… this time around.
I was, however, very tempted to run down to City Hall around noon to register as a school Board Trustee candidate in my zone; where there was no one contesting the lone candidate who filed his papers. But whammo! someone named Talis-Ilmars Brauns has filed and will provide some opposition to Mr. Ellis. Great to see!
Even though I am not running, I will live vicariously through and help out:
- Jean Cloutier: who will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for about 4 years… top shelf fellow! Hard-working. And he knows our community inside and out.
- Riley Brockington: who is a colleague and a former OCDSB Trustee who gave me lots of advice and motivation in 2010. He will serve well in River Ward.
- Martin Canning: former Environmental Advisory Committee Chair. He is running a very enviro and community-focussed campaign in Somerset. He has a great team and he’s also a top shelf guy.
Plus, I wish my brother, Jim Marshall, all the best in his quest for a seat at the Council table in my old home town of Parry Sound. My bro is a man who exemplifies integrity and hard work. The folks in P Dot will be well-served. (4)
trashee @ September 12, 2014
… and an empty shelf in the pantry where “ethics” used to be…
Wandering around the Interweb, I found this cutting piece that brilliantly sums up the CPC modus operandi as follows:
The Harper Government is a public relations oriented government. The machine seems to operate in the following manner; get the youngsters in the party to operate unethically, send their manufactured news tips to a media organization filled to the brim with ideological allies, then raise money from your base while pretending you had nothing to do with how the information was unearthed. The strategy would be brilliant if it was not so painfully and obviously orchestrated.
This is the culture of the Harper Government, a government on the verge of expiry, following in the footsteps of past government who drowned in their own sense of entitlement. What Trevor Stack and Alexandra Constandinidis may not realize is they are not helping their party long term. We still do not know if they acted independently or through the encouragement of the powerful ministers and MPs they work for directly, but in either case one thing remains clear: ethics in the Harper Government is in short order, and while these examples are undertaken by the kiddies in short pants working for what used to be public servants, the real first domino of dirty politics has long been the influence coming directly from 24 Sussex Drive.
For years on these pages I have called Harper’s style the “politics of cynicism”. I was wrong, or at least I am now. It’s not cynicism but a cold and well-calculated approach to gain votes strategically and without care for standards – moral or political. (18)
trashee @ September 7, 2014
… if my friend and colleague, Jean Cloutier, is elected on October 27.
Jean has been the President of the Canterbury Community Association for quite some time – this is the same group that I have been involved with for the past 4 years. I have seen first-hand the sweat and commitment that Jean has put into this organisation that serves hundreds of community members through its athletic and arts programs, its after-school childcare centre and the various events that the CCA hosts or co-hosts throughout the year.
The Board is comprised of a group of volunteers who are driven and committed as well – spurred on in a large part by the example that Jean has set over the years.
The CCA Board had our monthly meeting last night, at which Jean and his equally amazing and inspiring wife, Sandra, left the meeting at the onset after telling the Board that they are both taking a leave of absence from Board activities (which I did as well at the end of the meeting as I’m directly involved in the campaign). It was a funny feeling for, I suspect, all around the table, knowing that this was likely the last meeting he would be attending as President.
I was chatting with a couple of the other Board members in the parking lot afterward and, while there was much happiness about the decision that Jean and Sandra have made, there was also a great deal of sadness. We will all miss your leadership of this very important community organisation, Jean. But we also know that if you are elected, we will gain a smart, engaged and prudent Councillor.
Alta Vista voters – choose this guy. Councillor Peter Hume has been a great representative for our community for 23 years and he leaves some huge shoes to fill. I have an enormous amount of respect for him and am sorry to see him take his leave from local politics. But if there is one person who I’d choose to replace him, it would be Jean Cloutier. He’s the guy to vote for to ensure that our community continues to receive that fine level of representation. (15)
trashee @ August 26, 2014
… vying for Liberal Party nominations.
My political junkiness kicks into high gear usually about 12-18 months ahead of a projected election date. I love elections. And I love the processes and machinations leading up to them.
Although it has been an unbelievable (literally and figuratively… which you’ll understand if you know me personally) summer, I have been following some of the LPC nominations that are shaping up. There are some interesting and quality candidates stepping up to the plate in many parts of the country, but two of them really caught my eye. One of them is in Kanata-Carleton, where Karen McCrimmon is standing for the nomination and the other is in southwestern Ontario in Brantford-Brant, where Danielle Takac is throwing her hat into the ring.
Kanata-Carleton is one of the ridings that has been re-jigged for the next election and it is almost in my backyard! One of the many CPC trained seals, Gordon O’Connor, is the current MP of the riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills. I am unsure as to whether he has announced if he will run again, but he’ll have a helluva fight on his hands if Karen McCrimmon gets the nomination!
Ms. McCrimmon is a decorated ex-military officer who is engaged in and connected with the real issues that her riding and the country are facing. According to her website, “she is pushing the issue of youth unemployment, and improved benefits for Canadian war veterans.” The way the Harperites have pushed both vets and the youth to the back-burner has long been a sore point with me and this stance will serve her well in a riding that is home to many military and ex-military personnel.
One of the comments she recently made on her Facebook page says a lot about how the Harper government has conducted itself and how the Liberals will not follow suit:
This government is all about keeping up ‘appearances’ or ‘perceptions’. Now is the time for us to inject a little reality into the discussion because it will take a better part of a year to break through their carefully crafted propaganda…
She, of course, is dead on! And Ms. McCrimmon and the other Liberals that will be elected as the government next year will focus on real issues and not bumper-sticker politics.
This riding can be a LPC win in the next election – especially if someone as qualified and energetic as Ms. McCrimmon is nominated! Go get ‘em!!
