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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… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Mayor Rob Ford Is Headed For Defeat In 2014

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 . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Mayor Rob Ford Is Headed For Defeat In 2014

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 deliberat… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Old Toronto & East York Have Been Shut Out During Ford Mayoralty

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

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

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

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 . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 11: The uncomfortable truth about taxes and radical tax cuts

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

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 . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Banning scooters from streets…

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 . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 5: Praise, political priorities and poetry

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 . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 4: On dishing it out it print … and taking it

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 . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Campaign Dairy Volume 3: My website arrives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Saving the South March Highlands: Looking to the Future

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands

Click here for everything you need to know about The South March HighlandsPlease click above for what is the best overview yet of the issues relating to The South March Highlands. . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ottawa’s Green Bin Program – Time for City Council to Lead

An Open Letter to Ottawa City Council and Residents RE: Residential Solid Waste Service Level Review RecommendationsThis open letter is being posted on my blog, The Fifth Column ( http://the5thc.blogspot.com/ ) and being sent via email to the the follo… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ottawa’s Green Bin Program – Time for City Council to Lead

Pop The Stack: In Which I Get Outraged at…Oshawa?

If you read me regularly you may have noticed I’m writing less, well, regularly, recently. I’ve promised myself to cut back on political blogging while I try to finish my thesis so the bar is pretty high for a political/democracy story to force me to comment with a full blog post. I have to say, […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: In Which I Get Outraged at…Oshawa?

Regan Wolfrom: Why I’m Not Running for City Council

In the past five years since I returned to Winnipeg, I’ve been disappointed, dissatisfied, and oftentimes in complete disbelief of how governance is done in Winnipeg. I’ve seen community centres and historic buildings knocked down simply to create empty lots for cars and/or garbage. I’ve seen construction projects planned that seem to revel in increasing […] . . . → Read More: Regan Wolfrom: Why I’m Not Running for City Council