Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver By-Election Endorsements

Just in case anyone is wondering how I will vote in this Saturday’s Vancouver municipal by-election, here’s the plan: City Council: Pete Fry (Green Party) School Board: Judy Zaichkowsky (Green Party) Allan Wong (Vision Vancouver) Mike Lombardi (Vision Vancouver) Erica Jaaf (OneCity) Estrellita Gonzalez (Green Party) Janet Fraser (Green Party) Diana Day (COPE) Carrie Bercic ...

The Wandering Joe: Keeping up with the Torys

It’s been a few years since I’ve written anything about John Tory, so I figured I would take a break from stressing over the decline of Civilization into anarchy and check in on him. Before we look at Toronto of today, lets look at what I last had to say about him. At the time ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: U-Pass A Roaring Success

*takes a slight bow* Success of U-Pass brings changes to Regina's transit system https://t.co/mYprbKZTwA #yqrcc — Craig Baird (@CraigBaird) February 16, 2017 Now we have to order buses. Now! .@CraigBaird If #YQRcc @CityofRegina @astevensward3 @JoelMurrayWard6 don't order buses now, won't have new ones for more riders until 2018! — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 16, 2017

Alberta Politics: Calculating St. Albert City Councillors’ meeting attendance – from best to worst

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Council. From left to right: Bob Russell, Sheena Hughes, Tim Osborne, Nolan Crouse, Wes Brodhead, Cam MacKay and Cathy Heron (City of St. Albert photo). Below: A few shots from the author’s personal collection, which includes Mayor Crouse at one of the many community events he also goes to, Cam MacKay, ...

Autonomy For All: Mayor Rob Ford Is Headed For Defeat In 2014

Nothing is ever certain, but as it stands, Rob Ford would lose almost any conceivable election for Mayor if held today. It is not useful to cower in fear from the far overblown “Ford Nation” and act like Toronto is doomed to “Ford more years.”  It isn’t, and Ford should at this point be understood ...

Autonomy For All: Mayor Rob Ford Is Headed For Defeat In 2014

Nothing is ever certain, but as it stands, Rob Ford would lose almost any conceivable election for Mayor if held today. It is not useful to cower in fear from the far overblown “Ford Nation” and act like Toronto is doomed to “Ford more years.”  It isn’t, and Ford should at this point be understood ...

Autonomy For All: Mayor Rob Ford Is Headed For Defeat In 2014

Nothing is ever certain, but as it stands, Rob Ford would lose almost any conceivable election for Mayor if held today. It is not useful to cower in fear from the far overblown “Ford Nation” and act like Toronto is doomed to “Ford more years.”  It isn’t, and Ford should at this point be understood ...

Autonomy For All: Old Toronto & East York Have Been Shut Out During Ford Mayoralty

Nothing about Ford’s substance abuse & possible legal problems has changed the basic problems at the heart of his governing which make him a destructive presence corroding the basic social fabric of the city.  He fundamentally and deliberately seeks to divide the city against itself to win elections.  As he campaigns continuously, it is not ...

Autonomy For All: Old Toronto & East York Have Been Shut Out During Ford Mayoralty

Nothing about Ford’s substance abuse & possible legal problems has changed the basic problems at the heart of his governing which make him a destructive presence corroding the basic social fabric of the city.  He fundamentally and deliberately seeks to divide the city against itself to win elections.  As he campaigns continuously, it is not ...

Autonomy For All: Old Toronto & East York Have Been Shut Out During Ford Mayoralty

Nothing about Ford’s substance abuse & possible legal problems has changed the basic problems at the heart of his governing which make him a destructive presence corroding the basic social fabric of the city.  He fundamentally and deliberately seeks to divide the city against itself to win elections.  As he campaigns continuously, it is not ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 13: A proposal for one all-candidates’ forum on Oct. 16

The Enjoy Centre. Below: The Arden. Ummmm …. They’re both attractive venues! Is there any way we St. Albert city council candidates can all agree – for the sake of the citizens we are vying to represent – to all attend a single all-candidates forum on Oct. 16? I asked this question of my fellow ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 12: Anonymity, advertising, Astro-Turf … & advice in St. Albert