The next nomination that I’d like to highlight is flying her flag in a riding far from my backyard, but one that again I think winnable for the Liberals if the right person is in place.
Brantford-Brant is in southwestern Ontario and is currently held by yet another CPC minion, Phil McColeman, whose main claim to fame seems to be that he organises a local hockey tourney every year. Yeah, good for him.
Danielle Takacs is a woman who can colour this riding Liberal red. Looking into her background I was struck by the degree of engagement and committment that she has shown at the local level and in the Liberal party. The “experience” tab on her webpage is extensive and broad. She has obviously built a lot of bridges through her work and these will serve her well to win the nomination and the riding after that.
AND, she used to pen a very well-written blog that I used to follow! Look out folks, we bloggers are a-takin’ over the joint!
Some of the issues that she notes as being important to her include:
- Upholding and Honouring Veteran’s rights
- Addressing the Youth Unemployment Crisis
- Promoting Canada as a friend to international development, and regain its once highly regarded international reputation.
Like Ms. Takacs and Ms. McCrimmon, these are important issues for me as as well, and I suspect for most Canadians.
I wish both of these fine leaders the best of luck in their nominations and beyond!
trashee @ August 7, 2014
…the 2018 World Cup.
As Clegg asserts in this article
FIFA is unlikely to strip Putinland of the tourney, however.
Responding this week after some German politicians called for Russia to be boycotted, Fifa said the 2018 tournament could be a “force for good”.
Putin is an international criminal and the head of a rogue and anti-democratic nation. Grand international events should not allowed to happen in nations like these.
Plus, as one of my Facebook friends rightly point out:
Let’s see now when was the last time FIFA IOC or any other big sports franchise chose ethics over money, OH yeah never.
trashee @ July 27, 2014
…in advance of next year’s Federal election.
I was just cruising through Twitter and found this:
Looking through the followers of this anonymous account, there is a veritable who’s-who of the Ottawa conservative Twitter attack dawg crew.
Same ol’, same ol’….
David is and has been a very effective and responsive MP. And as the next year unfolds, you can be sure that I’ll be doing what I can to return him to the Hill for another term. (38)
trashee @ July 26, 2014
New Brunswick is a province that is stuck in the Dark Ages when it comes to access to abortions. An abortion must be be deemed “medically neccesary” before it can be performed.
And… that Beelzebub is alive and active in Fredericton.
As for the first new piece of knowledge…
I learned this upon hearing a CBC piece about the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton performing the clinic’s final abortions before it closes at the end of this month.
The July 31 closure was announced in April by the clinic, which said it can’t afford to continue performing abortions without provincial funding.
Yet, it appears that good has prevailed over the forces of evil in this Maritime city… Which brings me to the second thing I added to my mental library:
Some New Brunswickers, such as Kelly Seale, want less access to abortions, not more.
“Soon as I walk by there, I feel a very strong feeling of the devil. Yeah,” said Seale, who works at an anti-abortion centre next door to the clinic.
Yeah, the devil.
Gotta love knowledge. (100)
trashee @ July 20, 2014
…about what we are going to see as an end game of the Ukraine crisis.
The States is upping the rhetoric, as is the UK. But other European leaders are remaining fairly quiet for fear of Russian repercussions – economic or otherwise.
Putin is in the regional expansion game for the long haul, kids. This isn’t going to just disappear. And I wouldn’t doubt for a moment that he wouldn’t be above shooting down one of his OWN passenger jets as an excuse to launch a ground and artillery attack into eastern Ukraine. (89)
trashee @ July 20, 2014
… in what is supposed to be a big league city.
A few examples…
- No empty cabs at 6 pm in the Market last Saturday. 6 pm. The Market. Really?
- Waited for 30 minutes after having called for a cab to arrive a few months back to take me to the VIA station. At 9:00 am. After the early morning rush. And I don’t live in the boonies like Barrhaven.
- Last time we got a cab as a family to get to the airport for a vacay, I expressly asked for a van because of our luggage. I was assured – “yeah, no problemo”. What shows up? An Impala. We’re sitting on luggage and luggage is sitting on us. Unsafe as hell, PLUS dude does 110 down Conroy Road despite my telling him to slow down.
- Finally, just the other day, my wife has a 7 am to Toronto; meaning being at the airport for 6 am to avoid any hassle. She called a cab at 5:10, just to be safe… called again at 5:20… and at 5:30. Each time being told that a cab was on its way. 5:50 and still no cab (note – we live about 15 minutes from the airport if the traffic is light). 6 am, 6:10 and she comes upstairs (where I’m still in bed), and I jump outta bed and speed her off to the airport (just lucky that the eldest was there to look after our littlest that morning)… but it wasn’t in time, she missed her flight and it threw her off her whole day of back to back to back meetings.
Come on Ottawa taxis! get your act together?
And yes, there will be an official complaint once we figure out to whom to bitch. (118)
trashee @ June 20, 2014
…because over and over I have said that Nanos is the ONLY pollster worth watching.
Here is why (emphasis mine):
- Tonight’s election results suggest that even though there was a general perception in the media that Tim Hudak won the debate with Wynne faring poorly, it had no material negative impact on the Liberal campaign.
- Likely voter models did not perform well. Of note, this same issue was the cause of the Republican party’s failure to accurately predict the US Presidential election.
- In an election campaign that featured many polls, our survey was one of the only conducted using a random telephone sample of land and cell-lines using live agents. Also, please note that we did not use a supplementary likely voter model to adjust the data.
|Party||Election Outcome||Nanos May 26th|
To watch the CBC Power and Politics segment with Evan Solomon click this link.. To see the report by Nanos click here. (206)
trashee @ June 13, 2014