the reeves report: Compromising on Bike Lanes at Toronto City Hall: Pt. II

Jazz Hands at City Hall – Image Courtesy of the Toronto Sun Yesterday afternoon, when onlookers in the crowd spotted Ford staffers handing out voting sheets to ‘Fordnation,’ as the right wing of Council is known, we who were there to support bike lanes should have guessed the issue was dead in the water. The ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Jarvis Bike Lane dead. Ford’s war on cyclists continues

Jarvis Bike Lanes Saved for One Year, Birchmount and Pharmacy Bike Lanes to be Removed – TorontoistToday, Toronto City Council voted 28-19 in favour of removing the Jarvis, Birchmount and Pharmacy bike lanes. Excerpt from the link:As per the language in today’s city council agenda, this decision does not follow any recommendation or guidance provided ...

LeDaro: Al Sharpton on the Right Wing Hypebole

Al Sharpton has some interesting guests to discuss numerous issues including the right wingnuts who believe that Operah Winfrey is one of the anti-christ and some other obsessions of the right wingnuts. Sharpton raises the issue of whether Bush and buddies are war criminals. It is a very interesting discussion. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, ...

JanfromtheBruce: Why I quit CTV News – thestar.com

Why I quit CTV News – thestar.comTHE BEST OPINION PIECE I READ ALL YEAR – SAYING IT LIKE IT IS – RIGHT ON!READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE & KEEP IT FOREVER~What I need is to better myself spiritually, physically and intellectually so I can effect meaningful change in the world around me. I don’t know yet ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is It Fin de Siecle for America?

The theory goes that America’s demise will be triggered by the disconnect between its ruling elite and the middle class they have all but discarded.   In previous posts we have examined, at length, the critical role a healthy, robust and expansive middle class serves in a modern, affluent democracy.   This is a wisdom that has ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Public sector job growth outpaces private in NL

From labradore: In the five years since the recent-historic low, in early 2006, of about 55,600 public-sector employees, the public-sector labour force has increased by about 11,500 or over 20%. As a share of total employment, the public sector has grown from 26% to 30%. The twelve-month average ending in June 2011 was 67,100 — ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Montreal

April and I showed up in Montreal yesterday afternoon, after a few nights in Ottawa. While in the capital, we toured Parliament, and I saw Elizabeth May’s desk, tucked away in the back corner away from the Speaker’s chair. I also used Bixi bikes at $5/24hours to get over to Hull quickly, and took a ...

RedBedHead: The Disaster That Is Afghanistan

This week’s slaying of Ahmad Wali Karzai, brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a warlord/mobster with extensive power in Southern Afghanistan is a reminder that NATO and the Americans haven’t got the situation in Afghanistan under control. Not by half. That they needed to rely upon a man with money in drugs, corruption, influence ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Rob Ford: Bad math and police layoffs

Layoffs loom for police and city staff – thestar.comBack in May 2011, Rob Ford gave the Toronto Police a big raise. Now, he wants to lay them off. The need for police layoffs could have been greatly reduced if he hadn’t given them such a big raise. Ford is already having to deal with the ...

Trashy's World: Now don’t slam me for saying this!

The Heritage robot, James Moore, has said that the CBC isn’t immune to Strategic and Operating Review cuts – and this has the Twittersphere et al squawking mightily. While I do strongly support the MotherCorp, I don’t see any reason why it should be immune from the same review that my and all government Departments ...

CathiefromCanada: Now that’s leadership!

Saskatoon city council has boldly gone where politicians always go to cut budgets — they’re grinding a few more dollars out of the poor: The largest decision made Tuesday was to decrease by $5 a city subsidy for monthly bus passes for those on social assistance. The move will increase the cost of the pass ...

Blunt Objects: Dion’s Articulate Response to Half-Assed Senate Reform

You know Stephane Dion is back in his game when he puts out this substantive argument against Harper’s brand of half-assed Senate reform: Stephen Harper’s Act would go against the interests of these two provinces.  Here’s why: practically speaking, an elected Upper Chamber would carry more weight in its dealings with the House of Commons ...