Where’s Toto when St. Albert needs him? And what does he think about St. Albert’s leash bylaw? Here’s Toto, back in the day, exposing the Great Oz behind the green curtain.  St. Albertans are curious about the anonymous groups trying to influence our city’s municipal election. At least one group is doing it by spending ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 11: The uncomfortable truth about taxes and radical tax cuts

Radical cuts can’t be accomplished without harm – anyone who says different, like the city council candidate above, is presenting an illusion. Actual St. Albert city council candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The philosopher Aristotle. A St. Albertan has asked me the tough question that all city council candidates are going to ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 8: Why I’m running for council & why I went door-knocking Tuesday

Yours Truly, left, showing a patron the new automatic checkout machine at the St. Albert Public Library, one of the facilities in our community that’s worth making an effort to protect. The library is located in St. Albert Place, at 5 St. Anne St. A good friend of mine asked me in an email yesterday ...

Trashy's World: Banning scooters from streets…

It’s about time that someone pushed this issue up a flagpole! I don’t always agree with Councillor Clark, but the issue of scooters on city streets should at the very least be studied by city staff and recommendations put forward. There is going to be a tragedy one of these days and it would be ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 5: Praise, political priorities and poetry

Yours Truly visiting the Texas House of Representatives in the State Capitol building in Austin, Texas – and thinking about what to say to Ryan Hastman on EdmontionPolitics.com. Below: The author with LBJ, sort of, and looking particularly fierce for the benefit of our Texan hosts. Last week, just as my daughter Lily and I ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 4: On dishing it out it print … and taking it

If you’ve dished it out in print, like this guy did from the look of him, you’ve got to be prepared to take it. In real life, that was Bogey in Deadline USA. Below: The actual author of this blog with Danielle Smith, just before she announced she was seeking the leadership of the Wildrose ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Dairy Volume 3: My website arrives

Here’s a peek at the interior of DavidClimenhaga.ca – my campaign website. Below: Yours Truly, looking serious. It’s about the point in a campaign where voters start paying attention to who the candidates are and what each of them stands for. So I’m pleased to be able to tell you that my campaign website – ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 2: Mapping St. Albert priorities while my web page dries out

A work in progress … a screenshot from my campaign website, as it emerges… ST. ALBERT, Alberta One of the small ripples and eddies from the disastrous floods that inundated Calgary on June 21 lapped up alongside my city council campaign in St. Albert. That is to say, the web design firm building my campaign ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Vol. 1: The actual dark secret of democratic politics

The front page of Saturday’s St. Albert Gazette. A good first week of campaigning. ST. ALBERT, Alberta Well, I reckon the first week of my campaign for city council here in St. Albert has to be judged a success – at least by the measure of the excellent coverage I received in our two local ...

Alberta Diary: And now for something completely different: Why I’m running for city council in St. Albert

The campaign splash page, appearing at DavidClimenhaga.ca very soon. To be followed by more information. Below: Your blogger in full campaign mode, at the library, of course. Yesterday I sent out a news release stating that I plan to run for city council in St. Albert, the community where my family and I live. My ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: In Detroit, Pro-Democracy Movement Rises Against ‘Disaster Capitalism’

As new ‘emergency manager’ Kevin Orr takes over in ‘bloodless coup,’ community plans revolt By: Jon Queally | Common Dreams: Community and pro-democracy activists in Detroit have no intention of rolling over and playing dead for Kevyn Orr, the city’s new ‘emergency manager’ appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who […] The post In Detroit, ...

cartoon life: The gang of eight: in charge of #ldnont

Filed under: caricature, cartoons, digital, drawings, London Tagged: Brian Orser, Bud Polhill, caricature, city, City council, Dale Henderson, Denise Brown, Gang of Eight, Joe Fontana, Joe Swan, Paul Van Meer Bergen, politics, Sandy White

Alberta Diary: Purely local issues: Fear and loathing on St. Albert’s dog runs

Lots of St. Albertans love their dogs and want to see them run. St. Albert dog owners, of course, may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Councillor Malcolm Parker striking out with his leash law idea. ST. ALBERT, Alberta If you don’t think much about municipal politics, you may not realize that among the biggest ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Saving the South March Highlands: Looking to the Future

The first thing I want to say is that any discussion of saving the South March Highlands has to start by acknowledging that, indeed, some of it has been saved and placed in public ownership and that we might not even be discussing saving the rest of it if that was not so. On November ...