308 seats

Saw this link from a friend on facebook (!)– ThreeHundredEight.com Basically a blog that keeps track of all the polling nationally, as well as in each riding.  I’m not sure how accurate this is, but seems inline with what many expect to happen–another Conservative minority government. What is interesting is a rise in the NDP numbers.  ...

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Vote

It’s the right thing to do. Let’s make this a more progressive Canada.

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Best CN Cycle for CHEO/Tour Nortel Yet

Well surprisingly this was the best year ever that I have had riding in the Tour Nortel or CN Cycle for CHEO. I’ve been fighting something off all week and was not even sure when I got up this morning if I could do it but decided once I was on my bike everything would ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The relationship between public goods and sovereignty

As our world modernizes, the relationships of self determination and sovereignty flex and change. Technological and sociological changes have made the provision of a wide variety of public goods possible at much larger scales. There is a trade off, however, between decreasing self determination and the benefits of increasingly large scale provision of public goods. The ...

One Vote

Strategic voting is an interesting animal. When applied to the left, the idea is that you should vote for the candidate that stands the best chance of defeating a Conservative.  Afterall, any Liberal would be better than a Conservative, and we must all work together to avoid a Conservative majority, right? Bullshit! Tomorrow is the ...

Canadian Soapbox: Stephen Harper tweets that a coalition government would be legitimate

Democracy is all about choices, deciding which individuals and which parties we want to represent us in government.  There has been some concern that Stephen Harper might not accept the rules of our democracy if he were to be leading a minority government that again quickly loses the confidence of the House of Commons.  Well, based ...

Beltaine.

    Sundown April 30, to Sundown May 1st. On the Wheel of the year, directly opposite Samhain. (Halloween) Or, Bel-tinne, more clearly "fires of Bel." Bhealltuinn, in the Irish phrase, "Eadar dà theine Bhealltuinn," referring to the practice of driving cattle between two Beltaine fires for purification. Bealtuinn – Early Scottish Gaelic Bealltainn – ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Famous "john" : Jack put the LAY in Layton

“john” Jack Layton claims to be fighting for the “little guy”. There is no “littler guy” than a young foreign female forced to have sex with strangers to pay her freedom from her captors. These are the vulnerable women who work in these illegal prostitution massage parlours. Layton participated in that most offensive kind of ...

Pample the Moose: Election Prediction? Beats Me!

Well, this election has turned into quite the roller-coaster ride, hasn’t it? Depending on your pollster of choice, we’re either headed for an historic NDP breakthrough or a Conservative majority. Confused? Me too. As in past years, I’m participating in a little election pool with a few friends where we each try to call the ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Blowhard Donald Trump Finally Gets His Presidential Comeupetance

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who takes special pleasure in seeing blowhards cut down to size. (Indeed, aren’t most of us hoping for that with Monday’s election results?) Stateside, I can think of no bigger waste of resources and airtime than Donald Trump who, many will recall, took real pleasure in claiming ...

Canadian Soapbox: Its going to be a Harper Majority

The polls open in less than 24 hours, so its time for a prediction…and sorry to say it looks to me like a Harper majority.  Based on the polls, especially those relating to the province of Ontario, I see Harper’s Conservatives garnering somewhere around 160 seats nationally. Obviously my guess is not worth much, my projection and a TTC token will ...

Pollsters and seat projectors should beware Monday’s results

****UPDATED 12:15 AM MAY 2ND “Polls don’t elect MPs,” said Michael Ignatieff today. “Votes elect MPs. Let’s wait for the Canadian people to do what they want to do.” The pseudo-science of gauging public opinion in a world in which many voters (especially younger voters) no longer own land lines or ignore entreaties to take ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Harper’s Reckless Economics

Throughout the election campaign Stephen Harper claimed the political high ground on the management of the economy. The surprise is that the opposition has pretty much let him get away with this. During the English Language debate the first question focused on $6 billion tax cuts to corporations. Harper said there were no tax cuts ...

