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[ISL] “P.E.I. Progressive Conservatives will choose new leader in fall 2017”

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In The Guardian, Teresa Wright describes how the perennially divided Progressive Conservatives on the Island are preparing to choose a new leader in a year’s time. I have to say, their record over the past decade–at least!–has not been impressive.

The Progressive Conservative party will hold its leadership convention in the fall of 2017.

Party president Pat Banks made this announcement at the party’s annual general meeting Saturday afternoon in Charlottetown.

Banks said this time frame was chosen because it gives the party a full year to identify candidates and organize a leadership convention while also allowing the next leader plenty of time to build support ahead of the 2019 election.

“We also looked at the roadmap plan that the party has developed so that we do have a foundation for the base of the party before we go out for a leadership convention,” Banks said.

This roadmap was presented to the 80 members present at the AGM Saturday. It is a comprehensive plan with specific goals and benchmarks the party aims to achieve on the way to a leadership convention and, after that, to the next election.

One of those goals – to release the party’s election platform “well ahead” of the next election so the public knows what the party stands for, Banks said.

“We simply cannot continue to do business the way we have in the past,” he said.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On the naming of a Toronto park after black city councillor William Peyton Hubbard

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The Globe and Mail‘s Jeff Gray reports on how Toronto’s first black city councilor is finally going to be honoured with a park.

Between 1893 and 1913, Mr. Hubbard – a child of freed slaves who fled Virginia to farm in Upper Canada in 1837 – would serve the city as an alderman (what we now call city councillors), and also vice-chairman of a powerful cabinet-like body called the board of control, a position second only to the mayor. He also served as acting mayor.

Revered as council’s “Cicero” for his speeches, he became a leading civic figure, representing a white, wealthy ward. He was also a successful businessman in the city, at a time when black people were banned from many restaurants. But his skin colour was barely given a mention in The Globe’s accounts of the time.

This weekend, politicians, community groups and Hubbard descendants from across Canada and the United States will christen Hubbard Park, a green space in front of the old Don Jail that is now part of Bridgepoint hospital, at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East. The park’s name was voted on by local residents, and it is not far from where Mr. Hubbard lived in a grand home on Broadview Avenue.

His memory was neglected for years. When the city government abandoned Old City Hall for New City Hall in 1965, a grand portrait of Mr. Hubbard that had graced the walls of the old building for years was left in a storage room until 1976, when a new interest in black history was emerging. (Since the late 1980s, the city has also issued an award for activists in his name.)

That portrait hangs in the office of Toronto’s only sitting black councillor, Scarborough’s Michael Thompson, but even he had never heard of Mr. Hubbard until he began researching his story while working as a political aide at city hall in the late 1990s.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond quotes a Vladimir Putin statement on geopolitics.
  • blogTO shares photos from Yorkdale’s expansion.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at more evidence for Planet Nine.
  • Dead Things notes evidence that right-handedness has been predominant among hominins for some time.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the discovery of three hot Jupiters.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at the Philippines’ shift towards China.
  • The Planetary Society Weblog looks at ExoMars’ mission and the failure of the Schiaparelli lander.
  • Torontoist notes that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has bought Constellation Wineries, making some Canadian wineries Canadian-owned again.
  • Towleroad reports on a Europe-wide census of LGBT identities.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi notes that Hillary Clinton is winning because she puts work into it.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Putin’s changing style of governance.

[MUSIC] Janet Jackson, “Nasty”

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Janet Jackson’s 1986 song “Nasty”, saw, according to Engadget, its plays on Spotify surge substantially as a result of Donald Trump’s misogynistic comment last night that Hillary Clinton was a “nasty woman”.

This song’s surge in recognition in the past day is kind of amazing. That this is a good song, and a meaningful song on its own terms and in the context of the week’s events, makes it all the better. I own quite a few of Janet Jackson’s albums, starting chronologically with the album Control that this song comes from, an album that marks the beginning of her modern artistic and commercial prime and has quite a few songs that, like “Nasty”, combine musical verve with a thoughtful mind.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond notes that electronic newspapers just don’t work.
  • blogTO notes that the Eaton Centre’s HMV is closing.
  • Crooked Timber notes that it will be shifting to moderated commenting.
  • D-Brief notes a new sharp image of Eta Carinae.
  • Dead Things notes that some monkeys are apparently making stone tools.
  • Joe. My. God. shares Le Tigre’s new pro-Clinton song, “I’m With Her”.
  • The LRB Blog is critical of Britain’s hostility towards refugee children.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a new historical atlas of Tibet.
  • The NYRB Daily examines Assange’s reasons for using Wikileaks to help Trump.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that New Horizons target 2007 OR10 has a moon.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the reasons for Ecuador’s clamping down on Assange.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO reports that Honest Ed’s will have its final sign sale this weekend.
  • D-Brief looks at the New Horizons probe’s next target after Pluto, and reports that Venus is tectonically active.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the mechanics of the antimatter sail.
  • Dangerous Minds features a video of France Gall singing about computer dating in 1968.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers biological fluorescence as a marker for life on red dwarf exoplanets.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on a wall of taco trucks set to face Donald Trump in Las Vegas.
  • The LRB Blog notes the flailings of the Nigerian president.
  • The NYRB Blog reports on how Brexit will wreck a British economy dependent on single market access.
  • Transit Toronto notes that preliminary work has begun on the Scarborough subway.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Orin Kerr links to an editorial of his arguing that it should be made easier for Americans to migrate.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia is losing a third world war over brainpower and looks at the problems of sleeping districts in Moscow, a legacy of Soviet misplanning.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO notes a photo series celebrating the corner stores of Toronto and reports on massive condo towers planned for Yonge and College.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the antimatter sail as a potential future propulsion technology.
  • D-Brief notes the beginning of a search for an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that it is Ecuador that disrupted Assange’s Internet connection.
  • Language Hat looks at distinctions between fiction and non-fiction in different literatures.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Republicans are concerned for the future of the US Supreme Court and links to Matt Taibbi’s article suggesting that Trump might reinforce the existing American system.
  • Maximos62 links to his new audiobook of tales from Asia and the Pacific.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the relationship between rapidly rotating regular satellite and their tides.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that language shift among the Kalmyks to Russia has not weakened their ethnic identity, and shares arguments that Tatarstan and Bashkortostan must be brought back into line in with Russia’s national government.