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Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous narrative

As John Tory is now officially the mayor of Toronto, everyone – particularly the media – is in search of an appropriate narrative to go with it. Some of those narratives are good and some are bad, but the Toronto Metro (a free daily mainly consumed on … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous narrative

Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous narrative

As John Tory is now officially the mayor of Toronto, everyone – particularly the media – is in search of an appropriate narrative to go with it. Some of those narratives are good and some are bad, but the Toronto Metro (a free daily mainly consumed on public transit) choose a just laughably terrible . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous narrative

Pop The Stack: Toronto Is More Than The Core

Marcus McGee makes a nice attempt at an ode to Toronto as opposed to the idea of Ford Nation: “Toronto isn’t Rob Ford. Toronto is more than that”. Unfortunately, I think he missed the point of why there is dissatisfaction in some parts of the city. All his anecdotes refer to The Core of the . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Toronto Is More Than The Core

PostArctica: More Winter

Might as well, storm blowing out there…

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PostArctica: Bus Stops – Verdun Metro

Pop The Stack: Rob Ford’s Apology and Promise to Continue is Unacceptable

Mayor Rob Ford has apologized sincerely for something , he won’t say what. He then spends part of the rest of his Sunday radio show attacking the media and his opponents who keep hounding him…despite the fact that what they were hounding him for seems to be true. He says “no one will want to . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Rob Ford’s Apology and Promise to Continue is Unacceptable

Pop The Stack: Rob Ford’s Apology and Promise to Continue is Unacceptable

Mayor Rob Ford has apologized sincerely for something , he won’t say what. He then spends part of the rest of his Sunday radio show attacking the media and his opponents who keep hounding him…despite the fact that what they were hounding him for seems to be true. He says “no one will want to . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Rob Ford’s Apology and Promise to Continue is Unacceptable

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: If on a Summer’s Day, a Fridgularity

You are reading a blog posting about Mark A. Rayner’s most recent book, The Fridgularity. You had been hoping to find a funny picture, and maybe a microfiction that played off that image, but instead, you find yourself reading another … Continue reading →

Trashy's World: Customer service…

… is something that one would think would be important to retailers at this time of the year. Not so much if you happen to frequent the Loblaws at Elmvale Acres. This place is the perfect example of how NOT to do customer service! Here is the lineup last night, 5 days before Christmas: Two . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Customer service…

Pop The Stack: A mayor should …

A mayor should not be removed from office — a first for Toronto, if it happens — for a simple misjudgment, if it does not involve corruption. And if there is anything the sometimes bumbling Rob Ford is not, it’s corrupt. — PETER WORTHINGTON

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on this of course, and . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: A mayor should …

Pop The Stack: Who ever said Canadian politics was dull?

What an exciting day to be a political addict in Canada. Who says Canadian politics is boring? People who aren’t paying attention, that’s who. At least four exciting things happened yesterday. Yes, four.

First, the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, was found in violation of the Conflict of Interest act and will be removed from . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Who ever said Canadian politics was dull?

Pop The Stack: Col Mustard, with the Camera, In Camera

Today Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was testifying in a libel case against him. I just tuned in for a few minutes and her this gem:

“…in camera” is a bit of an oxymoron because no cameras are allowed.”

– Mayor Rob Ford

I know it’s a small thing, but it’s really bothering me.

I was . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Col Mustard, with the Camera, In Camera

Pop The Stack: Col Mustard, with the Camera, In Camera

Today Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was testifying in a libel case against him. I just tuned in for a few minutes and her this gem:

“…in camera” is a bit of an oxymoron because no cameras are allowed.”

– Mayor Rob Ford

I know it’s a small thing, but it’s really bothering me.

I was . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Col Mustard, with the Camera, In Camera

Pop The Stack: Rob Ford’s Bizarre Defence Is Undemocratic

Update: This is now also cross-posted up at Huffington Post Canada.

