Saturday reads

Russell Wangersky in the Western Star, on Premier Dunderdale’s announcing the findings of an independent study that hasn’t even started yet.”It’s one thing to be confident — it’s another, slightly different thing to be able to pronounce what the…

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Grounds

Me on Twitter, May 28, 2011 (limited to 140 characters):It appears that smarter people than me seem to agree:Here’s University of Ottawa Professor Errol Mendes, cited in a Toronto Star article three days later about party financing (emphasis added):Yet…

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Weekend update(s)

Some different stuff, starting this weekend.(a) I just gave blog contributor status to my better half, Ruth. This could end very badly. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. A partial explanation appears in (b) below…(b) We’re off to New Yo…

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Slap Upside The Head: World Becoming More Gay-Friendly

For anyone who feels like equal rights have been regressing, here’s a bit of encouraging news. According to a report from the University of Chicago, the world is steadily becoming more and more gay-friendly. Virtually every country studied has reported a greater acceptance of people with different sexual orientations over previous polling periods, with only four exceptions: […]

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Missing the forest for the trees

Since the media began filing their weekend wrap up coverage of the Alberta Liberal Party Convention, a number of pundits have weighed in on the party’s decision to run a leadership race without membership. (Which isn’t unprecedented, by the way)Instea…

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How stuff works

Former Premier (and wanna-be subsidized hockey team owner) Danny Williams tells the CBC why he should get favourable treatment and a wad of cash from an unspecified government kitty for his latest vanity project:”…I’ve given my heart and soul to the …

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Speaking of disrespect

A resident of Pasadena notes in the weekend edition of the Western Star that it is “disrespectful for provincial government project signs, with the late Diane Whalen’s name on it, to be left up months after the work has been completed.”Indeed it is…

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#elxn41

Much written, but nothing posted.So here’s my (abbreviated) two cents.The story of the night – like the story of the campaign – will be the voting behavior of large swaths of soft nationalist Bloc voters in Quebec. If they have made the decision that t…

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Pumped

The Toronto Star reports on the latest tit-for-tat between Stephen Harper and Jack Layton about who’s to blame for current and future gas price hikes:”Layton responded by saying gas prices are already too high and said Harper is to blame for some of it…

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Quotable

William Kaplan, in today’s Globe and Mail, on the media’s reaction to Stephen Harper’s limited campaign access, and restriction to only five questions per day:”The only astonishing thing is that the media are taking it. They are playing along, acceptin…

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Debate post script

For the second night in a row, I didn’t watch the Leaders’ debate (there was an all-candidates debate in York Centre tonight which featured an equally jarring Tory candidate, but that’s for another day).Radio-Canada’s coverage of the post-debate was re…

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And now, the French debate…

Tonight’s French language leaders debate will almost certainly attract a smaller audience than yesterday’s – language comprehension being one reason and hockey playoffs, another – but it is likely to be a more substantive affair than the English one.De…

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A grain of salt

Noteworthy in this Globe and Mail article describing the results of the latest Nanos Research daily tracking poll, is that in every single region, except the Prairies, every single lead or deficit between the Tories and Liberals is about half the size …

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