toronto Star, would destabilize politics Canada-wide.
  • The NDP government of Rachel Notley is running increasingly long odds of being re-elected, it seems. MacLean’s reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 14, 2018 at 9:15 pm