Alberta Politics: Guest Post: With friends like these … Jason Kenney’s biggest challenge may come from his political allies

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney at the centre of a media scrum a few days before his victory in the Progressive Conservative Party leadership race. Expect to see him in this situation a lot more often now, even though he holds no formal elected political office. Below: Post author Chanchal Bhattacharya, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the ...

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 ...

Cowichan Conversations: Whistling Past The Graveyard-Michael Harris

Michael Harris is an established journalist with purpose and clarity. This important piece tells it like it is. It is well worth a read. The comments that follow are a chilling reminder of the state Read more…

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Apotheosis, Canonization, and Hagiography of Rob Ford

I feel sympathy for former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his family, but watching a few minutes of the CBC news coverage of his funeral (it was on in the cafe where I had a coffee, and could not be avoided), I have to think, this man was, by all indications, a person of very ...

Montreal Simon: Why Rob Ford Does Not Deserve to be Honoured With a Statue

I don't really mind that Rob Ford's body has been lying in state at Toronto's City Hall for the last two days.Even if he did so much to dishonour his city and his country.He was once the mayor, and it did give his so-called Ford Nation a chance to say goodbye. But when it comes to honouring ...

Autonomy For All: A Forgotten Rob Ford: The Machine Maker

I greatly appreciate the efforts of many of Toronto’s better writers and activists to push back against the ghastly effort to recast Rob Ford as some kind of civic champion.  In particular, I recommend this by Richard Feren, the author of Ford’s most infamous parody account, Rob Frod, and this by Andray Domise, the former ...

Autonomy For All: A Forgotten Rob Ford: The Machine Maker

I greatly appreciate the efforts of many of Toronto’s better writers and activists to push back against the ghastly effort to recast Rob Ford as some kind of civic champion.  In particular, I recommend this by Richard Feren, the author of Ford’s most infamous parody account, Rob Frod, and this by Andray Domise, the former ...

Autonomy For All: A Forgotten Rob Ford: The Machine Maker

I greatly appreciate the efforts of many of Toronto’s better writers and activists to push back against the ghastly effort to recast Rob Ford as some kind of civic champion.  In particular, I recommend this by Richard Feren, the author of Ford’s most infamous parody account, Rob Frod, and this by Andray Domise, the former ...

Northern Reflections: A Final Word On Rob Ford

I have resisted writing anything on the death of Rob Ford. I am — perhaps — the least objective commentator on that late former mayor of Toronto. But, last week, Rick Salutin wrote a fair assessment of the man and his followers: Terms used to describe Ford Nation include ordinary Canadians and average guys. But ...

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy’s Obscene Tribute to Rob Ford

Well let nobody say I didn't warn you. I predicted that Rex Murphy would have something to say about his fellow demagogue, and millionaire Rob Ford.And sure enough he did.And the only thing I regret is that my warning wasn't strong enough.For this diatribe couldn't be more obscene.Read more »

Politics, Re-Spun: Permanent Delusion, Rex Murphy and Rob Ford

I can’t watch this. I can’t. Rex Murphy’s ode to Rob Ford includes this quote: “Mr. Ford was one of the most remarkable ordinary people Toronto has ever produced.” Here’s another perspective; you decide: To create and solidify their base, Ford and his backers used a strategy that has proven successful elsewhere. It is a ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Permanent Delusion, Rex Murphy and Rob Ford

I can’t watch this. I can’t. Rex Murphy’s ode to Rob Ford includes this quote: “Mr. Ford was one of the most remarkable ordinary people Toronto has ever produced.” Here’s another perspective; you decide: To create and solidify their base, Ford and his backers used a strategy that has proven successful elsewhere. It is a ...

Montreal Simon: Don Cherry’s Outrageous Attack on Rob Ford’s Opponents

I knew Don Cherry was going to say something about his good buddy Rob Ford.For who can forget how that ghastly redneck hung the chain of office around Ford's neck?And used the occasion to attack the "left-wing pinkos."Which had to be one of the lowest moments in the history of Toronto.But while paying tribute to ...

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford: The Man and His Foul Legacy

Although I despised Rob Ford with every bone in my body, I must admit I was sad to hear that he had died.Because nobody can celebrate the death of a man who died so young from such a terrible disease like cancer.And I feel sorry for his wife and two young children, and all the others ...

Chris Tindal: Remembering Rob Ford

There were moments during Rob Ford’s time as mayor of Toronto when I hated him. I mean real, deep, I’m-not-proud-of-it actual hatred. And whenever I sank into one of those moments, I would remember the time I met him, and how it continued to challenge and complicate my impression of the person. In early 2010 ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Calling for Submissions of Your Favorite Ezra Fabrication, Lies and Propaganda (E-FLAP)

Well the burning stoopid over at The Rebel Media seems not be lacking for fuel, with the likes of The Rebel Commander and Chief, Ezra Levant Chief Bottle Washer, Brian Lilley I’m Suppose to Be Funny, But I Ain’t, Gavin Mcinnes We Might Actually Be Funny, Matt & Jason Seriously, Like WTF, David Menzies The ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Rob Ford Nightmare:The Video

Even in my fondest dreams I never could have imagined a more fitting end to the grubby reign of the depraved political pervert Stephen Harper.For there he was in the sordid House of Ford.Begging Rob and Doug to save him, because he's desperate.And as Chris Selley writes, debasing and humiliating himself beyond recognition.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Eleven grinding weeks and this federal election comes down to a science question: momentum, or inertia?

PHOTOS: Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair on stage in Edmonton Friday night (photo by Olav Rokne). The red signs say “Stop Harper.” Perhaps at this hour they should say “Stop Trudeau!” Below: Well-known Alberta pollster Janet Brown, Calgary Centre Liberal candidate Kent Hehr, former Mississauga, Ont., mayor Hazel McCallion, and Australian campaign dirty-tricks mogul Lynton ...

Montreal Simon: The Desperate Stephen Harper and the Rob Ford Nightmare

I suppose for a man as desperate as Stephen Harper, it must have have seemed like the answer to his prayers.  In his crazed mind it must have seemed like a brilliant last minute Hail Mary or Hail Rob pass. One that might still spare him from being humiliated by Justin Trudeau.By calling upon the depraved ...

Alberta Politics: Brothels? Neighbourhood injection sites? Have the Cons jumped the shark? Or is the nightmare just beginning?

PHOTOS: Trashy bars like this with free-injection sites and illegal card games out back could soon start popping up in cities like yours if we don’t re-elect the sternly upright Stephen Harper. Really! And if you think this story was easy to illustrate without straining the limits of good taste, you haven’t been spending much ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Terrifying Justin Trudeau Nightmare

In my last post I ran a video report by CTV's Bob Fife, where he talked about the total demoralization of the Con campaign.And how the Cons fear that some of their biggest names like Joe Oliver, Chris Alexander, Julian Fantino and others could lose their seats.And best of all how Stephen Harper is in ...

Montreal Simon: Marg Delahunty Sets Out to Save Canada

Well I'm sure you remember the time comedian Mary Walsh aka Marg Delahunty,  surprised Rob Ford in his driveway dressed up as a warrior princess.And how that shocking confrontation ended badly with Mayor Bobo calling the police.  And I can certainly remember how shocked I was to catch her in the act back in 2004 French kissing ...