Babel-on-the-Bay: Stapling, spindling and folding Ford.

Millennials might not be as familiar with the admonition we used to read on our household bills. Before the Internet, our bills were often delivered to us as data processing punch cards. We dutifully mailed these cards back to the supplier, along with our cheques. It was considered a no-no to mangle the punch card ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford: When Ignorance Kills

The thought of Doug Ford as Premier of Ontario fills me with horror and disgust, for there is no telling what that political ape might do to degrade our country, and compromise our future.But the thing I fear the most is what he might do to the province's healthcare system. For although he is promising to create ...

Montreal Simon: The Day the Con Media Exposed Its Shameful Bias

When Doug Ford announced that his campaign bus would not be followed by another one carrying the media, there was a chorus of complaints.But as I wrote the other day, Team Harper is running the Ford campaign.And it seems that the situation is even worse than most had imagined.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Paul Constant discusses a new study showing that the positive effects of minimum wage increases for low-income workers actually grow over time. And Sheila Block highlights how a $15 increased minimum wage stands to offer far more to workers than Doug Ford’s tax tinkering. – Meanwhile, Pam ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ford’s flock is fleeting.

In analyzing a political situation, you have to weigh many factors. According to the public pollsters, the upcoming Ontario voting seems to be decided. I hate to poop on the pollsters’ parade but you should always check some very pertinent points before buying into the B.S. The questions start with survey technique, sample size, completed ...

Mind Bending Politics: BREAKING: Toronto Sun Could Be In Violation of Ontario’s Election Laws

A leaked document reportedly from the Toronto Sun has emerged.  In the documents handed to independent media organization CANADALAND show a clear ideological advertising strategy geared towards “exposing the Liberal record during the campaign and advocating for change“.  While it is normal for editorial boards to weigh in on the election, this goes far, far beyond ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford and the Harper Gang

Well Doug Ford has his bus, he's on the road, and he's now channelling Donald Trump, as only an ape could.And vowing to go after Kathleen Wynne as Trump went after Hillary Clinton. So don't be surprised if the mob he calls the "Ford Nation" starts chanting "lock her up, lock her up," at one of his ...

Mind Bending Politics: Austerity Looms As Parties Refuse To Come Clean on Autism Services in Ontario

(Current Platforms in Ontario’s 2018 Election Puts Province At Risk of a Credit Downgrade) Late Tuesday afternoon Moody’s downgraded the economic outlook for Ontario from stable to negative. In its press release Moody’s cited the recently tabled Liberal budget, and growing spending pressure from all parties that need to be addressed as the economy is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Please come back Patrick Brown.

We will have to take back some of those nasty names we have called Barrie’s Patrick Brown. Sure, he is a sleazebag but he is hardly as ignorant or as frightening as Doug Ford. If we could just have our choice of sleazebag, I guess we would prefer the one we know. The main difference ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford’s Bus and the Road To Ruin

I see that Doug Ford has unveiled his shiny new bus.And a shiny new slogan: "For the People."So he can ride in comfort all over Ontario, giving the people the thumb.While giving the media the finger. Because as you may know, he's not giving them a bus to follow him.So it will be harder to ask ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A Truth Squad for Doug Ford?

Here is a million-dollar idea for the Ontario liberals. It came to me as I read the news that the party was going to waste a million dollars on television advertisements to tell Ontario voters that Doug Ford tells lies. I suppose I should charge them, but it was not my idea. It belonged to ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Doug Ford Shouldn’t Let Andrew Lawton Run For PCPO Nomination in London

Andrew Lawton is running for  the Ontario PC party’s nomination in London West.  Doug Ford should not let him. For many reasons, but this one is my favorite.  Back in 2010 Andrew and some buddies wanted to bring alt-right notable Mark Steyn to London (Ontario).  First to the  University of Western Ontario and then, when that ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Getting to know Doug Ford.

It takes time. Over the next six to eight weeks, more and more Ontario voters will start to think seriously about the June 7 provincial election. To many, it will just be a bit of a bother, a minor blip in an otherwise busy life. The actual turnout at the polls will just be a ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford And The Bigot Elephant In The Room

It's now a recurring nightmare. The hellish vision of Doug Ford swinging from the CN tower and bellowing like King Kong:"I'm da Premier of Ontario!!!!" Now that the polls show him apparently heading for a gorilla of a majority. And as if that wasn't bad enough, then there's this other poll suggesting that men are mostly responsible for what would ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump-lite is not Trump.

Have you been reading the media pontificators who are comparing Ontario conservative leader Doug Ford with U.S. President Donald Trump? It is a sad comparison. It would annoy Donald Trump, if he cared. Doug Ford is a wannabe. He would dearly love to have as much money as Trump and to have ripped off so ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ceding Civility in Canada.

Writing about civility in politics the other day, we never got to the situation here in Canada. Despite our Canadian reputation for civility, things have lately gone to hell in a basket. Federal and provincial politics in Canada have become noisy arguments between spoiled children. Our politicians are not working together to meet the needs ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Andre Picard writes about the unjustifiable limitations and inconsistencies in Canada’s health care system: Break your leg and the X-ray and cast will be covered, but you will need to pay for the crutches. Break your jaw and it will be wired at no cost; break your teeth ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Wait until they are ‘At Post.’

Ontario is in the midst of a ‘phony war.’ People are getting excited about public opinion polls that are meaningless. Babel-on-the-Bay is more than a month away from offering its Morning Line on the coming provincial election. At least wait until then to place your bets on the outcome. You have to remember that not ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ford isn’t fast with his math.

It was really very funny last Thursday when conservative leader Doug Ford got pompously to his feet to harangue the liberal government for their election budget. It seems that towards the back of the budget book there is a tax increase for the top 17 per cent of wage earners. The effect of this tax, ...

Mind Bending Politics: Poll Trend Shows PCs Steady Decline Since Patrick Brown Was Ousted

A new poll from Forum Research shows a downward trend for the Ontario PC’s since the Patrick Brown resigned as party leader in January. It’s been long suspected that the far right social conservative movement in the party is to blame for putting pressure on Brown to resign. The poll also seems to suggest that ...

Montreal Simon: Why Doug Ford Must Never Become Premier

As you probably know, I honestly believe that Doug Ford is unfit to lead anything, let alone the province of Ontario.And that if that brutish Con clown ever does become Premier, he might bring down the whole country.While making us look like Trumpland North, just smaller and even more ignorant. So the rest of the civilized world can laugh ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Would you buy a used Ford from Ford?

We have a good thing going in Ontario. Our economy is healthy. Unemployment is down. We have a government in place that is doing the right things about the environment, raising our standard of living without undue pressure on inflation and is looking at people’s needs in a relatively progressive manner. This needs to be ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Mitchell Thompson discusses the absurdity of setting up Canada’s banks for collapses and bailouts, rather than ensuring they serve the public interest. And Colin Butler reports on CUPW’s continued push for a postal banking option to provide better service to far more people and communities. – Barry ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Choosing champions.

One of the aspects of populism that confuses people is that they can come from the left or the right or any other part of the political spectrum. Typically, the populist rises from the environment that generated the specific populist movement. This is why Donald Trump in the United States is not considered a populist. ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford and the Tin-Pot Northern Trump

I'm always glad to get back to Canada, even after the shortest trips abroad. Especially  at this time of the year, when if you bundle up it almost feels like Spring in The Great White North.And at Sugar Beach in my neighbourhood, if you've got a good imagination, you can almost dream of summer.But this ...