The Global Express: 2011 Election Party Endorsements

With the media being our primary source of election information, the following newspapers and magazines have thrown their support behind a respected political party. If you are a reader of one of these newspapers or magazines, you may want to read what their reasoning is behind their endorsement. You may not agree with it, but ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Real Jack Layton—with or without his clothes

Caviar Socialist No. 1, Ottawa’s million-dollar couple, Jack Layton and Olivia Chow : a great article. The Real Jack Layton—with or without his clothesJack Layton is as fake as his tan! The adventures of a Franco Ontarian Viz Min Woman in Ottawa.

Co2 Art: Ignorance Run Amuck – Conservative Candidate Says Autism Not a Disability, But a Special Interest Group

Conservative James Moore, the candidate in the  Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam riding, said that autism is not a disability – it is a special interest group, at an all candidates meeting. In response to a question about whether he would support legislation to amend the Canada Health Act to include autism treatment (ABA/IBI) under Medicaree, he ...

the woodshed: where better to spend election eve?

FSM willing and the skype doesn’t crash, Scott Tribe will be my guest tonight to talk Canadian politics on Virtually Speaking Sunday: Maple Syrup Edition at 8 pm EDT/5 pm PDT You can listen live here or click on the VSS player on the sidebar If you can’t make it tonight or you want to ...

My predictions

I know others have slaved over predictions models. Grats for your work. I just wait until the end, and then guess. Here’s my prediction: CPC 130 NDP 93 LPC 63 BQ 20 GPC 1 Ind 1 I have the Conservatives at 130 because I refuse to give them a bump up, and want their seat ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Harper Government’s Autism Awareness Regression

I have attached an email and  blog comment I posted on May 9, 2007 addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in which I expressed the hope that he would open his heart (I assumed he had one) and his mind (I didn’t know it was locked solid) and help autistic children wherever they reside in ...

Pop The Stack: Canadian Election: Fringe Edition

Warning: This post will only make sense to you if you follow the recurring adventures of the characters discussed in it as they try to save our nation and the world as we know it from imminent destruction…it will also help if you watch Fringe. I’m watching Fringe tonight and we all know Fringe is filmed ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Ontario

There has been some talk about strategic voting. Here are my suggestions for how strategic voters might best cast their ballots in Ontario. These are cases where incumbants are vulnerable and there does seem to be a three way race. Ten ridings where strategic voters should vote Liberal Eglinton–Lawrence, where Joseph Volpe had 43.99% in ...

kirbycairo: Dreamers of Dreams!!!!!!!

“We are the Music-Makers and we are the Dreamers of Dreams!”  Vote for Change folks. Vote for a better world in which people, not corporations, really matter! In the words of Percy Shelley, the greatest poet in the English language, ‘the poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Go out an legislate with the ...

Pop The Stack: Liberals Turn My Dreams a Whiter Shade of Pale

I just flipped on the radio and Michael Ignatieff is talking about electoral reform. Am I in some kind of Fringe-like alternate universe where my dreams (ahem, remember The Liberal Nuclear Option?) are about to become reality? Well, not exactly. Iggy…I believe you have a large bucket of ice world water for me? I’ve said ...

Democracy Under Fire: Predictable Chaos

Just one day before probably the most important election in Canadian history we have no idea where things are going to end up, it appears the threat of a conservative majority has been headed off but just as scary is a conservative minority. The fact that the Harper regime has NO respect for parliamentary convention ...

openalex: Eco-Sensual: LEED certified sensual healing in Montreal

“Eco-sensual design” – it’s got a Marvin Gaye kind of ring to it [video] – but I like it.  It’s Montreal architect Owen Rose’s (meme-worthy) shorthand for the relationship that exists between smart ecological design and the sheer pleasure of being in a beautiful space. Rose, who is also President of Montreal’s Urban Ecology Centre, ...