This is just bizarre:

“Like I said, for the last 13 years, I’ve always defined a conflict of interest that there’s two parties. There’s a benefit to the city or the member of council. And that’s when I declared a conflict,” Mr. Ford said.

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Pop The Stack: Protect the trees

Rob Ford wants to see 5-cent bag fee abolished because :

“I believe the taxpayers don’t want to pay the five cents any more. It is actually six cents with the HST.” – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Really? Is that a good enough reason? What about the disincentive to waste plastic? People want to do . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Protect the trees

Pop The Stack: Protect the trees

Rob Ford wants to see 5-cent bag fee abolished because :

“I believe the taxpayers don’t want to pay the five cents any more. It is actually six cents with the HST.” – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Really? Is that a good enough reason? What about the disincentive to waste plastic? People want to do . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Protect the trees

Pop The Stack: Stop the Sell Out

LeadNow Campaign : Stop the Sell Out

This is truly important. Our democracy is being strong-armed by the Conservatives. They are using their majority to begin altering the progressive nature of our country. Even if we can’t stop everything they are doing in the short term we cannot let this disregard for democracy to go . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Stop the Sell Out

Pop The Stack: Actually Mayor, The Campaign Does Not Start Now

My head just exploded after reading this article on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s defeat of his pet subway plan. After being defeated fairly 24 – 19 in Council the mayor had this response:

Mr. Ford came out fighting in the face of defeat. “Obviously the campaign starts now and I’m willing to take anyone on, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Actually Mayor, The Campaign Does Not Start Now

Pop The Stack: Actually Mayor, The Campaign Does Not Start Now

My head just exploded after reading this article on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s defeat of his pet subway plan. After being defeated fairly 24 – 19 in Council the mayor had this response:

Mr. Ford came out fighting in the face of defeat. “Obviously the campaign starts now and I’m willing to take anyone on, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Actually Mayor, The Campaign Does Not Start Now

Pop The Stack: United They Stand, While Democracy Falls

There are two very different stories playing out in two of the most contested democratic chambers in Canada right now. One chamber is Toronto City Hall and the other is the House of Commons in Ottawa. The difference between these stories is very enlightening about one important condition for a robust democratic discussion to exist: . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: United They Stand, While Democracy Falls

Pop The Stack: United They Stand, While Democracy Falls

There are two very different stories playing out in two of the most contested democratic chambers in Canada right now. One chamber is Toronto City Hall and the other is the House of Commons in Ottawa. The difference between these stories is very enlightening about one important condition for a robust democratic discussion to exist: . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: United They Stand, While Democracy Falls

Pop The Stack: In Search of New Years Eve In Vancouver

Oh Vancouver. Vancouver the beautiful. Vancouver the warm. Vancouver the wet. And Vancouver the no-fun city. It doesn’t have to be this way. I just spent New Year’s Eve in Vancouver. It’s the first time in the 7 years I’ve been here that I haven’t gone to Seattle or Toronto or been at a friend’s […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: In Search of New Years Eve In Vancouver

Pop The Stack: The Real Toronto Election Map

Note: this post is about the Toronto Municipal election that Rob Ford won. But you know, you can apply the feeling here to more recent elections, sigh. I’ve been very frustrated with the media’s story that the Toronto election was a landslide and that it was all downtown vs uptown. Ford won fair and square […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: The Real Toronto Election Map

Pop The Stack: So, how did that strategic voting go?

So in case you haven’t heard, Rob Ford was elected Mayor of Toronto last night. But you knew that, to find out why (oh why??) read my post from earlier today explaining how Toronto electing a conservative mayor and a progressive council actually makes a lot of sense. But this comment is about the vigorous […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: So, how did that strategic voting go?

Pop The Stack: Two Cities, One Electoral Tale

Yesterday, Toronto chose fear and anger over reason and measure, they elected Rob Ford as mayor. Check my twitter feed from Oct 25 for some of my first gut responses to the win and people’s reactions to it. What follows is, hopefully, a more thoughtful response. Now I’m not happy about this, at all. But I […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Two Cities, One Electoral Tale