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

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  • 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.
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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

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • At Anthropology.net, Kambiz Kamrani notes evidence that Australopithecus africanus suffered the same sorts of dental issues as modern humans.
  • Architectuul considers, in the specific context of Portugal, a project by architects seeking to create new vehicles and new designs to enable protest.
  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait looks at HD 34445, a Sun-like star somewhat older than our own that has two gas giants within its circumstellar habitable zone. Could these worlds have moons which could support life?
  • James Bow celebrates Osgoode as Gold, the next installment in the Toronto Comics anthology of local stories.
  • At Crooked Timber, Henry Farrell in the wake of Italian elections revisits the idea of post-democratic politics, of elections which cannot change things.
  • D-Brief notes that monkeys given ayahuasca seem to have been thereby cured of their depression. Are there implications for humans, here?
  • Dangerous Minds notes the facekini, apparently a popular accessory for Chinese beach-goers.
  • Imageo notes the shocking scale of snowpack decline in the western United States, something with long-term consequences for water supplies.
  • JSTOR Daily notes a paper suggesting that the cultivation of coffee does not harm–perhaps more accurately, need not harm–biodiversity.
  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the potential of the United States to start to extricate itself from the ongoing catastrophe in Yemen.
  • The NYR Daily features an interview with photographer Dominique Nabokov about her photos of living rooms.
  • Drew Rowsome writes a mostly-positive review of the new drama Rise, set around a high school performance of Spring Awakening. If only the lead, the drama teacher behind the production, was not straight-washed.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel makes the case that there are only three major types of planets, Terran and Neptunian and Jovian.
  • Towleroad notes the awkward coming out of actor Lee Pace.
  • Worthwhile Canadian Initiative suggests one way to try to limit the proliferation of guns would be to engineer in planned obsolescence, at least ensuring turnover.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell U>notes that one of his suggestions, ensuring that different national governments should have access to independent surveillance satellites allowing them to accurately evaluate situations on the ground, is in fact being taken up.

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: Ruth-Ellen Brosseau, Caroline Mulroney, the right and the NDP

  • This editorial from the Globe and Mail makes the perfectly valid point that once-novice MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau is an excellent MP, the sort Canada needs more of.
  • As leader, Caroline Mulroney would be prepared to change the platform of the Ontario PCs if need be. The Toronto Star reports.
  • It turns out that outgoing Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown’s claim to have boosted paid membership of the party to 200 thousand was off by 70k. The National Post goes into more detail.
  • At the level of the national Conservatives, Stephen Harper’s admission that he knew of the claims of sexual harassment against MP Rick Dykstra could potentially be very damaging for the party. The Toronto Star reports.</liL
  • Is now really the right time, Susan Delacourt wonders at the Toronto Star, for left-wing populists inspired by Bernie Sanders to make a bid for control of the NDP?

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Old City Hall, Dean Lisowick and Sorough Mahmudi, mayor, Quayside

  • Toronto City Council has voted overwhelmingly in favour of making Old City Hall a municipal museum. The Toronto Star reports.
  • CBC shares more memories of victim Dean Lisowick, remembered by all as a sweet guy. There’s less about Soroush Mahmudi.
  • Shree Paradkar, distressingly, is entirely correct about the list of victims revealing whose lives are valued and whose are not, by police and within the gay community. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Is there now, Edward Keenan wonders, room for a mayoral to campaign to the left of John Tory with Doug Ford out of the race for now? He writes at the Toronto Star.
  • Susan Crawford at Wired warns about the risks posed by the Google investment in the Toronto waterfront, about a hollowing out of the idea of a city as a common good.