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Scott's DiaTribes: Sympathies to George Smitherman & family

Tragic news for former Ontario Deputy Premier and Toronto mayor candidate George Smitherman, and his family:

Christopher Peloso, the husband of Ontario’s former deputy premier George Smitherman, has been found dead after being reported missing for the second time this year…Smitherman released a statement saying Toronto police confirmed to him they had found the 40-year-old Peloso dead.

“We will celebrate his life and we will find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind,” wrote Smitherman.

The holiday season is always one of the toughest times of the year (Read more…)

OPSEU Diablogue: Home care – it’s critical we get it right this time

Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres could have been very different had events unfolded differently in the early 1990s. At the beginning of that decade home care was considered to have more of a leg in social services than health care. … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario’s nursing homes — 10 years of empty promises from Queen’s Park

Here we go again. This week news of another shocking nursing home death – this time in The Wexford, a Scarborough long term care residence. A second resident was also injured in the resident-on-resident attack. Health Minister Deb Matthews predictably told … Continue reading →

Alberta Diary: ‘Leading thinkers’ to set Alberta’s new economic course lickety-split – and you’re not invited

Premier Alison Redford eyeballs an uninvited visitor to the province’s economic summit. Without the password, you’re not getting in. Below, Premier Redford and Deputy Premier Tom Lukaszuk present their bona fides at the door. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below them: The premier’s communications director, Stefan Baranski.

In just 10 days, “Alberta’s leading thinkers, key industry, non-profit and academic leaders, Members of the Legislative Assembly and passionate citizens will gather together for a spirited discussion on Alberta’s future.” You’re not invited.

The government announced yesterday in a terse yet effusive press release that the economic

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Canadian Broadcast Standards Council Rules Against Rob and Doug Ford

From when they had David “The Menzoid” Menzies from Sun TV On:

Menzies went on to talk about coverage Mayor Ford has received in the Toronto Star newspaper.  He made the following statement, referring to the 2010 campaign for mayorship of the City of Toronto:

I remember an incident that happened in the campaign, which I think speaks so much of the double standard and the kind of personal brutality you have gone through.  I remember, I believe it was a retired doctor, at one of the all-candidates meetings, who got up and he said words to the effect, Mayor,

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OPSEU Diablogue: Edgewater Gardens: LTC Staffing cuts should be a red flag for Ministry, LHIN

We all remember former Health Minister George Smitherman tearfully promising a revolution in long-term care. That revolution never really happened. Now we’re beginning to wonder if what modest gains were made during the Smitherman years are now beg… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: Edgewater Gardens: LTC Staffing cuts should be a red flag for Ministry, LHIN

Calgary Grit: OLP Leadership Update

While Federal Liberal leadership aspirants are free to subject their candidacy to a year-long striptease before declaring, Ontario Liberals do not have the luxury of time. With the membership cut-off in just four weeks, there’s little time to play coy.

Yasir Naqvi mulled it over for a few days before deciding to bide his time for a future bid. This week, Dwight Duncan and Chris Bentley both announced they would not be candidates for the leadership – or the next election. Both decisions are understandable given the amount of time these men have spent in politics, and the baggage they

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Calgary Grit: After 16 Years of McGuinty, What’s Next for OLP?

Sixteen years ago, Dalton McGuinty won the Ontario Liberal leadership race at 4:30 am, after 5 rounds of voting. Always one to defy expectations, McGuinty worked his way up from 4th place over the course of 9 hours in what was truly one of the wildest leadership conventions in Canadian history.

Although it’s almost impossible to read a leadership race’s ultrasound just a few days after conception,the early snapshot points to another unpredictable contest.

While many high profile names have shied away from the federal Liberal race, the OLP offers a more attractive prize and a higher probability of success.

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OPSEU Diablogue: Is competitive bidding in home care done? Let’s hope so.

September 10 Doris Grinspun, executive director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, tweeted that Health Minister Deb Matthews had just announced to a nursing meeting that the moratorium on competitive bidding in home care would be made permanent. No … Continue reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: a dash of transparency over here, a pinch less over there.

TweetSurrounded by dozens of Tory MLAs at a late-afternoon press conference, Premier Alison Redford announced plans to make the expense claims of all cabinet ministers, MLAs, and government officials publicly available on the internet. After a summer of scandals and embarrassing revelations, ranging from the overflowing expense accounts of former regional health authority executive Allaudin [...]

More Notes From Underground: Ford’s Win As Explained by Zizek

One of things that I noted about Ford’s seemingly surprising victory in Toronto is that the field of candidates was historically weak. Joe Pantalone was not a particularly suitable vessel for carrying on Miller’s centre-left legacy. (I recall reading someone who said that Pantalone had all of Miller’s negatives and none of his positives.) Smiterman ran a terrible campaign based around the fact that he was a sort of centrist technocrat who should be mayor because, well, he is a centrist technocrat. Rob Ford ran a fairly typical populist campaign and won by telling people over and over that (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Let the Finger Wagging Begin

With 97.2% of the votes counted in Toronto’s election, George Smitherman’s votes + Joe Pantalone’s votes total more than Rob Ford’s. Offered without comment, but with a picture of Ralph Nader. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Let the Finger Wagging Begin

More Notes From Underground: Bullshit in a China Shop

Yeah, I know I’ve been like an absent father for this blog, but some things need commenting on, such as this bit of stupidity from the National Post. The editors the Post claim that Ford will act as a “bull in the china shop” to get things done in Toronto. Really? Ford’s penchant for making enemies does not strike me as being particularly efficacious for any agenda. The Post puts faith in Ford’s record on council, but he doesn’t have one – he yells stuff into the record but seems incapable of working with other right-wing members of council to (Read more…)

Railroaded by Metrolinx: One Toronto, Now: An Election is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Only when humans are again permitted to build authentic urbanism — those cities, towns, and villages that nurture us by their comforts and delights — will we cease the despoiling of Nature by escaping to sprawl.Andrés Duany, ‘Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream’

I think of Rob Ford as a powder keg, masquerading as a beer keg. At first glance, he appears populist, pleasing, inexpensive, and easygoing, and then you realize that he is elitist, divisive, and explosive. (To see Rob Ford’s behaviour on City Council, here is the ‘Rob Ford’s Maturity’

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Andy Lehrer's Firebrand blog: The Toronto Sun is now officially a propaganda sheet.

During the 1984 federal election campaign, the Globe and Mail ran a photo of Liberal leader John Turner speaking to the Empire Club or some such group. The picture was taken at such an angle, however, that the part of the backdrop that appeared behind Turner’s head made it look as if the Liberal leader had devil’s horns. The picture was roundly condemned even though most people who saw it probably didn’t notice the offending part of the image until they’d had their attention drawn to it and despite the fact that it’s quite possible the photographer and editors didn’t (Read more…)