Paper Dynamite Online: Stephane Dion Versus Andrew Coyne (And Me) On Senate Reform

As far as substance goes, Stephane Dion’s op-ed on the Government’s Senate reform package is unassailable. As a political document, however, it leaves a lot to be desired.The Liberal’s Intergovernmental and Democratic Reform critic makes short work of Stephen Harper’s proposed legislation to establish term limits and elect Senators. Three arguments dominate Dion’s critique: 1) ...

Morton's Musings: Assault not a lesser and included offence for Conspiracy to Assault

R. v. Shi, 2011 ONCA 515 deals with the issue of "lesser and included" offences. The issue often causes problems. To be clear and offence is "lesser and included" if it must form part of the larger offence. Here, as conspiracy can be unfulfilled, the offence of conspiracy to commit does not automatically include the offence conspired towards. ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-07-13 11:25:00

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS BAHRAIN: TELL US WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PLAYERS TO SUPPORT THEIR FELLOW PLAYERS IN BAHRAIN: As this is being written the US Team at The Women’s World Football Cup has advanced to playing in the finals against Japan. With each advance the significance of the team showing solidarity with other footballers in Bahrain becomes ...

Art Threat: $16.8 million in arts funding goes to BC Arts Council

Last Thursday, July 7, BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Ida Chong, announced $16.8 million in funding for the arts, to be administered through the BC Arts Council. This amount is the second-highest level received by the BC Arts Council in its history. In the announcement, Minister Chong apologized for the long delay ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Watts Up With the Internet? Motivated Bias on Climate Skeptic Blogs

Disconfirmation-Model.gif Recently, I’ve become aware that the prominent climate science skeptic blogger Anthony Watts has been challenging a number of my posts. Maybe it’s because in my most recent book Unscientific America, I made a big deal about a site that attacks climate science, like his, winning a “Best Science Blog” award. Anyways, Watts has gotten ...

wmtc: trials of a student librarian: in which i confess to practicing my alphabet

In addition to writing a large portion of the final report for the “Private Eyes” research project, I’ve been stressing over something else – something I decided not to share, until today. I finally have an interview for a page position at the Mississauga Library System, something for which I’ve waited for two years. I ...

The Liberal Scarf: Ontario NDP vs. the environment

Hard hitting piece from the David Suzuki foundation on the NDP playing political games with the environment: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/climate-blog/2011/07/the-ontario-ndp-platform-politics-trump-good-energy-policyagain/?fb_ref=top&fb_source=home_oneline “the NDP allowed politics to rule over good policy…the NDP platform mentions a home retrofit program that targets energy efficiency. The cost of that program? Who knows?…What about new investment in building transit infrastructure that builds on ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: BREAKING: Rupert throws in towel

The BBC has just reported, as I am writing this, that Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation is giving up its bid for total control of BSkyB (he presently has a 39% stake in the DTH satellite company and its stable of news and sports channels).   This happened just as the House of Commons was ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Not much to see

The Telegram’s Russell Wangersky looked ahead to the fall election and didn’t like what he saw. Wangersky’s assessment is brutal but it is accurate. The Liberals:  “When someone who isn’t looking for the leader’s job is bigger news than the person who’s already holding it, you’ve got big problems.” The NDP:  “Unremittingly hopeful but doomed ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your midweek reading. – Stephen Gordon weighs in again on the Cons’ census disaster: Many readers may have thought that the census issue was settled last summer; it wasn’t. We haven’t even begun to deal with the consequences of the decision to replace the mandatory long-form census with the voluntary NHS. As ...

Dead Wild Roses: Cat Blogging – Sisters sharing some down time.

Cats at the parental unit’s house.  They have a rough life indeed. "Speedy" and "Angel" in the window. Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Cats, Cute

Politics and its Discontents: How The Harper Government Defines Efficiency At The CBC

While it will likely come as no surprise to many, the Harper Government has within its sights the CBC, the sometimes irksome public broadcaster that the right-wing so often loves to hate. As reported online in today’s Globe, the Heritage Minister, James Moore, says that a 5% federal funding cut should not be onerous for ...

Progressive Proselytizing: A clever move in a broken political game

The “negotiations” surrounding raising the debt limit in the United States is a particularly poignant example of the oh-too-funny-if-not-so-serious circus of partisan, brinkmanship showboating that dominants so much of American politics. It is hard to imagine how the most effective way to make multi-trillion dollar decisions that fundamentally affect the nature of key aspects of ...