Tag Archives: political aspects

(559) Ontario election: what’s it about?

Toronto war workers' housingWages, housing, jobs and poverty: the stuff of a powerful election platform, right?  Not in Ontario in 2014 apparently.  So, what is this election all about then?

Provincial election campaign ignoring affordable housing crisis. Ontario’s largest non-profit housing advocate is concerned by campaign’s focus on middle-income earners torontoist.com

image: war workers’ housing in Toronto in 1945 from City of Toronto Archives via Wikimedia Commons

(554) Canadian municipalities against poverty

shared prosperityFighting poverty at the municipal level makes sense.  That level of government is the one closest to the most number of people in their daily lives because of the basic services it provides.  Vibrant Communities Canada is an alliance of two dozen municipalities which aims to counter poverty with a strategy called Shared Prosperity.  Read about their efforts to leverage local knowledge here:

Creating shared prosperity: cities that lead, suceed 15-page .pdf file

Vibrant Canada

(466) Mass surveillance: too much room for abuse

eyeCSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents. Electronic snooping was part of a trial run for U.S. NSA and other foreign services

Protesting mass surveillance: Canada called to join The Day We Fight Back
Calgary Herald

Canadian authors concerned about mass surveillance

The Day We Fight Back: calling for an end to mass surveillance
PEN Canada


(461) Challenging Ford & his ilk

Mussolini PosterWith corrupt bullies and idiots like Chris Christie and Rob Ford in high office North Americans better get busy understanding these damaging critters.  As bad as this new generation of neoconservative/neoliberal players are they don’t seem to be much restrained, let alone going away any time soon, thanks to the political resistance of a liberal class or left wing.  No, Chris Christie can be as awful as he wants until he undoes himself.  As he may indeed have by going so far as to physically corral the people he is supposed to serve in order to make a political point; as was the case with the episode of artificial traffic congestion on the bridge to Fort Lee, New Jersey.  Rob Ford, though stripped of many duties, is still at large politically and positioning himself for a long run to the next election quite convinced his supporters will be there for him.  After years of awful behaviour we can only hope that some political force will emerge to sink these men.  Waiting around for them to blow themselves up is not really good enough.

Chris Christie’s New Jersey is everything that’s wrong with America
James Howard Kunstler in Politico Magazine

Editorial: Building the Left to challenge Rob Ford
Canadian Dimension

image: Benito Mussolini via Wikimedia Commons