Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Robert Reich suggests that government should respond to corporations who engage in anti-social activity such as moving their earnings offshore by making sure they can’t simultaneously take advantage of laws torqued in their favour. And Daniel Tencer reports on the $12.5 billion bonus pool being doled out by ...

Scott's DiaTribes: The Ranked Ballot Initiative passes its 1st hurdle in Toronto!!!

The first significant electoral reform in Canada since.. probably 1867 has passed its first (and major) hurdle in Toronto’s City Hall voting tonight. Via Dave Meslin’s Twitter feed and others, Toronto City Council voted 26-15 tonight in favor of requesting the province of Ontario permission to use ranked ballot voting in their civic elections. It ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Fair Vote Canada’s out to lunch on Ranked Ballot Initiative, treatment of its own members who support it.

I’ve shared some common ground with Fair Vote Canada over the past few years, because I support electoral reform to our electoral system, as they do, and I generally believe a form of Proportional Representation is a good system to have to cure what ails our current Parliamentary system, as they do. However, several failed ...

Things Are Good: Get Fourth Wall on Tour and Online

Dave Meslin is a Toronto based awesome dude that wants to make Toronto a better place, and now he and the Fourth Wall team want to bring something cool to your town. The Fourth Wall exhibit was a project that looked at ways to get people more engaged in their local civic life. It was ...

Politics and its Discontents: Torontonians Rising to the Challenge Presented by Mayor Ford’s Fascism

Although I don’t live in Toronto, I am riveted to and outraged by stories of those who abuse their power. As discussed in my previous post, that is precisely what is transpiring in ‘the big smoke’ under the direction of Rob Ford and his acolytes. Fortunately, however, people are fighting back. Despite the fact that ...